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Series: Coronavirus | Story 14

Last updated 3/25/2020 at 3:54pm

This page contains updates of events and businesses affected by the coronavirus and local, state and federal orders. The Herald will post information to this site as it becomes available. Please check back often for updated information.

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AKC offers advice for canine companions

Everyone is uncertain, but one thing for sure is that our dogs are right there with us. If you’re going stir crazy and are looking for things to do with your dog while quarantined at home, the AKC is here to help. We have resources, ideas, advice, and fun things to do to help dog owners deal with this crisis. From training to tricks to puppy videos to ease your mind. We are here for you!

Check out our resource page: https://www.akc.org/dog-owners/coronavirus-covid19-outbreak-resources-dog-lovers/

DO NOT CALL 911 TO REPORT A BUSINESS NOT COMPLYING WITH THE GOVERNOR'S ORDER

The closure of non-life sustaining businesses is a measure that has been taken to control the spread of a communicable disease, COVID-1, and has been ordered by the Governor and the Secretary of Health. The closures are enforceable through criminal penalties, under the Disease Control and Prevention Law of 1955 and the Administrative Code of 1929.

Concerned citizens wishing to report non-compliant businesses should contact their local law enforcement agency's non-emergency number or the nearest Pennsylvania State Police station.

It is very important that 911 ONLY BE CALLED FOR LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCIES.

Consumer Reports: How to Protect Yourself Against Coronavirus When Pumping Gas

Pump handles and keypads can be contaminated, so take precautions to avoid exposure

Your best protection overall is to wash your hands properly on a regular basis and to refrain from touching your face with unwashed hands. But there are a few things you can do that will help you stay safe when you have to pump gas. Consumer Reports' auto experts suggest several ways to approach this task:

• Consider carrying some disposable nitrile or latex gloves in your car to use when gripping the pump handle. Short of that, you can try to use paper towels that are sometimes available at the pump or have some with you to cover your hands when you grip the handle.

• Do the same to isolate yourself from the keypad when entering payment information.

• Invert the gloves and throw them away, and also any paper towels you might have used. Use hand sanitizer to make sure your hands are clean after you're done and before you get back into your car.

• Cleaning your hands after you're done seems like the quickest, easiest precaution. But some drivers might want to have disinfectant wipes handy for wiping down the gas pump handle and the payment keypad before pumping.

"This process ensures that I'm not inadvertently transferring the virus from a high-touch surface like a gas pump to my vehicle's door handle, and from there into the interior," says Gabriel Shenhar, associate director of CR's auto test program.

For more details, click here:

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-how-to-protect-yourself-against-coronavirus-when-pumping-gas/

COVID-19 and Blair County Operations Beginning March 23, 2020

The Blair County Board of Commissioners declared a disaster emergency effective March 15, 2020, in order to expedite activities related to emergency response due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) and to allow for federal funding to reimburse County costs related to the virus.

Multiple federal and state edicts have also required numerous changes and closures. The most recent order came late March 20 from Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and set in motion the closure of all businesses identified as non-life-sustaining. Functions within county governments qualify for exceptions to the closure order, and many functions are also life-sustaining. Despite this, in the interest of public and employee safety and in order to comply with the governor's order, certain other county functions will cease until it is determined that they are permitted to resume.

Consequently, the Board of Commissioners has determined that there will be reduced staffing in all county offices. Staffing will be limited to essential personnel as determined by the commissioners, department heads, elected officials, Human Resources, and the directives of state and federal officials. While the hope is that this reduction in staffing is temporary in duration, it will last as long as required. The pace with which information and regulations are changing regarding COVID-19 makes the situation nearly impossible to pin down. Uncertainty is a regrettable companion for us all at this point; the situation will remain extremely fluid.

The reductions in staff are in effect until further notice.

The orders apply to all employees of Blair County, including those covered under a collective bargaining agreement, and are subject to change based on evolving updates from DOH, CDC, and federal and state agencies.

Please note: These changes do not apply to county departments subject to state-mandated staffing requirements or which are otherwise safety-essential, such as public safety, corrections, or law enforcement positions. In order to ensure proper sanitation efforts, the county may also need to designate maintenance/custodial/trades staff as essential at some point. Further, anticipated presumptive and confirmed cases of COVID-19 will require a rotation of staff.

GAME COMMISSION SHOOTING RANGES CLOSED

The Pennsylvania Game Commission March 20 announced it is closing all shooting ranges on state game lands, effective immediately, until further notice.

