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US begins ‘warp speed’ vaccine push as studies ramp up

Coronavirus

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump vowed to use “every plane, truck and soldier” to distribute COVID-19 vaccines he hopes will be ready by year’s end — even as the country’s top scientists gear up for a master experiment to rapidly tell if any really work. Trump on Friday ...

Most US states fall short of recommended testing levels

Coronavirus

WASHINGTON (AP) — As businesses reopened Friday in more of the U.S., an overwhelming majority of states still fall short of the COVID-19 testing levels that public health experts say are necessary to safely ease lockdowns and avoid another deadly wave of outbreaks, according to an Associated ...

Wolf ‘willing to hear local officials out’

Local News

LEWISTOWN — Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, during her Thursday news conference, expressed a willingness for the state to discuss a county’s reopening status with that county’s health officials, a stance that was later reiterated by Gov. Tom Wolf on a conference call ...

Snyder County reports second COVID death

Coronavirus

Snyder County reported a second death related to COVID-19 on Friday. According to numbers reported by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Snyder County has remained at 33 cases with 291 negative tests. For Snyder County, it marks the 20th consecutive day its total has been at 33. ...

JCSD to see tax increase to the state index

Local News

MIFFLINTOWN – Residents of Juniata County School District will see a tax increase to the state index – 3.4 percent – if the board of directors takes action on a final budget as it stands. The school district’s board of directors on Thursday approved a $40.4 million proposed budget for ...

Huntingdon Co. reaches 200 total COVID-19 cases

Local News

From staff reports Huntingdon County reached 200 total cases of COVID-19 on Thursday after the county added three new positive tests, according to the latest numbers released by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Huntingdon County, which has dealt with the state’s worst prison outbreak ...

Local COVID-19 cases by ZIP code

Local News

(Editor’s note: For ZIP codes that have at least one positive, but less than five, the Pennsylvania Department of Health does not provide an exact number for patient privacy reasons.) 17002 (Allensville): 0 17004 (Belleville): 1-4 17009 (Burnham): 1-4 17014 (Cocolamus): 0 17021 (East ...

2 high school seniors earn service awards

Local News

LEWISTOWN — Each spring, the Rotary Club of Lewistown presents the Service Above Self Award to outstanding seniors from county public and private high schools. The awards are given to young people who share the spirit of Rotary’s commitment to serving their communities in ways that put ...