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 Local EMS groups have had to adapt their fundraising efforts due to the Coronavirus. Many organizations have found unique ways to continue to raise funds using technology and social media and some some departments have instituted drive-thru chicken barbecues. NowReps. Mike Reese (R-Westmoreland/Somerset) and Ryan Warner (R-Fayette/Westmoreland) announcethat they have introduced legislation to permit Small Games of Chance (SGOC) licensees to conduct games online during the COVID-19 pandemic. Events to raffle popular items such as golf equipment and other items have become important community fundraisers throughout Pennsylvania. COVID-19 restrictions have greatly inhibited the fire departments, veterans associations and other nonprofit organizations that rely on revenue from these events. However, many of these entities have not only continued to operate, but in some cases, particularly first response agencies, have experienced an increase in their expenses because of the coronavirus.

Some licensees took an innovative approach to make up for this revenue loss by using online methods to conduct games of chance. However, current enforcement regulations and procedures do not expressly allow for online sales of small games chances but do prohibit licensees from accepting credit card and online payments from participants. House Bill 2764 would create statutory language to allow SGOC licensees to conduct online games as well as conduct online transactions during the duration of the COVID-19 emergency declaration.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., August 6, that there are 807 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 116,521. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19.

Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area, the number of cases continues to go up slightly. Tioga  County has 37;  Elk 48; McKean 34.  Potter is holding at 20 and Cameron is holding at 6 cases. Across the border in New York State Cattaraugus County has gone up to 164 while Allegany  county has 76 cases. Allegheny County in Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh is reporting an increase of 100 cases

Allegheny County Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh,  is reporting an increase of 100 cases and Philadelphia is reporting an increase of 112 cases. The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between July 30 and August 5 is 148,132 with 5,496 positive cases. There were 21,590 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., August 5. These results represent the total number of tests administered.

There are 7,282 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 38 new deaths reported. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the Health Department’s website.

Mask-wearing is required in all  Pennsylvania businesses and whenever leaving home. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 according to experts.

There are 643 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 1,183,730 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.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 19,799 resident cases of COVID-19, and 4,071 cases among employees, for a total of 23,870 at 870 distinct facilities in 61 counties including Elk and McKean.  Out of the total deaths, 4,943 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities

Approximately 8,522 of the total cases are amongst health care workers.

Update: State Police at Ridgway announced this afternoon that 60 year old Blaine Trumbull was found safe and unharmed in Ridgway Borough earlier today.

Troopers at Ridgway are looking for Blaine Edward Trumble. He is a white non -Hispanic male 60 years of age six feet tall and weighs approximately 160 to 180 pounds. He has brown eye, short gray hair, and could possibly have a mustache. He’s missing both front teeth and has a large injury scar on the front and back of his left shoulder Trumble has been missing from his home in Ridgway Township since Friday, July 17. He does not own a vehicle and relies on friends for his transportation needs. The investigation has revealed that he has had no cell phone or financial activity since July 17. He has ties of Punxsutawney and is known to consume alcohol and cigarettes. His disappearance is considered suspicious in nature, and anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to contact trooper and Lauren Strishcock  at the Ridgeway barracks 814-776-6136.

State Police at Lewis Run have arrested a 41 year old Marysville woman. For  criminal mischief.. Troopers claim that Tammy Lynn Robertson  damaged a door on a camp belonging to a 38 year old Kane man, which is located in Hamilton and Hamilton Township late Tuesday night.

Troopers did not release the name of a driver involved in a one vehicle accident in Eldred township Tuesday morning, a Rixford woman was traveling south on Route 446 near the intersection Larabee Y intersection when a deer entered the highway and she was unable to avoid the collision. The driver was wearing a seatbelt and it was an injured however, the car had to be towed from the scene so police should have released her name.

 A 17 year old Kane  resident has been charged with drug  possession.  While on routine patrol Monday night  just before midnight, they pulled over a vehicle for a traffic violation and through further investigation, drugs and paraphernalia were allegedly  found inside the vehicle.

A  21 year old Smethport man is being cited for making false reports to law enforcement. State police say they went to a home at 437 West Main Street in Smethport Borough Sunday afternoon on a report of a stolen vehicle.  Police found that the car was not stolen and they have now charged the owner with making false reports.

Troopers at the Mansfield barracks have arrested 36 year old Victoria Bauman of Lindley, New York for physical harassment in connection to an incident allegedly taking place  during the early morning on July 27 along Route 328 and Lawrence Township. Police claim that the suspect shoved a 26 year old Tioga woman during an argument.  Bauman  is now facing charges in District Court.