Hourly Coronavirus UPDATES for Passport Radio 98.5 & 900 updated as of 12:00pm Wednesday May 27th
- Counties impacted to date include:
- Adams (236)
- Allegheny (1828)
- Armstrong (61)
- Beaver (570)
- Bedford (38)
- Berks (3952)
- Blair (48)
- Bradford (46)
- Bucks (4930)
- Butler (222)
- Cambria (57)
- Cameron (2)
- Carbon (232)
- Centre (149)
- Chester (2504)
- Clarion (25)
- Clearfield (37)
- Clinton (54)
- Columbia (346)
- Crawford (23)
- Cumberland (611)
- Dauphin (1174)
- Delaware (6289)
- Elk (6)
- Erie (235)
- Fayette (95)
- Forest (7)
- Franklin (756)
- Fulton (15)
- Greene (27)
- Huntingdon (228)
- Indiana (90)
- Jefferson (7)
- Juniata (95)
- Lackawanna (1511)
- Lancaster (3031)
- Lawrence (74)
- Lebanon (936)
- Lehigh (3699)
- Luzerne (2677)
- Lycoming (161)
- McKean (12)
- Mercer (106)
- Mifflin (58)
- Monroe (1310)
- Montgomery (6738)
- Montour (50)
- Northampton (2958)
- Northumberland (182)
- Perry (53)
- Philadelphia (17,839)
- Pike (476)
- Potter (4)
- Schuylkill (601)
- Snyder (39)
- Somerset (37)
- Sullivan (2)
- Susquehanna (98)
- Tioga (16)
- Union (56)
- Venango (8)
- Warren (3)
- Washington (138)
- Wayne (118)
- Westmoreland (442)
- Wyoming (33)
- York (956)
—*VITAL INFO* The US has 1,684,000+ confirmed cases (up 13,000 from yesterday).
- *NEW INFO* Governor Wolf laid out his plan to reopen Pennsylvania. There are three phases to reopening, we are now in the Yellow Phase. On May 29th, 18 counties in PA will move 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%, large recreational gatherings remain restricted, and working from home is still suggested. See the full plan here.
- *NEW INFO* Governor Wolf signed a bill allowing the temporary sale of cocktails-to-go from bars, restaurants or hotels with a liquor license. The beverages must be sold in containers with a secure lid in quantities from 4 oz. to 64 oz. before 11 p.m. An additional seal is required on the straw opening of a lid. The law takes effect immediately, but the temporary rule expires after the COVID-19 disaster emergency ends and a business reaches 60 percent capacity.
- *NEW INFO* Governor Tom Wolf thanked Pennsylvanians, including the Pennsylvania National Guard, for the many contributions to the pandemic response. He also thanked Pennsylvanians for their contributions that helped to move us toward a broader reopening of the state.
- Governor Tom Wolf announced that through the federal stimulus bills, providers of COVID-19 testing and treatment services will be able to be reimbursed for providing those services to uninsured patients. The Department of Human Services also reminded Pennsylvanians of the continued availability of health coverage through the state’s Medicaid program, known as Medical Assistance, or the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
- Governor Tom Wolf and Treasurer Joe Torsella announced that many older homeowners, renters and people with disabilities will receive early rebates through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Rebates are typically issued starting July 1, but the governor and treasurer are issuing the rebates starting tomorrow to approved applicants. The governor also signed HB 1076 today, which authorizes the early distribution.
- *NEW INFO* With an understanding of the need for Pennsylvania families to secure child care options this summer, the Wolf Administration issued 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 atet the FAQ’s Question and Answers here.
- 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 has 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 April 30th – Expiration dates for driver licenses, photo ID cards and learner’s permits scheduled to expire from March 16th through May 31st, 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”.
- *NEW INFO* Penn Highlands is now allowing 1 support person to accompany anyone having an elective procedure. That person will have gone through a screening process and will wear a pass.
- 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.
- *NEW INFO* 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.
- *NEW INFO* 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 Wed 5/27)
–*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.
–*VITAL INFO* 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.
–Small Business Owners: North Central PA Regional and Planning Commission would like to pass along to small business owners information about guidance and loan resources. Go to pa.gov/resources for more information on Coronavirus Tax Relief plus many other topics helpful at this time.
–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 (12pm Wed 5/27)
Any organizers of local events that are being cancelled due to COVID 19 should feel free to email us or message us on Facebook
–Mason Lodge of Osceola Mills– no weekly Saturday benefit breakfasts until further notice.
–Run/Walk for Someone Special in Sykesville postponed till Sept. 27th (was supposed to be April 5th)
–The Downtown DuBois Group’s DuBois Community Spring Clean-Up originally scheduled for April 25 will be rescheduled.
-All Penn Highlands Healthcare support groups, classes and community events are canceled until further notice.
-The Luthersburg United Methodist Charge will not have services until further notice. These churches include Home Camp, Luthersburg and Salem UMC.
–Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging cancelled all Tax-Aide services and all AARP Driving and Refresher courses for at least two weeks.
–Community Action, Inc. of Jefferson and Clarion County remains open to provide essential services within the community; however, the offices are closed to the general public. Individuals in need of services are asked to call Community Action, Inc.
–Diocese of Erie has suspended all public Masses starting March 18th and until further notice. This includes Catholic churches in DuBois, Punxsy and Brookville.
–Jefferson County Veteran’s Affairs office is temporarily suspending pick up of flags and markers used to decorate the veterans’ graves for Memorial day (due to restricted access to county buildings).
–GFWC Curwensville Woman’s Club rescheduled their semi-annual Craft Show and Yard Sale to Saturday, May 30. The event which will be open free of charge to the public will be from 9:00 am till 4:00 pm at the Curwensville Community Center
–The Reitz Theater- in DuBois announced that auditions for Monty Python’s Spamalot, which were scheduled for April, are postponed until further notice. More information on upcoming show schedule changes will be released as they become available.
–CCAAA and AARP have suspended all Driving and refresher courses till further notice
–CCAAA Bus Trip to Site & Sound will be rescheduled as well.
-The Brockway Schools and Community Education Foundation Showcase Gala and Annual Fundraiser, originally scheduled for April 25 @ Failte Acres, Brockway is POSTPONED until further notice.
–Clearfield County’s April 25th Electronics Recycling & HHW Event is CANCELLED due to COVID 19 Please store your materials at home for now. It will be rescheduled when possible. Any questions call the Clearfield County Solid Waste Authority office at (814) 765-5149.
–DuBois Nursing Home and DuBois Village offering “Window Visits” – Cancelled
–Tom Siple Foundation postponed their April 18th Spaghetti Dinner that was to be held at the Punxsy Alliance Church. Any tickets that have been bought already will be honored when the new date is announced. More info on the Tom Siple Foundation facebook page.