COVID-19 cases down among African Americans in Gaston County

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. — The percentage of African Americans in Gaston County who have contracted COVID-19 is declining, officials said.

“It was just devastating,” said Chris Thomason.

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His sister died from the virus in April.

The effort to try and stop the spread of the coronavirus involved working with churches and provided more tests and masks.

In the video at the top of this webpage, reporter Ken Lemon learns some people in the community did not take the pandemic seriously at first.