Bigfoot Be Well Bulletin

Bigfoot Be Well Bulletin

Bigfoot Be Well Bulletin

Federal News and Restrictions

Helpful Links

Center for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html

Symptoms: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html

Steps to Prevent illness: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html

What to Do If You Are Sick: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html

Social Stigma: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/related-stigma.html

FAQ: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html


The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has implemented its disaster declaration for Pennsylvania so small businesses and private non-profits statewide can access SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  The loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that cannot be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for each affected small business. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. The loans now have relaxed criteria as part of the Trump Administration’s efforts to combat the Coronavirus outbreak, and minimize economic disruption to the nation’s 30 million small businesses.

Area Residents Urged to Check on Friends, Neighbors, and Relatives

In the midst of the current media messages dealing with the spread of the Coronavirus, all area residents are encouraged to check on friends, neighbors and relatives. The Mifflin -Juniata Area Agency on Aging is the front door for aging services in our two-county region. The MJ-AAA Staff is made up of skilled, compassionate workers who can provide informations about local services and also assist in obtaining access to those services.

More Information

Visit Coronavirus.gov for the latest official information from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force at the White House.

Visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for official Coronavirus (COVID-19) health information.

Visit FEMA for answers to coronavirus myths and rumors.

Updated Coronavirus Links: Press Releases, State Lab Photos, Graphics

For the daily COVID-19 Report, visit here.

For all press releases regarding coronavirus, please visit here.

Find the latest information on the coronavirus here.

Photos of the state’s lab in Exton are available for download and use here.

Coronavirus and preparedness graphics are available here near the bottom of the page:On.pa.gov/coronavirus

State Information

restrictions

Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine have issued “Stay at Home” orders to Twenty Two Pennsylvania counties.  The orders are for Allegheny, Beaver, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Centre, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lackawana, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Pike, Wayne, Washington, Westmoreland and York counties in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.  All schools statewide will also remain closed through at least April 6th.  Mifflin County schools are tentatively scheduled to return April 13th.

Pennsylvania lawmakers have been busy with legislation to combat the fallout from COVID-19.  The PA House of Representatives has unanimously approved a plan to move the 2020 Pennsylvania primary election to Tuesday, June 2nd.  Election code changes in Senate Bill 422 provide flexibility for county election officials as a result of the challenges related to the virus, including consolidating polling places and allowing for new polling locations.  The House passed Senate Bill 751 which would require every school district to immediately develop and submit distance learning plans to the state Department of Education.  The House passed an emergency funding provision to provide $50 million to purchase medical equipment and supplies for hospitals, nursing facilities, and emergency medical services.  The General Assembly also advanced significant unemployment compensation legislation as part of House Bill 68.

 

The Justice Department could prosecute people who intentionally spread the coronavirus under federal terrorism laws, according to a memo issued earlier this week.  Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen urged prosecutors to crack down on all coronavirus-related crimes, including intentionally infecting others. Because coronavirus appears to meet the statutory definition of a ‘biological agent,’ such acts could implicate the nation’s terrorism-related statutes.

 

 

The Pennsylvania State Police is enforcing the closures of non-life-sustaining businesses in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.  All businesses had to close amid the pandemic, except for “life-sustaining” businesses including grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations.  Violations of the order could lead to fines, jail time or “additional administrative penalties.”


“To protect the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians, we need to take more aggressive mitigation actions,” said Gov. Wolf. “This virus is an invisible danger that could be present everywhere. We need to act with the strength we use against any other severe threat. And, we need to act now before the illness spreads more widely.”

Failure to Comply and Enforcement

Failure to comply with these requirements will result in enforcement action that could include citations, fines, or license suspensions.

The governor has directed the following state agencies and local officials to enforce the closure orders to the full extent of the law:

  • Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Pennsylvania State Police
  • Local officials, using their resources to enforce closure orders within their jurisdictions
  • ENFORCEMENT BEGAN AT 8AM ON MONDAY , MARCH 23RD, 2020

Private businesses, local organizations and other noncompliant entities that fail or refuse to comply with the governor’s orders that protect the lives and health of Pennsylvanians will forfeit their ability to receive any applicable disaster relief and/or may be subject to other appropriate administrative action. Such action may include termination of state loan or grant funding, including Redevelopment Assistance Capital Project (RACP) grant funding and/or suspension or revocation of licensure for violation of the law.

Finally, in addition to any other criminal charges that might be applicable, the Department of Health is authorized to prosecute non-compliant entities for the failure to comply with health laws, including quarantine, isolation or other disease control measures. Violators are subject to fines or imprisonment.

  • For a complete listing of “Life Sustaining Businesses”…please consult our Facebook Page.

School closing extended an additional two weeks (through April 12th)

TROUT SEASON CHANGES:
Amid concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) announced several changes to the 2020 trout season intended to protect the safety of the public and staff, while preserving the opportunity to enjoy the fun and recreational health benefits of fishing.
These changes, effective immediately, include consolidating the 2020 trout season schedule into a single, statewide schedule for all Pennsylvania counties; accelerating trout stocking operations and limiting volunteer participation; and adding more convenient ways to purchase fishing licenses online and display proof of a fishing license and boating documents on a digital device.

