Lehigh Valley, Pa.,
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March
2020
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12:24 AM
America/New_York

LVHN Stresses Potential Heightened Risk of COVID-19 Exposure in New York City

If you have been in New York City or exposed to someone who has traveled there in the past 14 days, please be aware that you may be at heightened risk for contracting coronavirus (COVID-19). While this is NOT a formal declaration from any state or federal body, this alert does represent observations Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) has made regarding the current cohort of positive COVID-19 cases in Eastern Pennsylvania. As such, the health network felt it prudent to share this alert.

For the safety of our patients and all colleagues, LVHN colleagues are being informed that if they have been in New York City or exposed to someone who has traveled there in the past 14 days, that they should take their temperature daily before reporting to work.

Symptoms of COVID-19 infection

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Shortness of Breath

What you should do

  • Stay home if you have symptoms.

  • Complete a free COVID-19 screening online or by phone (you must be in Pennsylvania to receive screening due to medical licensing regulations). Here’s how:

LVHN wants to screen patients via these technologies so that they remain in their own home and only need to leave if testing is needed. This screening helps reduce the spread of COVID-19 and it helps keep doctor's offices open and available to provide other important care.

During the screening, if the LVHN medical professionals determine a patient has COVID-19 symptoms, they will be directed to one of the stand-alone COVID-19 Assess and Test locations. Patients will qualify for a test ONLY if they have symptoms (fever, cough and shortness of breath). The test detects active disease and cannot determine if a patient has been exposed. It is important to note that tests are reserved for those who need them most.

Remember to take these steps to stay healthy:

  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.

  • Practice social distancing.

  • Know the symptoms.

For the latest information from the health network, visit LVHN.org/covid19.

About LVHN

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 InstituteLehigh 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 FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram.