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COVID-19

ShopVac doles out termination notices

Williamsport has taken a huge hit with a major vacuum manufacturer conducting mass layoffs as plant workers were given notice of termination. Many of the first-shift workers Tuesday at The Shop-Vac Corp., 2323 Reach Road, located in the industrial park, carried out letters of termination in ...

US outlines sweeping plan to provide free COVID-19 vaccines

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government outlined a sweeping plan Wednesday to make vaccines for COVID-19 available for free to all Americans, assuming a safe and effective shot is developed, even as top health officials faced questions about political interference with virus information reaching the ...

Commissioners allocate $9 million in COVID-19 relief

Lycoming County Commissioners Tuesday allocated $9 million of $10.2 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act Block Grant funds for urgent needs in the pandemic. The $9 million is an initial allocation and the commissioners put into their motion reallocation can take place ...

South Williamsport schools talk spectator guidelines for athletic events

The South Williamsport Area School Board discussed spectators at sports events at Monday’s meeting — while acknowledging much of what was being discussed depended on decisions in the state government. One plan the district is considering, contingent on the state Legislature lifting the ...

Superintendent: WASD students must remain within chosen learning platforms

Entering the third week of school, Dr. Timothy S. Bowers, Williamsport Area School District’s superintendent, reported Tuesday that students will have to remain in whichever platform of schooling, either hybrid or fully remote, they have selected going forward in order to maintain ...

Judge: State’s pandemic restrictions unconstitutional

Gov. Tom Wolf’’s administration said Monday it will appeal a federal judge’s ruling that pandemic restrictions that required people to stay at home, placed size limits on gatherings and ordered “non-life-sustaining” businesses to shut down are unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge ...

Super: Smooth start to Jersey Shore schooling

JERSEY SHORE — The first couple of weeks of school have gone “extremely well,” Superintendent Dr. Brian Ulmer reported to the Jersey Shore Area School Board via a virtual meeting Monday evening. Attributing the success of the new school year to the students following the health and ...

Summer of COVID-19 ends with health officials worried

The Lost Summer of 2020 drew to a close Monday with many big Labor Day gatherings canceled across the U.S. and health authorities pleading with people to keep their distance from others so as not to cause another coronavirus surge like the one that followed Memorial Day. Downtown Atlanta was ...

Bold hopes for virus antibody tests remain unfulfilled

WASHINGTON — At the height of the coronavirus lockdown, President Donald Trump and his top health advisers trumpeted a new test that would help Americans reclaim their lives — one that would tell them if they already had the virus and were protected from getting it again. Their arrival ...

Candidates weigh in on area jobs, economy

Candidates in this year’s election say boosting the economy and increasing numbers of jobs comes down to either reopening more businesses and/or bringing more government money to employers and employees. COVID-19, they agree, has posed unique challenges for many people out of work and ...

States plan for cuts as Congress deadlocks on more virus aid

Spending cuts to schools, childhood vaccinations and job-training programs. New taxes on millionaires, cigarettes and legalized marijuana. Borrowing, drawing from rainy day funds and reducing government workers’ pay. These are some actions states are considering to shore up their finances ...

US unemployment rate falls to 8.4% even as hiring slows

WASHINGTON — U.S. unemployment dropped sharply in August from 10.2% to a still-high 8.4%, with about half the 22 million jobs lost to the coronavirus outbreak recovered so far, the government said Friday in one of the last major economic reports before Election Day. Employers added 1.4 ...

UPMC officials talk changes surrounding COVID-19

“The masks absolutely matter,” Donald Yealy, UPMC chair of emergency medicine and senior medical director, said. “(COVID-19) is not going away. We are learning while we have delivered care and we have learned fast. Death rates are far lower now than they were earlier on in the ...

Loyalsock school board voices concerns with 250-cap at athletic events

Following a lengthy discussion on permitting spectators at sports events, the Loyalsock Township School board made no decision other than to continue to follow the governor’s orders, which now allow spectators but limit the number to a total of 250 people. The discussion came at the ...

Lycoming County Water and Sewer customers get relief on billing, shutoffs

The Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority once again agreed to waive monthly bills and forgo shutoffs for customers who can’t make payments. Each month since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the Authority has agreed not to penalize customers unable to pay their bills. But that ...

Balloonfest to go on with BMX performances, more

HUGHESVILLE — “What started as a hot air balloon festival to raise Rotary awareness and membership has grown into an event that includes committee members from other organizations who choose to be a part of something that brings enjoyment,” Sandy Spencer, festival event chairperson, ...

WASD, Camp Susque partner on learning sites

Students in the Williamsport Area School District will have learning sites in the area where they can go on remote learning days through a collaborative effort with Camp Susque, according to Superintendent Timothy S. Bowers. Bowers made the announcement at a virtual board meeting held ...

Business owners learn information on COVID funding

Local business owners tuned in to virtual Zoom meetings held Wednesday to learn about applying for COVID-19 Community Development Block Grant funding. “There was a lot of interest,” Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce President Jason Fink said. A total of $1 million is being ...

CDC tells states: Be ready to distribute vaccines on Nov. 1

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The federal government has told states to prepare for a coronavirus vaccine to be ready to distribute by Nov. 1. The timeline raised concern among public health experts about an “October surprise” — a vaccine approval driven by political considerations ahead ...

LHU temporarily suspends face-to-face instruction

LOCK HAVEN – Lock Haven University has announced that, effective tomorrow (Wednesday, Sept. 2), the university will transition to 100% remote instruction for approximately a two-week period due to an elevated number of positive COVID-19 cases. Students will have the option to return home ...