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COVID-19

Worries about 2020 census’ accuracy grow with cut schedule

ORLANDO, Fla. — The U.S. Census Bureau is cutting its schedule for data collection for the 2020 census a month short as legislation that would have extended the national head count’s deadlines stalls in Congress. The move is worrying researchers, politicians and others who say the change ...

Rental evictions restart at month’s end

Evictions can legally begin at the end of the month, said area landlords and city officials. Landlords who’ve been asked to hold off on issuing eviction notices can begin the process on Aug. 31. On May 7, Gov. Tom Wolf imposed a four-month moratorium on evictions and amended it later to ...

White Deer staff reportedly test positive for COVID-19

Staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 at White Deer Run of Williamsport, 901 Westminster Drive, according to an administrative assistant there, though CEO Jeff Thomas said the company would not comment on positive staff members due to privacy concerns. “We do not have any ...

Jobless rates keep climbing; 4K out of work countywide

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to create spikes in joblessness in Lycoming and Clinton counties. So far, more than 5,000 jobs have been lost since last year in the two counties, Department of Labor and Industry and Pennsylvania Economy League statistics showed, and officials blame the ...

Lawmaker monitoring virus outbreak at federal prison

A federal lawmaker said his office is keeping a close eye on a recent outbreak of COVID-19 among inmates at a Union County prison in his congressional district. Thirty-three prisoners recently tested positive for coronavirus at USP Lewisburg, bringing the number of cases there to 35. The ...

Pilgrims pray on peak day of hajj in shadow of coronavirus

UBAI, United Arab Emirates — Masked pilgrims arrived Thursday at Mount Arafat, a desert hill near Islam’s holiest site, to pray and repent on the most important day of the hajj, the annual pilgrimage in Mecca in Saudi Arabia. The global coronavirus pandemic has cast a shadow over every ...

School District outlines plan for fall opening

The Loyalsock Township School District plans for a full opening, five days a week, with classes beginning Aug. 31, according to Gerald McLaughlin, district superintendent. What students can expect when they return was detailed at the school board meeting held via ZOOM Wednesday. Students will ...

LHU plans ‘mostly’ remote learning

LOCK HAVEN — Lock Haven University recently announced the decision to move to a mostly remote learning environment for the fall 2020 semester with limited exceptions and limited on-campus residency. This is a revision of earlier announced plans, which relied more on face-to-face instruction ...

South Williamsport board reveals back-to-school plans

The health and safety plan for South Williamsport Area School District this fall will include face masks and shields, sanitizing stations and iPads for all students. To best implement social distancing and remain safe from the spread of COVID-19, district students will rotate between ...

Resident questions commissioner about Little League trip and wearing of masks

A resident’s inquiry as to why local Little Leaguers playing catch on the lawn of the White House last week did not wear masks set off a discussion about remaining safe from COVID-19. Bill Fenderson said he felt the group of players from the Montoursville Little League and their chaperones ...

Bloomsburg Fair canceled

The Bloomsburg Fair board announced the decision Tuesday to cancel the 2020 Bloomsburg Fair. “This was a very difficult decision, but our concern for the health and safety of our community outweighs our desire to host this years fair,” the fair’s organizer’s said in a social media ...

Health care professionals urge public to be ready for potential second wave

“The second act is coming, but what would you want to do in the second that you weren’t able to do in the first?” asked Dr. Gerald Maloney, Geisinger chief medical officer of hospital services. “We don’t know exactly what is going to happen. Preparing for a second wave is prudent at ...

Jobless payments top the $30 billion mark statewide

State unemployment officials say they are working out glitches for those who have tried to receive jobless payments, adding the state has paid $30.6 billion in unemployment compensation since March 15. The 3 million-plus claims were due mostly to the COVID-19 pandemic and impacts it has on ...

Geisinger president talks spiking cases, precautions

“We have seen across the country that cases are skyrocketing,” Dr. Jaewon Ryu, Geisigner president and CEO, said during a press briefing Friday. “It is still way too early to think that we are out of the woods.” Ryu spoke about the updated spike in COVID-19 positive cases in the local ...

St. Boniface invites international students from Lycoming College to barbecue

International students at Lycoming College who are still unable to return home have not been forgotten by the community as they were invited to a barbecue at St. Boniface Catholic Church on Sunday. “It makes me feel like I matter,” said Aseel Tork, a student from Palestine. Although ...

Geisinger pediatrician offers tips to help prepare families for daycare

As the region continues to reopen, childcare providers can expect an uptick in attendance due to parents returning to work. Dr. Praful Bhatt, Geisinger Lock Haven pediatrician, wants to help families ease back into the “new normal” of returning to daycare. “Children have stayed home ...

Courts to resume jury selection with social distancing, masks

With both face masks and shields required for jury duty, Lycoming County court officials said they are condensing the selection process and lengthening the list of valid excuses. “We take the health and safety of our jurors very seriously,” said Adrianne Stahl, court administrator. “We ...

Fire chief: 2 city workers in isolation

Two city employees are in quarantine to prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to Fire Chief Mark Killian. The nature of their sicknesses, exposures to the virus and their identities and places of work are not public information due to privacy laws. Killian noted they are public safety ...

Food Bank’s rescue efforts rewarded with $100K grant

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank hopes to use a recently awarded $100,000 grant to continue its food rescue efforts, which have already saved nearly 10 million pounds of food since the COVID-19 crisis began in March. In addition, the funds will enable the Food Bank to create a new night ...