LVHN Reports Positive Lehigh County COVID-19 Case
To help keep the community safe during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak it is important that we keep everyone informed.
As part of that commitment, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) wants the community to know that a colleague at a Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH) –17th Street practice has tested positive for COVID-19, the first positive case in Lehigh County reported today by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH). Processes were followed and precautions were taken to help ensure the safety of colleagues and patients.
This is the same presumptive positive COVID-19 case reported today by the City of Bethlehem Health Department.
The LVHN colleague experienced symptoms on March 3, 4 and 9. Patients and colleagues with whom the colleague contacted on these days have been informed and advised to self-quarantine. The colleague also is out of the hospital on self-quarantine at home. The colleague has been not been at LVH-17th Street since March 9.
At LVH–17th Street and all LVHN locations, strict cleaning standards are being followed to help prevent the spread of infection. The most important thing you and all people can do to aid in this effort is to stay home if you are sick.
For information about how you can stay safe and all that LVHN is doing in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, visit LVHN.org/covid19.
Lehigh Valley Health Network includes eight hospital campuses, three in Allentown, one in Bethlehem, one in East Stroudsburg, one in Hazleton and two in Pottsville, Pa.; Coordinated Health, which includes two hospital campuses, nearly two dozen multispecialty locations including ambulatory surgery centers and orthopedic injury centers in northeastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey; 26 health centers; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices; 20 ExpressCARE including the area’s only Children’s ExpressCARE; pharmacy, imaging, home health, rehabilitation, and lab services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. Specialty care includes trauma care for adults and children, burn care at the Regional Burn Center, kidney and pancreas transplants; perinatal/neonatal, cardiac, cancer, orthopedics, neurology, complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, and robotic surgery in 10 specialties. Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute, Lehigh Valley Heart Institute, and Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence physicians provide the most advanced treatments. The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute is a member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, an initiative that helps community providers improve the quality of cancer care and offers access to MSK clinical trials. Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital, the community’s only children’s hospital, provides care in more than 30 specialties and general pediatrics. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest is the region’s only hospital nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report for orthopedics and has been recognized among Pennsylvania’s top five hospitals for six consecutive years. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest, Lehigh Valley Hospital–17th Street and Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg are the region’s only Magnet® hospitals for nursing excellence. Additional information is available by visiting LVHN.org, or following us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.