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COVID-19: LVHN updates guidelines for visitors at birth centers

Thursday, April 9, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) has updated guidelines for visitors at its Family Birth and Newborn Centers because of concerns about COVID-19 exposure from individuals with no symptoms, including patients and visitors, and because of an awareness of regional relocation of patients out of high-risk New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut areas, despite CDC travel restrictions.

The guidelines, which went into effect March 30 include:

Triage - To reduce Personal Protective...

Coronavirus impact: 113th Bach Festival canceled in Bethlehem

Saturday, April 4, 2020 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

The 113th Bethlehem Bach Festival will not take place in May 2020 because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Bach Choir of Bethlehem officials announced the decision to cancel the internationally-recognized May 8, 9 and May 15, 16 festival, described as “The Heart of Our Season,” in an email to patrons, on its website and in an April 3 press release to the media.

“With an immeasurable amount of sadness, but an abundance of caution, we announce that The 113th Bethlehem Bach...

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

Saturday, April 4, 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 Bethlehem Bach Festival,...

Exhibit marks Allentown Art Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art partnership

Saturday, April 4, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

“Evolution of the Spiritual: Europe to America,” an exhibition in the Kress Gallery, Allentown Art Museum, began a multi-year partnership with the Philadelphia Museum of Art

On view were eight historic depictions of the Virgin Mary from the 15th century through the 20th century on loan from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Several Renaissance and Baroque portraits of the Virgin Mary that are part of the Allentown Art Museum’s permanent collection in Kress Gallery were rearranged...

Student Poetry Project

Saturday, April 4, 2020 by The Press in Focus


Editor’s Note: In observation of Natioinal Poetry Month in April, poems selected from entrants in the 15th annual Lehigh Valley Press Student Poetry Project will be published in the Focus section in the April 22 edition of the Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and websites.

The Family Project: Coping in the time of coronavirus

Saturday, April 4, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

First of two parts

“The Family Project” panel shares strategies to cope with “stay-at-home” orders for coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Pam Wallace, Project Child program coordinator, has grown children living in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Oakland, Calif., which are coronavirus “hotspots.”

Said Wallace, “I try to check in with them every day, either by phone, FaceTime or Zoom. It gives me some peace to find them adjusting well and healthy.”

As with other panelists,...

Respectfully Yours: Female attire for summer morning wedding

Saturday, April 4, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

My friend is getting married this summer and the wedding is at 11 a.m. When attending a morning wedding, what are female guests expected to wear?

Dear Reader,

Traditionally, a daytime wedding is a semi-formal event and an evening wedding is a formal event.

When deciding what to wear, the time of day isn’t the only thing to take into consideration. The location and venue of the wedding are also big determining factors in what a guest should wear....

Healthy Geezer: Water, Dupuytren’s Contracture, indigestion

Saturday, April 4, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. How much water should I drink every day?

Water intake is a health issue that you should discuss with your doctor before deciding how much you should drink. The amount you drink is dependent upon the state of your health.

The simplest answer I could find to this very complicated question is this: If you aren’t thirsty and you produce one to two quarts of light yellow urine daily (the average output for an adult), you’re probably taking in enough water.

If you are...