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Stay-at-home order issued

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by The Press in Local News

LEHIGH COUNTY

Lehigh County Executive Phillips M. Armstrong, along with Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, has placed Lehigh County on a stay-at-home order, urging residents to shelter in place for their health and safety.

The state-at-home order was announced by Armstrong approximately 11:45 a.m. via Facebook Live.

The stay-at-home order begins 8 p.m. March 25 and will continue until April 6.

Wolf ordered a stay-at-home command for Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Monroe and Montgomery counties March 23. Lehigh County is the latest addition to the list.

COVID-19: LVHN closing operating rooms in attempt to mitigate coronavirus impact

Sunday, March 22, 2020 by The Press in Social News

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) announced March 11 that several of its operating rooms will close to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).

“COVID-19 is now in our community, and the disruption it has caused is unprecedented. When dealing with crisis situations as an emergency physician, the most valuable lesson I learned was: Do not panic. Fear is our enemy,” said Brian Nester, President and CEO of Lehigh Valley Health Network.

COVID-19: ArtsQuest streaming concerts, improv, talks, readings

Sunday, March 22, 2020 by The Press in Social News

With the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) closing ArtsQuest’s SteelStacks’ and Banana Factory venues through March, the Bethlehem nonprofit has launched online concerts, movie talks, “Toddler Storytimes” and “Improvised Standup.”

The content is available on a new ArtsQuest@Home webpage: www.artsquest.org/athome, and on ArtsQuest social media.

“Over the past week, our staff has been busy working on ways that we can continue to bring the arts and live programming into everyone’s homes,” said ArtsQuest Chief Programming Officer Patrick Brogan.

COVID-19: Muhlenberg College poll: Concern grew from 67 to 81 percent

Sunday, March 22, 2020 by The Press in Social News

A “Muhlenberg College 2020 Pennsylvania Public Health Poll: Coronavirus Report” found that 74 percent of Pennsylvania adults were either “very concerned” or “concerned” about the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States.

The poll was conducted March 2 - 16.

During the time of the survey, the percent of Pennsylvanians “very concerned” or “concerned” about the spread of the coronavirus increased from 67 percent between March 2 - 10 to 81 percent between March 11 - 16.

Other key survey findings:

COVID-19: St. Luke’s requests PPE items

Saturday, March 21, 2020 by The Press in Focus

As COVID-19 spreads throughout the United States, health-care systems are preparing for potential nationwide shortages of critical supplies.

While St. Luke’s University Health Network now has an adequate stock of necessary items, officials want to be prepared for shortages that might occur in the future.

St Luke’s is accepting donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies from employees, patients, friends, family members and community partners.

COVID-19: Elective surgery limits at LVHN, St. Luke’s

Saturday, March 21, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) and St. Luke’s University Health Network have issued a joint statement about surgical services.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the surgeon general, Jerome Adams MD, and the American College of Surgeons have recommended that hospitals limit elective surgical procedures.

The measures are intended to allow hospitals to be prepared for the anticipated surge in COVID-19 cases, as well as to limit patient and caregiver exposure.

COVID-19: LVHN adds test locations

Saturday, March 21, 2020 by The Press in Focus

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) added two more LVHN Assess and Test locations, effective March 19, and expanded hours.

New Test and Assess locations

- LVHN COVID-19 Assess and Test - 17th Street, 1730 W. Chew St., Allentown. 18104

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

- LVHN COVID-19 Assess and Test – Muhlenberg, 2604 Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem. 18017

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Practice relocations

COVID-19: New York City contact poses risk

Saturday, March 21, 2020 by The Press in Focus

If you have been in New York City or exposed to someone who has traveled there in the past 14 days, you may be at heightened risk for contracting coronavirus (COVID-19).

While this is not a formal declaration from a state or federal agency, the alert represents observations that Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) medical professionals have made regarding the cohort of positive COVID-19 cases in Eastern Pennsylvania.

COVID-19: LVHN innovates for N-95 masks

Saturday, March 21, 2020 by The Press in Focus

With shortages of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the United States because of the COVID-19 outbreak, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) is extending the use of N-95 respirator masks used by caregivers as protection against the virus.

LVHN colleagues are recycling surgical wrap, common blue sanitary sheets that protect operating room instruments before they are used, to make coverings for N-95 masks.