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COVID-19

State DoH preparing for COVID-19 vaccines

State Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine is warning Pennsylvanians not to expect “a magical cure” from the COVID-19 vaccines being developed under the federal Operation Warp Speed for distribution and delivery by her Department of Health. Experts are expecting that the COVID-19 vaccines ...

Area coronavirus cases reach record high again

On Friday, for the second day in a row and the fifth day in two weeks, Pennsylvania set a record for new coronavirus cases, with 3,384, according to daily figures supplied by the state Department of Health. Friday’s record is 484 higher than Thursday’s. The new cases bring the state’s ...

Blair, state set COVID-19 case records

(This story was updated to fix incorrect information at 1:20 p.m. Friday). Blair County this week set a record for daily COVID-19 cases, while the state Thursday set its fourth record in a week with 2,900 infections. Blair County’s count reached 80 on Sunday and Wednesday, then fell one ...

HASD opts to delay in-person classes again

The Hollidaysburg Area School Board has decided to again delay its return to full-time, in-person learning. In a letter to parents sent Thursday evening, Superintendent Robert Gildea said the board decided to keep students in a hybrid setting through Thanksgiving break due to the recent ...

Future of virus in US still uncertain

Regardless of the presidential election outcome, a vexing issue remains to be decided: Will the U.S. be able to tame a perilous pandemic that is surging as holidays, winter and other challenges approach? Public health experts fear the answer is no, at least in the short term, with ...

Cruise industry calls it a year

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The cruise industry has jettisoned hopes of restarting operations this year. Days after both Carnival and Norwegian extended a halt on cruises through the end of the year, the group that represents cruise lines with 95% of global ocean-going capacity said Tuesday that ...

COVID-19 shouldn’t stop voters

COVID-19 cases have been surging locally and statewide, and tracers have been identifying close contacts, so there are bound to be lots of people who ought to avoid voting in person today. But that doesn’t mean they should refrain from voting altogether, according to the Departments of ...

Blair virus cases surging

Over the weekend, Blair County seems to have taken the lead from Centre County as the biggest local generator of coronavirus cases. For the three days ending Monday, Blair totaled 223 positives, compared to 91 for Centre. The last time Blair’s daily number exceeded Centre’s was Oct. ...

Challenge to counting ‘late’ ballots on hold

A federal appeals court order issued Saturday delays a challenge to U.S. District Judge Kim R. Gibson’s decision last week denying a restraining order on the counting of votes received by local election boards after the close of the polls today. Judge Gibson last week upheld a Pennsylvania ...

Conemaugh re-implements visitor restrictions

JOHNSTOWN — Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center is reimplementing certain visitor restrictions in response to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the community. Limited visitor restrictions are still in effect at Conemaugh Meyersdale Medical Center, Conemaugh Miners Medical Center and ...

Virus closes Juniata Elem.

Students at Juniata Elementary School in the Altoona Area School District will transition to virtual instruction, beginning today, because of recent positive COVID-19 cases. Following guidelines set forth by the Department of Health, the Juniata Elementary School building and Juniata ...

Thrown a Curve

Derek Martin is keeping his fingers crossed, among other things. “I am crossing my fingers, my toes and my hair, anything that can be crossed will be crossed. We have to get some concrete information on how we are moving forward. It can only come from Major League Baseball,” said Martin, ...

Europe, US facing new shutdowns

A new wave of lockdowns and business closings swept across France, Germany and other places in Europe on Wednesday as surging coronavirus infections there and in the U.S. wipe out months of progress against the scourge on two continents. The resurgence and resulting clampdown sent a shudder ...

State smashes COVID-19 daily total

Pennsylvania set a record Friday with 2,219 new coronavirus cases — then surged past that mark Tuesday with 532 more. The 2,751 new COVID-19 positives in the daily count from the Department of Health is 692 more than the high during the pandemic’s initial surge in April. And the outbreak ...

Virus outbreak strikes aides to VP

LONDONDERRY, N.H. — The coronavirus has reached the upper echelons of the White House again, with an outbreak among aides to Vice President Mike Pence just over a week from Election Day. A top White House official declared: “We’re not going to control the pandemic.” Officials on ...

Spain orders nationwide curfew to stem surge

BARCELONA, Spain — Buckling under the resurgence of the coronavirus in Europe, the Spanish government on Sunday declared a national state of emergency that includes an overnight curfew in hopes of not repeating the near collapse of the country’s hospitals. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez ...

Schools report virus cases

Local school districts have reported five new COVID-19 cases since Tuesday. The Hollidaysburg Area School District has confirmed four positive COVID-19 cases in its schools since Oct. 20. Superintendent Robert Gildea notified parents and guardians of the most recent case at the high ...

Holiday shopping

With Black Friday just around the corner and the holiday shopping season to follow, merchants and shoppers are facing an uncertain season. “In a year that has been full of uncertainty, this will be a historic holiday season with no playbook for economists to follow,” said National Retail ...

Portage parishioner positive for virus

An individual who attended Mass and volunteered recently at a Cambria County parish has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. The person attended Mass at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 18 at Holy Family Parish in Portage, according to a news release from Tony DeGol, ...

State COVID-19 case number hits new high

The daily count of new coronavirus cases statewide has been climbing, and on Friday, it reached its highest level for the entire pandemic at 2,219 -- exceeding by 160 the previous high in early April. The fall surge, coupled with the spring surge, makes the state Department of Health’s ...