TOP HEADLINES 11/12 (BERKS, LANC)


>Spike of COVID-19 Cases in Berks County

(Berks County, PA) -- Berks County is seeing high numbers of COVID-19 cases. Officials announced the county had about 170 new positive cases yesterday, which is the most cases seen since mid-April. There is also one more COVID-related death being recorded. Berks County has over 400 total deaths caused by the coronavirus.

>>Fast-Result COVID Tests Becoming More Available in Berks County

(Berks County, PA) -- COVID-19 testing is going to be a faster process in Berks County. The director of infectious disease at Reading Hospital said yesterday that there are more COVID testing options being made available. Reading Hospital staff is training to use a device that can provide results in about 15-minutes. The director says she is planning to use the rapid-result tests in nursing homes and urgent care clinics.

>>Kutztown University Canceling All Fall and Winter Sports

(Berks County, PA) -- Kutztown University will not be competing in fall or winter sports this season. The university announced yesterday they were opting out because of a decision made by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference to cancel its fall sports season. The P-S-A-C voted to cancel fall sports yesterday and will be voting on the future of the winter sports season next week.

>>Elizabethtown Area Schools Moving to Two-Day Remote-Learning

(Lancaster County, PA) -- Elizabethtown middle and high school students are going to be moving to remote-learning starting today. The school announced the students will be going to virtual instruction after one student tested positive for COVID-19. They say in-person classes may begin again on Monday. The district has also cancelled all extracurricular activities that were scheduled for this weekend.

>>Berks County Veteran Receives Prestigious Medal

(Berks County, PA) -- A Berks County veteran is being recognized for his service in the Korean War. Army veteran Curtis Bixler received the Korean Ambassador for Peace medal yesterday. Bixler served with the 388th Engineers Pipeline Company during the Korean War and currently resides in Shillington.