If you count 64 NorCo residents who died in Lehigh, the death toll from Covid-19 stands at 344 as of November 12. I'd certainly like to see a more current date, but Lehigh County's coroner is unable to provide more timely updates.
In municipalities with nursing homes, the count is pretty high. Upper Nazareth, where Gracedale is located, reports 84 deaths. Their average age is 83 in NorCo and 76 in Lehigh.
According to Executive Lamont McClure, 20 county residents died in November alone. He, like other public officials, recommends social distancing, masks and handwashing.
Interestingly, many slate belt communities have been spared. Upper Mount Bethel? Zip. Portland? Nada. East Bangor? Nothing. Lower Mount Bethel? Goose egg.
Why is this? Some of you might say it's because many people who live there tend to spend more time outdoors. Personally, I think the virus is scared of the cRaZy bastards who live there.