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'COVID-19 & Communities of Color' to air Wednesday at 7pm on WYOU

HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Thirteen television stations owned and operated by Nexstar Media Group will bring viewers from Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland and Washington D.C. together to discuss how the coronavirus pandemic has specifically impacted minority communities.

"COVID-19 & Communities of Color" will air on February 17, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. on WYOU. It will be available to stream on PAhomepage.com.

Vaccinate NEPA: VA officials look to get vulnerable veterans vaccinated

PLAINS TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — When it comes to getting segments of our society vaccinated against COVID-19, one of the biggest is the veteran community.

More than 140,000 veterans live in the 18 Pennsylvania counties served by the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center.

The VA considers getting the veteran population vaccinated against COVID-19 critical to improving the health of vets and the communities where they live. It also has impacts on the VA which tens of thousands of vets rely on for services.

How stimulus payments could affect filing tax returns

WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Friday marked the beginning of tax-filing season, and many remain uncertain as to how COVID-19 stimulus payments and other relief measures may impact their 2020 return.

In a way, it seems fitting such an unorthodox year would end with an unorthodox tax filing. But experts say dealing with stimulus payments when filling your 2020 return, might be more straight forward than you realize. 

Bucknell University accounting professor Stacy Mastrolia says the most important thing to remember: you won’t be taxed on those payouts.

COVID Cupid: Finding 'the one' during a pandemic

EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — In a year of isolation comes the need for a companion. But how are you supposed to meet someone new during a global pandemic?

Whether it's a romantic dinner out, an intimate nature walk or a zoom date, finding the one is on the minds of millions — even through a pandemic.

For most it takes months, even years, to find that special connection. But that wasn't the case for one couple who met online in October and is already married.

Wayne Memorial Hospital to begin allowing visitors

HONESDALE, WAYNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Wayne Memorial Hospital will be allowing visitors into the hospital again, officials announced Monday.

Hospital officials say after approximately three months of not allowing patient's visitors, it is returning to its policy of last summer, now permitting one healthy and designated visitor in most units.

Patients will designate their visitors and visitors must comply with health guidelines such as wearing a face mask and agreeing to remain in a patient’s room and not visit other areas of the hospital.

State representatives introduce vaccine registration legislation

HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — A new piece of legislation introduced by several Pennsylvania State Representatives would create a database of people eligible and willing to accept the COVID-19 vaccine and allow them to schedule appointments.

According to a press release, the Vaccine Registry Act, introduced by Democratic Reps. Ryan Bizzarro, Pam Snyder, Jennifer O’Mara, and Austin Davis, is meant to "streamline the registration and notification process" for those looking to get vaccinated.

No fans in the stands, the economic fallout beyond the ice

WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins recently got back onto the ice but without the fans cheering them on in-person.

The Penguins are changing the feel of the game while playing a limited schedule in front of cardboard cutouts.

"The players feed off the energy, they feed off the enthusiasm, they feed off the community," said Jeff Barrett, CEO, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton penguins.

I-Team: Internet Safety

WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — The pandemic, in many ways, has forced us to become dependent on the virtual world - more than ever before.

It also raises concerns and questions about online safety, especially for our children.

The COVID-19 pandemic, some would say, accelerated the inevitable... the move to a more virtual world for many of us.

But along with that world comes new and enhanced potential dangers for our kids.

Computer crime experts urge everyone, especially parents, to stay alert for potential online threats.

Dept. of Health issues order for expediting vaccine administration

HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Department of Health Acting Secretary Alison Beam and Senior Advisor for COVID-19 Response Lindsey Mauldin are hosting a virtual media briefing to provide a COVID-19 vaccine update in Pennsylvania.

During the briefing, Beam issued an order for vaccine providers’ administration of COVID-19 vaccines to ensure that Pennsylvanians are vaccinated as quickly as possible. Governor Wolf has signed the order.

Healthbeat: Local college creates COVID-19 testing lab on campus

DALLAS TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — We've seen the struggles some college campuses have endured trying to keep in-person learning happening during the pandemic. One local university believes it's come up with one way to ease those struggles.

Misericordia University realizes COVID-19 can be spread quickly by infected individuals with no symptoms. It's why this week, the university launched its own COVID-19 surveillance testing laboratory on campus.

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