URGENT: 1,493 Positives Bring PA Total to 11,510 with 150 deaths

Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 1,493 Positives

Bring Statewide Total to 11,510

Harrisburg, PA-The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., April 5, that there are 1,493 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 11,510 in 65 counties. The department also reported 14 new deaths among positive cases, bringing the statewide total to 150. County-specific information and a statewide map are available here. All people are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital.

“The continued rise in cases combined with our increasing deaths from COVID-19 reflects the seriousness of this situation,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “We need everyone to listen to the orders in place and to stay calm, stay home and stay safe. We know that these prolonged mitigation effects have been difficult for everyone, but it is essential that everyone follows these orders and does not go out unless they absolutely must.”

There are 66,261 patients who have tested negative to date. Of the patients who have tested positive to date the age breakdown is as follows:

    • Nearly 1% are aged 0-4;
    • Nearly 1% are aged 5-12;
    • 1% are aged 13-18;
    • Nearly 8% are aged 19-24;
    • 42% are aged 25-49;
    • Nearly 29% are aged 50-64; and
    • Nearly 20% are aged 65 or older.

Most of the patients hospitalized are aged 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older. There have been no pediatric deaths to date. More data is available here.

All non-life-sustaining businesses are ordered to be closed and schools are closed statewide indefinitely. Currently the entire state is under a stay-at-home order.

Statewide – The Wolf Administration has since noon, April 1:

For the latest information for individuals, families, businesses and schools, visit “Responding to COVID-19” onpa.gov.

The Wolf Administration stresses the role Pennsylvanians play in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.
  • Clean surfaces frequently.
  • Stay home to avoid spreading COVID-19, especially if you are unwell.

Updated Coronavirus Links: Press Releases, State Lab Photos, Graphics

All Pennsylvania residents are encouraged to sign up for AlertPA, a text notification system for health, weather, and other important alerts like COVID-19 updates from commonwealth agencies. Residents can sign up online atwww.ready.pa.gov/BeInformed/Signup-For-Alerts.

UPDATE: COVID-19 cases Lycoming County revised to 9

Harrisburg, PA- The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., April 5, that there are 1,493 Positives Bringing the state total to 11,510 with 150 deaths.

Local counties as noted below that have at least one positive COVID-19 case confirmed and updated cases provided.

Montour County – 37 (added 18 cases Satuday)

Columbia County – 22 (added 2 cases Satuday)

Northumberland County – 14 (added 5 cases Satuday)

Bradford County – 10

Lycoming County – 9 (revised a case down from Satuday)

Tioga County – 3

Potter County – 3

Clinton County – 1 (first case confirmed Friday) as reported first by News Talk 104.1

Sullivan County – 1 (first case confirmed Saturday)

Combined, there are now 100 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the region.

Stay tuned to News talk 104.1 & 1600 WEJS and talkwilliamsport.com for developments on this story.

COMING UP: Guest lineups for Palm Sunday news shows

Guest lineups for the Palm Sunday news shows on News talk 104.1 & 1600 WEJS:

 

Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace airing at 11 a.m. features Surgeon General Jerome Adams, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Governor Gretchen Whitmer, D-Michigan.

 

Meet the Press with Chuck Todd airing at Noon features Surgeon General Jerome Adams, Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte, along with Governors Jay Inslee, D-Washington and Asa Hutchinson, R-Arkansas

 

Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan airing at 2 p.m. features Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and White House Cornoavirus Task Force member, Michael Dowling, CEO of Northwell Health, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, Luana Marques, president of the board of directors of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and James Bullard, president of the St. Louis Federal Reserve.

Palm Sunday Church Services on News Talk 104.1 and online

Palm Sunday Church Services available on News Talk 104.1 and online:

8:15 a.m. on News Talk 104.1 & 1600 WEJS

St. John Newberry United Methodist Church, Pastor Lenore Hosier

Listen Online Link

 

10:00 a.m. on News Talk 104.1 & 1600 WEJS

Hope River Church, Pastor Dean Olson

Listen Online Link

 

North Carolina Services – Online

9:00 a.m. online

Believers Fellowship Church, Pastor Jesse Futrell

Listen Online Link

 

11:00 a.m. online

Jackson Heights Original Free Will Baptist Church, Pastor Justin Barnett

Listen Online Link

 

 

Little League Responds to News Talk 104.1 Report on Trump Tweets

On Saturday afternoon President Trump offered a pair of tweets referring to Little League players getting players back on the field as first reported by News Talk 104.1.

