Free COVID-19 testing is coming to Northampton County

Written by on December 1, 2020

Free COVID-19 testing is coming to Northampton County

By Tyler Pratt

December 1, 2020

(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Free COVID-19 testing is coming to Northampton County for the next five days. The governor announced Tuesday new “strike teams” have been assigned to parts of the state with surging case counts.

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Coronavirus numbers in Northampton County increased by 31% over the last two weeks.

The new drive-up and walk-in testing in Bethlehem Township will be available through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. It’s free and people don’t need an appointment or symptoms. 

Governor Tom Wolf announced the new testing effort on Tuesday, which will move to different areas across the state for the next 12 weeks. 

“Testing is a critical tool in the fight against COVID, but we need to pair it with effective case investigations, contact tracing and mitigation measures to prevent the spread of this virus,” said Wolf.

Currently the state is testing roughly 50,000 people a day. But results can be delayed by as much as a week. 

Given the rampant spread of the virus, state health officials say if people recently left the state, or gathered over the Thanksgiving holiday, they should quarantine, as it’s likely they’ve been exposed. 

Cases are also surging in Lehigh County – which saw a 31% spike over the past two weeks – but has more testing sites than Northampton. A full list can be found at health.PA.gov.

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