Canadian truck driver hurt in McKean County crash…alleged indecent assault being investigated by state police at Lewis Run….Troopers probe another ID theft…..Authorities remind area residents crooks are using ID information to  illegally obtain unemployment compensation….State’s positivity rate is going up….

Thursday’s high, 84; Overnight low, 62; 1.22” of rain (Thunderstorms)







McKean County

A Canadian truck driver was hurt in a crash Tuesday evening on Route 66 in Wetmore Township, McKean County. State police at Lewis Run report 52 year old Muhammad Qazi from Brampton Ontario was speeding when his Freightliner Sprinter went the road on a left-hand curve, went off the northbound shoulder, hit a embankment rolled part way over before stopping. He was taken to UPMC Kane for treatment of minor injuries and was cited for speeding.

Troopers at Lewis Run are investigating a reported indecent assault taking place last Saturday night on Williams Street in Bradford. A 16 year old girl told authorities she was inappropriately touched by a male suspect.

Another ID theft is being investigated by state police at Lewis Run. Someone used information belonging to a 54 year old Cyclone woman last week to obtain unemployment compensation.





​ Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jennifer Berrier, Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) Bureau of Criminal Investigation Director Major Jeremy Richard, and Department of Banking and Securities Deputy Secretary for Financial Services Tim Arthunare reminding Pennsylvanians to be vigilant of fraud and the warning signs and steps to take if they become a victim.

Across the nation, criminals are applying for unemployment benefits using stolen identities that were obtained in data breaches that occurred outside of state government. There were more than 11,000 data breaches that caused the exposure of more than 1.6 billion records in the U.S. over a span of about 15 years. Many individuals whose personal data was leaked during these breaches are unaware until a fraudster uses their identity to apply for unemployment benefits and they receive notification that a benefits application has been filed in their name.

L&I utilizes numerous fraud-detection measures, including using virtual identity verification vendor to verify the identities of all new unemployment applicants. Since the new UC benefits system went live June 8, we have prevented approximately $1 billion in state and federal dollars from being paid out to fraudsters.

L&I works with the National Unemployment Insurance Fraud Task ForceOpens In A New Window and other partners, including the FBI, Homeland Security and additional law enforcement agencies, the state treasury and the state attorney general’s office, to identify and block new fraud methods and stop fraud attempts.

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Anyone can contact the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities with questions or complaints about a financial transaction, company, or product at 1-800-PA-BANKS or using the online complaint form. visit and click on “fraud to learn the warning signs of unemployment benefits fraud, how to report it, and the steps you should take if you become a victim.

– The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., July 29 that there were 1,088 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,223,390.





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There are 462 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 87 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19. More data is available here.


The trend in the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients per continues to increase. The full 14-day moving average since the start of the pandemic can be found here.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of July 16 – July 22 stood at 2.6%.

As of 11:59 p.m., Thursday, July 29, there were 4 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 27,842 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, July 28, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.
  • According to the CDC, as of Thursday morning, July 28, 62.6% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

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

  • Vaccine providers have administered 11,595,294 total vaccine doses as of Thursday, July 29.
  • 5,696,591 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 12,500 people per day receiving vaccinations.

The department continues to urge Pennsylvanians to follow CDC guidance for wearing a mask where required by law, rule and regulations, including healthcare, local business and workplace guidance. For the protection of themselves and others, individuals who have not yet been vaccinated or are partially vaccinated, are still encouraged to wear a mask when in public.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there have been a total of 72,242 resident cases of COVID-19, and 15,624 cases among employees, for a total of 87,866 at 1,602 distinct facilities in all 67 counties.

Approximately 29,327 of total cases have been among health care workers.

The Department of Health is working to ensure the vaccine is provided in a way that is ethical, equitable and efficient to all Pennsylvanians:

  • All Pennsylvanians age 12 and older are eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine. Use Vaccine Finder to find a COVID-19 vaccine provider near you.
  • 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.