Thursday’s high, 45; Overnight low, 7

MOSTLY CLOUDY TODAY WITH A CHANCE OF SOME SNOW SHOWERS A HIGH OF 46.

MOSTLY CLOUDY.TONIGHT Low 16. A MIXTURE OF CLOUDS AND TOMORROW.A COOL HIGH OF 29.

PARTLY CLOUDY TOMORROW NIGHT A LOW OF 19.

SUNDAY, MOSTLY CLOUDY, WARMER, A HIGH OF 4

MOSTLY CLOUDY SUNDAY NIGHT WITH A LOW OF 36.

State police at Lewis Run are investigating a possible sex abuse of a child…Two more motorists arrested in McKean County for DUI…..Elk sheds and pain medicine stolen from elderly Weedville man’s home….814 telephone customers will soon have to dial all 10 digits…Department of Health says third vaccine will be available soon to Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens….

McKean County

State Police at Lewis Run report they are investigating a sex abuse of a child via photo or video. Sometime between this past June 7 and 14th a McKean County  juvenile was allegedly solicited solicited via Facebook Messenger to send another Facebook user explicit images and videos in exchange for money.

Lewis Run based state police have made a couple more DUI arrests. Daniel DeHaven,39 of Port Allegany,  was arrested when a patrol officer spotted his 2006 Chevy Malibu off of Route 6 near the North Brooklynside Road in Liberty Township early Thursday morning. Police determined that DeHaven was driving the car under the influence and charges are pending in District Court.

A 43 year old Eldred woman, whose name was not released by State Police, is facing drug possession charges after her 2012 Chevy Cruze was stopped on Barnum Road in Eldred Township Wednesday morning just after 9am. Police claim that the woman was discovered to be in possession of a controlled substance and related paraphernalia.

Elk County

A burglary occurring on River Road in Jay Township Elk County last month is under investigation by State Police at Ridgway.  Burglars entered the home of a 71 year old Weedville man through a  kitchen window. Once inside, they stole the set of elk sheds valued at $400 and a bottle of liquid hydrocodone.

Region

This is the news some of us have been dreading, although we’re told by others is really painless but residents with telephone numbers in the 814 area code will soon need to dial the area code when making calls within the same area code.

Residents with telephone numbers in the 814 area code will soon need to dial the area code when making calls within the same area code, according to information from Verizon Wireless.The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has approved the addition of the 582 area code, creating an overlay in the area served by 814,in  communities such as Altoona, State College and Erie. The overlay will not force customers to change their existing area codes, but it will require a new dialing procedure, beginning April 3.Starting on that date, a caller with an 814 area code would need to dial the area code on all calls. Calls without the area code at the beginning of the number will not be completed and will lead to a recording instructing callers to hang up and dial again, including the area code.

One of the commonwealth’s four original area codes, 814 is the largest, geographically, in Pennsylvania and the only area code that hadn’t already received an additional overlay to replenish its dwindling supply of telephone numbers.

Beginning May 1, new telephone lines or services may be assigned numbers with the new 582 area code. Customers using a number with 582 area code must dial the area code and the telephone number to complete calls.

Verizon also instructed that all services, automatic dialing equipment or other types of equipment that are programmed to dial a seven-digit number will need to be reprogrammed to include area codes.

Some examples are life-safety systems and medical monitoring devices, fire or burglar alarm and security systems or gates, PBXs, fax machines, internet dial-up numbers, speed dialers, call forwarding settings, voicemail services and similar functions, etc. Customers were also advised to check websites, personal and business stationery and checks, advertising materials, personal and pet ID tags, and other such items to ensure the area code is included.

Verizon Wireless said current telephone numbers will not change. Verizon also stated that the price of a call, coverage area, or other rates and services will not change due to the overlay, and what is a local call now will remain a local call regardless of the digits dialed.

Customers will still need to dial three digits to reach services such as 911, as well as 211, 311, 411, 511, 611, 711 and 811.

