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COVID-19: Lehigh Valley Health Network to furlough 900 staff members at Lehigh Valley Physician Group

Sunday, March 29, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Reduced in-person office visits will result in furloughing more than 900 staff members in various positions at nearly 150 practice locations of Lehigh Valley Physician Group (LVPG), Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) announced.

“We want to assure those affected and our community that this is temporary,” said Michael Rossi, MD, President, LVPG.

“These are furloughs and not layoffs, meaning those affected will retain their benefits. Some will be redeployed as needed and appropriate,” Rossi said.

COVID-19: LVHN male caregivers asked to shave beards for masks

Sunday, March 29, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) male caregivers are being asked to shave their facial hair.

Some facial hairstyles compromise the effectiveness of the N-95 face mask, preventing a tight seal around the face.

An N-95 respirator and surgical mask are Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that protect the wearer from airborne particles and from liquid contaminating the face and are critical during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

COVID-19: LVHN suspends outpatient services at numerous locations in Lehigh Valley region

Sunday, March 29, 2020 by The Press in Focus

As part of its ongoing effort to ensure safety for patients, staff and the community during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) has temporarily suspended outpatient rehabilitation services at select locations as of March 25.

LVHN will contact a patient if his or her appointment is impacted by the closures. Appointments will be postponed or relocated to a location.

The following outpatient rehabilitation locations have temporarily suspended services:

- Rehabilitation Services - Tamaqua

- Rehabilitation Services - Frackville

COVID-19: St. Luke’s official says community spread in LV, Poconos

Sunday, March 29, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Community spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has reached the Lehigh Valley and Poconos, St. Luke’s University Health Network infectious disease specialists have confirmed.

The definition of community spread is that the virus is being transmitted among members of a community in the community.

Because of this, St. Luke’s University Health Network is urging the public to shelter at home. “Stay home to stop the spread” is the motto.

The Family Project: Mother’s son is a parent by another name

Friday, March 27, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My son is married to a lovely woman who has two children ages 10 and 8. He has taken on a parenting role with them since their father is completely out of the picture. The children seem to like my son and respect him, but he refers to them as “my wife’s kids.” This bothers me because it seems that he doesn’t see the children as belonging to him or being part of a family together. How can I bring this up to him?

The first question that was raised came from panelist Mike Daniels, who asked if the son referred to “my wife’s kids” in front of the children.

Updated list of closings because of Coronavirus

Friday, March 27, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Here’s an update, as of March 27, of Lehigh Valley arts, entertainment and cultural closings, cancellations or postponements. The list is in alphabetical order.

Allentown Art Museum - Closed indefinitely. April 4 Gala canceled

AMC Theatres - Closed as of March 17 for “at least six to 12 weeks.”

America on Wheels, Allentown - Closed

NAZARETH: ‘On the Town’

Friday, March 27, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Three sailors on leave explore New York City in “On the Town,” 7 p.m. April 2, 3; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 4 and 2 p.m. April 5, auditorium, Nazareth Area High School, 501 E. Center St., Nazareth.

The show, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics and book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, is based on the ballet “Fancy Free” by Jerome Robbins and Leonard Bernstein.

Director John Andreadis is assisted by vocal director and choreographer Colette Boudreaux, choral director Justen Blackstone and conductor L. Rick Hilborn.

WHITEHALL: ‘Cinderella’

Friday, March 27, 2020 by The Press in Focus

An iconic fairy tale is scheduled to come to the stage as “Cinderella (2013 Broadway Version),” 7 p.m. April 2, 3, 4 and 2 p.m. April 5, auditorium, Whitehall High School, 3800 Mechanicsville Road, Whitehall.

The show has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Douglas Carter Beane.

Producer, director and music director Eddie Hong is assisted by assistant director Monique Haney and choreographer Melissa Zimmer.

The 2013 Broadway debut received nine Tony Award nominations and garnered one Tony.

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, March 27, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for updates.

Wednesday, March 25: Swedish meatballs, green beans, whole wheat noodles, tropical fruit.

Thursday, March 26: Four cheese baked pasta, garlic spinach, Italian vegetable blend, ambrosia.

Friday, March 27: Fish almondine, peas and pearl onions, scalloped potatoes, whole wheat dinner roll, apple bread pudding.

Monday, March 30: Rotisserie chicken, green and wax beans, creamed corn, whole wheat dinner roll, fresh fruit salad.

Tuesday, March 31: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, parslied carrots, whole wheat dinner roll, Greek yogurt.

Note on High School Musicals series

Friday, March 27, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Stories and Photos by ED COURRIER

The spotlight is on Lehigh Valley high school musicals and, although the road may be bumpy on the way to the 18th annual Freddy Awards, the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section continues its annual preview series.

Students and teachers put a lot of time, effort and money into their school theater productions. This is their time to shine. With mandated school closings March 16-27 extended to April 6 (with students to return April 9), consult district websites about performance updates.