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Coronavirus

‘Stay at home’

Gov. Tom Wolf has extended his stay-at-home order to the entire state. Wolf had been implementing the order on a county-by-county basis as COVID-19 has spread and case counts increased. However, the state identified nearly 1,000 new cases on Wednesday alone. “Today, I am extending my ...

1,000 new PA cases Wednesday; Warren County holds at 1 positive test

Nearly 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 were announced by the Department of Health on Wednesday. Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said during a Wednesday briefing that there are 962 new cases bringing the state-wide total to 5,805. The death toll has climbed to 74 and “all of the deaths have ...

Business exemption submission period ends Friday

Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin announced Wednesday that the exemption application process for businesses created in response to Governor Tom Wolf and Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine’s orders to mitigate the spread of the novel ...

Many changes to unemployment claims due to coronavirus pandemic

Hundreds of thousands of people in Pennsylvania have lost their jobs temporarily to COVID-19 shutdowns. And hundreds of thousands have filed for unemployment benefits in the past three weeks. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry is reporting that, between Sunday, March 15, and ...

What is it? Stay-at-home order inches closer to Warren County

There’s been much said about Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s stay-at-home order. As the order creeps closer to Warren County — Forest, Crawford and Erie are now under its provisions — what does it actually mean? A statement from the governor’s office outlines permissible travel and ...

State announces 756 new cases Tuesday

Seven new counties were added to the stay-at-home order and 756 new cases of COVID-19 highlighted Tuesday’s Department of Health briefing. Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine explained that the new cases brings the total to 4,843. Sixty-three adults who tested positive have died and 37,645 ...

Despite being closed through April, YMCA gives hope to prom

There continues to be uncertainty in regards to the rest of the school year. While the administration and school board have a lot on their table, education is always top priority. But questions seem to pop up about extracurricular activities like sports, graduation ceremonies, and ...

Warren County patient update

The first confirmed COVID-19 patient in Warren County is not in Warren County. Warren General Hospital CEO Rick Allen announced Wednesday that the first case had been confirmed in the county. That patient is a Warren County resident whose sample was taken in Warren County. However, the ...

COVID-19 cases rising in state

Positive COVID-19 test results in Pennsylvania continue on a steep ascent. On Wednesday, Department of Health data indicated there were 1,157 cases state-wide. On Thursday? That number rose 558 to a total of 1,685 in 48 of the state’s 67 counties. “The reality is we’re just seeing ...

EMS braces for the effects of pandemic

With the COVID-19 crisis, first responders are scrambling around the county. They are looking at changes in procedures as well as voicing some concerns. Departments such as Clarendon Volunteer Fire Department have suspended in-station activities such as training and meetings and restricted ...

Tidioute Borough extends emergency proclamation

Tidioute Borough Council met on Tuesday, March 24, and has extended the Mayor’s Emergency Proclamation, with a Declaration of a Disaster Emergency for the Borough of Tidioute. Borough Council has also cancelled the April council meeting, scheduled for April 13. These actions are being ...

Fifth confirmed COVID-19 case in Chautauqua County

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel on Friday announced that there are now five confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the county. Wendel made the announcement during a press conference in Mayville. He continued to stress the need for social distancing and avoiding being in ...

It’s here

The COVID-19 virus has officially arrived in Warren County. “We have been notified of our first positive COVID-19 patient in Warren, PA,” Warren General Hospital CEO Rick Allen said Wednesday morning. “This patient came to our emergency department and is not an inpatient.” The ...

PA COVID-19 cases up to 276 including Warren

Warren County’s COVID-19 case announced on Wednesday is one of 276 additional cases state-wide. That brings the Commonwealth’s total, according to Department of Health data, to 1,127 cases and 11 fatalities. An additional 11,193 tests have been negative. As the case totals climb, ...

Closure of state parks and forests extended

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced that all facilities at state parks and forests in Pennsylvania will be closed until April 30 to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The public will still be able to access trails, ...

County Commissioners meet via tele-conference

The Warren County Commissioners went virtual on Wednesday night. The second monthly meeting for March - and the first since a disaster declaration - was held via GoToMeeting. Commissioner Ben Kafferlin said that the commissioners “will probably be doing this through the state of ...

Hospital screening people entering facility

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, Warren General Hospital is updating policies. After announcing the county’s first confirmed positive case of COVID-19 on Wednesday, CEO Rick Allen encouraged people to continue doing what they can to slow the spread of the coronavirus. “We ...

Crawford County also reports its first COVID-19 case Wednesday

MEADVILLE — Meadville Medical Center (MMC) received results Wednesday for the first positive COVID-19 case in Crawford County. The person is an MMC employee who does not work in or around the hospital setting, has mild symptoms and is isolated at home. “Our Coronavirus Response Team has ...

PennDOT utilizing ‘skeleton’ crew during COVID-19 crisis

PennDOT is functioning with a “skeleton” crew amid the COVID-19 crisis. Though it’s too early to say just to what degree that will impact the upcoming road construction season. District Press Officer Jill Harry told the Times Observer “a lot of our employees at the district level are ...

Third positive COVID-19 in Erie County, none in Warren County

COVID-19 case counts continue to climb. While there continue to be no positive test results in Warren County, there are now three cases in Erie County, according to county executive Kathy Dahlkemper, and one each in three counties in the region — Potter, Mercer and Butler. Statewide, the ...