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COVID-19

Biden signs burst of virus orders

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a burst of executive orders, President Joe Biden served notice Thursday that America’s war on COVID-19 is under new command, promising an anxious nation progress to reduce infections and lift the siege it has endured for nearly a year. At the same time, he tried to ...

Local COVID numbers decline

HARRISBURG — There’s good news and bad news when it comes to COVID-19 numbers in Pennsylvania. First, the good news: Clinton and Centre counties combined for just 54 new cases of the virus on Thursday. Clinton County added three cases. Its total now stands at 2,395 total cases. Centre ...

Pennsylvania hospitals: Not enough vaccine to go around

Some of Pennsylvania’s largest health systems are delivering a reality check after the state greatly expanded eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine this week, pointing out there’s not nearly enough supply to meet surging demand. Pennsylvania, which surpassed 20,000 deaths attributed to the ...

US jobless claims decline to a still-high 900,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell slightly last week to 900,000, still a historically high level that points to ongoing job cuts in a raging pandemic. The Labor Department’s report Thursday underscored that President Joe Biden has inherited an ...

Can COVID-19 vaccines be mixed and matched?

Health officials say both doses should be of the same vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccines rolling out in the United States, the United Kingdom and other parts of the world so far require two shots given a few weeks apart. In the U.S. where Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are being distributed, ...

Mobile labs take vaccine studies to diverse neighborhoods

NEW YORK (AP) — Lani Muller doesn’t have to visit a doctor’s office to help test an experimental COVID-19 vaccine — she just climbs into a bloodmobile-like van that parks on a busy street near her New York City neighborhood. The U.S. is rightly fixated on the chaotic rollout of the ...

Lilly: Drug can prevent COVID-19 illness in nursing homes

INDIANAPOLIS — Drugmaker Eli Lilly said Thursday its antibody drug can prevent COVID-19 illness in residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care locations. It’s the first major study to show such a treatment may prevent illness in a group that has been devastated by the ...

Bucktail CEO ‘optimistic’ virus outbreak under control

SOUTH RENOVO — Bucktail Medical Center Nursing Facility was on day 11 on Tuesday with no new positive residents and staff, its CEO told The Express. “Our goal is to be 14 days with no new resident or staff positives so we can return to ‘normal,’” said Timothy J. Reeves. Reeves ...

Residents move to Phase 1A for vaccine

HARRISBURG — Residents ages 65 and older and ages 16 to 64 with serious health conditions will now be able to receive their vaccinations under the updated phase 1A vaccine distribution guidelines created by the federal government. This adds 3.5 million Pennsylvanians into phase 1A for ...

Testing site opens today in Bellefonte

BELLEFONTE — The COVID-19 testing site operated by AMI Expeditionary Healthcare under contract with Centre County reopens today at a new location. The new testing site is located at 1155 Benner Pike, Suite 120 (former Comcast location). Testing is available Tuesday through Saturday from 10 ...

KC resumes classes; free meals this week

MILL HALL — For teachers in the Keystone Central School District, Monday was a day for “professional development,” while students enjoyed a day off for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Today, classes at KCSD resumed. This week, Cohort 1 will be in-person today and Wednesday, while ...

More positive COVID-19 cases at Susque-View

LOCK HAVEN — Cases of COVID-19 are on the rise at Susque-View, but vaccines have arrived. Due to the positive cases in the facility and Clinton County’s community positivity rate, Susque-View Home residents continue to be tested once per week and employees are tested twice per week for ...

Clinton, Centre county COVID numbers still rising

HARRISBURG — The local numbers continue to climb, but not at such a rapid rate as previous days. Clinton County reported 42 cases of COVID-19 over the past two days — 23 on Sunday and 19 on Monday — bringing its total to 2,368. Centre County added 123 new COVID-19 cases over the past ...

Coronavirus deaths rising in 30 US states amid winter surge

NEW YORK (AP) — Coronavirus deaths are rising in nearly two-thirds of American states as a winter surge pushes the overall toll toward 400,000 amid warnings that a new, highly contagious variant is taking hold. As Americans observed a national holiday Monday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ...

Military nurses, tests coming to help hard-hit Arizona city

PHOENIX (AP) — Exhausted nurses in rural Yuma, Arizona, regularly send COVID-19 patients on a long helicopter ride to Phoenix when they don’t have enough staff. The so-called winter lettuce capital of the U.S. also has lagged on coronavirus testing in heavily Hispanic neighborhoods and just ...

WHO chief lambasts vaccine profits, demands elderly go first

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization chief on Monday lambasted drugmakers’ profits and vaccine inequalities, saying it’s “not right” that younger, healthier adults in wealthy countries get vaccinated against COVID-19 before older people or health care workers in poorer ...

KC to get $4.8 million in federal stimulus money

MILL HALL — The Keystone Central School District will receive $4.8 million in federal stimulus money, superintendent Jacquelyn Martin announced during this week’s school board voting meeting, which was held via Zoom. “This equates to four times the amount that we had previously ...

Geisinger surpasses 20,000 vaccine milestone

DANVILLE — Geisinger’s health system administered its 20,000th COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday. Since mid-December, Geisinger has provided vaccines to health system employees and non-Geisinger health care employees who qualify for the vaccine. Of the 20,000 vaccines Geisinger provided, ...

Hospital staff happy for vaccine, ask for patience until more arrives

WILLIAMSPORT — Local hospital staff members at UPMC are ecstatic that community members have the willingness to receive the COVID vaccine, but are asking for patience as the hospitals are still waiting for allocations of vaccinations and guidance from the state. “We will update the public ...

$2.2 billion in COVID funds dedicated to K-12 schools

HARRISBURG — Governor Tom Wolf is dedicating $2.2 billion in federal stimulus funds to K-12 school districts and charter schools affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to support food programs, technological improvements and other education services. “All schools have been affected by the ...