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Two York City Shooting Suspects Now In Custody

A York City Shooting suspect has been captured by the U-S Marshals Fugitive Task Force. Officials say 21-year old Anthony Faison Jr. was taken into custody Monday. Faison and his 18-year old brother, Temile were charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and illegal possession of a firearm after a home invasion last June-12th along the 400-block of Park Street. The victim was shot and seriously injured. Temile was arrested last Saturday.

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U-S Supreme Court Rules On PA Mail-in Ballots

Mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania will be counted if they are received within three days of Election Day even if they do not have a legible postmark. That 4-4 ruling yesterday from the U-S Supreme Court. Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court’s three liberals. The highly anticipated order could set the tone for other pre-election challenges and intensifies the Supreme Court confirmation battle over Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who could well prove to be a deciding vote on election night challenges. The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to vote Thursday to advance Barrett’s nomination, with a full Senate vote expected early next week. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro praised “the Court’s decision not to meddle in our already-working system” in a statement Monday, saying that the ruling “makes clear our law will stand despite repeated attacks.” The justices have already signaled to federal courts that they should not step in to change rules too close to an election.

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Four Wounded In Multiple York Co. Shootings

Multiple shootings in York County over the weekend have left 4-people wounded. The string of incidents began on Saturday night just before 9pm near East Princess and South Queen Streets. York City Police say they found a 42-year-old male with a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment and is expected to survive. A few hours later at around 4am Sunday, 9-1-1 dispatchers say one person was shot along the 3600-block of Delta Road in Lower Chanceford Township. There were no other details. Then just before 2pm Sunday, York City Police responded to the 100-block of East South Street for the report of shots fired. Around that time, a 27-year-old male was dropped off at an area hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. The fourth shooting took place just after 7pm Sunday along the 300-block of East Philadelphia Street. Officers say the found a 30 year-old-male with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment and is expected to survive. Anyone who can help in any of the investigations is asked to text a tip to ‘Yorktips’ to 847-411.

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VP Pence In York Co. Monday Afternoon

Vice President Mike Pence will make a campaign stop in York County today and that means commuters could see high traffic volume on several roads around the Capital City Airport in Fairview Township. Officials say the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Interstate-83, Lewisberry Road and Old York Road could experience delays and temporary closures during the visit. Doors open at Skyport Aviation at 2pm with the event scheduled for 4pm.

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Columbia-Wrightsville Route-462 Bridge Project Plans Unveiled

PennDOT has unveiled a nearly 3-year, $60-million dollar rehab project for the Columbia-Wrightsville Route-462 Bridge. The project will feature a roundabout at a 5-point intersection near the bridge on the Wrightsville side, a bicycle route between trails on both sides of the river, and lighting the underside of the span that will help with the annual mayfly problem. Construction is set to start in the winter of 2023 and end in the fall of 2026. PennDOT says the 91-year old bridge is the world’s longest concrete arch bridge and it carries more than 10,000 vehicles a day. Officials anticipate it will have to fully close for about 12-to-16 months forcing commuters to use the Route-30 Bridge. Anyone can examine the plans online by heading to penndot.gov/District8 and click on construction projects/roadwork. Look for Lancaster or York Counties and select the Route-462 bridge. The public can comment on the project through November-13th.

