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Statewide total of virus cases nears 5,000……14 patients have died but almost 38,000 have tested negative…. 26 counties under “stay at home orders”….Virtual eagle watching may give you something to do while staying home…Downstate driver arrested for drug and paraphernalia possession after being stopped by troopers in Elk County….State police in Mansfield have charged two Tioga County men for physical harassment in separate incidents….







The Pennsylvania Department of Health yesterday confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., March 31, that there are 756 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 4,843 in 60 counties. The department also reported 14 new deaths among positive cases, bringing the statewide total to 63. County-specific information and a statewide map are available here. All people are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital.There are 37,645 patients who have tested negative to date. Of the patients who have tested positive to date the age breakdown is as follows:

  • Less than 1% are aged 0-4;
  • Less than 1% are aged 5-12;
  • 1% are aged 13-18;
  • Nearly 10% are aged 19-24;
  • Nearly 41% are aged 25-49;
  • Nearly 29% are aged 50-64; and
  • Nearly 19% are aged 65 or older.

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. All non-life-sustaining businesses are ordered to be closed and schools are closed statewide indefinitely. Currently 26 counties are under stay-at-home orders. The order now includes these 26 counties: Allegheny, Beaver, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland and York counties.

Individuals may leave their residence only to perform any of the following allowable individual activities and allowable essential travel:

Tasks essential to maintain health and safety, or the health and safety of their family or household members (including pets), such as obtaining medicine or medical supplies, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies they need to work from home

Getting necessary services or supplies for themselves, for their family or household members, or as part of volunteer efforts, or to deliver those services or supplies to others to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences

Engaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking or running if they maintain social distancing

To perform work providing essential products and services at a life-sustaining business

To care for a family member or pet in another household

Any travel related to the provision of or access to the above-mentioned individual activities or life-sustaining business activities

Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons

Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services

Travel to return to a place of residence from an outside jurisdiction

Travel required by law enforcement or court order

Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the commonwealth

Anyone performing life-sustaining travel does not need paperwork to prove the reason for travel.

The following operations are exempt:

Life-sustaining business activities

Health care or medical services providers

Access to life-sustaining services for low-income residents, including food banks

Access to child care services for employees of life-sustaining businesses that remain open as follows: child care facilities operating under the Department of Human Services, Office of Child Development and Early Learning waiver process; group and family child care operating in a residence; and part-day school age programs operating under an exemption from the March 19, 2020 business closure Orders

News media

Law enforcement, emergency medical services personnel, firefighters

The federal government

Religious institutions

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

If you are looking for things to do while staying at home or to keep the kids occupied, you may want to visit a Pennsylvania Eagle cam that’s located in Hays near Pittsburgh. It’s operated by the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania. And there are hatchlings .Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania has confirmed a hatch at the rebuilt Hays Bald Eagle nest. The confirmation is based on the adult eagles’ behaviors. Because the webcam cannot see into the rebuilt nest, there is no visual confirmation of the hatch. However, the parents are exhibiting behaviors consistent with a hatch. They are bringing food into the nest and ripping it into small pieces, then leaning over to feed the eaglet. .However, another Eagle cam on a farm near Hanover is indicating that the eggs that were dropped  there in February are probably not going to hatch. Both sites have historical footage you can also view. Eagles have made a remarkable comeback across the United States and here in Pennsylvania.  From just a handful of pairs a few years ago. There are now nearly 100 pairs here in the Keystone state.

State police in Ridgway arrested 35 year old Brian Frain  of Avonmore Pennsylvania for DUI after they pulled him over for several traffic violations on the Toby Road in  Fox Township just before midnight on March 6.  He was driving a 2006 Chevy Cobalt and was allegedly found to be under the influence of drugs and in possession of drug paraphernalia.

State police at Mansfield have arrested a 49 year old man from that town for physical harassment following an argument on South Main Street in Richmond Township at around 11:30pm Tuesday. Upon arrival troopers determined that the suspect had threatened physical contact for a 42 year old Mansfield woman and charges are pending in District Court.

Also a 59 year old Wellsboro man is facing similar charges for an incident allegedly taking place on the evening of March 14 on Scouten Hill Road in Charleston Township. A suspect allegedly subjected a 12 year old boy to unwanted physical contact by grabbing him in the neck and pushing him into a wall. No injuries were sustained but charges have been filed. In District Court.