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HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania schools will remain shuttered for the rest of the academic year because of the coronavirus pandemic that has sickened thousands and caused hundreds of deaths statewide, under an order signed Thursday by the state's education secretary.

The state Department of Health lists cases by age group, followed by percentage of total cases. Percentages might not total 100% due to rounding:

The Allegheny National Forest has issued a closure order to prohibit all fires, overnight camping, and mandating a group-size limitation of 10 people or less per group across the entire forest.

-- The Schubert Music Club meetings on April 20 and May 4 have been canceled and will be rescheduled for June 8 or June 15.

Even as Pennsylvania continues to set single-day records in the number of new virus cases, its growth curve appears to be flattening.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. The symptoms could appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

On behalf of everyone at UPMC Northwest, we thank you for your kindness to our employees. The amount of support shown to our facility by members of this community means the world to us!

The following is a county-by-county breakdown, according to the state Department of Health:

As news organizations hustle to gather information on the coronavirus pandemic and how it is affecting our communities, there is very little laughter associated with any of it.

An additional 1,680 positive cases of the coronavirus were reported by the state Department of Health on Wednesday, including one new case in Mercer County and six new cases in Butler County.

- The St. Patrick food pantry distribution scheduled Saturday has been canceled.

Parents who live in Valley Grove School District who have children eligible for kindergarten in the fall will be able to start the registration process online at the district's website, http://www.vgsd.org, beginning Monday.

Trout season in Pennsylvania opened Tuesday in an abrupt announcement by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission that was designed to preempt big gatherings of anglers and travel that typically occurs on the traditional opening day.

SCRANTON - Oil Region residents can participate today in the first of a series of tele-town halls that U.S. Sen. Bob Casey will conduct across the state regarding the coronavirus, and discuss what is being done in Congress to mitigate its public health and economic effects.

Due to the Good Friday holiday, Cranberry Area School District won't provide meals for students on Friday at any of its locations.

The state Department of Health on Tuesday reported an additional 1,579 positive COVID-19 cases, bringing the statewide total to 14,559.

The statistics provided by the state and those provided from area health systems could vary.

The state Department of Health lists cases by age group, followed by percentage of total cases. Percentages might not total 100% due to rounding:

National Fuel Gas Co. Foundation, the charitable giving arm of National Fuel, has made a donation of $250,000 to help address the most critical needs of the communities it serves in Pennsylvania and New York in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Living in a rural setting and following a strategy that some consider to be an over-reaction may be life-savers for residents throughout northwestern Pennsylvania.

The state Department of Health on Tuesday reported an additional 1,579 positive COVID-19 cases, bringing the statewide total to 14,559.

HARRISBURG — The state Fish and Boat Commission, in consultation with the Governor's Office, state Department of Health and state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, opened the 2020 trout season at 8 a.m. today.

Matric Group in Seneca is using its 3D printers to print face shields the company is donating to first responders.

- An April hike planned by the Clarion chapter of the North Country Trail Association has been canceled. More information is available by calling Susan Giering at (814) 226-4679.

The Oil Region Library Association, the parent organization for the public libraries in Oil City, Franklin and Cooperstown, has announced all three libraries will remain closed indefinitely until further notice.

Coronavirus concerns have forced area lawmakers and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to postpone an informational meeting regarding upcoming plans to repair a hazardous dam at Kahle Lake.

CLARION - Although the Clarion Area Chamber of Business & Industry office is closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization continues to work for the local business community.

The state Department of Health lists cases by age group, followed by percentage of total cases. Percentages might not total 100% due to rounding:

Adams, 25; Allegheny, 642 (4 deaths); Armstrong, 13; Beaver, 96 (6 deaths); Bedford, 4; Berks, 326 (3 deaths); Blair, 5; Bradford, 10; Bucks, 619 (17 deaths); Butler, 91 (2 deaths); Cambria, 7; Cameron, 1; Carbon, 59 (1 death); Centre, 44; Chester, 307 (3 deaths); Clarion, 6; Clearfield, 7; …

As the coronavirus pandemic prompts the suspension or cancellation of local events, functions, meetings and daily gatherings, your organization or agency can get the word out by submitting information to TheDerrick.com.

HARRISBURG - The state Department of Health on Monday reported 1,470 additional positive cases of the coronavirus, including two each in Venango and Crawford counties, one each in Clarion and Forest counties, and four in Butler County.

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco Bay Area nursing home where seven residents with coronavirus died has a history of citations for health and safety issues, including infection control, according to state records.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' top health official on Thursday encouraged a Little Rock abortion clinic to stop seeing out-of-state patients during the coronavirus outbreak but stopped short of ordering the facility to halt abortions.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Hospitals taking money from the $2 trillion stimulus bill will have to agree not to send “surprise” medical bills to patients treated for COVID-19, the White House said Thursday.

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that the coronavirus pandemic is threatening international peace and security — “potentially leading to an increase in social unrest and violence that would greatly undermine our ability to …

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge has ordered that Texas abortion clinics may continue to perform abortions in some cases, either those using medication or those involving patients for whom delays would pose an essential ban.

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The number of Kentucky residents filing for unemployment benefits stayed on a record-breaking pace last week, lifting the three-week statewide total to more than 275,000 as the coronavirus pandemic causes widespread economic damage.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina groceries and other retailers must meet capacity restrictions and cleanliness standards if they want to keep operating next week under expanding social distance directives to blunt COVID-19, Gov. Roy Cooper announced on Thursday.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Liberty University is pushing for criminal trespassing charges to be lodged against two journalists who pursued stories about why the evangelical college in Virginia has remained partially open during the coronavirus outbreak.

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With the federal stockpile drained of protective gear, states are turning to each other, private industries and anyone who can donate in a desperate bid to get respirators, gloves and other supplies to doctors, nurses and other front-line workers.

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The number of Georgia workers seeking jobless benefits last week surged to more than 390,000, eclipsing the total number of unemployment claims the state saw in all of 2019, as efforts to contain the coronavirus batter the economy.

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McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — For the second time this week, an inmate has escaped from a minimum-security prison in southeast Oklahoma where one inmate, four workers and a probation officer tested positive for the coronavirus, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections said Thursday.

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Thursday that the coronavirus pandemic is deepening already existing inequalities and “is having devastating social and economic consequences for women and girls” that could reverse limited progress toward gender equality o…

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The Libyan coast guard rescued 280 migrants in distress in the Mediterranean Sea on Thursday and diverted them to the shores of the North African country, only to have them banned from disembarking, the U.N. migration agency said.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden is America's newest podcast host, recently interviewing Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Obama administration's point person during the Ebola outbreak. He's launched an email newsletter and began holding Zoom calls this week with individual supporters in wha…

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A staggering 16.8 million Americans have been thrown onto the unemployment rolls in just three weeks, underscoring the terrifying speed with which the coronavirus outbreak has brought world economies to a near standstill.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A teleconference with California regulators to discuss a potential limited ban on freshwater sportfishing amid the coronavirus pandemic was abruptly canceled Thursday after it descended into chaos, with some of those who called in branding officials as “fascists” an…

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ATLANTA — Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Thursday postponed the state’s primary election for three weeks, until June 9, as the coronavirus spreads, poll workers quit and voters worry about getting sick at precincts.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — While it pains him, the head of one of the oldest Catholic dioceses in the United States says this Holy Week will be different for tens of thousands of parishioners in New Mexico. It has to be.