COVID-19: Local Updates & Information

 

The latest updates and information with Coronavirus (COV-19) in NEPA. This information is subject to change:

THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA HAS ISSUED THE CLOSURE OF ALL NON-LIFE SUSTAINING BUSINESSES IN PENNSYLVANIA TO CLOSE THEIR PHYSICAL LOCATIONS EFFECTIVE NOW.  FOR THE LIST OF LIFE ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

View the release here.

Get the latest report from the Pennsylvania Department of Heath here.

Stay-at-home order issued for Luzerne, Lackawanna, Pike and Wayne counties. 

Updated as of Monday, March 30th at 8am:

  • Governor Tom Wolf has requested a Major Disaster Declaration from the FEMA.  If approved, it would provide additional support for state, county and municipal governments and certain nonprofits, as well as individuals who are struggling.
  • All Pennsylvania state prisons are now under quarantine.  Governor Wolf made the mandate last night as the Department of Corrections began taking steps to try to contain the Coronavirus after an inmate at a Montgomery County prison tested positive during the weekend.
  • Five percent of nursing homes across the commonwealth now have at least one Coronavirus case.
  • Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said the majority of Coronavirus cases found in nursing homes have been reported in the southeastern part of the state.  She is urging people NOT to visit loved ones in nursing homes to help prevent the spread.
  • Yesterday in Pennsylvania, there were 643 new cases and 4 new deaths. The new total now stands at more than 33 hundred with 38 deaths in 58 of 67 counties.
  • The largest number of confirmed cases is in the 25 to 49 age range, while the largest number of those hospitalized are over 65 years old.
  • Lackawanna County has 56 cases and 2 deaths, Luzerne has 94 cases with 2 deaths.
  • There are now 22 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties included in the Governor’s stay at home orders.  The order covers three-fourths of the state’s 12.8 million residents.
  • President Trump extended the federal social distancing guidelines until April 30th. They were originally set to be in place for 15 days which would have ended tomorrow.
  • There are nearly 140 thousand cases of the Coronavirus in the US with more than 24 hundred deaths.
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci says it’s hard to predict how long it will take to flatten the curve. The CDC issued a travel advisory urging residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to avoid non-essential travel as the number of cases in those states continues to skyrocket.
  • New York leads the nation in the number of confirmed cases with nearly 60 thousand and nearly one thousand deaths. New Jersey is second.
  • Residents of New York city could now face an up-to $500 fine for refusing to practice social distancing as the city fights the surging Coronavirus.
  • One in three Americans remain under state or local government orders to stay at home to slow the spread of the virus.
  • Trump also announced that two of the nation’s largest health insurance companies, Humana and Cigna, will be waving copays for anyone treated for the Coronavirus.
  • Some Americans should start seeing their stimulus checks within three weeks.  U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that’s when the money will begin to appear in bank accounts of those whose account information is already on file.

Updated as of Friday, March 27th at 8am:

  • The Prime Minister of the UK, Boris Johnson has tested positive for the Coronavirus. He says he is self-isolating and his symptoms are mild.
  • The US is now leading the world in the number of confirmed cases of the Coronavirus, taking over from China where the outbreak began. We now have more than 85 thousand cases and more than 12 hundred deaths. In comparison, just one week ago, the US had about 18 thousand cases and 240 deaths.
  • The number of cases are surging in New York as well as Los Angeles and Louisiana, where a 17 year old has died from the corona virus.
  • New York remains the epicenter for the virus in the US, and it’s taking its toll on first responders. More than 300 NYPD officers have tested positive for the Coronavirus.
  • The pandemic is also an economic crisis, 3.28 million workers filed unemployment claims in the last week. That’s an increase of 3 million from the previous week.
  • The House is set to approve the massive 2 trillion dollar economic stimulus package this morning, President Trump will then sign it. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he expected most people to get their payments within three weeks.
  • The Department of Homeland Security announced it would be delaying the deadline for Americans to apply and receive a Real ID by one year to October of 2021 since most states have closed their DMV offices and driver’s license centers, including Pennsylvania.
  • The woman accused of coughing and spitting on food at the Gerrity’s Supermarket in Hanover Township was charged yesterday. 35 year old Margaret Cirko from Hanover Township was arraigned in the back of a police car due to the Coronavirus. She faces several felony charges including threatening to set off weapons of mass destruction —her saliva being considered a potential “biological agent.” Since she was yelling, “I have the virus. Now everyone is going to get sick.” She remains in prison and it’s not known if she has the virus. The store had to throw away 35 thousand dollars’ worth of produce, meat and baked goods and sanitize those areas. Pennsylvania had an increase of 560 cases of the Coronavirus yesterday, double the amount of the previous day, bringing the total to more than 16 hundred.
  • Governor Wolf says we all need to work together to slow the spread Luzerne County has 36 cases and Lackawanna has 28.
  • According to state data, the largest age group affected is adults aged 25 to 49, making up 39% of the statewide total cases. More than half of Coronavirus patients in PA are under 50 years old. Those 65 and older is 18 percent.
  • The virus that causes COVID-19 has been confirmed in 48 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. Pennsylvanians have filed about 650,000 unemployment compensation claims over the past 11 days as thousands of businesses closed or laid off employees.
  • The Luzerne County transit Authority buses will no longer be accepting fares to help protect the drivers maintain social distancing.

