Thursday March 26, 2020

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COVID-19, 276 New Positives Bring Statewide Total to 1,127…… Governor Wolf Announces Financial Assistance Available to Small Businesses….State police have cited more than 44 businesses failing to comply with Governor’s order….Funding available for small businesses….Teenager accidentally shot near Port Allegany…..Shinglehouse man arrested for violating Megan’s law……

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health yesterday confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., March 25, that there are 276 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,127 in 44 counties. The department also reported four new deaths, bringing the statewide death total to 11. County-specific information and a statewide map are available here. All people are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital.  “Our notable increase in cases over the past few days indicate we need everyone to take COVID-19 seriously,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Pennsylvanians have a very important job right now: stay calm, stay home and stay safe. We have seen case counts continue to increase and the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home.” Statewide, there are 1,127 cases of COVID-19 reported from commercial, hospital and state labs. There are 11,193 patients who have tested negative, and 11 total deaths. With commercial labs being the primary testing option for most Pennsylvanians, data is not available on the total number of tests pending. All non-life-sustaining businesses are ordered to be closed and schools are closed statewide at least through April 6.

Gov. Wolf has enacted stay-at-home orders for 10 counties: Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, and Philadelphia counties. The newest order, for Lehigh and Northampton counties, took effect at 8:00 PM today, Wednesday, March 25. All orders will continue until April 6, 2020.

The Pennsylvania State Police released data on actions taken March 24, against non-life-sustaining businesses that failed to comply with Governor Tom Wolf’s order closing their physical locations. Enforcement began on Monday, March 23, 2020.

A map of counties covered by each troop is available on Troop C, which includes, which includes Lewis Run  and Ridgway had no warnings issued. But  Troop F which includes Coudersport,  Emporium and Mansfield had a total of five warnings issued, However, that is not county specific it is only for the state troops.


TROOP  WARNING           ​                CITATION            ​

​                Daily      Total      Daily      Total

A             5              9              0              0

B             0              2              0              0

C             0              0              0              0

D             0              1              0              0

E              0              4              0              0

F              3              5              0              0

G             0              2              0              0

H             2              6              0              0

J              0              1              0              0

K             0              1              0              0

L              1              2              0              0

M            1              4              0              0

N             1              2              0              0

P             1              1              0              0

R             3              4              0              0

TOTAL   17           44           0              0

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

Municipal Police

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

The Wolf administration has provided all local law enforcement with enforcement guidance that mirrors PSP’s.

The current list of businesses classified as life-sustaining, resources for affected businesses, and information businesses to request a waiver/exemption are available from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).

To report a noncompliant business, contact your local law enforcement agency’s non-emergency number. Please do not call 911 to file reports.

Governor Tom Wolf  has announced that new funding is available to help small businesses impacted by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, through a new program under the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority’s (PIDA) Small Business First Fund, the COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA).

The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) recently authorized the transfer of $40 million to the Small Business First Fund for CWCA. PIDA authorized making $60 million available to provide loans of $100,000 or less to for-profit businesses with 100 or fewer full-time employees. Funds are expected to become available this week.

For the purposes of this program a retail or service enterprise is defined as a for-profit business entity that is involved in the business-to-business service, business-to-public service, mercantile, commercial, or point of sale retail sectors.  An agricultural producer is defined as a business involved in the management and use of a normal agricultural operation for the production of a farm commodity.  A “farm commodity” is any Pennsylvania-grown agricultural, horticultural, aquacultural, vegetable, fruit, and floricultural product of the soil, livestock and meats, wools, hides, furs, poultry, eggs, dairy products, nuts, mushrooms, honey products and forest products.

Eligible costs include working capital, which for purposes of this program is considered capital used by a small business for operations, excluding fixed assets and production machinery and equipment.

Any eligible working capital cost, as defined above, incurred by the eligible business enterprise three months prior to submission of the loan application will count as an eligible cost toward either the loan amount or, if applicable, the matching investment requirement. Retail / service enterprises are able to incur eligible working capital costs up to six months prior to submission of the loan application.

All loan applications must be submitted through a Certified Economic Development Organization (CEDO). For the list of CEDO’s operating within Pennsylvania, please refer to

Businesses seeking guidance from DCED can also contact its customer service resource account at For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should follow and

State Police at Lewis Run are investigating an apparent accidental shooting occurring on Plunkett Road in Annin Township Tuesday afternoon.  Two  juveniles were involved and the victim was transported to an out of the area  hospital by helicopter. The investigation is continuing.

One driver was slightly hurt in a collision occurring Monday at around 11am in Lafayette Township McKean County.  State police at Lewis Run report the collision occurred when Kermit Sherwood of Smethport  failed  to yield to traffic traveling south on Route 219 and his Chevy CK  2500 struck a Toyota 4 Runner driven by Kassandra Gilmore of Kane. Sherwood was taken to Bradford  Regional Medical Center for treatment of a minor injury while Gilmore was not hurt.

Minor injuries were reported for a Ford Allegany driver after a one vehicle crash later that  afternoon  in Liberty township McKean County.  Roy Nickerson was going west on West Mill Road . When he tried to make a left turn onto the South Brooklynside   Road his Chevy S-10 went out of control and hit a rock then  rolled over onto the driver side where it came to rest. He was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for treatment of his  injuries

Troopers at Lewis Run  did not release the name of a driver involved in a one vehicle crash at noontime. on Monday.  A 75 year old Hazel Hurst t man was going east on Route 6 in Hamlin Township  and due to the snow and slush  covered highway his vehicle went off  the road and struck a ditch where it  became disabled, stuck in the ditch to wet ground. However the driver was using the seat belt and was not hurt.

Two Pittsfield Pennsylvania teenagers are being charged with drug possession by state police at Lewis Run Run. Troopers say  when they pulled over a vehicle on Route 59 in  Lafayette Township last Friday night they found that the  18 year old male passenger had  drug paraphernalia. The driver was also allegedly found to be driving while under the influence of drugs.

A burglary occurring at 101  Old Smethport Road in  Wetmore Township,  McKean county  early Monday morning is under investigation by state police at Lewis Run. Criminals tried to gain entry into the home Michael Depto ofKane  by breaking a window and kicking the front door but they apparently left empty handed. Anyone who has information about that break -in is asked to call state police at 814-368-9230

Coudersport based  State Police have charged 23 year old Dakota Caskey of Shinglehouse for violating Megan’s Law. Authorities say that Caskey  failed to provide accurate and updated information as required by Megan’s Law registration. He was arrested on February 27, and charged with two counts of violating that law.

A hit and run occurring Monday afternoon  on First Fork Road in Homer township is being investigated by troopers at the Coudersport barracks . A vehicle backing out of a driveway hit a mailbox on North Ayers  Hill Road and without notifying the property owner. It is believed that the offending vehicle was a UPS delivery truck and the investigation is continuing. Anyone who can shed light on the hit and run is asked to call the Coudersport barracks at 814-274-8690.