Due to increases in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, Geisinger is updating its in-person visitation policies.  Beginning today (September 22nd), Geisinger’s updated visitation policy will go into effect for all hospital and outpatient locations.  Admitted patients will be allowed two designated visitors through the duration of a hospital stay.  Designated visitors will receive an identification wristband that they must wear for the duration of the patient’s stay.  Emergency room patients will be permitted one visitor for the duration of their stay.  Emergency room patients who are positive for COVID-19 or who are suspected of having COVID-19 are not permitted visitors.  At all outpatient locations, no visitors are permitted during appointments, unless medically necessary.  For the latest COVID information, including Geisinger’s visitation policies, visit Geisinger.org/COVIDVisitation. 

Pennsylvania hunters now have the option to carry digital versions of their licenses, in place of paper.  Hunters and trappers who already have purchased their 2021-22 licenses can download PDF copies by logging in to their profile on HuntFishPA and accessing their purchase history. Those who buy licenses now and in the future will be emailed a PDF version, as long as they provide an email address. Deer, bear and turkey hunters, and those hunting or trapping in any other season where harvests must be tagged, must continue to carry paper harvest tags afield. 

Commonwealth Drivers are encouraged to take advantage of safety seat check resources across the state as several agencies mark National Child Passenger Safety Week (CPSW) through September 25th.  Additionally, Saturday, September 25th has been designated as “National Seat Check Saturday.”  Agencies involved include the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), PennDOT, and the Pennsylvania Traffic Injury Prevention Project (PA TIPP). Visit PA TIPP’s webpage for a list of events.  

Today marks the start of autumn, and leaves will soon be falling from the trees.  Enjoy a leaf collecting walk Sunday, October 17th at 2:00 pm at the Greenwood Furnace Blacksmith Shop.  The program is designed for kids and will introduce them to easy tree identification.  Information can be found on the park’s Facebook page or on the Calendar of Events at www.visitPAparks.com.