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COVID-19

South Williamsport, East Lycoming school districts update plans

Two school districts in Lycoming County updated the public Saturday on plans for remote or in-person learning this week. The East Lycoming School District notified the families of students on Saturday that the high school will remain in remote instruction through Jan. 6. The message stated ...

Holidays during the pandemic: Find your silver lining

2020 has been a year of challenges and sacrifices, and the idea of “forfeiting” this holiday season to Coronavirus COVID-19 can feel like the last straw. While family gatherings, travel, and traditions need to unfold differently this year, different doesn’t have to mean bad or losing the ...

Area churches plan outdoor, virtual festivities for Christmas

Christmas is a time when many families gather to attend church together, lighting candles to symbolize the light of Christ coming into a dark world and singing traditional songs of celebration. This year with Christmas Day just a week away, many churches have embraced the challenge of sharing ...

West Pharmaceutical expanding to ramp up fight against COVID-19

JERSEY SHORE — West Pharmaceutical is expanding as it plays a “critical role” in the fight against COVID-19. The local legacy manufacturer of components and systems for injectable drug delivery, plastic packaging and other components for the healthcare and consumer products markets ...

UPMC, Geisinger confident of vaccines

Executives with the region’s two primary health-care systems are expressing confidence and excitement with the emergency vaccine and upcoming vaccines to fight COVID-19. Officials with UPMC and Geisinger called Pfizer’s vaccine “very promising” after it received U.S. Food and Drug ...

Area hospitals say they’re ‘at or near capacity’

With amplified anxieties and health-care needs surrounding the resurgence of COVID-19, local UPMC and Geisinger professionals are closely monitoring supplies, beds, staff members and the community as they battle challenges that come with hitting patient capacity. “All of the hospitals are at ...

FDA allows use of over-the-counter home test for COVID-19

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first home test for COVID-19 that doesn't require a prescription will soon be on U.S. store shelves. U.S. officials Tuesday authorized the rapid coronavirus test which can be done entirely at home. The announcement by the Food and Drug Administration represents another ...

‘Relieved’: US health workers start getting COVID-19 vaccine

NEW YORK (AP)-The largest vaccination campaign in U.S. history got underway Monday as health workers in select hospitals rolled up their sleeves for shots to protect them from COVID-19 and start beating back the pandemic — a day of optimism even as the nation's death toll neared 300,000. "I ...

Pennsylvania to get more than 100,000 vaccine dose

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania will receive an initial shipment of more than 110,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, the state Department of Health announced Monday as UPMC began giving the shots to its health workers. Nearly 90 hospitals across the state will receive an initial 97,500 doses ...

US allows emergency COVID-19 vaccine in bid to end pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. gave the final go-ahead Friday to the nation's first COVID-19 vaccine, marking what could be the beginning of the end of an outbreak that has killed nearly 300,000 Americans, according to a person familiar with the decision but not authorized to discuss it publicly. ...

US panel endorses widespread use of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. government advisory panel endorsed widespread use of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine Thursday, putting the country just one step away from launching an epic vaccination campaign against the outbreak that has killed close to 300,000 Americans. Shots could begin within ...

Muncy schools approve safety plan changes

MUNCY — The Muncy School Board approved changes to the district’s Health and Safety Plan to establish when the students could end up in remote learning based on the number of confirmed or presumed positive cases of COVID-19. According to the changes, decisions would be made based on ...

CDC: Wearing a mask could keep you from catching virus

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials are taking a new tack to encourage Americans to wear masks: They're emphasizing recent research that a mask protects the person who wears it. Previously, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised people to wear masks because of evidence that ...

Geisinger: Hospitalizations, positive tests on the rise

“This virus is a very humbling virus, you have to be very adaptable,” Dr. Jaewon Ryu, Geisinger president and CEO said in a press briefing on Friday morning. “We have to be super vigilant. Don’t let off the gas.” With record high numbers across the state in the last couple of weeks, ...

Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine is looking 90% effective

Pfizer said Monday that an early peek at the data on its coronavirus vaccine suggests the shots may be a surprisingly robust 90% effective at preventing COVID-19, putting the company on track to apply later this month for emergency-use approval from the Food and Drug Administration. The ...

Halloween in 2020: Some fun with death and fear, anyone?

PORTERSVILLE — The setting: a rolling patch of Pennsylvania farmland, about 15 miles from the little town where “Night of the Living Dead” was filmed. The moment: Halloween season 2020, a moonlit Friday night. She strides up to the hayride and beckons you to the dimly lit tent behind ...

Geisinger implements new visitor restrictions

With the recent 2,751 additional positive COVID-19 cases in the state and 10 new cases in the county as of Tuesday, according to the state Department of Health, it is no surprise that hospitals and medical staff are gearing up for increased hospitalizations and strengthening their visitor ...

Halloween to look different in year of COVID-19

Halloween and trick-or-treating is going to look a little different this year with rising concerns of the ongoing pandemic, says Dr. Rutul Dalal, Infectious Diseases medical director, UPMC in the Susquehanna Region, and Dr. David Luo, UPMC primary care. “Enjoy this year’s celebration for ...