Lehigh County holding the course on COVID-19 mitigation plan and strategies

Written by on February 22, 2022

Lehigh County holding the course on COVID-19 mitigation plan and strategies

By Tyler Pratt
February 22, 2022

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – As states across the nation drop their COVID-19 mitigation policies, Lehigh County is keeping its pandemic state of emergency in place.

County Executive Phil Armstrong says residents’ health and well being is his highest priority. That was part of the message of his State of Lehigh County address delivered to business leaders last week.

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Armstrong says residents are *still being impacted by the virus.” Even as cases drop, the county is still in the CDC’s “substantial” risk category for COVID-19 spread.

The county is continuing its push to get vaccines to anyone who wants them, especially the elderly, immunocompromised and people who are homebound. And Armstrong says the county continues to maintain an around-the-clock mental health hotline for people in crisis.

The county had one of the highest death tolls in the state for people living in nursing homes. In response, Armstrong says a new wing at the Cedarbrook nursing home in Allentown is being built with more space and beds, and better air flow. 

Armstrong says you can expect to see county staff working in masks and social distancing indefinitely.

Lehigh County’s Small Business Grant Program has also reopened, with about $2.5 million available to businesses with 100 employees or less.

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