The Mifflin County School District has seen a spike in COVID cases. Superintendent Vance Varner says school nurses have seen an increase in the number of students testing positive at the Mifflin County Middle School, Junior High and High School. To help reduce possible spread, the district is asking parents to keep students home that are showing possible symptoms of the virus. Please utilize the MCSD Student: Daily COVID-19 Symptom Screening Tool each day prior to sending your child to class. The updated version can be found on their website where you will also find information regarding the number of cases within the district.

As temperatures drop, natural gas users should expect to pay more for home heating. That’s because natural gas is in short supply. One of the central reasons is the economy is bouncing back from pandemic shutdowns, but production can’t keep up with the demand. The US is almost a major exporter of natural gas, so we’re sending a lot of supply to other countries facing the same shortage issues. There are some things people can do to curb costs. Suggestions include changing from a variable utility rate to a fixed one, investing in home energy efficiency, checking if your supplier offers payment plans to spread out the extra costs and keeping your thermostat a couple degrees lower. Gas prices are up today but they could fall just as quickly depending on what happens with supply and demand. Until then, customers are urged to stay calm.

PennDOT is accepting construction and maintenance services feedback through an online survey. The 20-question survey asks people how they receive PennDOT roadway information, and how often PennDOT meets or exceeds expectations in construction and maintenance activities.  The public can take the survey through October 26th at www.surveymonkey.com/r/2021PDConstruction.

A study funded by the American Cancer Society found annual mammograms substantially reduce the risk of dying from breast cancer. The study comes at a critical time, as a staggering number of women have missed their regular mammogram over the past 18 months due to the pandemic. This October, in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness month, Geisinger is doing its part to raise awareness about the importance of early breast cancer detection. Geisinger hospitals across the state will be lit pink in honor of this month and the millions of people and families who have battled and are batting the disease. They are also sending automated phone messages that connect Health Plan members with its customer care team for easy mammogram scheduling. For more information on breast cancer care, visit geisinger.org/breastcare.