Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Lehigh County Physicians and Medical Practices


Coronavirus Resources for  Patients

From the CDC Website; more info and for other languages click here

Watch for symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:

    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

How COVID-19 Spreads

Information from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic suggest that this virus is spreading more efficiently than influenza, but not as efficiently as measles, which is highly contagious.

Person-to-person spread 

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
  • Maintaining good social distance (about 6 feet) is very important in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about this virus. CDC recommends people practice frequent “hand hygiene,” which is either washing hands with soap or water or using an alcohol-based hand rub. CDC also recommends routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.

How easily the virus spreads 

Information from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic suggest that this virus is spreading more efficiently than influenza, but not as efficiently as measles, which is highly contagious.

COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person in respiratory droplets from someone who is infected. People who are infected often have symptoms of illness. Some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.

The Allentown Health Bureau click here
COVID-19 safety videos click here

For information and resources from United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, please click here

For information on USDA Approval for COVID-19 Disaster Food Distribution

For information on Learning at Home with Pennsylvania Public Television

Welcome To the Lehigh County Medical Society

What We Do

With your help, we can provide a strong voice in support of the medical profession, improving healthcare for both doctors and patients.

The Lehigh County Medical Society, founded in 1852, serves as an avenue to unite Lehigh County physicians into a single body to advocate for health policy that provides the highest standard of healthcare for the people of Lehigh County. A membership-based, not-for-profit non-partisan organization, the LCMS welcomes all physicians, from all specialties, to join and benefit from the professional and social opportunities that the society offers. "We speak your language. We will help you with your problems."

Read About Our Mission

The mission of the Lehigh County Medical Society is to encourage physicians and healthcare professionals to have the highest moral and ethical standards, to counsel and censure them when necessary, to serve as a strong and united voice for our Lehigh County physicians, our patients and our community, to promote healthful living and well-being and to advance the highest standards of healthcare and service in our region through education, service and advocacy. The vision of the Lehigh County Medical Society is to be a relevant and influential leader in the Pennsylvania Medical Society, to unite our physicians and empower them to deliver compassionate, ethical and evidence-based healthcare of the highest quality and value to our community.

Check Out The Latest Issue of
Lehigh County Health and Medicine

Spring 2021 Issue: Return-to-Pay Post COVID-19 Infection

Click here to view the digital version of the magazine.

Become a Member

Membership in the Lehigh County Medical Society and the Pennsylvania Medical Society will help fulfill your professional and social needs. However you choose to participate in the Lehigh County Medical Society, you will know that, as a society member, you will be represented in important medical issues.

Latest Announcements

Two Lehigh Valley Health System Medical Residents Receive Lehigh County

Medical Society’s 2020 Humaneness in Medicine Award

Every year, the Lehigh County Medical Society (LCMS) presents its Humaneness in Medicine Award to one or more Lehigh County medical residents or fellows who have best displayed the ideals of outstanding compassion in the delivery of care, respect for patients, their families, and health care colleagues, as well as demonstrated clinical excellence. In 2021, LCMS is proud to announce that Lisa Kurth, M.D. and Michael Chen, M.D. have been selected as the 2020 Humaneness Award recipients.

Dr. Lisa Kurth is a surgical resident at the Lehigh Valley Health Network who is described as “an advocate of values-based and patient-centered care.” An active listener, she focused on the needs and preferences of her patients and their families, and advocates for those needs within the medical system. One of only a few residents trained in physician wellness and support, Dr. Kurth also serves as a peer-to-peer mentor. And as a trustee of the Lehigh Valley Health Network Resident Association, she routinely emphasizes physician wellness in her work and presentations. During the pandemic, Dr. Kurth has been serving as a COVID front line caregiver in the ICU, volunteering to handle overflow lines and ICU care.

In nominating Dr. Kurth, a colleague wrote: “Not only is she an excellent physician, but her effective leadership, mentorship and ability to connect with patients and convey compassion make her a role model for medical students and residents across all specialties. As I progress in my own career, I will strive to give my patients the same level of care I have witnessed from Dr. Kurth.”

Michael Chen is a 2nd year adult psychiatry resident with the Lehigh Valley Health Network. Nominated by his residency program director, Dr. Chen is described as a physician who excelled at his clinical rotations and has exhibited particular enthusiasm in inpatient psychiatric care. He is the kind of doctor who spends the extra time talking with patients and their family members to gather the necessary information to properly assess the patient, seeks advice from other physicians, and develops care plans to provide the best possible level of care and support. He has become a mentor to other residents, and is the first to volunteer to swap shifts to support residents who are ill. During the pandemic, he worked closely with other physicians to make sure his patients could be treated directly in the ER at times when the hospital was full and unable to take new patients.

Dr. Chen was nominated by his director of residency training, who describes him as a standout in terms of compassion. In describing Dr. Chen, she provided an example of a case where Dr. Chen worked closely to help a young patient and the patient’s mother by spending time getting both perspectives and that of an outpatient provider, and then seeking guidance from several physicians within the department to make sure he was developing the most appropriate and effective treatment plan.

LCMS is proud to have Dr. Kurth and Dr. Chen be the recipients of this important award.
Lehigh County Medical Society
Announces that it is accepting nominations for the Humaneness in Medicine Award

Nomination Deadline, February 1, 2022

The objective of the award is to highlight and reinforce the significance of humanistic qualities among residents and/or fellows of all specialties in Lehigh County. The existence of a caring, compassionate culture in the educational environment serves as positive reinforcement to prospective physicians of the desirability of such virtues in the doctor-patient relationship.

This award is presented to the resident or fellow who has best displayed the Lehigh County Medical Society’s ideals of outstanding compassion in the delivery of care, respect for patients, their families, and healthcare colleagues, as well as demonstrated clinical excellence.

Please click here to download the nomination form.