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PITTSBURGH (AP) - With a spike in coronavirus cases expected to continue growing, Allegheny County, home to Pittsburgh and 1.2 million residents, imposed a one-week shutdown of bars and restaurants and all gatherings of more than 25 people.

HARRISBURG -Four new cases of COVID-19 were reported from Venango County on Thursday, according to the state Department of Health. The county, which has reported six additional cases since June 26, now has 23 total cases (16 confirmed and seven probable).

Some businesses are beginning to bounce back in Forest County, but others are still struggling as people are choosing recreation and vacation activities closer to home this summer.

Franklin state police don't plan to have an active role in enforcing the state's latest directives regarding the wearing of masks outside the home.

HARRISBURG — Four new cases of COVID-19 were reported from Venango County on Thursday, according to the state Department of Health. The county, which has reported six additional cases since June 26, now has 23 total cases (16 confirmed and seven probable).

HARRISBURG — Expanding on the business safety order signed by state Secretary of Health Rachel Levine in April that requires the wearing of masks in businesses, Gov. Tom Wolf announced a new order signed by Levine that takes the mask-wearing directive one step further.

HARRISBURG - The May unemployment rates for Venango and Clarion counties were below the 13.1% statewide average reported by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry on Tuesday.

Venango County's youngest-ever board of commissioners is now six months into was has certainly been an eventful time in office.

HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry announced Monday that people who exhaust their regular unemployment compensation and federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation may now qualify for 13 more weeks of payments through the state's Unemployment Compensati…

HARRISBURG - The state Department of Health on Monday said one COVID-19 case attributed to Clarion County has been taken off the county's total number of cases. It now has 34 total cases, all of which are confirmed.

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HARRISBURG — The state Department of Health on Monday said one COVID-19 case attributed to Clarion County has been taken off the county's total number of cases. It now has 34 total cases, all of which are confirmed.

The Rockland High School annual reunion scheduled July 25 at Hoss's in Cranberry has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

HARRISBURG - The state Department of Health on Sunday said Clarion County reported two additional confirmed cases of COVID-19, and Venango County on Saturday reported one new case.

Whether public schools will reopen for in-person instruction this fall depends squarely on a color chart.

The Venango County Historical Society has been closed the past few months, but society personnel have still kept busy in preparation for a planned July 7 re-opening.

HARRISBURG - The state Department of Health on Friday said COVID-19 cases held steady for the 13th consecutive day in both Venango and Forest counties, and Clarion County cases held steady for the past three days.

HARRISBURG (AP) - Pennsylvania health officials are looking closely at areas where COVID-19 infection rates and deaths are ticking back up, threatening to turn back progress against the pandemic, the state's health secretary said Friday.

How to spend $193,732 in potential federal grant money designed to help municipalities cope with the coronavirus pandemic is bedeviling the City of Oil City.

HARRISBURG — The state Department of Health on Friday said COVID-19 cases held steady for the 13th consecutive day in both Venango and Forest counties, and Clarion County cases held steady for the past three days.

HARRISBURG - The state Department of Health on Thursday said COVID-19 cases held steady for the 12th consecutive day in both Venango and Forest counties, and Clarion County cases held steady for the past two days.

HOUSTON (AP) - A coronavirus resurgence is wiping out two months of progress in the U.S. and sending infections to dire new levels across the South and West, with administrators and health experts warning Wednesday that politicians and a tired-of-being-cooped-up public are letting a disaster…

HARRISBURG -The Wolf administration on Wednesday updated the Guidance on Veterinary Practices amid the COVID-19 pandemic to allow for nonessential services and routine or elective surgical procedures, like spaying and neutering.

HARRISBURG - The state Department of Health on Wednesday said no additional COVID-19 cases were reported from the tri-county area.

Venango County commissioners on Wednesday approved a resolution that authorizes applying for coronavirus relief funds that have been issued to the state by the federal government.

HARRISBURG - A state House bill drafted by Rep. R. Lee James to bridge the tax gap necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic received unanimous support in the chamber, according to a news release from James' office.

HARRISBURG - The state Department of Health on Tuesday reported two new cases of COVID-19 in Clarion County, but no additional cases in Venango or Forest counties.

The Oil Region Library Association, the parent organization for the public libraries in Oil City, Franklin and Cooperstown, will reopen its buildings to the public Monday, July 6.

The Red Brick Gallery on Main Street in Foxburg will reopen Saturday with the beginning of its summer art exhibit, "Image and Word: A Fanciful Journey."

HARRISBURG — The state Department of Health on Tuesday reported two new cases of COVID-19 in Clarion County, but no additional cases in Venango or Forest counties.

The borough of Emlenton, sprawled out over a hillside overlooking the Allegheny River, is home to about 650 residents.

HARRISBURG -The state Department of Health on Thursday applied for a $301 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to strengthen state and local public health capacity.

HARRISBURG - For the sixth consecutive day, the state Department of Health announced no new positive cases of COVID-19 were reported from the tri-county area.

National Articles

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — After a surge in coronavirus cases following Memorial Day, doctors and public health experts fear Alabama will see another spike after this weekend’s July Fourth holiday celebrations.

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SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — There have been no positive cases from more than 4,000 coronavirus tests carried out on Formula One personnel over the past seven days, F1 said on Saturday.

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HOLY HILL, Fla. (AP) — The maker of the popular Whac-a-Mole arcade game hopes its newest offering will help users smash a new target: the coronavirus pandemic.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — California counties that fail to enforce health orders could lose state funding, the governor warned as cases of the coronavirus jumped, prompting renewed closures of businesses and beaches heading into the Fourth of July weekend.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — While public health officials are urging Americans to avoid large crowds and hold more muted Independence Day celebrations amid a spike of coronavirus cases, President Donald Trump is going big for what he is promising will be a “special evening” in the nation's capital.

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MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D. (AP) — At the foot of Mount Rushmore on the eve of Independence Day, President Donald Trump made a direct appeal to disaffected white voters four months before Election Day, accusing protesters who have pushed for racial justice of engaging in a “mercil…

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Three days before retiring as the Rapid City Police Chief, Karl Jegeris took the time to meet with a citizen who wants to defund the department he’s overseen for the past six years.

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TYNDALL, S.D. (AP) — In her new position, Ashli Danilko will take charge of a vital service — the rural hospital — that has vanished from many small communities.

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LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — After months of planning, Lexington County Blowfish co-owner Bill Shanahan expected to welcome spectators to Wednesday night’s Coastal Plain League summer baseball season opener.

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Bismarck State College is going through a period of considerable flux, adapting to major changes with how higher education is delivered due to the coronavirus pandemic while also navigating a transition in leadership at its highest level.

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Carl Mangum, PhD and RN, wears many hats. As an associate professor, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and emergency preparedness and response specialist at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, he spends a lot of time teaching and training. But when …

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LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — “Everyday is a new day, everyday is different and we’re just taking on the challenges as they’re presented to us. Where’s the need, what can we do, and let’s just do it,” said Denise Durel, president and CEO of United Way of SWLA for 11 years.

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KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) — Rosella Bell has lived through World War II and the Great Depression. She’s lived through 18 U.S. presidents and 9/11. She’s survived typhoid fever and the Spanish influenza outbreak in 1918.

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NEW YORK — When the Nets take the floor for their first of eight games in the NBA’s 22-team restart in Orlando, the ball is going to be in Caris LeVert’s hands. There’s no doubt about it.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two more California death row inmates died Friday from apparent complications of the coronavirus in the midst of an outbreak that has infected about 40% of inmates at San Quentin State Prison, corrections officials said.