HEADLINES FOR 3.25.20 FROM WHP NEWS

State Senate To Meet Remotely For First Time

(Harrisburg, PA) -- The Pennsylvania Senate is meeting remotely for the first time. The chamber is using the method to allow them to address urgent issues related to the spread of coronavirus while practicing social distancing. Senators are likely to discuss how to best support healthcare facilities and workers, address changes to the school code, and even consider delaying the April primary election.

UPMC Harrisburg Officials Confirm Employee Tests Positive For COVID-19

 (Harrisburg, PA) -- Officials with UPMC Harrisburg are confirming one of their employees has tested positive for COVID-19. They say the individual is quarantining at home while clinicians and their infection control team are contacting anyone who may have been in close contact with the person. They didn’t say where at UPMC Harrisburg the individual worked.

HACC Extends Remote Instruction, Cancels Spring Commencement

 (Harrisburg, PA) -- HACC is extending its remote instruction plan through mid-May. The community college now says they will continue classes online through May 17th to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus. They also are cancelling their May 2020 Commencement ceremony and will invite those students to take part in the December ceremony.

CommunityAid Asks Donors To Hold Onto Donations During Non-Life-Sustaining Business Closure Order

(Hampden Twp., PA) -- Officials with Hampden Township-based charity thrift store chain CommunityAid are asking donors to hold on to their gently used clothing and household items after being prevented to open under Governor Tom Wolf’s non-life-sustaining business order. Officials say they aren’t even allowed to pick-up items donated into any of their more than 12-hundred clothing collection bins across Central P-A. The charity sells those donated items in their six local stores, creating more than 15-million-dollars in financial support for over 700 local charities, churches, and first responders.

PennDOT Reopens Two Local Rest Areas, 23 Statewide

(Harrisburg, PA) -- PennDOT officials say they are reopening indoor facilities at 23 rest areas across the commonwealth to all motorists, including two in Central P-A. The rest areas on Interstate 81 northbound just north of Exit 37 and southbound about five miles south of exit 44 in Cumberland County reopened yesterday. PennDOT says it will continue to reevaluate whether other rest areas can reopen.

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