Monday’s high, 90; Overnight low, 70; trace of rain

TODAY A CHANCE OF AN AFTERNOON SHOWER OTHERWISE CLOUDY,  HIGH 86.

LOW TONIGHT 62.

MOSTLY SUNNY TOMORROW HIGH OF 87

OVERNIGHT LOW OF 61.

THURSDAY MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 89 CHANCE OF ISOLATED SHOWERS

 THURSDAY NIGHT LOW OF 64.

 PennDot seeks public input on safety….PennDot is also seeking winter employees…..Covid cases hold steady in region…..Mansfield state police investigate fatal drug overdose…… https://soundcloud.com/user-159792485/black-forest-broadcasting-podcast-72820

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is seeking motorists’ input on traffic safety and driving behaviors through its annual online Highway Safety Survey found at www.PennDOT.gov/Safety.The results from this annual survey help PennDot gauge participants’ attitudes on highway safety, and potentially allow the department  to adjust safety activities to further reduce crashes and fatalities. Officials say it takes only five minutes to complete. All responses, including the “comments” fields, are anonymous. More than 10,000 people responded to last year’s survey. Notably, nearly 91 percent of respondents said they always wear a seat belt and 89 percent said they never drive while impaired. When asked which behaviors distracted them while driving in the last month, only 14 percent of respondents indicated “Using a hand-held cell phone” was a distraction. Thirty-eight percent of those surveyed indicated “Adjusting the radio or climate controls” was a distraction, while 37 percent indicated they were distracted by an object outside of the vehicle. For more information on our highway safety efforts, visit www.PennDOT.gov/Safety.

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Individuals seeking seasonal employment are encouraged to apply for a variety of winter maintenance positions now open at PennDOT.The program runs from September through April and includes positions for transportation equipment operators, diesel and construction equipment mechanics, automotive mechanics, tradesman helpers, welders and radio dispatchers. Additional details about the positions, along with the job application, are available at employment.pa.gov. Click on “Open Jobs” and then go to “PennDOT Seasonal Winter Jobs. Harrisburg, PA –

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., July 27, that there are 839 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 108,264. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Fortunately, those in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area has held steady for the last couple of days. Tioga  County has 34; Elk, 39; McKean, 26; Potter 20 and Cameron 5. In neighboring New York State, Cattaraugus has gone up to 151 while Allegany County  has 74.Allegheny County Pennsylvania  is reporting an increase of 180 cases and Philadelphia County is reporting an increase of 166 cases.The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between July 20 and July 26 is 159, 495 with 6,398 positive cases. There were 17,738 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., July 26. These results represent the total number of tests administered. There are 7,122 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 4 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 according to health officials.

 

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 1,042,424 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 19,157 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,837 cases among employees, for a total of 22,994 at 831 distinct facilities in 61 counties. Out of the total deaths, 4,851 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. Approximately 7,974 the total cases are in health care workers.

State police  at Mansfield are continuing their investigation into a fatal drug overdose occurring Friday, July 17  on Elk Run Road in Gaines Township Troopers say they were called to the home of a 35 year old Gaines woman who was unresponsive and in full arrest. She was pronounced dead at the scene and the investigation is continuing.