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.
Mayor Michael Harakal Jr. released a statement March 13 announcing the Whitehall Township Municipal Building will be closed to the public until further notice due to COVID-19.
As of March 16, there were confirmed cases in Northampton and Lehigh counties, one in each, but township staff are concerned they could come in contact with an undiagnosed carrier or someone asymptomatic.
Despite the closure, township administration will continue to work inside the building, but some procedures are changing as a result.
Stations 35, 36, 37, 38, 39 and 40 handled the extrication of victims from a vehicle at 2985 MacArthur Road.
A building fire at 347 Sixth St. brought out Stations 35, 36, 37, 38 and 39.
Stations 35, 39 and 40 were on the scene of a motor vehicle accident on Main Street.
A system malfunction at 3127 S. Church St. was addressed by Stations 38 and 39.
Stations 36 and 40 assisted with a search for a person in water at 2025 Canal St.
Mrs. Krista L. Karasek was reared in Bangor, graduating from Bangor High School in 1996, where she was a member of the softball and field hockey teams. Both her father and uncle played Minor League Baseball.
She graduated from Allentown Business College and completed an internship at Hercules Buzzi Unicem.
Upon graduation, she was employed at Van Horn Association in Allentown for $8.25 an hour and later at Computer Management in Bath.
Gordon Higgins, of Fellowship Courts, Whitehall, celebrated his 100th birthday Feb. 22 with family and friends in attendance.
He was born in 1920 in Trenton, N.J. His family lived in Robbinsville, N.J., and he graduated from Allentown High School, New Jersey.
He joined the U.S. Army soon after Pearl Harbor, and his anti-aircraft unit saw combat in Africa, Sicily, Sardinia, Southern France and Germany.
He married Olive Dammers in 1951, and they celebrated 69 years of marriage.
Higgins worked for Mercer Rubber Company in Hamilton Square, N.J.
Whitehall Township Environmental Advisory Council meets 7 p.m. in the township municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.
Whitehall Township Zoning Hearing Board meets 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.
Whitehall Township Planning Commission holds a workshop meeting 6:30 p.m., followed by the regular meeting 7:30 p.m., in the public meeting room at the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has signed an emergency disaster declaration to provide increased support to state agencies involved in the response to COVID-19, the latest strain of coronavirus.
Wolf announced the declaration March 6, just after the first two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19. Since then, 12 additional cases have been announced. That brings the total cases, as of press time March 11, to 14.
The World Health Organization answers some common questions about COVID-19, the latest strain of coronavirus.
Are there any specific medicines to prevent or treat COVID-19?
To date, there is no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat COVID-19.
Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong paid a visit to the Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners during its March 9 meeting to stress the importance of participation in the 2020 census.
Armstrong explained he visits each of the 25 municipalities in Lehigh County every year. This year, he’s using his visit to talk about the census.