Tuesday June 2, 2020

Monday’s high, 62; Overnight low, 47, mist

INTERVALS OF CLOUDS AND SUN

TODAY, HIGH 60

LOW TONIGHT 40

SUNNY TOMORROW HIGH 57. CLOUDS ARRIVING TOMORROW NIGHT A LOW OF 37

SUNNY ON THURSDAY WITH A HIGH OF 63,

CLOUDS INCREASE THURSDAY NIGHT WITH A LOW OF 41.

Today is Primary Election Day in Pennsylvania Polls open til 8p…….Wolf administration announces increased work with nursing homes….Cases remain steady in region but NY cases go up…..Things are beginning to open up…The Nessmuk Rod and Gun club will hold an outdoor meeting Wednesday night….Potter County Commissioners to hold open meeting Thursday….Red Cross Blood mobile Thursday in Eldred…Ridgway police continue to investigate reported rape…No one hurt in Tioga County collision….

Today is the postponed primary election day here in Pennsylvania. Republicans and Democrats will be selecting their party’s nominees for president Pennsylvania Attorney General Auditor General and treasurer and Congressman state senate representative in the General Assembly and delegates to national conventions and committee men and women polls will be open until eight o’clock tonight the election was moved to today due to the corona virus, Pennsylvania in Pennsylvania will be closely watched as it is the first time that people appear in the Keystone state can mail in their votes without having to indicate illness or being away from their voting district. Many races are uncontested. The winners of today’s primaries will face off in November all registered voters can cast their balance in the fall election.

At a  COVID-19 press conference yesterday at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Sec. of Health Dr. Rachel Levine and Sec. of Aging Robert Torres highlighted efforts to protect seniors and other vulnerable Pennsylvanians.

Dr. Levine advised that the majority of Pennsylvania’s long-term care facilities are strictly following existing policies and have successfully prevented COVID-19 from becoming widespread, but in some facilities COVID-19 was harder to contain.

Whenever a long-term care facility in Pennsylvania reports just a single case of COVID-19, the Department of Health reaches out to conduct an assessment of the situation and offers a number of resources to the facility, as needed. Those resources could include having the facility work with ECRI, our infection control consultant, with our internal infection control teams, with the Patient Safety Authority, or deploying the Pennsylvania National Guard to assist with staffing.

Sec. Torres outlined the Department of Aging’s work to prepare for safely reopening operations of older adult services located in counties that are moving into the Green Phase, as well as initiatives to combat social isolation among older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Recognizing that seniors may have ongoing concerns and fears, alternative services and practices implemented as a result of this pandemic, such as maintaining different modes of getting meals to seniors, will continue for some time. Older adults needing a meal or in-home support can still call their local AAA. Questions regarding available aging services and resources can be directed to the PA Link at 1-800-753-8827.

Sec. Torres also noted that the Department of Aging’s Protective Services Office has continued to operate throughout the pandemic, with face-to-face safety measures in place to protect older adults and investigative staff. Anyone suspecting elder abuse should call the statewide reporting hotline at 1-800-490-8505. This hotline is answered by a live person 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

– The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 1, that there are 356 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 72,282.67% of patients have recovered. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. The number here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area are holding steady. Tioga has 17 cases; McKean 12; Elk, 6; Potter 4; and Cameron 2. However, the number of cases across the border in NY state continue to go up. Cattaraugus County now has 89 cases and Allegany County has 48.

There are 5,567 total deaths in Pennsylvqania  attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 12 new deaths. County-specific information and a statewide map are available  on the department’s website…There are 616 patients who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure, which are considered probable cases and not confirmed cases. There are 389,431 patients who have tested negative to date.  The state has a 67% recovery rate.

Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older. In nursing and personal care homes, there are 15,545 resident cases of COVID-19, and 2,663 cases among employees, for a total of 18,208 at 608 distinct facilities in 44 counties. None here in the Black Forest Broadcasting area. Out of the total deaths, 3,557 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. Approximately 5,463 of our total cases are in health care workers.

​ Things are beginning to return. The Nessmuck Rod and Gun Club members will meet at 7pm Wednesday outdoors at the club pavilion to allow for social distancing.

A phased reopening of the F.W. Gunzburger County Office Building by the Potter County Commissioners took effect on Monday, June 1. In compliance with the green phase of Governor Tom Wolf’s coronavirus pandemic executive order, public health and safety measures are in effect. Access is limited to the Main Street entrance, where masks and hand sanitizer are available. Many services can be accessed remotely through telephone or the internet. For county office contact information and online options, go to pottercountypa.net. Business meetings of the Potter County Commissioners are once again open to the public. Next meeting will be held at 11 am on Thursday, June 4. During the green phase of the executive order, the public can also participate by telephone… please dial… 814-274-0844 at prompt enter PIN 114477#.

