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Johnston records another COVID-19 death as cases surge

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SMITHFIELD — The coronavirus has claimed another life in Johnston County, the Public Health Department reported on Thursday.

The 21st person in Johnston to die from the coronavirus was a resident of Springbrook Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Clayton, the Health Department said. In all, 18 of the 21 COVID-10 deaths in Johnston were Springbrook residents.

Also, the number of COVID-19 cases in Johnston surged by 43 in one day this week. On Thursday, the county reportd 408 cases, up from 365 the day before.

Here are the county’s COVID-19 numbers as of 2 p.m. Friday:

Confirmed cases — 408.

Deaths — 21.

Hospitalized — nine.

Home — 378.

Male — 46 percent.

Female — 54 percent.

Average age — 46.

Ages 0-17 — 36.

Ages 18-24 — 36.

Ages 25-49 — 174.

Ages 50-64 — 77.

Ages 65 and older — 85.

Black — 79.

White — 304.

Other — 11.

Unknown — 14 (not reported).

This week, Johnston also began reporting the ethnicity of COVID-19 cases. Here are those numbers:

Hispanic — 148.

Non-Hispanic — 206.

Unknown — 54.

Here’s a sampling of Johnston coronavirus cases by ZIP code: 27520, a Clayton ZIP code, 116 cases and 14 deaths; 27527, another Clayton ZIP code, 36 cases; 27577, which is the Smithfield area, 63 cases; 27576, the Selma area, 53 cases and one death; 27542, the Kenly area, 15 cases and one death; 27569, the Princeton area, 12 cases; 27524, the Four Oaks area, 23 cases; and 27504, the Benson area, 43 cases and one death.

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