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RideATA COVID BULLETIN LOGO 206-16-20 WHAT WE ARE DOING • FTA Administrator K. Jane Williams says thanks to essential transit workers.
In a recorded message, K. Jane Williams, Acting Administrator of The Federal Transportation Administration (FTA), thanks the transit Industry for its COVID 19 response. RideATA is part of a transit industry hard hit by the COVID-19 public health emergency. But, every day, we continue to see the resiliency of the industry and the commitment of its workers. In this two-minute video message, Administrator Williams thanks frontline transit workers for their many sacrifices, highlights the Administration’s response and looks ahead as the economy continues to re-open.

 

 

 

07-07-20 Casey Toomey join Gov. Wolf in asking Pennsylvania residents to wear masks HereGovernor Wolf Face Coverings 07-07-20

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Penn Live Gov. Tom Wolf has been urging Pennsylvania residents to wear masks for weeks and Pennsylvania’s two U.S. senators are joining the call.

In a joint statement featuring Wolf and other lawmakers Tuesday, U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey and Bob Casey Jr. urged Pennsylvania residents to wear masks in public to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

 

 

 

 

05-26-20 Considerations for Using Public Transit Posted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Check with local transit authorities for the latest information on changes to services and procedures, especially if you might need additional assistance.

Avoid touching surfaces.

Limit touching frequently touched surfaces such as kiosks, digital interfaces such as touchscreens and fingerprint scanners, ticket machines, turnstiles, handrails, restroom surfaces, elevator buttons, and benches as much as possible.  If you must touch these surfaces, as soon as you can, wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water or rub your hands with sanitizer containing 60% alcohol.
Use touchless payment and no-touch trash cans and doors when available. Exchange cash or credit cards by placing them in a receipt tray or on the counter rather than by hand, if possible.

Practice social distancing.

When possible, consider traveling during non-peak hours when there are likely to be fewer people.
Follow social distancing guidelines by staying at least 6 feet (2 meters) from people who are not from your household.

For example:

  • Avoid gathering in groups, and stay out of crowded spaces when possible, especially at transit stations and stops.
  • Consider skipping a row of seats between yourself and other riders if possible.
  • Enter and exit buses through rear entry doors if possible.
  • Look for social distancing instructions or physical guides offered by transit authorities (for example, floor decals or signs indicating where to stand or sit to remain at least 6 feet apart from others).
  • Practice hand hygiene.

-- After you leave the transit station or stop, use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
-- When you arrive at your destination, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

 

All route change bulletins appear below and also on our new twitter alert feed that appears on this page.

While developments around the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to evolve, we understand that you may be concerned about what this means when riding our public transit busses.

We want you to be as informed as possible. Here you will find the latest information issued by RideATA
as well as helpful tips on what you can do to protect yourself and fellow riders while riding public transportation in the region.

ATA continues to work closely with its statewide network of transit systems, the Commonwealth through Department of Health, PennDOT and local agency partners in the six counties and in Clarion County. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website remains an important link for your computer and mobile device for the latest developments, and authoritative advice for your personal safety and well-being. We also suggest that you follow the websites established by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.  To view a real time dashboard of COVID-19 cases worldwide, there is the highly acclaimed website from Johns Hopkins University - Center for Systems Science and Engineering. Thanks to Professor Lauren Gardner. This is worth a bookmark in your web browser.

Thanks You Essential EmployeesFollow RideATA on twitter and on facebook.

Please check back for updates to this page on RideATA for advisories for the latest information affecting transit passengers. Contact RideATA Customer service via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tawk.to text on this website if you have a question or a suggestion. On April 1st the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania issued a statewide stay at home order to protect public health. This will have an impact on essential RideATA transportation services. ATA is conducting a system-wide review of the public transit services it offers to adjust to the impact of COVID-19. This review and subsequent changes are made in coordination with PennDOT. Updates will appear in multiple locations on the RideATA website and on social media. On RideATA.com we have installed a twitter feed that appears on the right of your screen. If you have a twitter account you can follow route notices and alerts in real time. The RideATA customer service team is available to help you 1-866-282-4968. Or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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PA Department of Health - Responding to COVID-19 GUIDE

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. All Pennsylvanians have an important role to play in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and saving lives. Here are resources to help individuals, families, and businesses do their part. Keep checking back. This guide (GO HERE) will be kept up to date as resources and information change.