“Thank you to the anglers and boaters of Pennsylvania for their understanding as we all experience these changes together,” said Tim Schaeffer, PFBC Executive Director. “While our calendars may start to look a little different, one thing we can count on is that there will be a trout season, and there will still be plenty of fish out there to enjoy. Working under unprecedented circumstances, our staff is committed to providing the quality fishing experience that we all expect.”

Statewide Mentored Youth Program and Opening Day
The PFBC will operate under a consolidated statewide schedule for all counties during the 2020 trout season. Under this revised plan, a single Mentored Youth Trout Day will occur on Saturday, April 11, and a Statewide Opening Day of trout season will take place on Saturday, April 18.

As a result of these changes, separate, earlier regional mentored youth and opening days will no longer occur in the 18 southeastern counties, including: Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, and York. Anglers in these areas should revise their plans as necessary to adjust to the statewide schedule.

These changes, made by the PFBC under direction provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, are intended to reduce large gatherings of people and the number of anglers traveling into the regional area (18 southeastern counties), which is already heavily affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Accelerated Trout Stocking Operations and Volunteer Participation
Trout stocking for 2020 will be conducted on an accelerated schedule, and volunteers will not be permitted to assist with stocking activities.

Local Information

Mifflin County Kid Connection regrets to announce that Mifflin County Kid Connection will be cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns. This was not a decision easily made but due to having to spend monies prior to the event date and the unknown future of social gatherings we thought it best to save and plan for next years event on April 24, 2021. We apologize and are deeply saddened that the decision needed to be made. Thank you for your support over the years and look forward to seeing everyone next year.


The Mifflin-Juniata Community Concert Association has cancelled the March 24th concert by The Maxwell Quartet because of Mifflin County High School being closed due to the governor’s closure of schools.  There is no information at this time as to whether the concert will be re-scheduled.


As a precautionary measure to stop the spread of COVID-19, PA CareerLink Mifflin and Centre county offices will be closed  through Friday, March 27, 2020. At this time, we anticipate reopening on Monday, March 30, 2020. Please follow our FaceBook page (PA CareerLink® Mifflin County, PA CareerLink Centre County) for more information as it unfolds.  Customers with general inquiries are encouraged to call 717-248-4942  in Mifflin County and 814-548-7587 in Centre County as staff will be answering these inquiries remotely.


DeLauter Youth Center, located in Mifflintown/Juniata County, will be closed until further notice due to the Corona virus outbreak?    It is normally open every Tuesday and Thursday evening.   We will make an announcement when the center will re-open.


To help us get through this difficult time, the Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce has created new website pages at www.huntingdonchamber.com with information on restaurants offering delivery and takeout, business closing updates, remote working tools, and business resources to help us all get through this pandemic. Huntingdon County Strong will be updated as additional information is received.


The Trough Creek Fire company has cancelled  their fish dinners.


The Senior Luncheon at Lost Creek Presbyterian Church in McAlisterville scheduled for Monday, March 23, has been canceled.

Lost Creek Presbyterian Church in McAlisterville will not meet together for worship on March 22 or March 29.  However, you are invited to join us for worship on Facebook Live each Sunday at 10:00 a.m.  Like our page, Lostcreekpresby, to be notified when we go live.


Mifflin County Housing Authority administrative building is closed to the public until March 31, 2020.
Calls may be made to 717/248-2624 anytime, emergency calls 717/242-5546.


McCoysville Presbyterian Church will not meet together for worship on March 22 or March 29. However, you are invited to join us for worship on Facebook Live each Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Like our page, McCoysvillePC, to be notified when we go live.


Juniata County Food Pantry –McCoysville DistributionThe Juniata County Food Pantry will hold a distribution of food and other groceries for families who live at the western end of Juniata County on Saturday, April 18th, 10:00 AM at McCoysville Presbyterian Church located in the village of McCoysville at 2562 McCoysville Rd. To be eligible for ANY Juniata County Food Pantry distribution, families must live in Juniata County and meet certain income guidelines. Families must contact the Food Pantry between April 1st and 10th if they wish to attend this distribution. Appointments are required! For more information about eligibility, or to sign up for the McCoysville distribution, please contact the Juniata County Food Pantry, 717-436-9718. Please arrive by 10:00 and stay in your vehicle, we will bring the food to you.

Fresh Express Food Distribution Program hosted by the Central PA Foodbank and ISKCON, held every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month in Port Royal next to Moyer Park, is cancelled this week, March 26th.  


Allergy & Asthma Specialist, LLC  (Dr. Pratibha Vakharia’s Office) in Burnham has decided to close this week?  (March 23rd thru March 30th)

Schools

Schools in Pennsylvania K-12  continue to be closed this  week (through April 12th, 2020)

Juniata College in Huntingdon has moved classes online for the remainder of the spring semester

Ohio State University is holding  classes online

Penn State University Main campus is  holding classes online  Thru April 3rd

University Of Pennsylvania has extended Spring Break…Online teaching began March 23rd

Bucknell University classes will be online for the remainder of the semester

Sports

Olympics Cancelled until 2021

Port Royal Speedway To Postpone Racing Activities for Two Weeks in Response To Coronavirus Concerns

