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Public Notification of Positive COVID-19 Cases at President Trump's Campaign Rally in Gaston County

GASTONIA, N.C. – The Gaston County Department of Health & Human Services is informing the public of two positive COVID-19 cases involving individuals attending the recent campaign rally in Gastonia at the Gaston Municipal Airport on Wednesday, October 21st. These cases are not thought to be an indication of spread from the rally at this time, but rather two independent cases among individuals who were in attendance.  

Routine case investigation and contact tracing protocols are being followed. Other places these individuals have been and other close contacts to these individuals are being notified directly by public health staff. Because of the large number of potential contacts from the rally, and the inability to alert them directly, the community is being notified so they can assess their own risk and take appropriate actions.

Anyone who was in attendance at the rally is encouraged to monitor their symptoms and seek testing if needed. You can find local testing opportunities by visiting or by calling the local Coronavirus Hotline at (704) 862-5303. Additionally, if you attended the rally and have concerns about your underlying health conditions, your personal level of health risk, or if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, we also encourage individuals to contact their primary care physician and seek their guidance.            

The best protection against COVID-19 at this time is to stay at home when you feel sick and observe the 3 Ws:

  • Wear a cloth face covering if you will be with other people
  • Wait 6 feet apart. Avoid close contact.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.