Bethlehem Press

Thursday, June 4, 2020

St. Luke’s holds virtual service for COVID-19 victims

Monday, June 1, 2020 by The Press in Focus

St. Luke’s University Health Network employees paused from their duties on the afternoon of May 28 for a virtual memorial service to honor COVID-19 victims.

The nondenominational service, led by St. Luke’s Network Director of Pastoral Care, the Rev. Mary Catherine Cole, was streamed live from the St. Luke’s Bethlehem Campus chapel via Microsoft Teams to St. Luke’s facilities.

It was the first network-wide service of its kind in St. Luke’s 147-year history.

The United States reached a somber milestone the week of May 24 with 100,000 COVID-19 deaths reported.

Lehigh Valley Health Network updates guidelines for visits

Monday, June 1, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) has updated its guidelines for visits, effective May 20.

During the past 10 weeks, LVHN implemented many processes, such as visitor temperature screenings at entrances, to help keep everyone safe in the facilities. The safety measures have proven to be very effective.

As LVHN hospitals continue to see declines in the number of COVID-19 cases in the region, visitors are invited to select areas to provide support and companionship to hospitalized patients.

St. Luke’s University Health Network joins PPE manufacturing agreement

Monday, June 1, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Premier Inc., a leading healthcare improvement company, and 15 leading health systems acquired a minority stake in Prestige Ameritech, the largest domestic manufacturer of face masks, including N-95 respirators and surgical masks.

Under the agreement, Premier members, including St. Luke’s University Health Network, based in Bethlehem, commit to purchase a portion of face masks that are used annually from Prestige Ameritech for up to six years, inclusive of a three-year renewal option.

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Coronavirus impact: Baum School brings artists to ‘Your Residence’

Saturday, May 30, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Editor’s Note: The Baum School of Art, including its students, administrators and supporters, is adjusting to the time of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Second of three parts

With the order for statewide closure of non-essential businesses, The Baum School of Art was required to suspend its Spring Session and cancel its Post Session of classes.

The classroom studios and galleries at 510 Linden St., Allentown, are closed to the public until further notice.

Lehigh County senior menus

Saturday, May 30, 2020 by The Press in Focus

For locations, updates, information and closings, visit www.lehighcounty.org/Departments/Human-Services/Neighborhood-Senior-Cent... or call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, May 27: Spaghetti and meatballs, broccoli and cauliflower, whole wheat spaghetti, carckers, fresh apple slices.

Thursday, May 28: Barbecue turkey, mashed potatoes, cornbread, diced peaches.

Friday, May 29: Stuffed peppers w/ meat sauce, dilled carrots, mashed potatoes, whole wheat dinner roll, cherry gelatin.

Healthy Geezer: Blue blockers, losing weight, nicotine gum

Saturday, May 30, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. What are “blue blockers” and are they worth getting?

There’s a controversy over the possible harm done by blue light.

There is blue light in the bright glare from snow or water. Lenses that block blue light are usually amber-colored. This color is supposed to help you see distant objects more easily. Amber sunglasses are used by many pilots and hunters.

If you are shopping for sunglasses, the most important feature to look for is the ability to protect your eyes from invisible ultraviolet (UV) light, which also causes sunburn.

Respectfully Yours: The bottom line on tipping-in-place

Saturday, May 30, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

The shelter-in-place has made it clear that just about anything you can buy can be delivered right to your doorstep. Our delivery workers play an essential role and put themselves in germs’ way. Please offer some guidance for tipping etiquette in this coronavirus era.

Dear Reader,

We have come to rely the on frontline workers who put their health before our own to deliver groceries and all the items we bought to make our time indoors as comfortable as possible this time of the coronavirus (COVID-19) stay-at-home mandates.