LOCAL CORONAVIRUS UPDATES [ONGOING]

LOCAL CORONAVIRUS UPDATES [ONGOING]

At this time, Centre County has 32 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Here is what we know so far, but keep checking back!

Megabus Suspends Pennsylvania Service

Fullington Suspends Pennsylvania Service

Free Kidz Meal Bagz from Sheetz

Kidz Meal Bagz program starts today! Offered daily at select locations, while supplies last. See link for details. https://bit.ly/3bHoNCb

Posted by Sheetz on Thursday, April 2, 2020

Penn State Health Drop Off

Raising Money for Food for Healthcare Workers

Centre County Recycling Update

🚨April 1 Updates from the Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority🚨 The Transfer Station remains open...

Posted by Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority on Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Local Resources

American Foundation For Suicide Prevention

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention reminds you to care for your mental
health in the face of uncertainty:
1. Focus on what is in your control, versus what is not
2. Do what helps you feel a sense of safety.
3. Remind yourself to stay in the present.
4. Stay connected with others.
You can reach the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741 or call the National
Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.
We are in this together, and help is always available.

Centre County Restaurants Open

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Beginning next week, we are going to change the way we distribute meals to our families. Instead of daily pick-ups at three locations, we will be handing out meal kits on Wednesdays only at the High School parking lot. Weekly meal kits will be available for any child age 18 and younger and will have enough food for breakfast and lunch for 5 days. To be clear, meals will continue to be distributed daily through Friday, April 3. Then next week, there will be no meals handed out on Monday or Tuesday; the first weekly pick-up will be Wednesday, April 8. Extra food will be handed out on Friday to help cover when no meals are served on Monday and Tuesday.

Place Your Orders
To facilitate this change, we will need families to place their weekly orders by 8 a.m. each Monday. You are able to customize your orders and pick what suits your family’s preferences. By filling out an order form you will also be guaranteed the meals. Place your orders via this form: https://forms.gle/4BtEWjWAY78Lisjp6. (Find the live link each week at www.scasd.org/schoolmeals)

Walk ups
A limited number of meals will be available for those who did not order ahead of time. However, these meals will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Meal Details
Each lunch kit will include five servings for each child of the chosen entree along with bulk portions of vegetables, fruits and milk. Breakfasts will also be provided in the form of five complete meals, one for each child in the household.

Pickup Procedures
Pickups will be on Wednesdays only from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the State College Area High School North Parking Lot. This lot is located across the street from the main high school building at 653 Westerly Parkway in State College. Upon arrival, families are asked to enter the parking lot via Plaza Drive. Food service staff will then guide you through the process. Children must be present in order for meals to be provided.

If you have no way to pick up your own meals, complete this form. SCASD Student Services will work with you to help meet your needs.

For any other questions or concerns, please reach out to me at mas15@scasd.org or call 814-231-5095.

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(4/1/20) Governor Tom Wolfe has ordered all counties in the commonwealth  to stay at home. Pennsylvania’s counties must now stay home as much as possible to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

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(4/1/20) State College Area School District

Beginning next week, we are going to change the way we distribute meals to our families. Instead of daily pick-ups at three locations, we will be handing out meal kits on Wednesdays only at the High School parking lot. Weekly meal kits will be available for any child age 18 and younger and will have enough food for breakfast and lunch for 5 days. To be clear, meals will continue to be distributed daily through Friday, April 3. Then next week, there will be no meals handed out on Monday or Tuesday; the first weekly pick-up will be Wednesday, April 8. Extra food will be handed out on Friday to help cover when no meals are served on Monday and Tuesday. 

Place Your Orders

To facilitate this change, we will need families to place their weekly orders by 8 a.m. each Monday. You are able to customize your orders and pick what suits your family’s preferences. By filling out an order form you will also be guaranteed the meals. Place your orders via this form: https://forms.gle/4BtEWjWAY78Lisjp6.  (Find the live link each week at www.scasd.org/schoolmeals)

Walkups

A limited number of meals will be available for those who did not order ahead of time. However, these meals will be available on a first come, first served basis. 

Meal Details

Each lunch kit will include five servings for each child of the chosen entree along with bulk portions of vegetables, fruits and milk. Breakfasts will also be provided in the form of five complete meals, one for each child in the household.

