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

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by The Press in Focus, 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...

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

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by The Press in Focus, 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:, and on ArtsQuest social media.

“Over the past week, our staff has been busy working on...

COVID-19: LVHN innovates for N-95 masks

Tuesday, March 24, 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.

“There’s a sense of urgency as its been well documented that health-...

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

Tuesday, March 24, 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: LVHN adds test locations

Tuesday, March 24, 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...

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

Tuesday, March 24, 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: New York City contact poses risk

Tuesday, March 24, 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.

For the safety of patients and colleagues, LVHN colleagues...

Growing Green: Heavenly hellebores include the Lenten Rose

Friday, March 20, 2020 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

Winter-blooming hellebores have extensive, woody root systems that enable them to thrive and bloom in freezing temperatures.

The earliest blooming hellebores (Heleborus foetitus) in the Lehigh Valley can bloom as early as December and may continue into April. In a cool spring, some species will continue blooming into May, by which time they will set seed and stop producing flowers.

There are about 20 species of hellebores. However, the ones you are most likely to find in area...

Concert Review: Guitarist Steve Hackett still the heart of Genesis

Friday, March 20, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

It’s been announced that Genesis is reforming with Phil Collins, but without Peter Gabriel or Steve Hackett.

Anyone in the audience at Steve Hackett’s concert March 12, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, might well think that the new group will not be the true Genesis.

Genesis was the epitome of progressive rock until, for better or worse, Gabriel and Hackett left and the band took a commercial pop direction.

At Miller Symphony Hall, Hackett and his band did the entire...

Coronavirus A&E closings: State Theatre, Penn’s Peak, Sherman Theatre extending postponements through April

Friday, March 20, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The impact of the Coronoavirus pandemic on the greater Lehigh Valley arts and entertainment scene continues through April and beyond, with concerts at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Penn’s Peak and Sherman Theater postponed, productions at DeSales University and Touchstone Theatre canceled, and the entire 40th season of Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre on hiatus.

The wave of coronavirus closings washed across the Lehigh Valley with the Allentown Art Museum; Civic Theatre of...