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Pocono Mountain School District continues remote video communications to students and parents...View  May 3, 2020 messag...
05/06/2020

Pocono Mountain School District continues remote video communications to students and parents...View May 3, 2020 messaging: https://youtu.be/QhoBHxYT-28

04/27/2020
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Pocono Mountain School District shares an April 26, 2020 online video interaction for parents and students. View the district's message...
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4/26/2020 Update

PMSD takes part in "Light up the Stadium" efforts honoring Class of 2020 and supporting frontline heroes. Checkout this ...
04/24/2020

PMSD takes part in "Light up the Stadium" efforts honoring Class of 2020 and supporting frontline heroes. Checkout this and more in the latest edition of The Journal of the Pocono Plateau - your local news resource https://issuu.com/canwinjournal/docs/jp042320_mobile

Pocono Mountain School District shares an April 19, 2020 online video interaction for parents and students. View the dis...
04/20/2020

Pocono Mountain School District shares an April 19, 2020 online video interaction for parents and students. View the district's message HERE> https://youtu.be/SszKX-yxonk
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Pocono Mountain School District launches online interaction for parents and students. View the district's April 5 2020 m...
04/09/2020

Pocono Mountain School District launches online interaction for parents and students. View the district's April 5 2020 message HERE> https://youtu.be/8cqJ3DZGPkc
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WHAT'S NEWS?!? The Journal of the Pocono Plateau, your trusted local news resource, has added digital! We know it's diff...
04/04/2020

WHAT'S NEWS?!? The Journal of the Pocono Plateau, your trusted local news resource, has added digital! We know it's difficult getting information during the Stay-at-Home directive, so we're bringing you the stories you need to know right at your fingertips. See our latest edition including Pocono Mountain School District, Pocono Mountain Regional Emergency Medical Services, Jubilee Restaurant and info from all around the Plateau: https://issuu.com/hofbauerstrategies/docs/jrn0402_mobile?fr=sYTY3ZTExMzYxMjk

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04/03/2020

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04/03/2020

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PA State Rep. Doyle Heffley
04/01/2020

PA State Rep. Doyle Heffley

I have some great news to report! The Wolf administration has listened to your concerns about the short-term rental transactions that were taking place in our region with folks from out of state and has now added them to the list of non-life-sustaining businesses. That means all short-term rentals are temporarily suspended during the current health crisis, and the order will be enforced.

On Monday, I joined other area legislators who considered the issue to be a serious health concern in sending a letter to the governor requesting this emergency action, and we thank him for doing so. You can read our letter below.

03/21/2020

Amid Coronavirus Uncertainty, Resources Extended to Older Pennsylvanians

HARRISBURG – Senator Lisa Baker is reminding older Pennsylvanians and their caretakers that a number of steps have been taken this week to protect seniors during statewide efforts to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging recently issued guidance to help older adult day centers, adult protective services, and senior centers continue to meet the needs of older adults while coronavirus mitigation measures remain in effect.

Some of the guidance addresses temporary senior center and adult day center closings, congregate meal alternatives, and processes that can temporarily be completed via telephone rather than in person. These guidelines are available here.

The department is also relaxing restrictions in the PACE prescription assistance program that require a person to use 75 percent of their medication before seeking a refill. Enrollees who wish to receive an exception must have their pharmacy provider contact PACE at 1-800-835-8040.

All enrollees should be able to receive free home delivery of medications from their pharmacy. Enrollees who have difficulty obtaining their refills can call Cardholder Services at 1-800-225-7223.

In addition, the deadline for older Pennsylvanians and disabled state residents to apply for the Property Tax Rent Rebate Program has been extended from June 30 until December 31. The program provides rebates of up to $975 for eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.

The Online Customer Service Center remains open for applicants who have questions about the program.

Appeals Process Created for Business Impacted by Wolf Shutdown; Businesses Affected by COVID-19 Can Apply for Disaster L...
03/20/2020
COVID-19 Resources - Pennsylvania Senate Republicans

Appeals Process Created for Business Impacted by Wolf Shutdown; Businesses Affected by COVID-19 Can Apply for Disaster Loans

HARRISBURG – Senator Lisa Baker is working to reduce the impact of Governor Wolf’s order on Thursday for all non-life-sustaining businesses to close. A list of business types that would be affected by this order is available at www.pasenategop.com/covid-19-resources.

Any company that believes they should be considered a life-sustaining-business can apply for a waiver at this email address: [email protected]. Business owners can address questions about whether they need to close by emailing [email protected].

Senator Baker is also encouraging businesses and non-profits who have suffered economic losses during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak to consider applying for low-interest loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Loans are available through SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, which helps businesses that are unable to meet financial obligations and operating expenses during an emergency situation. Loan amounts are calculated based on the actual economic injury and a company’s financial needs.

