Northampton County jumps to highest level of COVID-19 transmission

Written by on August 5, 2021

Northampton County jumps to highest level of COVID-19 transmission

By Tyler Pratt

August 5, 2021

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On Aug. 4, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) moved Northampton County from the “substantial” category to “high” at a time when the majority of counties in the U.S., predominantly across the south, carry this label. It means a high rate of COVID-19 tests in these places are turning up positive.

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And Northampton has one of the highest in the state. Currently, It is one of only three counties in the commonwealth to have this top classification.

This week, Lehigh County also jumped up into the “substantial” category for COVID spread.

Due to the highly contagious nature of the delta variant, the CDC recommends all people in these areas, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors. 

In response to the increase in cases in the Lehigh Valley, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has rolled out free testing sites at Lehigh Carbon Community College in Schnecksville and Paxinosa Elementary School in Easton. 

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