GO HERE

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GUIDANCE FOR CLEANING & DISINFECTING

Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools and Homes

Download the guidance table issued by CDC and EPA in April 2020 HERE.

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 This 3 page guidance was announced by Dr. Fauci (CDC) at the March 9 briefing, and intended for wide distribution.  Download your copy here.

"So (with the help of scientists from Australia) we came up with the idea — it would be very good for clarity, so why don’t we just put it together, edit it a little, and put it in a way that people can look: “What about the home? What about the school? What about the workplace?”  These are really simple, low-tech things. There’s nothing in there that’s complicated. But it’s just stated in a way that’s clear, that people can understand."  - Dr. Fauci, CDC - Task Force

  CDC_workplace-school-and-home-guidance.pdf

 
  Read this and share the facts about coronavirus disease.

 CDC Flyer on covid-19 rumors 2019

03-23-2020 Free Information as a public service of these journalists.

FROM THE WASINGTON POST

The Washington Post is providing our daily live updates, comprehensive guide to the pandemic and our Coronavirus Updates newsletter for free, so that all readers have access to this important information about the coronavirus pandemic.

FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES

We are providing free access to the most important news and useful guidance on the coronavirus outbreak to help readers understand the pandemic. Sign up with an email address to read all of the articles on this page.

WPSU TV/FM

WPSU is following the effects of COVID-19 on our central Pennsylvania communities. Check back here frequently for updates on the story.

 Helpful Hygiene Tips for Riders

Local health departments are also offering advice that is valuable and worth heeding. This advice is not unique to shared public transportation riders but in every gathering place we happen to be as we go about our lives. So here it is (and you have heard some of it already):

1. Wash your hands.

Washing your hands is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs, particularly after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Follow these five steps every time:

Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.

• Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice, or “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”
• Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
• Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
• Carry alcohol-based (60-95% alcohol) hand sanitizer when you aren’t able to wash your hands.

2. Change your seat.

If you notice someone near you who appears to be visibly sick, move away from them if possible.

If escaping the path of someone’s cough or sneeze isn’t an option, respectfully pivot in the opposite direction, being sure to face away from the trajectory of their cough or sneeze.

3. Sit down.

While an entirely hands-free commute or ride probably isn’t possible, it’s best to avoid holding on to poles and straps as germs can survive on these surfaces. If possible, opt to sit, keeping your hands in your pockets to avoid touching unnecessary surfaces. This option is more of a best-case scenario, as trains and buses are often full during peak travel hours, and individuals with physical disabilities should always have first priority for seating.

4. Use good judgment.

If you are sick, stay home. If that’s not an option, don’t cough or sneeze into your hands. You’re more likely to touch something and spread germs that could infect others. Instead, cough or sneeze into your shoulder, sleeve or elbow. Additionally, it has been an active flu and respiratory disease season. The CDC and local physicians continue to recommend getting a flu shot - it’s never too late

 

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DOWNLOAD THE POSTER

In February RideATA distributed posters and handbills of the PA Department of Health's informative infographic on COVID-19.

You can obtain your PDF copy here by clicking on the poster. Take Care.

 

What we are doing.

 

05-26-20 Considerations for Using Public Transit Posted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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 Stay up-to-date. CDC LOGO

Check with local transit authorities for the latest information on changes to services and procedures, especially if you might need additional assistance.

Avoid touching surfaces.

Limit touching frequently touched surfaces such as kiosks, digital interfaces such as touchscreens and fingerprint scanners, ticket machines, turnstiles, handrails, restroom surfaces, elevator buttons, and benches as much as possible.  If you must touch these surfaces, as soon as you can, wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water or rub your hands with sanitizer containing 60% alcohol.
Use touchless payment and no-touch trash cans and doors when available. Exchange cash or credit cards by placing them in a receipt tray or on the counter rather than by hand, if possible.

Practice social distancing.

When possible, consider traveling during non-peak hours when there are likely to be fewer people.
Follow social distancing guidelines by staying at least 6 feet (2 meters) from people who are not from your household.

