Thursday May 14, 2020

Number of  PA cases now 59,000…. Regions total inches up slightly…Allegany County across the border increases total….State Senate approves package of bils to  help counties ease back into re-opening…Vandals damage tires in Liberty….Facebook messages result in charges being filed against an Elkland man…unknown crook uses Eldred woman’s  social security number to steal her tax return…

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 13, that there are 707 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 58,698. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19.

As a result of the continued work to reconcile data from various sources, the state is reporting an increase of 137 new deaths today, bringing the statewide total to 3,943 deaths in Pennsylvania. These deaths have occurred over the past several weeks. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the department’s website. The totals here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area, Tioga County has 16 cases; McKean 8; Elk, 6; Potter, 4 and Cameron County, 2. Elk, McKean and Tioga County each have had one death. Across the border, Allegany County has 44 cases and Cattaraugus County, 61.

There are 244,171 patients in Pennsylvania who have tested negative to date. Most of the patients hospitalized are aged 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older. More data is available here.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 12,408 resident cases of COVID-19, and 1,806 cases among employees, for a total of 14,214 at 543 distinct facilities in 44 counties. Out of our total deaths, 2,705 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found on the website. Approximately  4,066 of ther total cases are in health care workers.

For the latest information for individuals, families, businesses and schools, visit “Responding to COVID-19” on pa.gov

Non-life-sustaining businesses in the red phase are ordered to be closed and schools are closed statewide through the remainder of the academic year. Currently, 24 counties are in the yellow phase with relaxed restrictions.; 13 more will move to the yellow phase on May 15.

The  PA Senate approved new funding this week  to provide a critical layer of support for nursing homes, assisted living facilities and volunteer fire and EMS companies that are struggling due to COVID-19, according to Senator Scarnati (R-25) who supported the bill.

A major national accounting firm found that 70 percent of nursing homes in the country will be in a negative cash position by mid-May.

Scarnati explained that the legislation passed today, Senate Bill 1122, would distribute $507 million in federal money to nursing homes and other assisted living facilities to ease the considerable strain placed on these organizations by COVID-19.

The bill would also establish a special one-time grant program for Pennsylvania’s volunteer fire companies and EMS squads as they address the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. The COVID-19 Crisis Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program would provide a total of $31 million in grants to organizations that were approved for annual funding by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and the office of the State Fire Commissioner (OSFC).

Companies that did not receive a grant from PEMA and OSFC would also have a new window to apply.  The new funding for long-term living programs and the first responder grants will come from federal money appropriated to Pennsylvania from the CARES Act.

Senate Bill 1122 now advances to the House of Representatives for consideration.

A 48 year old Elkland man has been arrested for harassment by communication. State police allege the suspect, whose name was not released, the suspect made several concerning statements on Facebook towards a 45 year old man, also from Elkland.

Elk County authorities are investigating a possible harassment by communications. A suspicious letter was left in a mailbox  on Madison Street belonging to a  47 year old Weedville woman.

An ID theft is being investigated by state police at Lewis Run. Someone used the social security number of a 46 year old Eldred woman to obtain her tax return.

Two people are accused of shoplifting at the Mansfield Walmart at around 2:00 pm March 30. Troopers claim the pair changed price tags on a package of Pampers diapers valued $39.76 and a black diamond case priced at $29,88 with a 62 cent price tag.

Vandals punctured three tires on a 2011 Dodge Chrysler, a 2011 Nissan Sentra and a 2018 Dodge Caravan owned by a Liberty, PA couple last weekend while they were parked in the owners’ driveway.

Ridgway based state police have charged 31 year old Tamara Bleggi of Wilcox with criminal mischief. Troopers allege Bleggi drove past a home located at 150 Thompson Road and went onto a field wher her 2018 Jeep got stuck. She was able to get it pushed out and fled the scene but was later located at her home with the vehicle.

An hit and run vehicle caused minor damage to a tractor trailer at around 8:15 an last Wednesday in Delmar Township. State police relate an unknown vehicle clipped the mirror on a 2001 Freightliner driven by Dylan Stricklin on Route 287. The driver of the  unknown vehicle did not stop to exchange information.

State police at Lewis Run have arrested 20 year old Jacob Kreczmer of Munhall, PA for DUI and being under the age of 21. Kreczmer will answer charges in district court.

Troopers at Lewis Run have also charged a16 year old Port Allegany girl for purchasing, possessing consuming gr transporting liquor or malt beverages. The teen was stopped on Chestnut Street in Port for a traffic violation early May 4.

A Bradford man was arrested for public drunkenness after he was allegedly found unresponsive at 1947 Two Mile Road at around 11:00 pm May 2.

Drug possession charges are being filed against a 20 uear old Bradford man. State police contend when they responded to a report of found drug paraphernalia, they found a wallet with drugs and paraphernalia and allege the suspect admitted they were his.

A 22 year old Kane man has been arrested for possession of a small amount of marijuana. The arrest came after a patrol officer stopped the suspect’s 2004 Jeep Cherokee  on Route 219 near Westline Road Tuesday evening. Police claim they found the defendant in possession of a small amount of pot, paraphernalia and open containers of an alcoholic beverage.