Pickup Procedures

Pickups will be on Wednesdays only from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the State College Area High School North Parking Lot. This lot is located across the street from the main high school building at 653 Westerly Parkway in State College. Upon arrival, families are asked to enter the parking lot via Plaza Drive. Food service staff will then guide you through the process. Children must be present in order for meals to be provided.

If you have no way to pick up your own meals, complete this form.  SCASD Student Services will work with you to help meet your needs. 

For any other questions or concerns, please reach out to Megan at mas15@scasd.org or call 814-231-5095.

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The YMCA of Centre County will be handing out bagged food to children 18 and under from 12:00 to 1:00 PM Monday through Friday at the Millheim Fire Company, 103 North Street, Millheim.

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(3/20/20) Bellefonte Intervalley Area Chamber of Commerce COVID 19 Member Impact Statements Received as of 3/20/2020
DINING/CATERING
The Blonde Bistro: Call ahead take out/curbside pickup, weeknight specials & family style dinners to go
Bonfatto’s: Call ahead take out/curbside pick up
Cool Beans Coffee & Tea: Stayed open at first, then decided to close until further notice
The Cakery: Limited selection of baked goods available for curbside pickup; Closed until March 28, 2020
Pizza Mia: Call ahead take out & delivery, price specials, free slice & drink to kids out of school
Big Spring Spirits: Curbside pickup for call ahead bottle sales, same day local deliveries, free direct shipping
to anywhere in PA
Pizza Hut: Open regular business hours for takeout & delivery only

LODGING, B&B’S, CAMPING
Reynolds Mansion: Mike and Tricia Andriaccio reported that Reynolds Mansion is experiencing a near
TOTAL shutdown. They have refunded all reservations for March and April with no new reservations coming in.
Also had to lay off part-time employees

HFL Corporation: All reservations have virtually disappeared due to the ban on traveling & Penn State being
shut down. Reduced staff to a bare minimum but still strive to keep all service levels at full standards with
those still facing lodging, Care & Concern Rate in effect. Less than 5% Occupancy rate at this time. Reached
out to FIMA & the National Guard offering availability in the event of any personal being dispatched & in the
need of lodging in our area.

Best Western Plus, University Park: Vicky Barton with Best Western Plus said that they are continuing to
stay open. There has been a drastic drop in occupancy as travel comes to an almost immediate halt in our
area. Holding intensive meetings and training with the staff to increase cleaning efforts, to ensure surfaces are
safe and sanitized in the hotel at all times and that the staff is informed. They have also implemented a
companywide requirement of prepackaged Grab and Go breakfasts instead of the traditional breakfast buffet.
She stated that she feels these changes are in the guest’s best interest during these unsure times.

Camp BREAC: Statement from Jim at Camp BREAC, “I am very pleased with the services rendered by the
Chamber as I am a new member with a different mission that includes an inn, a veteran and military support
mission and the best practices in conservation. I agree with your suggestion that we support the workers and
businesses involved in hospitality and other business and industry functions. We remain open to do our
support functions and missions under the Governors and CDC guidelines but this emergency really changes
the way we implement the programs. Because we have many at risk folks who help us and that we serve we
are strictly adhering to the social distancing and crowd guidelines. It’s currently working for us. Of course
there is zero revenue to fund this stuff but folks are emailing us and asking what we need. THESE ARE ALL
THE COMMUNITY FOLKS in our area. Call me if you need something from us. You know I am at Camp
Breac #Campbreac every day.”

Bellefonte Intervalley Area Chamber of Commerce COVID 19 Member Impact Statements Received as of 3/20/2020
RETAIL/SHOPPING
Helen Foxx & Company: Joyce is doing video updates on Facebook for viewers to do their shopping virtually
Confer’s Jewelers: Monica teamed up with Joyce from Helen Foxx & Company to do a Spring fashion show
on Facebook, allowing public viewers to purchase items featured in the show.
A Flower Basket: Was offering curb-side-pick-up & no contact delivery; also a special of free box of chocolate
candies delivered with every order up until 3/19/20. Announced Friday, March 20, 2020 closed until further
notice.

