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COVID-19

US outlines sweeping plan to provide free COVID-19 vaccines

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government outlined a sweeping plan Wednesday to make vaccines for COVID-19 available for free to all Americans, assuming a safe and effective shot is developed, even as top health officials faced questions about political interference with virus information reaching the ...

5M people infected, India’s virus outbreak still soaring

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s confirmed coronavirus infections passed 5 million on Wednesday, still soaring and testing the feeble health care system in tens of thousands of impoverished towns and villages. The world’s second-most populous country has added more than 1 million cases this ...

Clinton remains steady; Centre up 59 cases of COVID-19

No new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Clinton County and Centre saw a significant decrease in new cases on Wednesday, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Since the outbreak first began there have been 176 total cases of COVID-19 in Clinton County, the department of health ...

State House votes to bar shutting down churches in disasters

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania House on Tuesday passed a bill that would prevent governors from applying their disease control powers to shut down gatherings at churches or other houses of worship. The chamber voted 149 to 53 for the proposal, which the Democratic leader called a solution in ...

Bald Eagle Area confirms its first case of COVID-19

WINGATE — A Centre County school has its first case of COVID-19. On Sunday, Bald Eagle Area superintendent Scott V. Graham announced on the Bald Eagle Area Facebook page that an adult in the district had tested positive. The announcement read: “We have had our first confirmed COVID-19 ...

Judge: Wolf’s pandemic restrictions unconstitutional

Gov. Tom Wolf’’s administration said Monday it will appeal a federal judge’s ruling that pandemic restrictions that required people to stay at home, placed size limits on gatherings and ordered “non-life-sustaining” businesses to shut down are unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge ...

Centre still spiking; adds 102 COVID-19 new cases

BELLEFONTE — Centre County’s COVID-19 numbers continue to climb. Centre County added 102 cases over the past two days. The county now has 1,237 cases of the deadly virus. Lycoming County added three cases and Clinton County added one on Tuesday. The Pennsylvania Department of Health is no ...

Pandemic vs. pandemic: COVID-19 hampers fight against HIV

As COVID-19 swept through the South, Mel Prince watched with alarm as some of the HIV positive patients she helps in the rural Black Belt stopped showing up for lab tests and doctor’s visits. Some fell back into drug and alcohol abuse. Others feared the AIDS virus made them more vulnerable ...

Anti-inflammatory drug may shorten COVID-19 recovery time

A drug company says that adding an anti-inflammatory medicine to a drug already widely used for hospitalized COVID-19 patients shortens their time to recovery by an additional day. Eli Lilly announced the results Monday from a 1,000-person study sponsored by the U.S. National Institute of ...

Penn State reports 688 COVID cases

(Editor’s note: The Pennsylvania Department of Health no longer provides COVID-19 updates on Sundays. Monday’s report will include data for Sunday and Monday. Visit www.lockhaven.com for updated numbers today). BELLEFONTE — COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Centre County. On ...

UPMC official: COVID contact tracing continues

WILLIAMSPORT — Dr. Daniel Glunk, UPMC Susquehanna Region chief quality officer, alongside his colleagues have been working tirelessly to maintain contact tracing procedures in UPMC communities including UPMC Williamsport Hospital. “The pandemic is here to stay,”Glunk said. “We are ...

Centre County jumps again; 137 new cases of COVID-19

BELLEFONTE — Centre County’s COVID-19 numbers continue to skyrocket. It has been a record-breaking week for the county, but not in a good way. On Friday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health added 137 cases to Centre County’s count. That pushed the county past the 1,000-case mark. ...

KC parent questions cap on spectators

MILL HALL — The future of spectators at scholastic sporting events continues to be the center of attention at schools throughout the state. At Thursday night’s Keystone Central school board meeting, one concerned parent spoke up and addressed the board. Tina Eisenhower, the mother of a ...

Study: Kids infected at day care spread coronavirus at home

NEW YORK (AP) — Children who caught the coronavirus at day cares and a day camp spread it to their relatives, according to a new report that underscores that kids can bring the germ home and infect others. Scientists already know children can spread the virus. But the study published Friday ...

Deadline today to apply for small business grant

BELLEFONTE — For small businesses in Centre County, it’s deadline day. Earlier this week, the Centre County Board of Commissioners encouraged local small businesses to apply for the COVID-19 Relief Block Grant program before the application deadline, which is set for 5 p.m. today. Mary ...

Scarcity of key material squeezes medical mask manufacturing

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Rachel Spray is still grieving the loss of her fellow nurse who died after being exposed to the novel coronavirus at Kaiser Permanente Fresno Medical Center in California. Now, as she stands in front of the gleaming glass and concrete hospital, she says she “dreads ...

Virus bill blocked in Senate as prospects dim for new relief

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats scuttled a scaled-back GOP coronavirus rescue package on Thursday as the parties argued to a standstill over the size and scope of the aid, likely ending hopes for coronavirus relief before the November election. The mostly party-line vote capped weeks of ...

India has record spike of 95K new virus cases

NEW DELHI (AP) — India reported another record spike of 95,735 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours as the virus spreads beyond its major cities. According to the Health Ministry, the number of people known to be infected in India reached 4,465,863 on Thursday. It has the ...

Centre County becoming a ‘hot spot’

BELLEFONTE — In Centre County, COVID-19 cases are rising quickly. A day after Centre County was one of 11 counties added to Gov. Tom Wolf’s “watch” list for COVID-19, the county added 184 cases to its total on Wednesday. Centre County now has 870 cases. Of the 184 cases added on ...