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  • Pa. Ranks 9th in First- Dose Vaccinations

    Jun 10, 2021

    According to the CDC, as of June 7, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 59.4 percent of its entire population, and the state ranks 9th among all 50 states for first doses administered by percentage of population. According to the CDC, as of June 7, 55.7 percent of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated while 72.1 percent have received their first dose. Vaccine providers have administered 10,885,227 total vaccine doses as of June 7. • 4,891,522 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of mor...

  • Vacunaciones para adultos van encaminadas; orden de mascarilla se levantará para el 28 de junio

    Jun 3, 2021

    La Secretaria Interina de la Salud de Pensilvania, Alison Beam, anunció el 27 de mayo que la orden de mascarillas del estado se levantará para el 28 de junio. “Después de revisar la información sobre vacunaciones dadas a las personas de 18 años o más, y discutir el tema con el Cuerpo Especial Legislativo para la Vacuna COVID-19, hemos determinado que la orden de mascarilla de Pensilvania se puede levantar el 28 de junio, o cuando 70 por ciento de los adultos del estado hayan recibido su segunda dosis, cualquiera pase primero,” dijo la Secret...

  • Mask Order to be Lifted by June 28

    Jun 3, 2021

    The Herald’s Weekly Virus Report Reported on 6/01/21 #Cases / #Deaths / Rate* Bedford: 3,237 - 138(n/c) - 288.2 Blair: 10,553 - 338 - 277.4 Cambria: 10,279 - 432 - 331.8 Centre: 15,358 - 224 - 137.9 Clearfield: 6,269 - 147 - 185.5 Fulton: 755 - 15(n/c) - 103.2 Huntingdon: 4,271 - 132 - 292.4 Somerset: 5,758 - 212 - 288.6 *Rate is number of deaths per 100,000 population. It is used to compare county death rates. Reported on 5/25/21 Bedford: 3,219 - 138 - 288.2 Blair: 10,486 - 335 - 275.0 Cambria: 10,245 - 430 - 330.3 Centre: 15,291 - 222(n/c) -...

  • Pa. Department Of Health: COVID Just One Important Vaccine

    Apr 29, 2021

    The Herald’s Weekly Virus Report Reported on 4/27/21 #Cases / #Deaths / Rate* Bedford: 3,059 - 131 - 273.6 Blair: 9,844 - 320 - 262.7 Cambria: 9,753 - 415 - 318.8 Centre: 14,760 - 219 - 134.9 Clearfield: 5,886 - 135 - 170.3 Fulton: 715 - 15 - 103.2 Huntingdon: 4,069 - 128 - 283.5 Somerset: 5,467 - 198 - 269.6 *Rate is number of deaths per 100,000 population. It is used to compare county death rates. Reported on 4/6/21 #Cases / #Deaths / Rate* Bedford: 2,882 - 130 - 271.5 Blair: 9,170 - 315 - 258.6 Cambria: 9,112 - 406 - 311.8 Centre: 13,617 - 2...

  • La vacuna contra COVID-19 es una de muchas vacunas importantes

    Apr 29, 2021

    El 26 de abril, el Departamento de la Salud recordó a residentes de Pensilvania de la importancia de todas las vacunaciones, incluyendo la vacuna para COVID-19, para protegerse de muchas enfermedades serias y potencialmente fatales. Estos incluyen COVID-19, el sarampión, las paperas, la tos convulsa, y la hepatitis. “Es esencial que todos los residentes de Pensilvania no solo reciban la vacuna para COVID-19, pero también que recuerden la importancia de mantenerse al día con todas las vacunaciones recomendadas,” dijo Alison Beam, Secreta...

  • The Herald's Weekly Coronavirus Update

    Feb 25, 2021

    – WEEKLY UPDATE – As of 2/23/2021 Area Counties #Cases / #Deaths / Rate* Bedford: 2,755 - 187 - 267.3 Blair: 8,593 - 294 - 241.3 Cambria: 8,629 - 388 - 298.0 Centre: 11,668 - 208 - 128.1 Clearfield: 4,614 - 113 -142.6 Fulton: 644 - 14 - 96.4 Huntingdon: 3,497 - 119 - 263.6 Somerset: 4,946 - 187(n/c) - 254.6 *Rate is number of deaths per 100,000 population. It is used to compare county death rates. – Week of Feb. 16 – Area Counties #Cases / #Deaths / Rate Bedford: 2,731 - 127 - 265.2 Blair:...

  • Pa. State Senate OKs Bill Authorizing Pandemic Relief For Hospitality Industry

    CHRISTEN SMITH, The Center Square|Feb 11, 2021

    The Pennsylvania Senate approved a bill Jan. 27 that aims to provide $145 million in state aid to bars and restaurants crushed under ongoing pandemic restrictions. Senate Bill 109 would amend the Fiscal Code to provide funding for the Hospitality Industry Recovery Program, as well as $569.8 million for rental and utility assistance and $197 million for education programs. The hospitality program would offer grants worth between $5,000 and $50,000 to establishments that: • have not already rec...

  • C-K High School to Close Through Thursday, Jan. 28, Due to COVID-19 Cases

    Jan 21, 2021

    The Claysburg-Kimmel School District was notified Monday, Jan. 22, of two individuals who tested positive for COVID-19. The individuals were last in the junior/senior high school building and on district transportation on Thursday, Jan. 21. This meets the district’s two-case limit within its 14-day window. Due to Pennsylvania Department of Health’s guidelines, the district is required to close the high school building for cleaning and contact tracing. “We have contacted the PA Department of Health and will follow their recom...

  • SC Middle School Closed Through Sunday, Jan. 24

    Jan 14, 2021

    The Spring Cove School District has notified parents and guardians of students at the Spring Cove Middle School in Roaring Spring that the school will be closed through Sunday, Jan. 24. In the letter dated Jan. 19, Superintendent Dr. Betsy A. Baker said the district was notified that morning of one additional individual at Spring Cove Middle School who recently tested positive for COVID-19 and also one who is considered probable, bringing the total number of cases within a rolling 14-day window to three. Under the new state requirements, Dr....

  • Pa.'s Department of Health Phase 1A Vaccination Plan

    Jan 7, 2021

    The Blair County Emergency Management Agency is working cooperatively with Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Penn Highlands Tyrone, UPMC Altoona Hospital, and Encompass Heath Rehabilitation Hospital to assure that COVID-19 Vaccinations are provided to all those agencies that are part of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Phase 1A Vaccination Plan. Effective January 6, 10% of each vaccine shipment to these area hospitals are to be utilized for vaccination of Phase 1A non-hospital-affiliated health care personnel. Included in this group are the... Full story

  • Pennsylvania Department of Health Confirms First Case with the COVID-19 Variant

    Dec 31, 2020

    Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine today announced the first confirmed case of the COVID-19 variant, SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.7, in Pennsylvania. The confirmed case is in Dauphin County. This variant is the same one that was first discovered in England in December. This individual tested positive after known international exposure. A case investigation and contact tracing were performed to identify, inform and monitor anyone who was in close contact with this individual. The individual had mild symptoms, which have since been resolved while they... Full story

  • Gov. Wolf, Sec. of Health Announce New Protective Mitigation Efforts

    Dec 10, 2020

    As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine on Dec. 10 implored Pennsylvanians to take the next three weeks and stand united against the virus by adhering to existing mitigation orders and stricter efforts announced today. “Today I am announcing additional, temporary COVID-19 protective mitigation measures in the commonwealth,” said Gov. Wolf. “With these measures in place, we hope to accomplish three goals: First, stop the devastating spread of COVID-19 in the commonwealth. Second, keep our h... Full story

  • Departamento de Salud publica actualización sobre COVID-19: 3,379 pacientes se han hospitalizado, y hay 775 pacientes en la Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos

    Nov 25, 2020

    El Departamento de Salud de Pensilvania hoy confirmó que hasta las 12:00 a.m., el 23 de noviembre, había 4,762 casos nuevos, además de 7,075 casos nuevos reportados el domingo, 22 de noviembre. El total para los dos días es 11,837 casos adicionales positivos de COVID-19, que aumenta el total estatal a 314,401. Hay 3,379 personas en el hospital con COVID-19. Entre ellos, hay 775 en la unidad de cuidados intensivos. La mayoría de los pacientes en el hospital tienen 65 años o más, y la mayoría de las muertes han ocurrido en pacientes de 65 años...

  • After Contracting COVID-19, RS Dept. Store Owners Ask Public to Protect Each Other

    RICK BOSTON, For the Herald|Nov 25, 2020

    The coronavirus pandemic has put a squeeze on small businesses as those deemed nonessential were forced to close their doors while others had to alter the way they operate. Mandates passed down by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Gov. Tom Wolf outlined rules for businesses that remained open during the pandemic, such as social distancing and face covering requirements. These mandates put small business owners on the front lines of enforcement, forcing them to walk a tightrope between...

  • Area Rep. Gregory Quarantining After Contracting Coronavirus

    Nov 25, 2020

    The office of state Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair) has announced that on Nov. 19, the representative received results of a COVID-19 test indicating he tested positive for the virus. "My symptoms started in a minor way that initially made me believe I had a head cold. When I developed a fever, I eliminated contact with others and sought out a COVID-19 test," Gregory said in a prepared statement sent to the news media. The representative was last in the Capitol on Tuesday, Nov. 10, and Hollidaysburg...

  • Central to Return to In-Person Classes Nov. 19

    Nov 19, 2020

    The Herald has received a letter with important information regarding COVID-19 cases in the Spring Cove School District. The letter is signed by Dr. Betsy Baker and is reproduced here without editing. November 17, 2020 Dear SCSD Parents and Guardians; Our District has been notified of an individual who recently tested positive for COVID, bringing the total number of cases to eleven. As always, the Department of Health was contacted in regard to this situation. The very few individuals who may have been exposed in association with this case have...

  • CKSD Returns to Hybrid Plan Following COVID-19 Increase in Blair County Cases

    Nov 12, 2020

    The Claysburg-Kimmel School District has shifted back to its hybrid model that it had started the 2020-21 school year with. The scheduled days off for students at the secondary level, which began Nov. 2, is determined by their last name: • A-Cla – Off Mondays (virtual day) • Cle-G – Off Tuesdays -(virtual day) • H-Ma – Off Wednesdays (virtual day) • Mc-Ri – Off Thursdays (virtual day) • Ro-Z – Off Fridays (virtual day) The elementary school returned to its hybrid plan Monday, Nov. 9. Students in kindergarten through third grade attend school ev... Full story

  • Central High School Closing from Friday, Nov. 13 through Wednesday, Nov. 18

    Nov 12, 2020

    The Herald has received a letter with important information regarding the temporary closure of Central High School from Nov. 13-18, 2020. The letter is signed by Dr. Betsy Baker and is reproduced here without editing. November 12, 2020 Dear SCSD Parents and Guardians: Our District has received notice of four additional individuals who have tested positive for COVID, totaling ten cases currently. Any students and staff members who were potentially exposed have been contacted by the school district and directed to quarantine. Exposure has been... Full story

  • Actualización Sobre COVID-19

    Nov 12, 2020

    Actualización sobre COVID-19: El aumento más grande de un día – 4,035 nuevos casos positivos – aumenta el total estatal a 227,985 casos Número récord de pruebas hechas – más de 50,000 El Departamento de la Salud de Pensilvania ha confirmado que hasta las 12 a.m., el 7 de noviembre, había 4,035 casos adicionales positivos de COVID-19. Esto aumenta el total estatal a 227,985. Esto es el aumento más grande en el número de casos de toda la pandemia en Pensilvania. Los datos diarios más precisos e...

  • Virus Cases in County and State Increase; Blair Co. Now Over 1,700 Cases

    Nov 12, 2020

    – WEEKLY UPDATE – As of 12 a.m. 11/9/2020 Area Counties Cases / Death / Rate* Bedford: 528 / 9 / 18.7 Blair: 1,733 / 35 / 28.6 Cambria: 1,046 / 13 / 9.9 Centre: 4,483 / 22 / 13.5 Clearfield: 493 / 7 / 8.8 Fulton: 100 / 4 / 27.5 Huntingdon: 1,101 / 29 / 64.2 Somerset: 492 / 3 / 4.1 *Rate is number of deaths per 100,000 population. Sixty-six (66) counties have reported COVID-19 deaths. Pennsylvania 221,437 cases 9,024 deaths United States 10,017,951 cases 237,762 deaths Worldwide 50,635,232 cases 1,259,332 deaths Update: Nov. 9, 2020 The Pen...

  • Spring Cove Reports Individual Tests Positive for COVID-19

    Nov 12, 2020

    The superintendent of the Spring Cove School District, in a letter dated Nov. 6, alerted parents and guardians that the district has been notified of an individual who has tested positive for COVID and may have exposed a very limited number of our students and staff. According to Dr. Betsy Baker, superintendent, under the direction of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, any individual who was potentially exposed has been contacted by the school and directed to quarantine. She said if parents or guardians have not been contacted, their child...

  • Pandemic Mandates Put The Hammer On Pa. Festivals, Squeeze On Local Communities

    MARY FIRESTONE, For the Herald|Oct 1, 2020

    For many Pennsylvanians, fall is a season of senses. The cool air on your face, the warmth of jeans and hoodies, the crisp crinkle of leaves beneath your feet. The timeless smells of tart apple cider, freshly baked pumpkin pies and salty-sweet kettle corn. Children's laughter bursts around us, and if you listen closely enough, you can hear echoes of small feet through straw fields and pumpkin patches. Fall is a time of tradition and community, and for much of Pennsylvania's cities and towns, it...

  • The Herald's Weekly Virus Update

    Oct 1, 2020

    The Department of Health has released its weekly update on Pennsylvania's COVID-19 case investigation and contact tracing data. The following is as of noon on Tuesday, Sept. 29. Nearby Counties Cases / Death / Rate* Bedford: 211 / 6 / 12.5 Blair: 683 / 18 / 14.7 Cambria: 513 / 7 / 5.3 Centre: 2,601 / 11 / 6.8 Clearfield: 276 / 6 / 7.6 Fulton: 50 / 2 / 13.8 Huntingdon: 394 / 6 / 13.3 Somerset: 188 / 3 / 4.1 *Rate is number of deaths per 100,000 population Pennsylvania 152,868 cases 8,123 deaths...

  • The Herald's Weekly Virus Update

    Sep 24, 2020

    The Pennsylvania Department of Health has confirmed as of 12 a.m., Sept. 22, that there were 834 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 151,646. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Centre County is reporting an increase of 185 cases. The number of tests administered within the last seven days between Sept. 15 and Sept. 21 is 179,343 with 5,749 positive cases. There were 23,317 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., Sept. 21. T...

  • Wolf Vows To Fight Judge's Ruling That Extended Pandemic Restrictions Are Unconstitutional

    Dave Lemery, The Center Square and Other Reports|Sep 24, 2020

    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said Sept. 15 that his administration will fight a legal ruling last week that rejected some of the restrictions imposed on state residents and businesses in the fight against COVID-19. Speaking a day after a federal judge threw out restrictions on the number of people who can gather at events and rejected the administration’s power to unilaterally shut down businesses, Wolf cited the fact that two other judges had supported his position. “There’s no sense debating a ruling that will be appealed,” he said in a news...

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