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Johnston has 2 more coronavirus cases

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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 identified its fourth case of COVID-19 and continues to see an increase in the number of individuals with symptoms of respiratory illnesses and coronavirus disease 2019,” the county said in a news release Monday morning.

Three days earlier, the county confirmed its third case, saying that person was in isolation at home.

In both of the most recent cases, the county said it didn’t know how the person got infected, a term known as community spread.

“Now that we know that there is community-wide spread, we ask our residents to follow the recommendations to decrease the spread of this virus,” said Dr. Marilyn Pearson, the county’s health director, said on Friday.

Monday’s news release came with a number of tips for combatting spread of the coronavirus.

• Stay home if you can except to get medical care. Do your best to limit contact with others by only going out for food, medicines, to exercise or to take care of essential concerns.

• Help protect health care workers by calling ahead before visiting your doctor.

• Use takeout, delivery or pickup for meals from restaurants or food trucks. Observe social distancing guidelines — a minimum of 6 feet — in all settings, including when picking up meals.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If unable to wash your hands, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.

• Don’t touch your eyes, nose and mouth.

• Stay away from sick people.

• Clean and disinfect surfaces – especially ones that are touched frequently – using regular household cleaning spray or wipes. You can also make a bleach and water disinfecting solution by mixing 1/3 cup of bleach per 1 gallon of water or 4 teaspoons of bleach per quart of water.

• Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.

• Stay home if you’re sick and don’t send sick children to child care.

• Stay informed on updated case counts and information from reliable sources like and