Northwestern Press

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Food service worker positive for COVID-19

Friday, March 27, 2020 by The Press in Local News

A food service worker at Cedarbrook, South Whitehall, has tested positive for COVID-19.

The employee of Sodexo, the food service provider for both Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation facilities, had not been on campus since March 15.

The investigation conducted by the Department of Health and Lehigh County determined there was no direct resident contact by the employee.

Sodexo employees identified as having possible exposure were notified and are quarantined at home.

Another View

Thursday, March 26, 2020 by The Press in Opinion

‘We’re all in this together’

My last Another View opinion piece was published Feb. 5 and 6 in The Press newspapers.

The headline — “Coronavirus is not what you should be worried about in U.S.”

I was wrong. I never thought our country would see the troubles it currently is having.

The actions being taken to combat COVID-19 are disrupting every part of American lives — work, education, places of worship, hospitals, businesses for leisurely activities, family and friend gatherings and more.


Thursday, March 26, 2020 by The Press in Opinion

Coronavirus: A test of who we are

A little more than three months ago, China reported a cluster of pneumonia cases which became the genesis of the novel coronavirus.

A month later, there were about 10,000 cases worldwide, including the first one in the United States.

And now, a little more than a month after that, there have been more than 425,000 cases with nearly 20,000 deaths worldwide, more than 8,000 cases and more than 130 deaths in the United States, including more than 900 cases in Pennsylvania and two deaths in Northampton County.


Thursday, March 26, 2020 by The Press in Opinion

It couldn’t hurt

If you know someone

Who is down and out,

And is flailing all about,

Give them a call

To say hello,

It couldn’t hurt.

If you have a friend you know is sad,

Listen to them if they’re feeling bad.

Let them talk and let it out,

It couldn’t hurt.

If ever you get in a situation where

You are lonely, and hoping for someone to care,

Simply fold your hands and say a prayer,

It couldn’t hurt.

By Shirley Binkley

Cedar View Apartments

Lehigh County issued stay-at-home order

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Lehigh County Executive Phillips M. Armstrong, along with Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, has placed Lehigh County on a stay-at-home order, urging residents to shelter in place for their health and safety.

The state-at-home order was announced by Armstrong approximately 11:45 a.m. via Facebook Live.

The stay-at-home order begins 8 p.m. March 25 and will continue until April 6.

Wolf ordered a stay-at-home command for Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Monroe and Montgomery counties March 23. Lehigh County is the latest addition to the list.

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:, 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.