Additional information is available by contacting SBA’s disaster assistance customer service center by calling 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mailing [email protected].

March 19, 2020 – Governor Wolf orders all businesses that are not life sustaining to close effective March 19 by 8 PM (PDF of Order) List of business types in relation to the Governor’s Executive Order mandating closures for COVID-19 mitigation. March 19, 2020 – Order of the Secretary of Penns...

Greater White Haven Chamber of Commerce
03/18/2020

Greater White Haven Chamber of Commerce

This is very good information and offer of free wi-fi Hot spots from Atlantic Broadband. Thank you Atlantic Broadband.

03/16/2020

Pocono Mountain SD to provide meals for students in need during emergency school closure

Pocono Mountain School District will begin offering students grab-and-go meal service beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020, between the hours of 9 a.m. to noon.

Meals will be provided on weekdays only, from March 17 through March 20, and March 23 through March 27.

The District will offer this free meal service at the following schools for all District children regardless of which schools they attend:

• Pocono Mountain East High School – Swiftwater Campus
• Pocono Mountain West High School – Sullivan Trail Campus
• Clear Run Intermediate School – Clear Run Campus
Meal service will consist of a drive-up, grab-and-go type service. Families are asked to follow the signage on campus to drive up to the front of the school where meals will be brought out to their vehicle. One bagged lunch and one breakfast item will be provided for each child each day for as long as supplies last.

Pocono Mountain SD officials ask that parents be patient as there may be lines of cars waiting for meal service.

Access to Pocono Mountain SD schools will not be permitted.

03/15/2020

In light of the recent COVID-19 outbreak, PHLT is taking precautionary measures to prevent the spread of this virus.

As of Saturday, March 14th, 2020, Brodhead Creek Heritage Center will be closed to the public until March 31st. Fortunately, PHLT staff members are able to work remotely throughout this time, and can be reached by email.

Events planned for March, including the Pour and Sip Fundraiser on March 24th and the Wild Teas Workshop on March 26th, will be postponed to a later date and those already registered will be kept informed of new dates.

PHLT will continue to make decisions as this public health issue develops and will follow local and state guidelines as to how to handle this issue. Thanks for your understanding.

03/15/2020

LVHN and St. Luke’s Create Common Hospital Visitation Restrictions to Limit Any Confusion in the Community
With the health and safety of patients, staff and the community in mind during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) and St. Luke’s University Health Network are implementing a common “No Visitation, No Access Policy” for all their hospitals and outpatient facilities, including Lehigh Valley Physician Group (LVPG) and St. Luke’s Physician Group (SLPG) offices.
The “No Visitation, No Access Policy” takes effect for all LVHN hospitals and outpatient sites as of Sunday, March 15 at 12:01 a.m. and at 5:00 p.m. Monday, March 16 at St. Luke’s.
In our hospitals and inpatient facilities, no visitors are permitted except under these special circumstances:
Visitation of a patient nearing the end of life
Parent visitation of a child in a pediatric ICU or neonatal ICU
One coach or partner per patient on labor and delivery unit
One visitor at a time for patients in inpatient hospice unit
One parent/Guardian at a time for pediatric patients
One visitor to accompany patients for hospital discharge
One visitor for patients undergoing same-day surgeries and procedures
One visitor per patient in the Emergency Department
No child under age 12 is permitted to visit in the hospital.
For all outpatient appointments, one visitor is permitted to accompany a patient for an outpatient appointment, procedure, same-day surgery or LVPG/SLPG office visit. We will make reasonable accommodations for pediatric visits, provided any sibling visitors are in good health.
Visitors allowed by exception must be in good health and are subject to a health screening, if necessary.
image002.pngLVHN and St. Luke’s understand these revisions in visitation policies might present difficulties for some patients, family members and friends and we are sympathetic to those concerns. At the same time, we must be responsible to the communities we serve and do what’s best to protect everyone. We urge those who might be impacted to please cooperate with our physicians, nurses and staff as they help our organizations fight COVID-19.
A united effort following this common policy will allow us to return to the more normal lifestyle and activities we are all accustomed to as quickly as possible.

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, health care organizations all over the world are taking steps to ensure the ...
03/14/2020
Community Calendar

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, health care organizations all over the world are taking steps to ensure the health and safety of their patients and employees. Lehigh Valley Health Network is no different. That is why we have made the decision to suspend all community programs that were scheduled up to April 15. This precautionary step helps ensure the health and safety of all.

If there is a program you regularly attend and want to see when the next one is scheduled, please go to LVHN.org/calendar.

