Passport Radio Coronavirus Update (Updated April 6th)

Passport Radio Coronavirus Update (Updated April 6th)

Passport Radio Coronavirus Update (Updated April 6th)

Hourly Coronavirus UPDATES for Passport Radio 98.5 & 900 updated as of 12:00pm Monday April 6th

Current PA Count as of Noon Monday April 6th: Total cases = 12,980 (up more than 4,500 since yesterday) (according to the PA DOH/Johns Hopkins), with 102 confirmed deaths in the state.

  • Counties impacted to date include:
    • Adams (25)
    • Allegheny (642)
    • Armstrong (13)
    • Beaver (96)
    • Bedford (4)
    • Berks (326)
    • Blair (5)
    • Bradford (10)
    • Bucks (619)
    • Butler (91)
    • Cambria (7)
    • Cameron (1)
    • Carbon (34)
    • Centre (44)
    • Chester (307)
    • Clarion (6)
    • Clearfield (7)
    • Clinton (3)
    • Columbia (26)
    • Crawford (9)
    • Cumberland (68)
    • Dauphin (132)
    • Delaware (822)
    • Elk (0)
    • Erie (20)
    • Fayette (29)
    • Forest (4)
    • Franklin (32)
    • Fulton (1)
    • Greene (12)
    • Huntingdon (4)
    • Indiana (17)
    • Jefferson (0)
    • Juniata (11)
    • Lackawanna (190)
    • Lancaster (408)
    • Lebanon (124)
    • Lawrence (24)
    • Lehigh (1006)
    • Luzerne (849)
    • Lycoming (10)
    • McKean (1)
    • Mercer (18)
    • Mifflin (5)
    • Monroe (572)
    • Montgomery (1230)
    • Montour (33)
    • Northampton (716)
    • Northumberland (15)
    • Perry (5)
    • Philadelphia (3611)
    • Pike (125)
    • Potter (3)
    • Schuylkill (103)
    • Snyder (8)
    • Somerset (6)
    • Sullivan (1)
    • Susquehanna (6)
    • Tioga (8)
    • Union (6)
    • Venango (5)
    • Warren (1)
    • Washington (53)
    • Wayne (35)
    • Westmoreland (157)
    • Wyoming (5)
    • York (189)

*VITAL INFO* The US has 340,000+ confirmed cases (up nearly 100,000 since Monday). The US Government passed a historic $2 Trillion Spending Bill, last week, that gives American taxpayers a one time direct payment of $1,200 in relief, expanded unemployment insurance, and more (find all the details here). 

  • Gov. Tom Wolf ordered all PA schools K-12 to be closed indefinitely.
    • On April 1st, Wolf issued a “Stay At Home” order for ALL OF PENNSYLVANIA, beginning at 8:00pm April 1st, and lasting through April 30.
    • *NEW INFO* On April 3rd, Wolf Advised Pennsylvania Citizens to wear a mask when they leave the house.
    • He also advised all non-life sustaining businesses (see the list here) to shutdown and for restaurants to close their dine-in facilities, but curb service, delivery, and to-go options could still be utilized.
    • Over the weekend Wolf relaxed regulations on medical professionals to allow retired professionals (doctors, nurses, medical students, and pharmacists) to practice again. He is also allowing out-of-state practitioners to practice in state)
    • Wolf announced $50 Million in funding to purchase medical equipment and supplies for hospitals, nursing homes and emergency workers. He signed the bill, Friday 3/27.
    • The Primary election will be postponed until June 2nd.
  • PennDOT has extended the expiration date  for driver licenses, ID cards, learner’s permits, vehicle registrations and more. Deadline is now extended through May 31, 2020 for anything set to expire between now and April 30th. More info at dmv.pa.gov.
  • Governor Wolf Granted Extension to “License to Carry Firearm Permits” today (4/2/20) – Permits that expired March 19th or later have been extended to May 30th since some county courthouses & sheriff’s offices are closed. More info at psp.pa.gov