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PA COVID-19 Update Saturday

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., October 10, that there were 1,742 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 171,050. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19.
Philadelphia is reporting an increase of 151 cases.
The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between October 3 and October 9 is 230,104 with 8,204 positive cases. There were 47,337 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., October 8.
There are 8,344 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 36 new deaths reported. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.
“We know that congregation, especially in college and university settings, yields increased case counts. The mitigation efforts in place now are essential to flattening the curve and saving lives,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and following the requirements set forth in the orders for bars and restaurants, gatherings, and telework will help keep our case counts low. Make your phone part of the fight against COVID-19 today by downloading the COVID Alert PA exposure notification app. Together, as Pennsylvanians, all of our efforts are designed to support our communities to ensure that cases of COVID-19 remain low.”
Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.
There are 1,114 cases who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases and 647 patients who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure.
There are 2,019,440 patients who have tested negative to date. Of the patients who have tested positive to date the age breakdown is as follows:
Approximately 1% are ages 0-4;
Nearly 2% are ages 5-12;
Nearly 5% are ages 13-18;
Nearly 14% are ages 19-24;
Nearly 36% are ages 25-49;
Approximately 21% are ages 50-64; and
Approximately 21% are ages 65 or older.
Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older. More data is available here.
The department is seeing significant increases in the number of COVID-19 cases among younger age groups, particularly 19 to 24-year-olds. An alert was sent to healthcare providersabout the changing COVID-19 case demographics, as there are more cases in younger age groups than in those 50-64 and 65+. The following regions saw significant increases among 19 to 24-year-olds in each month from April to present in October:
NC – Approximately 7 percent of cases in April to nearly 38 percent of cases so far in October;
SE – Nearly 5 percent of cases in April to 18 percent of cases so far in October;
NE – 6 percent of cases in April to 22 percent of cases so far in October;
NW– Nearly 7 percent of cases in April to approximately 22 percent of cases so far in October;
SW – Approximately 5 percent of cases in April to approximately 13 percent of cases so far in October; and
SC – Approximately 7 percent of cases in April to nearly 12 percent of cases so far in October.
In nursing and personal care homes, there are 23,831 resident cases of COVID-19, and 5,268 cases among employees, for a total of 29,099 at 1,006 distinct facilities in61 counties. Out of our total deaths, 5,551 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here.
Approximately 11,272 of our total cases are among health care workers.
Currently, all 67 counties are in the green phase of reopening.
Statewide – The Wolf Administration has since noon, Oct. 8:
Announced that free school meals will be providedthrough the end of the school year.
Announced new PPE manufacturer, new jobsin Lackawanna County.
Provided Pennsylvania State Police enforcement data.
The Wolf Administration stresses the role Pennsylvanians play in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.
Clean surfaces frequently.
Stay home to avoid spreading COVID-19, especially if you are unwell.
If you must go out, you are required to wear a mask when in a business or where it is difficult to maintain proper social distancing.
Download the COVID Alert PA app and make your phone part of the fight. The free app can be found in the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store by searching for “covid alert pa.
Updated Coronavirus Links: Press Releases, State Lab Photos, Graphics
Daily COVID-19 Report
Press releases regarding coronavirus
Latest information on the coronavirus
Photos of the state’s lab in Exton (for download and use)
Coronavirus and preparedness graphics (located at the bottom of the page)
Community preparedness and procedures materials
All Pennsylvania residents are encouraged to sign up for AlertPA, a text notification system for health, weather, and other important alerts like COVID-19 updates from commonwealth agencies. Residents can sign up online at www.ready.pa.gov/BeInformed/Signup-For-Alerts.
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2021 PA Farm Show Update

We learned last summer that the 2021 PA Farm Show will be virtual, but yesterday we got more details. Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding previewed the show which will host a variety of live and prerecorded events. Redding says there will be the traditional 1,000-pound butter sculpture, live duckling and beehive cams, live-action demonstrations, from Angora-Palooza to tractor pulls and evening bedtime stories for kids. There will also be opportunities for traditional non-animal competitive events, such as Christmas trees and wine. Once new rules and regulations for COVID-19-safe competitive events are finalized, a full list of competitive opportunities will be announced. You can get more information by following the Pennsylvania Farm Show on Facebook and Instagram and by visiting the show’s website: farmshow.pa.gov

 

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One Injured In York County Shooting

A shooting in York County leaves one person injured. Penn Township Police say they responded to a report of gunfire along the 200-block of Charles Avenue just before 7pm Wednesday. That’s where officers found an injured man in his 20’s. The victim was taken to a hospital but we do not know his condition. Police offered no other details.

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PA COVID-19 Update Thursday

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., October 7, that there were 1,309 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 166,552. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19.
The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between September 30 and October 6 is 200,610 with 7,429 positive cases. There were 36,675 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., October 6.
There are 8,272 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 28 new deaths reported. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

Meawhile, Governor Tom Wolf will visit York County this afternoon to highlight the coverage and protections the Affordable Care Act provides for Pennsylvanians.  During Wolf’s stop at the Hannah Penn K-8 School, he will outline the importance of preserving the ACA so it can continue to protect public health and safety especially during a pandemic.