The Red Cross will have a blood mobile from one to 5:30pm Thursday, June Fourth, at the First Church of God 142 Main Street Eldridge. All those who give blood this month will receive a $5 amazon.com gift card via email. Ridgway based  state police say they are continuing to investigate a sexual assault of a woman taking place last Friday afternoon on Meffert’s  Run Road near Wilcox Road in Jones Township, Elk County.  No further information was released.

Mansfield Bay State police report a 19 year old Williamsportsport driver escaped injury and a 61 year old Lawrenceville woman escaped injury when their vehicles collided Sunday evening on Route 287. In Tioga  Township,  According to Mansfield based state police  the  collision occurred as both units were traveling north on Route 287 at which time Skylar Fox made an illegal U turn and hit a 2995 Ford Taurus driven by Ronda Heinrich of Lawrenceville. The drivers and their passengers were all wearing seat belts and were  unhurt.  Collin Dincher, 19 of Montoursville was riding in Fox’s Chevrolet Silverado. The passengers in Heinrich’s car were identified as Martha Atkinson and Jeremiah Atkinson of Tioga, PA, a 6 year old girl and a 3 year old boy from Tioga, PA. The children were riding in child safety seats.

 

Monday June 1, 2020

Sunday’s high, 64; Overnight low 30

MOSTLY SUNNY TODAY A HIGH OF 67

CLOUDS  INCREASING TONIGHT, LOW 48

 CHANCE OF SCATTERED SHOWERS TOMORROW, HIGH 69

THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE TOMORROW NIGHT. A LOW OF  62 SCATTERED SHOWERS POSSIBLE

THUNDERSTORMS ON WEDNESDAY WITH A HIGH OF 78

THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE AT NIGHT WITH A LOW OF 60.

In lieu of traditional Commencement Exercises,  due to Covid-19 Coudersport High

School Seniors paraded through the town Saturday afternoon  and were greeted by proud

parents, granddparents and members of the community. The Courthouse Square was 

adorned with photographic posters of each senior. Oswayo Valley Seniors participated in a parade

Through Shinglehouse Friday night.

June 1, 2020

Tuesday is the postponed Primary Election in Pennsylvania Area Counties to Receive More Than $6 Million in CARES Act Funds…One new case reported in Tioga County…..Cattsraugus County now has 88 cases….Potter County Fair canceled this year….Artisan center re-opening this week…..shooting death of Black New York State resident probed in Tioga County….Police investigate two high speed chases….. https://soundcloud.com/user-159792485/black-forest-broadcasting-podcast-june-1-2020

Tomorrow is the postponed primary election day here in Pennsylvania. Republicans and Democrats will be selecting  their party’s nominees for president, Pennsylvania Attorney General Auditor General and Treasurer, congressman, state senate, representative in the General Assembly, delegates to national conventions and committee men and women. Polls will be open from 7am to 8pm. Tuesday, the election was moved to June 2 due to the corona virus, Pennsylvania will be closely watched as it is the first time that people can mail in their votes without having to indicate illness or being away from their voting district.

Cameron, McKean and Potter counties will collectively receive more than $6 million in federal coronavirus relief funds under legislation approved by the House on Thursday according to  Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint).

Senate Bill 1108 directs the money to be distributed based on population with no county receiving less than $1 million. Under the bill, McKean County will receive $3.67 million, Potter County will receive $1.49 million and Cameron County will receive $1 million.

Eligible uses of funds include: offsetting cost of direct county emergency response; small business assistance; programs to support local economic development entities; assistance to cities, borough, towns or townships for costs related to the emergency including planning; behavioral health and drug and alcohol abuse treatment services; nonprofit assistance programs; and broadband internet deployment.

The county block grant funding is part of a $2.6 billion appropriation of federal coronavirus relief funds. The bill also includes $225 million for a Statewide Small Business Assistance Program; $632 million for nursing homes, long-term care and personal care; $10 million for food assistance programs; and $50 million for volunteer fire companies and emergency medical service (EMS) companies.

Pennsylvania received these funds from the federal government through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This act provides necessary emergency relief to Americans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Senate Bill 1108 has been approved by both chambers of the Legislature and is now awaiting the governor’s signature.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 31, that there are 511 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 71,926. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. The number of cases in the Black Forest Broadcasting area have increased by 1. Tioga County now has 17; McKean County has 12; Elk, 6; Potter 4 and Cameron 2. ,Across the border. Cattaraugus now has 88 while Allegany County is holding at 44.

