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TODAY’S COVID COUNT INCLUDES THE FIRST CONFIRMED CASE OF THE VIRUS IN CLARION COUNTY.  THAT IS AMONG AN ADDITIONAL 531 NEW CONFIRMED POSITIVE CASES IN PENNSYLVANIA.  THE TOTAL AMOUNT NOW SITS AT OVER 22 HUNDRED COMING FROM 50 OF THE 65 COUNTIES IN THE STATE.  6 MORE PEOPLE HAVE DIED, WHICH BRINGS THE FATALITY TOTAL TO 22.  IN ADDITION, TODAY, GOVERNOR WOLF ADDED 9 MORE COUNTIES TO THE CURRENT “STAY AT HOME” LIST.  NONE OF WHICH ARE AROUND THIS AREA.

 

THE CDC CONTINUES TO REMIND YOU OF THE BASIC GUIDELINES TO HELP COMBAT THE CORONAVIRUS INCLUDING STAYING HOME AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AND AVOIDING LARGE GATHERINGS.  CONTINUE TO WASH YOUR HANDS FOR AT LEAST 20 SECONDS FREQUENTLY.  ALSO DISINFECT REGULARLY USED SURFACES.  AND FINALLY, THEY SUGGEST GETTING GROCERIES ONCE PER WEEK INSTEAD OF DAILY.  FREEDOM OF TRAVEL STILL REMAINS, BUT IT IS SUGGESTED THAT IT BE ESSENTIAL TRAVEL ONLY FOR GETTING NECESSITIES AND FOR WORK. 

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FROM SPIRTS…TO SANITIZER FOR 2 AREA DISTILLERIES.  BOTH CJ SPIRITS IN KANE AND CHICKEN HILL DISTILLERY IN KERSEY HAVE SWITCHED FROM PRODUCING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES TO HAND SANITIZER TO HELP FIGHT COVID-19.  CHICKEN HILL EXPECTES TO HAVE A BATCH OUT TOMOMRROW, WHICH WILL BE DONATED TO LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AND OTHER FIRST RESPONDERS.  CJ SPIRITS IS EXPECTING THEIR FIRST BATCH WITHIN THE NEXT WEEK OR 2.  THEY, AS WELL, WILL BE DONATING THE PRODUCTION TO FIRST RESPONDERS.

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STATE POLICE ARE LOOKING INTO THE BURGLARY OF A SHEFFIELD BUSINESS.  IT APPARENTLY HAPPENED BETWEEN 5 MONDAY AFTERNOON AND 8 TUESDAY MORNING AT THE SHEFFIELD CONTAINER CORPORATION ON HORTON AVENUE.  NO WORD ON ANY DAMAGES OR IF ANYTHING WAS TAKEN. 

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THE OFFICIAL COVID-COUNT TODAY INCLUDES 560 NEW CASES IN PENNSYLVANIA.  WHICH MAKES THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CONFIRMED POSITIVE TEST RESULTS STAND AT NEARLY 17 HUNDRED. 

 

AS THE BATTLE AGAINST THE VIRUS CONTINUES, THE FALLOUT FROM THE SOCIAL DISTANCING AND CLOSING OF BUSINESSES IS BEING FELT.  OVER THE PAST 11 DAYS, PENNSYLVANIANS HAVE FILED OVER 650 THOUSAND UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS.  MOST OF THOSE COMING AFTER GOVERNOR WOLF MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT ALL NON-LIFE-SUSTAINING BUSINESSES WERE TO BE CLOSED LAST FRIDAY. 

 

SPEAKING OF MR. WOLF, TODAY, THE GOVERNOR ANNOUNCED THAT HIS ADMINISTRATION WILL SPEND UP TO 50 MILLION DOLLARS IN TRANSFERRED FUNDING THAT WILL GO TOWARD BUYING MEDICAL EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES FOR HOSPITALS, NURSING HOMES AND EMERGENCY WORKERS TO HELP FIGHT CORONAVIRUS. 

 

ALSO, IT WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT THE DEADLINE FOR REAL ID REGISTRATION HAS BEEN MOVED BACK TO OCTOBER 1ST OF 2021.  THE DEADLINE HAD BEEN THIS OCTOBER. 

