Wednesday June 17, 2020

Tuesday’s high, 80; Overnight low, 41

MOSTLY SUNNY TODAY A HIGH OF 76.

A FEW CLOUDS AROUND TONIGHT A LOW OF 57.

INCREASING CLOUDS TOMORROW.HIGH  74

RAIN SHOWERS TOMORROW NIGHT A LOW OF 60.

FRIDAY JUNE 19 MOSTLY  CLOUDY SEASONABLE TEMPERATURES

 

Health department warns about Lyme Disease……Tioga County Lyme Disease support group meets Thursday night….Number of virus cases in PA Counties here holds steady while increases are reported in neighboring NY counties….Tioga County couple seriously hurt in one-vehicle crash…Antenna stolen from vehicle parked at Mansfield Walmart…Ulysses driver unhurt in car/deer collision……

Photo by John Eaton

Linda Wales of Millerton will talk about her personal experiences with Lyme disease followed by a question and answer session at the Tioga County Lyme Disease Support Group meeting at 6:30 p.m.. The meeting will be in the Native Bagel at 1 Central Avenue in Wellsboro. It is free and open to the public.

This will be the first meeting held by support group members since February 20 of this year when they met jointly with SSMH Breathers Club members at the hospital to hear a presentation on Lyme Disease by Dr. Christopher Domarew of the UPMC Office of Internal Medicine at Wellsboro.

Wales was originally scheduled to talk to the group on Thursday, March 19. That meeting was canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent stay-at-home and social distancing guidelines initiated by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to stop or slow down the spread of COVID-19 to keep hospitals from being overwhelmed with patients.

Wales suffered with tick-borne illnesses for seven years and saw 20 different physicians before being diagnosed with Lyme and two co-infections in 2002. Since her diagnosis, Wales has reached out to the community-at-large and to those suffering from tick-borne illnesses to increase awareness about how these diseases are transmitted, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options and to offer support. In 2009, she co-founded A Hope 4 Lyme, Inc. and has continuously held a position on the board as either treasurer or president. Wales works full-time as a licensed New York State insurance agent for Travelers Property & Casualty Insurance in Elmira, New York.

Luke Dunham and Thomas Putnam are regional co-leaders with the PA Lyme Resource Network and co-leaders of the support group. Both have been diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease and live in the Wellsboro area. For more information, contact Dunham and Putnam by email at tiogacountylyme@palyme.org or by calling Putnam at 570-439-2000.

From one disease to another, the Department of Health  is reminding Pennsylvanians to take proper steps to prevent against tick bites and recognize the symptoms of Lyme disease, as some symptoms of Lyme disease are similar to those of COVID-19. Ticks can carry Lyme disease, among other dangerous diseases, that can be severe if not treated properly.

Preliminary data show that more than 8,500 cases of Lyme disease were reported in Pennsylvania in 2019. The department is continuing to compile complete Lyme disease data, and final numbers for 2019 should be available within the next month. Over time, if not treated, Lyme disease can lead to severe symptoms that affect the heart, nervous system and joints.

You are at risk of getting a tick any time you are outside, including in wooded and bushy areas, areas with high grass and leaf litter, and even in your own yard. Officials say this is why it is important to take steps to decrease your chances of getting bitten.  To reduce your chances of a tick bite:

Walk in the center of trails and avoid areas with high grass and leaf litter;

Use a repellent that contains at least 20% DEET;

Wear light-colored clothing;

Conduct full-body tick checks on yourself and on your pets after spending time outdoors; and

Take a bath or shower within 2 hours after coming indoors.

If you have been bitten by a tick, make sure to monitor the area for any kinds of symptoms and contact your health care provider immediately. Symptoms of Lyme disease can include:

A red, swollen bulls-eye shape rash;

Fever;

Chills;

Headache;

Fatigue;

Muscle and joint aches; and

Swollen lymph nodes.

Early stage symptoms of Lyme, like the ones mentioned above, may appear in as few as two days or as long as 30 days after exposure. Later stage symptoms like arthritis, heart and neurological issues may appear months later. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with few to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.

Some symptoms of Lyme disease are similar to COVID-19. Symptoms of COVID-19 can include:

Fever

Cough

Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Diarrhea

Chills

Repeated shaking with chills

Muscle pain

Headache

Sore throat

New loss of taste or smell

For more information on ticks and Lyme disease, or on mosquitoes and West Nile virus, visit the Department of Health website at www.health.pa.gov or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 16, that there are 362 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 79,483. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. The number of cases here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area is holding steady in Pennsylvania counties. Tioga has 20; Potter and McKean 13 each; Elk, 6; and Cameron 2, However, cases across the border in New York State continue to go up. Cattaraugus County now has 107 and Allegany, 55.

There are 6,276 total deaths in Pennsylvania  attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 33 new deaths.

There are 630 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 523,609 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 ( 68%).