The closure includes rifle, shotgun, pistol, and archery ranges.

Given Gov. Tom Wolf's March 19 updated guidance to help control the spread of COVID-19, the Game Commission will not have the staffing to service these ranges, which require routine maintenance. Additionally, many of these ranges can become very crowded and represent a potential risk to the spread of COVID-19.

To further mitigate the impact of COVID-19, the agency has closed its buildings to the public and postponed in-person Hunter-Trapper Education classes. However, hunters 11 years old and up now can take the online Hunter-Trapper Education class and all fees typically associated with the online course are waived through March 30.

The Game Commission maintains about 30 shooting ranges on game lands statewide. The ranges ordinarily can be used during regular hours by anyone with a valid hunting or furtaker license, or shooting-range permit.

While it's not known when the ranges will reopen, the decision to reopen the ranges will be announced by a future news release.

Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans said, "We know the ranges are popular, and we know this announcement will cause disappointment among those who use these ranges, but our No. 1 priority, at this time, is public health and we are encouraging people to stay home and heed all state and federal safety precautions."

Pennsylvania's 1.6 million acres of state game lands still are open for public access, at this time. All seasons and bag limits still are in effect. The Game Commission's state game wardens and dispatchers are considered essential employees and are still working and responding to wildlife emergencies and more. Calls can still be placed to the region offices; visit this page for a list of phone numbers: http://bit.ly/2IRr6q8.

For the latest information about COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, please visit the Department of Health's website: http://www.health.pa.gov.

"We encourage everyone to continue to take precautionary measures during this time and to continue to be safe and responsible as we get through the next few weeks together," Burhans said.

REVISION TO License to Carry Application process - Blair County Sheriff's Department

After a lengthy discussion and valuable input from several constituents, I have reconsidered my stance on the suspension of LTC applications. Discussions regarding the COVID 19 virus remain ongoing and constantly changing.

It is evident this pandemic will affect us for a much longer period of time than was originally believed. I do not want to infringe upon anyone's Constitutional or Second Amendment Rights, or ability to defend themselves or family. That being said, my office will accept applicants by appointment only.

This process will take effect on Monday, March 23, 2020. Please make your appointment by calling 814.693.3100. We will do our absolute best to schedule you as soon as possible. Again, we are taking the health and safety of our community into consideration.

I apologize for any confusion this may have caused but believe this compromise will be beneficial.

As always, God bless and thank you for your support during this crisis.

Sincerely,

Sheriff James E. Ott

Appeals Process Created for Business Impacted by Wolf Shutdown

Businesses Affected by COVID-19 Can Apply for Disaster Loans

State Sen. Judy Ward (R-30) is working to reduce the impact of Governor Wolf's order for all non-life-sustaining businesses to close. A list of business types that would be affected by this order is available at http://www.pasenategop.com/covid-19-resources.

Any company that believes they should be considered a life-sustaining-business can apply for a waiver at this email address: [email protected]

Business owners can address questions about whether they need to close by emailing [email protected]

Sen. Ward is also encouraging businesses and non-profits who have suffered economic losses during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak to consider applying for low-interest loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Loans are available through SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, which helps businesses that are unable to meet financial obligations and operating expenses during an emergency situation. Loan amounts are calculated based on the actual economic injury and a company's financial needs.

Additional information is available by contacting SBA's disaster assistance customer service center by calling (800) 659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mailing [email protected]

LETTER TO BLAIR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEMBERS

Business Closings

Governor Wolf's mandate that Pennsylvania businesses that are not considered "life sustaining" must endure a shutdown has created a number of questions from our members regarding how to proceed.

The governor's order went into effect on Thursday night but enforcement of the order begins on Saturday, March 21st.

To determine what is considered a life sustaining business, you can download a pdf list at:

https://www.governor.pa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/20200319-Life-Sustaining-Business.pdf

Businesses that would like to seek a waiver and remain open should contact the state at:

[email protected]

If you're unsure if your business needs to close, you can contact:

[email protected]

The Blair County Chamber Office is closed until further notice. We will continue to send relevant information to our members as well as updating our website and social media platforms.