NASCAR has cancelled through May 5th

The Big 10 Basketball Tournament has been cancelled

The ACC Basketball Tournament has been cancelled

The Big 12 Basketball Tournament has been cancelled

The Pac 12 Basketball Tournament has been cancelled

The SEC Basketball Tournament has been cancelled

The Atlantic 10 Basketball Tournament has been cancelled

The Big East Basketball Tournament has been cancelled

The MAC Basketball Tournament has been cancelled

The WAC Basketball Tournament has been cancelled

The NCAA Men’s And Women’s Basketball Championships Have Been Cancelled

The NCAA Wrestling Championships Have Been Cancelled

The NBA has suspended games indefinitely

The NHL has suspended all games indefinitely

MLB Has Suspended Spring Training And Delayed The Start Of The Regular Season By At Least 2 Weeks

The United States Bowling Congress (USBC) is postponing or suspending nationally conducted USBC events until May 1, 2020, due to COVID-19 safety concerns.

This includes the USBC Open Championships, USBC Women’s Championships, USBC Convention, USBC Masters and USBC Senior Queens. USBC made this difficult decision out of concern for the health and safety of our members, their families and local communities.

Local News Timeline

March 28:The Monday, March 30th sign-up for the Juniata Valley Striders youth track & field program is postponed until the government, MCSD and USATF restart athletic programs. Athletes are asked to exercise outside by themselves to maintain fitness. No team or group practices will be permitted until the pandemic is contained.

March 28: Selinsgrove Speedway has cancelled its March Mayhem sprint car and late model program slated for this Sunday, March 29.

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March 27: Attention Shirley Township  Residents. The supervisors have decided it is in the best interest of all residents that the April 4th Spring Clean Up at Parks Sanitation be postponed.

March 27: Juniata College announce a Juniata employee has tested positive for COVID-19. You can read the full release here.

March 26: The McAlisterville Ministerium has canceled the remainder of the Community Lenten Services on March 29, April 5, and April 10.  Our Theme this year was the Beatitudes, and at this time especially may we all exhibit these beautiful attitudes as we care for ourselves, one another, and our world.


March 25:Fresh Express Food Distribution Program hosted by the Central PA Foodbank and ISKCON, held every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month in Port Royal next to Moyer Park, is cancelled this week, March 26th.  Thank you.

March 24: In accordance with new directives from Governor Wolf, PA CareerLink® offices in Mifflin and Centre counties will remain closed through April 6, 2020. We anticipate reopening on Tuesday, April 7, 2020.  
 
Customers with general inquiries are encouraged to call 717-248-4942  in Mifflin County and 814-548-7587 in Centre County and leave a message. Staff will be answering these inquiries remotely.

March 24: The Pennsylvania Department of Health has announce the 1st case of the Covid-19 Virus in Juniata County.

March 24: From the Mifflin School District website: “To clear up any confusion regarding the difference between our tentative start date from the shutdown vs the governor’s message: MCSD was already scheduled for an Act 80 day on April 9. April 10 is Good Friday. Monday, April 13 was originally a day off as an unused snow day. We are eliminating 4/13 as a day off, and allowing it to be used as an instructional day, thus making it the first day back from the shutdown for students.”

March 23: Allergy & Asthma Specialist, LLC (Dr. Pratibha Vakharia’s Office) in Burnham will be closed this week (March 23rd thru March 30th).

March 23: Juniata County School District will be distributing meals Wednesday for the remainder of the week.  At Wednesday’s distribution, students will receive Wednesday, Thursday & Friday meals.  Wednesday will be the last distribution.

March 23: The Summer Olympics in Tokyo are postponed. The International Olympic Committee is still working out details but it appears the Games will likely be pushed back to 2021.

March 23: Governor Tom Wolf has ordered the state’s K-12 schools including those in Mifflin and Juniata Counties to close for two additional weeks as the number of coronavirus cases continue to rise and spread to more counties across the state. Further, State Education Secretary Pedro Rivera announced the state exams are cancelled for the 2019-2020 school year. PSSA testing administered in grades three through eight were scheduled to begin April 20. Keystone testing for high school students was scheduled to begin May 11.

March 23: McDonald’s is open for Pick-up via their app and through their Drive-Thru.

March 23: Effective immediately, Beward Pharmacy will change hours (Monday through Friday) to 8am-6pm and go to drive-thru only service. Saturday hours will remain the same, 8am-3pm, and delivery service will continue. Please call ahead when possible: 717-436-6844.

March 23: McCoysville Presbyterian Church will not meet together for worship on March 29. However, you are invited to join us for worship on Facebook Live on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Like our page, McCoysvillePC, to be notified when we go live. Tuesday Night Bible Study has also been canceled for the next 2 weeks.

March 23: Even Smokey Bear isn’t immune to COVID-19. Since he cannot get out to spread his message of wildfire prevention, he asked us to share this with you:

“Spring wildfire season is upon us (March through May ). Without the leaves of trees yet to shade and retain moisture on the forest floor, and with spring breezes and warmer weather, sunlight dries the surface ground quickly, even after a rain shower. Even the grassy areas will dry quickly. Winter precipitation was light this year, which increases the risk of wild fires. As many of us find ourselves at home more during our national situation, please be careful with your fire uses, whether it be burning trash, yard debris or enjoying an outdoor cooking fire on a nice day. For safety tips and fun activities visit Smokeybear.com  Stay safe and healthy. Remember Only You Can Prevent Wildfires.”

