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Lehigh County Government Center now closed to all visitors

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong announced March 15 the Lehigh County Government Center, 17 S. Seventh St., Allentown, is now closed to all visitors and walk-ins. This includes anyone without an identification badge issued by the government center.

The decision was made by Armstrong and his administration as the county continues to monitor the spread of the COVID-19 virus. A presumptive positive COVID-19 case was confirmed March 15 in Lehigh County.

To maintain the spread of the virus, the government center will be taking a proactive stance in order to keep residents and the community safe, Armstrong said. The building will still remain in operation at this time.

This restriction applies only to the government center, not the courthouse.

Assistance will continue to be available for those seeking aid from the Department of Human Services. For information and referral, call 610-782-3200.

Those with questions for the county Children and Youth department can call 610-782-3064.

All volunteers are asked to stay home during this period.

As of March 13, the World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. The United States followed by declaring a national emergency March 15. In response, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf ordered statewide closings of all Pennsylvania schools, followed by mass closings of community centers, gyms, malls and other facilities. All critical infrastructure will remain open.

Lehigh County is urging residents to stay home if they are ill and to consult a primary care physician if they suspect they are feeling COVID-19 symptoms.

Precautionary measures that can be taken include washing hands for 20 seconds, refraining from touching your face and practicing social distancing from large gatherings.