Local News Headlines 5/19/20

Here’s your TUESDAY morning 5/19 local headlines:

Pennsylvania health officials are being accused of inflating the COVID-19 death toll, just as an earlier death has now been added to the Blair County total.

The State Health Department is reporting 822 new cases of COVID-19 bringing the total to 63,056 and 4,505 deaths. The number of confirmed cases in Blair County remained steady at 38 with one death.

The state Department of Health is rolling out mass testing for coronavirus in long-term care living facilities this week.

The State Department of Labor and Industry continues to deal with the dramatic increase in unemployment compensation claims due to the pandemic.

PennDOT is delaying new construction and downgrading resurfacing projects due to a projected one billion dollar deficit caused by the pandemic.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike continues to lose money in buckets as the pandemic cuts travel.

Blair County will be making some changes and adding some personnel to deal with the upcoming June 2nd primary election.

A Martinsburg man has admitted to police that he is behind a string of robberies that netted big bucks.

Authorities have released more details about a fire that struck a local family last Friday.

An Altoona man wanted on several charges and in another county was arrested by Altoona Police yesterday.

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