Tuesday June 2, 2020

Monday’s high, 62; Overnight low, 47, mist

INTERVALS OF CLOUDS AND SUN

TODAY, HIGH 60

LOW TONIGHT 40

SUNNY TOMORROW HIGH 57. CLOUDS ARRIVING TOMORROW NIGHT A LOW OF 37

SUNNY ON THURSDAY WITH A HIGH OF 63,

CLOUDS INCREASE THURSDAY NIGHT WITH A LOW OF 41.

Today is Primary Election Day in Pennsylvania Polls open til 8p…….Wolf administration announces increased work with nursing homes….Cases remain steady in region but NY cases go up…..Things are beginning to open up…The Nessmuk Rod and Gun club will hold an outdoor meeting Wednesday night….Potter County Commissioners to hold open meeting Thursday….Red Cross Blood mobile Thursday in Eldred…Ridgway police continue to investigate reported rape…No one hurt in Tioga County collision….

Today is the postponed primary election day here in Pennsylvania. Republicans and Democrats will be selecting their party’s nominees for president Pennsylvania Attorney General Auditor General and treasurer and Congressman state senate representative in the General Assembly and delegates to national conventions and committee men and women polls will be open until eight o’clock tonight the election was moved to today due to the corona virus, Pennsylvania in Pennsylvania will be closely watched as it is the first time that people appear in the Keystone state can mail in their votes without having to indicate illness or being away from their voting district. Many races are uncontested. The winners of today’s primaries will face off in November all registered voters can cast their balance in the fall election.

At a  COVID-19 press conference yesterday at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Sec. of Health Dr. Rachel Levine and Sec. of Aging Robert Torres highlighted efforts to protect seniors and other vulnerable Pennsylvanians.

Dr. Levine advised that the majority of Pennsylvania’s long-term care facilities are strictly following existing policies and have successfully prevented COVID-19 from becoming widespread, but in some facilities COVID-19 was harder to contain.

Whenever a long-term care facility in Pennsylvania reports just a single case of COVID-19, the Department of Health reaches out to conduct an assessment of the situation and offers a number of resources to the facility, as needed. Those resources could include having the facility work with ECRI, our infection control consultant, with our internal infection control teams, with the Patient Safety Authority, or deploying the Pennsylvania National Guard to assist with staffing.

Sec. Torres outlined the Department of Aging’s work to prepare for safely reopening operations of older adult services located in counties that are moving into the Green Phase, as well as initiatives to combat social isolation among older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Recognizing that seniors may have ongoing concerns and fears, alternative services and practices implemented as a result of this pandemic, such as maintaining different modes of getting meals to seniors, will continue for some time. Older adults needing a meal or in-home support can still call their local AAA. Questions regarding available aging services and resources can be directed to the PA Link at 1-800-753-8827.

Sec. Torres also noted that the Department of Aging’s Protective Services Office has continued to operate throughout the pandemic, with face-to-face safety measures in place to protect older adults and investigative staff. Anyone suspecting elder abuse should call the statewide reporting hotline at 1-800-490-8505. This hotline is answered by a live person 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

– The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 1, that there are 356 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 72,282.67% of patients have recovered. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. The number here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area are holding steady. Tioga has 17 cases; McKean 12; Elk, 6; Potter 4; and Cameron 2. However, the number of cases across the border in NY state continue to go up. Cattaraugus County now has 89 cases and Allegany County has 48.

There are 5,567 total deaths in Pennsylvqania  attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 12 new deaths. County-specific information and a statewide map are available  on the department’s website…There are 616 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 389,431 patients who have tested negative to date.  The state has a 67% 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 15,545 resident cases of COVID-19, and 2,663 cases among employees, for a total of 18,208 at 608 distinct facilities in 44 counties. None here in the Black Forest Broadcasting area. Out of the total deaths, 3,557 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. Approximately 5,463 of our total cases are in health care workers.

​ Things are beginning to return. The Nessmuck Rod and Gun Club members will meet at 7pm Wednesday outdoors at the club pavilion to allow for social distancing.

A phased reopening of the F.W. Gunzburger County Office Building by the Potter County Commissioners took effect on Monday, June 1. In compliance with the green phase of Governor Tom Wolf’s coronavirus pandemic executive order, public health and safety measures are in effect. Access is limited to the Main Street entrance, where masks and hand sanitizer are available. Many services can be accessed remotely through telephone or the internet. For county office contact information and online options, go to pottercountypa.net. Business meetings of the Potter County Commissioners are once again open to the public. Next meeting will be held at 11 am on Thursday, June 4. During the green phase of the executive order, the public can also participate by telephone… please dial… 814-274-0844 at prompt enter PIN 114477#.

The Red Cross will have a blood mobile from one to 5:30pm Thursday, June Fourth, at the First Church of God 142 Main Street Eldridge. All those who give blood this month will receive a $5 amazon.com gift card via email. Ridgway based  state police say they are continuing to investigate a sexual assault of a woman taking place last Friday afternoon on Meffert’s  Run Road near Wilcox Road in Jones Township, Elk County.  No further information was released.

Mansfield Bay State police report a 19 year old Williamsportsport driver escaped injury and a 61 year old Lawrenceville woman escaped injury when their vehicles collided Sunday evening on Route 287. In Tioga  Township,  According to Mansfield based state police  the  collision occurred as both units were traveling north on Route 287 at which time Skylar Fox made an illegal U turn and hit a 2995 Ford Taurus driven by Ronda Heinrich of Lawrenceville. The drivers and their passengers were all wearing seat belts and were  unhurt.  Collin Dincher, 19 of Montoursville was riding in Fox’s Chevrolet Silverado. The passengers in Heinrich’s car were identified as Martha Atkinson and Jeremiah Atkinson of Tioga, PA, a 6 year old girl and a 3 year old boy from Tioga, PA. The children were riding in child safety seats.