Masks urged indoors in Lehigh and Northampton counties with ‘high’ COVID level

Lehigh and Northampton counties are experiencing “high” community levels of COVID-19, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says, based on calculations released Thursday.

That means the CDC recommends:

  • Wear a mask indoors in public.
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Get tested if you have symptoms.
  • Additional precautions may be needed for people at high risk for severe illness.

The Lehigh Valley counties are among eight of 67 Pennsylvania counties seeing the highest level of community coronavirus activity, according to the CDC.

In Lehigh County, the CDC reports a case rate of 206.6 per 100,000 people, while in Northampton County the rate was calculated as 247.31 cases per 100,000 people.

In New Jersey, Warren and Hunterdon counties are considered in the medium-risk category, while nine of 21 counties are ranked “high,” according to the CDC.

Miller-Keystone Blood Center on Friday announced that effective Monday, May 16, masks will be required to be worn indoors for all donors and staff at its donor centers and blood drives.

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