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

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

Lehigh and Northampton counties are experiencing “elevated” community levels of COVID-19, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based on calculations released Thursday.

This means the CDC recommends:

  • Wear a mask indoors in public.
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Get tested if you have symptoms.
  • Additional precautions may be needed for people at high risk of severe illness.

Lehigh Valley counties are among eight of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties with the highest level of community coronavirus activity, 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 rate was calculated at 247.31 cases per 100,000 people.

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

The Miller-Keystone Blood Center announced Friday that beginning Monday, May 16, masks will be required to be worn indoors for all donors and staff at its donor centers and blood drives.

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Kurt Bresswein can be reached at kbresswein@lehighvalleylive.com.

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