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Statement from Gaston County DHHS about COVID concerns related to Ivanka Trump's recent visit

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. – We understand there is a lot of public interest and concern about Ivanka Trump’s recent visit to Gaston County and local events with her in attendance, in light of President Trump’s recent announcement regarding his COVID-19 test results.

At this point, we have no information that someone at the event(s) in question was positive. Because of the public interest and potential for local impact we have reached out to our partners at North Carolina DHHS and have a plan in place to facilitate timely response in the event we learn otherwise.

As a reminder  a “close contact” (those most likely to become infected from someone who is positive) is defined as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset. So a close contact is not someone who walks by on the street or eats in a restaurant more than 6 feet away from someone who is positive, but rather someone who is in close proximity to someone else for an extended period of time. Wearing masks greatly reduces the chances of exposure.

If someone you are close to tells you they are a contact to COVID and you are concerned about your health please consult with your doctor to determine the appropriate plan of care and any recommendations specific to you. Our COVID call center is open during normal operating hours as a resource to the public and to answer general questions.  The number is (704) 862-5303.

As we continue response to COVID-19 please remember the 3 W’s: wear your masks, wait or practice social distancing, and wash your hands frequently.   In the past week, we’ve had over 350 Gaston County residents test positive – presumptively these were people who could be going to work, going to the grocery store, or taking their children to soccer practice.  These measures will help us work towards our goal of reducing the spread.