Mansfield PSP finally release details about fatal crash….Alleged Elk County trespasser also charged with DUI….Vandalism at Kersey residence investigated….Legislation aimed at promoting agritourism introduced in state senate….Covid-Vaccine Clinic next week in Coudersport for veterans, spouses, surviving spouses and caregivers…..Almost 7 million vaccine doses administered in PA so far…..

Thursday’s high, 65; Overnight low, 37; .04” of rain

Tioga County
State Police at Mansfield did not explain why almost a month later, they have finally released details about a fatal crash occurring on March 23 just after 10am on South Main Street in Covington Township. The news release indicates that 98 year old Adda Gontarz of Lawrenceville was going south when her Ford Ecostart crossed the center line, went into the northbound lane and then went off the east side of the highway into a parking lot. The SUV entered a grass area separating the parking lot of South Main Street and then collided with a boulder, where the vehicle went off the road for a short distance and continued south for approximately 16 feet before it hit a road sign. Then, the car continued south for another 38 feet before striking a flowerbed; Before stopping, the car and continued south for another 68 feet where it hit branches of a pine tree. The car became disabled inside the pine tree limbs. The 98 year old driver was taken to Williamsport hospital and police were notified A few days later that she had succumbed to her injuries.

Elk County
Ridgway based State Police are charging a 37 year old Brockport woman with DUI and other crimes. Authorities say while investigating a trespass by a motor vehicle on Coder Road in Horton Township Wednesday night, they discovered the suspect was driving her vehicle under the influence of alcohol, allegedly refused to cooperate and had to be forcibly removed from the vehicle. She is now facing charges of defiant trespass and resisting arrest in addition to DUI. The victims are listed as a 34 year old woman and a 39 year old man both from Brockport

A criminal mischief occurring on the Toby road in Fox Township. elk county is also under investigation by State Police at Ridgway sometime on April 8, someone damaged a handrail for outside steps at the home of Bernard Loney of Kersey. Value is said to be $1500. Anyone with information is asked to call the Ridgway barracks at 814-776-6136.

Potter County

The VAFinger Lakes Healthcare System will be conducting a covid-19 vaccine clinicforall veterans, their spouses and caregiversWednesday, April 21, 2021–10am to 2 pm at the American Legio nPost 192 Buffalo Street Coudersport. The Clinic will be giving the ModernaCOVID Vaccine to the following individuals:•All Veterans•Spouses and surviving spouses of Veterans•Caregivers of Veterans. For COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, a caregiver is defined as a family member or friend who provides care to a Veteran. Caregivers may help a Veteran with personal needs like feeding, bathing, or dressing or tasks like shopping or transportation. Recipients of Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) benefits. Contact the Bath VAMC call center Monday through Friday from 8am until 4pm to register and schedule your vaccine appointment.BATH VAMC: 607-664-4000.

Legislation aimed at promoting agritourism in the Commonwealth has been reintroduced in Harrisburg.. Currently, farmers face enormous liability risks when they open their land to the public for corn mazes and other activities. Senator Kristen Phillips- Hill says that her bill would protect agritourism business from lawsuits when no party is at fault for injuries or damages. The legislation would require that farmers post multiple signs warning visitors of the risks or ask visitors to sign a waiver of liability before participating in activities. And while the legislation provides some immunity from litigation the right to sue is preserved if an owner acts in a gross negligent manner. Twenty other states including New York and Ohio have similar laws in place. Senate Bill 278 is now before the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., April 15, there were 5,060 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,092,852. Please note, the lab that began submitting data to the department this week is still getting caught up and submitted an additional 307 positive antigen test results that were collected more than four days ago. Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area, McKean County now has 2507 confirmed cases; Tioga County 2349; Elk county 1474; Potter 876 and Cameron 191. Across the border in New York State Cattaraugus County now has 5098 confirmed cases and Allegheny County 3154.
There are 2,580 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 542 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 3,700 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 April 2 – April 8 stood at 9.5% up from the previous week.
As of 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, there were 44 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 25,566 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 15, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 40.7% of its eligible population, and the state ranks 10th among all 50 states for first doses administered by percentage of population.
According to the CDC, as of Thursday morning, April 15, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.
Vaccine providers have administered 6,736,568 total vaccine doses as of Thursday, April 15.
2,555,581 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 103,000 people per day receiving vaccinations.
1,872,469 people are partially vaccinated, meaning they have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine.
4,428,050 people have received at least their first dose.
This week, a total of 7,180,370 doses will have been allocated through April 17:
296,620 first/single doses will have been allocated this week.
303,110 second doses will have been allocated this week.

To date, 6,600,130 doses total have been administered through April 15:
First/single doses: 4,428,050 administered
Second doses: 2,308,518 administered
Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home, even if fully vaccinated. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.
There are 4,259,382 individuals who have tested negative to date.
In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 70,019 resident cases of COVID-19, and 14,545 cases among employees, for a total of 84,564 at 1,586 distinct facilities in all 67 counties
Approximately 27,095 of the total cases are among health care workers.