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 16,720 resident cases of COVID-19, and 2,955 cases among employees, for a total of 19,675 at 650 distinct facilities in 47 counties (none here in the Black Forest Broadcasting area. Out of the  total deaths, 4,279 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.

Approximately 6,033 of the total cases are in health care workers.

Coudersport based state police , a Ulysses  driver escaped injury in a car deer collision occurring yesterday at around 9:30am on the Loucks Mills Road in Pike Township, Amanda Rose Lehman was going south when the whitetail ran onto the highway in front of her Nissan Altima. Lehman had no time to avoid the collision, and the car had to be towed from the scene even though Lehman was not hurt.

A criminal trespass taking place at 71 Main Street in the village of Roulette  Monday evening is being investigated by troopers at Coudersport. Someone went on to property owned by 63 year old Harold Paige without his permission.

Two people were seriously hurt. And they one vehicle crash at around 6:30am last Friday on Main Street in Osceola Township, Tioga County, Mansfield based state police explain that Tyrell Schmidt, of Westfield was driving a Ford F 150 XLT which went off the road and struck a tree. Upon investigation police discovered that the pickup had been going east on Route 49 when it went off the road and hit the tree head on. Schmidt and his passenger Makayla Buck of Tioga were taken to Geisinger Medical Center if Danville

Mansfield Based State Police are investigating a theft occurring in the parking lot of the Mansfield Walmart last Saturday morning at around 11:30am someone removed a brown,  black and gray bullet antenna from a 2002 Jeep belonging to a 17 year old Covington resident. The antenna is valued at $55

 

 

 

Tuesday June 16, 2020

Pennsylvania’ state flower is Mountain 

Laurel and June is Mountain Laurel time.

Unfortunately the annual Laurel Festival 

held in Wellsboro has been cancelled due 

to Covoid-19.

State house approves bills to improve police/community  relations….Region’s virus cases hold steady…State police @ Ridgway investigate discovery of human remains…Wallet stolen from car parked in Liberty Township, McKean County… 

As voices around the country call for action to grow relationships between law enforcement and the communities they protect and serve, today the House Judiciary Committee voted on two comprehensive bills dealing with the vetting and training of police officers.

House Bill 1841 would require a thorough background investigation on an applicant for employment as a law enforcement officer, including a review of the applicant’s employment information and separation records from prior law enforcement employment, before the applicant may be employed. It would also require the establishment and maintenance of an electronic database containing separation records of law enforcement officers for use by other law enforcement agencies when hiring certified law enforcement officers.

House Bill 1910 also passed the committee. It would require the training of officers on interacting with individuals of diverse racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds; implicit bias training; recognizing and reporting child abuse; and annual training on the use of appropriate force. In addition, the bill would establish better access to mental health evaluations for law enforcement officers.

Both bills received input from law enforcement officials and were unanimously passed by the committee. A full House vote on both bills is anticipated for next week.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 15, that there are 323 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 79,121. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. The number here in the Black Forest Broadcasting area has held steady Tioga 20 Potter and McKean 13 each,  Elk 6  and Cameron 2. In neighboring New York State Cattaraugus County has 104 cases and Allegany County 54.

There are 6,243 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 28 new deaths. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the department’s website.

There are 630 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 513,909 patients

Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths (68%) have occurred in patients 65 or older. In nursing and personal care homes, there are 16,612 resident cases of COVID-19, and 2,936 cases among employees, for a total of 19,548 at 642 distinct facilities in 47 counties—none here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area.  Out of the  total deaths, 4,268 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities (68%). Approximately 5,996 of the total cases are in health care workers.

Troopers from the state police barracks at Ridgeway are investigating the discovery of a single set of human remains near the Twin Lakes recreational area in Jones Township, Elk County. Police say the release is for informational purposes only and no danger exists to surrounding communities as it is an ongoing investigation. Further details and information will be released in the future according to officials.

State police  at Lewis Run are investigating a theft in Liberty Township.  A wallet was taken from a vehicle parked on the Port/ Emporium Road yesterday afternoon and it contained personal information but the victim’s name was not released.

Troopers at Lewis Run have arrested both people involved in a fight yesterday afternoon on North Hillside Avenue in Hamilton Township McKean County. Police  said a 56 year man from Ludlow and a 53 year old woman from Prescott, Arizona, became involved in a physical altercation

A 50 year old Eldred man, his name was not released by police, has been arrested for DUI. He was pulled over on Route 446 in Keating Township just afternoon yesterday for an alleged traffic violation and police determined that he was driving under the influence of alcohol

 State Police at  Coudersport are investigating a harassment  by communication occurring on North Street in Ulysses  Borough Sunday evening. The victims are listed as two 18 year old women from Osceola,

A Lancaster, Pennsylvania motorcyclist received minor injuries when his Husqvarna  449 hit  a deer on the First Fork Road in Sylvania Township Saturday night. Connor Bitts was going north when a deer ran onto the road in front of his motorcycle. It was unable to avoid a collision and suffered a left shoulder injury and was taken to UPMC Cole for treatment

 

 

Monday June 15, 2020

Photo by Judy Bliss Spaeth

Sunday’s high,  68; Overnight low, 61

MOSTLY CLOUDY AND BREEZY TODAY A HIGH OF 72.

