Thursday’s high, 50; Overnight low, 33
CLOUDS WILL INCREASE TODAY. IT’LL BE WINDY CHANCE OF SHOWERS A HIGH OF 45.
CLOUDY TONIGHT LOW 36.
MOSTLY SUNNY TOMORROW AND WARMER A HIGH 55.
THEN MOSTLY CLOUDY TOMORROW NIGHT A LOW OF 40.
ON SUNDAY MOSTLY CLOUDY AND A HIGH OF 56
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Virus patients total more than 7,000 in state….is present in 60 counties but nearly 48, have tested negative….Deadline for license to carry firearms has been extended…Penn State Experts say water is safe to consume….State police look for person who left a dead dog in suitcase……
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The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., April 2, that there are 1,211 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 7,016 in 62 counties. The department also reported 16 new deaths among positive cases, bringing the statewide total to 90.. All people are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital.
County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the department’s website.There are 47,698 patients who have tested negative to date. Of the patients who have tested positive to date the age breakdown is as follows:
Nearly 1% are aged 0-4;
Nearly 1% are aged 5-12;
1% are aged 13-18;
Nearly 9% are aged 19-24;
Nearly 41% are aged 25-49;
Nearly 29% are aged 50-64; and
19% are aged 65 or older.
Most of the patients hospitalized are aged 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older. There have been no pediatric deaths to date. More data is available here.
All non-life-sustaining businesses are ordered to be closed and schools are closed statewide indefinitely. Currently the entire state is under a stay-at-home order.
For the latest information for individuals, families, businesses and schools, visit “Responding to COVID-19” on pa.gov.
The Pennsylvania State Police announced that Governor Tom Wolf has granted an extension to license to carry firearms permits. Permits expired on March 19, 2020 or later have been extended to May 30, 2020. The extension is necessary because some sheriff’s departments have been unable to conduct the necessary background investigations for license to carry renewal applications during the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic.
All Pennsylvania residents are encouraged to sign up for AlertPA, a text notification system for health, weather, and other important alerts like COVID-19 updates from commonwealth agencies. Residents can sign up online at www.ready.pa.gov/BeInformed/Signup-For-Alerts.
Experts around the world agree that drinking water is not a source of the novel coronavirus causing the global COVID-19 pandemic, so that should be one less thing for stressed-out Pennsylvania residents to worry about, according to a Penn State Extension educator .According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, the novel coronavirus has not been found in drinking water. That’s a very strong indication that drinking water can be obtained from your normal sources, says Danielle Rhea, water resources extension educator based in Jefferson County.“WHO has stated that the virus that causes COVID-19 has not been detected in drinking water supplies, indicating that the risk to water supplies is low,” she said. “Consequently, it is recommended that Americans continue to use their usual source of drinking water without concern for its safety.”With the recent spread of COVID-19, people have been stockpiling many daily essentials including toilet paper, food and bottled water, Rhea noted. People are clearly concerned about having enough water for themselves and their households. While the Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends storing one gallon of water per person per day for a 14-day period as a general emergency preparedness guideline, Rhea added, federal agencies such as the CDC and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency currently are not recommending people purchase additional bottled water. Significant precautions have long been in place to protect public drinking water, Rhea pointed out. Consumers who get their tap water from a public drinking water supply should know that public drinking water suppliers in the United States must meet drinking water standards for more than 90 contaminants as required by the Safe Drinking Water Act. One category of contaminants regulated under this act includes microorganisms such as viruses, coliform bacteria, E. coli, Cryptosporidium and Giardia.
