COVID-19: Local Updates & Information

 

 

The latest updates and information with Coronavirus (COV-19) in our area, our state, and our country. This information is subject to change:

Get the latest report from the Pennsylvania Department of Heath here.

 Click here to see Pennsylvania’s Plan to reopen.

Updated as of  June 10th at 8am:

  • State lawmakers are trying to end Governor Wolf’s shut-down of the state.  Both the house and the senate passed the resolution to end the emergency declaration and state shutdown for the coronavirus pandemic allowing all businesses to reopen. Governor Wolf says he plans to veto the proposal. It would take a majority two-thirds vote in each chamber to override that veto.

  • The governor released guidance for programs this summer, it allows overnight camps and organized sports for kids in counties in the green phase to continue.  And public pools can open in the yellow and green phase.   Local colleges and universities say they plan to get back to in-person classes in the fall.  Both Wilkes University and King’s college in Wilkes-Barre will start their school year earlier meaning classes will end by Thanksgiving, with no breaks.  Marywood University in Scranton will combine online learning and in-person instruction and most dorm rooms will be single occupancy. 

Public Service Spaces

  • COLTS buses in Lackawanna County will now be running on a Saturday schedule and waiving fares to help protect the drivers from touching.
  • PA State Parks have closed all facilities, however trails remain open.
  • Luzerne County Central Court (NOT the Courthouse) on Water Street asks only victims, defendants, witnesses and law enforcement inside the facility at this time.
  • The Luzerne County Courthouse is under a modified schedule, including a single point of entry at the rear of the building. Juries have been cancelled for the rest of March, with attorneys and taxpayers encouraged to use online facilities. The sheriff’s dept. on the lower level will handle all public business on the following schedule:
    • 9a-noon: Sheriff, prothonotary, gun permits and clerk of court filings.
    • 1pm-3:30pm: Deeds, assessor’s office, wills and orphans court clerk
    • 3:30pm-4:25pm: Probate appointments.
  • PA American Water is restoring water to residents who have been shut-off on a temporary basis to ease health and safety concerns for customers.
  • The PA Dept. of Corrections AND The Luzerne County Correctional Facility have placed a 14 day ban on any visitations of inmates.
  • Tax Collection has temporarily been ceased at the Duryea Borough building. Residents are asked instead to mail taxes or place them in the dropbox.
  • The Luzerne County Library System has announced a full closure until March 29th.
  • Most, if not all, utility companies are working with residents to either keep utilities on or restore utilities that have already been shut off. Please contact your utility providers if you are in need of assistance.
  • Wilkes-Barre Mayor George Brown has enacted a state of emergency to free up funding resources. City Hall, the DPW and fire Dept are all closed to the public, as well as the city-owned golf courses, parks and playgrounds.
  • Municipal / Police Buildings are closed to the public in the following locations: Dallas Twp, Dupont, Duryea, Edwardsville, Exeter, Forty-Fort, Hanover Twp., Harvey’s Lake, Kingston Twp, Laflin, Larksville, Luzerne, Nanticoke, Pittston, Plymouth, Plymouth Twp., Swoyersville, Plains Twp., West Wyoming, Wilkes-Barre Twp.
  • The Diocese of Scranton has announced a suspension of all public masses.  Some churches will remain open for private worship.  Funerals, Weddings and Baptisms can continue but can only be attended by immediate family only.

Events

  • In Wilkes-Barre, both the  Cherry Blossom Festival, set for next month and the Fine Arts Fiesta, set for May will both be cancelled this year. Both are spring time traditions in the city.
  • The Irem Shrine Circus, a spring-time tradition for decades is being postponed.
  • Both The Scranton AND Pittston Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick have cancelled their annual dinners on Tuesday, March 17th. Both are awaiting a new date.
  • The NEPA Bach Festival in Scranton has been cancelled.
  • The Wyoming Valley Children’s Association has postponed their annual Gala, Walk-A-Thon and meeting. Events will be scheduled at a later date.
  • The Ronald McDonald House of Scranton has postponed their annual Gourmet Gala March 22nd. A new date has been schedule for June 14th at Mohegan Sun Pocono.
  • The Pittston Arts Council postponed their designer purse bingo from March 22nd to April 26th.
  • Big Brother/Big Sisters of the Bridge have postponed all Bowl for Kids’ Sake Events. The event scheduled at Chacko’s will now be held June 13th.
  • The SPCA of Luzerne County have postponed their annual Pet Expo at the Kingston Armory. A new date in October is pending.
  • The Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre has postponed performances of “The Wedding Singer”.
  • The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce has postponed “Pins for Nonprofits”, the 2020 Inaugural Diversity Forum, the ATHENA Panel Luncheon and the WB Connect Spotlight Event.
  • The Luzerne County Historical Society: The Nathan Denison House, Swetland Homestead, Bishop Memorial Library and county Museum remain open at this time, but are only taking small groups.
  • The Scranton Half Marathon and all correlating events has been postponed, and will provide updates as soon as possible.
  • WVIA has postponed Pennsylvania Polka for March.