    Updated as of Thursday, March 26th at 8am:
  • Senate has unanimously passed a historic $2.2 trillion bill to help Americans struggling because of the pandemic, it is the largest emergency aid package in US history.  House will convene tomorrow morning to consider the relief package. The plan is to pass the bill by voice vote, a move that would allow the House to avoid forcing all members to return to Washington, some are under self-quarantine or live where states are ordered to stay at home. Then it heads to President Trump’s desk.  Under the plan, individuals who earn $75,000 or less would get payments of $1,200 each, with married couples earning up to $150,000 receiving $2,400 — and an additional $500 per each child.  $130 billion will go to hospitals and health care initiatives.  Another $45 billion would fund additional relief through the FEMA for local response efforts and community services.
  • The Department of Education would suspend payments on student loan borrowers without penalty through September 30.  The federal government would give jobless workers an extra $600 a week for four months on top of their state benefits.
  • The death toll in the Unites States is now more than one thousand from the Coronavirus.  The US saw its deadliest day yet with more than 200 deaths yesterday.
  • The growing epidemic has millions of Americans in 20 states and several cities and regions under orders to stay home to stop the spread of the virus.  There are nearly 70 thousand Americans infected.
  • Easter will be much different for Roman Catholics this year. Bishop Bambera has mandated that Holy Week services will not be open to the public this year. The masses will be held but privately, many churches are live streaming, be sure to check with your parish.
  • Help for small businesses… Governor Wolf announced a new program that will offer businesses with under 100 full-time employees up to $100,000 of loans. Funds are expected to be available this week. He also expanded his stay at home order to include include Lehigh and Northampton Counties.
  • Martz Trailways has announced its daily bus service in and out of New York City and Philadelphia will be suspended until April 13th.  It’s in response to Federal recommendations that anyone leaving New York City self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • There were 276 new cases in Pennsylvania yesterday and 11 deaths.  Luzerne County had its first death yesterday. A 70 year old man from Hanover Township.  Luzerne County now has 27 cases, Lackawanna County now has 18 and 2 deaths.
  • State lawmakers voted yesterday to reschedule Pennsylvania’s primary election date from April 28th to June 2nd . Pennsylvania will join more than 10 states in delaying their primaries.

Updated as of Monday, March 25th at 8am:

