PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION: 12-7-20
New Bethlehem Borough Council and the Office of Mayor Gordon V. Barrows wish to keep the general public informed by transparently sharing how we’ve been taking action to address the community’s concerns regarding the recent increase in COVID-19.
First, our heart goes out to the family, friends and neighbors who have recently lost loved ones or who are currently struggling to survive. Our sincerest and heartfelt prayers are with you and your families during this time.
Secondly, our office has been in routine communication with our county, state and federal health representatives, and government authorities, all who are actively monitoring the situation across our region, and taking swift action where necessary. We have also been in communication with our local nursing homes and elderly-care facilities, all of whom are taking the necessary health and safety precautions.
Thirdly, our office has received a number of requests to shut down local businesses, churches and other establishments, while taking more restrictive action. At this time, we do not intend to enforce such restrictive action, but we do strongly encourage our local community to follow DOH and CDC guidelines/requirements. We ask that you please respect and support local businesses, churches and other organizations who have independently, and temporarily chosen to close their doors or limit foot-traffic – many of them are small family-operated businesses.
Fourth, we’ve been working with our local first responders and emergency medical services to ensure they have access to the proper PPE, and any other necessary resources. With the recent news reports of our local hospitals and EMS reaching capacity, we cannot emphasize enough to please ensure you are taking every precaution possible to keep your family, friends, and neighbors safe.
Lastly, please be reminded you may contact our office with any questions or concerns as we continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Follow us on social media and our website for the latest news and important announcements @NewBethlehemBoro.com or 814.275.2003.
We greatly appreciate everyone’s cooperation as we work together to overcome this challenge in our community, and throughout the world.
Stay Healthy. Stay Safe. God Bless.
Gordon V. Barrows, Mayor
Mayor of New Bethlehem Pennsylvania
Lisa D. Kerle, President
Sandra C. Mateer, Vice President
Bryan Ruth, President pro-tempore
Richard McGarrity, Executive Secretary
Stewart Bain, Council Member
Don Heeter, Council Member
Brian Fox, Council Member
Scott Barrett, Council Member
Redbank Valley Area
New Bethlehem Borough:
Redbank Valley School District
Governor Wolf’s list of life-sustaining businesses
Life-sustaining business FAQ
Unemployment Frequently Asked Questions:
Resources for Local Government Officials:
PA Department of Health
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
If you have any questions about the Coronavirus, contact the PA Department of Health at 877-PA-HEALTH or your local county emergency management coordinator.
New Bethlehem Borough meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm at the Alltel/Windstream Building on Lafayette Street. Folks may contact the Borough’s office to be placed on the meeting agenda.
New Bethlehem Borough Council fosters business, community, and personal growth within the borough while maintaining the small town appeal and family friendly environment that makes New Bethlehem such a great place to work, live and raise a family.
GOALS & OBJECTIVES:
To learn more about Council’s Goals & Objectives, please visit: NewBethlehemBoro.com/about and click the ‘Mission’ tab.
To contact any member of Council or the Borough’s office, please visit: NewBethlehemBoro.com/about and click the ‘Council’ tab. You may also ‘like/follow’ New Bethlehem Borough on Facebook for the latest news/announcements: Facebook.com/NewBethlehem
For more info, please visit New Bethlehem Borough’s website: NewBethlehemBoro.com