“Safe drinking water standards require these waterborne pathogens to be absent from public drinking water, so public water systems treat water using filtration and disinfection,” she said. “These processes remove or kill pathogens that may exist in drinking water.”Even if the coronavirus was able to live and spread from person to person through drinking water, the virus is considered to be susceptible to disinfection, and it is understood that the existing filtration and disinfection methods utilized by public drinking water suppliers would be effective for this virus as well.At times, public water suppliers may issue boil-water advisories if there is a possibility that microorganisms have contaminated a community’s water. This situation is common when a water main breaks or when pipe maintenance is conducted. While boiling water is an effective method for killing pathogens, it is not currently recommended or needed as a precaution against COVID-19. “Keep in mind, this novel coronavirus has not been found in drinking water sources,” Rhea said. “People who have utilized public drinking water supplies in the past are encouraged to continue doing so.”Private drinking water considerations are different, Rhea explained. More than 1 million households in Pennsylvania get their drinking water from a private source such as a well, spring or cistern. In Pennsylvania, there are no regulations for private water system construction, maintenance, testing, treatment or quality. “If your tap water comes from one of these private water sources, know that the property owner or landlord is responsible for managing this drinking water,” Rhea said. “While not required, it is recommended that homes with private water systems regularly test their drinking water, compare their results to the federal drinking water standards, and install treatment as needed.”Homeowners concerned about bacteria and pathogens can use treatments such as ultraviolet sterilization or continuous chlorination to deactivate or kill bacteria in drinking water, she explained. While disinfection devices are effective for treating waterborne pathogens, recognize that the COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking water supplies, Rhea emphasized.“So additional treatment measures are not currently recommended as a precaution against the coronavirus,” she said. “People who have utilized a private drinking water source in the past are encouraged to continue doing so.”Regarding bottled water, in general, it comes from an approved source, meets all applicable federal and state standards, and is sealed in a sanitary container before being sold for human consumption. The water quality requirements for bottled water are the same as those for public water supplies; however, bottled water has additional requirements regarding product labeling and manufacturing, set forth by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.Many people choose to drink bottled water over tap water because they believe it is safer, prefer the taste or because it is more convenient, Rhea suggested. And some homeowners with private wells and springs may choose to drink bottled water if their private water supply contains high levels of pollutants because it may be easier and less costly than treating their water. “But because the coronavirus has not been found in drinking water supplies and bottled water is subject to the same standards as public drinking water, it is considered equally as safe as public water supplies,” she said. “However, purchasing bottled water in an attempt to prevent the spread of the coronavirus is not encouraged.”
For more information on coronavirus and drinking water, refer to the following federal websites:
CDC: Water Transmission and COVID-19 — https://bit.ly/3btpm2t
US EPA: Coronavirus and Drinking Water and Wastewater — https://bit.ly/2xt3mWA
For more information related to drinking water safety from Penn State Extension, see:
A Guide to Private Water Systems in Pennsylvania — https://bit.ly/2wwirXA
Understanding Bottled Water — https://bit.ly/2xnuxSO
Safe Drinking Water Clinic Webinar — https://bit.ly/39pPidH
Many educational pieces about drinking water — https://bit.ly/2QNaVyt
State police at Lewis Run are looking for a person guilty of cruelty to animals. Police were sent to an area of Route 321 and Chemical Works Road in Wetmore Township McKean County on Wednesday for a report of luggage on the side of the road and possible animal inside. Upon arriving on scene troopers located a deceased dog inside the luggage, which is described as being brown in color with black trim around the pockets with a multicolored string hanging off the front zipper pocket. The front of the luggage is labeled “Rugged Gear.” Evidence was collected at the scene and the investigation is continuing. Anyone who has information about the crime or who can identify that luggage is asked to contact state police that was run 814.368 9230.
Troopers at Lewis Run have charged a 28 year old Lewis Run woman with possession of drug paraphernalia after they were called to Route 59 in Cindy Lane in Lafayette township on Wednesday night to check on the welfare of a woman and they found her allegedly to be in possession of drug paraphernalia.
Mansfield State Police have arrested 31 year old Sheldon Moon of Elkland for physical harassment following a domestic dispute occurring on Route 660 and Mack road in Covington Township Wednesday evening. Police say they found that Moon had slapped and kicked 32 year old Katie Haussler of Mansfield as they were going down the road.
State police at Ridgeway have arrested 44 year old Donald Lewis of that town for DUI after pulling over his 2006 Chevrolet On the Portland Mills road on March 8, at around 3am. Police claim he was stopped for numerous traffic violations and was found to be under the influence of alcohol charges are being filed in District Court. This is Black Forest broadcasting news.