As a pet owner, I have wondered about any risks to my cat Moxie getting the coronavirus from me, or vice versa. I was relieved to find some of the answers on the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) website.
To begin with, the site said nonporous surfaces, such as countertops and doorknobs, transmit viruses better than porous materials, such as pet fur. That’s because porous, especially fibrous, materials absorb and traps the virus. That makes it harder to contract by simply touching.
Pennsylvania Department of Health officials have reported a state total of 34,528 COVID-19 cases and 1,564 deaths, as of April 21.
A statewide total of 132,323 negative cases has also been reported.
In Lehigh County, 2,295 cases and 49 deaths have been reported. A countywide total of 5,883 negative cases has also been reported.
In Northampton County, 1,544 cases and 43 deaths have been reported. A countywide total of 5,004 negative cases has also been reported.
All 67 counties in Pennsylvania are under a stay-at-home order through May 8.
On April 19, Catasauqua American Legion Post 215, 330 Second St., offered free masks to those in need of protection during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 300 masks were handmade by Dorothy and Joe Zassa, along with Mike and Nancy Renick. With the new restrictions that you cannot get into an essential store without a mask, masks have now become a critical and necessary accessory.
The American Legion jumped to the rescue.
Getting the cotton fabric was not a problem, but it took nearly a week to make the masks.
The weekend is notoriously put on reserve for rest and relaxation. We’d seek solitude in the mornings and rage in the evenings to grasp a glimpse of what life is all about.
With the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping our streets, the community has begun innovating new ways to maintain connectedness while remaining safe at home.
Lehigh Valley deejay Freddie Frederick Jr. keeps the crowd fed by broadcasting jams on Facebook Live from his basement. Frederick, who is the successor of Lehigh Valley legend Frantic Freddie, has been mixing sets for more than 35 years.
Danielle Tenconi sent a note to St. Luke’s University Hospital saying it would receive a shipment of supplies for first responders.
St. Luke’s accepted the delivery April 17 — 20,000 pounds of goods.
Tenconi is the director of communications for West Coast-based Operation Gratitude.
“We are a national nonprofit, and we started a new project, Coalition to Support COVID-19 Frontline Responders. So far, we have raised $1.5 million in financial support and $5 million in product donations,” she said.
One could say Brenda Kline Burger is an expert sewer. The Catasauqua Borough resident admits, with a chuckle, to having seven machines.
A previous software engineer, she now calls herself a crafter. Kline Burger learned this art from her mother when she was very young. She said she started at the age of 4 or 5.
“I have been a crafter for a long time. By trade, I’m a software engineer, and I became disabled nine years ago,” Kline Burger said. “I’ve always done some kind of craft. I had a business for 25 years.”
There has been a large outpouring of community support among Catasauqua Borough businesses and organizations.
Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, 604 Fourth St., continues to be a valuable resource for families in need. The church served hundreds in its food giveaway April 8.
According to Pastor Brian Riedy, the need gets greater as the lockdown continues.
“Most people living paycheck to paycheck are starting to run out of money for basics,” he said.
An increase in littering, especially of protective masks and gloves, is being reported in municipalities around the area.
It has become such an issue that Catasauqua Emergency Management Agency created a graphic and posted it to its Facebook page informing residents of the dangers.
A grant program created to help support small businesses and nonprofits in the Greater Lehigh Valley area that have been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis has raised $300,000 to date.
The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with BB&T, now Truist, along with business leaders Tom Groves and David Jaindl, late last month began a pool of $150,000 to support businesses struck by the coronavirus pandemic.