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Pennsylvania Department of Corrections confirms first case of inmate with coronavirus

Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel today announced that the agency has its first inmate with a positive test for COVID-19. “An inmate at SCI Phoenix (Montgomery County) with …

Do you know this man? Hummelstown police need help identifying suspect in robbery try at 7-Eleven

The Hummelstown Police Department is seeking help from the public to identify a suspect in an attempted robbery of a female customer at the 7-Eleven at 32 N. Hanover. St. on Sunday. The department …

WellSpan Health patient who was being treated for coronavirus dies

A WellSpan Health patient, who had tested positive for COVID-19 and was being treated for the disease, has died. “To protect the privacy of this patient, we will not be releasing any …

Gov. Wolf requests major disaster declaration from Trump through FEMA for additional support for Pa.

Gov. Tom Wolf on Sunday requested a major disaster declaration from President Donald Trump through the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide additional support for state, county …

Sen. Toomey supports 'Masks4All' movement as way to slow spread of coronavirus

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, is urging residents of the state to cover their mouths and noses when they must venture out of their homes. In a video Toomey posted to social media Saturday …

Secretary Levine: Here's how to get better, build immunity if you have mild coronavirus symptoms

State Department of Health Secretary Rachel Levine gave specifics Sunday as to how to recover from the coronavirus if you have mild symptoms. So how are Pennsylvanians getting better? “No …

Pennsylvania coronavirus cases increase by more than 600; another death in Lancaster County

There are 649 new cases of the coronavirus in Pennsylvania, according to numbers released Sunday by the state Department of Health, and 4 more deaths — one in Lancaster County. There are now …

State to distribute food to those affected financially by coronavirus, waiving eligibility verification

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has received permission to operate a Disaster Household Distribution program, through The Emergency Food Assistance Program, to provide food supplies to …
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What changes are coming to trout season because of coronavirus? Can I still fish during the pandemic?

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has made several changes to the 2020 trout season because of the coronavirus pandemic, in an effort to protect the safety of the public and staff, while …

Blue Raider Guckavan’s swimming quest at states on hold, might not happen this year

By Jason Maddux jasonmaddux@pressandjournal.com Middletown Area High School sophomore Gavin Guckavan will have to wait to participate in his first PIAA state swim meet. The question is, for …

Penn State building new turf field, will be home to men's and women's soccer and provide practice space

Penn State Harrisburg is set to add to its athletic facilities with the construction of a new multipurpose turf field adjacent to the Education Activities Building, with the project set for …

PIAA suspends basketball, boys and girls swimming and diving events; MAHS athlete was to take part

PIAA Board of Directors decided Thursday by a unanimous vote to suspend the PIAA basketball and AA boys and girls swimming and diving championships for minimally a two-week period. The AAA …

MAHS wrestling standouts Fegley, Spear, Reinnagel end careers at Giant Center for states

Middletown senior wrestlers Quincy Reinnagel, Joey Spear and Luke Fegley ended their high school careers over the weekend at the state PIAA championship tournament in Hershey — widely …

Guckavan ready for state swimming, even though MAHS doesn’t have team

Middletown Area High School doesn’t have a varsity swim team, but one of its student-athletes will compete this week at the PIAA swimming and diving championships. Gavin Guckavan, a …

Many Blue Raider sports might soon be streamed live on the Internet

Middletown Blue Raiders fans soon might be able to stream their favorite teams’ games. The Middletown Area School Board agreed to pay $7,000 to participate in the NFHS Network School …

Crowd banned because of coronavirus fears, but Penn State Harrisburg pulls off big hoops upset

Special to the Press & JournalBALTIMORE — Many people counted Penn State Harrisburg out of the NCAA Division III men’s basketball tournament before it even started Friday. An …
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Struggling with social distancing? Here are 15 expert tips to stay sane, safe during coronavirus

Practicing social distancing to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic might sound scary or impossible to do, but there are ways to handle the process, says Jagdish Khubchandani, a health science professor …

Gov. Wolf: Pennsylvania is 'building an army of medical professionals' to take on coronavirus

Gov. Tom Wolf said Pennsylvania is “building an army of medical professionals” to take on the coronavirus pandemic. He also announced certain restrictions are being lifted on licensing …

Gov. Wolf expands 'stay at home' order to three more counties, making 22 total

Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Rachel Levine revised their “stay at home” orders Saturday to include three more counties — Beaver, Centre and Washington. On Friday, nine …

Pa. coronavirus deaths increase by 12, including in Lancaster, Cumberland; increase in cases steady

In numbers released Saturday, the state Department of Health reported 12 more people in Pennsylvania have died from COVID-19, the coronavirus — including one each in neighboring Cumberland and …

Hershey Medical Center confirms first death of patient from coronavirus

A Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center patient died from COVID-19 on Friday. It was the facility’s first inpatient fatality associated with the coronavirus, and the person who …

Health Secretary Levine says Friday's slowdown of coronavirus cases not 'statistically significant'

State Department of Health Secretary Rachel Levine said the slower rate of new coronavirus cases announced Friday is not “statistically significant.” For the first time, the number of …

Woman who coughed on $35,000 in groceries tried to steal a 12-pack of beer on her way out, police say

The woman charged with intentionally contaminating produce, meat and merchandise at a Luzerne County supermarket Wednesday tried to steal a 12-pack of beer as she was being ordered to leave the store …
Editorials

In dealing with the coronavirus, listen to the experts and we will beat this: Editorial

Looking at where we’ve come in just a week regarding the coronavirus gives us concerns about where we will be in a month or so. Last week’s editorial urged everyone to remain calm and …
Columnists

Pa. lawmakers must act now to slow coronavirus crisis, avoid regulatory straitjacket: Nathan Benefield

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Pennsylvania workers, health care providers, and students and families are faced with unprecedented obstacles that demand action from Harrisburg. …

On business closures, ‘say what you mean, mean what you say, Mr. Governor’: Dave Arnold

In these uncertain times, it is critical that public officials be able to disseminate factual information for the good of constituents. Effective and efficient communication is vital at a moment like …

Child porn bill will help protect children: Dave Arnold

I’ve been in law enforcement for more than 18 years. I was elected district attorney in Lebanon County and served in that capacity from Jan. 1, 2006, through Jan. 28, 2020, when I resigned to …
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