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February 2, 2023

Northampton County closing walk-in COVID-19 testing site – lehighvalleylive.com

Northampton County closing walk-in COVID-19 testing site  lehighvalleylive.com

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Months after closing its drive-through COVID-19 testing and vaccine site, Northampton County announced it is now closing its walk-in COVID testing site.

The walk-in testing site will close Friday (Jan. 20) at 2300 Highland Ave. in Bethlehem Township, County Executive Lamont McClure said in a news release.

Last October, the county closed its drive-through COVID-19 testing and vaccine site at Coordinated Health in Bethlehem Township.

Northampton County residents and employees can still receive walk-in testing at the LVHN-ExpressCARE at 3701 Corriere Road, Suite 14, in Palmer Township. All testing will be through Health Network Lab Medicine, unless insurance requires a different laboratory.

A doctor’s order is not required for a COVID-19 test, but only Northampton County residents will have the cost covered by the county if they do not have health insurance. Participants should bring a photo ID and their insurance card, if they have one, with them to the testing site.

The walk-in testing sites are a collaboration between the Northampton County Department of Community and Economic Development, Emergency Management Services and Lehigh Valley Hospital-Coordinated Health Allentown Hospital.

“COVID-19 is still causing illness in our communities,” McClure said, as he thanked Lehigh Valley Health Network for continuing to make the testing services available.

At-home COVID testing has affected the ability to count cases, and officials are using hospital levels and increases in the death toll to monitor the virus’ spread.

The most recent state Department of Health data shows 10 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Northampton County, with two in the ICU and one ventilator being used.

As of Jan. 11, Northampton County has had 98,162 COVID cases and 1,215 deaths total during the pandemic.

Meanwhile in Lehigh County, there are 56 hospitalized COVID patients, with 14 in the ICU and 11 on ventilators.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists Lehigh and Northampton counties community case levels as medium, recommending people at high-risk wear a high-quality mask or respirator in public indoor spaces.

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Sarah Cassi may be reached at scassi@lehighvalleylive.com.