The Director of Corrections reports that currently there are no cases of COVID-19 among the staff or inmates at the Northampton County Prison (NCP). Since the start of the pandemic, 184 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19. All have finished their quarantine periods or are no longer at NCP. Sixty-four Corrections Officers have tested positive for the virus since the start of the pandemic. All have finished their quarantine periods and returned to work.
“We are very pleased that the cases of COVID-19 at NCP are back to zero,” says Lamont McClure. “With our successful mitigation methods and vaccination clinics we anticipate reopening some programs at the facility next month.”
Since March 2020, NCP has conducted 3,229 tests for COVID-19 on inmates. All new inmates coming into the facility receive a test before they are transferred to General Population; residents are tested on a random basis.
There are currently 520 inmates in residence at NCP. Twenty-seven non-violent offenders have been granted extended furloughs.
NCP will hold its second vaccination clinic on Wednesday, June 9th. PrimeCare Medical will administer the shots to inmates and staff. The vaccinations are not compulsory and are only provided to those who request them.
Services, including Linking Employment Activities Pre-release or the LEAP program, the Pine Brook Family Answers program and the Mid-Atlantic Rehabilitation services program will reopen on July 6th.
The Department of Corrections plans to begin reopening the work release program on July 7th. Only inmates who are fully vaccinated will be considered for participation in that program.
Extended furloughs were issued to non-violent offenders in 2020 during the pandemic. Furloughed inmates are scheduled to return to NCP on July 19, 20 and 21.
A COVID-19 drive-through vaccination clinic and testing site is open at 3100 Emrick Blvd. Bethlehem Township, 18020. Hours of operation are Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 10:00AM – 2:00PM and Tuesday/Thursday from 3:00PM to 6:00PM. The site is closed on Saturdays. The drive-through testing center is located in the parking area to the rear of the Coordinated Health Building and is separate from patient parking and routine patient care.
A Physician’s order is not required to be tested. The drive-through site is open to everyone, but only residents of Northampton County will receive a free test if they do not have health coverage. All testing will be through HNL Lab Medicine unless insurance requires an alternate laboratory. Participants should bring a photo ID and their insurance card, if they have one, with them to the testing site.
To make an appointment for a vaccine at the COVID-19 drive-thru testing site use one of the following options:
1. Schedule at the LVHN website at LVHN.org/appointment.
2. Schedule on the MyLVHN patient portal, at MyLVHN.org.
3. Call 833-584-6283
Information provided to TVL by:
Deputy Director of Administration
Northampton County Government Center
669 Washington Street
Easton, PA 18042