Updated Face Mask Requirements Effective April 20
It’s LVHN’s duty to keep you and our colleagues safe during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Based on recent recommendations from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Pennsylvania Department of Health, LVHN will require all colleagues and visitors to wear a mask, beginning Monday, April 20.
Before you enter LVHN hospitals, LVPG practices or outpatient locations, we encourage you to put on a cloth face mask. If you don’t have a face mask, don’t worry. We will help you get one. Thanks to donations from our generous and crafty community members, we have thousands of handmade cloth masks ready for your use.
It’s important to remember these tips for wearing a cloth face mask:
Snug fit – It should lie comfortably against the side of your face and be secured with ties or ear loops.
Layer up – Include multiple layers of fabric in your face mask, but make sure to allow for breathing without restriction.
Wear with care – When putting on and removing your mask, do not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth. While your mask is on, try not to touch or adjust it. This will reduce the chance of the virus moving from your mask to your hands, or vice versa. Wash your hands immediately before putting the mask on and after taking it off.
Keep it clean – Make sure your face mask can be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to its shape. Clean it after every use.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unable to remove the mask without assistance.
We appreciate your help to keep our health care workers and our community safe.
For more details on homemade face coverings, including face mask patterns, download this PDF from the CDC.
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; 22 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.