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‘Not open to the public’: First day of virus testing runs smoothly

Twenty-three people were tested Monday for COVID-19 in Williamsport at an outpatient specimen collection site. Administrators there said the process was “excellent.” The site is not open to the public, said Heather Stafford, director of infection prevention and control at UPMC ...

Inmates to be moved to area prisons

Federal inmates are “authorized for movements from all facilities to mitigate spread of COVID-19,” including hot zones, such as New York City, a reversal in policy setting off the ire of three lawmakers Monday. These movements are being done under certain conditions, including an exit ...

State lawmakers, Wolf agree to postpone primary

HARRISBURG — Top Pennsylvania lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf have reached agreement on postponing the state’s primary election from April 28 until June 2, according to State Rep. Garth Everett (R., Lycoming). Everett, who chairs the House State Government Committee, said an amendment of ...

Gov. Wolf extends school closures at least 2 weeks

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday ordered residents of Pennsylvania’s hardest-hit areas to stay home for at least two weeks to help combat the spread of the new coronavirus that has already sickened hundreds and caused six deaths statewide. He also extended a statewide schools shutdown ...

Area stores found compliant as business shut down enforced

State and local police in Lycoming County started enforcing Gov. Tom Wolf’s order to shut down non-life-sustaining business at 8 a.m. Monday morning but many said the area’s stores had already shut down. Law enforcement officials said that while they have the ability to cite businesses, ...

State tax filing deadline extended to July 15

The deadline to file 2019 state personal income tax returns has been extended by 90 days to July 15, the state Department of Revenue announced Sunday. This move follows the Internal Revenue Service decision last week to extend the federal tax-filing deadline by 90 days. All penalties and ...

Montoursville, ELSD cancel board meetings

The Montoursville School Board work session scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the district conference room in the Montoursville High School, was cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions. Likewise, the East Lycoming School Board will not hold its regular monthly meeting today due to the ...

As coronavirus cases grow, the state eyes a later primary

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania saw another big increase in confirmed coronavirus cases Sunday, as well as another death, as lawmakers speed legislation to delay the state’s April 28 primary election and relax rules around how mail-in ballots can be processed in advance of polls ...

Funeral homes are facing impacts from guidelines combatting virus

Saying goodbye to a loved one is never easy. Funerals, visitations and church services are a time for remembrance, celebrating and honoring one’s life. Funeral directors now are dealing with a new set of issues due to COVID-19 while being there for grieving families. Funeral homes and ...

Dial 211 for all non-health related emergency calls

In times of distress, no one needs the added stress of trying to figure out where to seek help. If the emergency is health-related, 911 is the place to call, but for other emergencies, such as the loss of a job, resulting homelessness or financial help with overwhelming utility bills, 211 is ...

What it means here: Local impacts and cancellations

Landfill, transfer station closed In adherence to guidelines from Gov. Wolf, Lycoming County Resource Management Services will no longer accept private transactions from residents. Residents must use a licensed hauler to dispose of waste until further notice. This change includes the ...

The same measures were taken for virus a century ago

Technology has revolutionized the tools used to combat major health crises, but other age-old methods are still being used today, like self-quarantine and social distancing, which proved effective in stemming the tide of Spanish flu, that swept through Williamsport more than 100 years ...

UPMC open COVID-19 specimen colleciton site in city

WILLIAMPSORT – UPMC in the Susquehanna region will begin directing patients who received physician consultation and referral for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 to an outpatient specimen collection site at 609 Brandon Ave., Williamsport beginning today. The site is not open to the public, ...

UPMC opens virus specimen collection site

WILLIAMPSORT – Beginning Monday, March 23, UPMC in the Susquehanna region will begin directing patients who received physician consultation and referral for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 to an outpatient specimen collection site at 609 Brandon Ave., Williamsport. The site is not open to ...

The importance of social distancing

Although Williamsport and the state are embroiled in a war against an invisible enemy, many are fighting another enemy: The allure of social interaction. Whether they disagree with what they perceive to be a high-handed governor or are resigned to the impacts of their routine, one thing is ...

River Valley Transit ends bus fares during office closure

Passengers will not be required to purchase fare or passes to ride River Valley Transit buses in an effort to enhance and encourage social distancing, River Valley Transit announced. Riders will be required to enter and exit the bus using the rear door to minimize driver contact unless they ...

Your community newspaper is here for you

This coming week, your community newspaper will publish its annual Progress editions, planned and produced before the crisis in which we all now find ourselves. Amid this coronavirus pandemic, we believe ... nay, we know it is important to be optimistic and hopeful. That’s exactly what ...

What it means here: Extended services for seniors, mask donation request

Extended services for seniors during COVID-19 uncertainties “It is vital that our most vulnerable, including seniors are protected during this pandemic,” Senator Gene Yaw said in a press release. “We should waste no time ensuring that programs are in place and services remain accessible ...

State reports COVID-19 death; Wolf defends shutdown

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s coronavirus death toll rose by one on Saturday as lawyers for Gov. Tom Wolf asked a court to dismiss a lawsuit challenging his authority to shutter “non-life-sustaining” businesses, declaring that unprecedented action is needed to combat a global ...