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 Northampton and Lehigh are a part — are expected to move to yellow by 12:01 a.m. June 5.
The counties moving to yellow May 29 include Dauphin, Franklin, Huntingdon, Lebanon, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike and Schuylkill.
President Donald Trump made his first visit to the Lehigh Valley as president May 14 to tour the Owens & Minor Inc. medical supply distribution center, 7437 Industrial Blvd., Upper Macungie Township.
During a livestream video on the White House Web page, Trump discussed increasing the Strategic National Stockpile, coronavirus testing and state reopening plans.
Trump addressed an audience of several dozen employees, all sitting at least 6 feet apart and wearing masks. Trump did not wear a mask on the tour.
Northampton Farmers Market coordinator Pat Knopf expects a good season for the market, held at Municipal Park, Smith Lane and Laubach Avenue.
The May 12 opening day was a slow start, due to windy weather and a perceived dampened attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The market is set up 3-6:30 p.m. every Tuesday from May through October. Knopf said she typically has 10-plus vendors selling a variety of vegetables, plants, flowers, honey, specialty peanut butter products and grass-fed meats.
(Please note that, as many municipal buildings are closed to the public at this time, these meetings may be available via teleconference.)
Lehigh Township Municipal Authority meets 6 p.m. in the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road.
Moore Township Recreation Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive.
Northampton Borough Council meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 1401 Laubach Ave.
Moore Township Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive.
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 Northampton County, 2,727 positive cases, 9,941 negative cases and 176 deaths have been reported.
In Lehigh County, 3,491 positive cases, 10,865 negative cases and 182 deaths have been reported.
• Northampton Joint Veterans Association is changing its Memorial Day service due to the COVID-19 safety guidelines. Instead of the traditional service at the borough plaza, the veterans groups have decided to do small ceremonies at various cemeteries May 25. The ceremony will include a call to the colors, prayer, “Amazing Grace” rendition, rifle salute and ending with taps.
The program is as follows:
10 a.m.: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church cemetery, 2181 Washington Ave.
A sign stating “Protect your neighbors. Keep your mask covering your nose and mouth at all times” greeted shoppers May 15, opening day of the 2020 Bath Farmers Market.
The farmers market, now in its 13th season, is held 3-6:30 p.m. every Friday at Keystone Park, Route 329 and Green Street.
It will remain open through Sept. 3.
The beautiful, warm weather yielded a nice attendance for this first day. Attendees seemed delighted to be outside among other people, albeit masked and maintaining social distancing.
Local colleges and universities have started adjusting their graduation dates for the Class of 2020 in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Muhlenberg College has made the bold decision in announcing its graduation ceremony will be held in October.
According to Muhlenberg’s website, “We have set a planned date of Oct. 17 and 18 to hold an on-campus ceremony and baccalaureate program, including our school of continuing education graduates.”