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
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.
Colonel Robert Evanchick, commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), issued the following statement March 22 on the agency’s enforcement of Governor Tom Wolf’s order closing physical locations of non-life-sustaining businesses:
“The priority of the Pennsylvania State Police is protecting lives and maintaining order in the commonwealth. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic, troopers and liquor control enforcement officers are prepared to ensure compliance with Governor Wolf’s order.
Animals are available for adoption at the Center for Animal Health & Welfare no-kill shelter, 1165 Island Park Road, Easton. The shelter is working to end pet overpopulation by running a clinic so animals can be spayed or neutered before they go home. For more information, call 610-252-7722 or visit www.healthyanimalcenter.org.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is recognizing March as Problem Gambling Awareness Month in order to promote resources intended to help people with a gambling problem.
As part of the agency’s efforts to raise awareness of problem and compulsive gambling and provide both professionals and individuals with information, the board has launched an updated user-friendly website that provides information on how to recognize the warning signs of a gambling problem and to find treatment options that are available in Pennsylvania.
Gov. Wolf ordered the closure of all businesses that are not “life-sustaining” effective March 19 until further notice to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Enforcement actions against businesses that do not close physical locations will began at 8 a.m,, Monday, March 23.
Health career students at the Bethlehem Area Vocational-School had the opportunity March 10 to Facetime college student Margherita Grillo, presently studying at Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia in Modena, Italy. Her family residence is located approximately 623 miles from the Università. Therefore, she is being restricted from returning home. Residents were told at the end of January to limit travels and stay home.
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SLUHN receives Civica Rx drug shipment
St. Luke’s University Health Network received its first shipment of injectable drugs from Civica Rx, a nationwide consortium the Network joined last year to combat chronic shortages and rising prices of widely used generic medications.
Civica Rx is a nonprofit generic drug company that aims to circumvent traditional supply chains by producing in-demand drugs and selling them at fair and sustainable prices to consortium members.
Until further notice, we will no longer accept walk-in customers at our offices. We have taken this step in order to protect our employees and the general public from the possibility of exposing anyone to the COVID-19 virus.
We will be happy to accept phone calls, and you can make payments through the mail or through the mail slot in our door or electronically on our website at www.tnonline.com.
Our offices will be staffed and in operation conducting business over the phone and through email during this crisis.
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