More information can be found by visiting the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s website at www.puc.state.pa.us/

Statewide

Over last weekend, the Food and Drug Administration issued emergency use authorization for a third COVID-19 vaccine, produced by Johnson & Johnson/Janssen.While the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines require two doses, theJohnson & Johnson vaccine is currently a one-dose vaccine.

Although COVID-19 vaccine supplies remain limited, UPMC says it looks forward tocontinuing to expand the vaccination efforts in the communities it serves.

Under Pennsylvania’s Phase 1a, people over 65 and people age 16-64 with medical conditions that put them at risk of COVID-19 complications are eligible for the vaccine.

With limited vaccine supply, UPMC has been focused on those most severely affected by the pandemic. This includes the oldest members of the communities and people who have limited access to medical care and services.

UPMC says it also is focused on partnering with community organizations to reach those with limited access to technology like computers, smartphones, and the internet. UPMC continues to provide thousands of vaccines each week to frontline health care workers who are not associated with UPMC or another hospital or health system. This includes dentists, orthodontists, home health care workers, mental health professionals, and many more. And vaccines for community members are currently taking place at more than 20 UPMC clinics across the state.

If you meet the Pennsylvania Department Health’s Phase 1a criteria, you can register to receive a COVID-19 vaccine from UPMC at Vaccine.UPMC.com.After registering, you will be contacted  to collect important health information in preparation for your vaccine, as well as to schedule anappointment when the vaccine is available.Please note: UPMC is asking that only people who meet Pennsylvania’s criteria for Phase 1a sign up for the registry at this time. To find out if you are eligible, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s website.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., March 4, there were 3,028 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 941,439. . Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area the number of cases continues to level off with some counties holding steady totals, such as Cameron with 176 confirmed cases. McKean County has 2309 confirmed cases; Tioga 2171; Elk 1245 and Potter 822. Across the border in New York State Cattaraugus County has 4458 confirmed cases and Allegany County 2913.

There are 1,648 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 357 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19. Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older.

The trend in the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients per day is about 4,200 lower than it was at the peak on December 25, 2020. However, the current 14-day average is now also below what it was at the height of the spring peak on May 3, 2020.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of February 19 – February 25 stood at 6.3% a decrease from the previous week.

The most accurate daily data is available on the website, with archived data also available.

As of 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, there were 50 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 24,219 deaths attributed to COVID-19. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

Pennsylvania hospitals began receiving shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine the week of Dec. 14 and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine the week of Dec. 21. The Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine was first allocated to Pennsylvania the week of March 1, and the commonwealth is using it for a special initiative involving educators. Vaccination numbers for Pennsylvania do not include Philadelphia, which is its own jurisdiction, or federal facilities, which are working directly with the federal government.This week, a total of 3,699,180 doses will have been allocated through March 6:

336,870 first/single doses will have been allocated this week.

189,410 second doses will have been allocated this week.

To date, of the 3,699,180 doses allocated through March 6, 2,666,598 doses were administered through March 3:

First/single doses, 85 percent (1,840,397 administered of 2,172,935 allocated)

Second doses, 54 percent (826,201 administered of 1,526,245 allocated)

Mask-wearing is required in all Pennsylvania  businesses, whenever leaving home, and while outdoors when social distancing is not possible even if fully vaccinated. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

There are 112,743 individuals who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases and 636 individuals who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure. There are 3,915,271 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 67,544 resident cases of COVID-19, and 13,291 cases among employees, for a total of 80,835 at 1,562 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Approximately 25,032 of the total cases are among health care workers.

Vaccine provider map to find a COVID-19 vaccine provider near you.

All of the locations that received vaccine and how much they have received can be found on the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution webpage.

Vaccine dashboard data can also be found on the website to find more information on the doses administered and showcase demographic information.

Pennsylvanians can provide feedback on the Pennsylvania COVID-19 Interim Vaccination Plan by clicking on the Plan Feedback Form square under Popular Vaccine Topics here.