For example:

  • Avoid gathering in groups, and stay out of crowded spaces when possible, especially at transit stations and stops.
  • Consider skipping a row of seats between yourself and other riders if possible.
  • Enter and exit buses through rear entry doors if possible.
  • Look for social distancing instructions or physical guides offered by transit authorities (for example, floor decals or signs indicating where to stand or sit to remain at least 6 feet apart from others).
  • Practice hand hygiene.

-- After you leave the transit station or stop, use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
-- When you arrive at your destination, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

 

05-21-20 In Pennsylvania FRIDAY MAY 22 is 1-4-3 Day Honoring Fred Rogers.1-4-3 Day in PA The Helpers

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Our May 12 posting honoring the HELPERS was ahead of its time.  Governor Wolf has set aside Friday May 22nd as  143/365 Day in PA.   In a statement from the Commonwealth:


"1-4-3 or I-Love-You. From the City of Brotherly Love to the birthplace of Fred Rogers, America's most beloved neighbor, Pennsylvania is a place where kindness and gratitude to those who make up our community is part of who we are. That's what makes PA such an incredible place to live.

Fred Rogers regularly used 143 as his special code for "I Love You" - based on the number of letters in each word. From today forward, the 143rd day of the year is #143DayinPA-a day when we encourage our residents to share the acts of kindness and good deeds they do for each other.

In times of uncertainty, simple acts of kindness mean the most. Help us reflect on how grateful we are to have each other and promote your kind acts now by sharing on social with #143PA! Let’s all do our part and help Pennsylvanians feel the love. Happy #143DayinPA!"

Fred ForeverFred Rogers work continues to inspire Pennsylvanians and all Americans, of all ages. May 22 we join together to thank OUR HELPERS, and in support of the Essential Workers. Click here to sign up 143/365.

Earlier this month we posted our own tribute to the Helpers.  (You know who you are.) "Look for the HELPERS. You will always find people who are HELPING."
 The original artwork below was created by Kelli Surra, ATA Marketing.

05-12-20 Look for the hometown helpers, honor the work of our neighbors.Look for the Helpers

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ATA thanks all of the essential workers nationwide, especially to those in our own community. In the words of Mr. Rogers, you are "the helpers" in our neighborhood. On our RideATA Facebook page we highlight the many volunteer helpers and their great stories. We thank them for their work on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.  ATA appreciates the masks and face covering donated for for use by our drivers. We are very grateful for all the support and love we have received from everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic. We deeply appreciate our partner service agencies, local, state and federal and their empolyees working tirelessly every day.  These are exceptional people who are dedicated to public service no matter what the challenge. We’re grateful and proud to work with you. ATA continues to operate on a reduced & modified schedule to provide service for life sustaining needs. We are working hard to keep your trust and support.

 

 04-17-20 FACE COVERING on RideATA effective Sunday April 19, 2020 8:00 PM

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Effective Sunday, April 19 at 8 PM by order of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, ATA will require all employees and riders to wear a face covering on all ATA vehicles and in all ATA facilities.

One question, answered: Do I really need to wear a mask whenever I’m around people?

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that Americans wear masks outside the home primarily to protect the community, not themselves. A simple cotton mask might not stop much from coming in, but it can stop up to 99 percent of particles from exiting into the air. Countries that have universally committed to wearing masks have seen clear drops in their infection numbers. In the United States, wearing masks for the public good could effectively halt the virus: Models suggest that if just 80 percent of the population protects those around them, the rate at which the coronavirus spreads could plummet to a stop."

-- From THE ATLANTIC MAGAZINE - 04-23-20

 

04-17-20 IN DUBOIS AREA - These route suspensions are effective Saturday April 18, 2020

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 DUBOIS AREA fixed route services to Falls Creek are suspended.

Riders affected by this suspension are encouraged to contact ATA Customer Service ride reservations.

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04-17-20 IN DUBOIS AREA - These route suspensions are effective Saturday April 18, 2020

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 DUBOIS AREA Suspended fixed routes
• DuBois Brockway 602120
• DuBois Brockway 602220
• 322 Express (Reynoldsville DuBois) 505020

DUBOIS AREA Suspended Saturday service
Saturday service suspended on these DuBois fixed routes
• Purple Route -Saturday
• Orange Route - Saturday

Suspended route with deviation
• DuBois Brockway RD 503010

04-17-20 IN DUBOIS AREA - These route table modifications are effective Saturday April 18, 2020

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DuBois fixed route service Begin/End Time Changes
Monday – Friday