  • The number of cases in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties doubled this week. As of yesterday, Luzerne had 21 up from 10 reported on Monday. Lackawanna has 15 cases up from 7, and one death.
  • The total cases in Pennsylvania is 851 with 7 deaths. There were 207 new cases reported yesterday, that’s the biggest daily increase since the first case in the state was identified March 6th.
  • A person on Penn State’s University Park campus has tested positive for COVID-19. No details of the case were released, including whether the person was a student or staff member on campus.
  • King’s College in Wilkes-Barre has cancelled in-person classes for the rest of the year. A decision has not yet been made about commencement ceremonies in May.
  • Employees at some local businesses have now tested positive including the Tobyhanna Army Depot, Lowe’s in the Arena Hub Plaza, and an employee at the Pepsi Warehouse in Pittston.
  • Governor Wolf has now expanded his stay at home order to include Erie County, there are now 8 counties in the commonwealth under the order.
  • The nearly 2 trillion dollar deal was announced early this morning after five days of negotiations between Democrats, Republicans and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. The economic rescue package would give direct payments to most Americans, expand unemployment benefits and provide more than 350 billion dollars for small businesses to keep making payroll while workers are forced to stay home. It also includes $130 billion for hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare facilities. Senate will vote on it today before sending it to the House then on to President Trump, who is expected to sign it.
  • Coronavirus cases in New York are doubling every three days, the Governor said the surge is expected to reach its apex within two weeks. Anyone leaving New York City is asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. The mayor of New York City, says hospitals will make it only through the week before they start reaching “a point where people can’t be saved” because of equipment shortages.
  • New Orleans is also seeing a large spike in cases which the governor believes to be a result of Mardi Gras celebrations. The Surgeon General Jerome Adams is trying to stress to young people that they need to be just as vigilant as older people.
  • The death of a 17 year old from California is being linked to the Coronavirus. The World Health Organization has warned that the US could be the next epicenter of the virus. More than 53,000 people have been infected with the virus throughout the country. Spain has overtaken China in the number of COVID-19 deaths, rising to the second highest worldwide after Italy.
  • In England, Prince Charles, the 71 year old father of Prince William and Harry has tested positive for the Coronavirus.

Updated as of Monday, March 24th at 8am:

  • The US saw its deadliest day yet in the Coronavirus fight yesterday, with 100 deaths at the epicenter… New York. The State saw a one-day increase of nearly 5,000 cases, with New York City being hit the hardest, the city has more than 13,000 cases alone. The rate of infection is five times higher than in other parts of the country.
  • In his briefing yesterday, President Trump suggested that he would soon re-evaluate the federal guidance urging social distancing, he said he’s looking to get America open for business again. Though the Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams says it’s early to give a time frame.
  • Senate failed to agree on a financial stimulus package, though the Senate’s top Democrat and the treasury secretary said last night that they are close to a deal. They are hopeful a vote could come this evening.
  • President Donald Trump announced that the federal government will push back the October deadline for REAL ID compliance due to the COVID-19 crisis. The new deadline will be announced soon.
  • Federal authorities are also reminding everyone to beware of scams, people approaching homes saying they are from the health department offering tests, phone calls offering tests or looking for money for Coronavirus related charities.
  • In Pennsylvania, no school for at least two more weeks. Governor Wolf has ordered schools not to reopen until April 6th or possibly longer if necessary.
  • The Diocese of Scranton will extend the closure of their schools until April 14th. The State Secretary of Education directed the state’s 29 intermediate units to help districts prepare “continuity of learning plans,” including procedures for students with disabilities and English language learners.
  • The Governor also issued stay at home orders for seven counties…Philadelphia and its surrounding counties; Allegheny County, which includes Pittsburgh; and Monroe County. Those counties account for 75% of the state’s confirmed cases of COVID-19.
  • Pennsylvania now has 644 confirmed cases, that’s an increase of 165 cases from yesterday.
  • Yesterday, a 79 year old man from Lackawanna County became the first person to die from the Coronavirus in NEPA.
  • A student from the University of Scranton also tested positive for the virus, that student attended student gatherings in the Hill Section on what was supposed to be parade day, March 14th. That student developed symptoms late last week and is quarantined in his home.
  • In Wilkes-Barre, both the  Cherry Blossom Festival, set for next month and the Fine Arts Fiesta, set for May will both be cancelled this year. Both are spring time traditions in the city.
  • COLTS buses in Lackawanna County will now be running on a Saturday schedule and waiving fares to help protect the drivers from touching.