COPYING &PRINTING
Grove Printing: Debbie from Grove Printing said that they are open with only 3 people working & had to lay off
3 people. They have lost printing for special events, which have been cancelled. They want people to know
they are open. There will probably be more lost jobs and lost income. She expressed they really don’t get a lot
of foot traffic, but do get a lot of printing jobs for special events, career fairs, church bulletins, which in-person
church services have been cancelled. As expected, Coronavirus is causing a big income loss for them as well.

GOVERNMENT
The Centre County Board of Commissioners & the President Judge of the Centre County Court of Common
Pleas announced Wednesday, March 18, 2020, there will be limited access to of County buildings & offices in
a pre-emptive effort to mitigate the spread of virus. All persons are asked to refrain from visiting County offices.
County offices are operational & functioning; however, contact with County offices should be conducted via
phone, email and any other virtual platforms to transact businesses. County personnel are available to answer
questions & to assist the public with specific directions.

MEDICAL & WELNESS
Bellefonte Family Dentistry: Dr.Richard Miller from Bellefonte Family Dentistry stated due to the
recommendation of the ADA, his dental office (as well as others in the area) have converted to emergency
treatment only for 3 weeks. This means that he will have limited hours, but will be open in case a tooth needs
extracted, patient needs antibiotics, etc. Basically trying to prevent patients from having to go the hospital for
tooth related infections. The shutdown may be extended to more weeks as the situation progresses. It will
have a significant impact on his ability to pay employees, benefits, bills, etc. He said he is hopeful that the
government approves business loans soon so that he can have funds available to help him when the
shutdown ends. He expressed that The Chamber can help by continuing to send out emails keeping them
updated on any availability of support from local to federal entities.

Bellefonte Intervalley Area Chamber of Commerce COVID 19 Member Impact Statements Received as of 3/20/2020
Care For People Plus: JoAnn Knupp said they are updating their line of credit. They already lost $10,000.

Matt Hill from Logan Branch Insurance also stated that his Caterers had to lay off employees since 90% of
their events have been cancelled. Restaurants have lost 70% of their business. He also said that his
Contractors are having trouble getting materials due to kitchen & bath supply stores having to close. Current
work schedules are being postponed until further notice, laying people off as well.

Due to guidelines from Federal Health Officials, Governor Wolfe ordered any gathering of 50 or more people to
be cancelled, which not only effects all of the businesses mentioned above but also any Churches or Religious
Organizations & also state licensed nursing homes, prisons, residential communities, etc.. As per there being a
No-Visitor policy for all such facilities.

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Centre County now has one confirmed case of Covid-19  Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Pennsylvanians have a very important job right now: stay calm, stay home and stay safe. We have seen case counts continue to increase and the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home.”

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(3/20/20) To protect the health of the public and COG employees during the COVID-19 crisis, while maintaining essential functions, the Centre Region Council of Governments (COG) announced that the following measures will take place effective immediately and will continue through at least April 3, 2020:

 •  Public access to the COG building is restricted.  Only visitors dropping off plans or picking up permits at the Code Administration Office. Plan review and inspections for buildings under construction are considered an essential function.  For general questions or to schedule an inspection, please call the Code Agency at 814.231.3056 or email Tammy Strouse, CRCA Office Manager; at TES@crcog.net.  Rental inspections have been suspended through April 3.  

 •  Public access to Centre Region Parks and Recreation is restricted, but a dropbox for
paperwork and is located at 2040 Sandy Drive, State College, Suite A. Additionally, staff is
available by telephone at 814.231.3071 or email at 
crpr@crcog.net.

 •  Refuse customers are asked to place all trash in bags (but not recyclables) and possibly
contaminated materials out of recycling bins.

 •  Room and facility reservations at the above locations have been canceled through April 30. 

 Regional Fire Protection and Centre Region Emergency Management operations are continuing to serve the community during the crisis. 

 The COG is striving to continue to meet the needs of our customers and we will continue to serve customers via telephone and email as much as possible. For further details, please contact us:

 •  Schlow Library: https://www.schlowlibrary.org/  (814.237.6236)

•  Refuse and Recycling Email: recycler@crcog.net  (814.234.7198)

•  Centre Regional Planning Agency Email: jmay@crcog.net  (814.231.3050)

•  COG Administration Email: admin@crcog.net  (814.231.3077)
•  Millbrook Marsh Nature Center Email: 
mmnc@crcog.net  (814.235.7819

•  Active Adult Center Email: activeadults@crcog.net  (814.231.3076)

 As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 crisis and follow recommendations from the CDC and the State of Pennsylvania, these measures may be extended or modified. 

