The Pennsylvania State Police in Meadville are happy to report that 17 year old Hailey Winters of Conneautville has been safely returned home. No further details about Haley’s return home are available and the investigation involving her search is closed.
The City of Meadville will be hosting some special guests tomorrow on December 19th; Mister and Misses Santa Claus and their good friend The Grinch. For about an hour, beginning around 3:30 in the afternoon Santa and company will tour the city with an escort provided by the Meadville City Fire Department and provide a socially distanced visit to all the girls and boys who’d like to see him from their front porches or the sidewalk as he is driven by. Santa will also make two quick stops by the High School and the Diamond Park, where families can park their cars to greet the jolly elf, his wife, and the former green meanie who now has a heart one size too big. Santa’s route can be found online at CityofMeadville.org/Santa.
Pennsylvania experienced a major surge of COVID-19 cases in the weeks following the Thanksgiving Holiday, and the Department of Health links many of those new cases to Thanksgiving Day gatherings. With the Christmas holiday only a week away, Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine is asking residents to please stay home for Christmas and New Year’s, and celebrate the holidays this year with members of your household. Over 6,000 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19 and more than 211,000 Pennsylvanians are currently infected with the disease, compared to 643 cases of the flu with 16 hospitalizations. Five Influenza patients have died compared to more than 13,000 Pennsylvanians from COVID.
Feelings of being stressed, anxious, alone, and overwhelmed are normal and common during the holidays and are even more extreme during times of crisis like a pandemic. If you need help, call the Persevere PA Support and Referral Helpline at (1-855)284-2494 for free and confidential services.