Feel free to contact us at:

Joe Hurd [email protected]

Judy Juda [email protected]

Linda Stotler [email protected]

Stacy Hoover [email protected]

Cindy Cessna [email protected]

Jessie Covert [email protected]

State Police to Assist in Enforcement of Closure of Non-Life-Sustaining Businesses, Encourages Compliance

Enforcement action began at 8:00 a.m., Monday, March 23

Colonel Robert Evanchick, commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), issued the following statement today on the agency's enforcement of Governor Tom Wolf's order closing physical locations of non-life-sustaining businesses:

"The priority of the Pennsylvania State Police is protecting lives and maintaining order in the commonwealth. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic, troopers and liquor control enforcement officers are prepared to ensure compliance with Governor Wolf's order.

"Private businesses, organizations, and other noncompliant entities face possible criminal penalties under the Administrative Code of 1929, 71 P.S. § 1409 and/or the Pennsylvania Disease Prevention and Control Law of 1955, 35 P.S. § 521.20(a). Both violations are summary offenses punishable by fines and even jail time. Violators may also be subject to additional administrative penalties under certain circumstances.

"We believe most Pennsylvanians want to act responsibly and do their part to help slow the spread of this deadly virus. Troopers and liquor control officers will make every effort to achieve voluntary compliance by educating business owners and using discretion when appropriate. But our message is clear: COVID-19 is a serious health and public safety risk that requires an extraordinary response from law enforcement and the public. I urge everyone to stay home, stay calm, and stay safe."

The governor has directed the following state agencies and local officials to enforce the closure orders to the full extent of the law:

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board

Department of Health

Department of Agriculture

Pennsylvania State Police

Local officials, using their resources to enforce closure orders within their jurisdictions

The Wolf administration has provided all local law enforcement with enforcement guidance that mirrors PSP's.

To report a noncompliant business, contact your local law enforcement agency's non-emergency number or the nearest PSP station. Please do not call 911 to file reports.

For more information on the Pennsylvania State Police, visit psp.pa.gov.

PENNSYLVANIA MILK MARKETING BOARD ISSUES OVER-ORDER PREMIUM ORDER

At a March 19, 2020, Special Sunshine Meeting held via teleconference the Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board adopted Official General Order A-1005, establishing an over-order premium of $1.00 per hundredweight effective April 1, 2020. The current over-order premium order was set to expire on March 31, 2020, making it critically important to the Commonwealth's dairy industry that the Board issue the new order.

"In these unprecedented times the PMMB feels continuity is important," observed Chairman Rob Barley.  "We met as a Board today by teleconference to approve the over-order premium.  This ensures our Pennsylvania dairy farmers continue to receive the premium consumers pay for quality Pennsylvania milk."

Importantly, as noted by Secretary Carol Hardbarger, "the Board, under Governor Wolf's direction, is conducting 'business as usual,' and diligently working to respond to industry needs during this critical time."

The over-order premium fuel adjuster established by Official General Order A-999 also remains in effect.

The National Park Service Units in Western Pennsylvania Update

The National Park Service (NPS) Units of Western Pennsylvania which include Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, Flight 93 National Memorial, Fort Necessity National Battlefield,

Friendship Hill National Historic Site and Johnstown Flood National Memorial are announcing that all five parks gates will be closed until further notice. Following the guidance of Pennsylvania Governor Wolf and in the spirit of cooperation and concern for public health all five NPS park units in Western Pennsylvania will be closed entirely.

Updates about NPS operations will be posted on http://www.nps.gov/coronavirus. Please check with individual parks websites and social media for specific details about park operations at http://www.nps.gov

CONEMAUGH NASON UPDATE

3/19/2020

We've made some updates to our information page at http://www.conemaugh.org/coronavirus.

Most significantly, see the excerpt below:

In accordance with recent guidance from CDC and HAP we have made the difficult, but necessary, decision to reschedule elective and non-urgent cases for at least 30 days when deemed clinically appropriate. Patients whose appointments are being rescheduled are being notified, and procedures will be rescheduled as soon as feasible. We are continuing to schedule new cases at the discretion of the provider.

Importantly, rescheduling elective and non-urgent cases:

• Conserves essential personal protective equipment (PPE) for our frontline staff members;

• Conserves hospital and ICU beds, supplies and other resources; and

• Ensures we will have all necessary personnel available to support our sickest patients.

WISE Women of Blair County TRIBUTE Annual Dinner Re-scheduled

Due to the Corona -19 virus and the Commonwealth's quarantine, the WISE Women Board of Directors has re-scheduled the Annual WISE Women Tribute dinner to September 16, 2020 at The Casino at 6pm. We don't' want to put the public, our fabulous Honorees and our WISE members at risk for this virus. If you have already paid for the dinner can cannot attend the September 16th dinner, please contact Tami Hinish, our Tribute Coordinator, at [email protected] or by phone at 814-822-0332. Thank you for your understanding during this challenging pandemic.

