Masks urged indoors in Lehigh and Northampton counties with ‘high’ COVID level

Lehigh and Northampton counties are experiencing “high” community levels of COVID-19, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say, based on calculations released Thursday.

That means the CDC recommends:

  • Wear a mask indoors in public.
  • Stay on top of COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Get tested if you have symptoms.
  • Additional precautions may be needed for people at high risk for serious illness.

Lehigh Valley counties are among eight of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties that see the highest level of coronavirus activity in the community, according to the CDC.

In Lehigh County, the CDC reports a case rate of 206.6 per 100,000 people, while in Northampton County the number was calculated as 247.31 cases per 100,000 people.

In New Jersey, Warren and Hunterdon counties are considered to be in the medium risk category, while nine of the 21 counties are ranked as “high” according to the CDC.

Miller-Keystone Blood Center announced Friday that effective Monday, May 16, masks must be worn indoors for all donors and staff at the donor centers and blood collections.

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Kurt Bresswein can be reached at: [email protected]

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