Bethlehem health officials warn against social gatherings amid local spike in cases

Written by on November 20, 2020

Bethlehem health officials warn against social gatherings amid local spike in cases

By Genesis Ortega

November 20, 2020

In this Tuesday, May 19, 2020, photo, health investigator Mackenzie Bray sits in her office at the Salt Lake County Health Department in Salt Lake City. Bray normally works to track contacts for people with sexually transmitted diseases, but she was re-assigned during the coronavirus pandemic. She is now one of 130 people at this county health department assigned to track down COVID-19 cases in Utah’s urban center around Salt Lake City. The investigators, many of them nurses, each juggle 30 to 40 cases that can include a total of several hundred people. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Coronavirus case counts continue to rise statewide with significant spikes among certain age groups. And as WLVR’s Genesis Ortega reports, Lehigh Valley health officials are seeing similar trends locally. 

Bethlehem Health Director Kristen Wenrich is monitoring COVID case trends in weeklong intervals. 

She says, at first, there was a concern for the elderly community, then for college students.  

Wenrich says the latest trend falls in between. 

“And then the age decreased down to the middle age group. And now we’re back down looking at our main age at this point as being in the mid-30’s, like around 36 years of age.”

The growing COVID rate led state officials to focus on residents being more vigilant in wearing masks indoors and outdoors. 

“A lot of people think it’s safe to still gather at peoples homes and have parties, and we’re seeing that unfortunately can lead to spread because most often people aren’t socially distanced or wearing masks.” 

Wenrich says the bureau will continue to monitor trends and is prepared to handle potential surges during the holidays. 

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