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COVID-19

Geisinger reschedules vaccine appointments

DANVILLE — As nationwide severe weather continues to cause delays with COVID-19 vaccine shipments, Geisinger is again rescheduling some first-dose vaccines scheduled for today, Friday, Feb. 19. Geisinger is reaching out directly to those individuals whose vaccine appointments need to be ...

US life expectancy drops a year in pandemic

Life expectancy in the United States dropped a staggering one year during the first half of 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic caused its first wave of deaths, health officials are reporting. Minorities suffered the biggest impact, with Black Americans losing nearly three years and Hispanics, ...

Experts warn against COVID-19 variants as states reopen

NEW YORK — As states lift mask rules and ease restrictions on restaurants and other businesses because of falling case numbers, public health officials say authorities are overlooking potentially more dangerous COVID-19 variants that are quietly spreading through the U.S. Scientists widely ...

US jobless claims rise to 861,000 as layoffs stay high

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment aid rose last week to 861,000, evidence that layoffs remain painfully high despite a steady drop in the number of confirmed viral infections. Applications from laid-off workers rose 13,000 from the previous week, which was ...

Muddled promises on schools pose political problem for Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is in a political firestorm over how and when to get more schools open amid the coronavirus pandemic, with Republicans seizing on confusion surrounding Biden’s goal to reopen a majority of schools within his first 100 days to paint the president as ...

Council approves tentative dates for Bellefonte Cruise

BELLEFONTE — After a one-year hiatus, the Historic Bellefonte Cruise is back — tentatively. At this week’s Bellefonte Borough Council meeting, council tentatively approved reserving the dates for the Historic Bellefonte Cruise. It is scheduled for Father’s Day weekend, June 18 and 19 ...

Centre gets $1.8 million for hospitality industry

BELLEFONTE — The Centre County commissioners have a tough task ahead. On Wednesday, they met for a work session to discuss distribution of funds for the COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program (CHIRP). Last week, the commissioners approved the application for the county’s ...

Local virus numbers see slight uptick

HARRISBURG — Coronavirus numbers locally and statewide saw a bit of an increase Wednesday. The state Department of Health reported that Clinton County added 14 cases of COVID-19. Its total now stands at 2,660. Centre County added 73 cases of the deadly virus. Its total now stands at ...

Mistakes mean Pennsylvania faces shortage of Moderna shots

Pennsylvania is facing a temporary shortage of booster shots of the Moderna vaccine because providers inadvertently used them as first doses, setting back the state’s already stumbling vaccine rollout. The error could mean more than 100,000 people will need appointments rescheduled, state ...

Geisinger reschedules most of today’s COVID vaccine appointments

DANVILLE — Due to the impending severe weather in our area and continued nationwide weather-related supply chain challenges, Geisinger is rescheduling all first-dose and some second-dose COVID vaccines set for Thursday, Feb. 18. Geisinger is reaching out to those individuals whose vaccine ...

Mt. Nittany offers waitlist option for COVID-19 vaccinations

STATE COLLEGE — Mount Nittany Health is now offering a simple way for eligible community members to sign up online for a future COVID-19 vaccine. To be added to the Mount Nittany Health COVID-19 vaccine waitlist, individuals should visit mountnittany.org/coronavirus, click on the link: ...

US govt seizes over 10M phony N95 masks in COVID-19 probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal agents have seized more than 10 million fake 3M brand N95 masks in recent weeks, the result of an ongoing investigation into counterfeits sold in at least five states to hospitals, medical facilities and government agencies. The most recent seizures occurred ...

NY sues Amazon, saying it didn’t protect workers from virus

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York attorney general is suing Amazon over COVID-19 safety protocols, accusing the company of being more concerned with making money than protecting its workers from getting sick. The lawsuit, filed late Tuesday, involves two Amazon facilities in New York City that ...

Geisinger rescheduling vaccine appointments due to weather

DANVILLE — Due to the severe winter weather that has impacted much of the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has notified several states, including Pennsylvania, that expected COVID vaccine shipments for this week will be delayed. Due to these delays, it’s ...

LHU corrects report about vaccinations, tests

LOCK HAVEN — Lock Haven University has not and is not administering any COVID-19 vaccinations. The university on Tuesday issued corrections to a story in The Express in that day’s edition that mistakenly reported the school has and is administering the vaccine. More than 300 students, ...

Republicans back program for students lagging from virus

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Children who have struggled to adapt to virtual learning during the pandemic would be greatly helped by a summer school program designed to target K-12 students in North Carolina at risk of academic failure, House Speaker Tim Moore said Tuesday while unveiling the ...

Biden extends pandemic help for homeowners, renters wait

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is extending a ban on housing foreclosures to June 30 to help homeowners struggling during the coronavirus pandemic. The moratorium on foreclosures of federally guaranteed mortgages had been set to expire on March 31. On his first day in office, Biden ...

Over 3,000 county residents receive vaccine

HARRISBURG — As COVID-19 vaccination efforts continue, a total of 3,337 Clinton County residents have received the first dose of the vaccine, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Of those, only 855 have received both doses, the department reported on Monday. The U.S. Census ...

New enrollment window opens for health insurance shoppers

Health insurance shoppers stuck in a bad plan or unable to find coverage have a new option for help. A sign-up window opened Monday for government insurance markets and runs through May 15 in most states. It’s available for people who don’t have coverage through work, and it is expected to ...