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COVID-19

Seeking health care workers

The Mirror invites local health care workers to share their experiences during the corona­virus pandemic. Interested parties can email Bill Kibler at bkibler@altoonamirror.com.

How are you coping during the coronavirus outbreak?

While uncertainty a­bounds as the world, the nation and our community deals with the fallout from the COVID-19 virus, the Mirror is asking readers to help spread some cheer throughout the community and share what you and your family are doing to pass the time. Send us an email, photos welcome, ...

Fears thin nursing home staff

A Pennsylvania nursing home where two dementia patients died over the weekend after contracting COVID-19 has struggled to contain the spread, with staff thinned by suspected infection and fears for their own safety. Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in Beaver released a statement ...

Scientists: Healthy people can spread virus

NEW YORK — Scientists offered more evidence Wednesday that the coronavirus is spread by seemingly healthy people who show no clear symptoms, and the federal government issued new guidance warning that anyone exposed to the disease can be considered a carrier. A study by researchers in ...

Trump resists national shutdown

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is resisting calls to issue a national stay-at-home order to stem the spread of the new coronavirus despite his administration’s projections that tens of thousands of Americans are likely to be killed by the disease. One by one, though, states are ...

Man intentionally derails train

LOS ANGELES — A train engineer intentionally drove a speeding locomotive off a track at the Port of Los Angeles because he was suspicious about the presence of a Navy hospital ship docked there amid the coronovirus crisis, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. The locomotive crashed through ...

TRHN using telehealth

TYRONE — The primary care practices that are part of Tyrone Regional Health Network, which includes, Tyrone Rural Health Center, Pinecroft Medical Center and Houtzdale Rural Health Center, now offer patient appointments using telehealth services. Telehealth services are in addition to ...

Briefcase

PITTSBURGH F.N.B. commits to relief effort F.N.B. Corp., the parent company of First National Bank, has announced a commitment of $1 million to its foundation to support COVID-19 relief efforts. Funds will be disbursed through the FNB Foundation to local organizations that assist communities ...

Probe inside traders

Millions of dollars in stock transactions on behalf of five U.S. senators have raised serious questions about their ethics — and whether they broke laws against insider trading. Clearly, the matter needs to be investigated, but not as a witch hunt with the preconceived notion that someone ...

Panicking Americans need dose of history

The sky is falling, the sky is falling. First of all, the sky is not falling, but our brains are failing. Sure, this virus isn’t anything to laugh about, but most of the people are. Especially in the United States, we are so spoiled that if we can’t get our cup of coffee at our local ...

Lawmakers must act to mitigate crisis

In the wake of the corona­virus pandemic, Pennsylvania workers, health care providers and students and families are faced with unprecedented obstacles that demand action from Harrisburg. Gov. Tom Wolf has taken a strong approach by closing schools and shuttering so-called ...

Union critical of county rules

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A union representing some Blair County employees is criticizing commissioners for refusing to allow Children, Youth & Families staff members to work at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Commissioners, however, are standing by the position that CYF employees must ...

Blair cases dip due to error

Blair County’s coronavirus case number, as tallied by the state Department of Health, went down to four from six Tuesday, because patients initially presumed to be residents of Blair actually lived in another county, according to the DoH. Sometimes a doctor who orders a test may cite a ...

County furloughs 59 staff members

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County has furloughed 54 full-time employees since March 23, the day it closed the courthouse to the general public and introduced scaled-down operations in response to the corona­­virus pandemic. Commissioners, when meeting Tuesday, approved the employees’ ...

Canceled events

The following are newly canceled or postponed events. To submit a canceled or postponed event, email the information to news@altoonamirror.com. Include event name or description, when it had been scheduled, if it is canceled or postponed, new time, date and location if rescheduled and a ...

‘Farmers are still working’

Although day-to-day farm operations remain the same, the coronavirus pandemic is having a significant impact on local agricultural operations. “A lot of Americans are learning they can do without celebrities and sports but they can’t do without farmers and they can’t do without food,” ...

Census deadlines delayed

The national census happens only once every 10 years, but the 2020 census, which aims to count everyone in the place where they’re living as of today, is competing with a once-in-a-lifetime situation — the coronavirus pandemic. Still, the enormity of the pandemic and the extended ...

Hundreds line up for fresh produce

HOLLIDAYSBURG — With some families struggling to make ends meet as the coronavirus causes widespread layoffs, many are turning to food banks and other charitable organizations to help put food on the table. On Tuesday morning, the Blair Regional YMCA teamed up with the Hollidaysburg American ...

How are you coping?

While uncertainty a­bounds as the world, the nation and our community deals with the fallout from the COVID-19 virus, the Mirror is asking readers to help spread some cheer throughout the community and share what you and your family are doing to pass the time. Send us an email, photos welcome, ...

Dealing with COVID-19 disruptions

The COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted the lives of nearly everyone in the region. Empty shelves and purchases limits remind us of how important our food supply chain is, and I thank those working to ensure a consistent food supply. Penn State Extension and PDA activities have been ...