Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Coronavirus impact: The Baum School of Art postpones 35th auction

Thursday, May 7, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

COVID-19 has again canceled conviviality.

The Baum School of Art is postponing its 35th Annual Art Auction, one of the most popular events in the Lehigh Valley cultural landscape, because of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

Baum school officials say that although this year’s May 16 event will not be held, they plan to hold the auction “virtually,” so that art enthusiasts may bid online from their homes.

Coronavirus impact: The Baum School of Art postpones 35th auction

Thursday, May 7, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

COVID-19 has again canceled conviviality.

The Baum School of Art is postponing its 35th Annual Art Auction, one of the most popular events in the Lehigh Valley cultural landscape, because of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

Baum school officials say that although this year’s May 16 event will not be held, they plan to hold the auction “virtually,” so that art enthusiasts may bid online from their homes.

Lehigh Valley Press wins 12 Keystone Media Awards

Thursday, May 7, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Lehigh Valley Press newspapers received 12 awards in the 2020 Keystone Media Awards for articles, columns, photography, illustrations, headline writing and page designs published in 2019.

The Bethlehem Press and its contributors received nine Keystone Awards.

East Penn Press received one Keystone Award.

Salisbury Press received one Keystone Award.

Northampton Press received one Keystone Award.

Pa. Music & Arts Fest canceled at Allentown Fairgrounds

Sunday, May 3, 2020 by The Press in Focus

The Great Pennsylvania Music & Arts Celebration at the Agri-Plex, Allentown Fairgrounds, Memorial Day weekend, has been canceled because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Pennsylvania’s Music Preservation Society, which produces the event, is partnering with WFMZ-TV, Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong, Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure, Jr. and Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council, for an audio-streaming event as part of a nationwide “Moment of Remembrance,” 3 p.m. May 28, Memorial Day.

Lehigh Valley Health Network updates birth-newborn centers policy

Sunday, May 3, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) has updated guidelines, effective April 24, for its Family Birth and Newborn Centers:

• If you reside in or have recently traveled to New York, New Jersey or Connecticut, you may visit Family Health and Newborn Centers as long as you meet the screening criteria required of hospital visitors.

Lehigh Valley Health Network resumes elective surgery

Sunday, May 3, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) has reopened COVID-free hospitals for elective surgery.

The three COVID-free hospitals are:

• Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) - Tilghman, 4815 Tilghman St., Allentown. (Opened May 1)

• Coordinated Health Allentown, 1503 N. Cedar Crest Blvd. (Opened April 30)

• Coordinated Health Bethlehem, 2310 Highland Ave. (Opening May 11)

Lehigh Valley Physician Group has reopened 50-plus facilities

Sunday, May 3, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) reopened more than 50 Lehigh Valley Physician Group (LVPG) practices and some ExpressCARE locations May 1 in the Lehigh Valley.

The facilities closed in early April because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

COVID-safe precautions, including staggered patient arrival times, are in effect. Same-day appointments, virtually or in-person, are guaranteed. Hours have been expanded to include weekends.

Miller-Keystone, Red Cross still seeking plasma donations

Sunday, May 3, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Miller-Keystone Blood Center and the American Red Cross seek plasma donations from recovered COVID-19 patients.

The convalescent plasma program is overseen by the Mayo Clinic.

Lehigh Valley Health Network is part of the national compassionate-use trial, and so far, has treated six COVID-19 patients with convalescent plasma.

There is a waiting list of COVID-19 patients awaiting plasma matches.