Rep. Wild Responds to First COVID-19 Related Death in PA, Greater Lehigh Valley

March 18, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Susan Wild (PA-07) responded to Pennsylvania’s first COVID-19 related death, an adult from Northampton County in Pennsylvania’s 7th District who was being treated at a hospital. 


“I was heartbroken to learn of the loss of one of PA-07’s own in Northampton County due to COVID-19. At this difficult time, my thoughts are with the individual’s family and loved ones,” Wild said. “As we continue to gather details, I must again emphasize to the people of Pennsylvania to heed the warnings set forth by the CDC and Governor Wolf: unless absolutely necessary, stay home and avoid direct in-person contact with others. I understand that this is a distressing time for many; folks are worrying about making their mortgage and utility payments at the same time they are worrying about their sick and elderly loved ones. I assure you that my colleagues and I are working swiftly to ensure you get the support and relief you need. I implore all residents of my district to practice social distancing to help mitigate the spread of the virus. Your decisions now affect the health and well-being of others like never before. The way we can best get through this is by everyone looking out for one another and exercising best practices to contain this outbreak.”


Statewide, there are 133 cases of COVID-19 reported from commercial, hospital, and state labs. County specific information and a statewide map are available here.


On Monday, Governor Wolf announced statewide restrictions to help mitigate the spread of the virus including closure of all dine-in facilities, all non-essential businesses, and K-12 schools. The next ten days are crucial to slowing the spread of the virus and the best way to stay safe is to put distance between yourself and others.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Put distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

If you have been exposed to or exhibit the symptoms of COVID-19 – fever, cough, shortness of breath – please contact your health care provider. Emergency COVID-19 hotlines have been established by St. Luke’s University Health Network and Lehigh Valley Health Network to evaluate and provide guidance to individuals in accordance with CDC guidelines. Please contact one of the hotlines below for more information if you or a loved one are exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19.  



Call Number: 1-(888) 402-LVHN (5846)


Call Number: 1-(866)-STLUKES or (866)-785-8537



The Disease Control and Prevention Act protects the right to privacy and confidentiality of Pennsylvanians, so at this time, there is no additional information available about the patient.