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COVID-19 impact on the holidays


WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Now that Thanksgiving is behind us the Pennsylvania Department of Health is concerned about the potential impact of holiday travel on the spread of COVID-19.

The state is seeing some of the highest daily numbers since the start of the pandemic. The health department says Pennsylvanians may need to quarantine after Thanksgiving.

Dept. of Health encourages use of COVID Alert app as cases rise among children

HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — In the past two weeks, there's been a spike in COVID-19 cases among children in Pennsylvania. Now, the Department of Health is asking young teens to download the COVID Alert PA app.

Throughout the pandemic there have been nearly 28,000 cases of COVID-19 among children in Pennsylvania. 8,150 of those cases have been recorded in the last two weeks alone.

Despite the rise, there is no statewide mandate to switch to remote learning.

Roadwork to begin December 1st on Interstate 81 in Lackawanna County


DUNMORE, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — There will be travel restrictions for motorists to watch out for starting on Tuesday, December 1st in Lackawanna County.

Beginning at mile marker 193, the northbound lanes of Interstate 81 will have intermittent lane restrictions. On Wednesday, December 2nd, the southbound lanes of Interstate 81 will also have intermittent restrictions.

This is due to bridge safety inspections. The restrictions will be in place from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. both days.

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Tioga County woman cited after neighbor shoots her pet dogs


MIDDLEBURY CENTER, Pa. (WETM) - A Tioga County woman has been cited for failing to confine her dogs after they ran into her neighbors' yard and were shot.

In October, 18 News talked to Tanya Smith after her two German Shepherds (Kimber and Minka) were shot by her neighbor when they crossed onto his property and harassed his two livestock whitetail deer.

According to State Police, the deer were injuring themselves against their fence enclosure while trying to escape from the dogs.

Smith argued that the neighbor should have contacted her before shooting the dogs.

One killed, another injured in crash on Route 940


MOUNT POCONO, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — UPDATE: According to the Monroe County Coroner, Andrea Ballesterus. 35, of Henryville, was killed in the crash on Route 940.

An autopsy will be conducted Tuesday morning.


A crash on Route 940 in Mount Pocono killed one and left another injured Monday afternoon.

The coroner confirmed the fatality with Eyewitness News, but the victim will not be named until next of kin is notified.

Liquor Control Board: Establishments fail to enforce COVID-19 mitigation requirements

HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Pennsylvania State Police Liquor Control Enforcement Officers went to 314 licensed liquor establishments on Friday, November 27 through Sunday, November 29 to ensure businesses are abiding by COVID-19 mitigation requirements.

Ten notices of violation were issued along with 22 warnings for establishments failing to enforce social distancing, masking and other health and safety requirements of the liquor code.

Three of the notices of violation given were in Wilkes-Barre.

Arizona certifies Biden's victory over Trump


PHOENIX (NEXSTAR) – Arizona officials have certified Joe Biden’s narrow victory over President Donald Trump in the state.

Monday's action formalizes Democrat Joe Biden’s narrow victory over Donald Trump even as the the Republican president’s attorneys continue to make baseless fraud claims about the state’s vote count.

Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and Republican Gov. Doug Ducey stood up for the integrity of the election even as lawyers for Trump were across town Monday arguing without evidence to nine Republican lawmakers that the election was marred by fraud.

Brightly burning meteor seen across wide areas of Japan


TOKYO (AP) — A brightly burning meteor was seen plunging from the sky in wide areas of Japan, capturing attention on television and social media.

The meteor glowed strongly as it rapidly descended through the Earth's atmosphere.

Many people in western Japan reported on social media seeing the rare sight.

これは怖かった#火球— ひであき (@hide85688321) November 29, 2020

One person on Twitter said, "This was scary."

Merriam-Webster’s top word of 2020 is no surprise

Digital Exclusive: Scranton local makes over 10,000 masks, including ones for dolls

SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — A group from Scranton, called Patty Lee's Marvelous Maskers, have been putting their sewing skills to use to help their community during the pandemic.

Patty Lee Hack, of Scranton, works alongside her mother and aunt to make masks for healthcare professionals. Hack has 14 years of experience in healthcare, and she saw how much those masks were needed.

"Even before we started needing them, they needed them. So when they were running out during COVID, we definitely knew that we had to do something to help out," Hack said.

Nonprofit started to help local nursing homes battle coronavirus

WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — A local nonprofit group is ramping up its efforts to help provide resources to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities across our region.

Data from the Pennsylvania Department of Health indicates that the majority of COVID-19 related deaths occur in those facilities.


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