Here’s your WEDNESDAY morning 7/8 local headlines:
The State Department of Health yesterday confirmed 995 new cases of COVID-19 bringing the statewide total to 91,299 with 33 new deaths totaling 6,787. The total number of cases in Blair County stands at 78 confirmed and 11 probable with one death.
Yesterday’s reported spike in coronavirus cases is primarily due to 400 backlogged cases from Philadelphia and Allegheny County added to the tally, as well as 200 additional cases from Allegheny County.
The State Department of Labor and Industry continues to make progress processing unemployment compensation claims.
A joint law enforcement operation nabbed two persons in Altoona yesterday who were charged with major drug offenses.
An Altoona man has been arrested and charged by the feds with possession of child pornography.
An Altoona woman has been arrested and charged with attacking a neighbor with a knife.
A bill pushed by Judy Ward to help municipalities deal with blight is headed to the Governor’s desk.
The city is moving forward with plans to close a portion of a downtown street to allow for outside dining for downtown restaurants.
Former Vice President Joe Biden is coming to Pennsylvania to campaign the same day as current Vice President Mike Pence. Biden plans on touring a metal works plant in Dunmore and Pence will be attending a fundraiser at Kreider Farms in Lancaster.