“We know that congregation, especially in college and university settings, yields increased case counts. The mitigation efforts in place now are essential to flattening the curve and saving lives,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and following the requirements set forth in the orders for bars and restaurants, gatherings, and telework will help keep our case counts low. Make your phone part of the fight against COVID-19 today by downloading the COVID Alert PA exposure notification app. Together, as Pennsylvanians, all of our efforts are designed to support our communities to ensure that cases of COVID-19 remain low.”
Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.
There are 963 cases who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases and 646 patients who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure.
There are 1,967,542 patients who have tested negative to date. Of the patients who have tested positive to date the age breakdown is as follows:
Approximately 1% are ages 0-4;
Nearly 2% are ages 5-12;
Nearly 5% are ages 13-18;
Nearly 14% are ages 19-24;
Nearly 36% are ages 25-49;
Approximately 21% are ages 50-64; and
Nearly 22% are ages 65 or older.
Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older. More data is available here.
The department is seeing significant increases in the number of COVID-19 cases among younger age groups, particularly 19 to 24-year-olds. An alert was sent to healthcare providers about the changing COVID-19 case demographics, as there are more cases in younger age groups than in those 50-64 and 65+. The following regions saw significant increases among 19 to 24-year-olds in each month from April to present in October:
NC – Approximately 7 percent of cases in April to approximately 38 percent of cases so far in October;
SE – Nearly 5 percent of cases in April to approximately 19 percent of cases so far in October;
NE – 6 percent of cases in April to approximately 21 percent of cases so far in October;
SW – Approximately 5 percent of cases in April to nearly 12 percent of cases so far in October;
NW – Nearly 7 percent of cases in April to nearly 23 percent of cases so far in October; and
SC – Approximately 7 percent of cases in April to nearly 12 percent of cases so far in October.
In nursing and personal care homes, there are 23,538 resident cases of COVID-19, and 5,210 cases among employees, for a total of 28,748 at 994 distinct facilities in 61 counties. Out of our total deaths, 5,525 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here.
Approximately 11,113 of our total cases are among health care workers.
Currently, all 67 counties are in the green phase of reopening.
Statewide – The Wolf Administration has since noon, Oct. 6:
Provided the latest CMU metrics report.
With Sen. Casey, urged Affordable Care Act protections.
Provided Pennsylvania State Police enforcement data.
The Wolf Administration stresses the role Pennsylvanians play in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.
Clean surfaces frequently.
Stay home to avoid spreading COVID-19, especially if you are unwell.
If you must go out, you are required to wear a mask when in a business or where it is difficult to maintain proper social distancing.
Download the COVID Alert PA app and make your phone part of the fight. The free app can be found in the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store by searching for “covid alert pa.
Updated Coronavirus Links: Press Releases, State Lab Photos, Graphics
Daily COVID-19 Report
Press releases regarding coronavirus
Latest information on the coronavirus
Photos of the state’s lab in Exton (for download and use)
Coronavirus and preparedness graphics (located at the bottom of the page)
Community preparedness and procedures materials
All Pennsylvania residents are encouraged to sign up for AlertPA, a text notification system for health, weather, and other important alerts like COVID-19 updates from commonwealth agencies. Residents can sign up online at www.ready.pa.gov/BeInformed/Signup-For-Alerts.

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PA Safe Gathering Limits Eased