Education

  • In Pennsylvania, no school for at least two more weeks. Governor Wolf has ordered schools not to reopen until April 6th or possibly longer if necessary.
  • The Diocese of Scranton will extend the closure of their schools until April 14th. The State Secretary of Education directed the state’s 29 intermediate units to help districts prepare “continuity of learning plans,” including procedures for students with disabilities and English language learners.
  • The Dept. of Education said it will forego standardized testing for the remainder of the year. Trump also demanded that federal student loan interest be waived for the next 60 days, at least.
  • In compliance with Gov. Wolf’s orders, all Pennsylvania K-12 schools – including all local public, private, Diocese and charter – have closed at this time for 10 business days.
  • King’s College: In-person classes suspended until April 14, after Easter break. Courses continue online. Internships, clinicals or student-teaching assignments will continue as scheduled.
  • Misericordia University: In-person classes suspended until April 14, after Easter break. Courses continue online.
  • Luzerne County Community College: In-person classes are suspended. Online courses will continue. Classes will resume on March 19 as distance learning. College events have also been canceled. See luzerne.edu for information.
  • Bloomsburg University has extended spring break until March 23rd, when classes will resume online. All University events have been postponed.
  • Penn State Wilkes-Barre and Scranton: In-person classes suspended through April 3. Courses continue online.
  • Wilkes University: In-person classes suspended until April 3 and set to resume April 6. Courses continue online. All university-sponsored events canceled through April 5 and athletic events canceled through March 30.
  • Lackawanna County: Johnson College, Keystone University and Marywood University extended spring break to March 23 and canceled events for the week of March 15. University of Scranton extended spring break to March 30, and classes will be held online from March 30 to April 9.
  • The state education department announced the cancellation of all standardized tests, including the Keystone exams and the PSSAs, for the 2019-20 school year, joining several states that have already made such a move. The department is seeking waivers from the federal rules that require the tests.

Venues

  • The FM Kirby Center has cancelled Dinosaur World Live. Tickets can be honored instead for a Dragons and Mythical Beasts show set for Jan 2021.
  • Joe Nardone’s Doo Wop and Legends showing at the Kirby Center for March 28th has been postponed, and is awaiting a new date.
  • The Mickey Spain Concert at the FM Kirby Center has been postponed. New date is TBA.
  • The Aaron Lewis show set for Friday, 3/13 inside Mohegan Sun Arena has been postponed to May 29th.
  • The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders have postponed their April 9th season opener. A new date is TBA.
  • The AHL has suspended play for all its teams, including the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, until further notice.
  • PIAA has shut down basketball tournaments for the state for at least 2 weeks, as well as the state AA swimming tournament. The wrestling classic at Hanover schedule for Saturday has also been postponed.
  • Price Chopper / Market 32 has announced reduced hours. Locations will close at 1am and reopen at 6am for extra stocking and cleaning.
  • Walmart has announced reduced hours. Walmart stores will open from 6am to 11pm, and will close overnight to allow for stocking and cleaning.
  • The Luzerne County Assistance office is closed to the public,as is all public assistance offices throughout the state. Clients are urged to use online resources through COMPASS and the myCOMPASS PA mobile app. Eligibility determinations, application processing, benefit issuance and EBT payments are all scheduled to continue.
  • Gerrity’s Supermarkets will open exclusively to senior citizens aged 60 and up on Tuesdays from 7-9am to complete their shopping needs. ID will be required – helpers, aids or family members will not be allowed in the store. Starting Thursday stores will also close 1 hour early for additional cleaning and stocking. Stores will close at 9pm Monday-Saturday and 8pm on Sundays.
  • Target will close all stores by 9pm daily to restock and clean. The first open hour of shopping each Wednesday will be set aside for elderly and other vulnerable guests
  • Sam’s Club will now be open Monday-Saturday from 9am-8pm, and Sunday 10am-6pm
  • Wegman’s is limiting store hours from 7am-10pm.
  • Price Chopper will have the following hours of operation: 7am-10pm. All stores will open exclusively to seniors from 6-7am daily starting Thursday, March 19th.
  • The St. Vincent De Paul Soup Kitchen in Wilkes-Barre is offering 1 free takeout meal per day at 11am. The Kitchen Pantry will remain open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11-1, bags will be distributed at the door.
  • The SPCA of Luzerne County has closed visiting hours. All public interactions are by appointment only, as staff continues to work and care for the animals.

