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Wolf extends school, non-life-sustaining business closures

Monday, March 30, 2020 by The Press in Local News

In a press conference March 30, Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine revised the commonwealth’s stay-at-home orders to include Carbon, Cumberland, Dauphin and Schuylkill counties, bringing the state total to 26 counties under a stay-at-home order.

This order took effect 8 p.m. March 30 and will continue until April 30.

According to the news release, all Pennsylvania schools will remain closed until further notice.

Non-life-sustaining business closures also remain in effect.

COVID-19: LVHN requests donations of PPE materials

Sunday, March 29, 2020 by The Press in Focus

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is in critical supply.

Face masks are PPE that helps protect health-care providers and non-clinical health-care workers from droplets that may be expelled by a cough or sneeze.

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) seeks the community’s help to sew face masks for LVHN.

Those who have a sewing machine and sewing skills are asked to make fabric face masks.

A mask can be used and reused after laundering it. This helps preserve the supply of professionally-manufactured PPE.

COVID-19: St. Luke’s urges telemedicine physician visits

Sunday, March 29, 2020 by The Press in Focus

During the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, St. Luke’s University Health Network is encouraging patients who have a scheduled appointment or want to make an appointment to call their physician’s office to schedule a virtual visit in place of an office visit.

“Staying home is important in a time like this,” said St. Luke’s family medicine physician Dennis McGorry, MD.

“As we are being advised to shelter in place, it should be reassuring to know that your doctor is here for you,” McGorry

St. Luke’s Virtual Visits include those for:

COVID-19: St. Luke’s partners with Coplay, Allentown firms to make face masks, shields

Sunday, March 29, 2020 by The Press in Focus

St. Luke’s University Health Network, Filament Innovations of Coplay and 3D manufacturer ProtoCAM of Allentown have teamed up to produce 3D printed masks and face shields for health-care providers during the the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“We’ve been following the news in Europe related to medical supplies, and I knew we had to act quickly,” said Megan Augustine, Director of St. Luke’s University Health Network’s Simulation Center.

COVID-19: St. Luke’s has Incident Command Center

Sunday, March 29, 2020 by The Press in Focus

St. Luke’s University Health Network is managing the Networks’ response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic through its Incident Command Center in Bethlehem.

The Incident Command Center has been organized according to the structure and principles established by United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The Incident Command Center is in operation 24/7, staffed by a team of experts, including those who have undergone emergency preparedness training at FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness in Alabama.

COVID-19: St. Luke’s requires employees to wear face masks

Sunday, March 29, 2020 by The Press in Focus

St. Luke’s University Health Network has implemented a universal masking policy for its patient-facing Health Care Workers (HCW) and employees.

St. Luke’s made the universal masking decision to protect its patients and staff and to help reduce the community spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

“We currently have an adequate supply of Personal Protective Equipment [PPE] to undertake this important safety initiative,” said Kara Mascitti, MD, St. Luke’s Medical Director of Health Care Epidemiology and Infection Prevention.

COVID-19: LVHN updates policy about accompanying outpatients

Sunday, March 29, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) continues to take unprecedented, temporary measures to keep our staff and patients safe during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

Visitors are not permitted to accompany patients undergoing outpatient infusion or radiation oncology treatments except under these circumstances:

- If the patient requires assistance getting to the registration area, someone may escort the patient. Staff will then take the patient to receive treatment.

COVID-19: Lehigh Valley Health Network to furlough 900 staff members at Lehigh Valley Physician Group

Sunday, March 29, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Reduced in-person office visits will result in furloughing more than 900 staff members in various positions at nearly 150 practice locations of Lehigh Valley Physician Group (LVPG), Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) announced.

“We want to assure those affected and our community that this is temporary,” said Michael Rossi, MD, President, LVPG.

“These are furloughs and not layoffs, meaning those affected will retain their benefits. Some will be redeployed as needed and appropriate,” Rossi said.

COVID-19: LVHN male caregivers asked to shave beards for masks

Sunday, March 29, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) male caregivers are being asked to shave their facial hair.

Some facial hairstyles compromise the effectiveness of the N-95 face mask, preventing a tight seal around the face.

An N-95 respirator and surgical mask are Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that protect the wearer from airborne particles and from liquid contaminating the face and are critical during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

COVID-19: LVHN suspends outpatient services at numerous locations in Lehigh Valley region

Sunday, March 29, 2020 by The Press in Focus

As part of its ongoing effort to ensure safety for patients, staff and the community during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) has temporarily suspended outpatient rehabilitation services at select locations as of March 25.

LVHN will contact a patient if his or her appointment is impacted by the closures. Appointments will be postponed or relocated to a location.

The following outpatient rehabilitation locations have temporarily suspended services:

- Rehabilitation Services - Tamaqua

- Rehabilitation Services - Frackville