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Austin woman wrecks car while trying to avoid an animal….PSP look for owner of abandoned pick up …..Troopers charge dog owner for lack of restraint….Governor urges residents to participate in litter clean-up….More than 4 million Pennsylvania residents receive vaccines….next on-air news after 12:06 pm today on www.blackforestbroadcasting.com

State Police at Coudersport did not release the name or age of a woman from Austin, who has been charged with drug possession.  Troopers stopped her 2003 Chevy S10 on East Second Street at Seventh Street in Coudersport Borough on the night of March 14, and allegedly found she was driving under the influence of a controlled substance and was in possession of a controlled substance.

Another  Austin woman escaped injury in a one vehicle crash occurring Monday morning at around 8:20am on Rugaber Street in Austin.  Ashley Gledhill was on Route 872 near the Austin dam Memorial Park when she swerved to avoid an animal in the road, causing her northbound Jeep to go off the road and scrape up against the guardrail before stopping facing north. The Jeep had to be towed from the scene, but Gledhill  was not hurt.

And no details were provided by State Police regarding a vehicle discovered at 781 North Brooklyn road in Ulysses Township on the afternoon of March 14.  The Silver Ford F 150 was abandoned at that location and police determined it was a safety hazard so they had it towed from the scene. Anyone who has information is asked to call the Coudersport barracks at 274- 8690.

Troopers at Coudersport have investigated a couple of dog incidents, and they are charging 55 year old Larry Fuller of Austin with failing to confine his dog. Police say that Fuller’s dog “Gunner” was allowed to walk off leash and subsequently ran from his property  and chased a victim who was nearly hurt.

State police at Coudersport  report they investigated a dog bite occurring the West Hebron road in Hebron township Sunday afternoon when a 42 year old Coudersport man told them  bitten by a dog while he was bicycling on the West Hebron Road.

Ridgway  based state police have arrested 31 year old Joshua Haynes of that town for DUI after stopping his vehicle on the Volunteer Fire Company Road at Route 219 in Horton Township yesterday, just before 10am.  Police determined that Haynes was  driving under the influence of narcotics. He was taken to Penn Highlands Elk, where he submitted to a blood draw. Police say that marijuana and paraphernalia were found on Haynes.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., March 23, there were 3,515 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 991,950. In the Black Forest Broadcasting area, the news continues to be good with some leveling off. McKean  County has 2357 confirmed  COVID cases; Tioga County, 2218; Elk 1298, Potter and Cameron held steady– Potter with 837 confirmed cases and Cameron 182 confirmed cases.  Across the border in New York State Cattaraugus County has slowed down a little bit with 4669 confirmed case  and Allegany County has 2988 confirmed cases.

There are 1,577 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 335 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. More data is available here.

The trend in the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients per day is about 4,600 lower than it was at the peak on December 25, 2020. The current 14-day average is also below what it was at the height of the spring peak on May 3, 2020. However, the decrease in hospitalized patients has stalled.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of March 12 – March 18 stood at 6.5%, down from the previous week.

As of 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 22, there were 39 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 24,828 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

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.

Vaccine providers have administered 4,416,744 total vaccine doses as of Tuesday, March 23.

1,567,116 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 85,500 people per day receiving vaccinations.

2,955,988 people are partially vaccinated, meaning they have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine

This week, a total of 5,235,140 doses will have been allocated through March 27:

281,010 first/single doses will have been allocated this week.

253,970 second doses will have been allocated this week.

To date, of the 5,235,140 doses allocated through March 27, 4,416,744 doses total have been administered through March 22:

First/single doses, 99 percent (2,955,988 administered of 2,986,765 allocated)

Second doses, 65 percent (1,460,735 administered of 2,248,375 allocated)

Mask-wearing is required in all businesses, whenever leaving home,and while out doors when social distancing is not possible,  even if fully vaccinated. Health officials continue to stress consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

There are 122,438 individuals who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases and 639 individuals who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure.

There are 4,065,819 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 68,928 resident cases of COVID-19, and 14,105 cases among employees, for a total of 83,033 at 1,567 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Out of total deaths reported to PA-NEDSS, 12,843 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.



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