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A NOTE FROM THE CITY OF ST. MARYS TODAY.  THEY ARE REMINDING RESIDENTS TO PLEASE NOT DISCARD DISPOSABLE WIPES, PAPER TOWELS AND SIMILAR PRODUCTS OF ANY KIND BY FLUSING THEM DOWN THE TOILET.  THE ITEMS CAN CAUSE GREAT HARM TO THE CITY’S SEWER SYSTEM, WHICH CREATES LARGER ISSUES BECAUSE THE SEWER PLANT CANNOT BREAK THOSE ITEMS DOWN. 

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A RIDGWAY WOMAN IS FACING CHARGES AFTER AN ALLEGED ASSAULT EARLIER THIS MONTH.  34-YEAR OLD NIKI RESIDES IS ACCUSED OF ENTERING THE RESIDENCE OF THE VICTIM ON MARCH 13TH ON HILL STREET.  THE VICTIM APPARENTLY TOLD RESIDES TO LEAVE, BUT SHE DIDN’T, LEADING TO THE PHYSICAL ALTERCATION.  SHE’S DUE IN COURT APRIL 22ND FOR A PRELIMINARY HEARING. 

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THE FIRST CASE OF CORONAVIRUS IN WARREN COUNTY HAS BEEN CONFIRMED TODAY.  OFFICIALS WITH WARREN GENERAL HOSPITAL SAY THE PATIENT CAME TO THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT EARLIER THIS WEEK AND IS CURRENTLY HOME, QUARANTINED AND BEING TREATED. 

 

THE FIRST CASE HAS ALSO BEEN CONFIRMED IN INDIANA COUNTY THIS AFTERNOON.  NO DETAILS ARE KNOWN ABOUT THIS PATIENT EXCEPT THAT THEY HAVE BEEN QUARANTINED SINCE MARCH 16TH AND HAS NOT REQUIRED HOSPITALIZATION.  THESE ARE 2 OF 276 NEW CASES CONFIRMED IN PENNSYLVANIA TODAY.   THE TOTAL POSITIVE TEST RESULTS IN THE STATE IS NOW OVER 11 HUNDRED.   11 FATALITIES ARE CONFIRMED IN THE REPORT AS WELL. 

 

GOVERNOR TOM WOLF HAS ADDED ERIE COUNTY TO THE STAY AT HOME LIST.  THE ORDER REQUIRES RESIDENTS TO STAY AT HOME UNLESS THEY ARE LEAVING THEIR HOMES FOR ESSENTIAL NEEDS.  ERIE JOINS ALLEGHENY, BUCKS, CHESTER, DELAWARE, MONROE, MONTGOMERY AND PHILADELPHIA ON THAT LIST. 

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A 27-YEAR OLD LONDON, ONTARIO MAN IS RECOVERING FOLLOWING A MONDAY AFTERNOON TRACTOR-TRAILER ACCIDENT IN ELK COUNTY.  STATE POLICE SAY IT HAPPENED ON ROUTE 219, SOUTH OF HORNER ROAD, IN JONES TOWNSHIP WHEN THE FREIGHTLINER ENCOUNTERED A SLIPPERY ROAD SURFACE WHICH CAUSED IT TO STRIKE AN EMBANKMENT AND ROLL ON IT’S SIDE.  THE VEHICLE SPILLED A LARGE AMOUNT OF GLASS ON THE HIGHWAY, CAUSING THE ROAD TO BE CLOSED FOR A PERIOD.  THE DRIVER WAS TAKEN TO UPMC KANE FOR TREATMENT. 

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JUST A PROGRAMMING REMINDER FOR TOMORROW.  RE-LIVE ONE OF THE GREATEST MOMENTS IN PITTSBURGH PIRATES AND MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL HISTORY AS 97.5 THE HOUND PRESENTS THE ORIGINAL BROADCAST OF GAME 7 OF THE 1960 WORLD SERIES.  AIRTIME IS AT 1:00.

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THE FIRST CONFIRMED CORONAVIRUS CASE IN CLEARFIELD COUNTY IS AMONG THE 207 NEW POSITIVE TESTS FOR THE VIRUS TODAY IN PENNSYLVANIA.  OFFICIALS WITH PENN HIGHLANDS HEALTHCARE TELL US THAT PATIENT IS NOT HOSPITALIZED AT THIS TIME, BUT THAT THEY ARE WORKING WITH THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN THE SITUATION.  NO FURTHER DETAILS ABOUT THIS CASE HAVE BEEN RELEASED AS OF NOW.  THE TOTAL POSITIVE CASES IN THE STATE NOW STANDS AT 851.

