TOP HEADLINES FOR BERKS, LANCASTER 08/17


>>The Latest

(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: There are more people hospitalized in Lancaster County for COVID-19 than in the past three months. Students and staff at Governor Mifflin schools in Shillington will be masked when classes start on Monday. The Reading Royals will remain an affiliate of the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers through at least next season. 

>>Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients At Three-Month High In Lancaster County

(Lancaster County, PA) -- There are more people hospitalized in Lancaster County for COVID-19 than in the past three months. As of Monday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 36 patients are at the three hospitals, with seven in intensive care and five on ventilators. The health department says it's the most on ventilators and hospitalized since May 19th. Lancaster and Berks counties are both high COVID-19 transmission counties.

>>Governor Mifflin Students, Staff To Be Masked

(Shillington, PA) -- Students and staff at Governor Mifflin schools in Shillington will be masked when classes start on Monday. The vote by the school board was unanimous last night to approve the revised health and safety plan. It calls for mandating masks if there is substantial or high transmission rates for COVID-19, which Berks County currently has. A revision to the rules will be considered once transmission moves to moderate or low for two weeks.

>>Capitol Insurrection Suspect Held Until Trial

(Washington, DC) -- A federal judge is ordering 53-year-old Alan Byerly of Fleetwood to remain in jail until his trial on charges from the January 6th U.S. Capitol insurrection. Byerly is accused of assaulting three police officers and a news media member and has been behind bars since July 7th. His case is now before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robin Meriwether in Washington, DC, and U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry Perkin said the severity of what Byerly is accused of along with past violent crimes shows he is a public danger. 

>>Lawnmower-Sparked Fire Does $200,000 Damage To Home

(Laureldale, PA) -- A riding lawnmower is blamed for causing a fire at a home in Laureldale Monday morning that did extensive damage. Fire officials estimate 200-thousand-dollars of damage was done to the home in the 19-hundred-block of County Street. An electrical short in the mower started the blaze.

>>Flyers, Reading Royals Extend Affiliation

(Reading, PA) -- The Reading Royals will remain an affiliate of the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers through at least next season. The two clubs announced the extension of the affiliation agreement yesterday. It is the longest Reading has been with an NHL team since they were founded in 2001-2002. This will be their eighth season with the Flyers.


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