Centre County in better shape than a week ago — but ‘worrisome’ trends remain

Centre County appears to be in slightly better shape than it was a week ago with the COVID-19 pandemic — but based on trends, data and projections, any celebration could still be short-lived.

Dr. David Rubin, director of PolicyLab at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, last week gave the Centre Daily Times a “bellwether” date of Oct. 1 for when the county would know whether it was trending in the right direction. But, based on precedent from colleges that started before Penn State and his COVID-19 study that touched on the impact of changing temperatures, Rubin believes he can already better project the county’s pandemic path.

His educated projection at this point? With the county’s decreasing positivity rate — it was down to 9.3% Sunday, based on seven-day averages, compared to 12.6% a week prior — Penn State is likely following the path of other universities in that it

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County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, medical experts encourage San Diegans to battle COVID-19

County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said now is the time to battle COVID-19, not each other.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — Medical professionals, scientists, community leaders and County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher held a media conference Monday to address the battle against COVID-19. 

Supervisor Fletcher said now is the time to battle COVID-19, not each other. Fletcher urged residents to focus on fighting COVID-19 rather than the business restrictions imposed by the ongoing pandemic.

“The reopening of businesses should not be pitted against keeping our residents safe. The most immediate threat to the viability of our businesses, our kid’s education, our people and our way of life as San Diegans is this deadly virus. If we allow the virus to become stronger, more powerful, then we all lose. COVID is the enemy. San Diegans need to be safe, be strong and beat COVID,” Fletcher said.

San Diego County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar released

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Reopening updates: What to know about COVID-19 in Centre County, Pa.

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Centre County adds 109 COVID-19 cases

Centre County added 109 cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, the state Department of Health said Monday. The county reported 72 new cases Sunday and 37 new cases Monday., and all but one were confirmed.

The county has had 1,836 cases since March 20 — 1,775 confirmed and 61 probable. There have been 23,157 negative tests. One patient is hospitalized in the county due to COVID-19, according to the state dashboard.

The breakdown of Centre County cases by ZIP code is as follows, according to the Health Department:

  • 16801 (State College): 1,113 confirmed (84 new cases since Saturday), 26 probable
  • 16802 (University Park): 248 (19 new cases), 1-4 probable
  • 16803 (State College): 112 (7 new cases), 7 probable (1 new case)
  • 16823 (Bellefonte and Pleasant Gap): 84, 10 probable
  • 16686 (Tyrone):
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HEALS, Inc. never stops working for kids across Madison County

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – When schools started closing at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, HEALS, Inc. decided to stay open and keep providing care for kids across Madison County.

And even in normal times, care doesn’t stop when schools are out.

HEALS, Inc. has three dental clinics around the county, including one at Madison Cross Roads Elementary in Toney.

Parent Lisa Martchinske, who has two teenage HEALS patients, said the clinic is always there, even when one of her kids had a stomachache in the middle of the night.

“She was having tummy pain, we didn’t know if it was maybe appendicitis. So we called them and they were able to go ahead and give us remedies right over the phone.”

Marchinske added that one common thing she hears after her kids get done is, “Look what I got from the goodie box!”

She said the goodie box and

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County health group works to reduce child obesity with school resource guide – News – New Jersey Herald

With the coronavirus pandemic causing a great deal of anxiety among students preparing to resume learning, local health professionals and educators have compiled a resource guide to promote health and wellness as districts prepare for a new, unique school year.

The guide stems from efforts over the past few months from members of the Sussex County Child Health Crisis work group, led by former Sussex-Wantage school nurse Deb Fisher. The initiative was founded several years ago but has taken on added significance during the COVID-19 pandemic, as virus researchers have identified obesity as a potential risk factor.

The 50-page resource guide includes information on schools’ best practices for a healthy lifestyle, such as limiting classroom celebrations with food and reducing the amount of soda and candy sold at school. It also encourages staff to serve as role models and talk with students so they understand the importance of good nutrition.

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Santa Clara Co.: County Struggles To Breathe Life Into Mental Health Services For Ex-Inmates

By Madelyn Reese

San Jose Spotlight

Santa Clara County supervisors are vowing to save a critically underfunded mental health program that often is a last resort for hundreds of former inmates in need of medical help.

