Local News Headlines 4/17/20

It’s FRIDAY!!! Woo Hoo!! Here’s your FRIDAY morning 4/17 local headlines:

The State Department of Health confirmed yesterday there are 1,245 additional positive cases of COVID-19 bringing the state total to 27,735 with 60 new deaths and a total of 707. The Blair County total cases have risen by one to 13.

The Governor says he will veto the bill passed the state legislature to allow some businesses to re-open.

Local state reps are calling on the Governor to sign the bill to allow some workers to get off unemployment.

While New York’s governor is extending that state’s stay and home order and closure of non-essential businesses to May 15th, Governor Tom Wolf says he’s not made a decision about Pennsylvania’s statewide stay-at-home order which remains in effect through April 30th

A new study finds Pennsylvania has enough money to pay unemployment benefits for only 11 weeks.

Governor Wolf has announced the formation of a task force to look at the impact of coronavirus on minority populations.

Pennsylvania hospitals stand to lose as much as 2 billion dollars a month since they are no allowed to do elective surgeries.

A Blair County teen is facing charges of attacking a healthcare worker with a sword while she was leaving his residence.

An East Freedom man has been charged with pointing a gun at a police officer in February.