News Talk 104.1 reached out to Little League and received the following from Kevin Fountain, Director of Media Relations:

Question: The president just tweeted at Little League, was anyone on the call (today) yesterday with the professional leagues?

No, Little League was not an attendee of today’s  call with the President and professional sports commissioners.

Question: If not, has the President or anyone on his team reached out?

Mr. Keener and Little League International have been in touch with members of the White House in regards to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its effect on our program.

Question: If so, what guidance or timeline have they provided?

No specific guidance or timeline was provided during these conversations. Little League is focused on getting its players and volunteers back to the baseball and softball fields when it is safe and appropriate. We would welcome additional conversations with the White House about how this pandemic is impacting our local Little League programs here in the United States and around the world.

From the News Talk 104.1 story earlier this afternoon:

Moments ago, President Trump took to twitter with a pair of tweets regarding Little League and the possibility of playing this season.

@realDonaldTrump · 2m
To all of our youth who are missing the start of their @LittleLeague seasons, hang in there! We will get you back out on the fields, and know that you will be playing baseball soon….

He followed it with:

@realDonaldTrump · 1m
….We will get through this together, and bats will be swinging before you know it. In the meantime, take care of mom and dad, and know that this will not be forever! @littleleagueceo

News Talk 104.1 & 1600 WEJS has reached out to Little League International for comment.

4:15 p.m.

Congressman Fred Keller also went on Twitter to thank President Trump:

Congressman Fred Keller @RepFredKeller · 4m

Thank you President  @realDonaldTrump for recognizing the importance @LittleLeague plays in the lives of many young Americans! I look forward to joining you in welcoming the world back to Williamsport for the Little League World Series when we’ve defeated this virus!

Stay tuned to News Talk 104.1 & 1600 WEJS as well as talkwilliamsport.com for more on this developing story.

Commissioners cancel meetings for upcoming week

The next Lycoming County Board of Commissioners work session scheduled for Tuesday, April 7 and regularly scheduled Commissioners meeting for Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 10 a.m. haveb been canceled.

News Talk 104.1 & 1600 WEJS and talkwilliamsport.com will provide updates as they become available.

Due to the current COVID-19 crisis and its associated risks, the Lycoming County Board of Commissioners will NOT be conducting the Commissioner’s Work Session on Tuesday April 7, 2020 and the Commissioner’s Public Meeting on Thursday April 9, 2020.

The next scheduled meeting will be held Tuesday April 14, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Members of the public are highly encouraged NOT TO ATTEND these meetings in person as to limit the size of the meetings to less than ten people as per Federal and State guidance to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

County Staff that are working remotely will join by conference call to brief their respective action items and or participate.

County Staff and Members of the public may utilize www.Lyco.org to access: the “Commissioner’s Meeting” that is live-streamed on YouTube, Meeting Agendas, and to provide Public Comment and ask Questions. Additionally, Members of the public may sign in to the YouTube video to provide public comment on agenda items only at the beginning and general public comments at the end of the meeting.

While this may not be the optimal solution, this necessary action is in the interest of the safety our residents and employees alike.

We will continue to expand and improve our capabilities to receive public comment and interact with our staff and Members of the public in this temporarily required virtual environment.

Thank you for your patience as we navigate this COVID-19 crisis together. The prudently responsible actions that we take and the positive attitude with which we face these challenging times ahead will define our success.

BREAKING NEWS: President Trump Tweets about Little League season starting

Moments ago, President Trump took to twitter with a pair of tweets regarding Little League and the possibility of playing this season.

@realDonaldTrump · 2m
To all of our youth who are missing the start of their @LittleLeague seasons, hang in there! We will get you back out on the fields, and know that you will be playing baseball soon….

He followed it with:

@realDonaldTrump · 1m
….We will get through this together, and bats will be swinging before you know it. In the meantime, take care of mom and dad, and know that this will not be forever! @littleleagueceo

News Talk 104.1 & 1600 WEJS has reached out to Little League International for comment.

4:15 p.m.

