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St. Luke’s holds virtual service for COVID-19 victims

Monday, June 1, 2020 by The Press in Focus

St. Luke’s University Health Network employees paused from their duties on the afternoon of May 28 for a virtual memorial service to honor COVID-19 victims.

The nondenominational service, led by St. Luke’s Network Director of Pastoral Care, the Rev. Mary Catherine Cole, was streamed live from the St. Luke’s Bethlehem Campus chapel via Microsoft Teams to St. Luke’s facilities.

It was the first network-wide service of its kind in St. Luke’s 147-year history.

The United...

Lehigh Valley Health Network updates guidelines for visits

Monday, June 1, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) has updated its guidelines for visits, effective May 20.

During the past 10 weeks, LVHN implemented many processes, such as visitor temperature screenings at entrances, to help keep everyone safe in the facilities. The safety measures have proven to be very effective.

As LVHN hospitals continue to see declines in the number of COVID-19 cases in the region, visitors are invited to select areas to provide support and companionship to...

St. Luke’s University Health Network joins PPE manufacturing agreement

Monday, June 1, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Premier Inc., a leading healthcare improvement company, and 15 leading health systems acquired a minority stake in Prestige Ameritech, the largest domestic manufacturer of face masks, including N-95 respirators and surgical masks.

Under the agreement, Premier members, including St. Luke’s University Health Network, based in Bethlehem, commit to purchase a portion of face masks that are used annually from Prestige Ameritech for up to six years, inclusive of a three-year renewal option...

Lehigh Valley Health Network resumes mammograms

Monday, June 1, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) Breast Health Services has reopened 15 locations to provide COVID-SAFE screening mammograms for women, age 40-plus.

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, LVHN could only offer diagnostic mammography services for women with suspected breast cancer.

LVHN staff at all locations are following safety measures to keep patients and caregivers safe, including: temperature screening at the door; patient arrival times are staggered and waiting...

Coronavirus cancellations: Levitt Pavilion concerts, Shinedown at Musikfest, Kutztown Folk Festival

Saturday, May 30, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

An announcement about the 2020 edition of Musikfest is expected the week of June 7, according to ArtsQuest officials.

Meanwhile, the Levitt Pavilion concerts at SteelStacks on Bethlehem’s southside, are going virtual, at least to start the 10th annual season with “Levitt in Your Living Room,” Thursdays - Saturdays, which began May 28.

Musikfest, July 31 - Aug. 9, SteelStacks and downtown Bethlehem, is still on, as is the Great Allentown Fair, Sept. 1-7, as of the publication...

Summer 2020 ‘Bach at Noon’ at St. John’s, Allentown, goes online

Saturday, May 30, 2020 by The Press in Focus

The summer 2020 “Bach at Noon” series at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Allentown, will not be open to the public.

The sixth annual “Bach at Noon” at St. John’s begins June 9 with the first of three virtual “Bach at Noon” performances presented by The Bach Choir of Bethlehem.

Because of restrictions on large gatherings during the COVID-19 outbreak, the concerts will be videotaped, featuring smaller ensembles of musicians who incorporate safe social distancing in lieu...

Gigless in the Valley: The sounds of silence for classical musicians

Saturday, May 30, 2020 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Third of six parts

On what would have been the second weekend of the 113th Bethlehem Bach Festival, Robin Kani went outside and turned on her Bluetooth to hear a prior year’s recording of Bach’s “Mass in B Minor” performed by the Bach Choir of Bethlehem.

The performance of the “Mass,” which takes place on the Saturday in Packer Church of each of the festival’s two weekends, which would have been May 8 and 9 and May 25 and 16, is one of the most anticipated events of the Lehigh...

Healthy Geezer: Blue blockers, losing weight, nicotine gum

Saturday, May 30, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. What are “blue blockers” and are they worth getting?

There’s a controversy over the possible harm done by blue light.

There is blue light in the bright glare from snow or water. Lenses that block blue light are usually amber-colored. This color is supposed to help you see distant objects more easily. Amber sunglasses are used by many pilots and hunters.

If you are shopping for sunglasses, the most important feature to look for is the ability to protect your eyes from...