Updated as of Monday, March 23rd at 3pm:

  • Wolf just announced schools statewide will remain closed for an additional 2 weeks. He also issued a Stay At Home order for the following counties – Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Monroe, & Montgomery counties. Starting at 8pm, residents must stay home unless someone’s life depends on leaving.
  • Philadelphia Co. is already under a Stay at Home order, passed by @PhiladelphiaGov. https://t.co/plwrh1VLvi
  • Our roads will stay open, and so will our grocery stores and pharmacies.
  • He will be issuing additional guidance on allowable activities, as well as information for people who have no permanent home.Gov. Tom Wolf announced the mandated closure of all “non life-sustaining” businesses Thursday afternoon. Affected businesses should now be closed, enforcement citations will begin at 12:01am Saturday statewide. View the full list of essential vs. non-essential businesses here: on.pa.gov/2Uklc66
  • Luzerne County Counil held an emergency meeting Thursday. More county employees will work remotely from home. All government buildings to close at 3:30pm. Mail-in and online platforms are encouraged for all residents. Marriage, notary, and gun permits have been suspended at this time. Prothonary and Clerk of Courts is open from 9:30-10:30am, while recorded of Deeds, Registar of Wills, Orphan’s Court and Assessor’s Clerk is open from 2-3pm at the Courthouse.
  • Dr. Deborah Birx announced during the White House Press Conference that data from Italy is showing men with COVID-19 have double the risk of death than women.
  • Pres. Trump announced new travel restrictions during Friday’s Press Conference. In addition to closing the US/ Canadaian border, the US/Mexican border will now also be closed for non-essential travel. Neither includes trade.
  • The CDC is banning entry of illegal immigrants at both the Mexican and Canadian borders to reduce spread of COVID-19.
  • Legislation has been enacted to give guaranteed paid sick leave to workers at no cost to employers, Pres. Trump said Frday.
  • Trump evoked the Defense Production Act and activated it to the highest level.
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced a Level 4 Global Travel Advisory has been put in place, and urged all US residents to return back to the country ASAP or risk not being allowed in.
  • The Dept. of Education said it will forego standardized testing for the remainder of the year. Trump also demanded that federal student loan interest be waived for the next 60 days, at least.
  • Members of President Trump’s economic team will convene on Capitol Hill Friday to launch negotiations with Senate Republicans and Democrats racing to draft a $1 trillion-plus economic rescue package. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s plan would pump $1,200 checks directly to taxpayers, $300 billion to small businesses to keep idled workers on payroll and $208 billion in loans to industries. The negotiations are certain to encounter difficulties ahead, as some Republicans object and Democrats say it doesn’t go far enough.
  • Price Chopper is now hiring part-time positions in six states.  To find out more visit www.pricechopper.com/careers/
  • According to CNBC, “The IRS moved the national income tax filing day ahead to July 15, three months after the normal deadline for Americans to send in their returns.”
  • The Federal government is working on a stimulus package to help Americans during this pandemic. The plan includes cash payments of up to $1,200 for individuals and $2,400 couples, with the sum increasing by $500 for each child for taxpayers beneath a certain income threshold. Details are still being worked out.
  • 40 million people are on lockdown. California’s governor has ordered the entire state to stay home to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. It is the first in the nation to order all of its residents to stay home. The order began last night and extends until further notice. Residents are allowed to make trips to gas stations, pharmacies, grocery stores, banks and laundromats.
  • The state education department announced the cancellation of all standardized tests, including the Keystone exams and the PSSAs, for the 2019-20 school year, joining several states that have already made such a move. The department is seeking waivers from the federal rules that require the tests.

 

As of Thursday, March 20th at 8AM:

