Whitehall-Coplay Press

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Lou Ann K. Sharkey

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

of Danielsville

Lou Ann K. (Brong) Sharkey, 71, of Danielsville and formerly of Jim Thorpe and Lehighton, died March 17, 2020, at Whitehall Manor. She was the wife of Dennis Sharkey for 50 years.

She was a 1966 graduate of Lehighton High School and a 1968 graduate from Philadelphia General Hospital School of X-Ray Technology.

She worked at Pocono Hospital and Lehighton Gnaden Huetten Hospital.

Helen M. Wolfer

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church member

Helen M. Wolfer, 87, formerly of Whitehall, died March 18, 2020, at Brookdale Dublin Senior Living. She was the wife of the late William M. Wolfer for 53 years.

Born in Coplay, she was a daughter of the late Ignatz and Agnes (Hacker) Stangl.

She was for many years a seamstress in the garment industry.

She was a member of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church, Whitehall.

James W. Brown Jr.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

Bethany Wesleyan Church member

James W. Brown Jr., 85, died March 14, 2020. He was the husband of Ruth (Callum) Brown for 67 years.

He was the son of the late James and Margaret Brown.

He was a graduate of DeSales University.

He served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years. He retired at the rank of master sergeant. He was then a quality control inspector with the Department of Defense.

He was a member of Bethany Wesleyan Church, Cherryville.

Geraldine M. Yarko

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

Sacred Heart Catholic Church member

Geraldine M. Yarko, 82, of Northampton, died March 19, 2020, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest. She was the wife of the late Samuel J. Yarko Jr.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Jacob and Stella (Hagenauer) Vandegrift.

She was a secretary for Sacred Heart Hospital until she retired in 1994.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bath.

COVID-19: LVHN closing operating rooms in attempt to mitigate coronavirus impact

Sunday, March 22, 2020 by The Press in Social News

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) announced March 11 that several of its operating rooms will close to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).

“COVID-19 is now in our community, and the disruption it has caused is unprecedented. When dealing with crisis situations as an emergency physician, the most valuable lesson I learned was: Do not panic. Fear is our enemy,” said Brian Nester, President and CEO of Lehigh Valley Health Network.

COVID-19: ArtsQuest streaming concerts, improv, talks, readings

Sunday, March 22, 2020 by The Press in Social News

With the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) closing ArtsQuest’s SteelStacks’ and Banana Factory venues through March, the Bethlehem nonprofit has launched online concerts, movie talks, “Toddler Storytimes” and “Improvised Standup.”

The content is available on a new ArtsQuest@Home webpage: www.artsquest.org/athome, and on ArtsQuest social media.

“Over the past week, our staff has been busy working on ways that we can continue to bring the arts and live programming into everyone’s homes,” said ArtsQuest Chief Programming Officer Patrick Brogan.

COVID-19: Muhlenberg College poll: Concern grew from 67 to 81 percent

Sunday, March 22, 2020 by The Press in Social News

A “Muhlenberg College 2020 Pennsylvania Public Health Poll: Coronavirus Report” found that 74 percent of Pennsylvania adults were either “very concerned” or “concerned” about the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States.

The poll was conducted March 2 - 16.

During the time of the survey, the percent of Pennsylvanians “very concerned” or “concerned” about the spread of the coronavirus increased from 67 percent between March 2 - 10 to 81 percent between March 11 - 16.

Other key survey findings:

COVID-19: St. Luke’s requests PPE items

Saturday, March 21, 2020 by The Press in Business Showcase

As COVID-19 spreads throughout the United States, health-care systems are preparing for potential nationwide shortages of critical supplies.

While St. Luke’s University Health Network now has an adequate stock of necessary items, officials want to be prepared for shortages that might occur in the future.

St Luke’s is accepting donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies from employees, patients, friends, family members and community partners.

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

Saturday, March 21, 2020 by The Press in Business Showcase

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 Business Showcase

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