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Indiana Regional Medical Center has temporarily adjusted its visitation policy effective today.

IRMC officials encourage visitors to remain closely connected to their loved ones through virtual means, including Skype, FaceTime and via cellphone.

At inpatient locations, visitors are not permitted.

For pediatric patients, one visitor per patient is allowed in the pediatric unit. These visitors can only be parents, guardians or family care partners. The designated visitor should remain the same for the course of admission. The designated visitor must pass a health screening prior to entry.

For obstetric patients (new/laboring mothers), one visitor is permitted and must be the only visitor through the course of admission. The designated visitor must pass a health screening prior to entry. In extenuating circumstances, such as imminent end-of-life, temporary visitation may be granted.

In the emergency department, only one visitor per pediatric patient is allowed and must be a parent, guardian or caregiver. The designated visitor must pass a health screening prior to entry.

All elective procedures are to be scheduled eight weeks out or longer, unless an eight-week delay represents potential harm to the patient. All of these procedures scheduled for the coming week and beyond will be canceled and rescheduled eight weeks out, unless a delay represents potential harm to the patient or any negative significant clinical outcome. Elective procedures that need to be done are at the departments’ discretion.

The hospital will continue to perform all necessary emergency procedures.

IRMC officials said that all outpatient and physician offices will remain open, but the hospital is exploring tele-medicine options and leaving it to the individual discretion of the physician as to what is an acute versus a routine or wellness visit. Acute visits are to be seen as necessary and this includes a physician referral to a specialist

Routine and wellness visits will be either rescheduled or kept on a case-by-case basis, according to the hospital. Wellness visits can be defined differently by specialty and at the discretion of the departments or individual provider.

BLOOD DRIVES SET

There are two blood drives still on the schedule in Indiana County.

Blood drives are set for 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at Marion Center Park Hall and 1:30 to 6 p.m. Friday at Plumville Presbyterian Church.

It is suggested that all donors make an appointment by calling (800) RED-CROSS, online at redcrossblood.org or via the app.

Please complete the Rapid Pass the day of the drive at www.redcrossblood.org/rapidpass in order to speed up the process.

Appointments will make the drives less crowded for the safety of staff and donors.

All donors will have their temperatures taken before they register.

BLAIRSVILLE-SALTSBURG SCHOOL BOARD

The Blairsville-Saltsburg school board set for 7 p.m. Tuesday will be conducted electronically and streamed live.

The public is invited to attend electronically.

Visit b-ssd.org for instructions, which will be posted by 2 p.m. Tuesday.

To make a public comment, email board secretary Alice Santoro at santoroalice@b-ssd.org with your comment or question, which will be read at the meeting during comment time for agenda and non-agenda items.

Items for comment must be submitted by noon Tuesday. The agenda will be posted on the website by noon Monday.

TAX OFFICES

Don Davis, Buffington Township tax collector, said his office will be closed until further notice. Payments may be mailed in or dropped in a lock box at the office. Call (814) 419-0632 with questions.

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The office of North Mahoning Township Tax Collector Karen Blose is closed to foot traffic. There is a drop-off box on the porch of the office. Correspondence can also send via mail. If you have any questions, please call (724) 286-9031. These same guidelines are in place for those in Banks Township. Those with questions are urged to call June Fetterman at (814) 845-2273.

BURRELL TOWNSHIP

The Burrell Township office is staffed to conduct business by telephone or by appointment, but walk-in visitors will not be allowed, township officials reported Wednesday.

The supervisors and road crew remain at work in the field.

“That could change any day depending on the order of the governor or the recommendation of PSATS (Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors),” Chairman Larry Henry said.

The library will be closed through at least March 29.

The Black Lick Volunteer Fire Company’s fundraising hoagie sale will be conducted for drive-thru pickup only on Saturday, April 4. Orders are being taken through the department’s Facebook page.

MEETING CANCELED

Indiana Borough has canceled the Zoning Hearing Board meeting that had been scheduled for Tuesday.

LIVESTREAMING MASS

The Diocese of Greensburg is making a coordinated effort to encourage self-isolation but deter loneliness.

Nearly 20 online options are available to watch Mass over the next several weeks. Parishioners can also text the word “Faith” to the number (724) 305-3057 to sign up for important text message alerts.

Mass by Bishop Edward C. Malesic will be livestreamed Sundays at 9 a.m. at dioceseofgreensburg.org and through the official Diocese of Greensburg Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

In Indiana County, Church of the Good Shepherd, in Kent, will livestream Mass at 9 a.m. daily and at 8 a.m. Sundays on Facebook (www.dioceseofgreensburg.org) and Latin Mass at 1 p.m. Sundays on YouTube, available at www.goodshepherdkent.org.

SERVICES CANCELED

The Presbyterian Church of Plumville along Route 85 has canceled services for Sunday and March 29.

BANK HOURS

While InFirst Bank is keeping its hours the same, the Indiana-based bank has closed the lobbies of its branches. Drive-thru banking is still available.

DANCING PARTNERS

Dancing Partners 2020 Season, which offered public dances on Fridays twice a month at Sharon’s School of Dance, has been postponed indefinitely. For additional information, call (724) 463-3753 or (724) 465-2128.

BOOK SALE

Grace United Methodist Church’s used book sale set for today and Saturday has been canceled.

HERB STUDY GROUP

The monthly meetings for the Herb Study Group of Indiana County that would have been held on March 24 and April 28 are canceled.

The group looks forward to seeing you at the annual Pick-a-Dilly Herb Faire to be held June 13 at the Dillweed Bed & Breakfast in Dilltown. Details on this event will be published at a later time. For questions or concerns, call (724) 272-4182.

RECYCLING CENTER

New guidelines have taken effect at the Indiana County recycling center along Route 119 between Homer City and Indiana, where Indiana County Solid Waste Authority will close the office to visitors from Monday until further notices.

The recycling center no longer will accept electronics, appliances, tires or fluorescent light bulbs.

Residents may continue to drop off paper, glass bottles, plastic bottles and cans in the bins outside the recycling center.

People may take mulch and compost, but the center staff will no longer assist with loading.

The authority also reported that the curbside collection of recyclable materials will continue as scheduled for homes in Indiana and White Township.

PURSE BASH

Saltsburg fire department’s Purse Bash fundraiser, set for April 26, has been rescheduled for Sept. 13.