  • The American Red Cross is facing a severe shortage after blood drives across the nation have been cancelled. They are asking people to come to their facilities to donate. The blood shortage is expected to increase.
  • Pres. Trump announced via Twitter Wednesday morning that borders between the US and Canada have been temporarily closed for nonessential travel to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
  • All 50 states now have confirmed cases of COVID-19.
  • Early reports are coming out of Italy and France showing that more severe cases of COVID-19 are now being found in millennial and youth. While data is still being complied and looked into, leaders are urging the public to practice best social distancing practices.
  • The White House is asking that all medical providers postpone all non-essential surgeries and procedures to help ease the need of surgical masks, ventilators, respirators and other equipment while reducing risk of spreading the virus. Vice President Pence announced the white house has ordered at least 10,000 additional ventilators, on top of what the Dept. of Defense is securing.
  • While most daycare in the state have shuttered it’s doors by this point, the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA is offering childcare services to workers who have essential jobs. This includes healthcare or government workers, or workers whose employer is mandated to stay open. The rest of the facility is closed to the public, which is allowing fora safe amount of space between the children.
  • Pennsylvania employees impacted by the coronavirus may be eligible for unemployment benefits. Applicants are urged to file online for faster processing. Visit www.uc.pa.gov to see if you qualify and to learn more.
  • The PA Turnpike has implemented partial closures of all its plaza stops. Portable toilets are accessible outside.
  • PA State Parks have closed all facilities, however trails remain open.
  • Many stores are enacting elderly only hours, giving older people and those most at risk time to shop and get the supplies they need, including Gerrity’s, Giant, Target, Dollar General and more…
  • The Governor of Kansas announced that all schools will close for the remainder of the academic year.
  • Congress is considering giving $1,000 to workers who are facing furloughs and layoffs.
  • U.S. Treasury Secretary said that U.S. taxpayers will receive a three-month extension t pay their income taxes.
  • PPL Service Electric is not shutting off service for unpaid bills.
  • President Trump has urged Americans on Monday to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people and to stay away from various public places.   The new guidelines apply to everyone, “including the young and healthy,” for the next 15 days, he said.
  • The Diocese of Scranton has announced a suspension of all public masses.  Some churches will remain open for private worship.  Funerals, Weddings and Baptisms can continue but can only be attended by immediate family only.
  • Governor Wolf is extending restrictions statewide to battle COVID-19 infections.  All non-essential businesses are urged to close.  Non-essential businesses according to the state include community and recreation centers; gyms, including yoga, barre, and spin facilities; hair salons, nail salons and spas; casinos; concert venues; theaters; bars; sporting event venues and golf courses; retail facilities, including shopping malls and except for pharmacy or other health care facilities within retail operations. He also asked all restaurants and bars to close dine-in services. Business that use take out, drive-thru and delivery services may continue to stay open for those uses only.
  • Active Adult Centers in Luzerne County have been shut down at this time. If an older adult needs food assistance please contact Meals on Wheels or the County Bureau on Aging.

Public Service Spaces

  • Luzerne County Central Court (NOT the Courthouse) on Water Street asks only victims, defendants, witnesses and law enforcement inside the facility at this time.
  • The Luzerne County Courthouse is under a modified schedule, including a single point of entry at the rear of the building. Juries have been cancelled for the rest of March, with attorneys and taxpayers encouraged to use online facilities. The sheriff’s dept. on the lower level will handle all public business on the following schedule:
    • 9a-noon: Sheriff, prothonotary, gun permits and clerk of court filings.
    • 1pm-3:30pm: Deeds, assessor’s office, wills and orphans court clerk
    • 3:30pm-4:25pm: Probate appointments.
  • PA American Water is restoring water to residents who have been shut-off on a temporary basis to ease health and safety concerns for customers.
  • The PA Dept. of Corrections AND The Luzerne County Correctional Facility have placed a 14 day ban on any visitations of inmates.
  • Tax Collection has temporarily been ceased at the Duryea Borough building. Residents are asked instead to mail taxes or place them in the dropbox.
  • The Luzerne County Library System has announced a full closure until March 29th.
  • Most, if not all, utility companies are working with residents to either keep utilities on or restore utilities that have already been shut off. Please contact your utility providers if you are in need of assistance.
  • Wilkes-Barre Mayor George Brown has enacted a state of emergency to free up funding resources. City Hall, the DPW and fire Dept are all closed to the public, as well as the city-owned golf courses, parks and playgrounds.
  • Municipal / Police Buildings are closed to the public in the following locations: Dallas Twp, Dupont, Duryea, Edwardsville, Exeter, Forty-Fort, Hanover Twp., Harvey’s Lake, Kingston Twp, Laflin, Larksville, Luzerne, Nanticoke, Pittston, Plymouth, Plymouth Twp., Swoyersville, Plains Twp., West Wyoming, Wilkes-Barre Twp.

