Wednesday July 22, 2020

Tuesday’s high, 84; Overnight low, 55






A few volunteer fire departments in the region are receiving wildfire grants….Covid cases hold steady in PA Counties in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area…..Indecent assault of young girl investigated in Tioga County…Theft cases probed by two barracks unfounded….and no one hurt in motorcycle/car collision in McKean County yesterday.

The Wolf Administration today announced $591,975 in new funding to help rural communities guard against the threat of wildfires in the state’s forests and other undeveloped areas.

The funds will be going to 109 Volunteer Fire companies throughout the state, including some here in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area. The Kane  Volunteer Fire Department in McKean  County will receive $970; Otto Township volunteer fire department in Duke Center $5000, and Cedar Mountain Wildfire Crew Incorporated in Mansfield,  $1500. Local firefighting forces in communities with fewer than 10,000 residents qualify for the aid, which is used for training and equipment purchases directly related to fighting brush and forest fires. Grants may be used for purchasing mobile or portable radios; installing water supply equipment; wildfire prevention and mitigation work; training wildfire fighters; or converting and maintaining federal excess vehicles.

The key objective is to better equip and train volunteers to save lives and protect property in unprotected or inadequately protected rural areas. Grant recipients are selected based on vulnerability and adequacy of existing fire protection.

Aid is granted on a cost-share basis, with recipients supplying matching funds. Grants for any project during a fiscal year cannot exceed 50 percent of the actual expenditures of local, public and private nonprofit organizations in the agreement. The maximum grant awarded any fire company in 2019 was $10,000.

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. Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area Tioga County has 32;  McKean, 25;  Elk 38;  Potter, 19: and Cameron 5. Across the border in New York State cases continue to go up. Cattaraugus County now has 147 cases and Allegany  County 72. Allegheny County, Pennsylvania outside of 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. 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.

The department is seeing significant increases in the number of COVID-19 cases among younger age groups, particularly 19 to 24-year-olds.

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. Out of the total deaths, 4,804 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. Approximately 7,545 of the total cases are in health care workers.

State Police at Mansfield are continuing to investigate and indecent assault allegedly occurring at around 7am on July 10, at a home on Route 6  in Charleston Township, Tioga County. Troopers say they responded to a report of a suicidal male and indecent assault. After investigation,  they found the suspect had sexually assaulted young girl.  The investigation is continuing.

A couple of barracks have found reports of thefts did not occur. State police at Ridgway were called to Appalachian Power Sports on July 15  in Ridgway Township, but after investigation they determined that no theft had occurred at the store.

Emporium based a police were called to the Dollar General in that town on July 17 for a report of shoplifting but when they investigated, they determined that no crime had occurred and that case is closed.

State Police at Lewis Run did not release the names of those involved in a collision occurring yesterday afternoon on Route 6 in Hamilton Township McKean County. Troopers explained  that the collision occurred when a 2020 Harley Davidson Street Glide and a  2018 Chevy Spark collided after the car began to turn left into the Sheetz  parking lot signaling to do so. The motorcycle was traveling behind the car and didn’t notice that it had reduced speed and ran into the back. Both drivers escaped injury in the units were drivable from the scene so it is considered a “non- reportable” and thus no names were released.