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COVID-19

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, ...

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 ...