With the April 1 statewide stay-at-home order set to expire midnight May 7, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine extended the orders for all counties in red until June 4.
Lehigh and Northampton counties continue to be in the red phase, and the restrictions for the stay-at-home order remain the same.
Wolf and Levine also signed new orders for 24 counties to move to yellow effective 12:01 a.m. May 8.
State Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, sent a letter to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf May 8 requesting Northampton and Lehigh counties be moved to the yellow phase of reopening.
“This request comes on the heels of two separate conversations I had with the infectious disease doctors at both St. Luke’s University Health Network and Lehigh Valley Health Network,” Boscola said in the letter.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, drug and alcohol services have shifted to best assist Lehigh County residents while maintaining safety during the health crisis. There are resources and more information available on the Lehigh County website under the human services heading.
Lehigh Valley Drug and Alcohol Intake Unit will continue to meet the needs of the clients in need of drug and alcohol assessments and provide recovery support services using telehealth services.
Walk-in evaluations may be scheduled by calling 610-923-0394 and are being conducted via telehealth.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf presented a detailed plan April 22 for reopening the commonwealth — with a targeted May 8 start.
The administration will categorize reopening into three phases: red, yellow and green. Phases will be assigned based on conditions in a county, counties or region.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Affiliated Chambers of Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce is unable to host Restaurant Weeks around the area.
In an effort to support the small businesses and restaurants in the area, the GLVCC is implementing a Gift Card Grab Week May 3-9.
The Chamber is asking businesses to come up with a gift card deal to offer consumers. For example, pay $25, get a $30 gift card or pay $50 and get a $60 gift card. Once their offer is identified, each business will share how the deal can be purchased (online or call in).
Businesses throughout the Greater Lehigh Valley have begun to offer creative ways to get their products and services to customers. Inspired by the #OpenWeStand movement, the Chamber has introduced a new campaign to encourage Greater Lehigh Valley residents to support local businesses by taking advantage of these solutions.
On social media, users are asked to use the hashtag OpenWeStandLV to spread the word and encourage their friends, families and followers to get involved. Instagram posts with this hashtag are also posted on the Chamber’s website.
Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative volunteers are following all ServSafe guidelines and the volunteer screening and guidelines.
We are accepting volunteers who are healthy, have not been sick or have not been around anyone who’s been sick, anyone who doesn’t live with an elderly person, anyone who has not traveled into or out of state or in or out of a COVID-19 cluster area (Montgomery, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Philadelphia counties) within the last 15 days and anyone who is willing to adhere to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention safety guidelines.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education announced March 23 all schools in the commonwealth will remain closed through at least April 6 as a result of the COVID-19 response efforts. The closure order could be extended beyond April 6 if necessary to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19.
When it is determined students can return to school, administrators, teachers and other staff will be given two days to prepare classrooms, set up cafeterias, schedule transportation and arrange other business operations. Students would return on the third day.
Whitehall Township police officers, along with emergency personnel from across the region, converged on Lehigh Valley Mall property after a bomb threat March 20.
The incident, according to the police report, took place approximately 6:30 p.m. when a male reportedly told officers he had placed bombs at the mall, on MacArthur Road in Whitehall, and a location in Allentown.
The area around the mall was cordoned off for safety reasons.
Lehigh County’s Municipal Emergency Response Team, as well as a hostage negotiation team, arrived on the scene.
In the midst of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, Service Electric Cable TV & Communications has joined the Keep Americans Connected Pledge to help ensure connectivity to its customers, as first proposed by the Federal Communications Commission.
As part of the Keep Americans Connected Pledge, Service Electric pledges for 60 days to:
• Not terminate service to any residential or small business due to the inability to pay a bill
• Waive late fees residential or small-business customers incur because of their economic circumstance related to the coronavirus pandemic