Thursday July 16, 2020

Wednesdays’ high, 82; Overnight low, 65
RAIN TODAY A HIGH OF 83.
RAIN SHOWERS AND POSSIBLE THUNDERSTORMS TONIGHT LOW 67.
SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS TOMORROW HIGH OF 84
CLOUDS TOMORROW NIGHT, LOW 64.
SATURDAY STORMS, HIGH IN THE 80s
LOW IN THE 60s

Bridge replacement underway in Hebron Township….Owlett introduces legislation to help students affected by virus…..Virus cases continue to go up in the region…..Shinglehouse teen’s car “egged” by vandals…..20 year old jailed on drug charges…Elderly driver unhurt after running over tombstone….

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announces that a one-lane temporary roadway that will carry traffic around a bridge replacement job on Route 44 in Hebron Township, Potter County, has opened. The bridge spans Steer Run approximately four miles north of Coudersport near the intersection of Route 4006 (West Hebron Road)
Work on this project will be done in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and state Department of Health guidance as well as a project-specific COVID-19 safety plan, which will include protocols for social distancing, use of face coverings, personal and job site cleaning protocols, management of entries to the job site and relevant training.

Traffic will be diverted onto the temporary roadway. Temporary traffic signals will enforce an alternating traffic pattern that will see motorists take turns passing through the work zone. This traffic pattern will remain in effect for the duration of the project.Overall work will include removal of the existing single span reinforced concrete slab bridge, installation of the replacement precast reinforced concrete box culvert, approach paving, drainage upgrades, guide rail replacement, pavement marking and miscellaneous items. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $742,000 job. PennDOT anticipates reopening the bridge to traffic in early September. All work is weather and schedule dependent.The existing bridge is 15-feet long, was built in 1934 and is traveled by more than 1,700 vehicles daily.
Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras.
511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.
Subscribe to PennDOT news in Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Juniata, McKean, Mifflin, and Potter counties at www.penndot.gov/District2.

Working to ensure all Pennsylvania children will have access to the educational resources they need to succeed, Sen. Judy Ward (R-Blair/Fulton/Cumberland/Franklin/Huntingdon) and Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) have introduced legislation that would create new scholarship accounts for students whose education was disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic .Senate Bill 1230 and House Bill 2696 each propose to create Back on Track Education Scholarship Accounts (ESA) to empower parents by providing the funding they need to offset educational costs for their school-age children in grades K-12. The scholarships are needed now more than ever as parents are becoming increasingly worried school shutdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic will have long-term effects on their children’s education.Like health savings accounts or EBT cards for food stamps, funds in Back on Track ESAs could only be used for approved education-related purchases, such as tuition, online classes, curriculum, tutoring, counseling and services for students with special needs.
Parents would receive $1,000 per child in the scholarship account, which would come from a portion of the state’s federal CARES Act funds. School-age children who currently qualify for Pennsylvania’s free or reduced-cost lunch program would have priority in applying for the ESAs. After the initial application period, any school-age child would be eligible on a first-come, first-served basis.
If the law is enacted, Back on Track ESA accounts would be administered by the Pennsylvania Treasury, much like the existing 529 program.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., July 15, that there are 994 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 97,665. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. The number continues to increase here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area. Tioga County and Elk county now each have 31 cases; McKean, 20 Potter 19 and Cameron 5. Across the border in New York State the number continues to increase. Cattaraugus County now has 141 cases and Allegany County 69. Allegheny County Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh is reporting an increase of 246 cases and Philadelphia is reporting an increase of 135 cases.
The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between July 8 and July 14 is 139,819 with 5,372 positive cases. In the last day, close to 28,800 COVID-19 diagnostic test results were reported to the department, the highest one-day number of COVID-19 diagnostic test results reported.
There are 6,957 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 26 new deaths reported. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 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 637 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 870,984 patients who have tested negative to date. Of the patients who have tested positive to date the age breakdown is as follows:

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-oldsThe 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 23 percent of cases so far in July;
SE – Nearly 5 percent of cases in April to approximately 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 nearly 12 percent of cases so far in July; and
NC – Nearly 8 percent of cases in April to nearly 13 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 18,384 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,517 cases among employees, for a total of 21,901 at 763 distinct facilities in 57 counties. Out of our total deaths, 4,767 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.
Approximately 7,284 of the total cases are in health care workers.

Coudersport based State Police are investigating a criminal mischief occurring Monday night on South Puritan Street in vandals egged a vehicle belonging to a 17 year old Shinglehouse boy and the investigation is continuing.

Troopers at Lewis Run have arrested a 20 year old suspect no address given for criminal trespass at around 10am yesterday, in Wetmore township McKean County. The suspect was taken into custody without incident and was allegedly found in possession of drug paraphernalia. After arraignment he was remanded to the McKean County Jail.

Troopers at Lewis Run are continuing to investigate a harassment taking place on Route 46 in Keating Township Monday afternoon. Someone posted Instagram messages obscene materials to a 19 year old woman and the investigation is continuing.
The unauthorized use of a motor vehicle on Newell Creek Road in Annin Township , July 3 and 4 remains under investigation. No further details were released by state police.

An 80 year old Kane woman was uninjured in a minor mishap occurring at Mount Tabor cemetery in Wetmore Township on July 5. Lewis Run state police report the woman backed her car on top of a tombstone that she owns and knocked it over, causing damage to the tombstone. The driver did not realize the damage until about a week later.

Emporium based State Police have charged 24 year old Devin Huss of St. Mary’s with drug possession after stopping his Dodge Caravan on the Sizerville Road in Shippen Township on the afternoon of July 2. Police say a consent search of the vehicle yielded a metal marijuana container grinder with a small amount of a green leafy substance believed to be pot. Charges are pending for possession of drug paraphernalia and drugs in District Court.