Locally

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 acscott@phhealthcare.org) or Jennifer Bowser, MMIS Support Assistant (814-375-3370 or jbowser@phhealthcare.org)
  • PHH now 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.
  • Penn Highlands Healthcare announced visitation restrictions across all Penn Highlands hospitals. Except for the specifications below, no visitors will be permitted until further notice.
      1. SURGERY: Because many surgical patients require a driver, one companion may accompany any patient having an outpatient surgical procedure. 
      2. 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.
      3. NEONATAL INTENSIVE CARE UNIT (NICU): Only the baby’s mother and one caregiver mayenter the NICU.
      4. MATERNITY: Mothers having a baby may be accompanied by one companion.
      5. EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT: In the circumstance of a minor, child or senior citizen, one companion may accompany the patient.
      6. OUTPATIENT: If the patient requires assistance, one companion is permitted.
      7. END OF LIFE CARE: Visitors may be permitted.
      8. NURSING HOME/SKILLED NURSING FACILITIES: Penn Highlands Jefferson Manor and
      9. Penn Highlands Elk Pinecrest Manor are restricting all visitors, except for those visiting patients who are receiving end of life care.
Parent/Student Information
  • *VITAL INFO* Student breakfast/lunches available for pick up for children 18 and under (must be in vehicle)
    • Brookville – Monday, Wednesday & Friday 11:30am-1pm.  At the Brookville Jr/Sr High School. Children 18 & under must be present in vehicle
    • Clarion Limestone – 11am-12:30pm Mondays & Thursdays only at CL High School in Strattanville
    • DuBois Area – 11am-1pm at the DuBois High School and CJ Johnson in Reynoldsville Monday through Friday.
    • Forest Area: 11:30am-1pm Monday, Wednesday & Friday at East Forest School in Marienville, Farm Fresh Foods Lot in Tionesta and Endeavor Community Center.
    • Clearfield Area: 11:00-11:30 & 12:00-12:30, Monday Through Friday – Ten pickup locations in Clearfield, Bigler, Woodland, and Frenchville. See the full list of locations here.
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, and at this time due to so many blooddrives being cancelled please consider donating. Here are current ones:
    • In Brockway – Brockway Depot – Tues. April 7th – 1:00 to 5:30pm
    • In Punxy – Linsey Fire Co. – Tues. April 7th – 1:00 to 6:30pm (sponsored by the Punxsy Christian School)
    • In DuBois – DuBois CMA Church on South Main Street – Fri. April 10 – Noon to 5pm
    • In DuBois – Parkside Community Center – Mon. April 13th – 1:00 to 5:30pm
    • In Curwensville – Curwensville United Methodist Church – Mon. April 13th – 12:30 to 5:30pm
    • In Curwensville – Curwensville Community Center – Fri. April 17 – 10:00am to 4:00pm
    • In Big Run – Big Run War Memorial – Tues. April 21st – 1:00 to 7:00pm
    • In Anita – McCalmont Township Fire Company – Fri. April 24 – 11:00am to 6:00pm
    • In DuBois – DuBois YMCA – Fri. April 24 – Noon to 6:00p
    • Appointments are preferred BUT WALK INS NOW WELCOME as well.! Call 1-800-redcross, or go to  to www.redcrossblood.org
  • *VITAL INFO* Community Blood Bank also needs your support in these times – These are their current drives:
    • In DuBois – Tuesday, April 7th at Treasure Lake Church from 1 to 7pm.
    • Please do not just walk in – schedule your 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
  • 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 Governments
  • *NEW INFO* Clearfield County Commissioners have issued a travel advisory for residents in order to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. They are asking only those residents with an essential job to travel outside the county. Please do your grocery shopping locally and go for walks in your neighborhoods. County officials are also asking residents to follow the Governor’s request to wear masks.
  • Clearfield County formed a COVID 19 task force to prepare for the virus in our area.
    • In response to the coronavirus situation, and in keeping with the Governor’s address, the Clearfield County Commissioners have declared a countywide State of Emergency. Effective immediately, the county jail and the county 911 center will not be allowing visitors until further notice. The jail will be extending phone times for inmates to compensate. We encourage citizens to call ahead before visiting the courthouse or other county offices. The main county phone number is 765-2641. We also invite you to use the county’s website, www.clearfieldco.org, for more information.
  • 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 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 is asking that you stop using the county Recycling Drop-offs IMMEDIATELY. They are asking at  this time to store your recyclables until it is safe to recycle.
  • DuBois Public Library closed till March 30th. No books/materials are due till April 8th. No fines will accrue.
  • Jefferson County Library System and Mengle Memorial Library in Brockway, announced that the libraries in the county will be closed until further notice.  
  • 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

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*NEW INFO* COMMUNITY ACTION (12pm Mon 4/6)

*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.

DuBois Spring Clean Up week for Advanced Disposal Customers will be Monday March 30th through Friday April 3rd on your regularly scheduled pick up day. Nothing heavier than one person can lift, all loose items must be bundled, no tires, freon or yard waste.

*NEW 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

Columbia Fire Co in Osceola Mills is doing a TAKE OUT/DRIVE THRU Lenten Fish Dinner on Fridays from 4 to 6:30pm.  $11 adults/ $8 children. Deliveries to the Osceola Mills area are available by calling 814.339.5046 x zero. 

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. 

Packages & MORE – in DuBois IS OPEN for your shipping needs

*NEW INFO* Corsica Volunteer Fire Company will have a Take Out Friday Fish Dinner April 10th 4pm till SOLD OUT – $9 adults/ $5 children 10 and under. Call ahead if you can –  contact Jess at 814-648-1064 or message the Corsica VFD facebook page. TAKE OUT ONLY

 

CANCELLATIONS (12pm Mon 4/6)

Any organizers of  local events that are being cancelled due to COVID 19 should feel free to email us, message us on Facebook or Direct Message us on Instagram

Mason Lodge of Osceola Mills– no weekly Saturday benefit breakfasts until further notice.

DCC’s performance of “Cinderella” scheduled for this weekend and next has been postponed. New dates will hopefully be April 17th through 19th and 24th and 25th.

-Also DCC’s Open House is rescheduled for April 23rd

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.

Bobette Diner closed.

-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.

LaRue’s Hillside CLOSED

Hitching Post in DuBois CLOSED.

-Meeting of the North Central Rural Transportation Planning Committee will be held on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. BUT as a  VIRTUAL MEETING only! If you are interested in attending, please email Amy Kessler at amy@ncentral.com. The public is invited.

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.

*NEW INFO* 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.

*NEW INFO* DuBois Nursing Home and DuBois Village are offering “Window Visits” – Cancelled

*NEW INFO* Tom Siple Foundation is postponing their April 18thSpaghetti 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.

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