CLEAR TONIGHT A LOW OF 51.

MOSTLY SUNNY TOMORROW, WARMER, HIGH  77

OVERNIGHT LOW 52

WEDNESDAY SUNNY AND WARMER YET WITH A HIGH OF 79.

OVERNIGHT LOW OF 53

State senate approves bill to help taxpayers affected by pandemic…..Cases in region creep up……Coudersport motorcyclist hurt in collision with deer….Vehicle roll-over in Tioga County injures driver and passenger…Eldred woman accused of assaulting male victim during domestic violence incident Friday night…

The Senate unanimously approved a bill last week sponsored by Senator Scott Martin (R-13) that would help more local taxpayers benefit from school property tax discounts and extended payment deadlines. Senate Bill 1125 would give each school district the option to extend property tax discount periods and remove penalties for late payments through June 30, 2021. The bill would give school districts the power to help more taxpayers who are struggling financially in the wake of the COVID-19 public health emergency, Martin said.

The bill mirrors a law that Martin authored in April that allows counties and municipalities to provide property tax relief to taxpayers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The law gives county and municipal governments the option to extend deadlines for property tax discount rates to any date up until August 31, and waive any fee or penalty for late payments of property taxes if paid in full by the end of the year.

Senate Bill 1125 was sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 14, that there are 336 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 78,798. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. The number of cases continues to inch up in the Black Forest Broadcasting. Tioga County has 20; Potter and McKean each 13; Elk, 6 and Cameron 2. Across the border in New York State, Cattaraugus County has 104 cases and Allegany County, 54.

There are 6,215 total deaths in Pennsylvania  attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 4 new deaths. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the department’s website.There are 630 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 504,435 patients who have tested negative to date.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 16,578 resident cases of COVID-19, and 2,929 cases among employees, for a total of 19,507 at 638 distinct facilities in 45 counties. Out of the total deaths, 4,268 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities (None here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area.)Approximately 5,982 of the total cases are in health care workers.

State Police  report a Coudersport motorcyclist received minor injuries and new crash occurring Thursday evening on Route 244 in Andrews Settlement, Joseph Ostrowski Jr. was operating a Honda CRX and was unable to avoid colliding with a deer. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and was taken by Genesee ambulance to UPMC Cole for treatment of minor injuries.

Coudersport based state police have arrested 34 year old Chad Baker of Eldred for drug possession. While conducting a routine traffic stop on Bingham Road  in Genesee Potter County on June 4 at around 8pm. Police pulled Baker’s  2001 Ford Windstar station wagon for traffic violation.  Further investigation allegedly determined that Baker was driving the unit under the influence of a controlled substance

 Troopers at Coudersport  are investigating a theft of services occurring last week at 335 Howard Road in Harrison Township. Police say that the crime was committed against Verizon in Westfield But no further details  were realized.

A theft occurring  June 5 and 12 on  Clifford Nelson Drive in Eldred borough  is being investigated by State Police at Lewis Run.. Someone driving a dark colored Chevy Traverse with Pennsylvania plates and green sticker on the lower left hand corner of the rear hatch,  was seen leaving the area was possibly being driven by a heavier set male with light hair or who was bald.  A welder, a set of jumper cables and an electric motor belonging to a 38 year old Eldred  man were taken by the  thief

 Sharon Zimmer, 60 of Eldred was arrested by State Police at Lewis Run for physical harassment. Police  say during a domestic violence incident on Seal Lane in Eldred  late last Friday night Zimmer attacked a 49 year old Eldred man.

A DuBois  man was taken to UPMC Kane for treatment of minor injuries he received In a crash occurring Friday night on Route 948 in Highland Township, Elk County. Lance Cooper was driving a Buick Lucerne and failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Route 948 and Route 66. The car traveled across both lanes of the highway and came to rest in a wooded area after striking a ditch.

Mansfield based a police report driver from that town and his passenger from Tioga   received minor injuries in a one vehicle crash occurring Friday afternoon on Route 6 in Richmond Township, Shawn Everett, swerved to the right to avoid an oncoming vehicle in his lane. His Jeep Grand Cherokee went off the right side of the road that traveled up an embankment about three foot high before rolling over onto its roof. The Jeep slid for about 400 feet on its roof before coming to arrest Everitt  and his passenger Seth Reese were  both using seatbelts and received minor injuries.

 A 28 year old Allentown, Pennsylvania man has been arrested for drug possession by troopers at the Mansfield barracks. Patrol officers stopped his 2020 Nissan Altima  on Route 15 in Bloss  Township, and claim that upon further investigation, the unnamed suspect was found to be in possession of illegal narcotics.