Data compiled on:
All data are preliminary and subject to change. Corrections and updates are made as cases are investigated and reported. The most current data are available on the NC DHHS COVID-19 dashboard. COVID-19 data at the county level are from The New York Times, based on reports from state and local health agencies (LINK). The New York Times states that “all cases and deaths are counted on the date they are first announced.”

What has happened in Johnston County since the coronavirus pandemic began?

Since April 2, 2020, in Johnston there have been:

cases of COVID-19
deaths attributed to COVID-19

What has happened recently in Johnston County?

In the last 7 days, in Johnston there have been:

cases of COVID-19
deaths attributed to COVID-19


Cumulative cases:

  • Johnston County has had 2,076.5 cases per 10,000 residents.
  • North Carolina has had 1,882.4 cases per 10,000 residents.

7-day cases:

  • Johnston County has had 133.9 cases per 10,000 residents
  • North Carolina has an average of 107.7 cases per 10,000 residents.

CLUSTERS AND OUTBREAKS of coronavirus in Johnston COUNTY

Coronavirus Outbreaks in Congregate Living Settings

Johnston County had 6 COVID-19 ongoing outbreaks associated with congregate living settings as of 12/15/2020. NC DHHS has four congregate living categories: nursing home, residential care facility, correctional facility, and other. 

  • Nursing Home: 135 cases, 5 deaths
  • Residential Care Facility: 15 cases, 1 deaths
  • Correctional Facility*: 0 cases, 0 deaths
  • Other: 0 cases, 0 deaths

*Not all correctional facilities included by NC DHHS. 

Outbreaks are defined as two or more positive cases in a congregate setting identified through a positive molecular (PCR) or positive antigen test result. This list may not be comprehensive of all congregate living-linked outbreaks as NC DHHS does not report on facilities with less than 10 residents. Data on ongoing outbreaks is updated here on every Tuesday and Friday.

Coronavirus Clusters in Child Care Centers and School Settings

Johnston County had 1 clusters associated with child care or school settings as of 12/15/2020. Data on ongoing clusters is updated here every Monday.

Clusters are defined as a minimum of five positive cases within 14 days with plausible epidemiologic linkage between cases.


Child Care Centers

Unemployment Rate

6.1% in September 2020 vs. 3.2% in September 2019.


The characteristics below are factors that may be related to SARS-CoV-2 transmission, increase the risk of severe COVID-19, and/or make individuals vulnerable to the economic and social impacts of the pandemic.

Among Johnston County households:

  • 2.0% live in crowded housing, meaning they have more than one person per room;
  • 4.6% have grandparents living with grandchildren under age 18; and
  • 47.3% of county renters are cost burdened, meaning they spend 30% or more of their monthly income on housing.

Among Johnston County residents:

  • 16.8% of individuals ages 18-64 do not have health insurance;
  • 17.7% of adults smoke;
  • 37.2% of adults age 20 and older are obese; and
  • 9.7% of adults age 20 and older have been diagnosed with diabetes.

73.6% of county residents work in another county while 54.0% of Johnston’s jobs are filled by individuals from outside Johnston.


Data Sources:
COVID-19 Test data provided NC DHHS, Division of Public Health. The findings and conclusions in this county profile are those of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and do not necessarily represent the views of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health.

Data on ongoing congregate living outbreaks and ongoing clusters in child care and school settings was obtained from NC DHHS public reports available here. Information on open child care facilities and their prior and current capacity was provided by the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education. County economic, demographic, and health indicators were derived from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Local Area Unemployment Statistics (accessed via NC Commerce), the 2018 5-Year American Community Survey, the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 Small Area Health Insurance Estimates Program, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation County Health Rankings, and the 2017 LEHD Origin-Destination Employment Statistics.