• Purple Route BEGIN 8:00 AM END 3:50 PM
• Red Route BEGIN 8:05 AM END 3:52 PM
• Blue Route BEGIN 8:00 AM END 3:50 PM

DuBois fixed route service Begin/End Time Changes
Saturday
• Red Route Saturday BEGIN 10:05 AM END 2:52 PM
• Blue Route Saturday BEGIN 10:00 AM END 2:50 PM

 04-17-20 IN CLEARFIELD COUNTY - These route suspensions are effective Saturday April 18, 2020

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 CLEARFIELD & HOUTZDALE  Suspended fixed routes

Clearfield White Route 601321 Suspended
Clearfield Altoona shopping 601520 Suspended
Houtzdale to Philipsburg Moshannon Connector 603020 Suspended

04-17-20 IN JEFFERSON COUNTY - These route modifications and suspensions are effective Saturday April 18, 2020

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Suspended Service Saturday
Punxsy-DuBois FR SATURDAY 501024 Suspended (Saturday Only)

Modified Service Monday-Friday

The Shadow - Punxsutawney FR 501123-24 (Modified)
First Loop SCHEDULE BEGINS 8:24 AM (M-F)
Final Loop BEGINS 2:24 PM - SCHEDULE ENDS 3:16 PM (M-F)
No change to Saturday Service on Punxsy Shadow.

BROOKVILLE
Brookville DuBois Shopping Runs RD 502110 Suspended
Brookville DuBois Work Runs RD 502210 Suspended

04-10-20 IN ELK COUNTY - Three routes suspended effective Monday April 13, 2020

ATA Johnsonburg Express Fixed Route Run#1 and Run #2 are suspended during COVID-19 Crises.  RideATA 101020 (RUN #1) & 101120 (RUN RideATA COVID BULLETIN LOGO 2#2) are suspended effective Monday 04-13-20.  ATA is conducting a systemwide review of the public transit services it offers to adjust to the impact of COVID-19. This review and subsequent changes were made in coordination with PennDOT. Following sweeping closings and restrictions of public activity that have occurred in the ongoing public health emergency, ATA will suspend this service for now.

ATA Johnsonburg Ridgway “Elk County Connection” is suspended during COVID-19 Crises.
Ride ATA 101220 ATA "Elk County Connection", a fixed route is suspended effective Monday 04-13-20. Following sweeping closings and restrictions of public activity that have occurred in the ongoing public health emergency, RideATA will suspend this service for now.

ATA Johnsonburg-Ridgway-St. Marys Route with Deviation The ATA RD route 101210 operates on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.   ATA RD 101210 is suspended during COVID-19 Crises effective 04-13-20.

04-02-20 Follow RideATA bulletins on facebook and twitter.

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 On April 1st the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania issued a statewide stay at home order to protect public health. This will have an impact on essential RideATA transportation services. ATA is conducting a system-wide review of the public transit services it offers to adjust to the impact of COVID-19. This review and subsequent changes are made in coordination with PennDOT. Updates will appear in multiple locations on the RideATA website and on social media. On RideATA.com we have installed a twitter feed that appears on the right of your screen. If you have a twitter account you can follow route notices and alerts in real time. The RideATA customer service team is available to help you 1-866-282-4968. Or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

04-02-20 Cameron County transportation update on suspended services

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 Effective immediately ATA has suspended Cameron County cross county ‘shopping’ trip services.
•  Emporium-St Mary’s (201110) First and Third Tuesday of every month
•  St Mary’s Saturday Super Shuttle (201120) Saturday Only
•  Driftwood CAB-BUS (202010) Mon-Tue-Wed
Previously suspended
•  Fixed Route Friday Super Shuttle (201220) See previous Bulletin 03-26-20

The RideATA customer service team is available to help you 1-866-282-4968 for more information. Or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

04-02-20 Cameron County essential transportation services available

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 Cameron County RideATA Service continues to operate here:
The Emporium Express continues providing transportation for passengers working in essential services.

The Emporium CAB-BUS operates on its regular schedule with an expanded service area as needed to meet health care needs.

Cameron County RideATA ride reservations - essential:
RideATA is accepting ride reservations for Cameron County passengers for the following trip purposes:
•  Local (within Emporium) shopping
•  Medical – with “out-of-county” Elk & McKean transportation as needed
•  Essential work
•  Trips to other essential services still open to the public. Example US Post Office.