Harrisburg, PA – As Pennsylvanians continue to do their part by adopting healthy behaviors to combat the spread of COVID-19, today Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine amended existing COVID-19 orders to allow for adjusted capacity to gathering limits while keeping in place the proven mitigation tools that include wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.
“Pennsylvanians must continue to social distance and wear masks as we prepare to fight the virus through the fall and winter,” Gov. Wolf said. “Regardless of the size of an event or gathering, those things are still imperative to stopping the spread of COVID. We know everyone has sacrificed in many ways and today’s announcement reflects a gradual adjustment to our lives as we learn how we can do things safely until we have a cure, or an effective vaccine is widely available.”
“We will closely monitor cases and outbreaks and if our case investigation and contact tracing efforts determine that events or gatherings are the source of an outbreak, we can and will dial back these new limits,” Dr. Levine said. “Public health and safety are our first concern and will always remain as such.”
Starting on Friday, Oct. 9 amended orders will allow for venue occupancy limits to play a bigger role in determining the number of people permitted both inside and outside of events or gatherings. An event or gathering is defined as a temporary grouping of individuals for defined purposes that takes place over a limited timeframe, such as hours or days, including fairs, festivals, concerts, or shows and groupings that occur within larger, more permanent businesses, such as shows or performances within amusement parks, individual showings of movies, business meetings or conferences, or each party or reception within a multi-room venue.
Conversely, groups of people who share a space within a building in the ordinary course of operations, such as in an office building, classroom, production floor or similar regularly occurring operation of a business or organization, are not events or gatherings.
All businesses are required to conduct their operations remotely through individual teleworking of their employees in the jurisdiction or jurisdictions in which they do business unless that is not possible. In those instances, employees may conduct in-person business operations, provided that the businesses fully comply with the business safety order, the worker safety order, and the masking order.
The orders amend two sections of the July 15 mitigation orders and include a “maximum occupancy calculator” for both indoor and outdoor events. Based on a venue’s established occupancy limit as defined by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Life Safety Code, venues apply the appropriate percent of occupancy to determine how many attendees are permitted to attend an event or gathering.
Here are the calculators:
Maximum Occupancy Calculator for indoor events:
Maximum Occupancy Allowable Indoor Rate
0-2,000 people 20% of Maximum Occupancy
2,001 – 10,000 people 15% of Maximum Occupancy
Over 10,000 people 10% of Maximum Occupancy up to 3,750 people
Maximum Occupancy Calculator for outdoor events:
Maximum Occupancy Allowable Outdoor Rate
0-2,000 people 25% of Maximum Occupancy
2,001 – 10,000 people 20% of Maximum Occupancy
Over 10,000 people 15% of Maximum Occupancy up to 7,500 people
Venues must require attendees to comply with 6-foot social distancing requirements, to wear masks or face coverings, and to implement best practices such as timed entry, multiple entry and exit points, multiple restrooms and hygiene stations. Venues and event planners can review the CDC Events and Gatherings Readiness and Planning Tool for additional information regarding best practices.
When not hosting events, occupancy restrictions outlined in the green phase of reopening continue to apply to businesses in the commonwealth.
Any gathering restrictions established by local authorities, such as the ones established in Philadelphia and State College, remain in effect.
View the governor’s amended order here.
View the secretary’s amended order here.
View FAQs about the amended orders on safe gatherings.

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Police Pursuit Ends In Fatal Traffic Accident In Lancaster Co.

Monday night’s fatal traffic accident in Lancaster County began as a police pursuit. State Police say they were called to Providence Township just after 8pm for a report of an armed person behaving abnormally. Troopers then learned the suspect had multiple outstanding warrants. But as police tried to capture the man, he drove off. Troopers gave chase until the suspect vehicle crashed at the intersection of Pennsy Road and Route-272. The Coroner’s Office says 48-year old Michael Seese, of New Providence died in the accident.

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PA Voting Registration Deadline Coming Oct-19

Monday October-19th is the deadline for eligible Pennsylvanians to apply for a new voter registration or make changes to an existing one. Ahead of the November-3rd General Election, Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar Tuesday urged residents to check their voter registration status at votesPA.com. The web site also offers printable applications, early in-person voting info, a polling place locator and other details like tips for first-time voters and military and overseas voters. The department also has a toll-free hotline at 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772).

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E-Town Man Charged With Sexually Abusing Girl

An Elizabethtown man is arrested for sexually assaulting a young girl over several years. The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office says 37-year old Jose Perez has been charged with more than a dozen felonies including involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child. Prosecutors say Perez began abusing the girl in 2015 when she was 11-years old and the abuse continued for about 5-years at several locations in Elizabethtown. The suspect is being held in the county prison in lieu of $500,000 bail.

