SECOND COVID-19 CASE REPORTED IN LYCOMING COUNTY
There is a second Lycoming County case of COVID-19, according to the Sun Gazette. Union, Northumberland and Potter Counties have reported one case each as well. As of Friday, the PA Department of Health Secretary , Dr. Rachel Levine, says there are 531 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth, bringing a statewide total to 2, 218 positive cases in 50 counties with 22 adult deaths reported. This week Dr. Levine said the Governor’s order to practice social distancing is critical to stop the potential of exponential growth of cases that could overwhelm area hospitals in the coming weeks… . This week Dr. Levine said the percentages of all adults 50 and over diagnosed with the virus was at 46%, but the 25-49 year old age bracket testing positive was also also significant at 39 percent.
NEWBORN BABY LEFT ON PORCH
PA State Police say a newborn baby was discovered on a porch at a home near Loganton Thursday morning around 5am, by a couple who took the baby inside and immediately called 911. According to the Sun Gazette, the Sugar Valley Fire Company and Lamar State police responded and found the baby to be a healthy 7lb boy who is doing fine now, but they are searching for the mother. Police say she left bloody footprints between North Street where she may have given birth on the pavement, leading to the home on West Main Street where the baby was found. If you have information, please call state police.
MATCHING GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR AREA BUSINESSES
There is a new grant available for Central Pennsylvania businesses who are impacted by the coronavirus that has the potential to help local businesses get back to full strength by subsidizing marketing efforts. The parent company of the Sun Gazette, Ogden Newspapers, has created a $1 million dollar fund that can be used by Williamsport businesses for print and online ads in the Sun Gazette in the coming months. For more information, and to apply for a portion of the 15 thousand dollars of a matching grant that is available, visit ogdennews.com/community-grant.
UPMC DONATES TO FOOD BANK PROGRAM
A local hospital has donated to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank in honor of National Doctor’s Day, coming up Monday March 30th. According to a press release, 5 thousand dollars from UPMC in the Susquehanna will be directed to the food bank’s Health Innovations Program which helps connect an emergency feeding network of consumers to wellness and nutrition education. Hospital officials said the program can fill a vital need to keep people healthy and fed as closures of businesses threatens the security of families in the region. For more information about the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s Health Innovations Program, visit centralpafoodbank.org.
ESPN analyst Doris Burke has received a positive diagnosis for COVID-19 but says she is now symptom-free more than two weeks after her initial concerns of an illness.
Thunder forward Danilo Gallinari has connected with the Oklahoma City-County Health Department to provide funding for 400 coronavirus testing kits, as well as personal protection equipment like face shields, gloves, gowns and N95 masks for high-risk individuals such as health care workers, first responders, people over 65 and those who are immunocompromised.