The RideATA customer service team is available to help you 1-866-282-4968 for more information.

The RideATA website offers a TEXT SERVICE talk_to on this website. Talk_to live with a customer service representative when available or leave a text for a reply by phone or email.  On the lower right side of your screen you can click on the words "We are here" to text our customer service rep. (Yup we are still here.) This texting is not used for ride reservations but for most other questions you have.

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03-26-20 Friday only service suspended - Known as "Friday Super Shuttle."

RideATA COVID BULLETIN LOGO 2ATA Friday Super Shuttle FR 201220 fixed route suspended during COVID-19 Crises.

FR 201220 SUSPENDED (effective immediately) ATA is conducting a systemwide review of the public transit services it offers to adjust to the impact of COVID-19. This review and subsequent changes were made in coordination with PennDOT. Following sweeping closings and restrictions of public activity that have occurred in the ongoing public health emergency, RideATA will suspend for now, this service offered on Friday of each week.

03-20-20 Suspension of service for the ORANGE ROUTE in the DuBois area effective Monday March 23, 2020 until further notice.

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DuBois Orange Route suspended until further notice.

ATA is conducting a systemwide review of the public transit services it offers to adjust to the impact of COVID-19. This review and subsequent changes were made in coordination with PennDOT. Following sweeping closings and restrictions of public activity that have occurred in the past week, RideATA will offer modified fixed route service in the DuBois area. Effective Monday, March 23, ATA will be temporarily suspending the Orange route in DuBois. Riders are being asked to utilize alternative fixed route services on RideATA system. For now, as the need demand, the ATA routes Blue, Purple and Red in the DuBois area, will continue to operate on published schedules.

03-19-20 An important notice from ATA regarding access to administrative and maintenance facilities in Bradford, DuBois, Johnsonburg

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ATA offices and maintenance facilities are now closed to the public until further notice.  Persons having business with ATA are asked to contact the authority via phone or email.  Johnsonburg, Bradford and DuBois facilities remain in operation but are restricted to employees only until further notice. The Authority is observing CDC standards for social distance by rotating personnel and using remote locations. The goal is to conduct operations to the fullest extent possible while safeguarding public health and the well-being of riders who need transportation during this emergency.  A drop box is available at ATA Johnsonburg for the submission of routine client forms. Please follow instructions posted at this drop box location.

03-16-20 CLARION CAT BUS Campus Loop will not operate with cancelation of classes 03-16-20

RideATA COVID BULLETIN LOGO 2Effective immediately the CAMPUS LOOP for the Clarion University campus is suspended.  The suspension will remain in effect during the suspension of Clarion University services and classes on the Clarion campus.  The CAT BUS MALL LOOP that serves the Clarion community will remain in service following its published schedule.

 

What We Know.

07-09-20 - Confirmed Case Count COVID-19 in RideATA service area.

Cases of COVID by County

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

07-07-20 Casey Toomey join Gov. Wolf in asking Pennsylvania residents to wear masks Here.Governor Wolf PA Senators on Masks 07-07-20

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Penn Live Gov. Tom Wolf has been urging Pennsylvania residents to wear masks for weeks and Pennsylvania’s two U.S. senators are joining the call.  In a joint statement featuring Wolf and other lawmakers Tuesday, U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey and Bob Casey Jr. urged Pennsylvania residents to wear masks in public to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

 

06-13-20 Clearfield County Commissioners, Penn Highlands release COVID-19 statement

THE PROGRESS Story Here.

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"The Clearfield County Commissioners and the Penn Highlands Hospital system released a statement Friday afternoon reminded citizens to use caution when it comes to public gatherings and the spread of COVID-19.

Clearfield County received another confirmed case on Friday, bringing the total to 50. The following is the statement by the commissioners and Dr. Shaun Sheehan of Penn Highlands:

The Clearfield County Commissioners and the Penn Highlands Hospital system would like to remind citizens that even though our area is in ‘green phase’, it is important to continue to take precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19.

We encourage everyone to wear masks in group settings or while inside public buildings; wash hands regularly; stay home if you feel sick; and minimize close contact with our most at-risk citizens (examples include the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems).