 

IF YOU THOUGHT GOVERNOR WOLF WAS KIDDING ABOUT CITING NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES THAT REMAINED OPEN, MONDAY’S 27 WARNINGS THAT WERE ISSUED SHOULD LEAVE NO DOUBT.  STATE POLICE TELL US THOSE WARNINGS WERE STATE-WIDE.  IF BUSINESSES REFUSE TO COMPLY, THEY FACE FURTHER ACTION.   

 

PENNSYLVANIA MIGHT JOIN THE MANY OTHER STATES THAT HAVE MOVED THEIR PRIMARY ELECTION DAY.  STATE REPRESENTATIVE MATT GABLER AND THE HOUSE STATE GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE HAVE MOVED TO APPROVE AND AMEND THE SENATE’S PROPOSAL TO MOVE THE PRIMARY TO JUNE 2ND.  THE LEGISLATION NOW MOVES TO THE HOUSE FLOOR, AND IF APPROVED, BACK TO THE SENATE FOR A CONCURRENCE VOTE. 

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NO BASEBALL?  NO PROBLEM.  AS YOU MAY KNOW, THURSDAY WAS TO HAVE BEEN THE SEASON OPENER FOR THE PITTSBURGH PIRATES IN TAMPA BAY. BUT WITH THE CORONAVIRUS DOING IT’S THING, BASEBALL HAS BEEN DELAYED.  SO, WE’RE TURNING BACK THE HANDS OF TIME.  THURSDAY AFTERNOON AT 1, WE’LL BE CARRYING A SPECIAL PRESENTATION OF GAME 7 OF THE 1960 WORLD SERIES.  IF ANY BREAKING NEWS COMES IN, WE WILL BREAK INTO THE BROADCAST, BUT NOW YOU CAN RE-LIVE THE MAGIC OF BILL MAZEROSKI’S 9TH INNING HOMERUN THAT DEFEATED THE YANKEES AT FORBES FIELD.  AS USUAL, THE GAME WILL NOT BE STREAMED ONLINE DUE TO REGULATIONS. 

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ANOTHER JUMP IN THE NUMBER OF CONFIRMED CASES OF CORONAVIRUS IN PENNSYLVANIA TODAY.  165 CASES HAVE COME BACK POSITIVE MAKING 644 TOTAL NOW IN THE STATE WITH MORE TESTS PENDING.  3 OF THOSE CASES HAVE RESULTED IN DEATHS.  

 

AND WITH THAT, IT’S MORE OF THE SAME IN THE MESSAGE FROM GOVERNOR TOM WOLF.  AND THAT BEING…STAY HOME.  MR. WOLF ISSUED A “STAY AT HOME” ORDER FOR 6 MORE COUNTIES TODAY INCLUDING, ALLEGHENY, MONROE, MONTGOMERY, DELAWARE, BUCKS AND CHESTER COUNTIES. 

 

IN ADDITION, THE GOVERNOR HAS MANDATED THAT ALL SCHOOLS IN PENNSYLVANIA REMAIN CLOSED 2 ADDITIONAL WEEKS.  AS OF NOW, THAT IS THROUGH AT LEAST APRIL 6TH, WITH A RETURN OF STAFF ON THE 7TH FOR 2 DAYS AND STUDENTS TO FOLLOW.  THAT IS ALL SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY MOMENT. 

 

THE GOVERNOR’S ENFORCEMENT OF THE CLOSURE OF NON-LIFE-SUSTAINING BUSINESSES WENT INTO EFFECT AT 8:00 THIS MORNING AS WELL.  STATE POLICE ARE TASKED WITH ENFORCING THE REGULATIONS SET FORTH FROM HARRISBURG.  IF BUSINESSES ARE OPEN THAT ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE, IT COULD RESULT IN FINES AND POSSIBLY CLOSURE OF THE BUSINESS. 

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AUTHORITIES ARE STILL PIECING TOGETHER WHAT HAPPENED TO CAUSE THE ACCIDENT THAT CLOSED A PORTION OF INTERSTATE 80 IN JEFFERSON COUNTY THIS MORNING.  OFFICIALS SAY IT HAPPENED AROUND 9:40 NEAR MILE MARKER 79 IN BROOKVILLE.  THE CRASH INCLUDED A TRACTOR-TRAILER ROLLING OVER, BUT NO INJURIES.  THE ROADWAY WAS CLOSED TO TRAFFIC AS A RESULT OF THE INCIDENT. 

