The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported, as of May 26, the statewide total of COVID-19 cases is 68,637.
There are 339,835 patients who have tested negative to date. The statewide number of deaths is 5,152.
In Lehigh County, 3,676 positive cases and 12,914 negative cases have been reported.
In Northampton County, 2,933 positive cases and 12,098 negative cases have been reported.
The ancient Greek philosopher Plato is credited for saying, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” This means a need or problem encourages creative efforts to solve a problem or fill a need.
Municipalities face a myriad of challenges, as do businesses, organizations and individuals due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The situation requires creative, out-of-the-box thinking.
Furthering his plan for reopening Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf announced May 22 eight additional counties will move to yellow and 17 will move to green, effective 12:01 a.m., May 29.
All remaining counties in red — of which Lehigh and Northampton are a part — are expected to move to the yellow phase by 12:01 a.m. June 5.
The counties moving to yellow May 29 include Dauphin, Franklin, Huntingdon, Lebanon, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike and Schuylkill.
(Please note that, as many municipal buildings are closed to the public at this time, these meetings may be available via teleconference.)
Hanover Township (Lehigh County) Zoning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2202 Grove Road.
Catasauqua Borough Council meets 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
North Catasauqua Borough Council meets 7 p.m. in the borough building, 1066 Fourth St.
Ed Frack, who owns SuperSets in Hanover Township (Lehigh County), opened his gym May 24. He celebrated reopening with a Memorial Day weekend celebration, complete with grilled hot dogs. The opening was in violation of Gov. Tom Wolf’s continued closure order.
“We can’t live our lives in fear,” he said. “I applied for coronavirus funding, but I was denied. I don’t need the government’s money. I can make this business work. I invested in this place in October with a good business plan. We have customers from all around coming here,” Frack said.
It is with some regret that Memorial Day services were slowed during these tumultuous times, but Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s stay-at-home and social-distancing orders prevented large gatherings from celebrating those soldiers who fought and died for our country.
State Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th; state Rep. Steve Samuelson, D-135th; and the office of state Rep. Zach Mako, R-183rd, announced state funding totaling $859,257 was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority for projects in Northampton County through the Local Share Account.
Local Share Account grants support economic development, job training, community improvement and public interest projects.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported, as of May 19, the statewide total of COVID-19 cases is 63,666.
There are 286,034 patients who have tested negative to date. The statewide number of deaths is 4,624.
In Lehigh County, 3,491 positive cases, 10,865 negative cases and 182 deaths have been reported.
In Northampton County, 2,727 positive cases, 9,941 negative cases and 176 deaths have been reported.