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Landfill director warns: Bag your trash to help stop the spread of disease

Trash and waste haulers are asking people who might be ill or in self-quarantine to be mindful and properly bag trash. Residents should put out only bagged trash — not loose — to prevent the spread of COVID-19 for the health and safety of residents, trash haulers hands, truckers, and ...

Testing sites for COVID-19 open as pandemic evolves

Several testing locations for COVID-19 are operating or are prepared to be in the area, but medical professionals at these places said a primary care physician needs to give a test order. Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, UPMC, Evangelical Community Hospital and Family Practice Centers are ...

Wolf retrenches sweeping order, amid complaints, lawsuits

HARRISBURG — Under fire from business groups and Republican lawmakers and facing lawsuits over a broad shutdown order designed to slow the spreading of the coronavirus, Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration defended its actions as critical to preventing hospitals from being overwhelmed, but it ...

Income tax filing deadline moved to July 15 from April 15

WASHINGTON (AP) — The income tax filing date has been pushed back from April 15, to July 15, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said. Mnuchin announced the decision in a tweet Friday saying that at President Donald Trump's direction "we are moving Tax Day from April 15 to July 15. All ...

3 states lock down 70 million against the virus

Illinois and New York state joined California on Friday in ordering all residents to stay in their homes unless they have vital reasons to go out, restricting the movement of more than 70 million Americans in the most sweeping measures undertaken yet in the U.S. to contain the ...

Kindergarten registration postponed

The Williamsport Area School District has postponed kindergarten and new student registration week, originally scheduled for next week, due to school closures for the COVID-19 pandemic. The online portion of the registration can be completed if internet access is available. No appointments ...

What it means here: Changes and actions taken due to coronavirus

LCWSA issues coronavirus actions The Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority is taking action in response to COVID-19 and the effort to lessen the spread of the virus. The immediate priorty is the health and safety of employees to ensure critical water and sewage service are available to ...

COVID-19 ‘Hot Zone’ federal inmates may be transferred, lodged locally

Federal inmates in the New York City area, which is considered a "hot zone" for COVID-19, may be put on buses and housed at penitentiaries in Union County, a federal prison employee union president said. "It blew my mind someone wants to potentially bring inmates in a virus hot zone to here," ...

Wolf orders non-life-sustaining businesses to shut down

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf issued a sweeping shutdown order to tens of thousands of “non-life-sustaining” businesses Thursday, decreeing they must close their physical locations by 8 p.m. to slow the spread of the coronavirus or face enforcement by state police and other government ...

List of businesses impacted by Gov. Wolf’s directive

See this list as released by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf. It is on Page B4 in Friday's edition (3-20-2020) of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette. To enlarge, right click on the list-image and save the image as a jpg to your mobile cell phone screen or desktop PC. Make sure to add the jpg tag at ...

Area churches limit services, activities

Churches in the area are curtailing activities and services to limit the spread of the coronavirus. All churches in the Upper Susquehanna Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America have been advised to suspend all worship, gatherings and meetings. St. Mark’s Lutheran, Williamsport, ...

Annual auction postponed due to heightened COVID-19 fears

People are known to flock in great numbers to an annual public sale in Muncy Creek Township to bid on farm equipment and other items, but the auction has been postponed this year. Harold Fraley said he won’t hold the event at Fraley Auction Co. Inc., 1515 Kepner Hill Road this Saturday as ...

Commissioners move to essential staffing only

As a means to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives, Lycoming County is supporting federal and state efforts by minimizing the number of employees required to report to work at county facilities. Lycoming County Government will go to mission-essential-staffing status effective ...

Congressman, physician talk COVID-19 to area residents

U.S. Rep. Fred Keller, R-Kreamer, and a local health care provider fielded a flurry of questions Thursday from area residents concerning the coronavirus. Both Keller and Dr. Rutul Dalal, medical director, infectious disease, UPMC Susquehanna, assured people during the teleconference session ...

New York inmates may be moved to Lewisburg prison

Federal inmates in the New York City area, which is considered a “hot zone” for COVID-19, may be put on buses and housed at penitentiaries in Union County, a federal prison employee union president said on Thursday. “It blew my mind someone wants to potentially bring inmates in a virus ...

County services still available; officials urge caution

Lycoming County officials assured the public Wednesday that government operations are not shutting down, even if things aren’t exactly business as usual. COVID-19 has prompted extreme caution, if not outright restrictions, and citizens are being asked to cooperate to help mitigate the ...

Courthouse offers services, works to reduce foot traffic

Looking to limit foot traffic in the Lycoming County Courthouse, President Judge Nancy Butts said only emergency cases will be heard, and asked the public to avoid conducting normal business in person, Wednesday at a press conference. The judicial emergency Judge Butts declared Monday is ...

First state coronavirus death reported in Northampton County

Pennsylvania reported its first death from the new coronavirus on Wednesday as state officials announced a nearly 40% jump in the number of confirmed cases and Gov. Tom Wolf issued a stark new warning about the pandemic. The state Department of Health identified the victim as an adult from ...

Mayor: Refrain from touching city playground equipment

Mayor Derek Slaughter, following Centers for Disease Control advice, has asked streets and parks employees to put signs up at city parks to ask people to refrain from using playground equipment. The move done this week as part of the effort to control spread of COVID-19, is just one of the ...