Knox Borough limits office access

KNOX - Knox Borough Council conducted an emergency session March 23 during which council approved limiting public access to borough offices, specifically the borough secretary's and the police chief's offices.

The action is aimed at limiting any potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

Water and sewerage service bills can be paid by mail or dropped off in the lock-box at the borough building.

Knox Borough Police Chief Jason Bowen will still respond to emergencies.

Knox Borough residents in need of police assistance should call 9-1-1 first.

The limited access policy will remain in effect until the Coronavirus emergency ends.

Public libraries to remain closed

CLARION - Public libraries in Knox, Clarion, Rimersburg, New Bethlehem and Foxburg will remain closed to the public for as long as public schools remain closed.

Gov. Tom Wolf this week extended the closing of schools through at least April 6.

Knox Lions blood screening canceled

KNOX - The Knox Lions Club has canceled its scheduled April 4 multiphasic blood screening event.

Lions Club spokesman Hal Wassink said the event is usually held at the Keystone Elementary School.

"With the Coronavirus concerns and the closing of the school which we certainly understand we decided to cancel the screening," said Wassink.

Friends of NRA banquet canceled

KNOX - The Friends of the NRA Clarion County Chapter has canceled its scheduled April 4 banquet at the Knox American Legion Club in Knox. The group hopes to hold the event in August.

Perry Township lunches canceled

PERRY TWP. - March 27 and April 3 Lenten luncheons at the Perry Township Fire Hall are canceled.

The April 10 West Freedom UMC cross walk also is canceled.

'Spring Fling' mall event canceled

CLARION - The March 28 and 29 "Spring Fling" craft vendors show at the Clarion Mall is canceled.

False report

BROOKVILLE - A report stating that COVID-19 cases had been reported in Clearfield and Jefferson counties appears to be false.

The report dated March 19 appeared on the Facebook page of a clinic operating in both of those counties. The report said, "We have confirmed cases in both Brookville and Clearfield. We have instituted a mandatory closure of all non-life sustaining business has been implemented."

Tracy W. Zents, Jefferson County's Director of Emergency Services said he "realized there were posts on Facebook and Twitter saying that there were confirmed cases in our area.

"I can't stress enough to everyone that the only official sources of cases, presumptive and or confirmed for COVID-19 will be from the state Department of Health & the CDC, and a release from myself and/or the Jefferson County commissioners' office," said Zents. "The only official points of notifications are what I have listed above. Going forward, we will continue the direction we have laid out for this situation. We will be transparent in our response. Our mission is clear. Our goals are obtainable. And with everyone's help, we will get through this together."