Forest commissioners keeping eye on virus

Forest County commissioners said Wednesday they have been in touch with the state Department of Health regarding the coronavirus.

Commissioners chairman Mark Kingston encouraged people to wash their hands frequently and not go into crowds if they feel sick.

Kingston added that masks don’t work to prevent the spread of the virus.

“It is a normal virus, so it can’t be spread if we don’t spread it,” he said. “The virus will die on its own if we don’t spread it.”

There are presently no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Pennsylvania. The Department of Health told the commissioners the risk of getting the virus in Pennsylvania is low, Kingston said.

In other business Wednesday, chief clerk Lynette Greathouse was promoted to the newly created position of director of human services.

Greathouse will receive a salary increase, and Kingston said her new duties will include many things she is already doing.

“Lynette has really educated herself on (human services). There is a lot that goes into it,” commissioner Basil Huffman said.

Commissioners awarded a contract to Lesko Construction to remodel the commissioners office for $15,500.

And the panel also approved allocating $12,775 to replace the roof of the Forest County Historical Society. The funds came out of Community Development Block Grant money after a water line project on Elm Street came in under budget.