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Impacts of virus on region announced

Restaurants

Restaurants making special provisions to feed people during this time may contact the Sun-Gazette to have their plans announced in this space.

Grocery stores

Grocery stores in the area remain open at this time, as do drug stores.

Dollar General allowing seniors-only shopping hour, closing early

Dollar General will dedicate the first hour of each shopping day to senior shoppers, as well as amend store operating hours beginning Tuesday.

Senior citizens are one of the groups most vulnerable to the COVID-19 coronavirus. Other customers are encouraged to plan their shopping trips around this window of time to allow the most susceptible customers in communities the ability to shop during the first hour.

All stores plan to close one hour earlier than current close times to allow employees to clean and re-stock store shelves.

Old Lycoming Township closes offices

The township announced Tuesday that it would be restricting access to township buildings. All essential operations and staff, including police, fire department members, sewer and key infrastructure employees will continue working. Township officials strongly encourage residents to use the phone numbers listed below for any non-emergency or business related issues:

• Municipal Office at 570-322-6906

• Police Department at 570-329-4060

• Fire Department at 570-329-4060

• Lycoming County Central Processing Center is closed

DCNR closing state park facilities; hiking trails still open

The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources are closing all facilities at state parks and forests for 14 days beginning Tuesday.

The public will still be able to access trails, lakes, forests, roads and parking aras for passive and dispersed recreation, such as hiking.

Geisinger, UPMC set age restrictions, limit visitor numbers

UPMC and Geisinger have set age restrictions and are limiting visitors at their facilities in the Susquehanna region due to concerns about the COVID-19 virus.

People who are ill or have cold symptoms are asked not to visit. Some facilities have patient populations with unique needs and are now implementing visitor screenings and prohibiting visits from people with respiratory infection symptoms or fever or both.

The number of visitors are being limited, and children under age 18 are not permitted to visit patients in the facilities.

For UPMC obstetrics, pediatric inpatients, labor and delivery, and NICU inpatients, visitors will be limited to two support persons, with all visitors actively screened prior to entry

Additionally, UPMC Senior Communities is temporarily limiting visitation at all long-term care facilities, including skilled nursing, personal care, assisted and independent living settings, and hospital transitional care units. Facilities in the Susquehanna region include Cole Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation, Haven Place, Muncy Place, and in Wellsboro, the Laurels and the Green Home. Visitors will be permitted only in special situations, approved by the facility administrator or designated manager. Special situations may include end-of-life visitation and when a visitor is essential for the resident’s emotional well-being and care, and these visitors will be screened for exposure to or symptoms of COVID-19.

Patients going to a Geisinger clinic appointment should have only one healthy person accompany them to a visit when necessary.

CareerLink temporarily closed

The PA CareerLink is temporarily closed through March 27. The office will (tentatively) reopen on March 30.

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