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Thursday’s high, 65; Overnight low, 29





State Police at Ridgway report they’re investigating a statutory rape /sexual assault occurring sometime recently when a juvenile victim was allegedly sexually assaulted by a known juvenile male. The report remains open pending further investigation.

And troopers at Ridgway are investigating yet another theft by deception. Authorities say that someone used the identity of a 48 year old Wilcox man to fraudulently  apply for unemployment benefits. The investigation is opening pending investigation. This  is the third or fourth such crime we’ve reported on since the pandemic began.

A 47 year old St. Mary’s woman has been arrested for harassment. Troopers  at Ridgway say that yesterday afternoon, a 50 year old St. Mary’s woman reported that she had been harassed by a 47 year old woman from St. Mary’s.  Upon further investigation troopers filed harassment charges against the suspect whose name they did not release.

Senator Dan Laughlin (R-Erie) is preparing to introduce legislation to increase Pennsylvania’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10 per hour.

“I have heard from my constituents and have listened to both sides of the political aisle. It is definitely time that we address the issue and I believe my bill is the most responsible way to approach it,” said Senator Laughlin. “My legislation increases Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $10 and – based on inflation – would provide for regular increases as appropriate.”

Senator Laughlin’s bill would also increase the tipped wage to 50 percent of the minimum wage, raising it from $2.83 to $5 per hour.

Until 1996, increases in the tipped wage corresponded with increases in the minimum wage,” Senator Laughlin said. “Since that time, Pennsylvania’s tipped wage has remained $2.83 per hour. Today, the value of the tipped wage has depreciated to 39 percent of the minimum wage. My bill would make it more equitable.”

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., March 11, there were 2,652 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 958,382. The news here in the Black Forest Broadcasting area there have been only slight increases over the past several days. McKean County has 2331 confirmed cases; Tioga 2188;  Elk 1254;  Potter, 831 Cameron County  has been holding steady at 176 confirmed cases in neighboring New York State Cattaraugus County has slowed down slightly and now has 4528 confirmed cases and Allegany County 2944.

There are 1,513 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 326 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 4,400 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 26 – March 4 stood at 5.7% 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 10, there were 51 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 24,490 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 4,179,220 doses will have been allocated through March 13:

254,150 first/single doses will have been allocated this week.

225,890 second doses will have been allocated this week.

To date, of the 4,179,220 doses allocated through March 13, 3,243,472 doses total have been administered  through March 10:

First/single doses, 90 percent (2,178,312 administered of 2,427,085 allocated)

Second doses, 61 percent (1,065,160 administered of 1,752,135 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. Health Experts continue to say consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

There are 115,588 individuals who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases and 640 individuals who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure.

There are 3,971,674 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 68,299 resident cases of COVID-19, and 13,644 cases among employees, for a total of 81,943 at 1,559 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Out of total deaths reported to PA-NEDSS, 12,715 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here. Note that the number of deaths reported to NEDSS is not exactly the same as the COVID-19 related deaths reported by the death registry. The number of deaths among nursing and personal care home residents and employees is taken from the PA-NEDSS death data, as this information is not available in the death registry data.

Approximately 25,446 of the total cases are among health care workers.

OUDERSPORT, Pa.—Louise M. Schaub, 92, a lifelong resident of Coudersport, passed away on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, in UPMC Cole Skilled Nursing and Rehab, Coudersport.Born on Sunday, May 27, 1928, in Coudersport, she was a daughter of Harry and Flossie Rees McNulty. On June 19, 1948, in Coudersport, she married Lewis S. “Louie” Schaub, who survives.Louise was a graduate of Coudersport High School, Class of 1946. After high school, Louise worked briefly for the former Abbott Dairy in Coudersport. In the late 1970’s, she first started working part time in the Potter County Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts Office in Coudersport, later becoming full time, retiring as First Deputy after over 30 years of service.Louise was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church in Coudersport, where she served as a deacon. An avid bowler, Louise served as secretary/treasurer of the former Coudersport Women’s Bowling League for the entirety of the league. Louise helped with Potter County Special Olympic bowling team. She enjoyed cooking and baking and decorating specialty cakes for family and friends. She also enjoyed music, watching birds, especially her cardinals, and summer travels to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. She loved her animals and listening to the local sports teams’ games on the radio, but her greatest love was her family.Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 72 years; a daughter, Nan M. (Don) Tanner of Turtlepoint; a son, David M. (Janice Nolan) Schaub of Bellefonte; four granddaughters, Amy Schaub (Brian) Karfonta, Angela Schaub (Michael) Stebila, Anne Schaub (Brian) Parise, and Sara Schaub (Aaron) Tyson; a grandson, Travis Tanner; twelve great-grandchildren, Nolan and Adam Karfonta, Madison, Michael, Matthew, and Benjamin Stebila, Dominic, Abigail and Isabella Parise, and Anna, Jack, and Molly Tyson; a sister, Madelyn J. Francis of Coudersport; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Louise was predeceased by a son, Timothy A. “Tim” Schaub, who passed away on March 26, 2018; and three sisters, Jean Johnson, Patricia Williams, and Peg Pascuzzi. Private funeral services will be held in Louise’s church, the First Presbyterian Church, Coudersport, with Pastor Donald R. Caskey and Pastor Warren B. Cederholm, co-officiating. Burial will be in Eulalia Cemetery, Coudersport.Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials in Louise’s name may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, PO Box 566, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Louise’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Louise, please visit or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Louise M. (McNulty) Schaub, please visit our floral store.