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COVID-19

Dial 211 for all non-health related emergency calls

In times of distress, no one needs the added stress of trying to figure out where to seek help. If the emergency is health-related, 911 is the place to call, but for other emergencies, such as the loss of a job, resulting homelessness or financial help with overwhelming utility bills, 211 is ...

What it means here: Local impacts and cancellations

Landfill, transfer station closed In adherence to guidelines from Gov. Wolf, Lycoming County Resource Management Services will no longer accept private transactions from residents. Residents must use a licensed hauler to dispose of waste until further notice. This change includes the ...

UPMC open COVID-19 specimen colleciton site in city

WILLIAMPSORT – UPMC in the Susquehanna region will begin directing patients who received physician consultation and referral for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 to an outpatient specimen collection site at 609 Brandon Ave., Williamsport beginning today. The site is not open to the public, ...

DCNR Extending Closure of State Park and Forest Facilities Statewide

Harrisburg, PA - Today, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced that all facilities at state parks and forests in Pennsylvania will be closed until April 30 to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The public will still ...

PA Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19

Harrisburg, PA- The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., March 23, that there are 165 additional positive cases of COVID-19, and one new death in Montgomery County, bringing the statewide total to 644 in 34 counties. All people are either in isolation at home or ...

Federal inmates on the move to prevent spread

By MARK MARONEY mmaroney@sungazette.com Federal lawmakers blasted the Federal Bureau of Prisons leadership Monday in what they called a reversal of policy to move inmates to mitigate COVID-19 in its prisons. "In response to mitigate the spread of the virus, the Bureau of Prisons will move ...

Gov. Wolf extends PA school closure for 2 more weeks

Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) announced today that all schools in the commonwealth will remain closed through at least April 6 as a result of the COVID-19 response efforts. The closure order could be extended beyond April 6 if necessary to save lives and stop ...

The importance of social distancing

Although Williamsport and the state are embroiled in a war against an invisible enemy, many are fighting another enemy: The allure of social interaction. Whether they disagree with what they perceive to be a high-handed governor or are resigned to the impacts of their routine, one thing is ...

River Valley Transit ends bus fares during office closure

Passengers will not be required to purchase fare or passes to ride River Valley Transit buses in an effort to enhance and encourage social distancing, River Valley Transit announced. Riders will be required to enter and exit the bus using the rear door to minimize driver contact unless they ...

Your community newspaper is here for you

This coming week, your community newspaper will publish its annual Progress editions, planned and produced before the crisis in which we all now find ourselves. Amid this coronavirus pandemic, we believe ... nay, we know it is important to be optimistic and hopeful. That’s exactly what ...

What it means here: Extended services for seniors, mask donation request

Extended services for seniors during COVID-19 uncertainties “It is vital that our most vulnerable, including seniors are protected during this pandemic,” Senator Gene Yaw said in a press release. “We should waste no time ensuring that programs are in place and services remain accessible ...

State reports COVID-19 death; Wolf defends shutdown

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s coronavirus death toll rose by one on Saturday as lawyers for Gov. Tom Wolf asked a court to dismiss a lawsuit challenging his authority to shutter “non-life-sustaining” businesses, declaring that unprecedented action is needed to combat a global ...

Beat the social distancing blues

“Social distancing refers to leaving at least six feet distance literally between yourself and other people out in public,” Christina Poff-Long, licensed clinical professional counselor at Greater Washington Psychiatry and Counseling says. “That is a very odd thing to grow accustomed to ...

Local architect gives account of self-quarantine after traveling

A local architect has focused on projects to pass time during his two-week self-imposed quarantine after travelling to Italy recently. In the beginning of March, Anthony H. Visco Jr., owner of an architectural firm, said there was very little worry about COVID-19 while he was traveling ...

PA Personal Income Tax filing deadline extended to July 15th

The Department of Revenue today announced the deadline for taxpayers to file their 2019 Pennsylvania personal income tax returns is extended to July 15, 2020. This means taxpayers will have an additional 90 days to file from the original deadline of April 15. The Internal Revenue Service ...

PA State Police to assist in closure enforcement beginning Monday

HARRISBURG-The Pennsylvania State Police will assist in enforcement of closure of non-life sustaining businesses on Monday March 23rd beginning at 8am, according to a press release from the Pennsylvania State Police. Colonel Robert Evanchick, commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police, ...

Landfill director warns: Bag your trash to help stop the spread of disease

Trash and waste haulers are asking people who might be ill or in self-quarantine to be mindful and properly bag trash. Residents should put out only bagged trash — not loose — to prevent the spread of COVID-19 for the health and safety of residents, trash haulers hands, truckers, and ...

Testing sites for COVID-19 open as pandemic evolves

Several testing locations for COVID-19 are operating or are prepared to be in the area, but medical professionals at these places said a primary care physician needs to give a test order. Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, UPMC, Evangelical Community Hospital and Family Practice Centers are ...

Wolf retrenches sweeping order, amid complaints, lawsuits

HARRISBURG — Under fire from business groups and Republican lawmakers and facing lawsuits over a broad shutdown order designed to slow the spreading of the coronavirus, Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration defended its actions as critical to preventing hospitals from being overwhelmed, but it ...

Income tax filing deadline moved to July 15 from April 15

WASHINGTON (AP) — The income tax filing date has been pushed back from April 15, to July 15, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said. Mnuchin announced the decision in a tweet Friday saying that at President Donald Trump's direction "we are moving Tax Day from April 15 to July 15. All ...