Wearing of masks recommended indoors in Lehigh and Northampton counties with a “high” COVID level

Lehigh and Northampton counties are experiencing “high” community levels of COVID-19, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says, based on estimates released Thursday.

That means the CDC recommends:

  • Wear a mask indoors in public.
  • Stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations.
  • 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 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 rate was estimated at 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 classified as “high,” according to the CDC.

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

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

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