According to the Federal Trade Commission, impostor scams – scams where con artists pretend to be with a government agency, a business or have a personal relationship with a potential scam victim - were the most commonly reported type of scam in 2019.
A recent AARP survey confirms this data.
AARP spoke to adults age 18 and older and found 47 percent have been targeted by at least one impostor scam. Worse yet, 18 percent of U.S. adults targeted or victimized by a scam report experiencing health problems or emotional distress due to the experience.
The Great Pennsylvania Music & Arts Celebration at the Agri-Plex, Allentown Fairgrounds, Memorial Day weekend, has been canceled because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Pennsylvania’s Music Preservation Society, which produces the event, is partnering with WFMZ-TV, Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong, Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure, Jr. and Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council, for an audio-streaming event as part of a nationwide “Moment of Remembrance,” 3 p.m. May 28, Memorial Day.
Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) has updated guidelines, effective April 24, for its Family Birth and Newborn Centers:
• If you reside in or have recently traveled to New York, New Jersey or Connecticut, you may visit Family Health and Newborn Centers as long as you meet the screening criteria required of hospital visitors.
Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) has reopened COVID-free hospitals for elective surgery.
The three COVID-free hospitals are:
• Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) - Tilghman, 4815 Tilghman St., Allentown. (Opened May 1)
• Coordinated Health Allentown, 1503 N. Cedar Crest Blvd. (Opened April 30)
• Coordinated Health Bethlehem, 2310 Highland Ave. (Opening May 11)
Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) reopened more than 50 Lehigh Valley Physician Group (LVPG) practices and some ExpressCARE locations May 1 in the Lehigh Valley.
The facilities closed in early April because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
COVID-safe precautions, including staggered patient arrival times, are in effect. Same-day appointments, virtually or in-person, are guaranteed. Hours have been expanded to include weekends.
Miller-Keystone Blood Center and the American Red Cross seek plasma donations from recovered COVID-19 patients.
The convalescent plasma program is overseen by the Mayo Clinic.
Lehigh Valley Health Network is part of the national compassionate-use trial, and so far, has treated six COVID-19 patients with convalescent plasma.
There is a waiting list of COVID-19 patients awaiting plasma matches.
For locations, closings and current updates, call 610-829-4540 (ask operator for Area Agency on Aging) or visit www.northamptoncounty.org/HS/AGING/Pages/default.aspx.
Because of concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the health and safety of the community, the five- and 10-week summer sessions that begin May 18 at Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) will be offered either online or remotely. There will be no face-to-face classes.
An additional five-week session begins July 6. Registration is ongoing for this session, too, but it has not been determined if classes will transition to online or remote.
With the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) closing ArtsQuest’s SteelStacks’ and Banana Factory venues, the Bethlehem nonprofit has launched online concerts, movie talks, “Toddler Storytimes” and “Improvised Standup.”
ArtsQuest is providing links to live streaming concerts of artists who have performed at Musikfest and-or SteelStacks, including Low Cut Connie, Talking Heads tribute band Start Making Sense and Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn.
For locations, updates, information and closings, visit www.lehighcounty.org/Departments/Human-Services/Neighborhood-Senior-Cent... or call 610-782-3254 for locations and closings.
Wednesday, April 29: Barbecue turkey, green and wax beans, mashed potatoes, corn bread, diced peaches.
Thursday, April 30: Stuffed peppers w / meat sauce, dilled carrots, mashed potatoes, whole wheat dinner roll, cherry gelatin
Friday, May 1: Pulled pork sandwich, vegetable soup, coleslaw, whole wheat sandwich roll, sugar cookie.