Friday March 20, 2020

Thursday’s high, 53; Overnight low, 62 (temperature rose overnight) 1” of rain






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One case reported in Potter County…Governor orders closure of non-essential businesses….PACE extends prescription deadlines….Department of Education cancels tests….Austin woman accused of punching male victim in the chest…..Adult and juvenile arrested for stealing chainsaws from Potter County business…

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Update: The PA Department of Health reported one case in Potter County Friday afternoon. None were  reported in the other four counties served by Black Forest Broadcasting—Cameron, Elk, McKean, and Tioga. Two cases were reported earlier in the week in neighboring Allegany County NY.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., March 19, that there were 52 additional positive cases of COVID-19 reported, bringing the statewide total to 185. The state also reported one death, an adult from Northampton County. County-specific information and a statewide map are available here. All people are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital.Statewide, there are 185 cases of COVID-19 reported from commercial, hospital and state labs. There are 1,608 patients who have tested negative, and one death. With commercial labs being the primary testing option for most Pennsylvanians, data is not available on the total number of tests pending.

Wolf Administration Orders Closure of Non-Life-Sustaining Businesses at 8 p.m March 19

Enforcement Actions for Restaurant, Bar Dine-In Closure Began at 8 p.m., March 18

Enforcement Actions for Non-Compliance will Begin at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 21

Governor Tom Wolf on Thursday ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania to close their physical locations as of 8 p.m. today, March 19, to slow the spread of COVID-19. Enforcement actions against businesses that do not close physical locations will begin at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 21.

In extenuating circumstances, special exemptions will be granted to businesses that are supplying or servicing health care providers.

The governor had previously encouraged non-life-sustaining businesses to close to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Restaurants and bars were already required to stop all dine-in services. Enforcement for establishments with a liquor license began at 8 p.m. March 18, and enforcement for all other food establishments began  at 8 p.m. Thursday . Food establishments can offer carry-out, delivery, and drive-through food and beverage service, including alcohol.

Pursuant to the Emergency Management Services Code, the governor is granted extraordinary powers upon his declaration of a disaster emergency, such as COVID-19. Among these powers, the governor may control the ingress and egress into the disaster area, the movement of persons, and the occupancy of premises within the disaster area, which has been established to be the entire commonwealth for the COVID-19 disaster emergency. The secretary of health separately is authorized under the law to employ measures necessary for the prevention and suppression of disease.

Failure to comply with these requirements will result in enforcement action that could include citations, fines, or license suspensions.

The governor has directed the following state agencies and local officials to enforce the closure orders to the full extent of the law:

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board

Department of Health

Department of Agriculture

Pennsylvania State Police

Local officials, using their resources to enforce closure orders within their jurisdictions

Private businesses, local organizations and other noncompliant entities that fail or refuse to comply with the governor’s orders that protect the lives and health of Pennsylvanians will forfeit their ability to receive any applicable disaster relief and/or may be subject to other appropriate administrative action. Such action may include termination of state loan or grant funding, including Redevelopment Assistance Capital Project (RACP) grant funding and/or suspension or revocation of licensure for violation of the law.

Finally, in addition to any other criminal charges that might be applicable, the Department of Health is authorized to prosecute noncompliant entities for the failure to comply with health laws, including quarantine, isolation or other disease control measures. Violators are subject to fines or imprisonment.

The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) offers working capital loans that could be of assistance to businesses impacted by COVID-19. Resources and information will be posted to as they become available. The U.S. Small Business Administration, in addition to local funding partners, may also be a source of assistance for affected businesses.

The Wolf Administration also  announced the availability of low-interest loans for small businesses and eligible non-profits in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Businesses seeking guidance from DCED can also contact its customer service resource account at or by calling 1-877-PA-HEALTH and selecting option 1.

