Wednesday July 1, 2020






Region’s unemployment  rate improves….DOH launches new dashboard for tracking virus…General Assembly approves police reform laws….Wellsboro man jailed after being charged with crimes related to Galeton woman’s death last week…Genesee resident accused of violating Megan’s law…area police investigate several assaults….

The unemployment rate in  the Black Forest Broadcasting service area has improved somewhat after the Coronavirus  shut down. Potter County’s unemployment rate went down from 15.2% in April. To 12.3% in May.  McKean County saw a decrease from 18.6% to 15.1%. Cameron saw a decrease from 24.7 to 20.3%. Tioga County went down from 15.4 to 12.1%. And Elk also decreased  going from 24.8 to 19.5%. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate also decreased from 15.1 to 13.1%. And the US unemployment rate went from 14.7 to 13.3%. Centre County has the best rate in Pennsylvania showing a decrease from 10.4% to 8.3%. And Cameron County’s unemployment rate is the worst of 67 counties.

The state Senate unanimously passed and sent to the Governor’s desk two police reform bills.  The bills were passed unanimously in the House last week, and Gov. Wolf has said he will sign both measures into law. One bill requires police departments to disclose the employment histories of their officers, including all complaints and disciplinary actions. The data will be kept by the Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission.  All police departments will be required to run background checks on all applicants using this database.

The second bill requires officer training in interactions with people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds, as well as techniques in de-escalation and harm-reduction. It also requires any officer involved in an incident involving lethal force to be evaluated for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder within 30 days of the incident.  That officer cannot return to duty unless cleared by a licensed physician.

Senate Democrats added that they will hold meetings with community leaders and residents about ending systematic racism, called the “Racial Equity Solutions Tour.”

The Department of Health today launched an online early warning monitoring dashboard that provides information statewide and county COVID-19 prevalence to track increases in disease in the community on a weekly basis.

The dashboard shows data points being used to assess the spread of the virus in the state and in each county, including:

Difference in confirmed cases (last 7 days vs. previous 7 days);

Incidence rate (last 7 days and previous 7 days) per 100,000 residents;

PCR positivity rate (last 7 days and previous 7 days);

Difference in the average daily number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the last 7 days and the previous 7 days;

Difference in the average daily number of COVID-19 patients on ventilators in the last 7 days and previous 7 days; and

Percent of hospital emergency department visits in the last 7 days and previous 7 days due to COVID-like-illness (CLI).

The dashboard will be updated on a weekly basis to assist in providing information regarding the prevalence and severity of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 30, that there are 618 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 86,606. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19.  Tioga  County has 25 cases McKean has gone up to 17; Potter has 15;  Elk has gone up to 15 and Cameron County has three cases now .In neighboring New York State Cattaraugus  County has 123 and Allegheny County has 59.

There are 6,649 total deaths in Pennsylvania  attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 35 new deaths. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the department’s website.

Mask wearing is required in all businesses in all phases of reopening. Consistent mask wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

There are 633 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 677,581 patients who have tested negative to date. Pennsylvania has a 78% 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 17,735 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,261 cases among employees, for a total of 20,996 at 692 distinct facilities in 52 counties. Out of the  total deaths, 4,539 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities

Approximately 6,569 of the total cases are in health care workers.

A 34 year old Wellsboro  man has been committed to the Potter County jail on a probation violatin after being arrested  earlier this week on charges of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence in connection to the death of a Galton woman, 29 year old Kathleen Marie Stirnamen  last week in Ulysses Borough. Patrick Tomb  is awaiting a preliminary hearing after being arrested by Sweden Township police.

Coudersport  State Police have arrested 61 year old Timothy Matteson  of Genesee for violating Megan’s Law. Police  say that Matteson  went to the state police barracks last Friday to complete a Megan’s Law update.  Upon investigation troopers determined that Matteson did not comply with Megan’s Law requirements and was taken into custody. Charges were filed in District Court.  Matteson  was committed to the Potter County Jail in lieu of $20,000 secured bond.

30 year old Jordan Nolan of Shinglehousse  has been arrested for physical harassment for an assault allegedly taking place Monday night on Shay Town Road in Sharon Township. Authorities claimed that Nolan attacked a 26 year old Shinglehouse  woman during an argument.

Joshua Elmadollar, 40,  of Ulysses has been arrested for physical harassment for an incident allegedly taking place Sunday night on Academy Street in Ulysses Borough. Police did not indicate the victim’s name  but did say that the investigation is continuing.  Troopers at Coudersport have arrested for Ronald Linden of Coudersport  for physical harassment for an assault allegedly taking place Monday morning at around 12:30 am on the Ice Mine Road in Sweden Township.  Linden is accused of attacking a 29 year old Olean  woman during an argument which became physical.

State Police at Emporium have arrested a 28 year old Emporium woman for physical harassment for an assault allegedly taking place Sunday morning on South Maple Street in that town. Troopers  claime that the woman assaulted a 20 year Emporium   man during an argument.  The name of the suspect was not released.