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State police investigate a couple of “roll overs”….Turtlepoint man accused of harassment….Game Commission offers blue bird boxes and/or kits….Statewide Covid positivity rate goes down…






A Bradford driver received minor injuries in a one vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon on the Reigel Road in Wetmore Township, Harry Heinaman was going south when his Kia Sorrento went out of control,  traveled  off the road, struck an embankment and rolled  over before coming to rest on its roof just west of the highway.

State police at Lewis Run have arrested 67 year old Richard Benson of Turtlepoint for harassment. Authorities claim that Richard Benson harassed a 31 year old Smethport man for no legitimate purpose Sunday afternoon at a house on Annin  Creek Road and Plunkett Road in Annin Township McKean County and Benson is being charged in District Court.

Minor  injuries were reported for a Wilcox woman involved in a collision Tuesday night in Wetmore Township McKean County. According to troopers at Lewis Run, the collision occurred on Route 321 near the intersection of GlassWorks Road Christina Biel  was trying to cross the highway when her Skidoo Blizzard snowmobile was struck by a Ford Escape driven by Thomas Jashurek  of Kane.  Biel was taken by ambulance to UPMC Kane for treatment of minor injuries.

State Police at Ridgway have charged a 34 year old Johnsonburg man whose name they did not release of driving under the influence of a controlled substance after they pulled over his 2008 Chrysler on Shawmut Road near Route 219 in Horton Township Elk County Monday morning just before 7am. The driver was taken to Penn Highlands Elk and consented to a legal blood draw.  Charges are pending the results of that test.

A Genesee driver escaped injury in a one vehicle accident occurring Wednesday afternoon on the North Brooklyn Road in Ulysses Township Potter County. Dustin Kyle of Genesee was headed north when he became distracted and lost control of his 2007 Chevy Malibu, which went off the west side of the highway and collided with a snowbank and some trees. The car rolled over and came to rest upside down along the highway.

Especially as cold as it is today Spring might not be just around the corner, but bluebirds will be scouting out nesting sites before you know it and the Game Commission can help bring them and other songbirds to your backyard.. Bluebird nesting boxes built by staff at the Game Commission’s Howard Nursery are available for sale, and can be ordered over the phone or purchased directly at the nursery office, the Game Commission’s Harrisburg headquarters and Game Commission region offices. Nestingbox kits also are available. Nursery staff build bluebird and other nesting boxes during the winter for annual sales to the public. A single box sells for $12, plus Pennsylvania sales tax. When purchasing two or more boxes, the cost is $11 each, plus sales tax. Customers can select pre-built boxes or choose kits that can be assembled as a wood-working project. The kits provide a great opportunity for Scout troops, summer camps and other conservation groups to get involved with helping wildlife. Special pricing is available for organized educational activities. Call the Howard Nursery or region offices for details. “Building and placing nesting boxes is a great project for individuals, families or civic organizations interested in connecting with wildlife in a natural way,” said Bryan Burhans, Game Commission Executive Director. “What better way to usher in spring than attracting bluebirds to backyards and properties.” A brochure of the Game Commission’s bluebird nesting boxes and other wildlife structures is available online by navigating to the Howard Nursery page at Place your cursor on the “Information & Resources” tab at the top of the homepage, then click “Get Involved,” and select “Howard Nursery” to find the “2021 Wood Product Brochure.” The Game Commission’s Howard Nursery has been manufacturing bluebird nesting boxes and box kits for more than 30 years. Each year, the nursery produces an average of 4,000 bluebird boxes and 10,000 kits. In addition to being sold to groups and individuals, they are also available to cooperators in the Game Commission’s Hunter Access Program.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., February 12, there were 3,987 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 888,256. Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area McKean county has 2202 confirmed case; Tioga County 2118;  Elk 1194 cases; Potter 786;Cameron 168 across the border in New York State cattaraugus County now has 4075 confirmed cases in Allegheny County 2721. There are 2,687 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 538 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 has increased by nearly 2,600 since the end of September.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of January 29 – February 4 stood at 8.6%.

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

As of 11:59 p.m. Thursday, February 11, there were 99 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 22,959 deaths attributed to COVID-19. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

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. Please note that this includes vaccine administration through CVS as part of the Federal Pharmacy Partnership. 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 318,450 doses will have been allocated through February 13:
    • 175,175 first doses will have been allocated this week.
    • 143,275 second doses will have been allocated this week.
  • To date, of the 2,439,550 doses allocated through February 13, we have administered 1,523,510 doses total through February 11:
    • First doses, 82 percent (1,167,402 administered of 1,426,600 allocated)
    • Second doses, 35 percent (356,108 administered of 1,012,950 allocated)

Mask-wearing is required in all Pennsylvania  businesses,  whenever leaving home, and outside when social distancing is not possible even if fully vaccinated. Health experts continue to say consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

There are 103,152 individuals who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases and 637 individuals who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure.

There are 3,744,326 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 65,224 resident cases of COVID-19, and 12,648 cases among employees, for a total of 77,872 at 1,556 distinct facilities in all 67 counties approximately 24,093 of the total cases are among health care workers.