Wednesday’s high, 84; Overnight low, 57; .07” of rain
CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS TODAY A HIGH OF 85.
THUNDERSTORMS TONIGHT AS LOW AS 64.
THUNDERSTORMS TOMORROW HIGH 86.
CLOUDS INCREASING TOMORROW NIGHT LOW 62
SATURDAY MOSTLY SUNNY WITH A HIGH OF 87
AN OVERNIGHT LOW OF 61.
Rep. Owlett urges Gov. Wolf to sign transparency bill….Covid cases hold steady in region….two people arrested for shoveng each other during Elk County argument…..
Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) is calling on Gov. Tom Wolf to sign a bill that would ensure Right-to-Know requests are handled promptly during declared disaster emergencies.House Bill 2463 was introduced in response to the governor’s decision to give his office and others in state government a pass when it comes to responding to such requests from the media, public and state lawmakers. The bill passed both chambers unanimously.“Now more than ever, Pennsylvanians deserve openness and transparency from their state government. Our citizens know that. Every member of the House and Senate – regardless of political party – knows that,” Owlett said. “Apparently the governor is the only one who thinks it’s OK to keep Pennsylvanians in the dark about the data and information he and his administration use to make decisions about our schools, our businesses, our families and our lives.“Gov. Wolf needs to do the right thing and sign this bill immediately,” he said.House Bill 2463 specifically prohibits the governor from directing a Commonwealth agency to ignore requests for records or suspend the agency’s process to answer a request for records during a disaster declaration. Agencies would also be prohibited from suspending their processes and could find themselves in court if they fail to respond.“The governor’s claims that the bill would require release of a person’s health information or a business’s intellectual property are nothing more than excuses. The Right-to-Know law prohibits the release of that type of information and this bill will not change that,” Owlett said. “Do the right thing, governor, and sign the bill.”
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., July 22, that there are 631 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 103,396. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19.The number of cases in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area is holding steady except for Tioga County which has gone up to 33. Elk County has 38; McKean 25; Potter, 19; and Cameron, 5. Across the border in NY state, Cattaraugus has 147 and Allegany County has 72.
The data does not include data from Philadelphia, as that data was not received by the department. The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between July 15 and July 21 is 148,209 with 6,094 positive cases. There were 21,776 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., July 21. These results represent the total number of tests administered.
There are 7,063 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 25 new deaths reported.
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 968,081 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-olds.
In nursing and personal care homes, there are 18,486 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,675 cases among employees, for a total of 22,161 at 797 distinct facilities in 60 counties including McKean and Elk. Out of the total deaths, 4,829 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. Approximately 7,682 of the total cases are in health care workers.
State Police at Ridgway have arrested a 50 year old man from that town and a 26 year old woman also from Ridgway on physical harassment charges following a domestic violence incident occurring yesterday afternoon at Ofneski Road in that town. Authorities say that the pair became involved in an argument and pushed and shoved each other. A victim is listed as a 24 year old Ridgway woman. The suspects were cited in District Court for harassment
State Police at Ridgway did not release the name of the driver of a Honda CRV, which wrecked on Water Street extension in Ridgway Township Tuesday afternoon. The driver fell asleep at the wheel causing the car to cross both lanes of the highway, go off the north side and strike a culvert where it became disabled. However, it was pulled from the scene and the driver was cited in connection to that crash but the name was not released.
Apparently there were no injuries and a Kane driver escaped injury in a one vehicle crash occurring Tuesday night on the Old Kane Road in Jones Township, Elk County, 19 year old Mitchell Ostrander was going west. when his Ford Fiesta failed to negotiate a left hand curve went off the road and struck a ditch where it became disabled. He’s been cited for speeding and connection to that crash. He was wearing a seat belt and escaped injury.