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(3/19/20)  YMCA of Centre County’s Anti-Hunger Program is prepared to help children in need of food while schools are closed due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We realize that many children in our community were dependent on the meals they received at school through the Free/Reduced Lunch Program.

We’ll be setting up drop & go/drive through sites to minimize social contact. Bagged lunches and evening snacks will be provided at each of the sites. Sites will be located in areas that meet USDA eligibility requirements, but we will potentially be adding more as needed.

Feeding sites Monday – Friday

  • Bellefonte YMCA from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
  • Moshannon Valley YMCA from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
  • State College YMCA from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

MORE SITES WILL BE ADDED UPON APPROVAL.

Donations (both food and monetary) are needed to help support the program and can be made in the following ways.

  • Online: https://www.ymcaofcentrecounty.org/support/donate/
  • Mail: YMCA of Centre County Development Office, 677 W Whitehall Road, State College, PA 16801.
  • In-Person: Our four facilities will able to accept donations in-person  from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM Monday through Friday. Doors will likely be locked, but someone will be at the front desk to let you in. (If no one immediately opens the door, try knocking.)

Food items needed are listed below. Items can be dropped off at any of our 4 branches between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM. 

  • Chicken or beef flavored Ramen Noodles *
  • Canned soups – tomato or chicken noodle
  • Canned beef stew
  • Canned chili
  • Mac & Cheese cups *
  • Applesauce cups
  • Fruit cups
  • Pudding cups
  • Boxed cereal
  • Oatmeal packets
  • Nutrigrain/nut-free granola bars *
  • Canned pasta (ex. Chef Boyardee) *
  • Canned tuna
  • Peanut butter
  • Shelf stable milk
  • Bottled water
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Small loaves of bread

Items with a * are foods we are very low on as of 3/18/2020.

It’s important to us to ensure that no one in our community goes hungry during these uncertain times. If you or another family in your community are struggling to put food on the table or if you are willing to provide support of any kind, please contact Mel Curtis at (814) 342-0889 or mcurtis@ymcaocc.org as soon as possible.

We’ll continue to provide updates regarding our Anti-Hunger initiatives as they become available. Thank you in advance for your support.

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(3/18/20) The Centre Co. Board of Commissioners and the President Judge of the Centre County Court of Common Please have announced limited public access of county buildings and offices in a preemptive effort to mitigate the spread of the Covid-19 virus. All persons are asked to refrain from visiting county offices. While county offices are operational and functioning, public contact must be conducted by phone, email and any other virtual platforms to transact essential business. County personnel are available to answer questions and to assist the public with specific directions.

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(03/18/20) The Huntingdon County Commissioners and the Huntingdon County Emergency Management Agency have conducted numerous meetings to address the impact of access to public records and the need to provide safety and security for Huntingdon County employees and members of the general public in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020.
Effective immediately, County Offices will remain open by appointment only.
To set up an appointment, please call the department you would like to see directly. Phone numbers are available on the County website, or you may call the Commissioner’s Office at (814)643-3091 to be directed to the appropriate office. Office numbers will also be posted on the doors of County Buildings.The Commissioners request that everyone entering the County Buildings thoroughly wash and sterilize their hands before conducting any business in County Offices.

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(3/18/20) Starting tomorrow, Giant food store in State College will be open from 6a – 10 p  for employees to clean, and re-stock stock shelves. For those who are 60 and older, you are welcome to shop from 6-7 a.m. daily at all Giant locations

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(3/18/20) Penn State University has suspended in-person classes for the remainder of the semester and also postponed spring commencement. Penn State will announce a schedule for student s to pick up their belongings soon.

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(3/18/20) In response to the COVID-19 situation and the Governor’s directive to close all non-essential facilities and services, all of Centre Region Parks and Recreation’s March and April programs and events have been cancelled, including the annual Easter Egg Hunt, Teen Flashlight Egg Hunt, and Earth Day Birthday.

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The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced that all facilities at state park and forests in Pennsylvania will be closed for 14 days effective March 17 to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The public will still be able to access trails, lakes, forests, roads, and parking areas for passive and dispersed recreation, such as hiking.