We also encourage you to avoid large gatherings as much as possible. Large gatherings provide opportunities for the disease to spread very quickly. If you must attend a large gathering, please wear a mask and minimize close contact with others. Thank you all for continuing to work together to slow the spread of COVID-19."

Clearfield County Commissioners John Sobel, Antonio “Tony” Scotto, Dave Glass

 

06-10-20 New COVID testing site at Walmart Bradford - Bradford Era Story Here.

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  BRADFORD ERA 06-10-20 - Bradford Walmart to open COVID-19 testing site in parking lot today

Bradford Walmart RideATA Service 2020 - Bradford ERALocal residents needing to get tested for the novel coronavirus will have another option available to them beginning today, as the Bradford Walmart is set to open a drive-thru testing site in its parking lot.

Bradford’s supercenter is one of five in the state of Pennsylvania opening COVID-19 testing sites today, with the others located in Mill Hall, Punxsutawney, Cranberry and Warren.

Last Friday, testing sites were opened in Clarion, Erie, Montoursville, Clearfield and Hermitage.

The sites are a partnership between Quest Diagnostics, Walmart and the Pennsylvania Department of Health to provide testing for residents living in areas with limited access to sites otherwise. The tests are free of charge.

“Walmart is part of the community, and we are proud to help support the expansion of COVID-19 testing in Pennsylvania during this unprecedented time,” Walmart public affairs director for Pennsylvania Jason Klipa said in a press release.

 

05-08-20 OUR COUNTIES WILL BE "YELLOW RE-OPEN" FRIDAY MAY 8.

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Our counties will move to "Yellow Reopening" today. Among the 24 counties that will move from red to yellow today are: Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, and Potter.PA Covid Open MAP

Governor Wolf's "Reopen Yellow" Announcement for our counties.

The State Process for Reopen of Pennsylvania | Updated May 1, 2020.

 

05-01-20 OUR COUNTIES WILL BE "YELLOW RE-OPEN" FRIDAY MAY 8.

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WHAT WE KNOW TODAY - On Friday May 8th - In One Week our counties will move to "Yellow Reopening." Among the 24 counties that will move from red to yellow on May 8 are: Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, and Potter.

Governor Wolf's "Reopen Yellow" Announcement for our counties.

The State Process for Reopen of Pennsylvania | Updated May 1, 2020.

 

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APRIL 22 2020 Gov. Wolf: Reopening Targeted for May 8 in North-Central, Northwest

 

April 22 2020 Process to Reopen Pennsylvania

Phased Approach Relies on Safety and Science

Governor Tom Wolf today presented his detailed plan for reopening the commonwealth with a targeted May 8 start. The administration will categorize reopening into three phases: red, yellow, green. Phases will be assigned based on conditions in a county, counties or region. The administration will first study conditions in the north-central and northwest regions with a target of moving from red to yellow on May 8. Additional monitoring will take place and direction will be provided in the next week.

To decide when to move to a new phase, the administration will use Department of Health metrics and a data tool developed by Carnegie Mellon University. The full plan is available here.

The red phase, which currently applies to the whole state, has the sole purpose of minimizing the spread of COVID-19 through strict social distancing, non-life sustaining business and school closures, and building safety protocols.

 

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APRIL 14 2020 A GOOGLE DOODLE TRIBUTE - "As COVID-19 continues to impact communities around the world, people are coming together to help one another now more than ever. We’re launching a Doodle series to recognize and honor many of those on the front lines. Today, we’d like to say:
To all public transportation workers, thank you."

Google Doodle tribute to transit workers 04-14-20

 

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04-11-20   Department of Aging Offers Online COVID-19 Resource Guide for Older Pennsylvanians

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Aging has launched an online COVID-19 resource guide to help older adults easily find useful information related to their health, safety and well-being. The guide is housed on the department’s website under “COVID-19 Resource Guide for Older Adults” and provides older adults, their families and caregivers with information on a variety of subjects, including meals, prescriptions, protective services, scams, and how to stay active and connected. “The Department of Aging’s top priority is to ensure that the needs of older Pennsylvanians are being met. This online guide presents an overview of the resources that can help older adults maintain their health and safety during this critical time,” Aging Secretary Robert Torres said. “Our department will continue to monitor these essential needs and make any changes required in our effort to provide uninterrupted services.” In addition to the COVID-19 resource guide, the department has offered guidance for aging services to help meet the needs of older Pennsylvanians while maintaining safety. This guidance, along with all of the programs that the Department of Aging provides, can be found here.

