BACKYARD BROADCASTING WEEKEND NEWS APRIL 25, 2020

NEW DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH COVID-19 NUMBERS

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed Friday that there are 1,599 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 38,652.  The state reported Lycoming County with 48 positive cases, and no deaths here.  Today, the state is reporting 1,492 confirmed deaths in Pennsylvania. The two deaths previously reported in Lycoming County were removed meaning no deaths were reported in the county.

ANOTHER CRISIS LOAN OPPORTUNITY
The economic development agency SEDA-COG is offering business’ in PA another option for crisis loans. John Brown, the executive director says the agency has secured these funds through the EDA and notes that supplies are limited. For more information you can go to their website. seda-cog.org

CURBSIDE LIQUOR PICKUP EXPANDS TO MOST STORES
The PA Liquor Control Board is planning to expand curbside pickup at liquor stores to all loactions in the state on Monday. Governor Wolf announced a modified opening of a few local fine Wine and Good Spirit stores earlier this week in Lycoming County  to  assist with online ordering that was overwhelming the states system . Customers are limited to one order per day and only a certain amount of orders will be taken from 9am to 1pm, with a 6 bottle limit. You can see the full list of stores offering this service at lcb.pa.gov

PENNSYLVANIA PLANNING A CAUTIOUS REOPENING MAY 8
Governor wolf has announced on Wednesday that may 8th will be the target for the the beginning of the reopening of business’.  PA DOH will be classifying counties with a color coded document indicating how serious COVID-19 is in the region. Red being the most serious, yellow being in the middle and green being well off. All construction business in the commonwealth will resume limited operations beginning may 1st.

SUMMER CANCELLATIONS CONTINUE
Several groups were disappointed to announce the cancellation of their events this summer due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Colonel Robert Evanchick of the Pennsylvania State Police cancelled the 2020 the Camp Cadet season, a 27 week camp staffed by police officer volunteers, Penn State and Special Olympics officials canceled the Summer Games, as well as the popular Torch Run. The much loved Turbotville Community carnival and pet parade scheduled to be June first through 6th is also rescheduled for 2021.

Sports
NFL
Yetur Gross-Matos who played three seasons at Penn State, where he totaled 111 tackles and 19 sacks –  ranking him 10th in school history – was chosen by the Carolina Panthers  in the  second NFL Draft round Friday night by continuing to fill out the defense

The Philadelphia Eagles surprised everyone by doubling down on expensive picks for the quarterback position.  Jalen hurts, 53rd pick overall, was added to their roster in addition to giving Carson Wentz, their current quarter back, 128 million dollar extension.

In the absence of mainstream sports to watch, online gaming usage has increased exponentially during the stay at home lockdown.  According to Verizon, US Peak-hour usage was up 75% in the first week of March.  One streaming game platform called Twitch allows for spectators to watch online games, sometimes played by pro sports stars

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