Hourly Coronavirus UPDATES for Passport Radio 98.5 & 900 updated as of 12:00pm Friday June 12th
- Counties impacted to date include:
- Adams (273)
- Allegheny (2003)
- Armstrong (65)
- Beaver (603)
- Bedford (44)
- Berks (4201)
- Blair (54)
- Bradford (46)
- Bucks (5261)
- Butler (247)
- Cambria (62)
- Cameron (2)
- Carbon (249)
- Centre (165)
- Chester (3053)
- Clarion (30)
- Clearfield (50)
- Clinton (60)
- Columbia (364)
- Crawford (30)
- Cumberland (669)
- Dauphin (1481)
- Delaware (6688)
- Elk (6)
- Erie (367)
- Fayette (95)
- Forest (7)
- Franklin (795)
- Fulton (16)
- Greene (27)
- Huntingdon (236)
- Indiana (93)
- Jefferson (18)
- Juniata (97)
- Lackawanna (1583)
- Lancaster (3461)
- Lawrence (85)
- Lebanon (1962)
- Lehigh (3858)
- Luzerne (2793)
- Lycoming (167)
- McKean (13)
- Mercer (111)
- Mifflin (59)
- Monroe (1338)
- Montgomery (7582)
- Montour (53)
- Northampton (3151)
- Northumberland (209)
- Perry (68)
- Philadelphia (19,213)
- Pike (482)
- Potter (11)
- Schuylkill (656)
- Snyder (55)
- Somerset (39)
- Sullivan (3)
- Susquehanna (148)
- Tioga (19)
- Union (73)
- Venango (15)
- Warren (5)
- Washington (147)
- Wayne (126)
- Westmoreland (459)
- Wyoming (34)
- York (1082)
—*VITAL INFO* The US has 2,027,000+ confirmed cases (up 24,000 from yesterday).
- *VITAL INFO* Governor Wolf laid out his plan to reopen Pennsylvania in Green Phase. There are three phases to reopening, we are officially in Green Phase. On May 29th, 18 counties in PA moved to green phase including Bradford, Cameron, Centre (by county request), Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Montour, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Venango and Warren. The guidelines of green phase says almost all stores can reopen again, including theaters, salons, gyms, and restaurants, but they must be kept at 50% capacity, other retail businesses that previously held 50% occupancy in their stores during yellow phase can now hold up to 75%, gatherings of individuals are set to a 250 person limit (not including places of worship), and working from home is still suggested. See the full plan here.
- On June 12th, Wolf moved York, Beaver, Mifflin, and most of Central and East Central Pennsylvania (12 Counties total) to Green Phase. This brings the total to 46 counties in green phase and 21 in yellow.
- *NEW & VITAL INFO* Tuesday Night, June 9th, The Pennsylvania House and Senate voted to end the state disaster declaration. On Wednesday, June 10th, Governor Wolf explained, the declaration doesn’t re-open the state, it aids in speeding up the state’s response to the pandemic and provides protections for businesses, workers and residents. Wolf continued to explain that without the declaration in place, PA loses 300 school meal sites for kids in need, utility help for thousands of families, its lift on unemployment compensation eligibility requirements, its moratorium on foreclosures and evictions, and more. See his full response here.
- *NEW & VITAL INFO* Beginning Friday, June 5, various Walmart and Quest Diagnostics drive-thru testing locations across the state will provide testing for residents living in areas with fewer testing sites. This makes it so anyone who believes they have symptoms of COVID-19 can get tested today in Pennsylvania. A soft launch of five drive-thru testing sites began on June 5, with more added on June 10. These sites will be open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM to test up to 50 registered patients. Registration is required one day in advance.The testing sites that will open on Wednesday include:
- Walmart Supercenter parking lot, 63 Perkins Rd, Clarion, PA
- Walmart Supercenter parking lot, 2711 Elm Street, Erie, PA
- Walmart Supercenter parking lot, 1015 N Loyalsock Ave, Montoursville, PA
- Walmart Supercenter parking lot, 100 Supercenter Drive, Clearfield, PA
- Walmart Supercenter parking lot, 1275 N Hermitage Rd, Hermitage, PA
- Walmart Supercenter parking lot, 167 Hogan Blvd, Mill Hall, PA
- Walmart Supercenter parking lot, 21920 Route #119, Punxsutawney, PA
- Walmart Supercenter parking lot, 50 Foster Brook Blvd, Bradford, PA
- Walmart Supercenter parking lot, 10 Kimberly Ln, Cranberry, PA
- Walmart Supercenter parking lot, 2901 Market St, Warren, PA
Additional testing sites will be announced in upcoming days and will be listed on the department’s website. At this time, the tests are being provided at no cost to Pennsylvanians. Patients will create an account on Quest’s patient portal and answer some eligibility questions to determine if they meet the criteria to get tested.
