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Monday’s high, 64; Overnight low 39
RAIN THROUGHOUT TODAY A HIGH OF 51
CLOUDY TONIGHT A LOW 36
MOSTLY SUNNY TOMORROW BUT COOLER HIGH 46
RAIN SHOWERS TOMORROW NIGHT A LOW OF 29
SCATTERED SHOWERS ON THURSDAY WITH A HIGH OF 51
AN OVERNIGHT LOW OF 39
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State Department of Health reports 10 coronovirus cases in PA….Causer reports on spread of spotted Lantern Fly…..Brockport woman accused of stealing Ridgway man’s credit card and using it at Sheetz….Theft of ATV probed by PSP at Mansfield….Several DUI arrests made…..
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The Pennsylvania Department of Health has confirmed three additional presumptive cases of Corona virus. Two residents are from Montgomery County and one is from Monroe County.
“While we anticipate that there will be more Pennsylvanians with COVID-19 in the coming days and weeks, it is important for residents to know the commonwealth is prepared and to be prepared themselves,” Dr. Levine said. “Right now, you have a higher chance of testing positive for COVID-19 if you have traveled to a country or state with known community outbreaks or have come in contact with someone who has the virus. We are working with the health care community across Pennsylvania to keep them informed, consult on patient testing and ensuring they have the resources they need to care for patients.”
The Wolf Administration Preparedness Actions
The World Health Organization first announced the coronavirus outbreak in late January and the Pennsylvania Department of Health has had its Emergency Operations Center set up since February 1. The center allows for a collaborative, concentrated state response, including:
Activated of the Department of Health’s Emergency Operations Center to allow for enhanced response coordination;
Begun testing for COVID-19 at the state laboratory;
Maintained communication and outreach with federal, state and local partners;
Provided symptom monitoring for residents returning from areas impacted by coronavirus;
Provided health care providers, businesses and education providers with information;
Reviewed and adapted current pandemic flu plans to prepare for spread of COVID-19;
Increased testing capacity;
Partially activated the Commonwealth Response Coordination Center at PEMA.
Governor Tom Wolf signed an emergency disaster declarationOpens In A New Window March 6 to ensure state agencies involved in the response have the expedited resources they need to continue to focus on the virus and its possible spread.
The Department of Health is providing a daily update via statewide press release.
On March 9, Sec. of Health Dr. Rachel Levine began to provide daily press briefings.
Symptoms of the COVID-19 can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying. Individuals most at risk for severe symptoms include elderly and those with pre-existing conditions.
Pennsylvanians are reminded to:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol- based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.
Clean surfaces frequently, such as countertops, light switches, cell phones and other frequently touched areas.
Contain if you are sick, you should stay home until you are feeling better.
To date, there are more than 111,000 cases worldwide, including nearly 3,900 deaths. There are 600 cases and 22 deaths to date in the United States. The department expects cases to continue to be confirmed in the upcoming days and weeks but wants everyone to take action to help prevent the spread of the virus. The department also said due to the rapidly changing nature of the spread of COVID-19 around the world, it is important for families to be prepared.
Comments from State Health Secretary
“Further spread of this virus throughout the nation will likely occur. We encourage people to prepare for potential life disruptions. The same family emergency plans and kits that we use to prepare for flu or norovirus, and even snowstorms and floods, are important now.
“Since the start of flu season, we have encouraged Pennsylvanians to stop the spread of illnesses by washing your hands, covering coughs and sneezes, cleaning surfaces and staying home if you are sick. Those are the same healthy habits you should continue to practice to protect your family and yourself against the spread of this virus.
“Individuals who intend on traveling outside of the United States are urged to check the CDC’s and the federal Department of State’s travel guidance. Currently there are outbreaks of COVID-19 occurring within numerous countries across the world. The number of countries seeing new cases has increased significantly over the last week.
“As this situation evolves, we will continually update Pennsylvanians through our website, health.pa.gov, our Facebook page and our Twitter account,” Dr. Levine said. “It’s important to remember that the most accurate and timely information regarding this outbreak is available through the Department of Health.”
. Here in Pennsylvania, we’re fighting another danger from China, the spotted lantern fly. Representative Martin Causer gave Black Forest Broadcasting an update on the pest” The spotted lantern fly is a significant invasive species. It’s been in the Commonwealth and in particularly the southeastern part of Pennsylvania for a while now. And recently, the Department of Agriculture expanded the spotted lantern fly quarantine zone to include 26 counties now. So it’s more than a third of our Commonwealth. And it’s concerning because it brings this invasive species closer to our vital hardwoods region, because now it’s just outside of Centre County, so certainly not too far away. And it’s very concerning for those in the agriculture industry. Because the lantern fly has the ability to harm agricultural crops such as grapes, hops and hardwoods. Now that the quarantine zone has been expanded. as I said, it’s very concerning. and as chair of the house agricultural and Rural Affairs Committee, we are working to put together a hearing to have officials from the Department of Agriculture come forward and give us an update on what is going on to continue tackling this issue. There’s more information available on their website at agriculture. pa.gov.
State Police Mansfield are investigating the theft of an ATV from a residence on Butternut Lane in Blossburg, sometime since February 22. The green 2011 model belongs Barry Watkins. Anyone with information is asked to call state police in Mansfield at 570.662 .2151.
Troopers at Mansfield have made a couple of DUI arrests. 36 year old Justin Romano of Rochester was cited after he was pulled over on Route 15 south in Mansfield borough on the morning of January 27 for an alleged traffic violation. Police say they determined he was driving his 2019 Hyundai Sonata Under the Influence, and 34 year old Christopher Kirby Wellsboro was arrested for DUI after he was stopped for allegedly committing several traffic violations on Earl Circle near Roundhouse Road in Charleston Township on February 29 at around 10:30pm. During the investigation troopers determined he was impaired while driving his 2013 Dodge Dart and was taken into custody for suspicion of DUI.
Ridgway based State Police have also made some DUI arresst. 38 year old Paul Iorfido of Ridgway was cited after he was pulled over on South Street at Monterey Avenue in the borough of Ridgeway early Saturday morning. Police claim he was found in possession of heroin and related drug paraphernalia and is now facing additional charges of possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia and tampering with evidence.
And troopers at Ridgeway have arrested 49 year old Brenda Hines of Brockport for theft. Authorities claim she took a credit card belonging to Steven Middleton of Ridgeway and used it to make purchases at the Ridgeway Sheetz on February 10. She’s now facing charges in District Court.