He indicated that the timeline for this site will likely be delayed by Governor Tom Wolf's "absolutely correct" decision to allow educators to jump to the front of the line.
McClure indicated that Northampton County remains a hotspot for Covid-19, noting that 21-22% oif testing still comes back positive. But he notes that vaccines will hopefully make a dent. He reports that 21,511 residents have received at least one shot, and 28,741 have been fully inoculated. That's 9.3 per cent of Northampton County's population of 306,727. He blamed the federal government's slow response to the pandemic for the grim death toll, citing a Lancet study concluding that 40% of those deaths could have been avoided had former President Trump been more proactive.
Council member Ketty Myers assessment is that the virus response was "blown from top to bottom." This certainly is borne out be election returns handing both Trump and state Democrats a loss. "The only thing we can do now is pick up the pieces."
Myers and other Council members suggested this debate was unnecessary at the county level. "I am proud of the way we handled it at our level," remarked Council member Ron Heckman.