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COVID-19

Bellefonte council tables masking ordinance

BELLEFONTE — A masking ordinance was front and center at Tuesday night’s Bellefonte Borough Council meeting. After more than an hour of discussion, a potential masking ordinance was tabled by a 5-4 vote. The meeting, which was held via Zoom, attracted community members and business ...

Wolf to veto Legislature’s bill on school sports

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf will veto another coronavirus-related bill, this time one that would give a school district or private school sole authority to decide whether and how to conduct sports during the 2020-21 school year, his office said Wednesday. The bill passed the state ...

NIH: Halted vaccine study shows ‘no compromises’ on safety

WASHINGTON — The suspension of a huge COVID-19 vaccine study over an illness in a single participant shows there will be “no compromises” on safety in the race to develop the shot, the chief of the National Institutes of Health told Congress on Wednesday. AstraZeneca has put on hold ...

As Indonesia cases soar, medical workers bear the burden

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — While Indonesia has recorded more deaths from the coronavirus than any other Southeast Asian country, it also has seen by far the most fatalities among medical workers in the region, leading to concerns about the long-term impact on the nation’s fragile healthcare ...

City closes facilities due to spike

LOCK HAVEN — Due to a “moderately high” COVID-19 infection rate the city has closed its facilities to the public and restricted the number of people allowed in parks. City Manager Gregory Wilson announced Tuesday that the city’s rate of infection in its zip code had grown from 16 per ...

Wolf relaxes restrictions on indoor dining in Pa.

Pennsylvania restaurants will be allowed to seat more patrons inside after Gov. Tom Wolf announced Tuesday he is relaxing restrictions on indoor dining, providing some relief to an industry that’s been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis. Restaurants may increase indoor occupancy from 25% to ...

Concerns voiced over antique machinery show

BELLEFONTE — A concerned Centre County resident spoke during public comment at Tuesday’s commissioners meeting about an upcoming event in the county. Robin Johnson of Brush Valley said that she’s very concerned about the upcoming 46th annual Nittany Antique Machinery Show, which is ...

Help for the community

Salvation Army announces food programs for residents LOCK HAVEN — The following food programs are available at The Salvation Army, 119 E. Church St., Lock Haven each week: Pantry program The Pantry Program is open every Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m. You can come in once a month for this ...

Wolf: Clinton, Centre among counties to ‘watch’ for virus

HARRISBURG — The statewide positive test rate for the coronavirus rose over the past week, and Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration named 11 counties, including Clinton and Centre, that bear watching for COVID-19. The positive test rate rose to 4% over the past week, up from 3.2% the previous ...

COVID cases on the rise at Penn State

BELLEFONTE — With COVID-19 cases at Penn State University on the rise, the Centre County commissioners addressed the topic at Tuesday’s meeting. Over the past two weeks, Centre County has added 259 cases, 195 in the past week alone. Penn State University has not said if — or when — it ...

Computer glitches disrupt classes as schools return online

HOUSTON (AP) — Students across the U.S. ran into computer glitches Tuesday as they began the school year with online instruction at home because of the coronavirus, adding to the list of problems that have thrust many a harried parent into the role of teacher’s aide and tech support ...

Doctors studying why obesity may be tied to serious COVID-19

NEW YORK (AP) — In the early days of the pandemic, doctors noticed something about the people severely ill from COVID-19: Many were obese. The link became more apparent as coronavirus swept across the globe and data mounted, and researchers are still trying to figure out why. Excess ...

Wolf: Restaurants can increase capacity to 50 percent Sept. 21

HARRISBURG - Governor Tom Wolf today announced that restaurants may increase indoor occupancy to 50 percent starting September 21. To ensure that these businesses operate safely as Pennsylvania continues to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and to instill customers and employees with confidence ...

Clinton remains steady; Centre up 12 COVID-19 cases

Clinton County county didn't add new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Since the outbreak first began there have been 160 total cases of COVID-19 in the county. Of those 143 are confirmed and 17 are probable. So far 3,681 people have tested ...

City to close facilities under ‘moderately high’ virus risk

LOCK HAVEN - Lock Haven City Manager Gregory Wilson issued the following statement regarding the city's COVID-19 infection rate and the closure of city owned property: "On July 20, 2020, City Council enacted Resolution 1586 amending Resolution 1368 enacted March 18, 2020 proclaiming a State ...

Pandemic hobbles Fredericksburg area museums

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — In a normal year, the Fredericksburg Area Museum uses funds raised during its summer programming—such as the Sounds of Summer outdoor concert series—to pay staff salaries for the months of October, November and December. This year, because of COVID-19, there was no ...

Bold hopes for virus antibody tests still unfulfilled

WASHINGTON (AP) — At the height of the coronavirus lockdown, President Donald Trump and his top health advisers announced a new test that would help Americans reclaim their lives — one that would tell them if they already had the virus and were protected from getting it again. Their ...

Virus still throwing theme park attendance for a loop

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Theme park operators who spent months installing hand sanitizing stations, figuring out how to disinfect roller coasters seats and checking the temperatures of guests at their gates so they’d come back in the midst of the pandemic are finding many reluctant to ...

PSU sees 174 new COVID cases this week

STATE COLLEGE —A total of 174 Penn State’s University Park campus students have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a press release from the university. Testing results from the campus for the week of Aug. 28 showed 115 positive COVID-19 tests from among the on-demand ...

UPMC official: ‘COVID-19 not going away’

PITTSBURGH— “The masks absolutely matter,” Donald Yealy, UPMC chair of emergency medicine and senior medical director, said. “(COVID-19) is not going away. We are learning while we have delivered care and we have learned fast. Death rates are far lower now than they were earlier on in ...