Two people were injured Monday night in Dublin Township, Huntingdon County when a tree fell in front of their vehicle on Mountain Foot Road.  According to State Police, 33-year-old Brittany Cowan of Orbisonia was the driver of a Nissan Sentra just after 10:00 pm Monday.  The driver did not have time to react when the tree feel onto the roadway.  Cowan and an unnamed passenger were flown to UPMC Altoona for treatment of injuries.

 

Pennsylvania House Republicans have announced an investigation into the Wolf Administration’s handling of nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.  House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) said that when the House returns to session, he will be referring an investigation to the House Government Oversight Committee.  Since the beginning of the pandemic, roughly half of all Pennsylvania COVID-19 deaths are attributable to nursing homes. Nearly a year into the global pandemic, data reporting remains conflicting and incomplete and questions remain about a Department of Health order requiring nursing home readmissions from hospitals of COVID-19-positive patients.

 

The Juniata County Commissioners have extended the deadline to apply for a homelessness prevention grant to March 29th. The previous deadline was March 1st.  The Resident Subsistence Program is being offered in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to support hard-hit residents.  Residents at risk of losing their housing in Juniata County may be eligible to receive up to $5,000.  The grants can be used to pay utility payments to prevent cutoff of service.  Each eligible family may receive up to $5,000, paid directly to the landlord, or utility company.  Applications and other necessary documentation can be found at https://www.juniataco.org/. Due to COVID-19, appointments will be done virtually or via phone. For anyone who does not have access to a computer or internet, call 1-800-332-6701.

 

The Wolf Administration has announced revised COVID-19 mitigation restrictions that became effective statewide on Monday.  The revised restrictions include maximum occupancy limits for indoor events to allow for 15% of maximum occupancy, regardless of venue size; revised maximum occupancy limits for outdoor events to allow for 20% of maximum occupancy; and the elimination of out-of-state travel restrictions.  More information is available on the state’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard.