As of today, officials are planning to make the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds the centralized location for the COVID-19 Vaccinations when they become available to the public.
The Bloomsburg Fairgrounds has been utilized recently for mass testing for COVID-19 testing. EMA Officials, and Columbia County Commissioners are making plans to also utilize the fairgrounds for a centralized location for vaccination distribution. Officials stated that the mass testing went on without complications and they are attempting to achieve the same results when COVID-19 vaccinations become available to the general public. Due to space, familiarity of the location and centralized location, the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds is the best option to handle the massive numbers expected to be in line for the COVID-19 vaccination.
There will be some differences in traffic patterns, to compensate for the increased flow of traffic, and the Pa Dept of Health will expect persons receiving the vaccination to wait 15 min after vaccination to monitor for side effects and adverse reactions.
There is no word yet on a date when the vaccination will be made available to the public. As of right now the vaccination is being prioritized by the Department of Health for healthcare workers, nursing home residents, and immuno-compromised persons. Officials of Columbia County states they will keep the general public informed on updates regarding release of the vaccination and procedures to ensure everyone can get the vaccination without complications.
Columbia County online will keep you updated as needed on developments.
The fans were sold at Home Depot from April of 2020 to October of 2020 and the owner of Hampton Bay Mara, King of Fans, has issued a report and video on their website on how to return the product. Their website also has guides to find out if your fan was included and how to inspect the blades. You can find the direct link HERE as we do not want to share any outdated safety information.
“Today I am announcing additional, temporary COVID-19 protective mitigation measures in the commonwealth,” stated Gov. Wolf. “With these measures in place, we hope to accomplish three goals: First, stop the devastating spread of COVID-19 in the commonwealth. Second, keep our hospitals and health care workers from becoming overwhelmed. And third, help Pennsylvanians get through the holiday season – and closer to a widely available vaccine – as safely as possible. This is a bridge to a better future in Pennsylvania.”
These mitigation orders come after PA has passed 10,000 new cases a day and also over 1,000 deaths a week from the virus. Pennsylvania is also well above the average positive test percentage with a rate of around 15% returning positive and that number is much higher then what the CDC considers "out of control community spread". The new orders took effect Dec 12th and will last until 8am on Jan 4th.
Below are the new orders as per the state website: https://www.media.pa.gov/pages/Education-details.aspx?newsid=1005
In-Person Dining and Alcohol Sales
All in-person indoor dining at businesses in the retail food services industry, including, but not limited to, bars, restaurants, breweries, wineries, distilleries, social clubs, and private catered events is prohibited. Outdoor dining, take-out food service, and take-out alcohol sales are permitted and may continue, subject to any limitations or restrictions imposed by Pennsylvania law, or this or any other Order issued by the Sec. of Health or by the governor. Indoor Gatherings and Events
Indoor gatherings and events of more than 10 persons are prohibited. Churches, synagogues, temples, mosques, and other places of congregate worship are specifically excluded from the limitations set forth above during religious services, these institutions are strongly encouraged to find alternative methods for worship, as in person gatherings pose a significant risk to participants at this time. While this an incredibly difficult recommendation to make, particularly at this time of year, faith leaders must carefully weigh the health risks to their congregants given the immense amount of community spread of COVID-19. Outdoor Gatherings and Events
Outdoor gatherings and events of more than 50 persons are prohibited. Capacity Limits for Businesses
All in-person businesses serving the public may only operate at up to 50% of the maximum capacity stated on the applicable certificate of occupancy, except as limited by existing orders to a smaller capacity limit. Gyms and Fitness Facilities
Indoor operations at gyms and fitness facilities are prohibited. Outdoor facilities and outdoor classes can continue, but all participants must wear face coverings in accordance with the Sec. of Health’s Updated Order Requiring Universal Face CoveringsOpens In A New Window, including any subsequent amendments, and practice physical distancing requirements. Entertainment Industry
All in-person businesses in the entertainment industry serving the public within a building or indoor defined area, including, but not limited to, theaters, concert venues, museums, movie theaters, arcades, casinos, bowling alleys, private clubs, and all other similar entertainment, recreational or social facilities, are prohibited from operation. In-Person Extracurricular School Activities
Voluntary activities sponsored or approved by a school entity's governing body or administration are suspended, but these extracurricular activities may be held virtually. This includes, but is not limited to, attendance at or participation in activities such musical ensembles, school plays, student council, clubs, and school dances. K-12 School Sports and Youth Sports
All sports at K-12 public schools, nonpublic schools, private schools and club, travel, recreational, intermural, and intramural sports are paused. Professional and Collegiate Sports
Professional or collegiate sports activities may continue in accordance with guidance from the CDC and the Department of Health. Spectators may not attend such sports activities in person.
