Coronavirus Updates

Updated at 4:45pm on April 1

All 67 Pennsylvania counties are now on the STAY AT HOME list, effective at 8pm on April 1st!

Individuals may leave their residence only to perform any of the following allowable individual activities and allowable essential travel:

  • Tasks essential to maintain health and safety, or the health and safety of their family or household members (including pets), such as obtaining medicine or medical supplies, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies they need to work from home
  • Getting necessary services or supplies for themselves, for their family or household members, or as part of volunteer efforts, or to deliver those services or supplies to others to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences
  • Engaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking or running if they maintain social distancing
  • To perform work providing essential products and services at a life-sustaining business
  • To care for a family member or pet in another household
  • Any travel related to the provision of or access to the above-mentioned individual activities or life-sustaining business activities
  • Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons
  • Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services
  • Travel to return to a place of residence from an outside jurisdiction
  • Travel required by law enforcement or court order
  • Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the commonwealth
  • Anyone performing life-sustaining travel does not need paperwork to prove the reason for travel.

The following operations are exempt:

  • Life-sustaining business activities
  • Health care or medical services providers
  • Access to life-sustaining services for low-income residents, including food banks
  • Access to child care services for employees of life-sustaining businesses that remain open as follows: child care facilities operating under the Department of Human Services, Office of Child Development and Early Learning waiver process; group and family child care operating in a residence; and part-day school age programs operating under an exemption from the March 19, 2020 business closure Orders
  • News media
  • Law enforcement, emergency medical services personnel, firefighters
  • The federal government
  • Religious institutions

Schools in PA are closed until further notice.

President Trump says the national mitigation guidelines will extend until April 30th:

  1. School from home
  2. Gather in groups no larger than 10 people
  3. Avoid discretionary travel
  4. Avoid eating and drinking in restaurants, bars, and public food courts.

Anyone coming from New York City to PA is being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

PA offers financial assistance to small businesses.  More info HERE.

Governor Wolf has ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses in PA to close their physical locations.  Enforcement began Monday, March 23 at 8am.  What is life sustaining?  Updated list is here

Reporting through midnight on April 1, PA Dept of Health says there are 5805 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania.  Read more HERE.

Nursing homes and other senior living facilities are prohibiting or severely restricting visitors as a measure to protect residents.

 

Schools & Day Care

Governor Wolf has ordered all PA schools, K-12, to be closed until further notice.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has cancelled all statewide assessments for the 2019-2020 school year. The cancellation includes the PSSA, PASA, and Keystone Exams.

 

Government and Community

Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center has adopted a zero-visitor policy. There are now just two open entrances to the hospital and everyone will be screened. The main entrance is open 5 AM to 5 PM, and the Emergency Department is open 24 hours for emergency care. The hospital says all elective and non-urgent cases will be rescheduled for least 30 days.

Indiana Regional Medical Center is not permitting visitors.  Most elective surgeries are being rescheduled.

CSSMC at Windber is limiting visitors to one healthy visitor per patient as of March 16.  Elective surgeries are being rescheduled and all non-essential events and seminars have been cancelled. The volunteer program is suspended until further notice.

The US government is extending the tax filing deadline to July 15th.  All taxpayers and businesses will have the additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties.  If you’re owed a refund, file as son as you’re able.

The PA Dept of Revenue has extended the tax filing deadline.  Now, PA taxpayers must file their 2019 Pennsylvania personal income tax returns by July 15.  This means taxpayers have an additional 90 days to file.

The US Census Bureau is suspending field operations for two additional weeks to April 15th.

Governor Tom Wolf announced on March 19th that low-interest loans will be available for small businesses and eligible non-profits in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania through the U.S. Small Business Administration.  Click HERE for more info.

In Ferndale, the jubilee grounds/park/basketball court, playground and walking trail are closed until further notice.

As of March 26th, all Johnstown city parks are closed.  This includes all equipment, benches and shelters.  You can still hke in Stackhouse Park or walk the Roxbury Trail, but large groups are not permitted.

The City of Johnstown has closed all public access to city owned buildings and properties until further notice.

Medicare patients are now eligible for telehealth benefits that cover a wide range of services.  This allows patients to use telehealth services (like Skype to confer with a medical practitioner) instead of making an office visit.  Call your doctor with questions or call 1-800-MEDICARE for more information.

PA officials are changing the date of the primary from April 28 to June 2. If you would like to apply for an absentee ballot or mail-in ballot application, you can get more information HERE.

The Cambria County Courthouse is closed to the public for non-essential functions through April 3.  Click HERE for more info.

The City of Johnstown has closed all public access to city-owned buildings and properties until further notice.

Cambria County Library closed through April 6.

Somerset County Library closed until further notice.

Indiana Free Library closed until further notice.

All state-run museums and historic sites are closed.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has closed all shooting ranges, including all rifle, handgun, shotgun, and archery ranges on state game lands until further notice. All Hunter-Trapper Education classes have been cancelled through the end of March.  Hunters who needs certification before April 1 can take the Game Commission’s online course:https://www.hunter-ed.com/pennsylvania.