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PA Voter Services Back Online

The Pennsylvania Department of State says online voter services and election applications are now fully operational following an outage that began over the weekend. Multiple commonwealth agencies were impacted by an equipment failure at a data center. Officials say all the data had been backed up. While voters can now access services at votesPA.com, repairs are still being made to other online services for Revenue and Human Services and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

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COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring Dashboard Update for Sept. 24 – Oct. 1

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine today released a weekly status update detailing the state’s mitigation efforts based on the COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard. Updates are released each Monday.
The update includes the following:
Level of community transmission as a basis for the recommendations for Pre-K to 12 schools to determine instructional models.
Data on cases among 5-18-year-olds.
Cases that reported visiting a business among potential locations where exposures may have occurred.
Updated travel recommendations.
The dashboard is designed to provide early warning signs of factors that affect the state’s mitigation efforts. The data available on the early warning monitoring dashboard includes week-over-week case differences, incidence rates, test percent-positivity, and rates of hospitalizations, ventilations and emergency room visits tied to COVID-19. This week’s update compares the period of September 25 – October 1 to the previous seven days, September 18 – September 24.
“Our percent positivity and incidence rate for the commonwealth both increased this week, which serves as a reminder the virus still remains a threat in our communities,” Gov. Wolf said. “We must continue our focus on taking actions to protect ourselves and others, such as wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, washing our hands, avoiding large gatherings, and downloading the COVID Alert PA app. Together, we can unite as Pennsylvanians and work to prevent the spread of the virus.”
As of Thursday, October 1, the state has seen a seven-day case increase of 6,164; the previous seven-day increase was 5,070, indicating a 1,094-case increase across the state over the past week.
The statewide percent-positivity went up to 3.7% from 3.2% last week. Counties with concerning percent-positivity include Centre (9.4%). Northumberland (9.3%), Snyder (7.8%), Lebanon (6.6%), Montour (6.6%), Perry (6.5%), Schuylkill (6.5%), Wayne (6.1%), Lackawanna (6.0%), Indiana (5.9%), and Lawrence (5.4%). Each of these counties bears watching as the state continues to monitor all available data.
Community Transmission
As of Friday’s data, Centre, Northumberland, Montour and Snyder counties were in the substantial level with known sources of outbreaks contributing to community transmission. The departments of Education and Health will speak with school district representatives in each of the four counties to discuss the implications of this level of transmission.
For the week ending October 1, 17 counties were in the low level of transmission, 46 counties in the moderate level, with four with substantial transmission:
Low – Cameron, Clarion, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Forest, Fulton, Greene, Jefferson, Juniata, McKean, Potter, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Venango, Warren, Wyoming
Moderate – Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bradford, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Carbon, Chester, Clearfield, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Fayette, Franklin, Huntingdon, Indiana, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Somerset, Tioga, Union, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland, York
Substantial – Centre, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder
Cases Among 5-18-Year-Olds
The Department of Health is providing weekly data on the number of statewide cases of COVID-19 among 5 to 18-year-olds.
Throughout the pandemic, there have been 10,167 total cases of COVID-19 among 5 to 18-year-olds. Of that total, 615 occurred between September 25 – October 1. For the week of September 18 – September 24, there were 624 cases of COVID-19 among 5 to 18-year-olds.
Cases by demographic group is available on the DOH website.
Business Visits
The Department of Health is providing weekly data on the number of individuals who responded to case investigators that they spent time at business establishments (restaurants, bars, gym/fitness centers, salon/barbershops) and at mass gatherings 14 days prior to the onset of COVID-19 symptoms.
Of the 5,722 confirmed cases reported between September 20 and September 26, 39 percent (2.252) provided an answer to the question as to whether they spent time at a business establishment.
Of those who did provide an answer, 14.4 percent, or 325, answered yes, they visited a business establishment 14 days prior to onset of symptoms:
55 percent (194) of those who said yes reported going to a restaurant;
23 percent (82) of those who said yes reported going to some other business establishment;
12 percent (42) of those who said yes reported going to a bar;
11 percent (39) of those who said yes reported going to a gym/fitness center; and
4 percent (14) of those who said yes reported going to a salon/barbershop.
Of the 5,722 confirmed cases, 40 percent (2,265) answered the question as to whether they attended a mass gathering or other large event. Of the 40 percent, 15 percent (344) answered yes to whether they attended a mass gathering or other large event 14 days prior to onset of symptoms.
Compared to data reported on September 28, this week’s data saw an increase in people going to some other business (28 percent vs. 23 percent) and going to a salon or barbershop (5.5 percent vs. 4 percent). Numbers went down for this week’s data for people who reported going to a restaurant (51 percent vs. 55 percent), and slightly for a gym/fitness center (10.5 percent vs. 11 percent). The number of those who reported going to a bar remained the same (12 percent). The number of those who attended a mass gathering or other large event went up from 11 percent to 15 percent.
On July 13 contact tracers began asking more specific questions on the types of businesses visited and if individuals attended a mass gathering, defined as more than 250 people in attendance outdoors or more than 25 indoors.
The numbers above highlight business settings and mass gatherings as possible sites for transmission. With less than half of those asked about what types of businesses they visited or if they attended a mass gathering responding to the question, the department is reminding Pennsylvanians that it is essential that people answer the phone when case investigators call and to provide full and complete information to these clinical professionals.
Travel Recommendations
Also today, the Department of Health updated its travel recommendations, originally announced on July 2, to add Minnesota, Montana, Nevada and Wyoming and remove Georgia from the list of states recommended for domestic travelers returning from to quarantine for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania.
It is important that people understand that this recommendation is in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania. A concerning number of recent cases have been linked to travel, and if people are going to travel, we need them to take steps to protect themselves, their loved ones and their community, and that involves quarantining.
Gov. Wolf continues to prioritize the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians through the COVID-19 pandemic. Pennsylvanians should continue to take actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, regardless of in what county they live. This includes wearing a mask or face covering anytime they are in public. COVID-19 has been shown to spread easily in the air and contagious carriers can be asymptomatic.

