Northampton County Executive shares concerns about COVID surge

Written by on April 1, 2021

Northampton County Executive shares concerns about COVID surge

By Genesis Ortega

April 1, 2021

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Northampton County has one of the highest rates of coronavirus infection in Pennsylvania.  In one week, there were nearly 4,000 cases. 

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County Executive Lamont McClure says the numbers are concerning.  

“The rates of infection are just too high. And the rates of vaccination, despite the fact that Northampton County is at the top in the state in vaccinations, we’re not keeping up with the spread of COVID,” McClure says.  

The spike can be attributed partly to college students, but most of the new infections are being seen in people aged 30-45, he says. 

He says it’s up to everyone to wear masks, wash hands,and social distance when possible. 

“I know we’re all over it. But until we can significantly increase the rates of vaccination, we need to keep up the good momentum,” McClure says.  

The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced this week that everyone in the state will be eligible for a vaccine by April 19. 

“What I am very, very afraid of,” he says, “Is that we’ll see an excess mortality rate amongst younger people.” 


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