To all Blair County citizens concerning license to carry permits

I have made the decision to suspend processing of applications for license to carry (LTC) effective today at 3:30pm. This is in an effort to reduce the risk of exposure to the COVID 19 Virus within the Blair County Courthouse. I tentatively plan to resume services on Monday, April 6, 2020, barring any further spread or restrictions relative to the virus.

As a community leader, my primary responsibility is not only the safety of my employees but the community as a whole. With that being said, as your Sheriff I truly respect and honor your Constitutional Rights and Second Amendment. Given the current situation and potential risk(s) involved the members of my office and I believe this decision is in the best interest to all involved.

For individuals concerned they would be in violation of conceal carrying without a valid licensed IF their LTC expired, they would be covered based the following exception:

Under Title 18, section 6106 Firearms not to be carried without a license. Subsection(b)(12)exceptions:A person who has a lawfully issued license to carry a firearm pursuant to section 6109 (relating to licenses) and that said license expired within six months prior to the date of arrest and that the individual is otherwise eligible for renewal of the license.

I have been in countless meetings all week with county row officers, department heads, judges, and staff members. I want you to know without a doubt, your County Officials are working diligently to do everything they can to serve not just the employees, but every citizen in Blair County. I am extremely proud of the tremendous group of people I work with, which of course includes my office staff and deputies.

They all deserve my praise and they are aware of how important it is to serve you, as the public, with the utmost respect and courtesy. We are asking you to share this information so we can reach as many Blair County residents as possible.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to call us.

Thank you and God bless, Sheriff James E. Ott

BLAIR COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS AND RECORDER OF DEEDS

DUE TO THE COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) THE BLAIR COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS & RECORDER OF DEEDS OFFICES ARE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC AS OF 8 AM MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2020 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

*RECORDER OF DEEDS OFFICE will process documents via e-recordings, United States Postal Service, UPS and Federal Express. If you have a specific need regarding a recording, you may contact the office at 814-693-3095. Please see our website for instructions on e-filing through our approved e-recording vendors.

THERE IS NO PUBLIC ACCESS TO SEARCH DOCUMENTS IN THE OFFICE AT THIS TIME. Documents from 1942 to present are available online by visiting our remote access program at HYPERLINK "http://WWW.LANDEX.COM/WEBSTORE" http://www.landex.com/webstore.

*REGISTER OF WILLS OFFICE will temporarily probate an estate on an emergency need basis and by appointment only, via FaceTime, Skype or alternate online options. Please call the office at 814-693-3095 to schedule an appointment. Original documents must be received by us prior to your appointment for the above.

All inheritance tax payments mailed to us must include a complete copy of the statement received from the Department of Revenue, the estate file number and the name of the decedent. Your receipt will be mailed to you through the United States Postal Service.

*Additionally, there is a drop off box for documents at the front door of the main entrance of the courthouse. They must be in a sealed envelope marked "Register/Recorder's Office" with a check or money order (NO CASH), along with a self-addressed stamped envelope for return of your documents/receipt. The drop off box will be available from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please be sure to include your contact information.

*NOTARY COMMISSIONS: The PA Department of State has informed us that notary deadlines will be extended by operation of law to the next business day for the Recorder's Offices that are closed as ordered by the Governor, Secretary of Health and/or County officials. Long term closures will result in long term extensions. (If your notary stamp has expired you should not be notarizing documents.)

The National Park Service Units in Western Pennsylvania Update

The National Park Service (NPS) Units of Western Pennsylvania which include Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, Flight 93 National Memorial, Fort Necessity National Battlefield, Friendship Hill National Historic Site and Johnstown Flood National Memorial are announcing that all five parks gates will be closed until further notice. Following the guidance of Pennsylvania Governor Wolf and in the spirit of cooperation and concern for public health all five NPS park units in Western Pennsylvania will be closed entirely.

Non-Life-Sustaining Businesses Ordered Closed

All non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania to close their physical locations as of 8 p.m. today, March 19, to slow the spread of COVID-19. Enforcement actions against businesses that do not close physical locations will begin at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 21.

