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Commissioners to further address pandemic

With the upsurge in coronavirus cases, Lycoming County commissioners announced they will be publicly addressing COVID-19 concerns and measures to keep people safe from the pandemic.

They want to hold a news conference that will address plans for county operations such as adjustments needed to ensure buildings present safe environments, according to Commissioner Scott Metzger.

“We don’t want to close anything,” he said.

UPMC officials are expected to be on hand for the news conference on an as-yet unspecified date.

Metzger and Commissioner Rick Mirabito said getting through the pandemic as safely as possible will require the cooperation of everyone

Mirabito said he continues to see people in public not wearing masks to protect themselves and others from COVID-19.

“We should really do our part,” he said.

Metzger said the good news is that a coronavirus vaccine is “right around the corner.”

“Plesase stay safe and be cautious,” he said.

Metzger noted that as of Monday, there were 61 people in the county hospitalized for COVID-19, including eight on ventilators.

“This is very serious,” Commissioner Tony Mussare said. “We need to bring the number of cases down.”

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