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Gaston County Addresses New State COVID Measurement Tool

GASTONIA, N.C. – Today, the State of North Carolina rolled out a new COVID measurement system, which placed Gaston County in the highest of three categories: a Critical/Red Tier that identifies counties across the state that are seeing the most significant impacts from COVID-19.

The color-coded system breaks counties into three groups based on: percent positive of COVID cases compared to the total number of tests, the case rate per 100,000 residents and the hospital system impact. The county, for months, has provided updates Monday-Friday to a dashboard on its website, keeping residents informed of where Gaston County stands on COVID key metrics.

The county’s public health department and leadership team remains in close communication and coordination with CaroMont Health as this pandemic has evolved.

The County continues to work with its partners in the business community to encourage compliance with mask wearing and capacity restrictions for the safety of all residents. Additionally, the county health department has worked closely with our local schools and congregate care facilities to provide support and guidance.

For residents, a multitude of helpful tools – from links to COVID testing to a mask meter than rates the risk level of various activities – are available at

Our public health department would like to remind everyone that going into the Thanksgiving holiday, it is more important than ever to note our county’s challenging state related to COVID. The county has already been promoting messaging on how to more safely celebrate this holiday, knowing how easily the virus spreads and how many of the carriers can be asymptomatic. 

The health department particularly urges residents to limit gatherings, utilize COVID testing when appropriate, wear masks, and practice social distancing.