Friday May 29, 2020


Several counties, including all five here in the region, have moved into the more relaxed “Green Phase” of re-opening….State cases total 70,000; no new ones here accept in NY State….Farmers market re-opens today in Coudersport….Ridgway woman caught shoplifting at Walmart…Accidental fire damages Kane garage…

This is the news many have been waiting for. Counties within the Black Forest Broadcasting service area  have been moved into the Green Phase of Pennsylvania’s re-opening plan.  Governor Wolf elaborated on green phase guidelines announced on May 22 by issuing an updated order for counties in the green phase of reopening.The orders from Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine include these provisions:

Suspends all previous stay-at-home orders and replaces them with the new green phase order for these counties, effective at 12:01 a.m., Friday, May 29: Bradford, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Montour, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Venango, and Warren.

The order includes provisions for businesses that were permitted to conduct in-person operations in the yellow phase, those permitted to operate with some restrictions on in-person operations and those that were not permitted any in-person operations under the yellow phase.

The order also includes guidance on occupancy limits and health and safety orders that business must adhere to under the green phase.

Specifics are included on those areas that have raised questions from business owners and residents, including:

Personal care services, including hair salons and barber shops must operate by appointment only; appointments or reservations are also strongly encouraged for gyms or spas.

Any gathering for a planned or spontaneous event of greater than 250 individuals is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, a concert, festival, fair, conference, sporting event, movie showing, or theater performance.

Churches, synagogues, temples, mosques and other places of congregate worship are specifically excluded from the limitations established by the order. These institutions are strongly encouraged to enforce social distancing and other mitigation measures such as masking at their gatherings.

Visitation to prisons and hospitals may resume subject to the discretion of the facility. Visitors who interact with residents and patients must be diligent regarding hygiene. Given the critical importance of limiting COVID-19 exposure in nursing homes, nursing home visitation restrictions will initially remain in place.

The State Department of Health meanwhile, has confirmed that there are 625 additional positive cases of COVID-19 as of 12am yesterday, bringing the statewide total to 70,042. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19 however, the number in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area remains steady: Tioga County, 16; McKean 12; Elk 6; Potter 4 and Cameron 2; Across the border in New York State Cattaraugus  County has moved up to 85 cases, and Allegany County has added another making a total of 45. There are 5,373 total deaths  in Pennsylvania attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 108 new deaths.

There are 595 patients who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure, which are considered probable cases and not confirmed cases. There are 357,804 patients who have tested negative to date. Pennsylvania has a 64 recovery rate.

Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 15,158 resident cases of COVID-19, and 2,563 cases among employees, for a total of 17,721 at 600 distinct facilities in 44 counties. Out of our total deaths, 3,501 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. (None here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area/Approximately 5,279 of the total cases are in health care workers.

Both drivers escaped injury in a collision occurring Tuesday at around 8:00am on Linck Hill Road in Liberty Township in Tioga  County. According to troopers, the collision occurred as Leonard Woodard of Middlebury Center was backing up in the right lane, while a Ford F150 XLT  driven by Ernest Norman of Liberty was stopped behind him, Norman  attempted to pull around the Ford F- 350 driven by Woodard but was struck by Norman’s truck Both vehicles sustained only minor damage

A Wellsboro woman and her passengers escaped injury in  a collision  occurring Monday afternoon in Charleston Township, Tioga  County.  According to Mansfield based state police Abigail Feil was going west and tried to turn off Reese Hill Road onto Catlin Hollow Road. She turned into the travel lane striking the front bumper of a Jeep Wrangler driven by Eric Bieber also of Wellsboro. Both drivers and their passengers were unhurt.

Ridgway Based State Police have arrested 24 year old Virginia Weaver of that town for shoplifting at the St. Mary’s Walmart just before noon Wednesday. Police claim that Weaver tried  to leave the store with nine items concealed in a bag including baby clothes, sunglasses, rubber bands, post it note cube deodorant, and a Binky. She’s now facing charges in District Court.

The State Police fire marshal has determined that a blaze Wednesday afternoon at a garage  on Reynolds Street in Kane borough was accidental and was the result of hot ash carelessly dumped outside the structure. No injuries were reported.

The Potter County farmers’ market is reopening today. Vendors will be in a vacant lot across from the courthouse square from 1-5p.  Mike Thompson will be bringing radishes green onions, lettuce and spinach. Barbara’s Creations will be there with handmade bags, scarves, baby shoes, zipper jewelry art. Card Creek Bakery will have an assortment of fresh breads and sweet treats. Card Creek wines will be there with a selection of assorted grape and berry wines. Blue Marble Farms will be there with garden plants and possibly misfit veggies, Barbara Hower will have a lot of rhubarb available.