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Coronavirus

Confirmed COVID cases up in Warren County

Warren County is not immune to the resurgence of COVID. As the world, nation, and state are seeing increases in cases, the county’s numbers are up, too. There have been more cases so far in April (145) than there were in all of March (119) in the county. According to the Pennsylvania ...

Pennsylvania jobless rate fell in March, as payrolls grew

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate fell slightly in March, as payrolls expanded and every economic sector except for construction recorded growth, according to state figures released Friday. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was 7.3%, down a tenth of a percentage ...

County COVID cases are up this month

As Pennsylvania opens up Phase 2 for vaccinations, there is a bit of a resurgence in COVID-19 cases locally. The COVID-19 case count in Warren County is up this month. Over the past week, there have been 60 new cases — with a single-day high of 16 and a low of one, according to the ...

Graduations get go ahead, proms still waiting

Warren County’s high schools are moving toward having graduation events on familiar school facilities. Not so much with proms. At Monday’s meeting of the Warren County School District board, Superintendent Amy Stewart announced that “all of the schools are looking at graduation ...

Poll: 15% of Americans worse off a year into pandemic

While most Americans have weathered the pandemic financially, about 38 million say they are worse off now than before the outbreak began in the U.S. Overall, 55% of Americans say their financial circumstances are about the same now as a year ago, and 30% say their finances have improved, ...

Winterfest officials moving forward, looking for help

Like many events over the last year, Winterfest 2021 fell victim to COVID-19. The organizers are looking forward to bringing the event back in 2022. “We’re going to have Winterfest,” Winterfest Planning Committee Chairman Ed Atwood said. “I don’t care who you are, you have to do ...

Board moves forward with county fair plans

For now, the Warren County Fair is on the calendar. The 2020 fair was canceled in May, but the Fair Board is moving forward with planning for the 2021 Fair. “We’re planning, cautiously optimistically, to go ahead with the full Fair,” President Dave Wilcox said. “We’ve been getting ...

Unemployment down slightly in February

Unemployment in Warren County was down slightly in February, but still higher that it typically was pre-pandemic. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, the county's unemployment rate was 7.5 percent. That's down from 7.8 percent in January. Still, unemployment is ...

City eyes use of stimulus funds

The guidelines to municipalities on how to use funds from the American Rescue Plan aren’t yet in hand. But that doesn’t mean officials aren’t planning how the funds might be best spent here. Allocation numbers provided to by the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors and ...

Fully vaccinated can travel again, says new CDC guidance

NEW YORK (AP) — Add travel to the activities vaccinated Americans can enjoy again, according to new U.S. guidance issued Friday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance to say fully vaccinated people can travel within the U.S. without getting tested for the ...

More than 200 vaccines administered at clinic

About 220 people received doses at a Gaughn’s Drug Store COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Wednesday at Warren State Hospital. Jonie Smitley, Warren County Infectious Disease Consultant, said the clinic, a collective effort involving Gaughn’s, “the Department of Public Safety, ...

County, municipal governments to receive over $10M

The American Rescue Plan doesn’t just bring $1,400 checks to the majority of American citizens. It brings direct aid to every governmental entity in Warren County — a total that exceeds $10 million. The largest recipient is the county government — set to receive roughly $7.6 million ...

Restaurants, bars to see some limits lift in April

HARRISBURG (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf will expand more business and event capacity limits and lift a raft of long-standing coronavirus restrictions on bar service starting on Easter Sunday, giving some relief to one of the hardest-hit business sectors, his administration said Monday. The ...

Restaurants, bars to see some pandemic limits lift in April

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf will expand more business and event capacity limits and lift a raft of long-standing coronavirus restrictions on bar service starting on Easter Sunday, giving some relief to one of the hardest-hit business sectors, his administration said Monday. The ...

House set to vote on $1.9T virus relief bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is poised to approve a landmark $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, placing President Joe Biden on the cusp of an early triumph that advances Democratic priorities and showcases the unity his party will need to forge future victories. The House was expected to ...

Two new cases

There were two new cases of COVID-19 announced in Warren County on Wednesday. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, there have been 2,216 cases in the county and 98 COVID-related deaths – a number that hasn't changed in two weeks. For the month so far, there have been an ...

Congress OKs $1.9T virus relief bill, including $1,400 direct payments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Congress riven along party lines approved a landmark $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill Wednesday, as President Joe Biden and Democrats claimed a triumph on a bill that marshals the government's spending might against twin pandemic and economic crises that have upended a ...

No COVID cases at WGH

There are five new cases, no new deaths, and, for the first time in months, there were no cases at Warren General Hospital. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, there have been 2,214 total cases in the county so far. Of those, 1,786 are confirmed and 428 are probables. There ...

Fully-vaccinated people can gather without masks, CDC says

NEW YORK (AP) — Fully-vaccinated Americans can gather with other vaccinated people indoors without wearing a mask or social distancing, according to long-awaited guidance from federal health officials. The recommendations also say that vaccinated people can come together in the same way with ...

Six new cases, no new deaths in county

There were six new cases and no new COVID-19 deaths reported for Warren County by the Pennsylvania Department of Health on Monday. The total number of cases in the county stood at 2,209 as of Monday, with 1,782 confirmed and 427 probables. There have been 98 county residents who have died ...