Lunch/Daycare Programs

Lackwanna County

  • Carbondale school pickup at the high school courtyard from 11:30am-1pm
  • Dunmore is offering breakfast and lunch at the elementary center from 11am-1:30pm
  • Lakeland is offering lunch from 12-1 at Mayfield Elementary
  • Mid Valley is offering breakfast and lunch from 10am-12pm at the elementary schools bus circle.
  • North Pocono is offering breakfast and lunch from 7am-12pm at Jefferson Elementary or NP Intermediate School
  • Riverside is offering breakfast and lunch at Elementary EAST and the Junior.Senior High School from 1-2:30, as well as again at the high school rom 5:30-6:30pm.
  • Valley View will have breakfast and lunch at the elementary and high school from 11am-12:30.
  • Wayne Highlands is holding a free grab-n-go lunch for students from March 16-27 from 11am-1pm at the following locations: Damascus Area School, Honesdale High School, Preston Area School and The Cooperage in Honesdale.
  • Scranton will offer breakfast from 7:30-9am and lunch from 11am-1pm at the following locations: McNicholas Plaza Elementary, John Whittier Elementary, John Adams Elementary, John F Kennedy Elementary, Charles Sumner Elementary, Robert Morris Elementary, Frances Willard Elementary, George Bancroft Elementary, William Prescott Elementary, Neil Armstrong Elementary, Issac Tripp Elementary, West Scranton Intermediate, South Scranton Intermediate, Scranton High School and West Scranton High School.

 

Luzerne County

  • Wyoming Valley West will offer free grab-n-go lunches for students from 11am-12:30 pm at the following locations during the closure: WVW High School in Plymouth, WVW Middle School in Kingston, State Street Elementary in Larksville, Schuyler Ave in Kingston and Dana Street Elementary in Forty-Fort. Any student in the district can use any of these locations.
  • Wilkes-Barre Area is offering free lunches weekdays at the following locations: Dodson, Heights, Flood, Kistler and Solomon Elementary Schools as well as Coughlin (both locations).
  • Berwick will offer breakfast and lunch from 10:30-12:30 at all school locations.
  • Crestwood will offer bagged lunches from 11am-1pm at the High School and White Haven Library.
  • Dallas residents are asked to call 570-675-5201, ext. 5298 for assistance.
  • Nanticoke will have breakfast and lunch from 11:30-12:30 at Apollo Circle, GNA High School bus port, Tilbury Fire Hall, Glen Lyon American Legion and the Hanover section firehouse.
  • Hanover Area will have bagged lunches from 11-11:30 at the entrance to Stoney Ridge Apartments, Dundee Apartments, high school back parking lot, Memorial Elementary School lot, Lee Park school playground, Lynwood School playground.
  • Hazleton Area will have lunch from 11:30am-1pm at Maple Manor, Heights-Terrace and Valley.
  • Lake-Lehman will have breakfast and lunch from 11-1 at the rear of the Junior/Senior High School.
  • Northwest Area will have bagged lunches from 11:30-12:30 at Fairmont United Methodist Church, Schickshinny Borough Building, Northwest Intermediate School and the high school.
  • Pittston Area will have food for students from 11-1 at the rear of the high school, intermediate center bus drop and primary center student drop off.
  • Wyoming Area will have lunches from 11:30-1pm at the Secondary Center Cafeteria.
  • Active Adult Centers in Luzerne County have been shut down at this time. If an older adult needs food assistance please contact Meals on Wheels or the County Bureau on Aging.
  • While most daycare in the state have shuttered it’s doors by this point, the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA is offering childcare services to workers who have essential jobs. This includes healthcare or government workers, or workers whose employer is mandated to stay open. The rest of the facility is closed to the public, which is allowing fora safe amount of space between the children.

 

Wyoming County

  • Lackawanna Trail will have a pick up at the Elementary Center from 10-1pm.
  • Tunkhannock Area will have pickups at the High School and Intermediate Centers. Students whose Last Names begin with A-L should go to the IC. Students whose last names begin with M-Z should go to the high school from 4

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