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COVID-19

Lycoming County commissioners approve CDBG funds for four agencies

The Lycoming County commissioners approved federal Community Development Block grants in the amount of nearly $150,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for four local agencies they say are integral in providing services to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The ...

US labs buckle amid testing surge

WASHINGTON — Laboratories across the U.S. are buckling under a surge of coronavirus tests, creating long processing delays that experts say are actually undercutting the pandemic response. With the U.S. tally of infections at 3.9 million Wednesday and new cases surging, the bottlenecks are ...

Lycoming County commissioners eye pandemic assistance for agency providers

Lycoming County commissioners are expected Thursday to vote on grant applications to ease the burdens of those affected by losses in income due to COVID-19. Following discussion Tuesday, commissioners are expected to approve an application for $290,196 in Community Development Block Grant ...

More COVID-19 United Community Funds coming

Regional nonprofit organizations will soon be able to apply for funds during the second phase of funding from the COVID-19 United Community Funds. The funds are offered through a collaborative effort of the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania and United Ways representing ...

Jersey Shore Town Meeting canceled after new order

JERSEY SHORE — In an emergency meeting held Thursday at 7 p.m., Jersey Shore Borough Council unanimously agreed to cancel the popular annual Town Meeting celebration due to the new order issued by Gov. Tom Wolf that went into effect earlier that day, according to Joseph Hamm, borough ...

State officials talk schools reopening in the fall

Stressing that there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to opening schools in the state this fall, Pedro Rivera, state secretary of education, said that his department is sharing the “most current and endorsed data and information grounded in health and safety” with school ...

Restaurants to fight back; sports teams want fans in stands

HARRISBURG — As Pennsylvania approached 100,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Friday, restaurant and bar owners say they will fight back against Gov. Tom Wolf’s orders to further limit the number of patrons they’re allowed to serve at a time. Wolf’s order this week to reduce ...

Future uncertain for Veterans Day parade

The Old Lycoming Township Supervisors extended the township’s emergency declaration Tuesday evening by 90 days due to the ongoing pandemic. A township resident noted, because of COVID-19, the Veterans Day parade would possibly be canceled, but as a way to still honor veterans, the ...

Congressman, senator critique Gov. Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 response

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Zionsville, took aim Thursday at Gov. Tom Wolf’s restrictions to help stem the spread of coronavirus in the state. Toomey, along with U.S. Rep. Fred Keller, R-Kreamer, were in Williamsport to speak to business officials and local leaders. “I was very disappointed ...

Hope Enterprises adjusts to meet needs in the now

In the process of getting the services they offer up and running, Hope Enterprises is accommodating its clients in a new way, basing services and supports on what the people they serve need at the moment, according to Rob Labatch, president and CEO at Hope. “We’re looking at enhancing ...

What is contact tracing, and how does it work with COVID-19?

(AP)-The goal of contact tracing is to alert people who may have been exposed to someone with the coronavirus, and prevent them from spreading it to others. Health experts say contact tracing is key to containing the virus and allowing places to reopen more safely. But the process isn't easy. ...

Superintendents speak on state’s mask policy

As school districts work to formulate a health and safety plan in order to facilitate the safe opening of schools for fall, the state’s Department of Health issued an update on guidelines on students wearing masks while in school. The update stated that anyone in schools, including public, ...

More federal coronavirus funding approved for city disbursement

The city is recipient of $609,271 in federal Community Development Block Grant funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, Council’s finance committee Tuesday recommended for the full body of council a positive recommendation for an amendment to the 2019 annual ...

No county COVID-19 deaths in last week

Lycoming County has seen zero deaths in the last week to 10 days according to Charles E. Kiessling Jr., Lycoming County coroner. Though that information is a positive, the latest news is that there are 15 new positive cases in the county. “What we’re seeing locally is that case detections ...

James V. Brown Library reopens to the public

The James V. Brown Library is now open for browsing in all areas of the facility, including the children’s and teen areas. In addition, all other help desk services, such as printing, scanning, copying, genealogy requests and stamps will also be open. Passport services are expected to be ...

165K businesses got federal virus loans so far in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG (AP) — The Treasury Department on Monday released the names of more than 26,000 businesses or organizations based in Pennsylvania that it says received funds from a federal program intended to support the economy as states shut down to stem the spread of the coronavirus. The ...

What experts are saying about economic relief possibly in the works

After a round of stimulus checks granted qualifying citizens money to help pay for living expenses and boost the economy, Americans may be wondering if a second round of payment could be on the way as COVID-19 continues to spread. Toward the end of June, President Donald Trump told a reporter ...

Model train store works to restore sanity

Looking for diversions, many people have looked to hobby stores to fill their times during the pandemic, said a local business owner — sometimes to keep themselves sane in a world where everything seems to be going very wrong. In times like these, Lee English, of English Model Railroad ...