Events

  • The Irem Shrine Circus, a spring-time tradition for decades is being postponed.
  • Both The Scranton AND Pittston Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick have cancelled their annual dinners on Tuesday, March 17th. Both are awaiting a new date.
  • The NEPA Bach Festival in Scranton has been cancelled.
  • The Wyoming Valley Children’s Association has postponed their annual Gala, Walk-A-Thon and meeting. Events will be scheduled at a later date.
  • The Ronald McDonald House of Scranton has postponed their annual Gourmet Gala March 22nd. A new date has been schedule for June 14th at Mohegan Sun Pocono.
  • The Pittston Arts Council postponed their designer purse bingo from March 22nd to April 26th.
  • Big Brother/Big Sisters of the Bridge have postponed all Bowl for Kids’ Sake Events. The event scheduled at Chacko’s will now be held June 13th.
  • The SPCA of Luzerne County have postponed their annual Pet Expo at the Kingston Armory. A new date in October is pending.
  • The Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre has postponed performances of “The Wedding Singer”.
  • The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce has postponed “Pins for Nonprofits”, the 2020 Inaugural Diversity Forum, the ATHENA Panel Luncheon and the WB Connect Spotlight Event.
  • The Luzerne County Historical Society: The Nathan Denison House, Swetland Homestead, Bishop Memorial Library and county Museum remain open at this time, but are only taking small groups.
  • The Scranton Half Marathon and all correlating events has been postponed, and will provide updates as soon as possible.
  • WVIA has postponed Pennsylvania Polka for March.

Education

  • In compliance with Gov. Wolf’s orders, all Pennsylvania K-12 schools – including all local public, private, Diocese and charter – have closed at this time for 10 business days.
  • King’s College: In-person classes suspended until April 14, after Easter break. Courses continue online. Internships, clinicals or student-teaching assignments will continue as scheduled.
  • Misericordia University: In-person classes suspended until April 14, after Easter break. Courses continue online.
  • Luzerne County Community College: In-person classes are suspended. Online courses will continue. Classes will resume on March 19 as distance learning. College events have also been canceled. See luzerne.edu for information.
  • Bloomsburg University has extended spring break until March 23rd, when classes will resume online. All University events have been postponed.
  • Penn State Wilkes-Barre and Scranton: In-person classes suspended through April 3. Courses continue online.
  • Wilkes University: In-person classes suspended until April 3 and set to resume April 6. Courses continue online. All university-sponsored events canceled through April 5 and athletic events canceled through March 30.
  • Lackawanna County: Johnson College, Keystone University and Marywood University extended spring break to March 23 and canceled events for the week of March 15. University of Scranton extended spring break to March 30, and classes will be held online from March 30 to April 9.

Venues

  • The FM Kirby Center has cancelled Dinosaur World Live. Tickets can be honored instead for a Dragons and Mythical Beasts show set for Jan 2021.
  • Joe Nardone’s Doo Wop and Legends showing at the Kirby Center for March 28th has been postponed, and is awaiting a new date.
  • The Mickey Spain Concert at the FM Kirby Center has been postponed. New date is TBA.
  • The Aaron Lewis show set for Friday, 3/13 inside Mohegan Sun Arena has been postponed to May 29th.
  • The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders have postponed their April 9th season opener. A new date is TBA.
  • The AHL has suspended play for all its teams, including the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, until further notice.
  • PIAA has shut down basketball tournaments for the state for at least 2 weeks, as well as the state AA swimming tournament. The wrestling classic at Hanover schedule for Saturday has also been postponed.
  • Price Chopper / Market 32 has announced reduced hours. Locations will close at 1am and reopen at 6am for extra stocking and cleaning.
  • Walmart has announced reduced hours. Walmart stores will open from 6am to 11pm, and will close overnight to allow for stocking and cleaning.
  • The Luzerne County Assistance office is closed to the public,as is all public assistance offices throughout the state. Clients are urged to use online resources through COMPASS and the myCOMPASS PA mobile app. Eligibility determinations, application processing, benefit issuance and EBT payments are all scheduled to continue.
  • Gerrity’s Supermarkets will open exclusively to senior citizens aged 60 and up on Tuesdays from 7-9am to complete their shopping needs. ID will be required – helpers, aids or family members will not be allowed in the store. Starting Thursday stores will also close 1 hour early for additional cleaning and stocking. Stores will close at 9pm Monday-Saturday and 8pm on Sundays.
  • Target will close all stores by 9pm daily to restock and clean. The first open hour of shopping each Wednesday will be set aside for elderly and other vulnerable guests
  • Sam’s Club will now be open Monday-Saturday from 9am-8pm, and Sunday 10am-6pm
  • Wegman’s is limiting store hours from 7am-10pm.
  • Price Chopper will have the following hours of operation: 7am-10pm. All stores will open exclusively to seniors from 6-7am daily starting Thursday, March 19th.
  • The St. Vincent De Paul Soup Kitchen in Wilkes-Barre is offering 1 free takeout meal per day at 11am. The Kitchen Pantry will remain open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11-1, bags will be distributed at the door.
  • The SPCA of Luzerne County has closed visiting hours. All public interactions are by appointment only, as staff continues to work and care for the animals.

