Wednesday May 13, 2020

PA DOH reports new anti-viral drug on its way to all hospitals….All 67 counties  have cases, slight increase in BFB service area, Allegany County NY cases  have spike…PA Route 6 Alliance appoints new executive director….Duke Center man accused of trying to strangle 69 year old woman…Several area residents cited for physical harassment….Roulette driver escapes injury in Cameron County crash….

The Department of Health today distributed the investigational antiviral medication, Remdesivir, to treat patients in the hospital with COVID-19. The federal government distributed the first shipment of 1,200 doses to the department on Tuesday, May 12, and this entire allotment has been shipped to Pennsylvania hospitals.

“The department is working to give our hospitals every opportunity to treat patients with COVID-19,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “It is important to note that there is limited information on the safety and effectiveness of using remdesivir to treat people in the hospital with COVID-19. However, it was shown in a clinical trial to shorten the recovery time in some people, which is why the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the emergency use of the medication for treatment.”

Fifty-one hospitals across Pennsylvania will be receiving the first shipment over the next few days. The hospitals that will receive the first shipments were determined based on the number of COVID-19 patients at the hospital over a recent seven-day period, and the severity of the illness of those patients, based on whether they are on a ventilator. The department will continue to work with our federal partners to acquire more doses of this medication to serve more patients across Pennsylvania.

Remdesivir is given to a patient through an IV once per day for up to 10 days, depending on how critically ill the patient is. According to the FDA, Remdesivir may help decrease the amount of coronavirus in your body, which may help you get better faster.

As of 12:00 a.m., May 12, there were 57,991 positive cases of COVID-19 statewide in 67 counties and 3,806 confirmed deaths. The number of cases in the Black Forest Broadcasting  Service Area is creeping up. There are now 35 cases within the area. Tioga has 16; McKean now eight; Elk five, Potter 4 and Cameron 2, bringing the total to 35. Tioga, McKean and Elk counties have recorded one death each. In neighboring New York State Allegany County has jumped to 42 cases, while Cattaraugus County  is holding steady at 61. Most of the patients hospitalized are 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 and older. There have been no pediatric deaths to date. More data is available on the department’s website.

24 counties are currently in yellow and include: Bradford, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Venango, and Warren.

Pennsylvania is utilizing a three-phase matrix to determine when counties and/or regions are ready to begin easing some restrictions on work, congregate settings, and social interactions. View Governor’s Wolf’s phased reopening plan for Pennsylvania. View the testing and contact tracing plans.


Stay home as much as possible. Try to get groceries once per week instead of daily. Freedom of travel remains, but please refrain from non-essential travel. Essential travel includes things like commuting to an essential job, picking up supplies like groceries and medicine, and checking on family and pets in other households. Do not host or attend gatherings.

Schools are closed until further notice. Life-sustaining businesses and services may continue to maintain in-person operations.

It is important that as many people as possible wear a nonmedical or homemade mask when leaving their homes. View instructions for how to make a homemade mask.

The PA Route 6 Alliance announce  that Acting Executive Director, Candace Hillyard, has been named executive director for the non-profit organization which serves 11 northern Pennsylvania counties.

Hillyard, who has been with the organization since 2017, has been serving as acting executive director since October 2019, after founding executive director Terri Dennison accepted a position in North Carolina.

The PA Route 6 Alliance, a 501(c3) corporation, was established in 2003 to manage the PA Route 6 Heritage Corridor and to implement branding and marketing plans, community development programs and other planning efforts along the corridor. The Alliance includes representatives from all 11 counties, 9 convention and visitor bureaus, 4 heritage areas, local development districts, local business owners, Chambers of Commerce, and other interested parties along the corridor.

State Police at Lewis Run are charging a 27 year old Duke Center man with strangulation for a domestic violence incident allegedly occurring last Saturday morning on Oil Valley Road in Otto Township. Police claim that during an argument the suspect grabbed a 67 year old Duke Center  woman by the arm and attempted to choke her. He was taken into custody and charges are being filed in District Court.

 A 16 year old Duke Center resident has been charged with physical harassment for an incident allegedly occurring early Saturday morning at a home on Swietzer Drive in Otto Township. The  teen is accused of hitting a 41 year old Duke Center man and a 38 year old Duke Center woman during an argument.

State police at Lewis Run responded to a physical harassment allegedly taking place Sunday afternoon on School Street in Wetmore Township. Police were called to a home where it was determined that the suspect pushed one of the staff members within the home after experiencing a mental health emergency. He was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for Mental Health evaluation. State police were assisted at the scene by Mt. Jewett and  Emergycare Ambulance.

An 18 year old Smethport  woman  is being charged with possession of drug paraphernalia following a traffic stop on Route 46 at Dugout Road in Keating Township,  McKean County Saturday evening. Police say when they pulled her car over they detected an odor of marijuana inside the car and say that she relinquished drug paraphernalia when asked about the odor coming from the vehicle.

A 27 year old Turtlepoint  man has been charged with physical harassment for an incident allegedly taking place on the evening of May 3 at a house on Route 155 in Annin Township McKean County. Police say their investigation determined that the suspect punched a 23 year old Port Allegany  man in the face with a closed fist causing bruises.

A 39 year old Bradford  man was picked up by state police on Route 219 in Lafayette Township last Wednesday night.  After they initiated a traffic stop they found that the driver had outstanding warrants and was subsequently taken into custody and placed in the McKean county jail.

State police at Ridgeway are investigating a theft occurring on Fairview road in Fox Township, Elk  County sometime between last November 1 and 15th. Someone stole $20 worth of medication belonging to an 82 year old Kersey woman. Names of all the individuals involved and these cases were not released by state police.

A Roulette  woman escaped injury in a one vehicle crash occurring Monday afternoon in Shippen Township Cameron County.  According to Emporium  based state police,  Anjoilie Colewas going west on Route 120 when the front left wheel of her 1992 Oldsmobile Cutlass cam causing her to lose control. The car went off the pavement and struck a ditch on the right side and sustained disabling damage. She was using a seatbelt and was not hurt.