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Lehigh Valley Health Network resumes elective surgery

Sunday, May 3, 2020 by The Press in Focus

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)

A COVID-free facility is a hospital that has been quarantined throughout the pandemic, a stand...

Pa. Music & Arts Fest canceled at Allentown Fairgrounds

Sunday, May 3, 2020 by The Press in Focus

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...

Lehigh Valley Physician Group has reopened 50-plus facilities

Sunday, May 3, 2020 by The Press in Focus

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.

“With COVID-19 still in our...

Lehigh Valley Health Network updates birth-newborn centers policy

Sunday, May 3, 2020 by The Press in Focus

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.

• If you have been quarantined at home because of suspected COVID-19, you will not be permitted to visit Family Birth and Newborn Centers until you meet...

Miller-Keystone, Red Cross still seeking plasma donations

Sunday, May 3, 2020 by The Press in Focus

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.

“At the present time, no medications have been proven to treat this...

Eight Oaks to the rescue

Friday, May 1, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Upon learning about the severe shortage of hand sanitizer and reading how a profiteer had been selling it for $325 an ounce, Chad Butters, CEO and founder of Eight Oaks Farm Distillery asked his co-founders, “What is the right thing to do here?”

The board, comprised of the retired Army pilot’s daughter Carly Snyder, son-in-law Logan Snyder, and daughter’s brother-in-law Jesse Tyahla, agreed that producing hand sanitizer to combat the coronvirus pandemic and price-gouging was the “...

Getting into the Spirits

Friday, May 1, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

After reading about other distilleries in Pennsylvania switching over from beverage production to that of hand sanitizer, co-owners Andy and Kris Warner at Wardog Spirits and Black River Farms in Lower Saucon Township decided to do the same.

Their effort to help refill the Lehigh Valley’s desperately dwindled supply of hand disinfectant began March 20.

“We are abiding by the World Health Organization (WHO) recipe,” says Andy Warner.

“We start a fresh mash for each...

ArtsQuest streaming content online

Friday, May 1, 2020 by The Press in Focus

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.”

The content is available at a new ArtsQuest@Home webpage:, and on ArtsQuest social media.

ArtsQuest is providing links to live streaming concerts of artists who...

Coronavirus impact brings art, museums, libraries virtually to you

Friday, May 1, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and resultant stay-at-home and nonessential business closings orders have increased the online offerings of arts and cultural organizations.

Here are some Lehigh Valley venues and organizations you can explore while observing social distancing guidelines from the safety and comfort of your residence.

Libraries in the Lehigh Valley are continuing their online services. Overdue times and library card expirations have been extended.


The coronavirus challenge and response

Friday, May 1, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is unprecedented. That’s for sure.

The apparently highly-contagious virus, first reported in December 2019, took many by surprise.

What’s also for sure is the response to the pandemic around the world and in the United States.

Many in the medical field, emergency response organizations, nonprofit and corporate world, businesses large and small, communities large and small and families have stepped up to respond to the coronavirus...