There are 5,555 total deaths inP ennsylvania attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 18 new deaths. County-specific information and a statewide map are available here.

There are 620 patients who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure, which are considered probable cases and not confirmed cases. There are 383,111 patients who have tested negative to date.

Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 15,486 resident cases of COVID-19, and 2,659 cases among employees, for a total of 18,145 at 609 distinct facilities in 44 counties. Out of our total deaths, 3,540 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found on the department’s website.

Approximately 5,455 of the  total cases are in health care workers. Pennsylvania has a recovery rate of 64%.

Here are a couple of items related to the Coronavirus. The Potter County Fair Association Board of Directors regrettably announced that the fair will not be held this year. They’re looking forward to resuming the popular event next summer and issued this statement. “The board of directors of The Potter County Fair Association has made the decision to not move forward with the 2020 Potter County Fair, this is to include the Jr. Livestock Auction for 2020. The board has invested a great deal of time and energy gathering information from various sources prior to making this decision. This decision was made taking into account all aspects of the fair. We considered the safety and well being of all our volunteers, exhibitors, vendors and attendees. Given the CDC regulations and the Governor’s order of no gatherings greater than 250 individuals, we feel there is no way for us to continue this year. Other factors involved with our decision were liability and financial issues brought about by the Corona Pandemic. Given these unprecedented circumstances, there is no decision that we could have made to the satisfaction of the community at large and all parties involved.

While we realize not everyone will agree with this decision, it has been made with the best of intentions. The Fair Board of Directors is very disappointed to have to make this decision. We would like to thank everyone for their patience and continued support as we maneuver through these troubled times.

We look forward to seeing you all in 2021.”

The Potter County Artisan  Center, located at 227 North Main Street in  Coudersport , re-open  this Wednesday, however, visitors are asked to wear masks and follow CDC guidelines.

Mansfield based State Police are investigating a criminal homicide taking place at around 3am yesterday, outside of Fred’s Woodshed in Tioga Township, Tioga County. Jahrell Jenkins. 20, of Elmira, a black man was gunned down outside the bar.Police say the investigation is ongoing and more details will be released later but anyone with information about the shooting death are asked to call State Police at 570.662. 2151

 Troopers at Mansfield have arrested 20 year old Joel Hutchinson of Emperor’s New York for fleeing and eluding police say that they initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for speeding on Route 15 North about four miles prior to the Canoe Camp exit.  During the stop, the vehicle fled and a  pursuit was initiated. The 2011 Chevy Camaro traveled about 20 miles before stopping just across the New York state border. Hutchinson was taken into custody and charges were bound through District Court including fleeing and eluding, reckless endangerment of another person and multiple offenses.

Sweden Township and state police are continuing to investigate a chase taking place last Wednesday evening in Ulysses Borough. The  chase began when chief Bryan Phelps tried to stop a blue sedan as it fled south on Main Street in Ulysses,  and then went onto South Street through a private farm drive and over the hill to Lehman Hollow Road and continued into Hector Township. While fleeing the suspect vehicle passed individuals along the highway at high speeds.  At the end of Lehman hollow road, it made a turn  towards Loucks  Mills road, approximately one to one and a half miles from the Lehman Hollow Road intersection, the suspect rammed and drove through a logging gate and continued about two miles into the woods where the vehicle became disabled and the suspects fled on foot. One was taken into custody . The vehicle had to be removed by Gaines  Garage. However, the second suspect has not been located. Anyone with information about the incident or the suspect is asked to contact the Sweden Township police department or state police at 274 8690.

A Coudersport  driver escaped injury in a one vehicle crash occurring last Wednesday afternoon in Lawrence township Tioga  County.  State Police at Mansfield report Heather Wargo was going east on Buckwheat Hollow Road when a deer came onto the road in front of her GMC Yukon. She tried to avoid hitting the deer by applying the brakes and swerving around it.  She missed a deer but the  The SUV went out of control, traveled off the road and struck a tree.

