Special elections were held yesterday to fill vacancies left in the State legislature. Results in those elections show a republican sweep. In district 18 which covers portions of Mercer and Butler Counties Republican Tim Bonner was selected over Democrat Phil Heasely to fill a vacancy left by Ted Nesbit who had become a judge in the court of common pleas. Pennsylvania’s House and Senate will still be conducting business and debate, however they have changed their rules so that legislators can do so remotely using the internet.
Meadville Medical Center is setting up a Flu Evaluation Center at its facility on Alden Street in Meadville beginning today. The center will run screenings for Influenza and COVID-19 and its hours of operation are from 8AM to 8PM, but walk-ins will not be welcomed, you must schedule an appointment by calling (814) 373-5216. Meadville Medical Center also announced that it will no longer allow visitors for any of their patients at their Grove Street or Liberty Street facilities.
Governor Tom Wolf’s directive which strongly urges nonessential businesses to close shop for the next two weeks is not yet a directive with the force of law save for the part where restaurants and bars are not to open their public seating areas and perform take-out, curbside, and delivery services only. The Department of Community and Economic Development Business Resources does have resources to help small businesses weather closures which include low and no interest loans from the Industrial Development Authority.