The Mifflin County School District is working with the Pennsylvania Department of Health to help process “contact tracing” of a Mifflin County Junior High School student who is a probable positive COVID-19 case. According to DOH guidelines, a probable or presumed positive would be someone who has not been tested for COVID19, but was a close contact to a positive case, and developed symptoms during his or her quarantine period. The last day this student was in the school was Monday, October 5th. The student became symptomatic the following day (October 6th). Once all “contact tracing” is complete, the DOH or the school district will contact any students and staff that will need to quarantine. Quarantining will last 14 days for individuals who had “close contact ’ with the student. The school district administration will monitor the situation and will keep parents apprised.

In a letter to parents, Mifflin County School Superintendent James Estep also stressed the importance of remote Friday instructional days. Estep said it is imperative that students and parents adapt to online platforms because of the possible likelihood of having to go full-time remote learning in the coming weeks or months. School closings in surrounding districts due to COVID-19 prompted the statement.

Authorities are searching for clues after a report of gunshots early Friday morning in Kistler Borough.  The incident happened at about 3:00 am on State Street in Kistler.  Anyone with information should contact State Police.

State Police say the death of a Milroy man found last month in Mifflin County is still under investigation.  On September 26th, troopers responded to Old State Road and Bald Eagle Lane in Decatur Township after a report of a deceased individual.  Police say 50-year-old George Pringle was discovered in a vehicle at that location. 

The American Red Cross bloodmobile will be in Mifflin County today.  You can give the “Gift of Life” at Rhodes Memorial United Methodist Church on Highland Avenue in Lewistown today from 1:30 pm to 7:00 pm.