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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The Family Project: Coping in the time of coronavirus

Saturday, April 4, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

First of two parts

“The Family Project” panel shares strategies to cope with “stay-at-home” orders for coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Pam Wallace, Project Child program coordinator, has grown children living in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Oakland, Calif., which are coronavirus “hotspots.”

Said Wallace, “I try to check in with them every day, either by phone, FaceTime or Zoom. It gives me some peace to find them adjusting well and healthy.”

As with other panelists, Wallace also checks in on friends and relatives she hasn’t spoken with in awhile.

Coronavirus impact: Michael Bublé postpones PPL Center concert, tour

Friday, April 3, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has claimed another major tour that includes the Michael Bublé’ concert at PPL Center, Allentown.

A rescheduled date for “An Evening With Michael Bublé,” May 19, PPL Center, is to be announced.

Tickets will be valid for the rescheduled date, according to the PPL Center website.

“Hold on to your tickets and they will be honored for the rescheduled dates that we will be revealing once they are confirmed,” said Don Fox, tour national promoter.

Coronavirus closings: PSF at DeSales U. will return in 2021

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival Producing Artistic Director Patrick Mulcahy had high hopes for the 2020 season.

Now he has high hopes for the Festival’s 2021 season.

“We were really excited about this season and we are still excited about this selection of extraordinary plays,” Mulcahy says in a March 30 phone interview hours after he announced that, “In response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival has announced the cancellation of all performances for its upcoming summer season.”

The cancellation is Shakespearean in its irony.

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Fest cancels 2020 season, Allentown Symphony Diane Wittry concerts canceled

Monday, March 30, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to roil the Lehigh Valley arts and entertainment scene as the crisis of cancellations continues.

The Allentown Symphony Orchestra concerts to honor the 25th anniversary season of ASO Music Director and Conductor Diane Wittry will not take place.

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival has canceled its 2020 summer season.

The Allentown Art Museum is closed “indefinitely.”

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.