Local COVID-19 Updates

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This week, Rutul Dalal, MD, medical director of infectious diseases, UPMC in the Susquehanna Region, provided answers to questions about the efficacy of both COVID vaccines and herd immunity:

COUDERSPORT — If the Coudersport Area School District is closed due to COVID-19, students in extracurriculars may participate in playoff-like scenarios as long as COVID-19 has not impacted any of those particular students, the school board voted during Monday’s meeting.

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This week, Rutul Dalal, MD, medical director of infectious diseases, UPMC in the Susquehanna Region, provides answers to questions about how the COVID vaccine works and the difference between the two available:

Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine announced Wednesday the federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program has begun vaccinating residents and staff at 126 Pennsylvania skilled nursing facilities, including Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport, using the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

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ULYSSES — Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine announced new “limited time” COVID-19 mitigation orders through Jan. 4 on Dec. 12 which, among other things, prohibit all in-person indoor dining at businesses in the retail food services industry.

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With approximately 140 active COVID-19 coronavirus cases confirmed in Potter County and an estimated 700-900 other county residents unknowingly infected by the highly contagious disease, the importance of a free drive-through testing clinic that opens on Sunday in Coudersport could not be ov…