Student Lunch Programs

Lackwanna County

  • Carbondale school pickup at the high school courtyard from 11:30am-1pm
  • Dunmore is offering breakfast and lunch at the elementary center from 11am-1:30pm
  • Lakeland is offering lunch from 12-1 at Mayfield Elementary
  • Mid Valley is offering breakfast and lunch from 10am-12pm at the elementary schools bus circle.
  • North Pocono is offering breakfast and lunch from 7am-12pm at Jefferson Elementary or NP Intermediate School
  • Riverside is offering breakfast and lunch at Elementary EAST and the Junior.Senior High School from 1-2:30, as well as again at the high school rom 5:30-6:30pm.
  • Valley View will have breakfast and lunch at the elementary and high school from 11am-12:30.
  • Wayne Highlands is holding a free grab-n-go lunch for students from March 16-27 from 11am-1pm at the following locations: Damascus Area School, Honesdale High School, Preston Area School and The Cooperage in Honesdale.
  • Scranton will offer breakfast from 7:30-9am and lunch from 11am-1pm at the following locations: McNicholas Plaza Elementary, John Whittier Elementary, John Adams Elementary, John F Kennedy Elementary, Charles Sumner Elementary, Robert Morris Elementary, Frances Willard Elementary, George Bancroft Elementary, William Prescott Elementary, Neil Armstrong Elementary, Issac Tripp Eloementary, West Scranton Intermediate, South Scranton Intermediate, Scranton High School and West Scranton High School.

 

Luzerne County

  • Wyoming Valley West will offer free grab-n-go lunches for students from 11am-12:30 pm at the following locations during the closure: WVW High School in Plymouth, WVW Middle School in Kingston, State Street Elementary in Larksville, Schuyler Ave in Kingston and Dana Street Elementary in Forty-Fort. Any student in the district can use any of these locations.
  • Wilkes-Barre Area is offering free lunches weekdays at the following locations: Dodson, Heights, Flood, Kistler and Solomon Elementary Schools as well as Coughlin (both locations).
  • Berwick will offer breakfast and lunch from 10:30-12:30 at all school locations.
  • Crestwood will offer bagged lunches from 11am-1pm at the High School and White Haven Library.
  • Dallas residents are asked to call 570-675-5201, ext. 5298 for assistance.
  • Nanticoke will have breakfast and lunch from 11:30-12:30 at Apollo Circle, GNA High School bus port, Tilbury Fire Hall, Glen Lyon American Legion and the Hanover section firehouse.
  • Hanover Area will have bagged lunches from 11-11:30 at the entrance to Stoney Ridge Apartments, Dundee Apartments, high school back parking lot, Memorial Elementary School lot, Lee Park school playground, Lynwood School playground.
  • Hazleton Area will have lunch from 11:30am-1pm at Maple Manor, Heights-Terrace and Valley.
  • Lake-Lehman will have breakfast and lunch from 11-1 at the rear of the Junior/Senior High School.
  • Northwest Area will have bagged lunches from 11:30-12:30 at Fairmont United Methodist Church, Schickshinny Borough Building, Northwest Intermediate School and the high school.
  • Pittston Area will have food for students from 11-1 at the rear of the high school, intermediate center bus drop and primary center student drop off.
  • Wyoming Area will have lunches from 11:30-1pm at the Secondary Center Cafeteria.

 

Wyoming County

  • Lackawanna Trail will have a pick up at the Elementary Center from 10-1pm.
  • Tunkhannock Area will have pickups at the High School and Intermediate Centers. Students whose Last Names begin with A-L should go to the IC. Students whose last names begin with M-Z should go to the high school from 4

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