Transportation

On March 19th, the State Department advised US citizens to avoid all international travel.  The advisory cites growing concerns about coronavirus globally.  Americans abroad are urged to “arrange for immediate return” if possible. 

Amtrak has suspending train service through Johnstown, effective Thursday, March 19th

The PA Turnpike will no longer accept cash or credit cards at any interchange statewide.  All tolls will be assessed electronically via E-ZPass or the PA Turnpike TOLL BY PLATE program.

All Driver License Centers and Photo License Centers in Pennsylvania will be closed, effective Monday, March 16.  Expiration dates for driver licenses and many other PennDOT documents have been extended.  Read more HERE.

All 17 service plazas along the PA Turnpike will are open with indoor restrooms available 24 hours a day. There will be no inside dining.  More info HERE.   Fuel is available and the convenience stores are open.

The CamTran Bus Stop Shop in the transit center in downtown Johnstown will be closed March 16-March 27.  31-day bus passes can still be purchase in the Woodvale and Ebensburg offices.  1-day bus passes can be purchased from any bus operator.

Retailers

On Thursday, March 19th, Governor Wolf ordered all non-life sustaining businesses to close as of 8pm.  Bars and restaurants many still continue carry-out, delivery and drive-through service. What is life sustaining?

Some retailers, including Walmart and Giant Eagle, have changed their hours to allow for store cleaning and stocking.  Some are also limiting purchases of select items so more people will access to the items they need.  Check your favorite store’s website or call for changes in hours and/or policies.

Giant Eagle is making changes to create a safer shopping experience:

  • Installing plexiglass dividers at checkout, Pharmacy, and Customer Service counters.
  • Adding floor indicators and signage at checkout lanes to show appropriate social distance between guests.
  • Asking guests to refrain from bringing reusable bags into stores.

Sheetz says its self-serve coffee will temporarily be unavailable. Customers can order coffee with the touch screens or by asking an employee.  In addition to coffee, self-service beverages like fountain drinks, fresh brewed tea, frozen drinks and milkshakes are also temporarily suspended.

All Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores closed at 9:00 PM on March 17 and remain closed until further notice. The website will not accept orders after 5:00 PM Monday, March 16

Churches

The Diocese of Johnstown-Altoona has suspended the celebration of public Masses and all other liturgical celebrations until further notice.

Bishop Mark Bartchak of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese has removed the obligation of participating in Sunday Mass.

Grove United Methodist Church has suspended services until further notice.

Scalp Level Trinity United Methodist Church in Windber closed on Sunday, March 15 and Sunday, March 22

Sports

The PIAA has suspended basketball and AA swimming and diving championships for at least two weeks.

Golf: The Masters tournament scheduled for April 9-12 has been postponed.

The NHL has paused the season with 189 games remaining.

Major League Baseball has suspended spring training games and will delay the beginning of the regular season by at least 2 weeks.

Penn State has suspended athetic-related activities indefinitely.  This includes the cancellation of the annual Blue-White Game.

 

Colleges

PA Highlands Community College will suspend all credit classes on March 16 and 17 then move to online instruction on March 18 except for clinicals and internships.  All non-credit courses will be cancelled or rescheduled.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) will have no face-to-face classes.  Students are asked not to return to campus or residence halls.

Penn State will hold all classes remotely beginning March 16 running through April 3.

St. Francis University classes move online starting on Wednesday, March 18th.

All of University of Pittsburgh campuses, including UPJ will shift to remote learning beginning on Monday, March 23.

Allegany College of Maryland has extended spring break through Tuesday, March 17th.

Slippery Rock University has extended spring break until March 29.  Classes will be online after that date.

Events

The Brett Eldredge concert at 1st Summit arena scheduled for March 25th has been cancelled.  Tickets will be refunded through the point of purchase.

The Rolling Stones has postponed their “No Filter” tour of North America.

The annual Girls Night Out event in Johnstown as been cancelled for this year. The next Taunia Oechslin Girls Night Out will be April 20, 2021.

Greater Johnstown YMCA has cancelled all classes and events and is closed until further notice.

The annual Easter Seals Office Olympix scheduled for Thursday, March 26 has been postponed.  New date to be determined.

The Bottle Works in Johnstown has cancelled all public events for two weeks beginning Monday, March 16.

The Portage Sacred Heart Ushers Club Spring Sportsmen’s Party is cancelled on Sunday, March 15th.

The Brit Floyd concert at 1st Summit Arena in Johnstown scheduled for March 22 is postponed until August 9th.  Tickets will be honored for the new date.

Reba concert at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh postponed.  Original date March 26.  New date is July 16, and tickets will be honored for the new date.

The Johnstown Symphony Orchestra has cancelled or postponed their performance events scheduled through May 10.  Click HERE for more info.

St. John the Baptist Church in New Baltimore has cancelled all fish fries and pancake dinners until further notice.