Pennsylvania Department of Education Cancels Statewide Assessments

Country Store Tour (April 2, 3, 4) - Postponed until further notice

Village at Morrisons Cove - annual Easter egg hunt April 4 - Canceled

Blair County Christian Singles – March 20 event in Roaring Spring – canceled

The National Park Service Units in Western Pennsylvania are Modifying Operations to Implement Latest Health Guidance

The National Park Service (NPS) Units of Western Pennsylvania which include Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, Flight 93 National Memorial, Fort Necessity National Battlefield,

Friendship Hill National Historic Site and Johnstown Flood National Memorial are announcing modifications to operations to implement the latest guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing. As of March 17, 2020, the visitor centers of each park unit are closed until further notice.

What is open:

Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site

Trails, Picnic Area, Staple Bend Tunnel, Restrooms

Flight 93 National Memorial

Trails, Tower of Voices, Flight Path, Memorial Plaza, Wall of Names, Restrooms

Fort Necessity National Battlefield

Trails, Fort Grounds and Battlefield, Restrooms

Friendship Hill National Historic Site

Trails, Restrooms

Johnstown Flood National Memorial

Trails, North and South Abutment, Picnic Area, Restrooms

Allegheny Portage Railroad NHS News Release

Release date: Immediate

Contact: Elizabeth Shope 814-449-4125

Summit Level Hike Cancelled on Saturday, March 28, 2020

Due to the ongoing risk of the novel coronavirus (Covid 19) and recent guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local and state authorities to promote social distancing, the Summit Level Anniversary Hike to commemorate the opening of the Allegheny Portage Railroad on Saturday, March 28, 2020 is cancelled.

Bedford County Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Updates

>The Chamber of Commerce is here to support the business community of the Bedford County region through these challenging circumstances and uncharted waters.

We will make every effort to continue to provide information of value and interest.

Please be advised that per CDC guidelines, we are canceling or postponing all events related to gatherings of 10 people or more for the next eight weeks, including:

Business at Breakfast (Coronavirus Program)

Government: It's Your Business meal programs

First Thursday Networking Breakfast

Business After Hours

Home Garden & Lifestyle Show (New Date to Be Announced ASAP)

We are planning educational and informational opportunities for our members utilizing technology - announcements on these programs will be forthcoming as information becomes available. (Check email, our website and social media platforms for updates.)

As of March 17th, the Chamber office is closed to public walk-ins, but our team is available either on-site or while working remotely to provide services as needed (bulk mail, marketing, information, etc.)

March 26 Meeting of the Martinsburg Business & Professional Women's Club – canceled

Country Store Tour (April 2,3,4) - Postponed until further notice

Bedford County CHAMBER EVENTS POSTPONED, CANCELLED OR REDESIGNED due to COVID-19 concerns

Please be advised that per CDC guidelines, we are canceling or postponing all events related to gatherings of 10 people or more for the next eight weeks, including:

Business at Breakfast (Coronavirus Program)

Government: It's Your Business meal programs

First Thursday Networking Breakfast

Business After Hours

Home Garden & Lifestyle Show (New Date to Be Announced ASAP)

We are planning educational and informational opportunities for our members utilizing technology - announcements on these programs will be forthcoming as information becomes available. (Check email, our website and social media platforms for updates.)

As of March 17th, the Chamber office is closed to public walk-ins, but our team is available either on-site or while working remotely to provide services by appointment as needed (bulk mail, marketing, information, etc.)

For immediate assistance, please call the Chamber office at 814-623-2233

Plant a Tree at Flight 93 Rescheduled for April 2021

The National Park Service leadership announced the decision to move 'Plant a Tree at Flight 93' to spring 2021 in response to the novel coronavirus (Covid 19). The tree planting was scheduled to take place in late April at Flight 93 National Memorial.

"The health and safety of visitors, employees, and volunteers has always been a top priority, and this measure is for their protection," said Flight 93 National Memorial Superintendent Stephen M. Clark.

Reforestation tree planting will resume in April 2021.To date, volunteers have assisted with planting 129,918 native tree seedlings over 167 acres at Flight 93 National Memorial toward reaching the final goal 150,000 seedlings.

The Flight 93 partnership remains very grateful to the volunteers, supporters and conservation partners who make this important program possible each year. We want to thank the following partners whose support will help make this event possible in 2021: the American Chestnut Foundation, Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative (ARRI), Green Forests Work, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Law Enforcement, and DCNR Bureau of Forestry, Somerset Trust Company, Roy A. Hunt Foundation, and the UPS Foundation.

 

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