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COVID-19

Reptiland staff confront challenges of closure

ALLENWOOD — In the eerie silence of the reptile house of Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland, zookeeper Kathryn Allen filled a pitcher with warm water. Inside that pitcher was a collection of frozen mice, which needed to thaw to be future meals for the slithering residents of the 56-year-old ...

Legislators have ‘historic week’ in fight against virus

It was, in the words of state Rep. Garth Everett, R-Pennsdale, “an historic week” in Harrisburg that didn’t go by without important, much-needed legislation being passed. The House floor, where Everett and other lawmakers regularly do the state’s business, was less occupied than ...

Comms encourage virtual attendance

Due to the COVID-19 crisis and its associated risks, the Lycoming County commissioners will conduct their regularly scheduled work sessions on Tuesdays and the regular public meetings on Thursdays through live-streaming, according to a news release. Members of the public are encouraged not to ...

Governor again expanding order for residents to stay home

HARRISBURG (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf has extended his order for residents to stay at home in most circumstances to almost one-third of Pennsylvania’s counties amid an increase in coronavirus cases and a dozen more deaths that brought the total to 34 for the outbreak. The governor on Saturday ...

PA Dept of Health COVID-19 cases total 3394

Harrisburg, PA- The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., March 29, that there are 643 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 3,394 in 58 counties. The department also reported four new deaths among positive cases, bringing the ...

Local distillery company to make, give out hand sanitizer

Mountain Top Distillery, 5451 Route 654, will donate bottles of hand sanitizer made at the distillery during the COVID-19 outbreak. “Amidst the current outbreak there has been a demand for it,” Sarah Kudlack, owner, said. “Pretty much everyone is out of it. We have one of the main ...

$1 million fund established to help local businesses

Central Pennsylvania businesses can now apply for a grant to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Ogden Newspapers Inc., the parent company of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, has established a $1 million fund to help local businesses get back to full strength by ...

Lycoming sees second positive; state expands stay-home order

A second person in Lycoming County has been diagnosed with coronavirus, according to the state Department of Health. There have been no COVID-19 deaths in the county. Statewide, a total of 531 new cases were reported this week, bringing the total number of cases in Pennsylvania to 2,218 ...

‘Preparing for a surge that we hope never arrives’

“COVID-19 is here, but not necessarily as intensively active or widespread as in other regions of the country,” was the word from Dr. Graham Snyder, medical director of infection prevention and hospital epidemiology at UPMC. Snyder was joined by Dr. Donald Yealy, department of emergency ...

CEO: Evangelical prepared to treat any new cases

Evangelical Community Hospital CEO Kendra Aucker assured the public Friday that all measures are being taken to safeguard patients and the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. A day after the hospital reported its first two patients testing positive for coronavirus, Aucker said Evangelical ...

REAL ID deadline pushed back to 2021

The federal government has extended the deadline for getting a REAL ID to Oct. 1, 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a news release, the state suspended issuing REAL IDs when the state Department of Transportation closed all driver and photo license centers on March ...

PennDOT Extends Expiration Dates

Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that expiration dates for driver licenses, identification cards, learner's permits, persons with disability placards, vehicle registrations and safety and emission inspections will be extended for ...

PA 2020 General Primary Postponed until June 2

Governor Wolf has signed SB422 into law, which postpones the General Primary until Tuesday, June 2. County Boards of Elections across the Commonwealth sought this postponement in order to protect public health. Counties believe that the delay is necessary in order to encourage and ...

Food task force pinpointing areas to allocate resources

“One of our most basic needs — food — does not stop during this emergency.” That’s what Teresa Miller, state secretary of human services, had to say of efforts by the Wolf Administration to ensure that everyone’s food security needs are met during this uncertain time. “Life has ...

Food production safe; panic-buying harmful

Food production remains and will continue to be safe, accessible and reliable, according to Russell Redding, state agriculture secretary. “No Pennsylvanian should ever go hungry,” Redding added. “We’ve worked hard to provide guidance to the agriculture industry to ensure that healthy ...

Evangelical reports two cases; state jobless claims skyrocket

Two people this week have tested positive for COVID-19 at Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg, according to hospital officials. No additional details related to the two will be released. The individuals who tested positive will likely be listed in the county where they live and not ...