The Mifflin County School District administration has confirmed another bus driver has tested positive for COVID-19. This driver transports students during the morning runs for Lewistown Elementary, Lewistown Intermediate, Mifflin County Middle School, Junior High and High School. The last day the bus driver drove was the morning of Wednesday, October 14. The driver became symptomatic Wednesday afternoon. The building administration and nurses are working with the PA Department of Health to help process contact tracing for all students who would have been in close contact with the driver. All parents/guardians of students that were in close contact with the bus driver are being contacted directly by the building administration or nurses. Mifflin County School District administration has been and will continue to be in close contact with DOH.

 

PennDOT is alerting area drivers to a coming traffic change on a Route 35 bridge job in Juniata County. The bridge spans Cocolamus Creek in Fayette Township. On Monday, crews will close the temporary roadway that’s been carrying traffic around the work zone and place traffic onto the new bridge. Drivers should stay alert for flaggers in the roadway as this change takes place. Remaining work on the project will be done using an alternating traffic pattern, controlled by flaggers. Flagging operations will take place during daylight hours through Friday, October 23 as crews work to rebuild shoulders, perform final paving, and place pavement markings. Through mid-November, crews will be working off-road to remove the temporary roadway.

 

Can you trust the U.S. Postal Service to deliver your ballot on time? If you plan on voting by mail, election officials say it’s best to do it as early as possible so your ballot gets to its destination well before Election Day on November 3. Postal officials have repeatedly said the agency has more than enough capacity to handle the surge of ballots this fall and its leaders have committed to prioritizing election mail. But on-time delivery rates vary widely depending on where you live and the service has been falling short of its internal goals to deliver all first-class mail within five days. So if you’re worried about voting by mail, what should you do? Check if your area has ballot drop boxes or go to the polls on Election Day. Otherwise, the earlier you mail your ballot, the better.

Brenda Auker and Beth Finkbiner have been nominated for the Geisinger Lewistown Hospital’s Nurse Excellence Award. These exceptional registered nurses, who are also sisters-in-law, serve patients and Geisinger Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing students in the region. Auker provides care to patients on the maternity unit and Finkbiner is an instructor at the School of Nursing. Auker has been with Geisinger Lewistown Hospital for 30 years, while Finkbiner joined the nursing school five years ago after previously working as a nursing instructor in Mifflin County for over 10 years. Both women were honored by the system for their extraordinary approach to nursing—one that is full of love and service to their patients and coworkers. You can read more about Auker and Finkbiner’s incredible accomplishments here.