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Biden: Enough COVID-19 vaccine doses for every adult by end of May

WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) —  President Joe Biden Tuesday announced the U.S. is on track to have enough COVID-19 vaccine doses for every adult by the end of May.

"About three weeks ago, we were able to say that we'll have enough vaccine supply for adults by end of July. I'm pleased to announce today as a consequence of the stepped up process that we've ordered and just outlined, this country will have enough vaccine supply for every adult in America by the end of May. That's progress," said Biden.

Scammers pose as COVID vaccine schedulers, reaching out to Geisinger patients to steal personal data

DANVILLE, MONTOUR COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Geisinger is alerting patients about scammers that are posing as COVID vaccine schedulers.

A Geisinger representative says the scammers are reaching out to Geisinger patients by automated calls, live callers and/or text messages.

The fraudulent activity includes the scammers asking for the patient's name, date of birth and Social Security number in order to schedule a vaccine appointment.

Gov. Wolf announces millions in relief for hospitality industry

HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Members of the hospitality industry will soon be able to apply for millions in relief funds. Governor Tom Wolf announced Tuesday.

This is through the COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program (CHIRP), a new grant program to support local businesses in the hospitality industry affected by COVID-19.

The governor initiated a transfer of $145 million to be appropriated by the state legislature into grants for hospitality businesses in December. The legislature approved it and was enacted in February.

Pennsylvania announces additional funding for child care providers

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WETM) – Governor Tom Wolf Tuesday announced allocation plans for more than $303 million in federal funds received to support child care providers in Pennsylvania.

The funds come from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 (CRRSAA), signed into law in December and continue support for an industry that is both a cornerstone of Pennsylvania’s economy and a critical introduction to early education for children across Pennsylvania.

Digital Exclusive: Luzerne County hospital begins using air filter technology against COVID

WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Meet Rosie, PAM Specialty Hospital of Wilkes-Barre's newest indoor bio-defense system.

"Rosie is a nickname the staff gave it. They're thinking of the Jetsons, if you remember the old cartoon. I believe the robot house keeper is called Rosie," David Long, CEO of PAM Specialty Hospital of Wilkes-Barre, said.

Rosie isn't your average housekeeper. She is a machine built by a company called Integrated Viral Protection. IVP makes machines like Rosie to protect against COVID-19 and other viruses with a specialized filtration system.

United Way of Wyoming Valley keeps annual reading tradition alive despite pandemic

WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — It's Read Across America Week which often features community members visiting local elementary schools to read a book.

Although the pandemic has prevented guest readers from visiting classrooms, a local organization improvised to still make the reading possible.

It's a United Way of Wyoming Valley United to Read event unlike any other.

"It's a great way to engage schools and the community in a safe, but fun way," United Way of Wyoming Valley VP of Community Impact Jennifer Deemer said.

Small businesses in hospitality industry to receive millions in grants

SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Small businesses hurting from the pandemic will now have access to more grants.

In our region, thousands of small business owners will benefit as the general assembly approved the transition of $145 million.

March 2020 was the official start to the coronavirus pandemic.

In the past year, thousands of small businesses have closed their doors or implemented different strategies to keep customers, but many are still hurting. Local, county and state officials continue to try to help lessen the impact.

Parents protest for Scranton School District to bring kids back to school

SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Parents are coming together tonight to protest the Scranton School District. They want their children back in classrooms immediately.

Many parents came and went as they got off of work. They told Eyewitness News they are tired of the district making plans to go back to school and then reversing its decision days before it happens.

Today, some 900 teachers and paraprofessionals were supposed to return to the classroom, two weeks before students start to make their return on March 15th.  

Vaccinate NEPA: COLTS offers free rides to vaccine appointments

LACKWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — The County of Lackawanna Transportation System (COLTS) is now offering county residents free rides to their COVID-19 vaccine appointments.

Monday marked the first day of the new shared ride program aimed at stopping the spread.

"We have to help the people in our community the best we can," COLTS Executive Director Bob Fiume said. "We have to help the people in our community the best we can. We don't want transportation to be a barrier for people that need to get the vaccination."

Third stimulus checks: Will we get $1,400 payments in March?

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) -- Over the weekend, the country moved a step closer to $1,400 stimulus checks hitting bank accounts as the House approved a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill that was championed by President Joe Biden.

The big question now: How quickly will the measure move through the Senate and could we see those direct payments this month?

“We have no time to waste,” Biden said on Saturday. "We act now — decisively, quickly and boldly — we can finally get ahead of this virus.”

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