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A mounting casualty crisis: Health care jobs

HARRISBURG — Tens of thousands of medical workers across the United States are suddenly out of work as operating rooms and doctor’s offices go dark, casualties of urgent calls to prioritize coronavirus patients at overwhelmed hospitals and of the economic waves the crisis is churning. Even ...

Campaign encourages everyone to wear homemade masks

#Masks4All, a social media campaign to encourage everyone to make do-it-yourself face masks and nose covers, is swarming media platforms like Twitter and YouTube to help “flatten the curve” of the COVID-19 outbreak. Health professionals are sticking to CDC guidelines, which do not ...

Hughesville student makes masks during COVID-19 outbreak

HUGHESVILLE— Isabella Biddle, seventh-grade student at Hughesville Junior/Senior High School has used her sewing skills to make over 100 masks for prison systems, personal use and health care workers locally and in other states. It all started when she wanted to make a pillow for her dad. ...

Gov. Wolf recommends wearing masks

Pennsylvania residents should wear a cloth mask in public to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, the governor said Friday, as the state recorded another single-day high in new cases and passed 100 deaths. Gov. Tom Wolf, noting the federal government is readying guidance on the wearing of ...

Williamsport to receive $7.2 million in transit funding

Williamsport is among 23 metropolitan areas statewide set to receive a portion of more than $1 billion in federal transportation funding as part of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) legislation. The $7.2 million local share comes from the Department of Transportation’s ...

PEMA director: Supplies are going out everyday

Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Director Randy Padfield addressed how PEMA is staffed during the COVID-19 pandemic, how the state will handle outbreaks that could come in the future, how personal protective equipment is distributed, alternative care sites and other issues ...

Geisinger: Please schedule time to drop off donations

Geisinger would like to remind any individuals, groups or organizations wanting to make charitable donations in this time of need to please schedule those donations through the donation website, geisinger.org/fightcovid, or by calling 800-739-6882, a news release said. “We are very thankful ...

Residency requirement in place for non-union workers

City Council approved an ordinance on final reading to make non-unionized employees have to live in the city. The residency ordinance approved on a 7-0 vote does not apply for unionized city employees who are under negotiated collective bargaining contracts. “It makes employees more ...

What it means here: Spay/neuter requirements waived; Paws Run canceled; more

Pandemic results in waivers for spaying, neutering requirement The state is waiving the requirement to spay or neuter prior to adoption of dogs. The relaxation of the state dog law is authorized by the state Department of Agriculture, to conserve personal protective equipment for human ...

Geisinger: Masks now mandatory at all locations

To help stop the spread of COVID-19, Geisinger is making changes to its masking policy beginning this weekend, according to a press release. Starting today, all employees, patients and visitors will be required to wear a mask while inside a Geisinger facility. These changes, announced by ...

UPMC creates potential vaccine for COVID-19

The development of a potential vaccine against the new coronavirus causing the COVID-19 pandemic was revealed Thursday by doctors at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC. The announcement was made during a joint online news conference with the university and UPMC in ...

Hospital can test individuals at home

To help people who may have symptoms of the coronavirus, but are not sick enough to go to the emergency room, UPMC Williamsport now has a medical response team that can test individuals right in their homes if they are unable to get to a testing site on their own. “If it is determined that ...

Trauma counselor’s work with students helps keep schools safe

The life of a child, whether they are six or 16, can sometimes be a minefield of anxiety. What will my first-grade teacher be like? Will I know where to sit at lunch and will anyone want to sit with me? All of these are typical feelings that students experience, but for some students life has ...

Pandemic presents unique challenges

Right now living in the time of the COVID-19 outbreak can be very scary or frustrating for anyone, but particularly for children who don’t understand why they have to stay at home, when generally very few of them are sick. Natalie Serafini, trauma counselor at Loyalsock Township School ...

Resources available for coping with crisis

During the COVID-19 pandemic, with people remaining isolated from others to slow the spread of the virus, it is especially difficult to cope with the lack of social interaction. Natalie Serafini, trauma counselor at the Loyalsock Township School District, has compiled a list of online ...

Mayor weighs options as virus changes city work flow

Mayor Derek Slaughter says city government is functioning but he is contemplating furloughs as the city struggles like others are during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are reviewing that,” he said of the possible layoffs of city employees and reviewing all options during the ...

Business exemption period ends today

The exemption application process for businesses created in response to Gov. Tom Wolf and Dr. Rachel Levine’s orders to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 will close at 5 p.m. Friday, officials with the state Department of Community and Economic Development said. “Businesses who think they ...

Election, license requirements impacted by COVID-19

State election officials say the wheels of democracy continue to turn even in incredible times such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Kathy Boockvar, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of State, said moving the state primary election from April 28 to June 2 will allow the process to ...