Congressman Fred Keller also went on Twitter to thank President Trump:

Congressman Fred Keller @RepFredKeller · 4m

Thank you President  @realDonaldTrump for recognizing the importance @LittleLeague plays in the lives of many young Americans! I look forward to joining you in welcoming the world back to Williamsport for the Little League World Series when we’ve defeated this virus!

Stay tuned to News Talk 104.1 & 1600 WEJS as well as talkwilliamsport.com for more on this developing story.

Gov. Wolf, Religious Leaders Encourage Alternate Forms of Religious Gatherings


Stay-at-home order updated to reflect need to limit in-person religious gatherings

Harrisburg, PA – Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and as significant religious holidays approach in the coming weeks, Governor Tom Wolf and religious leaders from across the commonwealth are encouraging alternative forms of faith gatherings.

Gov. Wolf and Department of Health Sec. Dr. Rachel Levine updated the stay-at-home order guidance to reflect the need for further guidance for religious gatherings.

Updated guidance notes that while nothing in the stay-at-home order should affect the operation of religious institutions, “Religious leaders are encouraged to find alternatives to in-person gatherings and to avoid endangering their congregants. Individuals should not gather in religious buildings or homes for services or celebrations until the stay-at-home order is lifted.”

“I know that we’re nearing several holidays, including major religious holidays like Easter and Passover,” Gov. Wolf said. “I am encouraging religious leaders hosting a holiday celebration to consider an alternative that does not bring people together in-person.

“As a person of faith, I understand how important it is to worship, and that congregating, whether for a service or seder dinner, can be at the very core of one’s faith. But I also understand how important it is to help neighbors, and the best way to help our neighbors right now is not by congregating. It’s by staying at home.”

Pennsylvania religious leaders joined Wolf in urging fellow leaders to embrace alternate forms of worship.

“Christians the world over are preparing to enter the holiest week of the year,” said Most Rev. Nelson J. Pérez, Archbishop of Philadelphia. “This year, Holy Week comes at a time when the coronavirus has abruptly altered our lives. For the common good, and for the preservation of each other’s health, it is essential for all Pennsylvanians to heed the governor’s call not to gather in large groups. We must embrace our common responsibility to one another and slow the spread of this virus. We are blessed with the gifts of technology and social media, which enable us to experience the richness of these Holy Days virtually.”

“As we come into this season of renewal and celebration of new life where Christians typically come together in greater numbers than usual, we grieve that the COVID-19 crisis is preventing our ability to do so physically,” said Rev. Sandra L. Strauss, Director of Advocacy & Ecumenical Outreach, Pennsylvania Council of Churches. “The most loving thing we can do for our neighbors is to keep them safe, so we continue to encourage our congregations to explore and engage in creative ways of gathering and sharing, such as live streaming, Zoom, and connecting via social media.”

“In more than 2000 years the church has faced and survived many adversities, including two world wars, The Spanish Flu and The Great Plague,” said Pastor Franky Rodriguez, CDA Community Church, Philadelphia. “The church is not going to go away because we the people of God are the church! In times of trouble the Church gets closer, not further apart. This is not a physical closeness, it’s a spiritual one. Although we will not be in the same physical location, we have the technology to share the word of God. This Easter the Church is still united like every other Easter, with thanksgiving, prayer and supplication for the inhabitants of the world. So, let’s be responsible and be together, apart.”

“This is an excellent time for all of us to remember that the church is not a building, but the people who make up the congregation,” said Senior Pastor Mark Kelly Tyler, Ph.D., Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Philadelphia. “We must do everything within our power to save the lives of those we’ve been called to shepherd. If that means livestreaming the worship services and holding Bible Study in video chat rooms, so be it. I fully support Governor Wolf’s effort to keep Pennsylvanians safe and Mother Bethel AME Church is joining in the fight to slow the spread and flatten the curve.”

“At our Passover seders this year, there will be many answers to the age-old question, ‘Why is this night different from all other nights?,’” said Rabbi Jeffrey Astrakhan, Temple Beth Israel in York. “Under no circumstance is gathering at the home of another the right thing to do this year. Stay home. Use online meeting technology and remember, as the Passover Haggadah teaches us, ‘Next year, may all be free!’”

