The health and safety of our community is our number one priority. The Gaston County Department of Health and Human Services (GCDHHS) wants to make sure that our community has accurate information to help prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19.
What is my risk?
Cases* of COVID-19 in Gaston County
As of March 24, 2020 there are 3 positive cases of COVID-19 in Gaston County.
*Updated daily at 3 p.m.
March 23, 2020: Gaston County CARE Plan to Provide Aid, Boost Economy
March 22, 2020: Gaston County Sees Additional Cases of COVID-19
March 20, 2020: Eye on Gaston: Restaurants
March 20, 2020: Online Natural Science Lessons
March 20, 2020: Gaston County Health and Wellness Guide
March 20, 2020: Business Support
March 18, 2020: Tax Collections Public Counter is Closed
March 18, 2020: Gaston County Reports First Positive COVID-19
March 18, 2020: Business Task Force Assembled to Weigh Needs
March 17, 2020: Gaston County to Close Administration Building
March 17, 2020: Gaston County Closes Gyms and Self-Service Buffets
March 17, 2020: Changes Ahead for Wedding Licenses, Building Permits
March 17, 2020 : Meeting Cancellations - Response to COVID-19
March 17, 2020 : Coronavirus Procedural Update for Building Services
March 16, 2020: Gaston County Closes Libraries, Senior Center
March 15, 2020: State of Emergency Proclamation
March 15, 2020: Gaston County Declares State of Emergency
March 14, 2020: Gaston County Calls Sunday Press Conference
March 13, 2020: Numerous Events Canceled as Leaders Urge Social Distancing
March 12, 2020: Gaston County Leaders Urge Avoiding Large Gatherings
March 11, 2020: Gaston DHHS Opens COVID-19 Call Center
What is my risk?
The risk to the general population is low. Older adults and people with severe medical conditions including heart, lung or kidney disease are at great risk and encouraged to stay home as much possible. You can find updated positive case numbers by visiting the state's tracking page.
Coronaviruses are thought to spread mainly from person-to-person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The greatest risk is for people who have recently traveled to an area with an active outbreak or been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
The best things individuals can do to protect themselves from Coronavirus are the same things that will protect them from the flu:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water
- Stay away from people who are sick
- Get your flu shot! While the flu shot will not protect individuals from COVID-19, it WILL help protect them from the flu which is far more likely to cause health problems to Gaston County residents.
If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days OR feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should:
- Call your provider. Before you go to visit your medical provider, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
- If you do not have a medical need, you can call (704) 862-5303 or 1-866-462-3821 to review your symptoms and risk with a public health professional.
- Avoid contact with others.
- Avoid non-essential travel while sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- For updated state information, please visit the North Carolina DPH Coronavirus website at: https://epi.dph.ncdhhs.gov/cd/diseases/COVID19.html
- For the latest national news on COVID-19, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- If you have general questions or concerns, please call the NC Coronavirus Call Line at 1-866-462-3821
- NC DHHS: Fact Sheet on 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) (English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese