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COVID-19

Let’s brace for long road to recovery

A front-page Mirror article on July 29 provided a lengthy account of fears being harbored by owners of bars and eateries stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the restrictions imposed by the state in an effort to get the coronavirus situation under control. Many of those business ...

City eyes budget shortfalls

Altoona will need to cut employee positions, including police and firefighters, unless the federal government provides direct funding to offset revenue losses connected with COVID-19, according to Mayor Matt Pacifico, one of seven “rust belt” mayors with similar warnings on a conference ...

Clearfield salvages some fair favorites

CLEARFIELD — For the first time since World War II, the Clearfield County Fair was canceled due to restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic. It would have been the 160th edition of the fair, but as 2020 continued with the virus not diminishing, it became obvious that the fair board had no ...

ABCD sees positives despite virus

The coronavirus pandemic has had an impact on almost every business and organization in the area — it even led Altoona Blair County Development Corp. to cancel its annual meeting for the first time in its history — a time set aside to reflect and celebrate the previous year’s ...

Lawsuit against Giant Eagle awaiting decision

An injunction request filed by more than 30 customers of Giant Eagle stores, who contend their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act have been violated by the store’s policy requiring facial coverings while shopping, is now awaiting a decision by a U.S. District Judge in ...

Racial disparities seen in kids with COVID-19

NEW YORK — Racial disparities in the U.S. coronavirus epidemic extend to children, according to two sobering government reports released Friday. One of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports looked at children with COVID-19 who needed hospitalization. Hispanic children were ...

Restaurants at mercy of virus

NEW YORK — The check has arrived and beleaguered restaurant owners across America are looking down on their empty wallets. Government coronavirus loans in the spring helped eating establishments rehire laid-off employees and ride out the pandemic’s initial surge and wave of shutdown ...

Casino employees request mandated temperature checks

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Five Atlantic City casinos are not physically checking the temperatures of guests entering the property, workers said as they pushed New Jersey’s governor to require the casinos to do so to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. In an online press conference ...

Businesses hoping for more coronavirus aid

NEW YORK — Small businesses are in limbo again as the coronavirus outbreak rages and the government’s $659 billion relief program draws to a close. Companies still struggling with sharply reduced revenue are wondering if Congress will give them a second chance at the Paycheck Protection ...

Last-ditch aid talks collapse

WASHINGTON — A last-ditch effort by Democrats to revive Capitol Hill talks on vital COVID-19 rescue money collapsed in disappointment Friday, making it increasingly likely that Washington gridlock will mean more hardship for millions of people who are losing enhanced jobless benefits and ...

COVID-19 pandemic: Economic damage may be lasting

WASHINGTON — U.S. hiring slowed in July as the coronavirus outbreak worsened, and the government’s jobs report offered signs Friday that the economic damage from the pandemic could last far longer than many observers originally envisioned. The United States added 1.8 million jobs in July, ...

Russia’s race for virus vaccine worrying West

MOSCOW — Russia boasts that it’s about to become the first country to approve a COVID-19 vaccine, with mass vaccinations planned as early as October using shots that are yet to complete clinical trials — and scientists worldwide are sounding the alarm that the headlong rush could ...

Postal service loses $2.2 billion in 3 months

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service says it lost $2.2 billion in the three months that ended in June as the beleaguered agency — hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic — piles up financial losses that officials warn could top $20 billion over two years. But the new postmaster ...

Penn State to play to empty stands

If the 2020 college football season gets underway Sept. 5, there will be no fans allowed at Penn State’s Beaver Stadium. As of today, the current large group gatherings guidance from the governor’s office limits capacity to 250 people for outdoor events and 25 people for indoor events, ...

Fans not surprised by decision

Penn State season ticket holders said they are not surprised by Thursday’s announcement that no fans will be allowed to attend Nittany Lion football games until further notice. “I am not surprised by this decision, and I agree with it,” said Tim Cooper of Hollidaysburg. “Considering ...

Early Learning Center closed for cleaning

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair Regional YMCA’s Early Learning Center on Reservoir Road is closed until Monday for cleaning after being told an individual was exposed to COVID-19. YMCA officials learned of the coronavirus exposure Wednesday afternoon and sent a letter out to parents and staff, ...

PSU’s faculty blasts restart

The Penn State faculty group that recently wrote an open letter expressing concerns about the university’s fall restart held a Zoom rally Wednesday, excoriating Penn State’s testing plan as inadequate, compared to those of universities like Harvard, while also criticizing the university’s ...

Transportation plans stump districts

HARRISBURG — School districts nationwide puzzling over how to safely educate children during a pandemic have a more immediate challenge — getting 26 million bus-riding students there in the first place. Few challenges are proving to be more daunting than figuring out how to maintain social ...

Johnstown parishioner tests positive for coronavirus

An individual who attended Mass at a Johnstown parish in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has tested positive for COVID-19. The person attended the Mass at Saint Francis of Assisi Parish in Johnstown at 4 p.m. Saturday, according to a news release from Tony DeGol, director of communications ...

‘Stuff the Bus’ event planned

Volunteers and local residents can provide support to children in need by donating school supplies, according to the Salvation Army’s Western Pennsylvania District. The Salvation Army and Walmart have teamed up to accept donations at “Stuff the Bus” events to be held this weekend across ...