“Judaism teaches us the highest value is to save a life, not only our own but how our behavior impacts others’ lives, their freedom and their health,” said Rabbi Aaron Bisno at Rodef Shalom in Pittsburgh. “It is in everyone’s best interests to practice social distancing, so we are finding new ways to gather, support and celebrate one another. We have an obligation, a religious mandate, to recognize the responsibility we have to the wider community. Our preference to be together does not override our responsibility to stay apart until the threat has passed.”

“Paradoxically, the most difficult aspect of social distancing for the Jewish community is simultaneously why it’s so important,” said Rabbi Daniel Swartz, leader of Temple Hesed in Scranton. “Judaism is practiced communally because we are all responsible to keep each other safe and healthy. Indeed, we’re commanded to violate the Sabbath in order to save even a single life. How much more so must we practice social distancing, even in our worship, when doing so protects not only our own life, but lives throughout the community. For me, believing in one God means we’re all in this together.”

“During times of bad weather, the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) used to order the muezzin (person who calls to prayer) to change the call from ‘come to prayer’ to ‘pray in your home,’” said Imam Idris Abdul-Zahir, Resident Imam of Masjidullah. “This was because the Prophet was concerned of the harm his followers could encounter traveling to the masjid for prayer under potentially dangerous conditions. During this time, I encourage every religious leader to consider this unseen harm, the Covid-19 virus, in their locale and recommend actions that will keep their congregations out of harm’s way. For it is written in the Quran that the saving of one life is as if you’ve saved all humanity.”

Pennsylvania has more than 10,000 cases and 136 deaths since the first case was announced on March 6. Gov. Wolf has put in place measured, thoughtful mitigation efforts to save lives and stop the spread, include a statewide stay-at-home order.

“I know that Pennsylvanians are strong, resilient and care about their families, friends, neighbors and community, including their religious communities,” Gov. Wolf said. “We must all continue to do our part to stop the spread of this deadly virus.”

You can access Gov. Wolf’s remarks about religious gatherings and other recent mitigation efforts here or on Facebook here.

View the updated stay-at-home order guidance as a PDF here or on Scribd.

Congressman Keller on staff member at USP Canaan with COVID-19

Notes Bureau of Prisons is failing to stop the spread of COVID-19

Washington, D.C. – The federal Bureau of Prisons on Saturday confirmed a staff member at USP Canaan has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The staff member-confirmed diagnosis comes after an inmate was confirmed with a case of COVID-19 earlier this week.

USP Canaan sits just outside of Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District with many staff members commuting between the facility and places within the district.

Currently, across the Bureau of Prisons system, there are 50 staff members and 91 inmates with confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Despite the continued spread of COVID-19 within the federal prison system, including a number of inmate deaths, the latest Bureau of Prisons COVID-19 action plan still allows for the movement of inmates to prisons across the country.

While continuing to pursue administrative changes to this policy, Congressman Keller introduced the PANDEMIC Act of 2020 this week with bipartisan support. The legislation co-sponsored by Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA), Congressman Matt Cartwright (D-PA), Congressman Mike Bost (R-Ill.), and Congressman Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.) would immediately halt the movement of inmates across the federal prisons system.

In response to the staff member at USP Canaan being diagnosed with COVID-19, Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA) made the following comment:

“The fact that a staff member at USP Canaan, right in the backyard of Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District, has been diagnosed with COVID-19 is the latest indication of failure on behalf of top officials at the federal Bureau of Prisons to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“Those working in our federal prisons do a great job day-in and day-out protecting America from some of the worst criminals in the world. The fact that the Bureau of Prisons cannot keep them safe from this dangerous virus is a failure of leadership.

“We must continue to work to prevent the further spread of this virus among the prison system nationwide and hope that it does not infiltrate into our local, rural communities that have limited capacity to deal with a major outbreak in one of these large federal facilities in addition to serving the community.

“In order to mitigate the continued spread of COVID-19 further throughout the federal system, I urge BOP Director Michael Carvajal to work within the Department of Justice to stop all inmate movement immediately. In the alternative, I call for the quick consideration of the PANDEMIC Act of 2020 when Congress returns to session so the ill-conceived practice of continued inmate movement can finally end for the duration of this national emergency.”

BREAKING NEWS: President Trump says he believes the NFL will start on time

President Donald Trump yesterday on a call with the major professional sports leagues says he believes the NFL will start on time. He further believes fans could be back in the stands as early as August. Daily White House Press Briefing at 3:30 p.m.