Theft of auto parts near Coudersport probed by state police….Neighborhood dispute in Austin remains under investigation…Owlett says he will oppose vaccine passport…..Statewide total of confirmed cases exceeds one million…….

Thursday’s high, 76; Overnight, 52







Potter County

Coudersport  Based State Police are investigating the theft of some vehicle parts from a residence on Dutch Hill Road in your login Eulalia Township between March 7 and April 3.  Two catalytic converters were cut off and stolen from two vehicles belonging to Daniel Bollhorst  and another vehicle having its catalytic converter cut but now stolen, The stolen equipment was taken off of a Chevy Venture and a Chevy Cavalier. A GMC converter was cut but not stolen. Total damage and theft amounts to $2400.

Troopers at Coudersport  are continuing to investigate a harassment allegedly taking place. Tuesday night on Route 607 in Austin Borough.  Officers investigated a neighborhood dispute listing 29 year old Colton Smith of Coudersport  and 21 year old Melinda Smith of Austin as the victims.  A known suspect is accused of yelling threatening comments towards the victims.


Pennsylvanians should not be forced to carry a “vaccine passport” to prove their COVID-19 vaccination status, said Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter).

The state of New York is already working to implement a passport system, and it’s being discussed in other states as well as the federal government.

“People have been forced to give up so many things over the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Owlett said. “We must never ask them to give up their privacy, particularly when it comes to their private medical information, which is supposed to be protected under federal law.

“It’s pretty ridiculous to me that other states are even considering a vaccine passport. That New York is actually moving forward with it is unfathomable,” he added.

Owlett noted that whether to obtain a vaccination for COVID-19 is up to individual citizens. The General Assembly has been working with the administration through the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force to help improve accessibility and availability of vaccine to those who want it.

The administration recently announced a schedule to expand eligibility for the vaccine. According to the Department of Health, all Pennsylvanians who want the vaccine will be eligible to begin scheduling appointments on Monday, April 19.

“I’m pleased we are making progress in giving people access to the vaccine if they choose to get it,” Owlett said. “That’s where our role should stop. Vaccine mandates and vaccine passports would represent a vast overreach of government into the lives of our citizens.”

Owlett said he would wholeheartedly support any legislation to prohibit the creation of a vaccine passport program.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., April 8, there were 4,746 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,059,044. Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area McKean county has 2438 confirmed cases; Tioga County 2310; Elk County 1422; Potter County 864 and Cameron 190 confirmed cases over in New York State Cattaraugus County has 4945 confirmed cases and Allegany  3097.

There are 2,425 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 484 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 4,000 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 moving average of number of hospitalized patients has started to increase.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of March 26 – April 1 stood at 9.4% an increase over the previous week.

As of 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, there were 42 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 25,327 deaths attributed to COVID-19. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

According to the CDC, as of Thursday morning, April 8, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 35.4% of its eligible population, and the state ranks 14th among all 50 states for first doses administered by percentage of population.

According to the CDC, as of Thursday morning, April 7, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.

Vaccine providers have administered 5,905,787 total vaccine doses as of Thursday, April 8.

2,125,826 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 83,000 people per day receiving vaccinations.

1,810,828 people are partially vaccinated, meaning they have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine.

3,936,654 people have received at least their first dose.

This week, a total of 6,580,640 doses will have been allocated through April 10:

442,310 first/single doses will have been allocated this week.

268,010 second doses will have been allocated this week.

To date, 5,905,787 doses total have been administered through April 8:

First/single doses:  3,936,654 administered

Second doses:  1,969,133 administered

Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and 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 according to experts.

There are 134,892 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 4,200,316 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 69,684 resident cases of COVID-19, and 14,417 cases among employees, for a total of 84,101 at 1,580 distinct facilities in all 67 counties.  Approximately 26,768 of the  total cases are among health care workers.


A commonwealth COVID-19 vaccination guide explains the current process for getting one. Pennsylvanians with questions about the vaccination process can call the Department of Health hotline at 1-877-724-3258.

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.