- Governor Wolf renewed the 90-day disaster declaration he originally signed on March 6 following the announcement of the first two positive cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth. The declaration was set to expire on June 4. Also, Wolf announced that he would allow the stay-at-home order to expire at 11:59 p.m., June 4. The-stay at-home requirements were only in effect for counties in the red phase.
- Governor Wolf signed a state budget to provide 12 months of sustained public education funding and make important investments in communities and programs to help begin to restore the economy. The $25.75 billion General Fund budget sustains funding at current year levels for Pre-K Counts and Head Start, basic and special education in K-12 schools, and higher education. The budget also provides $300 million from the CARES Act to make up for a decline in gaming revenue that annually supports school property tax relief for homeowners. To help communities to recover, the budget provides $420 million to assist nursing homes with COVID-19-related costs, $50 million to help Pennsylvanians with food insecurity and $225 million for grants to small businesses through the Department of Community and Economic Development. There’s still even more to this budget – find all the info here.
- *NEW INFO* Governor Tom Wolf announced a $225 million statewide grant program to support small businesses that were impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis and subsequent business closure order. Eligible businesses will be able to use the grants to cover operating expenses during the shutdown and transition to re-opening, and for technical assistance including training and guidance for business owners as they stabilize and relaunch their businesses. Funds will be available through three programs, which you can find more info in the link above
- *NEW INFO* With an understanding of the need for Pennsylvania families to secure child care options this summer, the Wolf Administration issued updated guidance to parents, summer camp operators, public bathing places, part-day school-age programs, and other entities that provide necessary child care and enrichment and recreational activities for children and youth during the summer months. Take a look at the FAQ’s Question and Answers here.
- *NEW INFO* Governor Tom Wolf today released updated guidance regarding the types of outdoor recreation that businesses may offer during the yellow and green phases of reopening, and how they may do so safely. The new guidance allows outdoor activities like mountain biking, outdoor miniature golf, motorsports venues, go carts, rock climbing, disc golf, paintball, horse riding, tennis, archery or shooting, and other similar facilities that conduct operations outdoors to resume operation in yellow phase counties.
- *NEW INFO* The Wolf Administration today issued preliminary guidance for high school and recreational sports teams to resume voluntary workouts and other in-person activities in the state’s yellow and green phases. The guidance includes college and professional sports. Public and private K-12 schools under the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) and the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association (PISAA) in the yellow and green phase can resume voluntary sports-related workouts. Recreational and amateur sports teams in the green phase that are not affiliated with a K-12 school can hold in-person activities, including games and practices.
- The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources gave the public their own guidelines of how to deal with COVID-19:
- You can go outdoors to engage in outdoor activity such as walking, hiking, or running as long as you maintain social distance.
- You can recreate in your in your neighborhood or a local park or trail that is nearest to your home. Look for locations within 15 minutes of your home.
- Avoid crowded trails, parks, and fishing spots. Find another location or go during less popular hours.
- You should not travel outside of your community to other outdoor locations across the state such as state parks, forests, private camps, leased campsites, etc.
- Be considerate and wear a mask to keep others protected.
- The Pennsylvania Department of Aging launched an online COVID-19 resource guide to help older adults easily find useful information related to their health, safety and well-being. It provides older adults, their families and caregivers with information on a variety of subjects, including meals, prescriptions, protective services, scams, and how to stay active and connected. Go to aging.pa.gov
- PennDOT announced that expiration dates for driver licenses, identification cards, and learner’s permits will be extended for Pennsylvania residents in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts. Effective May 27th – Expiration dates for driver licenses, photo ID cards and learner’s permits scheduled to expire from March 16th through June 30th, are now extended through June 30, 2020. These extensions are in addition to those announced on March 27. See their website for more details at dmv.pa.gov.
