According to the state Department of Health, there were only seven new cases of Covid-19 reported in Lehigh County on Tuesday. In Northampton County, there were just three, although the county GIS places the count at eight. Whether it's three or eight, it's still a precipitous drop from the record-high 448 new cases reported on January 29. More importantly, it appears to be a downward trend that has gone on for about the past month.
Statewide, the positivity rate on Covid-19 has dipped to 3.9%, below the 5% threshold at which public health officials become concerned about community spread.
Since we've begun tacking them, there have been 75,346 Covid-19 cases in the Lehigh Valley. (Lehigh - 39,644; Northampton - 35,702). This amounts to 11.11% of the combined population (677,963) of both counties.
The disease infected over 10% of the population.
Unfortunately, there have also been 1,564 Covid-19 deaths in the Lehigh Valley. (Lehigh - 853; Northampton - 711). It has killed two per cent of those infected, but has only killed 0.23% of the combined population of both counties.
I decline to state why there has been a decline. That determination is above my paygrade. But for the first time in a year, things are looking up.