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COVID-19

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 ...

Stadium to host ‘drive-thru’ trick-or-treating

The Williamsport Crosscutters will host a free trick-or-treating event for children and their families. Boomer’s Drive-Thru Trick or Treat will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Halloween in the parking lot of BB&T Ballpark. The event will be hosted by Boomer, the Cutters popular mascot, ...

Handling grief in the midst of a pandemic

During the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, what were considered norms have been pushed aside in order to cope with the situation. Rituals and traditions have been changed to accommodate the “new normal.” Having to delay those ways in which people mourn the loss of a loved one until some ...

Local councils, boards begin return to in-person meetings

From Williamsport City Council to rural school boards, officials are trying to balance the public’s right to address local government with concerns for public safety and the need for social distancing. Locally, the Williamsport Area School District just returned to in-person board meetings ...

Some hospitals in crisis as US nears high for COVID-19 cases

BOISE, Idaho — The United States is approaching a record for the number of new daily coronavirus cases in the latest ominous sign about the disease’s grip on the nation, as states from Connecticut to the Rocky Mountain West reel under the surge. The impact is being felt in every section ...

Wolf offers $20 million relief plan for bars and restaurants

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pennsylvania plans to offer $20 million in relief to the state’s beleaguered hospitality industry, the governor announced Thursday, days after vetoing Republican legislation that would have loosened restrictions on bars and restaurants. The state intends to waive liquor ...

Santa Claus won’t be visiting Macy’s this year

NEW YORK — Macy’s said Santa Claus won’t be greeting kids at its flagship New York store this year due to the coronavirus, interrupting a holiday tradition started nearly 160 years ago. More than a quarter of a million people come to see Santa at Macy’s in New York each year, the ...

Williamsport Area School Board votes to remain in hybrid learning

A motion to bring students back for five-day in-person instruction failed twice to gain approval by the Williamsport Area School Board. The vote came after the board had been informed of the results of a survey that the district had sent to parents asking whether they wanted their children to ...

District to receive $966,400 through CARES Act

Dr. Timothy S. Bowers, superintendent at the Williamsport Area School District, announced the district has received a $966,400 from the Lycoming County Commissioners as the district’s part of the CARES Act. Each school district’s share is based on student population size. Bowers noted ...

Pandemic relief faces uncertainty in postelection session

WASHINGTON (AP)— Negotiations on a COVID-19 relief bill are inching forward, but it’s clear the window for action before the Nov. 3 election is closing and the issue will be tossed to a postelection lame-duck session of Congress. The only thing that seems certain beyond that is ...

Schools react to new rules for spectators at athletic events

Allowing family members to see their child participate, either as a student athlete, a member of the band or the cheerleading squad, is the first priority of area school districts as they respond to the governor’s new directives upping the amount of people allowed to be in sports venues ...

State sees biggest increase over 24 hours since April

The state is seeing its largest one-day increase of positive COVID-19 tests since April, including 24 new cases in Lycoming County, according to the state Department of Health. “We know that 15 cases (of the 24 in Lycoming County) are from longterm care facilities,” reported Maggi Mumma, ...