March 22: The Mifflin County Housing Authority office will be closed through March 31.

March 20:  The Borough of Lewistown is taking the following actions until further notice:

  • Borough offices along with the Lewistown Borough Police Department will be functioning; however, these buildings will be closed to the public effective immediately. All human to human contact with the public will be eliminated. We are still conducting services via mail, telephone, and email.
  • Borough council and committee meetings will still be conducted; however, they will be conducted online. The public is still welcome to participate. A link will be provided and posted on our website as soon as it is available.
  • The Borough is also suspending the mailing fees from now until the end of May for Refuse and Sewer payments. If the customer wishes to have the Borough mail their tags to them, you must let the Borough know when you submit the payment. Customers can place bills in the red drop box directly in front of the Borough Municipal Building, mail their payments in, or go online to www.lewistownborough.com to pay their bills.
  • The Borough is also temporarily discontinuing Refuse/Sewer late fees including termination fees/delinquent fees/and penalties until 10 business days after the declaration of emergency in effect is lifted.
  • Borough council has also suspended the street sweeper tickets.
  • At this time, the Borough Community Center will be closed until the mandate is lifted and the Borough will be refunding fees for any event closed due this emergency. Please call us at (717) 994-4368 if you have any questions.
  • In addition to this, the Tax Collector is collecting taxes remotely or by mailing the payments to 2 East Third Street, Lewistown, PA. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like a receipt. She can also be reached by calling (717) 248-8607 or (717) 953-1479 or by email at erin.anewalt@gmail.com

March 20: Mifflin County School District is providing free lunches to all children through the National School Lunch Program’s Seamless Summer Option. This program is open to all children in our community under the age of 18 while schools are closed due to COVID-19. MCSD invites parents and caregivers to drive through and pick up meals at the following locations:

  • Lewistown Elementary School: 11AM to 12:30PM at the parent pick-up and drop-off door
    New Life Church: 11AM to 12:30PM in the rear parking lot
  • * Two additional locations will be added on Wednesday, March 25:

Lewistown CMA Church: 11AM to 12:30PM
Lewistown Borough Plaza: 11AM to 12:30PM

Pre-packed lunches will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. Students must be present in order for meals to be provided. Please stay in your car as you drive through. Lunches will continue to be provided until further notice.

March 20: Frey Motors Service & Parts Departments are still open for you needs.

March 20: Lake Dealerships Service & Parts Departments are still open for your needs.

March 20: Effective as of March 19th, Walmart’s temporary hours of operation are 7AM to 8:30PM daily.

March 20: The Health Department has announced Centre County has joined the growing list of counties in Pennsylvania with a case of coronavirus. News of Centre County’s first confirmed case of COVID-19 came less than two hours before Mount Nittany Health announced two patients who were tested for the new coronavirus within its health system tested positive.Both individuals are at home in isolation.

March 20: Tax Day this year is now July 15, per an announcement from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

March 20: Juniata County Government is continuing to actively implement preventive measures to protect the health and safety of the residents of Juniata County. Effective 8AM Monday, March 23, Juniata County Government offices will be operating with minimum staff only. Visitor access will continue to be extremely restricted and limited to essential business. Members of the public, who need to conduct County related business, are strongly urged to call or email the appropriate County office for special instructions. Please visit our website at www.juniataco.org for contact details and further information as it develops. A directory of applicable telephone numbers may be found at https://www.juniataco.org/covid-19-response/.

March 20: Lost Creek Presbyterian Church in McAlisterville will not meet together for worship on March 22 or March 29. However, you are invited to join them for worship on Facebook Live each Sunday at 10AM. Like their Facebook page, Lostcreekpresby, to be notified when they go live.

March 20: The Senior Luncheon at Lost Creek Presbyterian Church in McAlisterville scheduled for Monday, March 23, has been canceled.

March 20: The Mifflin County Solid Waste Authority will be closed to the general public effective immediately. The facility will not be open on Saturdays starting tomorrow (3/21) and will remain closed on Saturdays until further notice. Starting Monday, 3/23, we will be accepting commercial account holders only. We will be open regular weekday hours and closed Saturdays until further notice.

March 20: Representative Kerry Benninghoff has temporarily suspended “walk-in” service at his district office locations. Representative John Hershey will close his district offices to walk-in visitors effective today.

March 20: Starting today Warehouse 13 Clothing Consignment Shop will be closed until the governmental shut down is ended. To all consignors scheduled for drop off we will call to reschedule.

March 20: The need for social distancing and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 the Granville Township office will be closed. Township residents can deposit sewer payments and on lot inspection fees in the drop box located to the right of the office door (check or money order only please). The Township will continue to monitor the situation closely and report any changes to this closure on our Facebook page and our website www.granvilletwp.org.

March 20: The Mifflin County Regional Police Department is joining other departments in response to COVID-19. Any requests to have an officer come in person, the complainant will have to meet with the officer outside the residence (weather permitting) or at a nearby open sheltered area if weather conditions do not permit. Maintain approximately six feet from all other parties and refrain from unnecessary physical contact. There will be no public admittance to the department, unless summoned by an officer. If you feel you need to enter the Regional Police office, first contact the Non-Emergency Dispatch number at 717-248-9607. If you have questions or concerns, contact Regional Police at 717-248-1900. Above all else, if you have an emergency, call 911.

