Thursday’s high, 84; Overnight low, 65
MOSTLY SUNNY SKIES TODAY A HIGH OF 81
MOSTLY CLEAR TONIGHT LOW 69.
MOSTLY SUNNY TOMORROW. HIGH OF 83.
MOSTLY CLEAR. TOMORROW NIGHT LOW OF 60.
SUNDAY MOSTLY SUNNY WITH A HIGH OF 85.
Possible West Nile Virus detected in Potter County….slight increase in Covid-19 cases in region…Coudersport store customer accused of indecent exposure…Tires stolen off of message boards in Hebron Township……Stove, refrigerator and copper pipes stolen from Homer Township camp….Construction debris dumped along Swede Hill Road in Duncan Township, Tioga County…
Pennsylvania’s first probable human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) infection in 2020 has been detected in a Potter County resident. Samples are being sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmatory testing. The departments of Health and Environmental Protection strongly recommend that all residents minimize their exposure to mosquitoes.
Although mosquitoes can bite at any time of the day or night, the mosquitoes that transmit WNV are most active at dawn and dusk. When outdoors, people can avoid mosquito bites by properly and consistently using DEET-containing insect repellants and covering exposed skin with lightweight clothing. To keep mosquitoes from entering a home, make sure window and door screens are in place and are in good condition.
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) conducts regular surveillance and control to manage mosquito populations around the state. DEP has detected WNV-infected mosquitoes in five counties.
The mosquitoes that transmit WNV breed in areas with standing and stagnant water. These areas can include urban catch basins, clogged gutters, discarded tires, poorly maintained swimming pools, flower pots and other types of plastic containers.
Simple steps to eliminate standing water around the home include:
Remove tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, discarded tires or any object that could collect standing water. Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers left outdoors.
Have roof gutters cleaned every year, particularly if the leaves from nearby trees have a tendency to clog the drains.
Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.
Do not let water stagnate in birdbaths.
Aerate ornamental pools, or stock them with fish.
Clean and chlorinate swimming pools and remove standing water from pool covers.
Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property.
Treat standing water that cannot be eliminated with Bti products, which are sold at outdoor supply, home improvement and other stores. Bti is a natural product that kills mosquito larvae, but is safe for people, pets, aquatic life and plants.
DEP will continue to survey affected communities to monitor mosquito activity and WNV. DEP biologists have initiated a survey of the mosquito population to determine the risk for further human illness. If necessary, adult mosquito populations will be reduced. These efforts will continue through October.
For a fact sheet on WNV, including symptoms, please click on the Department of Health’s West Nile Virus Fact Sheet.
For more information, including current WNV test results for mosquitoes, birds and horses, visit www.dep.pa.gov/westnile, or call 1-877-PA HEALTH.
For more information on West Nile Virus, visit www.health.pa.gov or www.dep.pa.gov or follow Department of Health and Department of Environmental Protection on Facebook and Twitter (@PAHealthDept, @PennsylvaniaDEP).
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., July 23, that there are 962 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 104,358. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19.
Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area, the cases continue to inch upward. Tioga County has 33 McKean, 26, Potter 20, Elk 38 and Cameron 5. Cases in neighboring New York State counties are 148 in Cattaraugus County and 72 in Allegany County. Allegheny County, Pennsylvania outside of Pittsburgh is reporting an increase of 147 cases, and Philadelphia is reporting an increase of 311 cases.
Allegheny County Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh is reporting an increase of 147 cases, and Philadelphia is reporting an increase of 311 cases. Since there was no data reported from Philadelphia yesterday, the number of new cases is a culmination of cases from the past two days.
The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between July 16 and July 22 is 147,837 with 5,731 positive cases. There were 19,626 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., July 22. These results represent the total number of tests administered.
There are 7,079 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 16 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 981,259 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 18,892 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,707 cases among employees, for a total of 22,599 at 804 distinct facilities in 60 counties. Out of our total deaths, 4,829 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found on the department’s website.
Approximately 7,752 of the total cases are in health care workers.
State Police at Coudersport are continuing to investigate and indecent exposure allegedly occurring at the Dollar General on East Second Street. Just after noon on July 5, Troopers say that a suspect was purchasing items when he exposed himself to the cashier and charges are pending in District Court.
State police at investigating the theft of vehicle parts from Steer Brook in Hebron Township. Monday afternoon. Two tires were taken off of one of the orange trailers that holds the message board for a construction zone. Anyone with information about that theft is asked to call the Coudersport barracks at 274 8690.
A Cruelty to Animals incident occurring at 19 blackberry lane in new Eulalia Township Potter County is also under investigation by State Police as the Coudersport barracks They discovered a black dog in poor health, malnourished and in lack of adequate shelter. The case remains open pending further investigation. According to the police, a 46 year old Galeton man has been arrested for drug possession. After troopers conducted a traffic stop on Route 6 in Pike Township on the evening of July 12, while talking to the suspect who was on a black 2007 Harley Davidson, they allegedly found he was in possession of marijuana and they add indicators of impairment were observed. He was subsequently placed under arrest for DUI.
A camp burglary occurring at Williams Lane in Homer Township, Potter County is also being probed by state police. Sometime since July 3 thieves took copper pipes valued at $3,000, a stove and washing machine, each valued at $250 from a camp owned by Edwin Szewczyk of Ely, Nevada. A truck driver escaped in a one-vehicle crash occurring Monday morning on the Gold Road in Ulysses Township, Ryan Brown of Shinglehouse was going south on Route 449.when his Peterbilt, entered an active work zone. While traveling through the work zone, the right trailer tires went onto the right shoulder where the slid into a shallow ditch, running parallel to the shoulder, causing the unit to roll over onto its side where it came to rest. The driver was not hurt.
A 20 year old Mansfield woman was hurt in a collision occurring Monday evening on Route 6 in Charleston Township Tioga County. Police say that the collision occurred when a Ford Explorer was turning left onto the Dart Settlement Road just as Elizabeth Scafid was passing in the left lane, the Ford Explorer struck Scafidi’s Suzuki Aerio, causing it to spin off the road and into a ditch before rolling over onto its roof. She was taken by ambulance to Soldiers and Sailors hospital. Police did not release the name of the other driver.