State Police at Ridgway are charging 25 year old Benjamin Johnson of Johnsonburg for setting fire to his own house at 142 Harrison Avenue in Johnsonburg Sunday afternoon. Police say that when they investigated they found  that the fire was started intentionally . Johnson was taken into custody and arraigned.  Estimated damage is $50,000

 

Friday May 29, 2020

 

Several counties, including all five here in the region, have moved into the more relaxed “Green Phase” of re-opening….State cases total 70,000; no new ones here accept in NY State….Farmers market re-opens today in Coudersport….Ridgway woman caught shoplifting at Walmart…Accidental fire damages Kane garage…

This is the news many have been waiting for. Counties within the Black Forest Broadcasting service area  have been moved into the Green Phase of Pennsylvania’s re-opening plan.  Governor Wolf elaborated on green phase guidelines announced on May 22 by issuing an updated order for counties in the green phase of reopening.The orders from Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine include these provisions:

Suspends all previous stay-at-home orders and replaces them with the new green phase order for these counties, effective at 12:01 a.m., Friday, May 29: Bradford, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Montour, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Venango, and Warren.

The order includes provisions for businesses that were permitted to conduct in-person operations in the yellow phase, those permitted to operate with some restrictions on in-person operations and those that were not permitted any in-person operations under the yellow phase.

The order also includes guidance on occupancy limits and health and safety orders that business must adhere to under the green phase.

Specifics are included on those areas that have raised questions from business owners and residents, including:

Personal care services, including hair salons and barber shops must operate by appointment only; appointments or reservations are also strongly encouraged for gyms or spas.

Any gathering for a planned or spontaneous event of greater than 250 individuals is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, a concert, festival, fair, conference, sporting event, movie showing, or theater performance.

Churches, synagogues, temples, mosques and other places of congregate worship are specifically excluded from the limitations established by the order. These institutions are strongly encouraged to enforce social distancing and other mitigation measures such as masking at their gatherings.

Visitation to prisons and hospitals may resume subject to the discretion of the facility. Visitors who interact with residents and patients must be diligent regarding hygiene. Given the critical importance of limiting COVID-19 exposure in nursing homes, nursing home visitation restrictions will initially remain in place.

The State Department of Health meanwhile, has confirmed that there are 625 additional positive cases of COVID-19 as of 12am yesterday, bringing the statewide total to 70,042. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19 however, the number in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area remains steady: Tioga County, 16; McKean 12; Elk 6; Potter 4 and Cameron 2; Across the border in New York State Cattaraugus  County has moved up to 85 cases, and Allegany County has added another making a total of 45. There are 5,373 total deaths  in Pennsylvania attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 108 new deaths.

There are 595 patients who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure, which are considered probable cases and not confirmed cases. There are 357,804 patients who have tested negative to date. Pennsylvania has a 64 recovery rate.

Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 15,158 resident cases of COVID-19, and 2,563 cases among employees, for a total of 17,721 at 600 distinct facilities in 44 counties. Out of our total deaths, 3,501 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. (None here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area/Approximately 5,279 of the total cases are in health care workers.

Both drivers escaped injury in a collision occurring Tuesday at around 8:00am on Linck Hill Road in Liberty Township in Tioga  County. According to troopers, the collision occurred as Leonard Woodard of Middlebury Center was backing up in the right lane, while a Ford F150 XLT  driven by Ernest Norman of Liberty was stopped behind him, Norman  attempted to pull around the Ford F- 350 driven by Woodard but was struck by Norman’s truck Both vehicles sustained only minor damage

A Wellsboro woman and her passengers escaped injury in  a collision  occurring Monday afternoon in Charleston Township, Tioga  County.  According to Mansfield based state police Abigail Feil was going west and tried to turn off Reese Hill Road onto Catlin Hollow Road. She turned into the travel lane striking the front bumper of a Jeep Wrangler driven by Eric Bieber also of Wellsboro. Both drivers and their passengers were unhurt.

Ridgway Based State Police have arrested 24 year old Virginia Weaver of that town for shoplifting at the St. Mary’s Walmart just before noon Wednesday. Police claim that Weaver tried  to leave the store with nine items concealed in a bag including baby clothes, sunglasses, rubber bands, post it note cube deodorant, and a Binky. She’s now facing charges in District Court.

The State Police fire marshal has determined that a blaze Wednesday afternoon at a garage  on Reynolds Street in Kane borough was accidental and was the result of hot ash carelessly dumped outside the structure. No injuries were reported.

The Potter County farmers’ market is reopening today. Vendors will be in a vacant lot across from the courthouse square from 1-5p.  Mike Thompson will be bringing radishes green onions, lettuce and spinach. Barbara’s Creations will be there with handmade bags, scarves, baby shoes, zipper jewelry art. Card Creek Bakery will have an assortment of fresh breads and sweet treats. Card Creek wines will be there with a selection of assorted grape and berry wines. Blue Marble Farms will be there with garden plants and possibly misfit veggies, Barbara Hower will have a lot of rhubarb available.