Allentown’s top health official shares concerns about the potential for increased coronavirus spread in the city

Written by on July 24, 2020

Allentown’s top health official shares concerns about the potential for increased coronavirus spread in the city

By Tyler Pratt

July 24, 2020

Allentown’s top health official says she worries about the potential for increased coronavirus spread in the city and overwhelming the area’s healthcare system. Speaking Thursday evening to the Allentown School District Board, city health director Vicky Kistler said the community has not yet learned to live with COVID-19.

“Although we are in a better place than we were two months ago, we’re not in a good place,” said Kistler.

Kistler says the city has seen outbreaks of the virus as daycare centers, restaurants, and bars open back up. And while case counts are relatively low in Allentown..

“What we are finding is each of the cases that we do have tend to have a higher and higher number of contacts. The decrease in cases is there but we know we have a circulating virus,” said Kistler.

Kistler says with limited testing availability and delays in results, it’s now taking much longer to find out if a person tests positive. And she says while the area currently has adequate healthcare capacity, rising cases could max it out.

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