by: Andy Mehalshick
Posted: Mar 24, 2020 / 06:13 PM EDT / Updated: Mar 24, 2020 / 06:13 PM EDT
HAZLETON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Hazleton city officials are expressing concerns today over people coming into the city from COVID-19 hotspots, namley, New York City.
Those concerns center on transportation vans that shuttle people into New York from Hazleton. City officials are concerned that the vans, many of which are based out of state, are breeding grounds for COVID-19.
“We are going to continue to request that be looked into especially since Maryland closed its border. If this continues to worsen we don’t want to become a hot spot,” she told Eyewitness News.
Toohil says she has heard back from the Public Utility Commission which regulates transportation companies as well as the governor’s office and was told there was nothing that can be done to restrict where vans like this can travel. We also reached out to the PUC and the Governor’s office as have not yet had a response.
We also reached out to the owners of the transit companies that agreed to shut down their vans service until next week for comment on this story. We have not yet had a response.
“[The Hispanics are] going to save our town,” Maddon said of the newcomers to Hazleton. “You have two options right here. Either you get on board and help us as we’re moving this thing along or you’re going to die. And when you die and go away, then you’re going to get out of the way. You’re not going to be part of the problem anymore. So, it’s either help or die.” Hazleton native Joe Maddon