LVHN Community Calendar

LVHN Establishes Coronavirus (COVID-19) Patient Testing Centers Throughout the Region Lehigh Valley, Pa. (March 13, 2020...
03/13/2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Care | Lehigh Valley Health Network

LVHN Establishes Coronavirus (COVID-19) Patient Testing Centers Throughout the Region



Lehigh Valley, Pa. (March 13, 2020) – Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) remains vigilant as the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) evolves. The health network’s latest action as a leader in infection control and prevention is to immediately establish designated, stand-alone COVID-19 assessment and testing centers throughout the region.
“We are taking extraordinary steps to deliver the smart, comprehensive care people need through new ways to screen, assess and test,” said Brian Nester, DO, MBA, FACOEP, LVHN’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are reassuring the community that they can continue their routine and essential appointments and care while staying safe.”
At the same time Nester is urging if someone has a doctor’s appointment or procedure already scheduled, keep it. LVHN hospitals and practices are operating as usual.

For those who think they have COVID-19 or may have been exposed to someone who does, stay home. LVHN is providing free COVID-19 screenings online and by phone. Call the MyLVHN Nurse Information line at 1-888-402-LVHN or complete an LVHN Video Visit by downloading the MyLVHN app. We want to screen community members via these technologies so that they can 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 our doctors’ office open and available to provide other important care.

COVID-19 Assess and Test Locations

Nester says that during the screening, if LVHN’s medical professionals determine a patient has COVID-19 symptoms, they will be directed to one of LVHN’s eight standalone 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 tests are reserved for those who need them most.

You must receive guidance via the nurse line, video visit or your doctor to be assessed and, possibly tested. If you do not have insurance, you will receive a bill but you won’t be required to pay.

Open now

LVHN COVID-19 Assess and Test–MacArthur Road
2741 MacArthur Road, Whitehall, PA 18052
Daily: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

LVHN COVID-19 Assess and Test–Stroudsburg­
1655 W. Main St., Stroudsburg, PA 18360
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

LVHN COVID-19 Assess and Test–Palmerton
528 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, PA 18071
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

LVHN COVID-19 Assess and Test–Macungie
6451 Village Lane, Macungie, PA 18062
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

LVHN COVID-19 Assess and Test­­–Richland Township
320 W. Pumping Station Road, Suite 3, Quakertown, PA 18951
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

LVHN COVID-19 Assess and Test–Hazleton
140 N Sherman Court, Hazleton, PA 18201
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

LVHN COVID-19 Assess and Test–Cressona
35 Sillyman Street, Cressona, PA 17929
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Starting Monday, March 16

LVHN COVID-19 Assess and Test–Nazareth
863 Nazareth Pike
Nazareth, PA 18064
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Health Network Labs manages and processes the tests, and results are available within four days. If you need care for another condition, you can continue to visit any other ExpressCARE location or Lehigh Valley Physician Group (LVHN) practice.

LVPG practices located near the Assess and Test locations have been relocated to help ensure the safety of our patients and colleagues. Here are the practices that have been temporarily relocated and their temporary locations.

Practice
Temporary location
LVPG Family Medicine–MacArthur Road
3691 Crescent Court East
Whitehall, PA 18052
LVPG Family Medicine–Macungie
6900 Hamilton Blvd.
Trexlertown, PA 18087
LVPG Family Medicine–Richland Township
3080 Hamilton Blvd., Suite 250
Allentown, PA 18103
LVPG Pediatrics–Richland Township
3800 Sierra Circle, Suite 100
Center Valley, PA 18034
LVPG Obstetrics and Gynecology–Richland Township
Providers will see patients at numerous other LVPG Obstetrics and Gynecology locations
LVPG Family Medicine–Nazareth

2401 Northampton Street
Easton, PA 18045
LVPG Internal Medicine–Cressona

6 South Greenview Road
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972
LVPG Pulmonology–Pocono
600 Commerce Blvd.
Stroudsburg, PA 18360


Tips to protect yourself and your family

Keep your essential doctor appointments, tests and procedures.
Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
Avoid touching your face.
Avoid large crowds.
Carefully consider your travel plans, and follow government travel guidelines.
Practice social distancing by staying at least six feet away from others. If you are over 80, this is especially important.
Other actions LVHN is taking to keep you safe

Temporary hospital visitation policy. If you are sick, please do not visit any of our LVHN hospitals. Children under age 12 are not permitted in the hospital to visit. We are asking that patients pre-identify two people who can visit while they are in the hospital.
Pre-surgery screening. We are screening all patients for scheduled surgery for COVID-19 the day before surgery. If the patient has symptoms and is deemed as possibly infected, we would reschedule their elective procedure so not to put them and others at risk.
Limiting nonclinical personnel in the hospital. This includes employees who are not located at our hospitals, vendors, consultants and volunteers.


Stay up to date

Visit LVHN.org/COVID19 for ongoing updates.

LVHN remains vigilant as the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) evolves, and we are committed to being your partner in health in these unprecedented times. As a leader in infection control and prevention, LVHN is taking extraordinary steps to deliver the smart, comprehensive care you need through new....

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