Wednesday July 29, 2020

Wheat against the Night

Tuesday’ high,84; Overnight low, 57

CLOUDY TODAY WITH A CHANCE OF AN AFTERNOON SHOWER HIGH OF 86.

 CLEAR SKIES TONIGHT LOW 62.

 MOSTLY SUNNY TOMORROW HIGH OF 87

OVERNIGHT LOW OF 51.

FRIDAY, MOSTLY SUNNY WITH A HIGH IN THE HIGH 80s

Unemployment rate is improving in region….Wycoff run to be closed for road work….Traffic will be detoured around Route 246 bridge…..All PA nursing homes have been tested for virus….cases in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area holding mostly steady….ID Theft in Tioga County under investigation….Port Allegany man accused of  hitting woman during argument….Two fugitives picked up by Lewls Run state police….

The unemployment picture in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area has improved in most of the counties we cover.  Potter County held steady between May and June at 12.3%. However, McKean County went down from 15.2 to 12.8%. Cameron County saw a decrease from 20.2 to 15.9; Elk County saw a decrease from 19.6 to 17.8%; however,  Tioga County went up from 12.2 to 12.7%. Centre County has a best unemployment rate in Pennsylvania going down from 8.3 to 7.8%. And Monroe County has assumed the bottom position going down from 18.4 to 18%. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate here in Pennsylvania during the period was 13%  and in the US 11.1, as most regions are seeing an improvement following the virus, lockdown.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that Wykoff Run Road (Route 2001) in Cameron County will be closed to through traffic during daylight hours, starting Monday, August 10. Various locations along the road will see underdrain work, as well as paving. The closure is expected to be in place through Friday, August 28 and a detour will be in place during that time. Work hours are set for 7:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Camp owners and residents will be able to access their properties during each day’s work hours. Through traffic will need to follow the signed detour. The detour will make use of Wykoff Run Road (Route 2001), Route 555, and Quehanna Highway (Route 2006). Motorists familiar with the area may consider alternate routes. The detour will be lifted outside of work hours.All work will be performed by PennDOT Cameron County Maintenance. All work is weather and schedule dependent.

PennDot has also announced that a Route 246 bridge in McKean County will close on Monday as replacement work gets underway. The bridge spans Baker Run near the village of Rixford in Otto Township. This concrete T-beam bridge was originally built in 1925, is 22-feet long, and carries an average of almost 1,200 vehicles each day. It will be replaced with a precast box culvert.  Starting August 3, the bridge will be closed, and demolition will begin. A detour will be in place to move travelers around the closure. The detour will make use of Route 246, Route 346, and Route 646. The closure and detour are expected to be in place until at least early September.This project is a cooperative effort between PennDOT McKean County Maintenance and L.C. Whitford  Co., Inc. of Wellsville, New York. The contractor will set the box culvert and perform paving. McKean County Maintenance will perform excavation, site prep, demolition of the existing bridge, backfill, and rock placement. All work is weather and schedule dependent. Work on the projects 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.

The Department of Health has announced all 693 nursing homes in Pennsylvania have completed testing all residents and staff for COVID-19 at least once, in accordance with Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine’s universal testing order issued June 8.Universal testing requires each nursing home to test all staff and residents for COVID-19 at least once to better understand the scope of how COVID-19 has impacted these vulnerable communities across the state. The department’s goal with implementing this universal testing in nursing homes is to rapidly detect asymptomatic positive residents and staff, manage their care or appropriately exclude staff from work, and prevent further transmission of COVID-19 in these living settings.By completing universal testing, facilities are one step closer to achieving all prerequisites for their implementation plan to allow safe visitation, communal dining, activities and more based on the Department of Health’s Reopening Guidance for Nursing Homes.For frequently asked questions on universal testing in nursing homes, visit the Department of Health’s website .In addition, the department has completed more than 98 percent of the infection control surveys CMS required to be completed by the end of July. The remaining surveys will be completed in the next few days. Personal care homes, assisted living residences and immediate care facilities, licensed by the Department of Human Services, are ordered by Secretary of Health Dr. Levine to complete universal testing for COVID-19 at least once by August 31.All long-term care facility data is updated weekly each Tuesday. This long-term care facility data ordered by the Department of Health includes the number of cases, number of employee cases and number of deaths that have occurred at each facility. Facilities that are not reporting, or not reporting properly, have been assisted to ensure the data is being shared properly.For facilities with fewer than five in any of the collected data points, the information is redacted to protect patient confidentiality at that facility. If a facility does not have any COVID-19 cases or deaths, it will still be shown on the Department of Health spreadsheet.