 

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04-01-20   All Of Pennsylvania Now Under Orders To Stay Home

WPSU FM/AP  Gov. Tom Wolf has placed all of Pennsylvania under an order to stay at home, dramatically expanding the geographic footprint of the quarantine as state officials combat the coronavirus pandemic. Wolf added 34 counties to his stay-home edict. That means residents of all 67 of Pennsylvania’s counties must now stay home as much as possible to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Coronavirus infections are continuing to rise dramatically in the state. There have been nearly 1,000 new confirmed cases reported Wednesday. The total statewide is now 4,843. There are 26 confirmed cases in Centre County, which has been under the stay-at-home order since Saturday.

 

03-27-20 COVID-19 emergency funding for U.S. transit.

Paul Skoutelas, CEO, American Public Transportation Association:
“The American Public Transportation Association (APTA), on behalf of the public transportation industry, applauds Congressional leaders and the Trump Administration for reaching a bipartisan agreement on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that includes $25 billion in desperately needed funds for essential public transportation services. Last night, the U.S. Senate passed the bill unanimously, by a vote of 96-0. The House of Representatives is expected to consider the bill on Friday and the President has expressed his support for the legislation. Public transit is a critical lifeline for millions of Americans, and this legislation will provide much needed support to the transit systems working tirelessly to provide essential public transit services for health care workers, first responders, and grocery and pharmacy workers, as well as medical transportation for kidney dialysis, cancer treatments and other critical care.”  Full statement at this link.

 


 

It Takes All of Us to Fight COVID-19
Why flatten the curve.

 03-23-20 Penn Highlands Healthcare Welcomes Medical Supply Donations

Penn Highlands Healthcare invites community members and organizations to donate personal protective equipment (PPE) for the region’s healthcare system. Penn Highlands will add these supplies to their inventory as the healthsystem enacts preparedness measures in the event that the spread of COVID-19 should pose a threat to our community. Penn Highlands Healthcare Supply Chain Management has issued a list of the supplies that may potentially be needed: N95 respirator masks (these must be N95), face masks, surgical masks, exam gloves, isolation gowns, head covers, shoe covers and Sani-Cloth wipes.  Donors may reach out to Alycia Scott, Procurement Specialist (814-375-3391 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Jennifer Bowser, MMIS Support Assistant (814-375-3370 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). For more information about COVID-19 at Penn Highlands Health Care visit here.

03-23-20 From our ATA Southern Division Office (Jefferson County Senior Centers meals program & Clearfield County - Houtzdale Food Pantry)

This week of March 23rd is the last week the Jefferson County Senior Centers will be providing a daily hot meal for take-out at their Senior Centers. Regular center participants will be able to pick up a box of frozen meals once a week on Mondays from the centers thereafter.

The Houtzdale Senior Center (Clearfield County) will be closed until the end of April. The Houtzdale Food Pantry will be open Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM by appointment only. (Souce Central Pennsylvania Community Action Agency- CPCA)

3-23-20 What happens when heroes emerge like Brookville Glove for 136 years, providing a large selection of quality gloves that are 100% American made.

On Facebook Brookville Glove - Brookville Glove is currently producing and selling protective masks for many health care facilities. Our main priority is the safety of our customers and the people that they come in contact with. Our reusable masks are high quality and made of soft material that lasts longer than generic masks. Our team at Brookville Glove prioritizes and values our customers that buy our highly recommended gloves. However due to orders from Governor Wolf, we are currently restricted by the government to produce our American made gloves. All orders on gloves will be postponed until further notice. For any further questions please contact our office at (814) 849-7325. Thank for for your cooperation.

03-18-20 From Pennsylvania Department of Health - Now shows test data by county - TABLE  There are 133 positive tests in PA since noon today.

