Virus cases exceed 44,000 but more than 170,000 have tested negative….McKean County adds another case…..Programs, events and trainings at state parks postponed until June 15…..Brynedale man accused of harassing father twice Tuesday…..Tires stolen off of parked car in Abbott Township…..Tractor Trailer driver cited for two hit and runs in Galeton……

 The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., April 29, that there are 1,102 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 44,366. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. The total in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area has gone up by one case to 28 with McKean County going up to 6. Tioga has 14 cases, Potter 4, Elk, 3; Cameron, 1.

As a result of continued work to reconcile data from various sources, the state is reporting an increase of 479 deaths today bringing the statewide total to 2,195 deaths in Pennsylvania. These deaths have occurred over the last two weeks. There have been no coronavirus deaths in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the department’s website. “As we see the number of new COVID-19 cases continuously change across the state that does not mean we can stop practicing social distancing,” Sec. of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “We must continue to stay home to protect ourselves, our families and our community. If you must go out, please make as few trips as possible and wear a mask to protect not only yourself, but others. We need all Pennsylvanians to continue to heed these efforts to protect our vulnerable Pennsylvanians, our health care workers and frontline responders.”  There are 170,518 patients who have tested negative to date.

Most of the patients hospitalized are aged 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older. There have been no pediatric deaths to date. In nursing and personal care homes, there are 7,698 resident cases of COVID-19, and 975 cases among employees, for a total of 8,673 at 461 distinct facilities in 42 counties. Out of our total deaths, 1,428 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can also  be found on the   department’s website.

All non-life-sustaining businesses are ordered to be closed and schools are closed statewide through the remainder of the academic year. Currently the entire state is under a stay-at-home order. Governor Wolf has ordered all Pennsylvanians wear a mask in public unless they have a medical exception. People are allowed to leave their homes to obtain take out foods, groceries, medicine, pet supplies and items necessary for their household. The governor is expected to announce Friday what counties may re-open on May 8.

For the latest information for individuals, families, businesses and schools, visit “Responding to COVID-19” on pa.gov.

All Pennsylvania residents are encouraged to sign up for AlertPA, a text notification system for health, weather, and other important alerts like COVID-19 updates from commonwealth agencies. Residents can sign up online at www.ready.pa.gov/BeInformed/Signup-For- p safe amid COVID-19.

To help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, all public programs, events and trainings in all Pennsylvania state parks and forests have been canceled through Monday, June 15. The date extension from April 30 was announced on April 28 on the state parks’ website.

Among the canceled events and programs are Springfest on Saturday, May 16 at Hills Creek State Park located near Wellsboro in Tioga County and stargazing programs at Cherry Springs State Park located midway between Galeton and Coudersport in Potter County.

As previously announced, day use facilities will remain closed through next Thursday, May 7 and overnight facilities will remain closed through Thursday, May 14. Day use facilities include park offices, restrooms, marinas, shoreline mooring, boat racks, all reservable facilities and all forms of accommodations. Overnight facilities include campgrounds and cabins. Anyone with reservations in this time period will be contacted, and full refunds will be made. While these park facilities are closed, state park rangers and park managers will continue to work to ensure security and public safety. Visit http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/ (state parks website) for the most current information on facility closures. Closures beyond the dates listed above will be guided by the Commonwealth’s reopening plan.

Visitors to the parks can still access trails, lakes, rivers, non-marina docks, forests, roads, and parking areas for passive and dispersed recreation, such as hiking. The Turkey Path at Leonard Harrison State Park near Wellsboro will remain closed until damage to wooden structures along the trail can be repaired. Hikers should utilize the Overlook Trail at Leonard Harrison until those repairs can be made.

The best advice to slow the spread of the coronavirus is to stay home, not recreate in large groups and practice social distancing. Those who want to be outdoors are advised to stay as close to home as possible including in their backyards, neighborhoods, or local parks or trails unless they are crowded or closed. Visitors can help keep state parks safe and clean by doing the following: avoiding crowded parking lots and trailheads, using the bathroom before visiting, by bringing a bag and carrying out their trash, cleaning up after their pets, and avoiding activities that put people at greater risk of injury, as park staff is limited.

A 24 year old  Byrnedale man is facing  harassment charges for two separate  incidents Tuesday  in Weedville. State police were called to a home on River Road in Jay Township twice when the suspect, whose name was not released allegedly threatened his father both times. He reportedly fled the property on foot before police arrived.

Troopers at the Coudersport barracks are investigating the theft of two front tires on a 2004 Volkswagen Beetle while it was parked on a pull off along Route 44 in Abbott Township. The tires were stolen between last Thursday and Sunday from the car owned by Donald Niklaus of South Williamsport.

A New Jersey truck driver has been cited for hit and run for two incidents taking place April 17 in Galeton. State police claim Jorge Nava was trying to back his rig onto Mill Street when it hit a guardrail. Unable to complete the turn, Nava allegedly pulled onto East Main Street and continued east damaging more property when turning around. He continued traveling west on Route 6 and was stopped in Coudersport borough.

A criminal mischief to a car parked at UPMC Cole Monday afternoon is being probed by Coudersport state police. Vandals “keyed “ a 2016 Chevrolet Equinox owned by Christina Gross of Coudersport.