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St. Luke’s Anderson discharges 100th COVID-19-treated patient

Sunday, April 19, 2020 by The Press in Focus

St. Luke’s Anderson Campus, Bethlehem Township, discharged its 100th COVID-19 patient April 15.

Curtis Ding of Forks Township, the 100th patient, spent 10 days at the Anderson Campus. He was admitted to the medical-surgical unit and after a few days he was transferred to the ICU.

St. Luke’s University Hospital Network has discharged about 450 COVID-19 patients who are now recovered or on the road to recovery.

Among the discharged patients are many who were on ventilators...

PPL Center offered as option should COVID-19 surge

Sunday, April 19, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Valley Phantoms owners Jim and Rob Brooks are offering the PPL Center in center city Allentown for use by Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) as a possible surge facility to care for patients, if necessary, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Brooks said the arena is available because events are not being held there following the order in March from Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf that nonessential businesses must close and that individuals should observe social distancing and stay at...

St. Luke’s in COVID-19 plasma trial; seeks plasma donors for Miller Center

Sunday, April 19, 2020 by The Press in Focus

A COVID-19 patient who was on a ventilator at St. Luke’s Warren Campus is on the road to recovery after successful extubation that followed an experimental blood plasma treatment.

The patient’s treatment was part of a nationwide expanded access treatment protocol overseen by the Mayo Clinic.

Convalescent plasma (the liquid part of blood) from a person who recovered from COVID-19 contains antibodies that may provide a powerful boost to someone else fighting the viral infection...

LVHN coronavirus testing criteria updated

Sunday, April 19, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) criteria for testing individuals suspected of having coronavirus (COVID-19) has been updated.

The new criteria have been implemented at all Assess and Test Centers in the LVHN network.

Under the new criteria, only symptomatic people ages 65 and over, symptomatic people at a higher risk of complications and other defined symptomatic at-risk people will be tested for COVID-19.

The new testing criteria, established April 10, was...

St. Luke’s Health Network uses remote monitoring for patients

Sunday, April 19, 2020 by The Press in Focus

St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) is one of the first institutions worldwide to use Masimo SafetyNet™ to monitor in-hospital patients as the network seeks innovative solutions to care for the surge of patients infected by COVID-19.

Patients at St. Luke’s University Health Network Bethlehem diagnosed with COVID-19 were outfitted March 30 with Masimo SafetyNet. Non-COVID-19 patients are also being monitored with the system in general medical-surgical units.

St. Luke’s...

LVH-Muhlenberg discharges first COVID-19 patient after having been on ventilator

Sunday, April 19, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Chris McMillan is back home in Bethlehem. He says he feels less than 50 percent of his usual self, but he’s glad to be home.

McMillan was discharged April 6 from Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH) - Muhlenberg, Bethlehem, after a difficult 15-day struggle battling COVID-19.

He spent eight days in an induced coma on a ventilator, which was removed April 2. McMillan was the first coronavirus patient at LVH-Muhlenberg to come off a ventilator.

McMillan had been sick at home for...

Coronavirus impact: Freddy Awards off; producers working on WFMZ telecast

Friday, April 17, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

While the 18th annual Freddy Awards per se will not be presented, an April 9 press release statement from Shelley Brown, President and CEO, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, seems to raise the curtain on some possibilities.

“With Governor Wolf’s school-closure announcement today [April 9], it has become impossible for us to present our annual live television special in its usual form,” Brown, Executive Producer, Freddy Awards, stated in the press release, adding, “We are...

Coronavirus impact: Miller Symphony Hall halts concerts through June; NCC Summer Theatre off; Southside Film Fest canceled

Friday, April 17, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to devastate the Lehigh Valley arts and entertainment scene, including cancellation of concerts through June at Miller Symphony Hall, cancellation of concerts through May at Godfrey Daniels, suspending of Northampton Community College Summer Theatre and postponement of the 17th annual SouthSide Film Festival.

In Allentown, still to be impacted might be the annual Mayfair Festival of the Arts, May 22 - 24, Cedar Crest College; annual Baum...

Movie Review: ‘Onward’ not upward

Friday, April 17, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Editor’s Note: “Onward,” one of the last major theatrical motion pictures released just prior to the coronavirus pandemic that closed movie theaters, is available in various formats for home-viewing.

I’m not sure what they’re smoking in Emeryville.

Or maybe the film-makers at Pixar Animation Studios’ California headquarters were in Beast Mode.

“Onward,” the latest Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) film from Disney-Pixar, has a cast of beasts with nary a beauty among them...

Growing Green: Warm winter effect on insects in spring

Friday, April 17, 2020 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

Spotted lanternflies, brown marmorated stink bugs, boxelder bugs, mosquitoes, flies.

When will they be hatching or coming out of dormancy?

Will the 2019-2020 winter of warm temperatures in the Lehigh Valley increase insect populations in the spring?

Winters of extremely cold temperatures also influence insect populations for a following spring and summer.

The answer to both questions may surprise you.

Winter weather has little influence on insect...