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I-Team: Where's my unemployment compensation?

WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact virtually every aspect of our society and our daily lives. For many people, the pandemic has forced them out of work.

Questions and concerns are being raised across the commonwealth and our region regarding access to the unemployment benefits. Many people have reached out to the Eyewitness News I-Team to look into the situation.

Frustration, disgust and in some cases, downright anger — that's what we are hearing from people who reached out to the I-Team.

Over $55,000 made available for Berwick businesses impacted by COVID-19

BERWICK, COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — The Berwick Borough Council has made $55,799 available in the form of Community Development Block Grant-Coronavirus Response (CDBG-CV) funding to help restaurants impacted by COVID-19. The deadline for applications is Feb 26.

Officials say the funds can be used for "eligible demonstrable costs such as rent/mortgage, utility, staffing salaries, inventory/supplies, and/or marketing/advertising." They can't, however, cover anything a previous financial assistance program has funded.

Lackawanna County residents having trouble finding available vaccines

LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — If you live in Lackawanna County and are having trouble getting a COVID-19 vaccine, you're not alone.

"As soon as I heard Dr. Fauci say that the vaccine was safe, I thought, 'I wanna get it,'" Patricia Dunleavy of Scranton said.

Dunleavy says she got her COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday at a Geisinger vaccine center in Jenkins Township, because she was having a hard time finding one in Lackawanna County.

Digital Exclusive: Pittston Saint Patrick's Parade cancelled

PITTSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — The Committee of the Pittston City Saint Patrick's Parade has announced the cancellation of this year's event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We're devastated but we know it's the safest thing to do and we have been making some plans that we can do safely to commemorate our eighth annual parade which would have been on March 6 of this year," Sarah Donahue, Co-Chair of the Pittston City Saint Patrick's Parade Committee said.

Donahue says the decision comes as an abundance of caution and concern for the safety of parade-goers.

Healthbeat: Infectious disease doctor discusses COVID-19 variant

WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — With far more people waiting to be vaccinated against COVID-19 compared to those who have already received the shot, the concern to stop the spread has only increased as more variants emerge.

The first case of a mutated version of COVID-19 was reported in Pennsylvania this month. 

Scientists estimate a new variant of the COVID strain could be twice as contagious. Variants of the virus can raise some serious questions like what is the difference in the virus, how did it mutate, and what precautions should be taken? 

Biden signs 10 virus orders, requires masks to travel

WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) — As the U.S. enters what Joe Biden has warned may be the "toughest and deadliest period of the virus," the president introduced a new national COVID-19 strategy Thursday.

Biden also signed 10 pandemic-related executive orders. The 10 orders are aimed at jump-starting his national COVID-19 strategy to increase vaccinations and testing and lay the groundwork for reopening schools and businesses.

Weis Markets pharmacies to provide COVID-19 vaccines

EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Weis Markets began distributing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine Thursday at its in-store pharmacies.

"I have multiple, multiple illnesses and I was thrilled to get it," said Connie Cobosco, vaccine recipient.

Cobosco told Eyewitness News she was happy to come to the Nanticoke store to get the vaccine and the process was simple.

"Very easy. You walk in, you fill out your paperwork and you get your shot and you're in and out of here in 20 minutes."

Louis Csongeto also waited for his vaccine with no hassle.

Guthrie opening COVID vaccine clinic for residents 65+ in Sayre

SAYRE, Pa. (WETM) – Guthrie announced Thursday that a public COVID-19 vaccine clinic for residents 65 and older will be open at the former K-Mart building on Elmira Street in Sayre.

Due to a limited supply of vaccine, only residents age 65 or older can schedule an appointment to get the vaccine at this time. Clinic eligibility in the future will be expanded upon receiving additional shipments of the vaccine.   

Clinic hours of operation for this wave of vaccination will be as follows:  

·         Friday, January 22: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.   

I-Team: Major changes in PA vaccine rollout plan

HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV)— The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced major changes today in its vaccination rollout plan.

Changes that many people say should have been made weeks ago.

The I-Team has been contacted by dozens of people in the last several weeks asking why older residents and those with preexisting conditions were not closer to the front of the line for the COVID-19 vaccine. Today they were moved up in that line.

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