Meanwhile,  The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., July 28, that there are 1,120 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 109,384. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area an additional case has been reported in Elk County, bringing its total up to 40; Tioga County has 34; McKean, 20; and Cameron 5. Across the border in New York State, Cattaraugus has gone up to 153 while Allegany County is holding at 74.

Allegheny County, PA is reporting an increase of 119 cases, Philadelphia County is an increase of 175 cases and Delaware County an increase of 118 cases.

The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between July 21 and July 27 is 162,937 with 6,526 positive cases. There were 24,428 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., July 27. These results represent the total number of tests administered.

There are 7,146 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 24 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 641 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 1,059,776 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+. The following regions have seen significant increases among 19 to 24-year-olds in each month from April to present in July:

 

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 19,225 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,868 cases among employees, for a total of 23,093 at 835 distinct facilities in 61 counties. Out of our total deaths, 4,857 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.

Approximately 8,045 the total cases are in health care workers.

Troopers at Mansfield are investigating an ID theft, victimizing a 67 year old Wellsboro man. An unknown thief opened a credit card on July 1 in the victim’s name without his consent and the investigation is continuing.

A 34 year old Port Allegany man has been arrested for physical harassment in connection to a domestic violence assault allegedly taking place at around 11:30pm last Wednesday, July 22 on South Main Street in that town. Authorities say they determined that the man and his girl friend became involved in an argument which became physical. During the disagreement, the suspect allegedly slapped the victim across the face.

Two fugitives  were arrested by State Police and committed to the McKean County jail  on felony warrants. State police say they conducted a welfare check on a vehicle that had pulled off to the side of the road on Route 219 and Route 59 in Lafayette Township at around 1:30am Sunday and both individuals  were found to be wanted by Foster Township police. They were taken  into custody and transported to a district judge for arraignment.

DUI charges are being brought against a 27 year old Bradford resident who was pulled over on Congress Street in the city Monday evening for an alleged traffic violation. Police say they determined he was driving his 2008 Toyocar Van Container Trailer under the influence.

A Jamestown New York resident is suspected of DUI after he was stopped by State Police at Route 321 and Five Mile Road in Wetmore Township  Saturday evening. Charges are being filed in District Court.

A 19 year old Galeton resident has been arrested for DUI by Mansfield base State Police who reported around 3:30am Sunday the suspect was pulled over for traffic violations and allegedly found to be operating his 2005 Chevy Trailblazer under the influence of alcohol.

DUI charges are also pending against a 41 year old Bradford  man who was stopped by State Police on Boylston Street at Kennedy Street in the city Saturday evening for suspicion of driving his 2000 Chevrolet under the influence.

An Enola, Pennsylvania couple escaped injury in  a one vehicle crash occurring Sunday evening in Delmar Township Tioga County. State police  report Jeffrey Barlup was going north on Route 287 when he drove his Volkswagen Atlas off the side of the road and hit a utility pole, where it came to rest off the right side of the highway. He and his wife Tracey were both using seatbelts and were not hurt.

Both drivers escaped injury in  a rear end collision occurring Saturday night on Main Street in Eldred Borough.  State police report the collision occurred near the intersection with Chrisman Street while both vehicles were headed north. 18 year old Dalton Dewert of Corning New York was following a Honda VTX driven by Tyler Salada of Port Allegany  and failed to notice that Salada was slowing down and allowed his Chevy Trailblazer to run into the back of the Salada unit

State Police at Lewis Run are investigating a hit and  run occurring Saturday afternoon on High Street in Mount Jewett.  An unknown vehicle when off the road and hit a 2014 Chevrolet Chrysler 2000  owned by Christopher Yoder of Mount Jewett.  The unknown driver fled the scene.  Damage was reported to a mirror on the parked unit.