County Measures To Fight Coronavirus

The Lackawanna County Government Center, Courthouse and County offices are very busy places.

There is a great deal of foot traffic in our buildings every day, with people coming for court matters, legal activities and business transactions.

In light of the Coronavirus outbreak, the Commissioners have initiated several measures to keep all facilities clean, sanitized and germ-free.

In a joint statement, Commissioners Jerry Notarianni, Debi Domenick and Chris Chermak explained that the “County Administration is doing its very best to combat the Coronavirus in the Government Center, the Courthouse and its other administrative/professional/public locations.”

For employees and the general public’s safety, the Buildings & Grounds staff disinfects the time clocks, elevator buttons and inside the elevators for the prevention of Coronavirus and the regular flu on a daily basis. Additional hand sanitizer stations have been installed at the time clocks and other public areas. The floors, restrooms, railings and public accessories are Cloroxed every night.

In regard to our Court system, all individuals must still follow through on their court requirements/appearances. To that end, the Lackawanna County Courts have conferred about this action with both the Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Courts and surrounding County Court administrators. All bodies are implementing measures to reduce exposure to the virus.

For the safety of everyone involved, the County and Court system are asking that anyone who has traveled outside the country or was exposed to a contaminated area and/or suffering from flu-like symptoms, to please not enter any public facility until you are feeling well.

All of the sanitizing actions in every County facility and Courthouse will continue until the outbreak is over.

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Heroes Day Event To Honor Public Safety Personnel

911 dispatchers, police officers, firefighters, military personnel, sheriffs, EMS workers and other “blue” officials are truly “everyday heroes” in both our community and nationwide.

According to Lackawanna County Commissioners Patrick M. O’Malley, Jerry Notarianni and Laureen A. Cummings, this year’s eighth annual Heroes Day is set for Saturday, September 22, from      11 am to 2 pm at PNC Field, 235 Montage Mountain Road, Moosic.

At the event, safety, disaster, and SWAT equipment from throughout the County will be on display along with booths for residents to pick-up literature that they can utilize when the need arises.

The day will include free refreshments, giveaways, face painting and caricatures.  The event is being sponsored by the Commissioners, District Attorney’s Office, the Department of Emergency Services, the Lackawanna-Susquehanna Office of Drug & Alcohol Programs, and Conxx/SkyPacket Networks.

Canines and the Mounted Unit from the County’s Sheriff’s Department and the public safety units of area municipalities will be at the event.

Valuable information on County services and the programs offered by area community and social agencies will also be available.

Some antique emergency vehicles will be a part of the program.

The following organizations, along with their equipment, will be in attendance:  Moosic Police Department, Greenwood Rescue, Tanker 15 from Elmhurst/Roaring Brook, the Smoke House from Wilson Fire Company, Commonwealth Health Ambulance, Pennsylvania Ambulance, Dickson City Ladder 23, Chinchilla’s Foam Trailer Station 2, Mayfield Engine, and Cottage Ambulance.

The County’s DARE Program and SWAT Team will be on site along with the 911 Mobile Command Post and Emergency Management Agency vehicles, COLTS, the Bookmobile, and the following County Departments: District Attorney’s Office, Voter Registration, Arts & Culture, Parks & Recreation, Veterans Affairs, Community Relations, Drug & Alcohol Office, the IT Department’s Wireless initiative, Environmental Sustainability Office, Area Agency on Aging, and the Coroner’s Office.

The Pennsylvania Army National Guard, Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority, and Scranton Police Department will also be at the event.

The Penn State Extension will have displays featuring a variety of programs.

For further information, contact Gerard Hetman, the County’s Community Relations Coordinator, at 570-963-6743, ext. 1872.


Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries This Weekend

Harrisburg, PA – Acting State Fire Commissioner Bruce Trego reminds citizens to change their clocks, and then change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when time “springs forward” this weekend.

“The batteries should be changed periodically and a good way to remember is that is to do it when you change your clocks,” said Trego. “Practicing your home fire escape plan with your family all in the same weekend is a great way to keep your loved ones safe.”

Trego said worn or missing batteries are the most common cause of a smoke alarm or carbon monoxide detector malfunction. If functioning, smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half.

Often called “the silent killer,” carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that can incapacitate victims before they’re aware they’ve been exposed. Sources include wood-burning fireplaces and stoves, gas-fired fireplaces, appliances, grills and generators, and motor vehicles.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are often mistaken for the flu and include nausea, headaches, dizziness, disorientation and fatigue.

Newer models of smoke alarms have long-lasting batteries that do not need to be replaced, but thousands of homeowners still use models that use standard batteries that must be replaced regularly.

No matter what type of smoke alarms are used in a home, they should be tested monthly – including hard-wired units connected to the home’s electrical system. Homeowners should consider buying new alarms to replace units that are more than ten years old.

For more information about the fire service in Pennsylvania, go to, like the OSFC page at or call 1-800-670-3473.

MEDIA CONTACTS:  Ruth A. Miller: [email protected]