LOCAL NEWS | JUNE 29, 2020

LOCAL NEWS | JUNE 29, 2020

LOCAL NEWS | JUNE 29, 2020

Governor Tom Wolf is reminding Pennsylvanians that wearing a mask is mandatory when visiting businesses. State government agencies communicated the following mask requirements to Pennsylvania businesses. Everyone must wear a mask, unless they have a medical reason not to or are under the age of 2. That includes workers and customers. No mask, no shirt, no shoes, no service. Find personal protective equipment to protect your workers and have good mask hygiene. Don’t touch the front of your mask. Make sure it covers both your nose and mouth. Don’t lift it up when talking to someone. If wearing a fabric mask, make sure to wash it between uses.


A bill that would strengthen penalties for assaults against healthcare practitioners and technicians is on its way to the governor’s desk to be signed into law. Existing state law provides stricter penalties for assaults against certain healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses and paramedics. Senate Bill 351 would extend the same protections to a broader range of healthcare practitioners, including pharmacists, physical therapists, athletic trainers, a number of healthcare technicians and more. The bill would increase the penalty for an assault against a healthcare practitioner in which there is bodily injury. The legislation would upgrade the offense from a misdemeanor of the second degree to a felony of the second degree. The Senate passed the bill, it was approved the by the House of Representatives and sent to the governor last Tuesday.


As more people become concerned with the development of the Embassy, a public meeting to receive input targeting the submission for re-designation as a Pennsylvania Keystone Community will be held tomorrow (Tuesday, June 30) from 5 to 6:30PM in the Stevens Room (lower level) at First United Methodist Church at the corner of North Dorcas and East Third Streets (enter from the North Dorcas Street entrance). This meeting will be an Open House format to allow for greater social distancing with a drop by type of interaction. A mask will be required for entry into the building. A follow-up meeting will be held later this summer to report the responses and ideas.


In accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Pennsylvania Department of Health while maintaining their effort to keep patients and staff safe, Penn Highlands Huntingdon will not allow access to the hospital’s property for viewing of the July 5 community fireworks display. Patients and any designated support persons will remain able to access the hospital. Penn Highlands Healthcare maintains its safety precautions. The regional health system also thanks the public for their cooperation and cites the safety of patients, staff and the community as their highest priority.


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