If you were the owner of South Whitehall Township’s popular Josh Early Candies, what would you do with all the Easter chocolates you made for the upcoming holiday but could not sell due to the coronavirus sweeping the country?
How about donate it all to the employees and physicians working at the Lehigh Valley Health Network and St. Luke’s University Health Network? That’s exactly what Barry Dobil Sr., current owner of the family-run business, is doing.
Northampton Borough has canceled all council meetings for the month of April, which now makes three consecutive meetings that have been shelved since the COVID-19 pandemic erupted across the nation. Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said there is no immediate plan to restart the council sessions, which were also canceled in March.
Brobst noted council members are kept abreast of official business on a daily basis via telephone or email.
There is a new calling today for people who sew. The mission — to help keep medical professionals and those they look after safe.
Victoria Klaus, of Moore Township, has added her sewing skills to the many individuals in the Lehigh Valley who are making personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Klaus has been working with fabric for a long time. When she was young, she watched her mother sew and make quilts. About five years ago, she learned how to sew and began making items for family and friends.
The current COVID-19 pandemic has made saying farewell to lost loved ones and friends even more heart-wrenching. Although death care services are considered essential and are permitted by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s order to continue physical operations, large gatherings of any kind are prohibited.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has mandated funeral directors to “delay these events or limit these events to 10 people or less.”
Gov. Tom Wolf signed SB 422 March 27, postponing the primary election to June 2 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As we approach the June 2 primary election, the Whitehall-Coplay Press, Northampton Press and Catasauqua Press, in the interest of fairness, will halt publication of columns by local government officials and letters to the editor submitted by those running for office or regarding those running for office.
The last week for publication of columns by local government officials running for office is the April 30 edition.
Emmaus Rotary Club once again celebrated International Women’s Day at its March 5 meeting by honoring Jill Long with the Rotarian Award and Corrine Goodwin with the Community Award.
Rotarian Alicia Ruiz-Orbin is the chair of the International Women’s Day celebration for Emmaus Rotary Club.
Ruiz-Orbin provided a history of women in Rotary, saying, “Female members were not admitted until 1989 when the constitution and bylaws of Rotary International stated that Rotary Club membership was for males only.
When St. Luke’s University Hospital made the announcement it was in need of supplies to help combat the coronavirus, Northampton Area School District stepped up to assist.
“[St. Luke’s] staff were looking for supplies they are using while treating patients,” NASD Superintendent of Schools Joseph S. Kovalchik said. “With students out of school, we gave some of our supply to help them out. The supplies are going to the St. Luke’s Care Now center on MacArthur Road. We have enough for our use in case they reopen schools again.”
The coronavirus has caused the closing of local schools and businesses, which has forced the American Red Cross Lehigh Valley to cancel planned blood drives, according to Peter Brown, executive director.
“We are looking at adding (blood) drives,” Brown said. “The public should still go ahead and make appointments to give blood.”
Brown said potential blood donors can arrange appointments by going to the website, redcrossblood.org, and entering their ZIP code. The Red Cross has implemented new screening measures designed to keep staff and clients safe.
We are living in a confusing time where frustrations linger on the uncertainty of tomorrow. During a crisis, it seems natural to savor our snacks and hoard our food, but it is during difficult times we should turn and share with our neighbors — 6 feet apart, of course.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported, as of March 31, there are 4,843 positive cases of COVID-19 across 60 counties. The department also reported 63 total deaths in the state.
Northampton County, as of March 31, has reported 245 positive cases and five deaths.
Lehigh County, as of March 31, has reported 272 positive cases and four deaths.
Of the patients who have tested positive to date, the age breakdown is as follows:
Less than 1% are aged 0-4;
Less than 1% are aged 5-12;
1% are aged 13-18;
Nearly 10% are aged 19-24;