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COVID-19

Arizona third-grader holds food drives to help in pandemic

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — Neighbors walked by during their morning stroll, passing families waved from their bikes and drivers slowed down long enough to read the hand-drawn sign — “Dylan’s Food Drive.” The poster was taped to two PVC pipes that were stuck inside construction cones for ...

White House offers new tax credit to help spur vaccinations

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced new employer tax credits and other steps to encourage people reluctant to be inoculated to get the COVID-19 vaccine as his administration tries to overcome diminishing demand for the shots. The moves came as Biden celebrated ...

Pennsylvania plans to send vaccine to more providers

Pennsylvania plans to greatly expand its network of COVID-19 vaccine providers as demand for the lifesaving shots begins to slow and existing vaccinators order fewer doses, the state’s top health official said Tuesday, potentially making it easier for people in underserved areas to ...

UPMC: Plenty of vaccine for Dunnstown clinic

LOCK HAVEN — It seems it wasn’t long ago that locals were complaining there wasn’t enough vaccine coming into Clinton County to vaccinate its residents against COVID 19. On Monday morning, however, the county commissioners were told there is plenty of vaccine available from UPMC ...

Companies, unions offer COVID-19 vaccines

Marie Watson wanted to be among the first in line when she and other essential workers became eligible for the coronavirus vaccine — and with good reason. The maintenance parts buyer for a Mission Foods tortilla plant in Pueblo, Colorado, had lost her father to COVID-19 in the fall and was ...

Half of US adults now have received at least one COVID shot

WASHINGTON (AP) — Half of all adults in the U.S. have received at least one COVID-19 shot, the government announced Sunday, marking another milestone in the nation’s largest-ever vaccination campaign but leaving more work to do to convince skeptical Americans to roll up their ...

COVID-19 numbers still rising; PA continues vaccine rollout

HARRISBURG — Although the COVID-19 vaccine is available to more and more people, the numbers are still on the rise locally. On Saturday, Clinton County reported 16 more positive cases of COVID-19, while Centre County added 57 new cases of the deadly virus. Clinton County now has 3,360 ...

Second phase opened for COVID relief grants for county hospitality businesses

LOCK HAVEN — The second phase of a new COVID-19 relief grant is now open for eligible hospitality industry businesses, and the Clinton County Commissioners are urging more businesses to apply. During the now-closed first phase of the Hospitality Industry Recovery Program (CHIRP), seven ...

Pennsylvania sounds alarm on vaccine hesitancy

A growing number of unfilled appointments and low uptake among nursing home workers are early signs that vaccine hesitancy is becoming an issue in Pennsylvania, prompting state officials to sound the alarm Friday and urge residents to get their COVID-19 shots as quickly as possible. After ...

Safety for those in long-term care facilities still a top priority

HARRISBURG — The state Department of Health has made many efforts in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and to protect staff and residents of long-term care facilities during the ongoing pandemic, including direct assistance during outbreaks, education and resources for vaccinations as well ...

Mill Hall Elementary goes remote for a day

MILL HALL — The Keystone Central School District announced Thursday that Mill Hall Elementary would be closed today, April 16, due to an uptick in COVID-19 cases at the school. The district-wide email came from KCSD superintendent Jacquelyn Martin. She said, “Throughout this week the ...

PA extends J&J vaccine ‘pause’ by four days

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania on Thursday extended its “pause” on use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine by another four days after federal government health advisers said they need more time to investigate reports of rare blood clots. The state Health Department told vaccine ...

WHO: Europe has surpassed 1 million COVID-19 deaths

GENEVA (AP) — A top official from the World Health Organization says Europe has surpassed 1 million deaths from COVID-19 and the situation remains “serious,” with about 1.6 million new cases reported each week in the region. The comments by Dr. Hans Kluge on Thursday aimed to emphasize ...

US opens more distance in worldwide race against coronavirus

The United States opened more distance between itself and much of the rest of the world on Thursday, nearing the 200 millionth vaccine administered in a months-long race to protect the population against COVID-19, even as other countries, rich and poor, struggle with stubbornly high infection ...

With layoffs down and spending up, US rebound gains momentum

WASHINGTON (AP) — A much-awaited economic boom coming off the pandemic recession appeared to edge closer to reality Thursday with fresh data showing the pace of layoffs dwindling, consumers spending freely and manufacturing rebounding. The latest barometers point to a U.S. economy that’s ...

Loneliness is rampant. A simple call, or hug, may be a cure

CHICAGO (AP) — The stranger’s call came when Dianne Green needed it most. Alone in the home where she’d raised four kids, grieving recently deceased relatives, too fearful of COVID-19 to see her grandkids and great-grandbabies, she had never felt lonelier. Then, one day last spring, ...

More COVID state shutdowns unlikely, despite CDC suggestion

When one of the nation’s top health officials this week suggested states dealing with a spring spike of coronavirus cases should “shut things down,” the remark landed with a thud. Even Democratic governors and lawmakers who supported tough stay-at-home orders and business closures to ...

I got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Now what?

Don’t panic. U.S. health officials on Tuesday recommended pausing vaccinations with J&J’s shot as they look into reports of six clots out of nearly 7 million doses given in the country. Health officials say to be vigilant, but to remember that reports of blood clots that may be ...

Fed survey: Economy rebounding, helped by stimulus, vaccines

A Federal Reserve survey has found that the economy was rebounding in late February through early April, helped by billions of dollars in a new round of stimulus payments and the stepped-up rollout of coronavirus vaccines. The new survey released Wednesday showed that the Fed’s business ...

District Court closed due to COVID

RENOVO — Magisterial District Court 25-3-03, 112 Ninth Street, Renovo, is temporarily closed following an employee’s positive test for COVID-19. The employee last worked Monday, April 12, and as required, adhered to health and safety guidelines including the use of personal protective ...