Northampton Press

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Fest cancels 2020 season, Allentown Symphony Diane Wittry concerts canceled

Monday, March 30, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to roil the Lehigh Valley arts and entertainment scene as the crisis of cancellations continues.

The Allentown Symphony Orchestra concerts to honor the 25th anniversary season of ASO Music Director and Conductor Diane Wittry will not take place.

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival has canceled its 2020 summer season.

The Allentown Art Museum is closed “indefinitely.”

The 113th Bach Festival, May 8, 9...

COVID-19: Lehigh Valley Health Network to furlough 900 staff members at Lehigh Valley Physician Group

Sunday, March 29, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Reduced in-person office visits will result in furloughing more than 900 staff members in various positions at nearly 150 practice locations of Lehigh Valley Physician Group (LVPG), Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) announced.

“We want to assure those affected and our community that this is temporary,” said Michael Rossi, MD, President, LVPG.

“These are furloughs and not layoffs, meaning those affected will retain their benefits. Some will be redeployed as needed and...

COVID-19: St. Luke’s official says community spread in LV, Poconos

Sunday, March 29, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Community spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has reached the Lehigh Valley and Poconos, St. Luke’s University Health Network infectious disease specialists have confirmed.

The definition of community spread is that the virus is being transmitted among members of a community in the community.

Because of this, St. Luke’s University Health Network is urging the public to shelter at home. “Stay home to stop the spread” is the motto.

St. Luke’s issued the information March...

COVID-19: LVHN suspends outpatient services at numerous locations in Lehigh Valley region

Sunday, March 29, 2020 by The Press in Focus

As part of its ongoing effort to ensure safety for patients, staff and the community during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) has temporarily suspended outpatient rehabilitation services at select locations as of March 25.

LVHN will contact a patient if his or her appointment is impacted by the closures. Appointments will be postponed or relocated to a location.

The following outpatient rehabilitation locations have temporarily suspended...

COVID-19: LVHN male caregivers asked to shave beards for masks

Sunday, March 29, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) male caregivers are being asked to shave their facial hair.

Some facial hairstyles compromise the effectiveness of the N-95 face mask, preventing a tight seal around the face.

An N-95 respirator and surgical mask are Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that protect the wearer from airborne particles and from liquid contaminating the face and are critical during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Said Thomas Whalen, MD, LVHN Senior...

COVID-19: LVHN updates policy about accompanying outpatients

Sunday, March 29, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) continues to take unprecedented, temporary measures to keep our staff and patients safe during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

Visitors are not permitted to accompany patients undergoing outpatient infusion or radiation oncology treatments except under these circumstances:

- If the patient requires assistance getting to the registration area, someone may escort the patient. Staff will then take the patient to receive treatment.

- If...

COVID-19: St. Luke’s requires employees to wear face masks

Sunday, March 29, 2020 by The Press in Focus

St. Luke’s University Health Network has implemented a universal masking policy for its patient-facing Health Care Workers (HCW) and employees.

St. Luke’s made the universal masking decision to protect its patients and staff and to help reduce the community spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

“We currently have an adequate supply of Personal Protective Equipment [PPE] to undertake this important safety initiative,” said Kara Mascitti, MD, St. Luke’s Medical Director of Health...

COVID-19: St. Luke’s has Incident Command Center

Sunday, March 29, 2020 by The Press in Focus

St. Luke’s University Health Network is managing the Networks’ response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic through its Incident Command Center in Bethlehem.

The Incident Command Center has been organized according to the structure and principles established by United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The Incident Command Center is in operation 24/7, staffed by a team of experts, including those who have undergone emergency preparedness training at FEMA’s...

COVID-19: St. Luke’s partners with Coplay, Allentown firms to make face masks, shields

Sunday, March 29, 2020 by The Press in Focus

St. Luke’s University Health Network, Filament Innovations of Coplay and 3D manufacturer ProtoCAM of Allentown have teamed up to produce 3D printed masks and face shields for health-care providers during the the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“We’ve been following the news in Europe related to medical supplies, and I knew we had to act quickly,” said Megan Augustine, Director of St. Luke’s University Health Network’s Simulation Center.

She began working with her team and the...

COVID-19: St. Luke’s urges telemedicine physician visits

Sunday, March 29, 2020 by The Press in Focus

During the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, St. Luke’s University Health Network is encouraging patients who have a scheduled appointment or want to make an appointment to call their physician’s office to schedule a virtual visit in place of an office visit.

“Staying home is important in a time like this,” said St. Luke’s family medicine physician Dennis McGorry, MD.

“As we are being advised to shelter in place, it should be reassuring to know that your doctor is here for you,”...