Tuesday’s high, 80; Overnight low, 41
MOSTLY SUNNY TODAY A HIGH OF 76.
A FEW CLOUDS AROUND TONIGHT A LOW OF 57.
INCREASING CLOUDS TOMORROW.HIGH 74
RAIN SHOWERS TOMORROW NIGHT A LOW OF 60.
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Health department warns about Lyme Disease……Tioga County Lyme Disease support group meets Thursday night….Number of virus cases in PA Counties here holds steady while increases are reported in neighboring NY counties….Tioga County couple seriously hurt in one-vehicle crash…Antenna stolen from vehicle parked at Mansfield Walmart…Ulysses driver unhurt in car/deer collision……
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Linda Wales of Millerton will talk about her personal experiences with Lyme disease followed by a question and answer session at the Tioga County Lyme Disease Support Group meeting at 6:30 p.m.. The meeting will be in the Native Bagel at 1 Central Avenue in Wellsboro. It is free and open to the public.
This will be the first meeting held by support group members since February 20 of this year when they met jointly with SSMH Breathers Club members at the hospital to hear a presentation on Lyme Disease by Dr. Christopher Domarew of the UPMC Office of Internal Medicine at Wellsboro.
Wales was originally scheduled to talk to the group on Thursday, March 19. That meeting was canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent stay-at-home and social distancing guidelines initiated by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to stop or slow down the spread of COVID-19 to keep hospitals from being overwhelmed with patients.
Wales suffered with tick-borne illnesses for seven years and saw 20 different physicians before being diagnosed with Lyme and two co-infections in 2002. Since her diagnosis, Wales has reached out to the community-at-large and to those suffering from tick-borne illnesses to increase awareness about how these diseases are transmitted, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options and to offer support. In 2009, she co-founded A Hope 4 Lyme, Inc. and has continuously held a position on the board as either treasurer or president. Wales works full-time as a licensed New York State insurance agent for Travelers Property & Casualty Insurance in Elmira, New York.
Luke Dunham and Thomas Putnam are regional co-leaders with the PA Lyme Resource Network and co-leaders of the support group. Both have been diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease and live in the Wellsboro area. For more information, contact Dunham and Putnam by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Putnam at 570-439-2000.
From one disease to another, the Department of Health is reminding Pennsylvanians to take proper steps to prevent against tick bites and recognize the symptoms of Lyme disease, as some symptoms of Lyme disease are similar to those of COVID-19. Ticks can carry Lyme disease, among other dangerous diseases, that can be severe if not treated properly.
Preliminary data show that more than 8,500 cases of Lyme disease were reported in Pennsylvania in 2019. The department is continuing to compile complete Lyme disease data, and final numbers for 2019 should be available within the next month. Over time, if not treated, Lyme disease can lead to severe symptoms that affect the heart, nervous system and joints.
You are at risk of getting a tick any time you are outside, including in wooded and bushy areas, areas with high grass and leaf litter, and even in your own yard. Officials say this is why it is important to take steps to decrease your chances of getting bitten. To reduce your chances of a tick bite:
Walk in the center of trails and avoid areas with high grass and leaf litter;
Use a repellent that contains at least 20% DEET;
Wear light-colored clothing;
Conduct full-body tick checks on yourself and on your pets after spending time outdoors; and
Take a bath or shower within 2 hours after coming indoors.
If you have been bitten by a tick, make sure to monitor the area for any kinds of symptoms and contact your health care provider immediately. Symptoms of Lyme disease can include:
A red, swollen bulls-eye shape rash;
Muscle and joint aches; and
Swollen lymph nodes.
Early stage symptoms of Lyme, like the ones mentioned above, may appear in as few as two days or as long as 30 days after exposure. Later stage symptoms like arthritis, heart and neurological issues may appear months later. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with few to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.
Some symptoms of Lyme disease are similar to COVID-19. Symptoms of COVID-19 can include:
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Repeated shaking with chills
New loss of taste or smell
For more information on ticks and Lyme disease, or on mosquitoes and West Nile virus, visit the Department of Health website at www.health.pa.gov or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 16, that there are 362 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 79,483. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. The number of cases here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area is holding steady in Pennsylvania counties. Tioga has 20; Potter and McKean 13 each; Elk, 6; and Cameron 2, However, cases across the border in New York State continue to go up. Cattaraugus County now has 107 and Allegany, 55.
There are 6,276 total deaths in Pennsylvania attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 33 new deaths.
There are 630 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 523,609 patients who have tested negative to date.
Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older ( 68%).
In nursing and personal care homes, there are 16,720 resident cases of COVID-19, and 2,955 cases among employees, for a total of 19,675 at 650 distinct facilities in 47 counties (none here in the Black Forest Broadcasting area. Out of the total deaths, 4,279 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.
Approximately 6,033 of the total cases are in health care workers.
Coudersport based state police , a Ulysses driver escaped injury in a car deer collision occurring yesterday at around 9:30am on the Loucks Mills Road in Pike Township, Amanda Rose Lehman was going south when the whitetail ran onto the highway in front of her Nissan Altima. Lehman had no time to avoid the collision, and the car had to be towed from the scene even though Lehman was not hurt.
A criminal trespass taking place at 71 Main Street in the village of Roulette Monday evening is being investigated by troopers at Coudersport. Someone went on to property owned by 63 year old Harold Paige without his permission.
Two people were seriously hurt. And they one vehicle crash at around 6:30am last Friday on Main Street in Osceola Township, Tioga County, Mansfield based state police explain that Tyrell Schmidt, of Westfield was driving a Ford F 150 XLT which went off the road and struck a tree. Upon investigation police discovered that the pickup had been going east on Route 49 when it went off the road and hit the tree head on. Schmidt and his passenger Makayla Buck of Tioga were taken to Geisinger Medical Center if Danville
Mansfield Based State Police are investigating a theft occurring in the parking lot of the Mansfield Walmart last Saturday morning at around 11:30am someone removed a brown, black and gray bullet antenna from a 2002 Jeep belonging to a 17 year old Covington resident. The antenna is valued at $55