The Wolf Administration has recommended that Pre-K–12 school and recreational youth sports be postponed until at least January 1st, 2021, to protect children and teens from COVID-19. The Pennsylvania Department of Health and Department of Education made the recommendation yesterday, stipulating it is not an order or mandate. Senate Republicans say schools have been preparing for a safe return to school and athletics. Summer youth programs and recreational sports programs have operated for months without an uptick in cases. They called on the PIAA to continue on the safe path implemented months ago.
The impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on agriculture in Pennsylvania will be the subject of an online town hall meeting August 10th, as part of Penn State’s virtual Ag Progress Days exposition. The forum will cover the lessons learned from the pandemic to date and the next steps needed to recover from the crisis, which has caused significant disruptions to food and agricultural markets, supply chains, and workforces. The virtual town hall is free to attend, but registration is required. A link to the registration page can be found on the Ag Progress Days website at http://apd.psu.edu. The town hall is August 10th at 2:00 pm.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission has a new plan for battling what many consider the biggest wildlife-management challenge of the 21st century. The agency’s Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted a new Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan that focuses on prevention, surveillance and management of the always-fatal neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer, elk and other species. CWD was first detected in Pennsylvania in a captive deer facility in 2012. The Game Commission’s mission is to take steps to mitigate the effects of the disease. Hunters can contribute by participating in Enhanced Surveillance Units.