March 20: Geisinger has been monitoring and responding daily to the evolving coronavirus situation and has made the following changes to ensure the safety of all our patients, visitors and employees to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our communities:

Inpatient visitation limited

After careful consideration, beginning tomorrow, March 20, we are temporarily suspending routine, in-person visits to our hospitalized patients. We encourage everyone to use alternative ways of interacting, including phone calls, Facetime, Skype and other means.

However, we know that sometimes it’s crucial to have a visitor or family member present. Visitors will be allowed for:

  • Patients who are medically unstable (one visitor)
  • Patients who are at the end of life (two visitors)
  • Patients undergoing surgery or procedures (one single-time visitor immediately after the procedure)
  • Delivering mothers (up to two visitors: one adult family member and if necessary, one doula)
  • Patients who are minors and those with limited decisional capacity (up to two parents or guardians)
  • Patients who have altered mental status or developmental delays and caregiver provides safety (one visitor)
  • Patients with disruptive behavior, where a family member is key to their care (one visitor)

Approved visitors are subject to the following guidelines:

  • Visitors must not have symptoms of respiratory infection (fever, runny nose, cough, shortness of breath).
  • Visitors who have traveled internationally or been exposed to someone with a fever, the flu or a proven COVID-19 case in the past 14 days are not permitted.
  • Visitors must stay in the patient’s room the entire time of the visit. Once they leave the patient’s room, they must leave the medical center.
  • Visitors under the age of 18 will not be allowed except under extraordinary circumstances, and no animals other than service animals are permitted.

Outpatient guidelines

Patients who have an appointment at a Geisinger clinic, laboratory or radiology, as well as those visiting the Emergency Department, may have one person accompany them, if necessary.

If you have any questions, please contact your care team. Please call first. And before visiting a doctor’s office, convenient care clinic or emergency department, people should call their primary care doctor’s office or Geisinger’s 24/7 novel coronavirus hotline at 570-284-3657 if they may have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 or if they have:

Cough
Fever
Shortness of breath

For general questions and information about COVID-19, people can visit geisinger.org/coronavirus. Using these resources before going to a doctor’s office, walk-in clinic or emergency department can help lessen the possible spread of the virus.

March 19:  Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania to close their physical locations as of 8 p.m. today to slow the spread of COVID-19. Enforcement actions against businesses that do not close physical locations will begin at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 21.

March 19:  Tractor Supply have temporarily changed their hours until further notice.  The hours are:  Monday through Saturday 8am to 6pm and Sunday 9am to 6pm.

March 19:  Harbor Freight is open with modified hours as follows: Monday through Saturday from 8am to 6pm and Sundays from 9am to 5pm.  These hours will provide our stores with extra time to sanitize and restock and allow us to better accommodate our associates’ scheduling needs.

March 19:  The Mifflin County Commissioners announced this morning the courthouse will be closed to the public effective Monday, March 23, 2020.  The offices will remain staffed. All business will be conducted by appointment or email only. The office telephone numbers are:

Tax Services – 717-248-5783

Auditors – 717-248-6733

Children and Youth – 717-248-3994

Commissioners – 717-248-6733

Coroner – 717-242-4591

Crime Victim Services – 717-242-3372

District Attorney – 717-248-9800

Elections/Voter Registration – 717-248-6571

GIS – 717-242-5458

Human Services – 717-242-5452

Maintenance – 717-242-0893

Planning – 717-242-0887

Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts – 717-248-8146

Public Safety – 717-248-9607

Register and Recorder – 717-242-1449

Sheriff – 717-242-1105

Treasurer’s Office – 717-248-8439

Veterans Affairs – 717-248-6421

March 19: The Knights of Columbus “Night at the Races” on March 28 at the Reedsville Fire Company has been postponed until May 16. If you have questions, please call 667-3373.

March 19: The free Community Luncheon at the First United Methodist Church scheduled for Wednesday, March 25 has been cancelled.

March  19: The Lewistown Police Department is instituting some changes to standard operations to reduce the risk of Coronavirus transmission. LPD asks that the public refrain from in-person visits to the station unless absolutely necessary. If you are experiencing a non-emergency situation, call the county dispatch number (717) 248-9607 and ask to speak with an officer. If you have paperwork that needs to be delivered, call the non-emergency number, and an officer will be sent to retrieve it from you. If you do have an emergency, call 911 immediately. The prescription take-back box will remain accessible in the lobby area to dispose of unwanted prescription medications. If you can safely store them, please do so until this crisis has passed.

March 19: Geisinger expands COVID-19 precautions:

  • Limiting inpatient visitation to one visitor per patient. Visitors must be age 18 or older, an immediate family member or caregiver and not displaying symptoms of respiratory disease; have not traveled out of the country in the past two weeks; or have not had, in the past two weeks, significant contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. Visitors are encouraged to call the hospital operator for visitation hours, which may vary by location.
  • Elective, non-urgent procedures on hold
  • Beginning March 19 and for the next two weeks:

–  Elective, non-urgent procedures are on hold.
– Non-urgent appointments may be rescheduled, or patients will be offered other care options, such as telephone or telemedicine visits.
– Patients with urgent appointments will be cared for
– Scheduled imaging will continue as planned; however, patients will be screened at the time of their scheduling and/or at their appointment.
– Will continue to monitor the situation to determine whether we need to extend this process beyond two weeks.

