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City imposes moratorium due to higher COVID cases

LOCK HAVEN — Events in city parks and ball fields have been put on hold for at least two weeks due to a high rate of COVID-19 cases within the Lock Haven zip code.

City Manager Gregory Wilson made the announcement earlier this week, saying the city has seen its highest incidence rate to date.

“The City of Lock Haven’s COVID-19 incidence rate has climbed to its highest point to date, 143.98 per 100,000 excluding Lock Haven University students who tested positive,” Wilson said.

If Lock Haven University’s 26 new infections were to be included the report sky rockets to 458.59 per 100,000, he continued.

“Anything about 100/100,000 is considered a high risk infection area,” he explained.

Due to the high rate of infection the city instituted a moratorium beginning yesterday and canceled any events in city parks, including play in ball fields for at least two weeks.

The Pedestrian Mall will remain open but outdoor entertainment will not be permitted during the moratorium, Wilson said.

“While the (Pedestrian Mall) can continue to enhance social distancing and ensure that shops and restaurants can find solutions to eliminate inside congestion, no outdoor music or other entertainment should take place in the Ped Mall area other than shopping and dining,” he said.

The moratorium comes two weeks after the city closed its facilities following 18 new infections within a week.

Wilson said city employees who can will continue to work from home to reduce their on-site hours and limit overlap and contact with other employees.

Within the city’s zip code — which includes sections of Woodward, Dunnstable, Castanea and Pine Creek townships — there have been 105 total virus cases with 21 considered active within the last 14 days, according to numbers provided by the city.

Including the numbers from LHU — which reported 26 positive tests out of 758 on Monday — 62 infections are still considered active, the numbers report.

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