Pike County couple survives COVID-19, Wayne Memorial offers COVID-19 testing and more

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Pike County couple survives COVID-19

LORDS VALLEY, PA — Lorraine Klein worried about her husband Steve, she says, more than herself but it turned out they both had COVID-19 at the same time. The Hemlock Farms, Pike County couple, both in their 70s, were both feeling poorly. One day after calling an ambulance for her husband, Lorraine found herself being admitted to the same unit on Wayne Memorial Hospital’s COVID-19 containment floor. Neither had to be put on a ventilator.  

“I was so nervous about the disease,” says Lorraine, who has asthma, “but I actually felt better in the hospital because everything was there if anything went wrong.” 

They suspect they picked up the virus on a cruise, which ended with a flight back into New York City on January 29th. After a checkup on April 30, it’s confirmed they’re both doing fine.

Wayne Memorial offers more COVID-19 tests at mobile site

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne Memorial Hospital officials say the availability of more COVID-19 testing materials means more people can get tested at their mobile site at the Wayne County Fairgrounds located on Route 191 North.  The site, open since mid-March, also offers respiratory panel testing.  A prescription is required for both.

“This site offers fast, convenient testing,” said James Hockenbury, director of ancillary services, “people do not have to get out of their vehicles or go to the hospital.”

The criteria for a prescription has not changed— it’s still given only to people who are either symptomatic or have been exposed to the virus either through contact or travel. But testing has come a long way since it was initiated several months ago.

The mobile lab site is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sullivan BOCES: ‘Doing our part in feeding our children’

LIBERTY, NY — With the executive order requiring schools to close, the staff at BOCES wondered how to provide instruction and how to get students the food they depend on.

The food service workers at BOCES started preparations to develop a plan to prepare and deliver food to students throughout Sullivan County. Dawn Parsons, food service director at Sullivan BOCES, oversees the food service programs in three of the largest school districts in Sullivan County. Through the BOCES Food Service Management Coser, she used this same plan to help feed thousands of students in Fallsburg CSD, Liberty CSD, Monticello CSD and Sullivan BOCES.

As of May 1, Parsons and her team have prepared and delivered 139,147 meals to students through collaboration with the transportation directors.

The food service staff at Sullivan BOCES also prepared and delivered breakfast and lunch to the children that took part in the Essential Worker Child Care Program that the school districts and Sullivan BOCES provided.

This dedicated group of individuals has given new meaning to the title “School Lunch Hero.”  Thank you to all the food service workers who are working tirelessly to help feed our children.

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