Gov. Wolf Announces Violence Date Dashboard

Governor Tom Wolf announced Monday that the Department of Health has launched a Violence Data Dashboard to collect data on the scope, frequency, geography and populations affected by violence in Pennsylvania. The creation of the dashboard was a mandate in the Governor’s 2019 Executive Order to Reduce Gun Violence. The governor’s executive order will collect and provide data on the scope, frequency, locations, and populations affected by violence, including data on the number of victims of gun violence, rates at which gun violence occurs in locations, and contributory factors. For more information on violence from a public health perspective, visit www.health.pa.gov.

Latest COVID-19 Numbers

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has confirmed 565 new cases of COVID-19 in the state today, bringing state totals to 114,155. According to the DOH, no additional COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, keeping the total at 7,209. A total of 1,660, cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in our Central Pennsylvania region. Our region shows 26 more than yesterday.

Latest COVID-19 Numbers

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed an additional 970 coronavirus cases in the state today bringing the statewide total to 112,048. State health officials reported 13 more coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Pennsylvania’s death toll to 7,189 . Thirty-two new cases were reported in our viewing area: Cambria reported 11, Clearfield reported 9, Centre reported 4, Blair and Somerset each reported 3.

Gov. Wolf says Schools are Not Closing

Gov. Tom Wolf took to Twitter today to respond to rumors that he’d be announcing a statewide school closure this fall. Wolf said, “I want to be clear: I am not closing school buildings or cancelling classes.” Wolf added that school governing boards and administrators will decide when and how their schools reopen. He said the best way to find out about the local decisions, is to contact your school board or administrators. Earlier this month, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Department of Education Secretary Pedro Rivera announced updated guidance to help PA schools safely reopen for in-person learning.

Contact Tracing App Coming to PA

A contact-tracing app that was downloaded by one-fifth of Ireland in 36 hours might undergo a pilot project in Pennsylvania that could go live in the coming weeks as part of an effort to more quickly contain coronavirus outbreaks by notifying people who may have been exposed, according to state Health Department officials Wednesday. Department personnel are working with researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to figure out how to use the app in Pennsylvania.

Third COVID-19 Death in Blair County

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed an additional 860 coronavirus cases in the state today bringing the statewide total to 111,078. Blair County also reported its third death. The Department of Health reported 17 less cases in Centre County after some tests were found to be invalid. There were 14 new cases in our area.

PA Bar & Restaurant Owners say They’ve Been Singled Out

Pennsylvania bar and restaurant owners said Tuesday they have been unfairly blamed for rising virus case numbers, challenging the Wolf administration to provide evidence and blasting the Democratic governor anew over pandemic restrictions they say will drive many of them out of business. Wolf cited rising infection rates in some hot spots when he imposed a new round of restrictions on bars and restaurants two weeks ago. Occupancy was reduced from 50% to 25% capacity, and alcohol can only be served with meals.

Latest COVID-19 Numbers

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed an additional 834 coronavirus cases in the state today bringing the statewide total to 110,218. State health officials reported 16 more coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Pennsylvania’s death toll to 7,162 . Twenty-two new cases were reported in our area: Blair report 8.

Little Free Libraries in Blair County

The Blair County Chamber of Commerce is assisting the Altoona Area School District through its Leadership Blair County (LBC) Alumni program in creating eight “Little Free Libraries” in eight elementary school neighborhoods. Donations can be dropped off between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. from Aug. 3 – 28 at the chamber office at 3900 Industrial Park Drive, Altoona.

Latest COVID-19 Numbers

The Pennssylvania Department of Healh reports 1,120 new coronavirus cases in PA and 24 more deaths as of this afternoon. That brings the statewide case total to 109,384. Forty-five new cases were reported in our area today, with Blair County reporting 15 of those.