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Gaston County Leaders Hold Off on Stay at Home Order

GASTONIA, N.C. – Mecklenburg County’s decision on Tuesday to issue a Stay at Home order is one Gaston County will hold off on following for now.

The County is in close communication with its partners at CaroMont Health about its patient load respective to COVID-19. As of Tuesday afternoon, CaroMont has not formally requested such an order, as the major hospital systems in Mecklenburg County did of leadership there.

Gaston County currently has three confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Gaston County was the first in our area to restrict gatherings to 50 or less and continues to strongly encourage good hygiene and handwashing and social distancing.

Gaston County Manager Dr. Kim Eagle said the county is prepared to act if the situation on the ground here changes.

“We want to do everything we can to protect people’s jobs, while making sure we do not put our healthcare providers at undue risk,” she said. “We have tremendous relationships here in Gaston County that allow us to work closely together to make sure we are making the right decisions for all of our citizens.”

Those who work in Gaston County but live in Mecklenburg County will not be prevented from coming to work by Mecklenburg County’s order.