From Penn Highlands *VITAL INFO*
- If patients have symptoms of COVID-19 – fever, cough or shortness of breath – they should call their Penn Highlands Healthcare primary care providers/family doctors. Anyone without a Penn Highlands Healthcare primary care provider/family doctor, can call the Penn Highlands Call Center at 814-375-6644 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The next steps will be explained.
- Patients are to follow the instructions given. There is no walk-in testing.
- Penn Highlands Healthcare invites community members and organizations to donate personal protective equipment (PPE) for the region’s healthcare system. Penn Highlands will add these supplies to their inventory as the healthsystem enacts preparedness measures in the event that the spread of COVID-19 should pose a threat to our community.
- Penn Highlands Healthcare Supply Chain Management has issued a list of the supplies that may potentially be needed: N95 respirator masks (these must be N95), face masks, surgical masks, exam gloves, isolation gowns, head covers, shoe covers and Sani-Cloth wipes.
- Donors may reach out to Alycia Scott, Procurement Specialist (814-375-3391 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jennifer Bowser, MMIS Support Assistant (814-375-3370 or email@example.com)
- PHH offers VIRTUAL VISITS with mydocnow – you 1. Call your physician and ask for a virtual visit. 2. Download the app “My Health Now”. 3. Create an account. 4. Choose the icon necessary and 5. Virtually go to your appointment and get the treatment necessary.
- They now have a dedicated COVID19 Unit ready to go (if needed) – this includes negative pressure rooms and staff with additional training.
- How the public can support health care workers: go to Penn Highlands Healthcare (PHhealthcare.org) website and make a donation to “Here for our Heroes”.
- Penn Highlands Healthcare announced visitation restrictions across all Penn Highlands hospitals. Except for the specifications below, no visitors will be permitted until further notice.
- SURGERY: Because many surgical patients require a driver, one companion may accompany any patient having an outpatient surgical procedure.
- CANCER CENTERS: Companions of a patient receiving cancer treatment will be directed to awaiting area and may stay until the completion of the patient’s treatment.
- NEONATAL INTENSIVE CARE UNIT (NICU): Only the baby’s mother and one caregiver mayenter the NICU.
- MATERNITY: Mothers having a baby may be accompanied by one companion.
- EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT: In the circumstance of a minor, child or senior citizen, one companion may accompany the patient.
- OUTPATIENT: If the patient requires assistance, one companion is permitted.
- END OF LIFE CARE: Visitors may be permitted.
- NURSING HOME/SKILLED NURSING FACILITIES: Penn Highlands Jefferson Manor and
- Penn Highlands Elk Pinecrest Manor are restricting all visitors, except for those visiting patients who are receiving end of life care.
- Most area nursing homes are closed to the general public to keep their residents safe during this time this includes DuBois Continuum of Care, Christ the King Manor, Penn Highlands Jefferson Manor in Brookville and Elk Pinecrest Manor in St. Marys. Also, Penn Highlands Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is limiting visitors to the babies’ parents.
Local Blood Drives
- *VITAL INFO* American Red Cross Blood says that Blood drives across the country are getting hit hard as a result of the COVID-19 virus. They are counting on those of us in unaffected areas to keep donating so blood is available to patients in need, so please consider donating.
- Appointments are required! Call 1-800-redcross, or go to to www.redcrossblood.org
- *VITAL INFO* Community Blood Bank also needs your support in these times – Please consider donating.
- Please do not just walk in – schedule an appointment by calling 716-450-0376. Community Blood Bank is also taking extra precautionary measures to make sure the blood is collected safely and in a controlled environment. To schedule you appointment – call 716-450-037 or get more info at fourhearts.org
- *VITAL INFO* From The Clearfield County Commissioners: Public access to all county buildings will remain restricted for now. County offices will be open and fully staffed, and available by appointment as they are now. Please call a day ahead of time to set appointments; any business that can be transacted by email or phone must be handled in that manner. Masks will still be required to enter any county building. Anyone who appears ill or displays symptoms associated with COVID may be denied entry.
- The Jefferson County Commissioners announced that public access to courthouse and Jefferson Place are restricted to by appointment only.
