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COVID-19

Care facility administrators discuss visitor restrictions

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many nursing homes, residents and staff are challenged with waiting for it to be safe to reopen, having large group settings and programs as well as allowing visitors inside their doors. Local nursing homes and long-term care facilities now have the ability ...

Pandemic poses challenges to mental health field

“It is our responsibility to connect, protect and for everyone in the community to unite around what we can do for our aging population,” Matthew Groff, licensed clinical social worker and UPMC outpatient behavioral specialist, said. Groff explained to the Sun-Gazette that residents in ...

Trump, stricken by COVID-19, taken to hospital

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump appeared in public Friday evening for the first time since being stricken by COVID-19, boarding his Marine One helicopter for a flight to a military hospital as the virus that has killed more than 205,000 Americans spread to the highest reaches of the ...

Students to return to Montoursville schools full-time

The Montoursville Area School Board approved the return to a five-day, in-person schedule. The action was taken at a special meeting Thursday night. In a statement to parents, Christina Bason, district superintendent, said that elementary will return on Oct. 12 and middle and high school ...

Doctors push preventative care for flu season

To reduce the spread of COVID-19 and influenza, doctors with UPMC said Tuesday in a conference with reporters the best methods would be to continue to wear facial coverings, social distance, wash hands or sanitize them and avoid large crowds, especially indoors. “This is the current vaccine ...

Vaccine for COVID-19 not likely before end of year

Calling it “our generation’s moon shot,” medical experts with UPMC Pittsburgh Tuesday said a vaccine to prevent COVID-19 before the end of the year would not likely be discovered and distributed. “It is our generation’s moon shot,” said Dr. Graham Snyder, medical director of ...

Disaster declaration renewed in face of rising cases

Lycoming County commissioners no sooner renewed the county’s Declaration of Disaster Emergency before launching into a discussion about the gravity of the COVID-19 pandemic. The declaration allows the county to apply for emergency funding connected to the coronavirus for another 90 ...

Jersey Shore to eliminate hybrid schooling option

JERSEY SHORE — When the second marking period begins Nov. 2, students in the Jersey Shore Area School District will have just two instruction options available as the board approved eliminating the hybrid model of instruction at their meeting Monday night. Instruction for students K-12 will ...

Increased dining capacity not a big deal for local eateries

Gov. Wolf’s directive handed down earlier this month to allow restaurants to increase indoor dining capacity has drawn less than an outpouring of enthusiasm from local establishments. “There’s no real difference in business yet,” Zack Aulenbach, manager of Cracker Barrel, 260 S. ...

Wolf vetoes school sports bill; override attempt expected

Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday vetoed a bill that would give school districts the sole ability to make decisions on sports, including whether and how many spectators to allow, and lawmakers in the GOP-controlled General Assembly said they would try to override it. The Wolf administration’s limits ...

Pennsylvania launches new virus exposure notification app

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania's new coronavirus exposure-notification app is now available on app stores. The release of the app Tuesday is part of Pennsylvania's effort to more quickly break chains of transmission by using the new technology to notify people who may have been exposed. ...

Anti-fraud efforts in place in unemployment cases

Those who legitimately need unemployment compensation are getting hurt by fraudulent claimants, state labor officials said. The state Department of Labor & Industry said Monday due to an alarming spike in suspicious applications for unemployment benefits through the Pandemic Unemployment ...

Jobless rate drops statewide

Unemployment rates across the state dropped by 2 percentage points, said Jerry Oleksiak, secretary of the state Department of Labor and Industry in a briefing with reporters on Monday. To assist those without jobs, Oleksiak said the process benefits due the staff has increased to 1,640 ...

CDC drops controversial testing advice that caused backlash

NEW YORK — U.S. health officials on Friday dropped a controversial piece of coronavirus guidance and said anyone who has been in close contact with an infected person should get tested. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention essentially returned to its previous testing guidance, ...

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 ...