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Bradford County Manor seeing more confirmed COVID-19 cases (free to read)

The Bradford County Manor has been seeing more confirmed COVID-19 cases since the first staff case was reported by Bradford County Commissioners near the end of August.

There are currently eight COVID positive residents at the manor, according to an update released Friday by the Bradford County Commissioners. Three residents who were previously at the manor had also tested positive. Among staff, four are listed as COVID probable following positive antigen tests, which can provide immediate results, but commissioners note have a 15% chance of providing a false positive.

In an update posted to the Bradford County Manor’s website Thursday, Administrator James Shadduck noted that the four staff members had showed respiratory symptoms within the previous 72 hours.

“Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have tested positive or have symptoms of COVID-19,” Shadduck explained, adding that they will continue contacting families directly whose loved ones are affected.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the manor has been restricting visitation; screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for symptoms; postponing communal activities; testing staff and residents; and using personal protective equipment.

Shadduck encouraged anyone with questions to contact the manor at (570) 297-4111.

Meanwhile, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has reported an additional 61 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Bradford County since Sept. 20, along with the county’s fourth and fifth related death on Sept. 23 and Sept. 25. One of those deaths was connected to a nursing home or personal care facility.

Most COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths across the state have been among those 65 and older. Approximately 82% of those infected by COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic have recovered, according to the Department of Health.

“We want to acknowledge our amazing staff for their dedication, compassion and commitment during this pandemic,” commissioners said about those at the manor. “We also want to thank the local EMS, first responders, hospital staff and all of those who are fighting this battle alongside of us. We want to also thank the families and community for their ongoing support of our residents and staff through donations of food, masks, notes of encouragement and other practices.”

Canton extra-curricular activities to return Oct. 10

CANTON — Canton Area School District has announced that all sports and extra-curricular activities will be permitted to return to practice as of Saturday, Oct. 10 after they have been cancelled due to COVID-19 related quarantine.

In a post made on Canton’s Facebook page from Canton Area School District Superintendent Eric Briggs, Briggs reminded the community that the district moved to a fully remote learning program and stop all extra-curricular activities on Sept. 24 and stated that it had done so “based on our inability to fully staff all areas of our school system” and, in the case of the football team, due to an involved individual/s testing positive for COVID-19.

“First and foremost, I want the community to be aware that as we make these decisions, we are continually keeping the health and safety of our students and staff as a top priority. Our hope is that through this planning process, we will be able to successfully transition our students safely in the classroom and on the athletic field,” Briggs wrote.

While students will still return to school on Tuesday, Oct. 13, after teachers complete an in-school in-service day Oct. 12, extra-curricular activities will now be able to return to practice as of Oct. 10.

“As we resume extracurricular and athletic activities, please note that we may have many changes in our practices/events for our athletes so that they are able to participate in their sport or extracurricular activities to the maximum extent possible,” Briggs relayed.

Briggs encouraged the community to watch the athletic calendar on the district’s webpage or the district’s Facebook page for changes in athletic activities.

Guidelines will be made available next week regarding spectator participation in Canton sports and extracurricular activities, according the the Superintendent.

“As a reminder, please remember to follow all social distancing guidelines when on our school property. Please ensure that you continue to wear face coverings and maintain, to the maximum extent possible, 6 feet between you and any other visitors,” Briggs stated.

Canton’s food distribution program will continue through the district’s period of remote learning. Food pick-ups are scheduled as followed: all Canton students may pick up breakfast and lunches on Oct. 6 from 11 a.m. until noon or 5 until 6 p.m. There will be no distribution on Oct. 9. CAVE and Warrior Academy students may pick up meals on Oct. 13 from 5 until 6 p.m. and all virtual students may continue to pick up meals on Tuesday evenings.

Scaring and caring

WYSOX – A variety of characters roamed around the Wysox Haunted House grounds Friday evening, buying their tickets and treats, visiting vendors and a petting zoo, and lining up to check out the ghouls and monsters inside the big old structure as part of the annual attraction’s kick-off.

Instead of getting ready to give jump scares, however, the haunted hallways featured more friendly greetings as part of the first of two “no scare” weekends – and candy for those passing through. The experience is set to become much more frightening starting Oct. 16.

As many enjoyed the attractions, organizer Mary Sturdevant said it was “absolutely amazing” to be able to bring families together for another year, even with some of the craziness that comes with the first night.

“All of the volunteers work really well together as a team, so we usually can deal with any hiccups that might occur quickly,” she said.

This year’s event was organized by new non-profit Building Outreach Opportunities, or BOO, Inc., and along with the Sixth Annual Halloween for Hunger drive, will benefit both the Wysox Volunteer Fire Company and Child Hunger Outreach Partners. Those who bring food pantry, pet food items, or winter wear such as blankets, hats and gloves will receive free raffle tickets.

And plenty of people donated Friday, completely filling the coffin set out for the collections.

On Oct. 17, the grounds will feature Northern Tier Wrestling’s Haunted Havok show starting at 2:30 p.m., with local ghost hunter Jason Gowin as a special guest.

The Wysox Haunted House continues tonight at 7 p.m., and then returns each Friday and Saturday evening through the rest of the month.

It is located at 22537 Route 187, next to Country Cottage Ice Cream.

More information, including ticket prices, can be found at www.BOOinc.org.