Latest COVID-19 Numbers

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed an additional 601 coronavirus cases in the state today bringing the statewide total to 119,453. Officials reported three additional deaths. Twenty-one new cases were reported in our area: Blair reported 9 new cases.

Fatal Motorcycle Crash

A motorcycle crash on Sunday has left one dead and another seriously injured.
According to a state police report, the crash occurred after 4 p.m. on Mountain Run Road in Clearfield County when the rider Larry Pentz, 57, along with his passenger veered off the right side of the roadway. The motorcycle rolled and struck a utility pole. Pentz was pronounced dead while the passenger suffered major injuries.

Penn State Star Opts Out of the Season

Penn State All-American linebacker Micah Parsons and two more college stars announced Thursday they are opting out of the coming college football season, which is in doubt because of the coronavirus pandemic, and looking toward the NFL draft. Parsons made his announcement with a social media post. This, as Penn State announced there would be no fans in the stands this season.

Two Additional COVID-19 Deaths in Blair County

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported two more deaths in Blair County related to COVID-19. State health officials reported 15 additional coronavirus-related deaths statewide. The DOH confirmed an additional 758 coronavirus cases in the state today bringing the statewide total to 117,279. Thirty-five new cases were reported in our area: Blair reported 10, Cambria and Clearfield each reported 6,

The New Normal for PA College & High School Sports

Under current conditions, there will be no fans in the stands for Penn State sports this fall, Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Sandy Barbour confirmed in a letter to season ticket holders this morning. Barbour referenced the Wolf administration’s current virus-mitigation guidance which limits large group gatherings to 250 people. Season ticket holders were offered three options: 1. Convert their 2020 Football Season Ticket Purchase into a Tax-Deductible Donation. 2. Rollover to 2021 Football Season Tickets or 3. Request a Full Refund. Also this morning, the Wolf administration is now recommending that there be no sports for the rest of the year. Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said, “The guidance is that we ought to avoid any congregant settings, and that means anything that brings people together and is going to help that virus get us, So, the guidance from us — the recommendation is that we don’t do any sports until January 1.” The PIAA will meet again later this moth.

Latest COVID-19 Numbers

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed an additional 807 coronavirus cases in the state today bringing the statewide total to 116,521. Also a rise in the death toll with state health officials reporting 38 additional coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Pennsylvania’s death toll to 7,282. There were 38 new cases in our area with Blair County leading the way with 14 new cases.

Penn State Schedule Announced

The Big Ten announced a 10-game conference only football schedule today. Penn State will open the 2020 season at home against Northwestern Sept. 5, according to the announcement. The Nittany Lions open preseason practice Friday. Game times will be announced at a later date and season ticket holders will be emailed information regarding the season Thursday morning.

Latest COVID-19 Numbers

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed an additional 705 coronavirus cases in the state TOday bringing the statewide total to 115,714. State health officials reported 12 additional coronavirus-related deaths. Cambria reported 30 new cases, Huntingdon reported 5, Blair reported 3.

PA Elections Officials Want to Send Ballots Early

The Pennsylvania’s state elections agency is asking lawmakers to require counties to distribute mail-in ballots earlier for the 2020 General Election and beyond, based on its review of how the greatly expanded mail-in system performed during the June 2 primary. Current law mandates that mail-in ballots be sent out at least two weeks ahead of election day, although some counties provide them to voters weeks earlier.

Latest COVID-19 Numbers

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed an additional 854 coronavirus cases in the state today bringing the statewide total to 115,009. State health officials reported 23 additional coronavirus-related deaths. Twenty-four new cases were reported in our area: Cambria reported eight; Blair reported five.