  • Geisinger sets up screening tents at Emergency Departments

Geisinger has set up screening tents outside of emergency departments to screen for COVID-19 or other respiratory illnesses. They are not a response to an existing increase in demand, but rather, they are being established to be prepared to care for our communities in the event of increased COVID-19 activity.

March 19: Harshbarger’s Sub n Malt has brought back curbside service for a limited time

March 18: The spaghetti supper planned for March 28th at St Mark’s Lutheran Church has been postponed until further notice.

March 18:  Effective Thursday, March 19, until further notice, Enlighten Psychiatric Services will not see any patient face to face except for those who get injections.  All existing patients will have their appointment by phone or computer.  Patients can contact the office at 717-437-9000 with any questions.

March 18: Gus’s Pizza of 48 Valley Street, Lewistown is OPEN for Takeout Orders as usual. On Monday, March 23, from 11:00-1:00, we will providing takeout lunches for any student who qualifies for free or reduced lunches, while supplies last.

March 18: Corner Vault of 1 North Main Street, Reedsville is OPEN for Takeout Food and 6 Packs, walk-n carry out and drive-thru. On Thursday and Friday, March 19 and 20, from 12:00 -1:30, we will be providing takeout lunches for any student who qualifies for free or reduced lunches, while supplies last.

March 18: Bingo at the Brooklyn Fire Company has been postponed until further notice.

March 18: Cash Bingo that was scheduled for April 4th at the Moose has been postponed. That will be rescheduled at a later date.

March 18: Kountry Kitchen Restaurant in McVeytown is open for take-out service only from 11AM to 7PM.

March 18: With the confirmation of COVID-19 cases in both Danville and Cumberland County, the Thursday, March 19 meeting of the Juniata County School District Board of Directors meeting is being postponed until Tuesday, March 31, beginning at 8PM at the administration office building at 146 Weatherby Way, Mifflintown. The March 31 meeting will include the option of virtual attendance.

March 18: Penn State has suspended in-person classes for the rest of spring semester.

March 18: VCA Metzger Animal Hospital in State College is continuing to provide services at this time. They want to work with you and their staff to limit direct contact in order to focus on safety for everyone during this pandemic. Because so, they are changes some of their policies including checking you in from outside the hospital. Call upon arrival and they will assist you as quickly and as best they can. Read more about their changes here.

March 18: Starting March 23, First Area Federal Credit Union will have drive-thru service only until further notice. Remember to use their online and mobile banking. Accommodations will be made for people with no vehicles, loan closings or opening of accounts. You can still contact them at 717-248-5103 for help with any questions or concerns.

March 18: The Granville Township Police Department will be implementing procedures to safeguard officers and citizens. The following procedures will be implemented immediately.

1. Officers will not be responding to a call for service if it can be handled via phone. If you have an emergency call 911.
2. If requested to respond to a location, officers may interact with persons at a safe distance.
3. The Police lobby is currently CLOSED to the public (walk -ins) until further notice! If you need to speak with an officer, please contact the Mifflin County Communication Center at 717 248 9607.
4. Officers will no longer be responding to Public Service Calls (vehicle lockouts).

March 18: The chicken barbecue benefiting Boy Scout Troop 536 scheduled for March 28 at Christ’s United Lutheran Church in Millmont has been canceled.

March 18: Taco Bell is open 10am-10pm, drive-thru only, no breakfast

March 18: Juniata College will finish its semester online.

March 18: Tony’s Restaurant has take-out service for some menu items.

March 18: Mike’s OIP in McVeytown is offering take-out and curbside service.

March 18: JP Edwards Grille & Bar is offering take-out on certain menu items.

March 18: Burnham OIP is offering take-out service.

March 18: Visitors for hospitalized patients at Mount Nittany Medical Center will no longer be permitted, except for special circumstances. They will also reschedule patients with non-essential/elective services that are scheduled at Mount Nittany Medical Center and Mount Nittany Physician Group between now and April 30.

March 18: Yesterday, Geisinger confirmed its first three patients with presumed positive results for the novel coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 illness.

March 18: Messiah Lutheran Church services and all event now cancelled through Tuesday evening, March 31.

March 17: Dollar General stores will dedicate the first hour of every shopping day to senior shoppers. The company is asking non-senior customers to avoid shopping at Dollar General stores in the first hour after stores open so that seniors, who are more at risk from the COVID-19 coronavirus, can avoid shopping while stores are busy. The company also announced that stores will close one hour earlier than their regular closing time to allow employees to restock store shelves.

March 17: Giant will be adjusting its hours in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic to give a one-hour time period for customers 60 years of age and older to shop exclusively, as well as to give staff more time to restock the shelves and sanitize the area. Starting on Thursday, the chain will be open only from 6AM to 10PM, with the first hour of each day designed exclusively to allow senior customers to shop.

March 17:  Reedsville United Methodist Church free movie night scheduled for April 5th has been canceled.

