Popular Paddle Race returns to Cameron County. See Story below.

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A St. Mary’s man escaped injury and a one vehicle mishap occurring Monday evening in Ridgeway township State Police erage Ray report john Cortes who was traveling West when he heard a strange noise coming from his Dodge Ram pickup truck he decided to pull off the highway and drove into a parking lot on the northern side and then tried to re enter these bound traffic lane when the front passenger side will of the vehicle fell off subsequently going to rest in the eastbound lane of traffic. However, there were no injuries as a result of that mishap.


The theft of a handgun from a motor vehicle in Mount Jewett Borouogh between February 22 and 26 is being investigated by Crime Stoppers State Police at Lewis Run report. A 380 Ruger LCP handgun, serial number 372114134 was taken from the victim’s vehicle which was parked, unlocked, at 118 West Main Street in Mt. Jewett between those dates. Anyone with information about the theft is encouraged to call Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers toll free 1-800-4 PA TIPS Callers may receive a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of the thief.

Covid-19 restrictions forced the cancellation of the popular canoe and kayak race in 2020 in Cameron County.  The date for 2021 pushed back one week since PA Fish & Boat Commission has set April 3 as the opening of trout season.

Organizers say registration is open and remind all participants there will be no day of registration due to the continued Covid-19 restrictions.  Forms are online at www.sinnemahone.org and also can be accepted by phone at 814-486-4314. Competitors can pick up race bags at the Emporium Country Club Saturday April 10 starting at 8am.  Emporium Rotary will be serving free coffee from that location.  The racecourse is unchanged with the start at 11am from the launch area across from the Emporium Country Club and finish at the bridge in Driftwood.

Mountaineer Search and Rescue is coordinating the safety plan for the race.  Swift water rescue teams from PA Region 3 (Jefferson County), Pine Glen, and Renovo will have boats on the water.  Volunteers from Sinnemahoning and Emporium Fire Departments, Cameron County ambulance, Sinnemahoning ambulance and Elkland Search and Rescue will all be at the race.  Anyone willing to spot for the event should contact the Cameron County Chamber office at 814-486-4314.

Other changes forced by Covid-19 government restrictions include the awarding of finisher awards at the finish line and the issuance of Chamber Bucks gift certificates that can be used at numerous restaurants following the event.  Transportation from the finish line to start line will not be available.

In anticipation of the race, a stream cleanup day organized by Bucktail Watershed Association, CCOYA and Mountaineer Search & Rescue is planned for Sunday March 28.  Volunteers are asked to meet at the Cameron railroad bridge in Lumber Township at noon.

The Sinnemahone Triple Crown is a three-part event focused on promoting the county and its natural resources along with local businesses.  The paddle race utilizes Emporium Hardwoods for its awards, and Art N Ink for t-shirts.  The next event is the Sinnemahone Gravel Bike Race in September and concludes with the Ultra Trail Run in October.  More information can be found on the web site at www.sinnemahone.org.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., March 24, there were 4,667 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 996,617. Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area Tioga County has 2230 confirmed cases; McKean 2360 confirmed  cases;  Elk 1311 cases; Potter 840 and Cameron 182.  Across the border in New York State Allegany County has 2989 confirmed cases and Cattaraugus County has  4683.

There are 1,631 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 341 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 4,500 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%.

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

As of 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, there were 48 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 24,876 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.



Vaccine providers have administered 4,510,213 total vaccine doses as of Tuesday, March 23.

1,592,188 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 84,500 people per day receiving vaccinations.

3,026,180 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, we have administered 4,510,213 doses total through March 23:

First/single doses, 101 percent (3,026,180 administered of 2,986,765 allocated)

Second doses, 66 percent (1,484,008 administered of 2,248,375 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 officials continue to stress consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

There are 123,585 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 4,076,349 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 68,993 resident cases of COVID-19, and 14,132 cases among employees, for a total of 83,125 at 1,568 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Out of total deaths reported to PA-NEDSS, 12,889 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 26,197 of the total cases are among health care workers.