Wednesday July 15, 2020

Tuesday’s high, 81; Overnight low, 50






Governor Wolf has been criticized by several lawmakers, especially Republicans and his unilateral decisions made during the COVID 19 pandemic and the State House has taken action, which could give Commonwealth citizens more say in the actions of their government during emergency situations

A majority in the state House yesterday voted to amend Pennsylvania’s Constitution to ensure the Commonwealth’s citizens have a say in the actions of their government during emergency situations.

Lawmakers say tor the last four months, “the governor has made numerous unilateral decisions that have had devastating impacts on our citizens and taxpayers “The emergency powers granted to the governor by the General Assembly are necessary at times for immediate response, but they are not intended to go on forever. What we are seeing now is an abuse of power by this governor. “ Senate Bill 1166 proposes to amend the state Constitution by requiring passage of a concurrent resolution by the Legislature for any disaster emergency declaration a governor wishes to extend beyond a period of 21 days. Under the bill, the governor would have to indicate the nature of any disaster and the area being threatened. It also would require the General Assembly to statutorily provide for the manner in which each type of disaster will be managed.The bill also proposes an amendment to clarify state law to indicate a concurrent resolution to end a disaster declaration need not be presented to the governor for his approval or veto. The action was made necessary after a recent court ruling on House Resolution 836, which sought to end the governor’s COVID-19 disaster declaration.Finally, it also proposes an amendment that would protect against denial or abridgement of equality of rights because of race and ethnicity.

A constitutional amendment proposal must be approved by both the House and Senate in two consecutive sessions and then be put before the voters in a referendum before it can be enacted.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., July 14, that there are 929 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 96,671. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19.



The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., July 14, that there are 929 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 96,671. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19.Of today’s reported cases, 216 cases were a result of a delay in private lab result reporting. The vast majority did not occur within the past 24 hours. Allegheny County is reporting an increase of 331 cases. However, 186 cases are because of the reporting delay. Therefore, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania  had an increase of 145 cases within the past 24 hours.The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between July 7 and July 13 is 130,315 with 5,438 positive cases.There are 6,931 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 20 new deaths reported. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

There are 635 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 850,612 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.

The department is seeing significant increases in the number of COVID-19 cases among younger age groups, particularly 19 to 24-year-olds. An alert was sent to healthcare over the weekend about the changing COVID-19 case demographics, as there are more cases in younger age groups than in those 50-64 and 65+. The following regions have seen significant increases among 19 to 24-year-olds in each month from April to present in July:

SW – Approximately 5 percent of cases in April to nearly 24 percent of cases so far in July;

SE – Nearly 5 percent of cases in April to nearly 17 percent of cases so far in July;

NE – Nearly 6 percent of cases in April to nearly 17 percent of cases so far in July;

NW – Nearly 7 percent of cases in April to over 12 percent of cases so far in July; and

NC – Nearly 8 percent of cases in April to nearly 14 percent of cases so far in July.

SC – Approximately 7 percent of cases in April to nearly 13 percent of cases so far in July.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 18,321 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,499 cases among employees, for a total of 21,820 at 756 distinct facilities in 57 counties including Elk and McKean.
Out of the  total deaths, 4,712 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.

Approximately 7,224 of the total cases are in health care workers.






Coudersport Volunteer Fire Chief Brian Phelps advises  through social media  that there will be a mental health counseling session tomorrow from 9-4 at the Coudersport  Senior Center by Dickinson Mental Health staff who will give counseling available at no charge to anyone from the public that witnessed a fatal accident in Coudersport Borough  on Monday. If you witnessed the accident or participated in attempting to revive the victim, you are invited to contact Dickinson’s office at 814-274-8729 or after hours Toll Free 1-877-724-7142. The session is open to the public that witnessed or was involved in assisting care. One is also  is also being set up for first response. A large top of a pine tree that was being removed by a Shinglehouse  company fell breaking the anchor point of  another large branch crashed into a bucket truck being used by the contractor. The large limb then crashed into the fully extended iron bucket ejecting the operator from the bucket as it collapsed to the ground. The man operating the bucket died as a result of blunt force trauma. Coudersport State Police assisted at the scene along with ambulance personnel, Medic 6 borough police, Portville Truck, Potter County coroner Kevin Dusenberry and Deputy coroner Doug Estes. The name of the victim was not released by Chief Phelps.

 State Police at Lewis Run are investigating a theft by deception victimizing a 44 year old Smethport  woman. On Monday, she told police that she ordered a trolling motor from a website and never received the package but when  she tried to contact the website she found it had been removed. However, the incident remains under investigation.

No one was hurt in a collision  Sunday afternoon on Minard Run  Road in Keating Township McKean County. According to State Police at Lewis Run, the collision occurred as a 16 year old Rixford girl was traveling south on State Route 646 and a vehicle driven by Mark Miketish of Olean was traveling north on State Route 770. The teen driver entered  the intersection and drove into the path of the Miketish’s Chevy Silverado hitting  it in the side at the Y intersection. The teen driver was cited for failing to obey stop signs and yield signs . Both drivers and their passengers were using seatbelts and escaped injury.

Troopers at Lewis Run are  charging a 20 year old Lebanon  Pennsylvania man with drug possession after his 2007 Dodge Ram was stopped on the at the intersection of Minard Run  Road near Orchard Valley Road in Bradford Township Saturday night for alleged traffic violations.  Police claim the driver whose name they did not release was found to be in possession of a controlled substance and related paraphernalia. Charges are pending drug testing results.

 A 65 year old Kane man has been charged with DUI after he was pulled over at Biddle Street and Welsh Street in the borough of Kane Saturday night for a summary traffic violation. While investigating troopers determined that the man whose name was not released had been driving his Ford Ranger under the influence of alcohol.  He was taken to UPMC Kane and submitted to a legal blood draw. Charges are pending those results.

Ridgway based State Police are charging a 27 old Ridgway man with harassment for a domestic violence incident occurring yesterday afternoon at a home at 5415Ridgeway/ Johnsonburg Road in Ridgway Township.  Police allege  the man pushed a 23 year old Ridgway woman during an argument about sharing their bedroom.

 A 78 year old Covington man whose name was not released by police is being charged with disorderly conduct for an incident allegedly taking place Saturday morning on Cherry Flats Road. Troopers at Mansfield claim they responded to an alarm at a home and determined it was a false alarm. Further review revealed that was the fourth false alarm occurring  within a 12 month period at that location in violation of state law. A non traffic citation was filed on District Court.

State police at Mansfield  are investigating a scattering of rubbish incident occurring sometime since January 1 and this  past Monday in Farmington Township. Unknown persons deposited a large amount of empty beer containers and assorted  party trash on a private road off of Croft Hill Road across from Palmer Road in Farmington Township.

 A  criminal mischief occurring at Buffards Riverside Estates in Lawrenceville is also under investigation by troopers at Mansfield. Sometime between June 27 and 29th criminals ripped several screens on the exterior of a home belonging to a 25 year old Lawrenceville man. The windows themselves were not open and no entry was made into the house.  The vandals  fled the scene after causing $10 in damage.