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Coroners concerned about their capacity

With the state Department of Health thus far reporting 5,805 COVID-19 cases and 74 deaths, county coroners throughout the commonwealth are “on edge” about what they could face in the days and weeks ahead, Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr. said. “We’re on edge about the ...

‘The most prudent option’ — Wolf issues statewide order

All state residents must stay home as much as possible for the coming month to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Tom Wolf said Wednesday as he expanded the footprint of the quarantine to include the entire state. “This is the most prudent option to stop the spread of COVID-19 ...

City to see unexpected federal funds

Williamsport is getting more than $600,000 in unexpected federal funds to be used toward the pandemic recovery. Mayor Derek Slaughter said he was surprised when he was informed Wednesday the city was to be given $609,247 in grant funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban ...

Colleges reschedule commencements

Lycoming College will hold commencement on Oct. 4 for students to have the opportunity to walk across the stage and receive diplomas in front of friends and family. The ceremony will include speakers and the announcement of the Chieftain Award winner. The event will be livestreamed for those ...

State Department of Education offering resources, $5M in funding

The state’s Department of Education announced it will offer resources, including $5 million in state funding for equity grants, to help districts provide continued instruction to students during the COVID-19 closures. The grants would be available to schools to purchase computer equipment, ...

Allowable travel and activities under stay-at-home order

HARRISBURG — The following rules are in place regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s stay-at-home order which he extended to all 67 counties in the Commonwealth Wednesday. Individuals may leave their residence only to perform any of the following allowable individual activities and allowable ...

Daycare centers work to serve ‘essential’ parents

When Gov. Tom Wolf issued his declaration ordering non-essential businesses to close in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus which causes COVID-19, daycares were on the list with a caveat that the closures did not apply to those located in home settings. “On March 16, Gov. Wolf ...

Montoursville school district allows administration more autonomy

In attempting to quickly solve issues created by the COVID-19 outbreak, the administration at Montoursville Area School District will have more autonomy in contracting services and paying bills following the virtual board meeting Tuesday. Any items or services purchased by the more autonomous ...

Superintendent’s contract renewed for 5 years

Christina Bason, superintendent of Montoursville Area School District, received a five-year contract extension Tuesday, for $146,667 a year with a two percent minimum raise every year. She will receive medical, dental, vision, unemployment and life insurance, according to her contract, as ...

Blues Festival postponed until June of 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in cancellation of the 2020 annual Billtown Blues Festival at Hughesville, pushing the 31st festival to June of 2021, its executive director said. “This health risk and economic crisis associated with coronavirus has come at a most critical time for the ...

Lycoming up to six cases; more counties under stay-home order

As Lycoming County goes from four to six confirmed COVID-19 cases, Gov. Tom Wolf has added seven more counties Tuesday to his order to stay at home. Wolf told residents of Lebanon, Franklin, Somerset, Lawrence, Cameron, Crawford and Forest counties to stay home at least through April 30, ...

Superintendents unsurprised by indefinite closures

The consensus of local school superintendents, contacted following the announcement by Gov. Tom Wolf that schools in the state would be closed until further notice, was that it was not a surprise. Many of them acknowledged that their districts have been preparing and planning for this ...

Schools may give free meals to all

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has received waiver approval from the USDA to allow schools to provide free meals to all children during the governor’s mandated school closures to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. With the approval schools, which did not meet the threshold ...

Prison staff talk inmate transfers amid virus

Buses of federal inmates continue to arrive at local prisons from around the nation in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. “We’re battling an invisible monster,” said Shane Fausey, a union representative for corrections officers at Federal Bureau of Prisons facilities. “Why are U.S. ...

Keller introduces inmate movement bill

U.S. Rep. Fred Keller, R-Kreamer, introduced a Pandemic Act to stop inmate movement through the federal prison system, according to a news release. The bill would halt inmate movement during COVID-19 pandemic. Keller introduced the bill to pause all new detention and end movement of inmates ...

What it means here: DCED offers help, Bucknell postpones commencement and more

DCED offers help to businesses in the state Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin reminded Pennsylvanians that help is available for businesses, stakeholders, and individuals with questions about operations following Gov. Tom Wolf and state Health Secretary ...

Commissioners approve $82K toward absentee ballots for primary election

Lycoming County commissioners on Tuesday approved various contracts and services including those directed to help the county conduct business during the coronavirus pandemic. Commissioners approved a quote of $82,000 from Election IQ to provide mailing and printing for absentee ...

Dentists help reverse regulations to be able to see urgent care patients

Patients who need urgent dental care can again visit a dentist in offices across the state. Late Monday, the state Department of Health removed a requirement for dentists to have offices equipped with negative pressure rooms and to have themselves and staff wear hard-to-come-by construction ...

Evan announces first death; state closes schools indefinitely

As Lycoming County’s positive COVID-19 cases increase to four, Evangelical Community Hospital, located in Lewisburg, Union County, has announced its first death and increased its number of positive cases to six, according to a press release. The county in which the deceased patient lived ...