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COVID-19

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 ...

Judge: State’s pandemic restrictions unconstitutional

Gov. Tom Wolf’’s administration said Monday it will appeal a federal judge’s ruling that pandemic restrictions that required people to stay at home, placed size limits on gatherings and ordered “non-life-sustaining” businesses to shut down are unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge ...

Super: Smooth start to Jersey Shore schooling

JERSEY SHORE — The first couple of weeks of school have gone “extremely well,” Superintendent Dr. Brian Ulmer reported to the Jersey Shore Area School Board via a virtual meeting Monday evening. Attributing the success of the new school year to the students following the health and ...

Summer of COVID-19 ends with health officials worried

The Lost Summer of 2020 drew to a close Monday with many big Labor Day gatherings canceled across the U.S. and health authorities pleading with people to keep their distance from others so as not to cause another coronavirus surge like the one that followed Memorial Day. Downtown Atlanta was ...

Bold hopes for virus antibody tests remain unfulfilled

WASHINGTON — At the height of the coronavirus lockdown, President Donald Trump and his top health advisers trumpeted a new test that would help Americans reclaim their lives — one that would tell them if they already had the virus and were protected from getting it again. Their arrival ...

Candidates weigh in on area jobs, economy

Candidates in this year’s election say boosting the economy and increasing numbers of jobs comes down to either reopening more businesses and/or bringing more government money to employers and employees. COVID-19, they agree, has posed unique challenges for many people out of work and ...

States plan for cuts as Congress deadlocks on more virus aid

Spending cuts to schools, childhood vaccinations and job-training programs. New taxes on millionaires, cigarettes and legalized marijuana. Borrowing, drawing from rainy day funds and reducing government workers’ pay. These are some actions states are considering to shore up their finances ...

US unemployment rate falls to 8.4% even as hiring slows

WASHINGTON — U.S. unemployment dropped sharply in August from 10.2% to a still-high 8.4%, with about half the 22 million jobs lost to the coronavirus outbreak recovered so far, the government said Friday in one of the last major economic reports before Election Day. Employers added 1.4 ...