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COVID-19

Clinton County one of lowest in total vaccinations

LOCK HAVEN — As Pennsylvania rolls out a multitude of vaccines in an effort to diminish the never ending tirade that the virus has had on the U.S., Clinton County is ranked as one of the lowest counties in total vaccinated in the state. So far, Clinton County is sitting at 14.92% of its ...

Geisinger supports local restaurants hit hard by pandemic

DANVILLE – Geisinger partnered with eight local chambers of commerce to launch Meals in Spring and give back to the restaurants in the community hit hard by the pandemic. As part of the program, more than 23,000 Geisinger employees can redeem a $10 meal voucher at any of nearly 300 ...

Proper precautions should remain in place after vaccination

DEAR DR. ROACH: Could you please provide your recommendations on how we should conduct ourselves after we get the COVID vaccine? Please include an explanation of how immune we actually will be. — T.S. ANSWER: Three vaccines are approved under an emergency authorization at the time of this ...

Are some COVID-19 vaccines more effective than others?

Are some COVID-19 vaccines more effective than others? It’s hard to tell since they weren’t directly compared in studies. But experts say the vaccines are alike on what matters most: preventing hospitalizations and deaths. “Luckily, all these vaccines look like they’re protecting us ...

Countries worldwide hit new records for virus cases, deaths

Ambulances filled with breathless patients lined up in Brazil as nations around the world set new records Thursday for COVID-19 deaths and new coronavirus infections. The disease surged even in some countries that have kept the virus in check. In the United States, Detroit leaders began ...

Regional vaccine clinic opens Friday at Bryce Jordan

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State University’s multipurpose facility, the Bryce Jordan Center, will be the site for a large-scale regional COVID-19 vaccination clinic beginning on Friday, April 9. The clinic will be operated by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and the Pennsylvania ...

Survey: Even as schools reopen, many students learn remotely

Large numbers of students are not returning to the classroom even as more schools reopen for full-time, in-person learning, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Biden administration. The findings reflect a nation that has been locked in debate over the safety of reopening schools ...

Merkel backs ‘short, uniform lockdown’ across Germany

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday threw her weight behind a “short, uniform lockdown” as the country grapples with a high level of coronavirus cases fueled by the spread of a more contagious variant first detected in Britain. German state governors, who are ...

Keller briefed on spike in COVID-19 cases in last two weeks

WILLIAMSPORT — A roundtable discussion with U.S. Rep. Fred Keller, R-Kreamer and UPMC Susquehanna medical staff Tuesday revealed a disturbing trend in the COVID-19 pandemic. A “bit of a spike” in cases in the past two weeks was revealed to Keller by Dr. Rutul Dalal, chief of ...

Many negative tests followed by positive COVID antibody result

DEAR DR. ROACH: I’ve had regular swab tests for COVID-19, which have always been negative. The last one was just a few days ago. I had an antibody test six weeks ago that also was negative, but my antibody test this time was strongly positive. I’ve been very careful about protecting myself ...

Vaccine skepticism runs deep among white evangelicals in US

The president of the Southern Baptist Convention, America’s largest evangelical denomination, posted a photo on Facebook last week of him getting the COVID-19 vaccine. It drew more than 1,100 comments — many of them voicing admiration for the Rev. J.D. Greear, and many others assailing ...

Chorale shows how colleges keep song alive during COVID

INDIANA, Pa. — They arrived in street clothes, ready to perform in a century-and-a-half-old hall at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, their faces covered by masks. There was brief silence as IUP Chorale members standing 6 feet apart in an otherwise empty room looked toward their ...

Vaccine passports are latest flashpoint in COVID politics

HARRISBURG — Vaccine passports being developed to verify COVID-19 immunization status and allow inoculated people to more freely travel, shop and dine have become the latest flash point in America’s perpetual political wars, with Republicans portraying them as a heavy-handed intrusion into ...

With new aid, schools seek solutions to new and old issues

With a massive infusion of federal aid coming their way, schools across the U.S. are weighing how to use the windfall to ease the harm of the pandemic — and to tackle problems that existed long before the coronavirus. The assistance that was approved last month totals $123 billion — a ...

Pandemic aid helps New Mexico tribe fix damaged adobe homes

SANTO DOMINGO PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — First came the hail — sheets of it, pounding the centuries-old adobe homes at Santo Domingo Pueblo. Roofs were perforated “like a machine gun,” with some vigas broken and windows shattered. The floods came three years later — a week’s worth of ...

UK eyes testing COVID-19 passports at mass gatherings

LONDON (AP) — Britain is planning to test a series of measures including “coronavirus status certifications” over the coming weeks to see if they can allow people to safely return to mass gatherings at sports arenas, nightclubs and concerts. People attending a range of events this month ...

Coming out of the cave: As life creeps back, some feel dread

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Dinner reservations are gleefully being made again. Long-canceled vacations are being booked. People are coming together again, in some of the ways they used to. But not everyone is racing back. Their stories are emerging as the world begins to reopen — ...

KC makes plans for federal stimulus funds

MILL HALL — In a year that has been anything but normal, the Keystone Central school board heard some good news at Thursday night’s work session. KCSD superintendent Jacquelyn Martin said that the district will receive millions of dollars in federal stimulus funding. Earlier this week, ...

Fully vaccinated people can travel safely again, CDC says

NEW YORK (AP) — Add travel to the activities vaccinated Americans can safely enjoy again, according to new U.S. guidance issued Friday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance to say fully vaccinated people can travel within the U.S. without getting tested for ...

COVID-19 cases still on the climb

HARRISBURG — Cases of COVID-19 are still on the climb, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. On Thursday, Clinton County added 14 new cases of COVID-19 and Centre County reported 24 new cases of the deadly virus. Clinton County’s total now stands at 3,111. Centre County’s ...