March 17:  Reedsville/Church Hill/Milroy United Methodist Churches have canceled worship services for March 22nd and 29th.

March 17:  Beale Township Fire Department is closing their Friday Night Bingo down for 2 weeks.  After the 2 weeks are up, they will re-evaluate the situation.

March 17: Asher’s Chocolates will be closed until further notice. They will have curbside pick-up available. (19 E. Susquehanna Ave in Lewistown) Call 717-248-3700 and place your order. Have your credit card ready when calling. Phone in orders will be taken starting at 8AM each day. Pick-up hours will be from 10AM to 4PM Monday-Friday and 10AM to 3PM on Saturdays.

March 17: Port Royal Speedway will be postponing racing activities for the next two weeks effectively starting with this weekend’s double header. The postponement includes the March 21-22 races, along with the March 28th activities. The goal is to return to racing April 4.

March 17: The Mifflin County Historical Society’s Annual Business Meeting and Spring Banquet scheduled for April 23, 2020 at the Penn Valley Christian Retreat has been cancelled. The meeting will be rescheduled for September at the same location. The exact date will be announced at a later time. Anyone already paid will be considered as registered for the Fall event. Refunds will be available if there is a conflict with rescheduled date.

March 17: The Mifflin County Historical Society has announced the McCoy House Museum at 17 N. Main Street and the Society’s Research Library and office in the Historic Courthouse will be closed until further notice.

March 17: The benefit meal to support the Siennick Children Car Fund that was set for Sunday the 22nd has been postponed until a later date. The event will be re-scheduled when statewide closures are lifted.

March 17: St. John’s Lutheran Church of Lewistown has canceled in person worship and all other activities until further notice. The Barnabas Brothers Hoagies sale for Friday, March 20th has also been cancelled. Money will be refunded to those who already paid.

March 17: The Union Township Board of Supervisors has closed public access to the township office until at least April 7.

March 17: Harshbarger’s Sub n Malt is open for take-out only.

March 17: The Mifflin County Housing Authority Administrative Office will be closed to the public through Friday, March 20. All appointments and inspections are cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date. Emergency calls: (717) 242-5546. Check or Money Order payments and any correspondence for the Office may be placed in the drop slot to the left of the front doors, which will be checked daily.

March 17: The Corner Vault would like to help in providing lunch to students with free or reduced lunch on Tuesday, March 17 between 12 and 1:30pm. Please come to the Corner Vault rear drive-thru at 1 North Main Street in Reedsville to pick up your lunch to go, while supplies last. One cut of Gus’s pizza, a fruit or veggie, Hartleys potato chips and milk or punch. Child must be present.

March 17: Boulevard Takeout will be serving takeout lunches to students who qualify for free or reduced lunches, while supplies last. This Thursday from 12 to 1:30. Child must be present. We will be serving a Jumbo Taco, Hartleys potato chips, fruit or veggie or yogurt and milk. We would like to thank Hartleys for contributing.

March 17: On Monday, March 23, Gus’s Pizza will be offering lunch (two slices of cheese pizza and small bag of chips) 11AM-1PM for school students who qualify for free and reduced lunches, while supplies last. Child must be present.

March 17: Juniata County School District families: On Wednesday, March 18, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM all buildings will be open for students to get their iPads, books and personal items that they left behind last week. We ask that any student coming to pick up items enter and exit the building as quickly as possible and not gather in groups. Students without iPad insurance may also pick up their iPads to take home.

March 17: The Troop 4 Boy Scout Grand Slam Breakfast, scheduled for March 28th has been cancelled.

March 17: Westside Gallery will be closed for two weeks, effective today

March 17: Mifflin County Commissioner Kevin Kodish releases statement encouraging all area residents to check on their friends, neighbors and relatives, especially the elderly or those with “conditions which make them more susceptible to colds, flu or Coronavirus.”

March 17: The Downtown OIP & Grille is offering curbside pickup.

March 17: The Juniata High School Mini-Thon has been indefinitely postponed.

March 17: Meals On Wheels for the Lewistown-area are canceled for the next two weeks.

March 17: All Fine Wine And Good Spirits Stores To Close Statewide.

March 16:  Weis Markets will only be accepting customers 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. beginning March 17.  This will give employees more time to stock shelves and sanitize the stores.

March 16:  The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is closing all Driver License Centers and Photo License Centers in Pennsylvania  for two weeks effective close of business on Monday, March 16.  Additionally, expiration dates for driver licenses, identification cards, vehicle registrations, and safety and emission inspections will be extended through April 30.

March 16:  The remaining United Methodists Men’s Lenten prayer breakfasts for the Mifflin County Cluster are cancelled.

March 16:  Geisinger is limiting visitors in the inpatient and outpatient settings for the health and safety of our patients. Effective immediately at all hospitals and clinics, only immediate family or caregivers may visit hospitalized patients or accompany patients to outpatient appointments. Other family members, friends and general visitors will not be permitted at this time.  Before visiting a doctor’s office, walk-in care clinic or emergency department, call your primary care doctor’s office or call Geisinger’s COVID-19 hotline at 570-284-3657.

March 16:  PA CareerLink Mifflin and Centre county offices will be closed effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020.  They anticipate reopening on Monday, March 30, 2020.

