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COVID-19

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 ...

Businesses may soon get COVID-19 loans

NEW YORK — Small businesses seeking loans through the government’s $2 trillion coronavirus relief package could receive money as soon as Friday. That prediction came Tuesday from senior administration officials who spoke to reporters about the details of the loan program. Companies will ...

New Pig aids in fight against virus

TIPTON — New Pig is offering products to fight against the coronavirus pandemic. New Pig offers products designed specifically for aid in critical COVID-19 situations across all industries, but especially, health care, food and beverage processing, commercial and industrial, grocery and ...

Hospitals overflowing with bodies

NEW YORK — It has become a grim ritual outside New York City’s hospitals: workers in protective gear loading the bodies of coronavirus victims into refrigerated trailers. A surge in deaths in the epicenter of the crisis in the U.S. has overwhelmed the city’s permanent morgues and filled ...

White House projects 100K to 240K US deaths

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned Americans to brace for a “rough two-week period” ahead as the White House released new projections that there could be 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the U.S. from the coronavirus pandemic even if current social distancing guidelines are ...

US ship captain seeks crew isolation

WASHINGTON — The captain of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier facing a growing outbreak of the coronavirus is asking for permission to isolate the bulk of his roughly 5,000 crew members on shore, which would take the warship out of duty in an effort to save lives. In a memo to Navy leaders, the ...

Actor Andrew Jack dies from coronavirus

SYDNEY — Star Wars actor Andrew Jack has died in Britain as a result of the coronavirus, his agent said on Wednesday. He was 76. The actor, who also worked as a dialect coach, died in a hospital in Surrey on Tuesday, Jack’s agent Jill McCullough said in a statement. Jack appeared in ...

All of PA now under stay-at-home order

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf today placed all of Pennsylvania under an order to stay at home, dramatically expanding the geographic footprint of the quarantine as state officials combat the coronavirus pandemic. In one stroke, Wolf added 34 counties to his stay-home edict, meaning that ...

Virus halts fire department functions

Due to the restrictions put in place over COVID-19 concerns, volunteer fire departments have been forced to put a halt to many fundraising activities that generate about 80 percent of their operating revenue. Money making events like the Friday night fish dinners, cash bash raffles and hall ...

Blair cases count coronavirus down by two to four

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

Golfers, courses deal with shutdown

Many area golf courses initially stayed open through mid-March during the coronavirus outbreak, but a state-wide mandate has now closed each one. A similar message was posted on the website of several local courses. “This is a reminder that the golf course is closed indefinitely by order ...

State tries to prepare for virus crisis

Blair County’s coronavirus case load doubled to six Monday, according to the state Department of Health’s daily COVID-19 report. Three of Blair’s contiguous counties also added to their totals Monday: Centre, up two to 24; Clearfield, up two to four; and Cambria up one to two — while ...

Administration rules gun shops ‘essential’

The Trump administration has ruled that gun shops are considered “essential” businesses that should remain open as other businesses are closed to try to stop the spread of corona­virus. Gun control groups are balking, calling it a policy that puts profits over public health after intense ...