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THE FALLOUT CONTINUES TODAY FROM GOVERNOR TOM WOLF’S DECISION TO LIMIT WHICH BUSINESSES ARE ALLOWED TO REMAIN OPEN AND WHICH ONES ARE NOT.  YESTERDAY AFTERNOON, WOLF ANNOUNCED THAT ALL NON-LIFE-THREATENING BUSINESSES WERE TO CLOSE AT 8PM.  REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS IN HARRISBURG HAVE SPOKEN OUT AGAINST THAT ORDER, INCLUDING STATE SENATOR JOE SCARNATI AND STATE REPRESENTATIVE MATT GABLER. 

 

MEANWHILE, THERE ARE 83 NEW CONFIRMED CASES OF CORONAVIRUS IN PENNSYLVANIA TODAY, BRING THE TOTAL CASES IN THE COMMONWEALTH TO 268.  THAT NUMBER INCLUDES THE FIRST DIAGNOSIS IN POTTER COUNTY.  THERE ARE SOME REPORTS THAT THERE WERE CASES IN JEFFERSON AND CLEARFIELD COUNTY, BUT THE CDC HAS NOT CONFIRMED ANY SUCH CASES AT THIS TIME.

 

LOCALLY, THE CITY OF ST. MARYS HAS SET UP A ONE-STOP FOR CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION.  IT INCLUDES LOCAL, STATE AND NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND IS UPDATED REGULARLY.  VISIT THE PAGE AT ST-MARYS-PA DOT GOV SLASH COVID-19. 

 

ALSO, WITH THE CLOSURE OF MORE BUSINESSES IN THE AREA, LAUREL MEDIA HAS STARTED COMPILING A LIST OF PLACES THAT ARE STILL OPEN, AND WHAT SERVICES THEY’RE OFFERING.  CONTINUE TO LISTEN TO ANY OF OUR STATIONS TO HEAR THE COMPLETE LIST.  ALSO, VISIT OUR WEBPAGES AND FACEBOOK PAGES. 

 

JUST A REMINDER FROM PENN HIGHLANDS HEALTHCARE TODAY THAT ANYONE WANTING A CORONAVIRUS TEST MUST GET ONE FROM THEIR DOCTOR.  NO WALK-IN TESTING WILL BE DONE AT THE HOSPITAL FACITLITY.  ANYONE WITH A PRIMARY CARE PROVIDER OUTSIDE THE PENN HIGHLANDS HEALTHCARE CAN STILL GET THE TEST BY CALLING THE PENN HIGHLANDS CALL CENTER AT 814-375-6644 BETWEEN 8AM AND 8PM MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY, AND 9 TO 5 SUNDAY.

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AS WAS EXPECTED, WITH MORE TESTING AVAILABLE, THE NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS CASES IN PENNSYLVANIA SAW A BIG JUMP TODAY.  52 ADDITIONAL CASES HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED, BRINGING THE TOTAL IN THE COMMONWEALTH’S TOTAL TO 185. 

 

ONE DAY AFTER CONFIRMING THE FIRST COVID-19 CASE IN NORTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA, NEWS IS OUT TODAY THAT THE CASE WAS NOT BEEN HANDLED PROPERLY.  ERIE COUNTY DIRECTOR OF HEALTH, MELISSA LYON, NOTED PROPER PRECAUTIONS WERE NOT OBSERVED WHEN THE SAMPLE WAS TAKEN FROM THE PATIENT.  THAT, IN TURN, INCREASES THE RISK THAT MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS WERE EXPOSED TO THE VIRUS.  ADDITIONALLY, THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT WAS NOT INITIALLY NOTIFIED THAT THE PERSON WAS TESTED.  OFFICIALS ARE STILL TRYING TO NAIL DOWN HOW MANY MAY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED FROM THIS INCIDENT. 

 

OUT OF OLEAN, NEW YORK, TODAY, AN OFFICIAL WITH UPPER ALLEGHENY HEALTH SYSTEM SAYS THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT COULD HAVE THE VIRUS AT OLEAN GENERAL HOSPITAL.  THEY CAN’T CONFIRM AS OF NOW BECAUSE OF A SHORTAGE OF KITS.  UPPER ALLEGHENY ALSO OWNS BRADFORD REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER, WHICH IS SAID TO NOT HAVE ANY SUSPECTED CASES AS OF NOW. 

