In This Together Cambria, The Tribune-Democrat, and Pitt-Johnstown are pleased to present the virtual town hall series, COVID Questions.

The town halls are moderated by Chip Minemyer, editor of The Tribune-Democrat, and held bi-weekly on Tuesdays at 7 pm live on Zoom through Pitt-Johnstown and Facebook Live on In This Together Cambria’s Facebook page. A variety of local experts and community stakeholders address important pandemic-related issues that impact Cambria County residents.

Future COVID Questions events will be shared on this page, and we encourage you to share the live videos on your social media.

PAST COVID QUESTIONS EVENTS

Gatherings | Vaccines | By The Numbers | Mental Health | Helping Kids & Families Cope | Vaccine Update (2/23) |Specialists Forum|Local Leaders Forum | Economic Impact | Vaccine Update (4/13)

COVID Questions: Gatherings

December 22, 2020

In COVID Questions: Gatherings, we discuss the sacrifices many families made to limit gatherings during the holiday season. The town hall features Jill D. Henning, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology at Pitt-Johnstown, and Susan M. Wieczorek, PhD, Associate Professor of Communication at Pitt-Johnstown.

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COVID Questions: Vaccines

January 12, 2021

In COVID Questions: Vaccines, we answer community questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. The town hall features Jill Henning, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology at Pitt-Johnstown, and Matthew Tracey, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Pitt-Johnstown.

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COVID Questions: By The Numbers

January 26, 2021

Statistics paint a picture, but they can also be misleading. In COVID Questions: By The Numbers, we answer community questions about COVID-19 statistics, both locally and nationally.

The town hall features Paul Ricci, freelance statistician living in Johnstown who tracked local COVID statistics since the beginning of the pandemic, and Tulsi Shrivastava, a junior business intelligence analyst at Learning Sciences International. Paul Ricci is a freelance statistician living in Johnstown, and has tracked local COVID statistics since the beginning of the pandemic. Tulsi Shrivastava is a junior business intelligence analyst at Learning Sciences International. She graduated from Pitt-Johnstown in 2019 with degrees in mathematics and information systems. Jill Henning, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology at Pitt-Johnstown, was on hand to answer questions about COVID-19.

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COVID Questions: Mental Health

February 9, 2021

Even as COVID takes a toll on the physical health of our community, it also deeply affects our mental health. COVID Questions: Mental Health presents a closer look at the problem, including effective ways to cope during a crisis.

The town hall features Angie Richard, MSW, LCSW, clinical director for Croyle-Nielsen Therapeutic Associates of Johnstown and Somerset; and Dr. Mary Berge, licensed clinical psychologist with over 25 years of experience.

Our panelists recommended some online resources, which are collected in this post.

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COVID Questions: Helping Kids and Families Cope

February 16, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on children and teens, disrupting almost every facet of their lives. In “COVID Questions: Helping Kids and Families Cope,” experts discuss how kids and their families can better cope with pandemic-related issues such as remote schooling, quarantines, and isolation, along with external events such as political unrest and additional stressors.

The town hall features Heidi Niebauer, family advocate with Magellan Health; Tracy Tredennick, MSW, LCSW, licensed therapist with Pediatric Care Specialists Behavioral Health Services; and Martha Faust, M.Ed., program director for Beginnings Parents as Teachers in-home visiting program.

Our panelists recommended some online resources, which are collected in this post.

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COVID Questions: Vaccine Update

February 23, 2021

The long-awaited COVID vaccine is finally here! Dr. Henning and Dr. Tracey returned to our COVID Questions series to share recent updates about the COVID vaccines and answer your questions about the science behind vaccinations.

The town hall features Jill Henning, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology at Pitt-Johnstown, and Matthew Tracey, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Pitt-Johnstown.

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COVID Questions: Specialists Forum

March 2, 2021

COVID’s effects on the body can vary considerably from individual to individual. For some people, the virus is a relatively mild respiratory infection causing symptoms similar to the flu — for others, it’s a much more serious, sometimes even fatal disease. Some survivors, sometimes called “long-haulers,” contend with long-term effects of the disease. In this COVID Questions forum, we’ll talk with medical specialists about how COVID affects the different systems of the body, what is currently understood about long-term effects of the disease, how doctors treat these long-term effects, and what areas still need more research.

The town hall features Elizabeth Klings, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Center and the Center for Excellence in Sickle Cell Disease at Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center; and Devanshu Verma, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Rheumatology Division at West Virginia University.

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COVID Questions: Local Leaders Forum

March 9, 2021

In This Together Cambria, The Tribune-Democrat, and University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown presented another free forum, COVID Questions: Local Leaders, featuring leaders on the federal, state, county, and city level discussing the COVID crisis, on March 9, 2021.

The town hall featured U.S. Senator Bob Casey, PA State Representative Jim Rigby, Deputy Director / EMA Coordinator Art Martynuska from Cambria County Department of Emergency Services, Somerset County Commissioner Pamela Tokar-Ickes, and Johnstown City Councilwoman Rev. Sylvia King.

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COVID Questions: Economic Impact

March 23, 2021

COVID-19 has taken a heavy toll on the nation’s economy. In This Together Cambria, The Tribune-Democrat, and University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown presented another free forum, COVID Questions: Economic Impact, to take a closer look at the challenges various sectors in the local economy have faced since the pandemic hit a year ago – as well as avenues for relief, opportunities in the crisis, and innovative tactics businesses have used to survive.

The forum featured Joshua Boland, executive director of the Somerset County Economic Development Council; Amy Bradley, president and CEO of the Cambria Regional Chamber; Mayor Frank Janakovic, City of Johnstown; and Linda Thomson, president and CEO of JARI.

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