Community Awaiting Placement Supervision (CAPS) helps place former Santa Clara County inmates into mental health treatment programs. They are ordered, upon release, to receive outpatient counseling or be placed in transitional housing. From July 2019 to this July, 109 people were released from jail into the supervision of CAPS.

Of those, only 16 made it through the full 90 days of the program in compliance and without being rearrested, according to Javier Aguirre, director of Reentry Services for the county. He explained the shortfalls of the program to the Board of Supervisors Sept. 1.

“We had individuals who were just one week away from closing out the program but were unfortunately rearrested,” Aguirre said.

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Orange County Health & Fitness


As indoor malls reopen at 25 percent, Orange County isn’t out of the woods yet, with regard to reopening schools and restaurants.

Orange County 'On Verge' Of Red Tier Upgrade In Newsom's Plan


“We’ve got to hold there another week and then fingers crossed,” said County CEO Frank Kim.

With Outbreak Slowing, Orange County Leaders Mull Reopening


The spread of the coronavirus is slowing in Orange County, putting the region on track for school and restaurant reopenings if trends holds.

Orange County 'Very Close' To Reopenings


Reporting a lag in data, 29 more coronavirus deaths were released, Thursday. OC Health Care recommends flu shots to avoid a “twin-demic.”

Day 5 Off  Watch List: Supes Talk Reopenings, Labor Day Concerns


As families across Orange County await the chance for schools to start reopening, 448 new cases of coronavirus are reported.

Orange County Coronavirus Update: Day 4 Off Watch List

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After 2 inmates die, Dauphin County Prison board launches medical review

Two men incarcerated at Dauphin County Prison have died recently, prompting the Dauphin County Prison Board of Inspectors to launch an independent medical review of policies and procedures.


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Officials made the announcement on Saturday. The prison is an accredited facility through the National Commission on Correctional Health Care and is fully compliant with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Standards.

Jimmy King, Jr., 50, was found “minimally responsive” in his cell several days ago. He was transported to Hershey Medical Center. He died at 7 a.m. on Saturday of a “medical event,” according to a statement released by Dauphin County.

King was serving time for retail theft, escape, and an accident involving damage to a vehicle.

Herbert Tilghman, 46, was incarcerated for possession with intent to manufacture. He reportedly collapsed and suffered a “fatal medical event” on August 20. The Dauphin County statement noted that Tilghman was “receiving treatment,”

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GA official: New medical examiner’s facility will help county battle COVID-19

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    ATLANTA (WGCL ) — Cobb County officials opened the doors to its newest medical examiner’s office.

According to a Cobb County spokesperson, the new medical examiner’s building opened on County Services Parkway on Saturday.

The 19-thousand-square-foot building cost $11 million, and it replaces a building that was built in the late 1970s. The old building could no longer serve the needs of a growing suburban county, according to a county spokesperson.

“The original Medical Examiner’s office was built in 1978 when Cobb County only had 200-thousand people, and it has not significantly been expanded since then,” said Dr. Christopher Gulledge, Cobb County’s Medical Examiner. “Today Cobb County has 750-thousand people and we needed significant expansion to meet the need for the county.”

Dr. Gulledge noted the new building will allow the medical examiner’s office to provide real-time COVID-19 data to public health officials.

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Centre County YMCA adjusts feeding program as kids return to school

As summer lunch programs wind down, hunger advocates have joined forces to ensure kids not returning for in-person classes will be fed.

The Centre County YMCA summer feeding program is set to end Aug. 21, but the YMCA and Central Pennsylvania Food Bank have teamed up to continue some programming that began in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although some need will be alleviated by school meal programs, Director of the Moshannon Valley YMCA Mel Curtis said food insecurity isn’t going to disappear once schools reopen.

“We still have lots to do,” Curtis said. “This isn’t going away any time soon.”

When the lunch program concludes, the anti-hunger program will focus specifically on children who aren’t physically in school, families, senior citizens and homeless populations.

Family centers established in Centre and Clearfield counties will continue operating once every two weeks. The official locations for food distribution will be

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