LOCAL NEWS | JUNE 18, 2020

LOCAL NEWS | JUNE 18, 2020

LOCAL NEWS | JUNE 18, 2020

With much of Central Pennsylvania reopening, local hospitals are getting acclimated in the aftermath of COVID-19 shutdowns.  With safety at the forefront, Geisinger is continuing a phased reopening of doctors’ offices and specialty clinics. Over the next few weeks, Geisinger services that were consolidated or relocated to other locations due to the pandemic will return to their normal locations but with enhanced safety and health precautions.  In addition to in-person visits, Geisinger continues to offer patients ways to connect with care teams for appointments through telemedicine.  For more information about getting back to care safely at Geisinger, visit https://www.geisinger.org/coronavirus/safe.


The hospital and physician practices are open, safe and fully operational at Penn Highlands Huntingdon (formerly J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital). Entry points for Penn Highlands Huntingdon remain limited to the main entrance, where verbal screenings and temperature checks will continue to take place.  For safety reasons, everyone must wear a mask while inside Penn Highlands facilities unless medical reasons render breathing difficult.  For more information, visit https://www.phhealthcare.org/service/safest-care?utm_content=2020-05-20-051115.


Work to apply high friction surface treatments at sites in Mifflin and Juniata Counties will begin on Monday (June 22nd).  The first site is on Route 22 eastbound, approximately two miles before the Arch Rock Road exit in Juniata County.  Long-term lane closures will be implemented while work takes place. Motorists are urged to exercise caution while traveling through the work zone, and obey posted speed limits.  Other sites that will see work as part of the project include Route 22 westbound, approximately two miles past the Arch Rock Road exit, and Route 322 eastbound, approximately three-quarters of a mile past the Mifflin-Centre County line.


The Pennsylvania Department of Aging has created a free, online Mandatory Abuse Reporting training module to help aging and human services providers recognize and report elder abuse.  The training was publicly launched on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), commemorated on June 15th.  WEAAD is an opportunity to protect older adults by raising awareness about elder abuse, why it occurs, and what can be done to stop it.  Learn more about WEAAD at https://eldermistreatment.usc.edu/weaad-home/tools-and-tips/.



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