Masks are now mandatory in all public spaces in Pennsylvania. Governor Tom Wolf signed a new executive order yesterday stating masks must be worn whenever anyone leaves home. The order, signed by Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, takes effect immediately until further notice.
Bans and fees on single-use plastic bags could prove to be costly and have unintended consequences, according to a study from the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee, a joint committee of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. The recently released study highlighted how the COVID-19 virus is an example of how disease can be transmitted by reusing grocery bags, stating “a negative public health consequence may result from having residents rely upon reusable grocery bags if single-use plastic bags are banned.” The report found that approximately 102 billion plastic bags are used annually in the United States. The report said many are re-used as pet waste receptacles and trash can liners. It also noted cigarette butts are a more prevalent litter source than plastic bags in Pennsylvania.
A weekend burglary in Huntingdon County is under investigation. Authorities say the incident on Shore Valley Road in Clay Township was reported Sunday. Several chainsaws, along with personal papers and tin toys valued at $200 were taken. Anyone with information should contact State Police at 814-627-3161.
Funds are available for a limited time for heating unit repairs through SEDA-COG. CARES funds to repair or replace home heating units are available through August 31st, or until funds are spent. The service is available to income-qualifying residents in seven counties, including Mifflin, Juniata, Snyder, and Perry Counties. Those who qualify for the program and have a malfunctioning heat source should call their county assistance office. The completed referral will be forwarded to SEDA-COG.
COUNTY ASSISTANCE OFFICES