Monday’s high, 56; Overnight low 44, some sprinkles







Residents advised of new internet scam…..Genesee woman’s Social Security number illegally used…Police say driver was speeding when his pickup crashed Sunday in Sylvania Township… Austin man arrested for harassment  and resisting arrest….Lumber stolen from McKean location….Cyber theft investigated by Lewis Run State Police…..

Potter County

Area residents are advised about one of the newest scams. Residents have been receiving phone calls, such as this, advising the victim that if they did not order an iPhone or other item from Amazon, they should call this number to report they did not make the purchase. A local bank employee advises it is a “phishing” expedition. When a person returns the call, the crooks gather important personal and banking information and access the victim’s bank account.

An identity theft is being investigated by state police at Coudersport. Someone used a 49 year old Genesee woman’s social security number to obtain unemployment benefits between March 15 and yesterday

A Washington, PA driver has been cited for speeding in connection to a one-vehicle crash early Sunday morning in Sylvania Township, Potter County. According to Coudersport state police, Nicholas White was going north on the First Fork Road when his Ford-150 XLT went off the pavement, collided with a PennDot sign and went into a ditch before flipping over onto its passenger side. Troopers claim White left the scene and did not report the crash.

DUI charges are pending against a Dauphin PA man who was arrested after state police investigated a hit and run on the Wharton Road near the East Fork Road last Friday evening. While investigating, officers allegedly discovered the suspect had fled the scene but was driving under the influence of alcohol. Police did not release his name.

State police at Coudersport have arrested 49 year old Kevin Fox of Austin for harassment and resisting arrest. Authorities say the charges were the result of their investigation into a domestic violence incident at around 9:30 am last Wednesday at a home on Oak Street in that town. The victim is said to be a 53 year old Austin woman.

McKean County

A 22 year old Bradford woman is facing DUI charges after troopers stopped her 2020 Jeep on Minard Run Road in Bradford Township Saturday night. Police allege the woman was driving under the influence of a controlled substance and took her to Bradford Regional Medical Center for a blood draw.

The theft of some timber in Hamlin Township is being probed by state police at Lewis Run. Three men, using a Ford F-150XLT stole lumber from a location on Route 219 that had been sold by the US Forest Service and was waiting to be picked up. Anyone with any information is asked to call state police at 814-368-9230.

A theft by deception is also being investigated by troopers at Lewis Run. A 21 year old Eldred man told police he provided a sum of money  last Friday in the form of gift cards but never received the items he was promised.


– The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., April 19, there were 1,914 additional positive cases of COVID-19, in addition to 3,761 new cases reported Sunday, April 18, for a two-day total of 5,675 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,109,291.

Confirmed cases in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area: McKean, 2534; Tioga,2370; Elk, 1494; Potter 884; Tioga, 2370. In neighboring New York State, Cattaraugus County has 5180 confirmed cases and Allegany County, 3193.

There are 2,638 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 551 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 3,600 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 moving average of number of hospitalized patients has started to increase.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of April 9 – April 15 stood at 9.6%.

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

As of 11:59 p.m. Saturday, April 17, there were 27 new deaths and as of 11:59 p.m. Sunday, April 18, there were 2 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 25,690 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 Monday morning, April 19, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 43.2% 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 Monday morning, April 19, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.

Vaccine providers have administered 7,141,842 total vaccine doses as of Monday, April 19.

2,772,009 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 97,100 people per day receiving vaccinations.

1,866,102 people are partially vaccinated, meaning they have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine.

4,638,111 people have received at least their first dose.

This week, a total of 7,752,500 doses will have been allocated through April 24:

304,120 first/single doses will have been allocated this week.

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

To date, we have administered 7,141,842 doses total through April 19:

First/single doses:  4,638,111 administered

Second doses:  2,503,731 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 4,294,873 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 70,168 resident cases of COVID-19, and 14,594 cases among employees, for a total of 84,762 at 1,585 distinct facilities in all 67 counties

Approximately 27,211 of the total cases are among health care workers.