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RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper has issued a stay-at-home order for all North Carolinians. The order, which bans all but essential travel outside the home, will take effect at 5 p.m. … more
SMITHFIELD — Johnston County has reported its first coronavirus death. In a news release Friday morning, the Johnston County Public Health Department said the individual died March 26 from … more
Johnston Health, which has hospitals in Clayton and Smithfield, is in short supply of critical medical supplies, including personal protective equipment. To meet the need, the hospitals will be … more
SMITHFIELD — Since closing their campuses, Johnston County’s public schools have kept a short but essential to-do list. “Our main goals have been feeding students, starting to … more
SMITHFIELD — Mayor Andy Moore, the town’s longest-tenured elected leader, has never seen anything quite like the coronavirus. “I’ve served as a council member or mayor … more
SMITHFIELD — Johnston Community College is both closed and open for business, the school’s interim spokesman said this week. “Instruction is taking place,” Dustin Gurley … more
  CLAYTON — Researchers at Grifols hope they can use plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients to develop a targeted treatment for the coronavirus, the company announced … more
Johnston County now has nine coronavirus cases, up from four on Monday, County Manager Rick Hester said Wednesday afternoon. On its coronavirus case map, updated daily, the N.C. Department of … more
SMITHFIELD — A blood drive is scheduled from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 30, at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road. Donations are by appointment only, … more
SMITHFIELD — Because of the coronavirus, the Johnston County Department of Social Services has changed its operations. • The agency has closed the lobby of its building at 714 North St. … more
UNC Health has placed restrictions on visitors to its hospitals in Clayton and Smithfield. With few exceptions, UNC Health has banned visitors to inpatient areas of its hospitals. However, the … more
SMITHFIELD — The Johnston County Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, at the courthouse in Smithfield. Commissioners will hear an update on the … more
SMITHFIELD — Because of the coronavirus, the Town of Smithfield will close its parks and playgrounds indefinitely starting at 7 a.m. Wednesday, March 25. The closure covers ball fields, … more
Editor’s note: Johnston County government is sharing information about how to respond to the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19 The following offers advice for people who think they might have … more
Editor’s note: Johnston County government is sharing information about how to respond to the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19 The following offers advice for people who have coronavirus … more
United Community Bank, which has a number of branches in Johnston County, has shifted to drive-through and appointment-only service because of the coronavirus. The bank asks customers to call … more
RALEIGH — North Carolina schools will remain closed through at least May 15, Gov. Roy Cooper said Monday afternoon. The governor had previously shuttered schools through at least March 27. more
SMITHFIELD — Two more people in Johnston have tested positive for the coronavirus, or COVID-19, according to the county’s Public Health Department. “Johnston County has … more
CLAYTON —The Town of Clayton has closed its playgrounds and park restrooms to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Greenways, trails and parks remain open, the town said in a news … more
SMITHFIELD — County Manager Rick Hester this week made a plea to his fellow Johnstonians. To combat spread of the coronavirus, he asked them to conduct business with the county online when … more
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