BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS DECEMBER 11, 2020

STRICTER MITIGATIONS EFFORTS ORDERED BY GOVERNOR WOLF
Governor Wolf announced limited time mitigation efforts yesterday to slow the spread of the coronavirus that is adding up by hundreds of cases a day in the commonwealth.  Starting at midnight tonight and in effect until 8 a.m. on January 4, 2021, school sports and other extracurricular activities are stopped, gyms, theaters and casinos are closed and indoor dining at restaurants is prohibited.  Accoridng to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the state has bveen averaging 10,000 new confirmed cases a day with a record number of COVID-19 patients in the hospital. There were 248 new deaths Thursday as the statewide toll passed 12,000.

WILLIAMSPORT POLICE SEARCH FOR MISSING TEEN
Williamsport police are asking for the public’s help as they search for a 16 year old who has been missing since the beginning of December.  According to a social media post posted by the Williamsport Bureau of Police, Maverick Wilton was last seen leaving his home on West Fourth Street December 2nd and has not returned.  Wilton is a 140 pound white male – 6ft tall with light brown hair, wearing a black and grey hoodie with jeans and white shoes.  Police are following leads as they come in, you can email jsnyder@cityofwilliamsport.org with any assistance about the whereabouts of Wilton.

LOCAL COVID UPDATE
As of yesterday at noon, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported there were 227 new cases of COVID -19 in Lycoming County, Montour County has 166 new cases, Tioga County reports 107.   Northumberland County’s numbers are better today at 67 new cases Clinton County has 54.  Snyder County has 30 new cases Sullivan County has 6.  Lycoming County has 82 COVID-19 patients hospitalized, 9 in the ICU, with 6 on ventilators and 3 available Adult ICU beds.  There were 11,972 new cases of COVID-19 reported yesterday and  248 fatalities in PA.

JERSEY SHORE GOING REMOTE TIL 2021
Jersey Shore School District has made the decision for K-12 to be in remote mode until after  the end of the year, returning to in-person instruction January 11, 2021.  According to a statement released by Superintendent Dr. Brian Ulmer, in an effort to preserve continuity for students by remaining in one mode and allowing for the buildings to remain open for faculty to safely work and assist students and families, the remote option will remain in place.  Dr. Ulmer said, in addition, the spike we see now is from post-Thanksgiving and the concerns about more spiking cases after Christmas break are valid, so he is taking this step in the interest of health and safety.

ALLENWOOD INMATE DIES OF COVID
An inmate at Allenwood serving a life sentence has died of COVID- after testing positive in November.  Accoriding to media outlets, a release from the Federal Bureau of Prisons said that 70-year old John Lewis began experiencing symptoms November 21st and was later transported to a local hospital for treatment.  Lewis had pre-existing medical conditions.   He had been at USP Allenwood since October of 2015.

PENN COLLEGE 2020 GRADUATIONS POSTPONED
With the fall semester at Penn College coming to a close, President Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour reported to the college’s board of directors at their meeting Thursday that students at the Pennsylvania College of Technology slated to graduate at the end of the fall semester will be joining the graduation ceremony scheduled for May 14-15, 2022. Degrees for winter 2020 graduates will be conferred in December, but commencement ceremonies have been postponed.

FIRST LADY TEST NEGATIVE
As she continues to quarantine at home, Pennsylvania’s first lady Frances Wolf has tested negative for COVID-19.  Governor Wolf tested positive this week and is isolated at home while working remotely.  Mrs Wolf made a statement to the public on behalf of more than 400 thousand in the commonwealth who have contracted the virus, more than 12 thousand who have died as well as the hospital workers who are at risk of becoming overwhelmed, urged everyone to wear masks and  to please stay home if possible.

SPORTS

NFL Rams beat the Patriots 24-3

NCAA
Big Ten Football
Penn State will play Michigan this Saturday, Dec. 12, with a kick off now at noon.  It will be televised on ABC. The game will also be available on the Penn State Sports Network starting at 10:30 am and GoPSUsports.com.

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