Lehigh Valley sees 80% spike in COVID-19 cases since Thanksgiving

Written by on December 31, 2020

Lehigh Valley sees 80% spike in COVID-19 cases since Thanksgiving

By Jen Rehill

December 31, 2020

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The Lehigh Valley has seen a huge spike in coronavirus cases since Thanksgiving, according to a WLVR analysis of data from the state. 

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“Eighty-five percent. That’s how much COVID-19 infections have increased since Nov. 26 in Lehigh and Northampton counties. That means the number of new cases since Thanksgiving is almost as big as all the cases up to that point from the start of the pandemic,”  says Jen Rehill, WLVR’s news director.

Specifically, the region has jumped from just over 19,000 cases before the holiday to more than 36,000 now.

“And the Lehigh Valley’s not alone. Cases have increased by about the same amount across Pennsylvania in the last five weeks,” she says.

And state health officials are concerned that Christmas and New Year’s will add fuel to that fire. They’re imploring residents to wear masks, stay home and avoid gatherings with anyone outside their immediate household.

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