Tuesday July 21, 2020

Monday’s high, 90; Overnight low, 55

PARTLY CLOUDY TODAY WITH A CHANCE OF AN AFTERNOON THUNDERSTORM A HIGH OF 85

A LOW  TONIGHT OF 65.

SLIGHT CHANCE OF SOME THUNDERSTORMS TOMORROW HIGH OF 87.

A LOW OF 70  THURSDAY MORNING THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE THEN MOSTLY CLOUDY HIGH 83.

MOSTLY CLOUDY THURSDAY NIGHT WITH A LOW OF 65.

 Game Commission meeting  this Saturday will be virtual only…..Virus cases held steady over past day in Black Forest Broadcasting Service area but one county  has had second fatality….Police at Ridgway investigate vandalism to homemade political sign….

In compliance with state guidelines to minimize the effects of COVID-19, the upcoming Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners meeting will be held only online. The online meeting will be held Saturday, July 25, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The meeting will begin with the acknowledgment of award recipients. The board then will hear reports from staff before picking up its prepared agenda. Because this meeting will held only online, the process for accepting public comment is different than usual. Comments can be emailed to pgccomments@pa.. Those who, in recent months, already have emailed comments about policy matters and agenda items do not need to do so again; those comments have been forwarded to the board.

People also may submit recorded comments by phone by pre-registering to receive a call from the Game Commission on Wednesday, July 22, between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Their comments, up to five minutes in length, will be recorded during the call. The pre-registration form needed to submit comments by phone can be found directly at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F27NZSB or through the “Upcoming Events” link under the “Information and Resources” tab at www.pgc.pa.gov. Calls will be placed on a first-to-register, first-to-be-called basis until 11 a.m. If you pre-register and do not get a call from the Game Commission during this three-hour window, email your comments to pgccomments@pa.gov.All submitted public comments will be sent to the board to be read and heard before the July 25 meeting. To watch the virtual meeting live, register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2073957514663283214. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.`

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., July 20, that there are 711 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 101,738. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. The number has held steady over the past couple days here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area. Elk county has 37; Tioga 35;  McKean, 25; Potter, 19;   and Cameron. 5 in neighboring New York State Allegany County has 71 and Cattaraugus 145. Those totals have held steady for the past couple of days. Allegheny  County Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh is reporting an increase of 172 cases.

The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between July 13 and July 19 is 153,838 with 5,613 positive cases. There were 17,468 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., July 19. These results represent the total number of tests administered.

There are 7,018 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 3 new deaths reported. Elk County has had two deaths.  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 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 938,175 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. More data is available here.

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 providers about the changing COVID-19 case demographics, as there are more cases in younger age groups than in those 50-64 and 65+.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 18,685 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,614 cases among employees, for a total of 22,299 at 792 distinct facilities in 59 counties including Elk and McKean Counties.  Out of our total deaths, 4,804 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found on the department’s website.Approximately 7,545 of the  total cases are in health care workers.

State Police at Ridgway are investigating a criminal mischief occurring last Friday or Saturday on River Road in Jay Township Elk County. A homemade “Trump” sign belonging to 70 year old Rebecca Bricen of  Weedville  was spray painted overnight and the investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ridgway barracks at 814-776-6136.