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Lancaster County Fatal Traffic Accident

At least one person is dead following a single vehicle traffic accident in Lancaster County. Lancaster Online reports that the Coroner’s Office responded to the scene near Route-272 and Pennsy Road in Providence Township just after 8:30p Monday. Officials say a driver lost control and went through a guardrail and down an embankment. The identity of the victim is being withheld pending family notification.

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PA Mortgage & Rent Relief Program Extended

Governor Wolf has issued an order extending the application deadline for the state’s mortgage and rent relief assistance program. That’s according to Lancaster Online. Previously, the Governor had said that only the legislature could renew it, but he acted unilaterally. A bill to update the program was headed for a final vote last week but when a state legislator tested positive for COVID- 19, all sessions were canceled through October-19th. Wolf’s order cited his emergency management powers to extend the statutory deadline for landlords and homeowners who are struggling to make payments due to the pandemic until November-4th.

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Choice For York City Police Commissioner Announced

About a week after Osbourne Robinson suddenly told York City’s Mayor that he would resign, a new Police Commissioner has been named. Mayor Michael Helfrich says 45-year old Michael Muldrow has held multiple jobs in law enforcement including 12-years with York City Police. Muldrow, who is the son of a retired York City cop, was a finalist during last years search for a replacement for the retiring Chief Troy Bankert. Captain Daniel Aikey is the Interim Chief. Pending City Council approval, Muldrow will assume his new duties on October-21st.

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Biden To Campaign In Adams County

Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden is expected to make a stop in Gettysburg today. The campaign offered no details on that visit.

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PA State Online Services Affected By Outage

Due to an equipment failure at a data center managed by a contractor, multiple commonwealth agencies, including the Department of State, are experiencing an outage of many online services that began late Saturday. There is no indication at this time of any malicious physical or cyber activity, or that any loss of data has occurred. Among those affected by the outage include online voter registration and the online application for mail ballots. Residents can still download and print the paper voter registration and mail ballot applications. Those without access to a printer can call the department’s toll-free voter hotline, 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772), and request that an application be mailed to them.

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