Sidewalk is a new feature that allows Amazon devices to send a small amount of data from their home Wi-Fi to other nearby Amazon devices in the event the internet was to fail at that residence. The data used is quite small and will likely never affect data caps on cable internet plans, but the main concern is security. One of the worst network security concepts a person can make is allowing unknown devices on their internal network and this feature allows Amazon to do just that. On top of that, Amazon has not released any details about the firewalls or security protocols this new feature will be using to protect the end users. Our faith in Amazon to appropriately handle security is small due to how poorly they handled recent open access to their Ring Doorbells, and yes, those same Ring Doorbells are now sharing your Wi-Fi.
There are perks to this feature however, Ring devices are security devices that require internet to function. This means that the loss of internet or power will likely render those devices ineffective and crime does not stop when the lights go out. Sidewalk would allow Ring devices to pull the required data off a nearby user to keep itself recording video and the battery would keep the device running for at least some time. This approach will likely prevent or catch a crime in action when it would have been otherwise missed. Even the best home networks still have outages and keeping the security running may be worth it to may people. Echo devices on the other hand, are also included in this feature, but are likely not a critical safety feature in a home.
The feature can be turned off in the app for the device, but it will be set to “on” after the update. Overall, the core concept of this feature is good, but the way Amazon is handling it and the lack of security information makes me suggest turning it off for now. Once the company has released more information, we may even recommend this feature to help your neighbors who are also using these devices.
Comcast has added extensions to their data caps in other states with the COVID-19 work for home push, but this gesture still small when looking at all the other cable companies simply offering unlimited data. Comcast does offer higher tier plans with unlimited data and faster speeds, but appear to be all over $100 a month.
In 1950, the Berwick Police Department took over the Carriage House and converted it into the Berwick Police Department. The police department served the members of the town of Berwick until 2009. As quoted by executive director of the Jackson Mansion, Jim Stout.
In 2009 The Berwick Historical Society took possession of the Jackson Mansion and Carriage House. This is when restorations of the property began. The result, is as you see when you take the tours throughout the mansion to this current day. Obviously the “Jail cell” remained in tact, but wasn’t open to the public until now.
So, with everyone concentrating on the pandemic, Berwick Historical society, restored the old Carriage House, and with brushes and tools in hand, restored the Jailhouse, to its former glory!
The exhibit displays pictures of the police departments history over the last century. Photographs of the Berwick Police Department can be traced back to the turn of the century. Other memorabilia are displayed, as a proud display of Berwick history. Artifacts from the original Carriage House are also on display.
So, if your looking to find something to do during the “pandemic”, take a short walk over to the Berwick Historical Society and Carriage House and see the history surrounding the town of Berwick!
Geisinger is offering ways to accommodate family members allowing communications with loved ones while in the facilities. Such as, providing families with iPads. Family members are encouraged to contact the hospital to find out more information. Geisinger Clinics and Outpatient facilities are still allowing one person to accompany the patient in those facilities.
Berwick Hospital has also implemented a no visitor policy at this time.
You can view the full policy here: https://www.geisinger.org/coronavirus/patients-and-visitors/coronavirus-visitor-update
Visitation for special situations (visiting hours can be flexible): (as of 11/11/2020)
Patients who are medically unstable (two designated visitors) All patients who are imminently dying (within hours to days), but who are not positive for or suspected to have COVID-19 (two visitors) A one-time “substitution” with two other visitors is permitted. Visits should ideally be between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Patients undergoing surgery or procedures (one single-time visitor immediately after the procedure) Delivering mothers (one support person) Patients who are minors and those with limited decisional capacity (up to two parents or guardians) Patients who have altered mental status, an intellectual, developmental or cognitive disability or a communication barrier (two visitors) Patients with disruptive behavior where a family member is key to their care (two visitors) Patients being discharged (one visitor to help with discharge planning) ER patients (no visitors, with some exceptions as noted): Patients who are medically unstable (one visitor, at provider’s discretion) Patients who are at end of life (two visitors) Patients who are minors and those with limited decisional capacity (up to two parents or guardians) Patients who have altered mental status or developmental delays and caregiver provides safety (one visitor) Patients with disruptive behavior, where a family member is key to their care (one visitor) Alerted patients (e.g., STEMI, stroke, trauma) (one visitor)