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What it means here: County meetings postponed, hospital prepares alternative exam site, more

County meetings postponed

Due to the current COVID-19 crisis and its associated risks, the Lycoming County Board of Commissioners will not either the Commissioner’s work session today or the public meeting on Thursday.

The next scheduled meeting will be held at 10 a.m., April 14.

According to a news release, members of the public are highly encouraged not to attend meetings in person as to limit the size of the meetings to less than 10 people as per federal and state guidance to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

County staff that are working remotely will join by conference call to brief their respective action items and or participate, the news release said.

County staff and members of the public may utilize www.Lyco.org to access: the “Commissioner’s Meeting” as it is livestreamed on YouTube. Meeting agendas, and opportunities to provide public comment or ask questions also are available. Additionally, members of the public may sign in to the YouTube video to provide public comment on agenda items only at the beginning and general public comments at the end of the meeting.

LHU sets up fund for students in crisis

Lock Haven University has established the LHU Emergency Student Fund to assist students experiencing housing issues, lost wages, food insecurity, lack of technological and digital resources and other financial hardships stemming from the COVID-19 outbreak, according to a news release from the school.

“The impact of the pandemic on our students’ finances has been profound and it effects their ability to complete their coursework,” said Robert Pignatello, LHU president, according to the news release. “We are calling upon our extended community to participate in this drive to raise needed funds and help them through this very challenging time.”

On March 28, the LHU Emergency Student Fund was launched to address some of the financial hurdles that students are facing. Within 48 hours, more than $10,000 was raised for Lock Haven University students.

“It’s inspiring to see our alumni, donors and the community step up so quickly and so generously to support our students,” said Joe Fiochetta, vice president of university advancement, according to the news release.

Donations to the LHU Emergency Student Fund can be made by visiting www.lhufoundation.org or by calling the LHU Advancement Office at 570-484-2586. For more information on Lock Haven University, visit www.lockhaven.edu, email admissions@lockhaven.edu, or call 570-484-2011.

Hospital prepares alternative exam site

Evangelical Community Hospital continues to plan for a potential surge in confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases, according to a news release.

To manage times when the current COVID-19 Emergency Department exam area (the ambulance garage bay) is at capacity, tents are being erected in the ambulance driveway on the north side of the Hospital.

The tents were installed Monday and the site should be available as needed beginning today.

Elective surgeries still delayed

Evangelical has made the decision to continue cancellation of all elective surgeries and procedures through the week of April 13, a news release said. A decision on these types of surgeries will be made week-by-week. Any reopening of elective surgeries will be clearly communicated, and staff will contact patients to reschedule when it is permissible to begin offering those types of procedures.

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