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1,126 tested at COVID-19 drive-thru

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  • The state’s recent COVID-19 testing clinic at the Blair County Convention Center has gone well, county Director of Public Safety Mark Taylor reported to commissioners.

For the week of Jan. 3 to 7, Taylor said 1,126 people were tested in the drive-thru clinic set up by AMI Expeditionary Healthcare.

The drive-thru clinic at the convention center is scheduled to wrap up today. It’s open from 9 a.m. to

Of those tested, 275 were positive, Taylor said.

6 p.m. Those who are tested are advised that results will be available in two to seven days.

COVID-19 testing also remains available through local health care providers and some pharmacies.

HOLLIDAYSBURG NPC to print Blair County ballots

Blair County commissioners will again depend on NPC Inc. for the printing of mail-in and absentee ballots, along with related envelopes and instructions. The company will charge two $7,500 set-up fees, one for the primary and one for the November general election.

It will charge fees totaling $1.68 for each mailed mail-in/absentee ballot package that includes a windowed envelope which will contain a ballot, a secrecy envelope for the ballot, a return envelope for the ballot and instructions. Director of Elections Sarah Seymour advised commissioners that her office may need as many as 5,000 mail-in/absentee ballot packages in 2022.

When Blair County commissioners convene a public meeting, the agenda includes time for public comment. Public comment can also be submitted via email, Commissioners Chairman Bruce Erb said during the commissioners meeting on Thursday. The address is

Public comment by email allowed In 2020, requests for mail-in/absentee ballots spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to the general election, the county filled more than 16,000 requests for mail-in and absentee ballots.

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