“People will have access to state-owned open spaces to continue to enjoy the healthful benefits of recreation and being outdoors,” Dunn said. “However, as part of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts, all of the buildings at state parks and forests including the park and forest offices, and all restrooms will be closed, and all events and public educational programs are canceled.

“We encourage practicing social distancing while enjoying open spaces including avoiding groups and crowds, and visitors should use the bathroom before they leave home,” Dunn said.

Closed facilities include:

  • Park and forest offices and visitor centers
  • Restrooms
  • Campgrounds, cabins and all forms of overnight accommodations
  • Public programs, events, and trainings are canceled

While travel isn’t restricted, the best advice to slow the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home.

To help avoid exposure to COVID-19 and still enjoy the outdoors:

  • Adhere to the social spacing guide (minimum 6 feet) between people and don’t recreate in groups
  • Take hand sanitizer with you and use it regularly
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, and nose
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or flexed elbow
  • If you are sick, stay home

Pennsylvania has 121 state parks, and 20 forest districts.

Information about state parks and forests is available on the DCNR website. Updates also are being provided on DCNR’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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The Wolf Administration strongly urged non-essential businesses across the state to close for at least 14 days to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The governor’s request protects employees, customers, and suppliers and limits the spread of the virus through personal contact and surfaces. Previously the governor designated Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, and Montgomery County as mitigation counties with Allegheny County launching its own mitigation efforts. These efforts will now be expanded commonwealth-wide beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17.

“We strongly urge non-essential businesses across the commonwealth to do their part by temporarily closing as we work to flatten the curve and protect the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians,” said DCED Secretary Dennis Davin. “We understand that businesses are an economic driver throughout Pennsylvania, and a temporary closure will be a financial and community disruptor. DCED is committed to working with the business community to provide helpful resources for financial assistance.”

Non-essential businesses include public-facing industries such as entertainment, hospitality, and recreation facilities, including but not limited to community and recreation centers; gyms, including yoga, barre and spin facilities; hair salons and barber shops, nail salons and spas; casinos; concert venues; theaters; sporting event venues and golf courses; retail facilities, including shopping malls except for pharmacy or other health care facilities within retail operations.

Further, the Governor has ordered that all restaurants and bars close their dine-in facilities to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Businesses that offer carry-out, delivery, and drive-through food and beverage service may continue to do so, but eating and drinking inside restaurants and bars is temporarily prohibited. These businesses offering carry-out, delivery, and drive-through food and beverage should employ social distancing best practices and be aware of the Trump Administration’s guidance to avoid gatherings of 10 or more people.

Essential services and sectors include but are not limited to food processing, agriculture, industrial manufacturing, feed mills, construction, trash collection, grocery and household goods (including convenience stores), home repair/hardware and auto repair, pharmacy and other medical facilities, biomedical and healthcare, post offices and shipping outlets, insurance, banks, gas stations, laundromats, veterinary clinics and pet stores, warehousing, storage, and distribution, public transportation, and hotel and commercial lodging.

Although these businesses may remain open, the Wolf Administration continues to encourage them to employ social distancing practices, and encourages Pennsylvanians to be thoughtful in their visits.

Other businesses, including but not limited to legal services, business and management consulting, professional services and insurance services are encouraged to have employees work remotely or telecommute. If that is not possible, they should employ social distancing best practices and be aware of the Trump Administration’s guidance to avoid gatherings of 10 or more people.

Philadelphia has separately provided guidance for businesses. Businesses in Philadelphia County should follow the city’s guidance.

DCED offers working capital loans that could be of assistance to businesses impacted by COVID-19. Resources and information will be posted to http://dced.pa.gov/resources as they become available. The U.S. Small Business Administration, in addition to local funding partners, may also be a source of assistance for affected businesses.

The Wolf Administration is relying on businesses to act now before the governor or the Secretary of Health finds it necessary to compel closures under the law for the interest of public health, including section 7301 of the Emergency Management Services Code.

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should follow www.governor.pa.gov and www.doh.pa.gov.