 

LOCALLY, OFFICIALS WITH PENN HIGHLANDS HEALTHCARE SAY THEY ARE NOW OFFERING CORONAVIRUS TESTS FOR THOSE WITH AN ORDER FROM A DOCTOR.  THAT’S WHY IT’S ESSENTIAL IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS TO CONTACT YOUR PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN IMMEDIATELY.  THEY WILL DETERMINE FROM THERE WHAT THE NEXT STEPS WILL BE.  IF YOU SUSPECT YOU’VE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH SOMEONE THAT EITHER HAS OR HAS BEEN EXPOSED TO THE VIRUS, YOU’RE ENCOURAGED TO GET TESTED AS WELL.

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THE NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS CASES IN PENNYSLVANIA IS UP BY 20 TODAY.  THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SAYS THERE ARE NOW 96 CASES STATE-WIDE.  8 OF THOSE NEW DIAGNOSES ARE IN SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA.  7 IN ALLEGHENY COUNTY, 1 IN WASHINGTON COUNTY.  STILL, THERE HAVE BEEN NO CONFIRMED CASES IN NORTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA. 

 

LOCALLY, DICKINSON CENTER IN RIDGWAY HAS OPENED A COMMUNITY HELPLINE FOR RESIDENTS.  THE HELPLINE IS TO HELP FOLKS CONNECT TO RESOURCES SUCH AS FOOD, SUPPLIES, SUPPORT SERVICES AND MORE.  THEY WILL DO THEIR BEST TO CONNECT YOU WITH WHAT YOUR NEED IS.  THE LINE IS OPEN FROM 8AM TO 4PM, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY UNTIL MARCH 30TH.  THE NUMBER TO CALL IS 814-776-0205. 

 

ERIE CATHOLIC DIOCESE BISHOP LAWRENCE PERSICO ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT ALL PUBLIC MASSES WITHIN THE DIOCESE ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS.  WITH THAT IN MIND, LAUREL MEDIA WANTS TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE WILL CONTINUE TO CARRY 2 LOCAL PRIVATE CATHOLIC MASSES EACH SUNDAY MORNING FOR THOSE WISHING TO TUNE IN.  WE’LL CARRY THE 8AM MASS AT ST. LEO’S CHURCH IN RIDGWAY RECORDED AND RE-BROADCAST AT 9AM ON 97.5 THE HOUND.  MEANWHILE, WE’LL HAVE THE MASS FROM ST. MARYS CATHOLIC CHURCH AT 10:30 ON NEWS TALK 1400 & 94.5, WKBI. 

 

BESIDES THE SUGGESTED BEHAVIORS TO HELP COMBAT THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK, STATE POLICE ARE ALSO ADVISING THE PUBLIC TO BE AWARE OF RELATED SCAMS THAT MAY BE DEVELOPING.  INCLUDING PRICE GOUGING.  IF YOU SUSPECT THAT SOMETHING ISN’T RIGHT, DON’T ACT ON IT.  ALSO IF YOU SEE PRICE GOUGING, YOU CAN REPORT IT TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL THROUGH THEIR WEBSITE AT ATTORNEY GENERAL DOT GOV. 

 

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BREAKING NEWS THIS AFTERNOON.  GOVERNOR TOM WOLF HAS ORDERED ALL NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES STATE-WIDE TO SUSPEND OPERATION AT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS.  THIS ORDER INCLUDES BARS AND RESTAURANTS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF TAKEOUT.  THE SHUT DOWN IS FOR 2 WEEKS WITH A RE-EVALUATION EXPECTED AT THAT TIME.

 

ALSO, THE STATE HAS CONFIRMED AN ADDITIONAL 13 POSITIVE TEST RESULTS FOR THE CORONAVIRUS TODAY, BRINGING THE STATE-WIDE TOTAL TO 76.  OFFICIALS CONTINUE TO STRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF PREVENTION BY WAY OF WASHING YOUR HANDS, USING HAND SANITIZER WHEN HAND WASHING ISN’T AVAILABLE, AVOIDING THE TOUCHING OF YOUR FACE AND CLEANING FREQUENTLY USED SURFACES. 

 

FOR A COMPLETE REFERENCE REGARDING THE VIRUS, IT’S SYMPTOMS, WHEN TO ACT AND MORE, VISIT HOUND COUNTRY DOT COM AND CLICK ON THE CDC LINK. 

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THE RIDGWAY SALVATION ARMY IS ASKING FOR DONATIONS OF NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS FOR IT’S FOOD PANTRY.  THE ITEMS NEEDED THE MOST INCLUDE SOUPS, PASTA, JELLY, CANNED FRUITS AND VEGETABLES AND TUNA. MANY OF THE MEALS SENT OUT ARE TO THE ELDERLY WHO ARE MOST AFFECTED BY THE CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY. 

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