Gaston County reported 134 additional COVID-19 cases this week


New coronavirus cases leaped in North Carolina in the week ending Sunday, rising 38% as 11,605 cases were reported. The previous week had 8,409 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

North Carolina ranked 20th among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week coronavirus cases in the United States increased 8.9% from the week before, with 381,004 cases reported. With 3.15% of the country’s population, North Carolina had 3.05% of the country’s cases in the last week. Across the country, 41 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Gaston County reported 134 cases and three deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 123 cases and one death. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 65,452 cases and 803 deaths.