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COVID-19: Elective surgery limits at LVHN, St. Luke’s

Saturday, March 21, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) and St. Luke’s University Health Network have issued a joint statement about surgical services.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the surgeon general, Jerome Adams MD, and the American College of Surgeons have recommended that hospitals limit elective surgical procedures.

The measures are intended to allow hospitals to be prepared for the anticipated surge in COVID-19 cases, as well as to limit patient and caregiver exposure.

COVID-19: LVHN adds test locations

Saturday, March 21, 2020 by The Press in Focus

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) added two more LVHN Assess and Test locations, effective March 19, and expanded hours.

New Test and Assess locations

- LVHN COVID-19 Assess and Test - 17th Street, 1730 W. Chew St., Allentown. 18104

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

- LVHN COVID-19 Assess and Test – Muhlenberg, 2604 Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem. 18017

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Practice relocations

COVID-19: New York City contact poses risk

Saturday, March 21, 2020 by The Press in Focus

If you have been in New York City or exposed to someone who has traveled there in the past 14 days, you may be at heightened risk for contracting coronavirus (COVID-19).

While this is not a formal declaration from a state or federal agency, the alert represents observations that Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) medical professionals have made regarding the cohort of positive COVID-19 cases in Eastern Pennsylvania.

COVID-19: LVHN innovates for N-95 masks

Saturday, March 21, 2020 by The Press in Focus

With shortages of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the United States because of the COVID-19 outbreak, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) is extending the use of N-95 respirator masks used by caregivers as protection against the virus.

LVHN colleagues are recycling surgical wrap, common blue sanitary sheets that protect operating room instruments before they are used, to make coverings for N-95 masks.

St. Luke’s has COVID-19 hotline

Friday, March 20, 2020 by The Press in Focus

St. Luke’s University Health Network has launched a coronavirus telephone and email hotline to respond to inquiries from patients and the public:

1-866-STLUKES (785-8537), option 7


The 24/7 hotline is led by St. Luke’s nursing staff who can provide information and guidance based on the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The hotline is not a substitute for the advice of a physician or, when necessary, medical attention.

‘Women in Media’

Friday, March 20, 2020 by The Press in Focus


“Women in Media,” with a screening of the feature film, “Epiphany,” 7 p.m. March 29, Banko Cinemas, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, Bethlehem, has been canceled.

“Epiphany” is co-written and co-directed by Lehigh Valley sisters Koula Sossiadis Kazista and Katina Sossiadis.

Author Katie Moretti and blogger Christine Burke were to have been co-hosts for the event.

Information: Musikfest box office, ArtsQuest Center, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem;; 610-332-3378


Friday, March 20, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Bethlehem Catholic’s “Seussical” follows favorite Dr. Seuss characters from the Jungle of Nool to the invisible world of the Whos, 7 p.m. March 27, 28, April 3, 4 and 3 p.m. March 29, auditorium, Bethlehem Catholic High School, 2133 Madison Avenue, Bethlehem.

With music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and book by Ahrens and Flaherty, the musical is based on the illustrated books of Dr. Seuss. The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, and Jojo are featured in the fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza.

Growing Green: Heavenly hellebores include the Lenten Rose

Friday, March 20, 2020 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

Winter-blooming hellebores have extensive, woody root systems that enable them to thrive and bloom in freezing temperatures.

The earliest blooming hellebores (Heleborus foetitus) in the Lehigh Valley can bloom as early as December and may continue into April. In a cool spring, some species will continue blooming into May, by which time they will set seed and stop producing flowers.

DeSales U. cancels student film festival

Friday, March 20, 2020 by The Press in Focus

The Division of Performing Arts’ 20th annual DeSales University Film Festival featuring “The Best of the Fest,” 8 p.m. March 27 and a screening of student films, 8 p.m. March 28, Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley, is canceled because of concerns about the Coronavirus.

“This year’s festival celebrates the history of DeSales’ filmmakers through the theme ‘Generations of Storytellers,’” said Maggie Durkin, Head Producer of the 2020 DeSales University Film Festival.

Respectfully Yours: Last-minute dining should include good service

Friday, March 20, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

Is it OK to enter a nice sit-down restaurant 15 to 30y minutes before closing. If so, should you leave a bigger tip because the server had to stay later to serve you?

Dear Reader,

If you come in when a restaurant is open, you should expect good service.

Some places are better than others about this and some servers are better about it than others.