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should visit:

For a list of Life sustaining businesses which are allowed to stay open, click on link below:


With the ongoing directive from Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Health to stay home and limit social interaction during the COVID-19 mitigation effort, Department of Aging Secretary Robert Torres today announced that as of March 5, the Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly (PACE) Program can help older adult enrollees with refill extensions.Under regular circumstances, enrollees with prescriptions must use 75% of their supply before refills will be reimbursed. PACE will now reimburse refills even though the required 75% of the days’ supply has not passed – except for opioids and other controlled substances – which will be handled on a case by case basis. Enrollees wishing to receive that exception must have their pharmacy provider contact PACE at 1-800-835-8040, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to make that request. The program has traditionally not offered this exception unless an enrollee’s medications were lost or stolen. Enrollees who have difficulties obtaining their refills can call cardholder services at 1-800-225-7223.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) announced Thursday  the cancellation of all PSSA testing and Keystone exams for the 2019-20 school year as a result of COVID-19. This includes the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA).

“The department will submit the requisite waivers to the U.S. Department of Education (USDE), but no schools in the Commonwealth will be administering these tests this year.”

PSSA testing was scheduled to begin April 20.

Keystone testing was scheduled to begin May 11.

The PASA testing window is open; however, all testing was halted on Monday, March 16, when all public schools closed.

The department has been providing ongoing guidance to school communities in the form of FAQs. The guidance information is available at

For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs please visit the Department of Education’s website or follow PDE on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

Major Gary Dance, director of the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Records and Identification, released the following statement ton the Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS).”Despite the downtime, PICS completed 4,342 transactions on March 17, compared to 1,359 transactions on the corresponding Tuesday in March 2019. Transactions include background checks for purchases, transfers, evidence returns, and license to carry applications.”The Pennsylvania State Police is working with its vendor to increase processing power to avoid future backlogs and will adjust staffing as needed to meet demand. Rumors circulating on social media that PICS has been shutdown as part of the commonwealth’s response to the COVID-19 epidemic are false. PICS is, and will remain, operational.The Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS) is used by county sheriffs, chiefs of police of cities of the first class, and licensed firearms dealers in Pennsylvania to determine an individual’s legal ability to acquire a license to carry firearms or obtain a firearm through a purchase or transfer.Established in 1998, PICS has been called a “model gun background check system for the United States. PICS completed more than a million firearm background checks in 2018 via Interactive Voice Response (IVR) or a web-based platform. Most checks are completed automatically in a matter of minutes.More information is available on Annual Firearms Report page of

.State  police at Coudersport, have arrested  28 year old Lynn  Vossler of Austin for physical harassment in  connection to an incident allegedly taking place at around 11:30pm February 20 on  McCoy Hollow Road. Authorities claim that she hit Corey Marvel in the chest with her hand during a disagreement.

Troopers  at Coudersport have arrested Tommy Causer Jr. a theft at the Mills Hill Variety  store back on December 21. Three Husqvarna chainsaws were stolen from the business owned by Jacob Miller. Causer is charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, criminal conspiracy, solicitation of minors to traffic drugs and corruption of minors. The juvenile has been charged with criminal conspiracy to commit burglary,  theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

An  elderly Westfield woman and her young passenger were hurt in a four vehicle pile up Wednesday afternoon in Delmar  Township, Tioga County. According to Mansfield based state police, the rear end collision occurred as Rena Brown of Galton and a Jeep Grand Cherokee (driver information not provided) were stopped in the westbound lane of Route 6 for another vehicle, which had stopped to make a left turn.  68 year old Lorraine O’Connor failed to stop her Chrysler Town and Country minivan which rear ended a Dodge Stratus driven by Brown of Galeton. The Brown unit then crossed into the eastbound lane where it struck a GMC Savana, driven by Anthony Yeager of Wellsboro O’Connor and her 10 year old male passenger were taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Brown declined treatment for her minor injury and Yaeger was not hurt. O’Connor has been cited for following too closely. This is black force broadcasting news.





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