Free hot lunch TO GO to all students within Porter Twp (Clinton County) area age 18 and under at the Porter Twp Community Building (the old Elementary school in Lamar) Spring Run Road, Lamar from 11:30am – 1pm March 17-20 and March 23-27.
Please go to the South side door.  Look for signs.
Contact Sharon Schrack 570-660-3912.
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Governor Tom Wolf has extended the shutdown of non-essential government and non-essential businesses for 2 weeks starting at midnight tonight. “This isn’t a decision that I take lightly at all,” he said. “It’s one I’m making because medical experts believe it’s the only way we can prevent our hospitals from being overwhelmed.”

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Free hot lunch TO GO to all students within Porter Twp (Clinton County) area age 18 and under at the Porter Twp Community Building (the old Elementary school in Lamar) Spring Run Road, Lamar from 11:30am – 1pm March 17-20 and March 23-27.
Please go to the South side door.  Look for signs.
Contact Sharon Schrack 570-660-3912.
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(3/16/20) Governor Tom Wolf has extended the shutdown of non-essential government and non-essential businesses for 2 weeks starting at midnight tonight. “This isn’t a decision that I take lightly at all,” he said. “It’s one I’m making because medical experts believe it’s the only way we can prevent our hospitals from being overwhelmed.”

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NOTICE: A1A: THE OFFICIAL & ORIGINAL JIMMY BUFFETT TRIBUTE SHOW is being rescheduled for a later date. The health and safety of our patrons, performers and staff is most important to all of us at the Mishler Theatre, so we are working with JD Promotions to secure a new date. All tickets will be transferred to the new date (when it has been scheduled) and the option of refunds will be given to patrons. Stay tuned for more information as we have it. Thank you for your patience.

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Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s 11th Annual Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run Suspended

Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s 11th annual Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run will no longer take place on April 19th at Penn State University in light of decisions that were made in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Due to growing concerns surrounding COVID-19, Penn State University and the Big Ten Conference have cancelled all conference and non-conference competitions through the end of the academic year; and, Penn State has suspended all athletically-related activities that include the cancellation of the annual Blue-White football game. These new implemented measures will also suspend the annual Beaver Stadium Run, a 5K race and 2 Mile Family Fun Walk that has become a Blue White Weekend tradition.

Serving a population where many are at a heightened risk (age, compromised immune systems, and/or medically fragile), Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) fully understands the University’s decision to place the safety and well-being of its students and employees at the forefront.

As SOPA and its partners navigate this constantly changing environment, it thanks the community for their patience and understanding.

A status update concerning the Beaver Stadium Run will be provided in the coming weeks as SOPA continues to monitor and evaluate the situation. For more information about the Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run, please visit www.StadiumRun.org.

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Governor Wolf Announces Closure of Pennsylvania Schools

3/13/2020, Governor Tom Wolf announced that all K-12 Pennsylvania schools will be closed for 10 business days effective Monday, March 16. The administration has been working with school districts as well as state and local officials to gather input on this decision. The Wolf Administration will continue to monitor Covid-19 in the commonwealth, and at the end of 10 days will reevaluate and decide whether continued closure is needed.

Governor Wolf made the following statement:

We understand that these are trying times and recognize the impact of the coronavirus on our students and communities.

First and foremost, my top priority as governor – and that of our education leaders – must be to ensure the health and safety of our students and school communities.

As such, I am ordering that all schools in the commonwealth close for the next two weeks.

Be aware that no school district will be penalized if it fails to meet the 180 day or school hours requirements.

The Department of Education will work with intermediate units and other stakeholders to support school districts with any continuity of learning plans they may be pursuing.

Also, the Pennsylvania Department of Education announced today that it received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow eligible schools to serve meals to low income students in a non-congregate setting, such as a drive-through or grab and go, during this closure. We will also work with schools to assist them with those plans.

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The Village at Penn State Limiting Visitation

Centre Safe Not Accepting In-Kind Donations

Centre County PAWS Postpones PAWS Bingo

Even though MANY events, schools, and business are shutting down for the safety of the public during this Coronavirus pandemic – there are many places still open. So we need to be safe in these locations, and here is how to do that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Workplace

  • Practice good hygiene
  • Be careful with meetings and travel
  • Handle food carefully

Schools

  • Practice good hygiene
  • Consider rearranging large activities and gatherings
  • Handle food carefully

Home

  • Practice good hygiene
  • Avoid crowding

These are just the MAIN bullet points, but please CLICK HERE for all the details on staying safe.

