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NB Mayor & Borough Council publish COVID-19 update

NEW BETHLEHEM, Pa. (RVO) – New Bethlehem Borough Council and the Office of Mayor Gordon V. Barrows published a press release this afternoon updating the public on the status of COVID-19 efforts.


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.

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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 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

Read the official press release on New Bethlehem Borough’s website here:

BOROUGH: New Bethlehem Borough meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm at the Alltel/Windstream Building at 212 Lafayette Street.

BOROUGH: To contact any member of Council or the Borough’s office, please visit: and click the ‘Council’ tab. You may also ‘like/follow’ New Bethlehem Borough on Facebook for the latest news:

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