Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure reported to County Council on May 7 that the County has been paying "hazard" pay some employees to compensate them for possible exposure to Covid-19. According to Fiscal Affairs Director Steve Barron, this money is coming directly from the county coffers. While the County will seek reimbursement, it's unclear at this juncture whether the federal government intends to provide any grants at all to state or local government. McClure nevertheless feels that this extra compensation is the right thing to do. It is going to corrections officers, Gracedale, juvenile justice workers and human services staff whose work puts in direct contact with Covid-19.
This hazard is a 20% on top of base pay. It's 25% for working in an area exposed to Covid-19. It's 30% for the isolation unit at Gracedale,
Under the emergency powers he has been given, McClure has the power to increase wages where he sees fit without getting Council approval. But he did report his action.