Friday March 13, 2020


Thursday’s high, 62; Overnight low, 48






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DOH reports around 20 coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania….Penn State cancels many events including 4-H meetings….Potter County EMA reduces involvement in annual severe weather exercise…..Ridgway man arrested for physical harassment….Tioga County man undergoing mental evaluation after allegedly cutting wife…..

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health this morning confirmed five additional presumptive positive case of COVID-19 — four residents from Montgomery County and one resident from Northampton County. All are adults and are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital. This brings the statewide total to 21 cases; 19 of the cases are presumptive positive and two cases, one in Delaware County and one in Wayne County, have been confirmed by the CDC.

“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 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.

The novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, known as COVID-19, has disrupted the operations of businesses, governments and other organizations across the country, including Penn State. But Penn State Extension, the educational outreach arm of the College of Agricultural Sciences, will continue to fulfill its mission during this unprecedented time, according to its statewide director, Brent Hales.

“The coronavirus situation will require us to modify our operations and program delivery for a period of time,” Hales said. “But despite the challenges that we all face, the need for unbiased, research-based information on a variety of topics and issues never stops, so we will not stop providing that knowledge to the agricultural producers, citizens, businesses and communities of Pennsylvania.”To help slow the spread of coronavirus, Penn State Extension has announced that all public, in-person events it sponsors — workshops, conferences, meetings and so forth — are cancelled through April 5. Registered attendees for events through April 5 will receive a cancellation notice and, if a registration fee was required, a refund. Events scheduled from April 6 forward will be held as planned, pending further developments.”Our top priority in this rapidly evolving situation is the health and welfare of our employees, volunteers, participants, partners and stakeholders,” Hales said.Extension’s 4-H youth development programs also are affected, Hales explained. “For the safety of our youth and their families, our volunteers, and our entire 4-H community, all Pennsylvania 4-H activities, events and club meetings are suspended until further notice,” he said. “We will notify 4-H participants when these events can resume.”Some planned events, workshops and meetings may be rescheduled for a later date or moved online using webinar or internet conferencing tools. And Hales stressed that an abundance of educational content — such as articles, “Learn Now” videos and online courses — already can be found on the Penn State Extension website, where it can be accessed in a variety of formats anytime, anywhere.Hales also pointed out that Penn State Extension maintains an office in each of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, and those offices will remain open. Where an extension office is housed in a county facility, and the county closes that facility due to coronavirus concerns, the extension office will follow county protocol and close also, he noted. In the event of such a closure, telephone calls to that office during regular business hours will be rerouted to another, open office for assistance.”This is a very fluid situation, and we encourage people who value and utilize the educational programs we offer to watch for further updates,” Hales said. “Our primary goal is to limit exposure and transmission potential to reduce the risk to our staff and those we serve, and we appreciate the public’s understanding as we navigate these unprecedented circumstances.”About Penn State Extension

Penn State Extension is dedicated to translating scientific research into real-world applications to drive progress. In support of Penn State’s land-grant mission, extension programs serve individuals, businesses and communities, while promoting a vibrant food and fiber system, a clean environment, and a healthier population in Pennsylvania and beyond. With support from federal, state and county governments, the organization has a tradition of bringing unbiased information and support to the citizens of Pennsylvania for more than 100 years.

Due to real world events, the Potter County Department of Emergency Services, upon the recommendation of the PA Emergency Management Agency, has (as a precautionary measure) down-sized it’s All Hazards Exercise scheduled for March 26, 2020. The EOC Staff will not be utilized at this time.In-house DES Staff members will be operational to permit counties, schools, health organizations, nursing and personal care homes, and day cares to test their emergency plans. The department will re-evaluate conditions in the future and possibly reschedule a Fall Weather Exercise.

Troopers at Ridgway have arrested a 22 year old Ridgway man for physical harassment in connection to an incident allegedly taking place last Tuesday y on Gahr Road in Fox Township. Authorities claim that the suspect became involved in a verbal argument with an 18 year old St. Mary’s resident,  a 48 year old St. Mary’s woman and several bystanders the Jihre Lanes bowling alley in Kersey  .The suspect, whose name was not released is accused of hitting both women. charges of harassment will be filed in District Court.

State Police and Ridgway report, an elderly Ridgway woman escaped injury and a one vehicle accident occurring on Grant road in Ridgway yesterday afternoon. 71 year old Catherine Jordan was traveling north and for unknown reasons her Chevy Equinox went off the east side of the highway struck a ditch where became disabled. She was wearing a seat belt and was not hurt.

State Police  at Mansfield responded to a mental health  incident at 10 Meadow Street in Tioga  Borough February 26 just before 7pm when a man is suspected of cutting his wife during an argument.  He was taken by ambulance to Soldiers and Sailors  Hospital for mental health evaluation.

A Westfield driver escaped injury in a car/deer collision  crash morning at around 1:30am on Route 249, in Chatham Township Tioga  County. According to Mansfield state police,  James Morrison was going north when a deer came onto the road in front of his Jeep Liberty. Morrison  was unable to avoid impact. The SUV had to be towed from the scene but the driver was not hurt.