March 16:  DeLauter Youth Center located in Mifflintown will be closed until further notice.  They will make an announcement when the center will re-open.

March 16: Gov. Tom Wolf has announced a statewide shutdown. That means all non-essential stores, bars, and restaurants will close effective at midnight. This is expected to last for two weeks. Gov. Wolf said there are no plans to shut down any pharmacies, grocery stores, or medical facilities and he urged people to continue their normal shopping trips and remain calm during these trying times.

March 16: The Public Hearing in relation to adoption of the Atlantic Broadband Cable Franchise Agreement Ordinance scheduled for Monday, March 16 at 5PM at the Derry Township Municipal Building has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date. In addition to the public hearing, the Regular Township Meeting that was to be held Monday, March 16 at 5:30PM has also been canceled. You may contact the Derry Township office at 717-248-8151 for details.

March 16: JCSD Families: Please be advised that school nurses will be available for you to pick up any medications you might need from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Tuesday March 17th. Anyone listed on your student’s emergency card can pick up medications.

March 16: The Juniata County School District will be providing free meals to all students through the National School Lunch Program’s Seamless Summer Option due to the coronavirus outbreak. These drive through and pick up meals will begin Tuesday, March 17. Pre-packed Lunch and Breakfast for the following day will be provided on a first come, first served basis from 11AM to 12:30PM. Students must be present in order for meals to be provided. Please stay in your car as you drive through. Pick up is available at the following locations: East Juniata Elementary School and Tuscarora Junior High School.

March 16: Starting today, The Trolley Pub & Grill are Down Range Tavern are offering bagged lunches at both locations 11AM-1PM for students who qualify for free and reduced lunches, while supplies last. Child must be present.

March 16: Mifflin County Kid Connection will be cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns. This was not a decision easily made but due to having to spend monies prior to the event date and the unknown future of social gatherings, the organization thought it best to save and plan for next year which is set for April 24, 2021.

March 16: The Roger Snyder Memorial Race scheduled for Saturday, March 21 has been postponed.

March 16: The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has suspended all services effective today (3/16). They are cancelling the remainder of their appointments at this time.

March 16: Workers in Pennsylvania affected by coronavirus may be eligible for compensation benefits: Click here for more details.

March 16: The Mifflin-Juniata Community Concert Association has cancelled the March 24th concert by The Maxwell Quartet because of Mifflin County High School being closed due to the governor’s closure of schools. There is no information at this time as to whether the concert will be re-scheduled.

March 16: The new date for the United Way of Mifflin-Juniata’s “Dancing With the Stars” is August 29th.

March 15: Because of concerns about COVID-19, Rep. John Hershey (R-Juniata/Mifflin/Franklin) has postponed a seminar planned for Saturday, March 21.

March 14: Walmart will be operating on different hours, 6am-11pm, until further notice

March 14: The Trinity United Methodist Church in Mifflin PA and the Grace United Methodist Church in Mexico PA have canceled in person worship and all other church activities through March 27th. Worship will conducted through YouTube and the church website.

March 14:  The Lewistown Borough Tax Office is going to be closed from now through at least March 27th.

March 14: The U.S. Olympic Team Trials for wrestling have been postponed. Discussions to reschedule the Bryce Jordan Center event are underway.

March 14: The Drake Bell concerts in State College have been postponed until September 1.

March 14: Miller Cinema 6 in Lewistown is closing for two weeks.

March 14: All events scheduled at PA. Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in March have been canceled.

March 13:  Geisinger’s School of Medicine and Geisinger Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing (GLH) will deliver their entire classroom curricula until further notice (updated).

March 13:  Juniata County jury selection scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, 2020 has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 9, 2020. Those jurors who received a summons to report on March 17th should now report on April 9th by 8:30 a.m.  Any questions should be directed to the Juniata County Prothonotary’s office at 717-436-7715.

March 13: As per direction of the Governor’s Office, all PA school districts, including Mifflin and Juniata Counties, will be closed from March 16-27. This includes all extracurricular activities, sports, field trips, etc.

March 13: The Pennsylvania Military Museum is canceling group events, tours, and rentals through the end of April.  However, individual visitation will continue to be allowed.

March 13: Before heading to a Geisinger-affiliated facility, check out their coronavirus policy.

March 13: Have a concert coming up? Better double-check. AEG and Live Nation are shutting down their events, until at least April.

March 12: The Knights of Columbus of St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church in Mifflintown have canceled their Friday night Lenten dinners.

Click here for the latest from the Centers for Disease Control.

Seven Mountains Media has also produced a list of symptoms of COVID-19 to be on the lookout for. You can find that information by clicking here.

Locally, Geisinger has established a hotline and website to share important information regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). For general questions and information about COVID-19, you can visit geisinger.org/coronavirus. Utilizing these resources before going to a doctor’s office, walk-in clinic or emergency department can help lessen the possible spread of the virus. The hotline is also available for clinicians to address patient care inquiries and laboratory testing questions.

If you become sick, call 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258), and call the doctor’s office or emergency room before visiting. Precautionary measures include washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Cover coughs or sneezes. Clean surfaces frequently. If you are sick, stay home until you feel better. Click herefor more information.

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