Coronavirus​ PA COVID-19 Update  03-18-20  Noon

03-17-20 From Pennsylvania Department of Human Services - CAOs are closed

Department of Human Services Closes County Assistance Offices Statewide to the Public, Encourages All Pennsylvanians to Use Online Services

03-17-20 From our ATA Southern Division Office (Clearfield - Jefferson)

Happy Hearts Day care is closed - DuBois Mall – all mall doors are locked (no people allowed in halls) thru 3/27. Stores have outside doors open for pick up’s. Clearfield AAA (Aging) is providing delivered meals to all Seniors requiring them at this time (Meals on Wheels Program). They have no centers providing meals to go. Jefferson AAA (Aging) is providing meals to go - further information on RideATA Facebook. They also have a meal delivery program for those in need.  CJ Packaging in DuBois will be closed until further notice starting tomorrow, 3/18/20. DuBois YMCA is closed including child care services till 3/30/20 DuBois Area School District is implementing a “grab-and-go” meal program for district students Effective Tuesday (today) through March 27, the district plans to provide a free breakfast/lunch program through a drive-through at the DuBois Area High School and at C.G. Johnson Elementary in Reynoldsville. Breakfast and lunch items will be served in one bag and will be available for pick up between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on weekdays.

03-16-20 Four counties have adopted emergency declarations as precaution. No recorded cases of covid-19.

 

 

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Clarion University Coronavirus Information (clarion.edu)

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CU Issued 3-12-20 - From Dr. Dale - Face to Face Instruction Ends Monday March 16.

Dear Clarion University community,

We are continuing to carefully monitor the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), a potentially serious respiratory illness. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff are our primary concern. As the situation continues to rapidly evolve, I, working with a campus team, have made the determination to suspend all face-to-face instruction until further notice, effective Monday, March 16.

Classes will continue, but they will be delivered in an online or alternative format. Individual faculty members will determine how their classes will be delivered. Face-to-face instruction is prohibited. Students can be assured that they will be able to complete the credits for which they are registered, and graduating seniors will be able to complete their programs.

 

RideATA COVID BULLETIN LOGO 2

 03-16-20 Effective immediately the CAMPUS LOOP for the Clarion University campus is suspended.  The suspension will remain in effect during the suspension of Clarion University services and classes on the Clarion campus.  The CAT BUS MALL LOOP that serves the Clarion community will remain in service following its published schedule.

 

University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Coranavirus Information  (upb.pitt.edu)

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UPB Issued 3/11/20 - Classes Canceled Week of March 16 - On Line Classes Begin March 23
The health and safety of everyone in the campus community, and our neighbors in the region, are most important, which is why the university is taking these necessary precautions to avoid further spread of the virus. Beginning March 23, classes will be online for the remainder of the spring semester. To prepare for the transition to online instruction, classes are canceled the week of March 16.

UPB Issued 4/09/20  - PITT BRADFORD will pilot test-optional admissions policy - Merit scholarships, ASN program still require scores.   (see the announcement)

 Indiana University of Pennsylvania Coronavirus Information and IUP Updates (iup.edu)

IUP logo iupIUP Indiana/Punxsy 03-12-20 A Message from President Driscoll - Face to face classes delayed until March 23.

...We have made the decision that there will be no face-to-face classes until Monday, March 23, to allow time for faculty to restructure those courses to minimize the risk of disease transmission while still meeting educational objectives.

I am also asking students not to return to campus or return to the residence halls until March 21 or 22. Those classes already delivered on-line will resume as scheduled on Monday, March 16.

Governor Wolf Announces Closure of Pennsylvania Schools Indefinately

03-30-20 Governor Tom Wolf said in a press conference Monday afternoon that schools in Pennsylvania will remain closed indefinately.

 “Until now, I’ve been saying ‘another two weeks, another two weeks. Now I’m going to leave the date indefinite. We’re going to keep our schools and businesses closed as long as we need to keep them closed to keep Pennsylvania safe. Right now, it isn’t safe.”   - Gov Wolf 03-30-20

03-23-20 Governor Tom Wolf said in a press conference Monday afternoon that schools in Pennsylvania will remain closed for two more weeks, April 6 at the earliest.

“The measure may seem extreme. However, we are in desperate times and need to make drastic changes in order to save lives,” Governor Wolf on Twitter.

03-13-20 Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that all K-12 Pennsylvania schools will be closed for 10 business days effective Monday, March 16. The administration has been working with school districts as well as state and local officials to gather input on this decision. The Wolf Administration will continue to monitor Covid-19 in the commonwealth, and at the end of 10 days will reevaluate and decide whether continued closure is needed.

 Take Care (Updated 07-09-20)

 

 

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