Northampton County continues to have a ‘substantial rate’ of COVID-19 transmission even with high vaccination rate

Written by on August 3, 2021

Northampton County continues to have a ‘substantial rate’ of COVID-19 transmission even with high vaccination rate

By Genesis Ortega and Tyler Pratt

August 3, 2021

Photo| Genesis Ortega / WLVR

Northampton County has been in the “substantial rate” category of community COVID-19 transmission for nearly a week.  This means a positivity rate of up to 10% in the community. 

This is despite having the 7th highest vaccination rate in the state, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows 52% of residents are fully vaccinated. 

“We know from the scientists that we need to have 90% of our folks vaccinated to really make a difference in what’s called herd immunity,” Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure said. 

During her most recent COVID update on July 29, Acting State Health Secretary Allison Beam attributed the rise in cases in the region to the way the delta variant is spread.

“Where there are communities that are naturally just most populated and more closely together, given the nature of this respiratory, the contagiousness, particularly of the delta variant, is something that is a threat to us protecting our communities,” Beam said.

McClure said the county is putting $6 million in American Rescue Plan funding toward increasing COVID testing and vaccination efforts.

The CDC recommends that all people in areas with substantial rates of COVID, like Northampton County, mask up indoors. 

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