Wednesday’s high, 60; Overnight low, 25







 McKean County

A Smethport man hurt Tuesday night in Keating Township, McKean County when his car hit a bear on Route 46. Troopers say Hayden Erskine was going south when the bruin came onto the road in front of his Toyota Scion. After impact, the vehicle crossed both lanes of the highway and came to rest in the front yard of a house located at 3009 Route 46. Erskine was taken by ambulance to Olean General Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries. Police cited him for driving an uninspected vehicle.

Elk County

Assault charges are pending against an unnamed 48 year old Johnsonburg man in connection to a fight taking place on the afternoon of May 7 on The Wilcox Road in Ridgway. Two Johnsonburg men, ages 28 and 37 are listed as the victims. No further details were given.

A burglary at a home on the Byrndale Road in Jay Township, Elk County is being investigated by state police. Criminals forced their way into the home of Irvin Myers of Weedville and stole several items this past Monday afternoon.

Tioga County

DUI charges are pending against a 23 year old Wellsboro man following a traffic stop during the early morning on old Route 6 in Delmar Township, Tioga County. Police did not release his name but allege his blood alcohol level was .188% almost twice the legal limit.

Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Berks/Lehigh) is proposing legislation making Daylight Saving time year round. He says, “Twice a year, Pennsylvanians are subjected to adding unnecessary stress to our lives by changing our clocks between daylight saving time (DST) and standard time.”

The lawmakers says his Permanent Daylight Saving Time legislation, House Bill 335, allows Pennsylvania to follow DST year round if the Congress of the United States permits states to do so. Federal legislation has been introduced to allow states to follow Permanent Daylight Saving Time by a bipartisan group of United States Senators.

MacKenziw adds “The Sunshine Protection Act, sponsored by 8 bipartisan United States Senators, looks to solidify DST as many states have already passed legislation to do so. If enacted, the Sunshine Protection Act would eliminate Standard Time, which is observed for 4 months of the year between November and March, unless otherwise previously exempt.”

According to the representative, currently, there are 15 other states across the nation that have successfully passed their own bills and that number may grow as additional states consider similar legislation. This legislation will allow Pennsylvanians to observe permanent DST all year long, without the hassle of having to switch their clocks. MacKenzie says besides convenience, there are many reasons to adopt Permanent Daylight Saving Time. It has been shown to reduce car accidents, decrease strokes, lessen energy usage, and diminish obesity through greater physical activity. The bill was approved with bipartisan support and now  awaits passage in the Pennsylvania State Senate.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 12, there were 2,179 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,179,251.


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There are 1,751 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 406 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19.

The trend in the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients per day is coming down, after peaking at 2,661 patients which is slightly below what it was at the height of the spring 2020 peak of 2,751 patients on May 3, 2020. The full 14-day moving average since the start of the pandemic can be found here.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of April 30 – May 6 stood at 6.6%.

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

As of 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, there were 52 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 26,659 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 Wednesday morning, May 12, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 53.1% of its entire population, and the state ranks 10th among all 50 states for first doses administered by percentage of population.

According to the CDC, as of Wednesday morning, May 12, 46.2% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

According to the CDC, as of Wednesday morning, May 12, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.

Statewide data representing the 66 counties within the Department of Health’s vaccine jurisdiction:

Vaccine providers have administered 9,381,098 total vaccine doses as of Wednesday, May 12.

3,998,209 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 66,900 people per day receiving vaccinations.

1,715,619 people are partially vaccinated, meaning they have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine.

5,713,828 people have received at least their first dose.

This week, a total of 9,556,320 doses will have been allocated through May 15:

320,320 first/single doses will have been allocated this week.

297,520 second doses will have been allocated this week.

To date, we have administered 9,381,098 doses total through May 12:

First/single doses:  5,713,828 administered

Second doses:  3,667,270 administered

Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home. Fully vaccinated people are permitted to participate in some activities without a mask based on CDC guidance. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

There are 157,792 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 4,483,950 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 71,294 resident cases of COVID-19, and 15,003 cases among employees, for a total of 86,297 at 1,590 distinct facilities in all 67 counties.

Approximately 28,120 of the total cases are among health care workers.