- The Jefferson County Jail, Emergency Services, and the Conservation District are closed to public access. The Commissioners are taking action in an effort to protect our residents and employees to reduce face to face contact while maintaining essential government services. The Jefferson County Commissioners are using every asset at their disposal to adapt their plans when the mandate changes. Food stores are open, banks are open, gas stations are open, and utility companies will continue to deliver water, electricity, and energy to heat your home. The first responders are at the ready. As tensions rise and fall with new directives, please continue to be patient and kind to one another. Up to date information can be found at jeffersoncountypa.com.
- City of DuBois offices are closed to Non-Employees till further notice. Any “in person” payments may be placed in the slot to the left of the front doors.
- The City of DuBois Pool is tentatively scheduled to open Friday, June 12th. Due to the shortened season and possible limited capacity no season tickets will be sold this year. They are still trying to organize and follow all current COVID guidelines with more information released as it becomes available.
- The Huston Township building in Penfield will be closed to the public until further notice. This includes the water/sewer authority, township, and the tax collectors office. All water authority or tax bill payments will be received at the drop box located outside of the township building or by U.S. mail.
- Clearfield County Solid Waste Authority’s drop-off program will be resuming effective May 18th with the exception of the recycling site located at the County Jail. They ask that all adhere to these 2 simple rules.
- 1. For everyone’s safety please practice social distancing when recycling. Stay 6 feet apart from others, wear a mask, and immediately use hand sanitizer when you get back into your vehicle.
- 2. Never leave material on the ground. If container is full please call immediately at 765-5149 and they will get it serviced ASAP.
- State Representatives Matt Galber and Tommy Sankey are temporarily closing their district offices to in-person visits. You are still able to call their offices during normal business hours.
- Jefferson County Courthouse is operating by appointment only. Jefferson County jail, Emergency Management and Conservation District is closed to all outside access. More info go to jefferson county pa dot com
- Due to COVID-19 the recycling drop-off at the Brady Township Municipal Building in Luthersburg is CLOSED until further notice. Clearfield County Solid Waste Authority has suspended pick ups for the time being. Please do not drop-off any recyclable items at this time, store them at home if possible until pick-ups are running again. The Brady Township Park is also CLOSED until further notice.
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COMMUNITY ACTION (12pm Fri 6/12)
–*VITAL INFO* Looking for a job? Pennsylvanians looking for work can now find life-sustaining businesses that are hiring through a new online COVID-19 job portal from the Department of Labor & Industry. Visit PAcareerlink.pa.gov and select the green “PA COVID-19 Jobs – Hiring Immediately” job portal banner to see active job openings. You will be redirected to the employer’s Web site or e-mail where they can apply directly with the employer and speed up the hiring process. The job portal is updated daily so businesses in need are spotlighted and people searching for employment have the latest job information.
–Making Masks for area hospitals and nursing homes – Joanne Crafts at the DuBois Mall has kits to make masks for medical professionals – all the material is donated, you just have to be able to sew them- they come in packs of ten masks with instructions. Stop in and pick them up-and when you’ve made them, drop them back off at Joanne’s! They’ll get them to the hospitals and nursing homes that need them. Open Thursday through Monday 10 to 5. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
–*VITAL INFO* If you have questions on the Coronavirus, North Central Pennsylvania Regional and Planning Commission compiled at resource list of all of the latest information from the US Government, Gov. Wolf, business loans, unemployment, health, county news and so much more. Visit North Central online at www.ncentral.com. North Central is updating their site daily so you have the information you need in one click and from a secure source.
–Penn State DuBois wants area business to know that community resources are available on their website. Go to dubois.psu.edu – and then click on Launchbox for more info.
–Local non-profit SOUL PLATTER CAFE in downtown DuBois is offering take out meals from 11am till 1pm Monday through Friday. The cost is their traditional “Pay what you can”. Place your order through facebook or call 371-2782
–UNITED WAY and Family Wize are committed to connecting residents to prescription savings during this critical time. No card is required so you can call in your prescription to your local pharmacy and provide the info off the card. The card lowers your prescription price by an average of 45%. Get a card by calling 1-800-222-2818 or ask your local participating pharmacy.
CANCELLATIONS/RESCHEDULING (12pm Fri 6/12)
Any organizers of local events that are being cancelled/rescheduled due to COVID 19 should feel free to email us or message us on Facebook