Growing COVID-19 transmission rate means masking again in Northampton County buildings

Written by on August 5, 2021

Growing COVID-19 transmission rate means masking again in Northampton County buildings

By Mariella Miller

August 5, 2021

Photo by Anna Shvets, Pexels

Northampton County’s top elected official on Thursday said masking will be required again in county buildings beginning Friday, August 6.

County Executive Lamont McClure cited the rapidly rising transmission rate of COVID-19 and hospitalizations as the reason for the new requirement. 

“It is unfortunate that the county must re-impose its face mask policy but, with the number of cases rising and the increase in hospitalizations, it is necessary to protect public health,” McClure said. “I encourage everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated. The sooner we reach herd immunity, the sooner we can break the back of this pandemic.”

Northampton County has the highest rate of transmission, adjusted for population, in Pennsylvania. 

Anyone entering a county building must also submit to a temperature check at the door, he said. 

People at Northampton County Prison (NCP) and Gracedale nursing home never stopped wearing masks, he said, having maintained the masking protocol established in March 2020.

Visitors and volunteers are still banned at NCP. Gracedale allows visitors if they schedule in advance, and all of its volunteers are required to be vaccinated.

McClure reminded county residents that the drive-through center at 3100 Emrick Blvd. in Bethlehem Township still does testing and administers vaccines 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and 2-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

For more information, visit the Northampton County website.

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