Courtesy CDC.gov

Here is what we know so far, but keep checking back because we will continue to update this article:

State College Area School District Providing Free Meals to Students

Free meals March 16-20 during SCASD closure

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Schools closed due to the coronavirus are able to provide free meals to all students
through the National School Lunch Program’s Seamless Summer Option. These meals are available for all families and to any child age 18 and younger.

For next week, March 16-20, while schools are not in session, the State College Area School District invites families and caregivers to pick up meals for their children beginning on Monday, March 16. A breakfast and lunch will be provided each day on a first come, first served basis.

Children must be present in order for meals to be provided. Please stay in your car, and meals will be passed through based on the number of children in the car.

Pick up is available Monday through Friday at:

State College High School Bus Loop, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Weis Market Parking Lot, North Atherton Street, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Ashworth Woods Apartments, Boalsburg, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Families who live in Ashworth Woods or very close to the other sites may walk to pick
up their meals but are asked to not congregate at the pick-up site.

Lunches will include sandwiches, fresh vegetables, fruit, milk and a dessert treat. Cereal, yogurt, banana bread, and bagels are some of the items that will be provided for breakfast. Breakfast bags will also include fruit, juice, and milk.

We encourage families to continue to be proactive in reducing the risk of coronavirus by not congregating at the pick-up site once meals have been distributed, continuing to wash your hands often, sneezing or coughing into a tissue, and staying home if you are sick.

Contact the State College Area School District Food Service Department at 814-231-5095 or mas15@scasd.org if you have questions about this service or if you need to make arrangements for medically necessary meal accommodations.

Sincerely,

Megan Schaper
Food Service Director

Penn State Cancels Blue-White Game

Big Ten Cancels All Upcoming Competition For This Academic Year

Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament Cancelled – Including the Penn State Men’s Basketball Game

Bellefonte Area School District Remains Open

To all members of the Bellefonte Area School District.

March 11, 2020

Dear BASD Families and Community,

Messages/information about the COVID-19 virus continues to be widely reported by the media. The matter is certainly complex and none of us can accurately predict the likely duration and full impact of the virus. We are monitoring the Coronavirus situation closely and are making the necessary preparations incase the COVID-19 becomes more prevalent in our community.

Numerous efforts to prevent or decrease the spread of the virus continue to be taken in all of our schools. Our nursing staff will continue to observe and monitor the health status of all students. Nurses have been instructed to remain diligent in terms of sending students home who show signs of illness in addition to communicating with families. Custodial staff in every building will also continue to ensure facilities are ean and all frequently touched surfaces are sanitized on a daily basis.

While several colleges, universities, or private schools in our area may develop alternative plans for learning, we will remain open at this time. It is possible that we may need to close schools temporarily if it appears the coronavirus has affected our community in a significant way. Pedro Rivera, the Secretary of Education, has advised school districts that any missed days of school will need to be made up according to existing regulations.

We can guarantee that all decisions regarding the possible closing of schools will be made with the best interests of students in mind in consultation with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and can assure you that our first priority is to maintain the safety and well being of all students and staff. We will continue to keep you updated with new information as it becomes available.

Respectfully,
Michelle Saylor, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Penn State Athletics Taking Precautions for their upcoming games

courtesy gopsusports.com

  • All Penn State home competitions and practices will occur as originally scheduled.
  • Attendance at all Penn State home athletic events will be limited (for both Penn State and its opponents) to:
    • Essential personnel as designated by Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics;
    • Participating student-athletes, coaches and staff;
    • Families of participating student-athletes, coaches and staff;
    • Media;
    • Penn State recruits.

State College Area School District to Close March 16th-March 20th

CATABUS Operates at a Reduced Schedule

The State College Downtown Improvement District Releases a Statement About Travel

Penn State released an announcement that all classes will be held remotely beginning March 16 due to the coronavirus outbreak. The University will remain open to faculty and staff at this time. We are in communication with Penn State and the Borough of State College and will continue to monitor the situation. At this time, there are no restrictions on commerce or travel within the area. We will continue to update you on the situation as we know more. In the meantime, the links below will provide information you may find useful.

Also, CLICK HERE for specific information provided by the State College DID to stay safe in our area.

Courtesy State College DID

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