More fake unemployment claims investigated by state police…Bradford man arrested for driving un-inspected vehicle…..Police arrest Buffalo man in McKean County for driving without interlock system….Portville, NY woman and child passenger unhurt in DUI related crash….11.8 million vaccines administered in PA….

Elk County

Minor injuries were reported for a Wilcox motorcyclist involved in a collision Sunday night in Jones Township, Elk County. According to Ridgway based state police Cody Duchi, 24, was speeding while making a right hand curve on the Glen Hazel Road causing his Kawasaki ZX6R to lay on its side and slide into the  southbound lane where it struck a Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Cynthia LaBant of St. Marys. The bike slid another 10 feet before stopping. Duchi was wearing a helmet and suffered minor injuries but Labant and her passengers, Steven Labant and Joseph Labant were not hurt.


Ridgway based state police are investigating another fraudulent unemployment claim. Someone used the name and social security number of a 36 year old St. Marys woman to illegally file for unemployment Tuesday morning.


McKean County

Another phony claim for unemployment compensation is being probed by state police at Lewis Run. A 55 year old Duke Center woman told police someone had fraudulently filed for unemployment illegally in her name

A Bradford man was arrested by Lewis Run State police for driving a vehicle with a fraudulent inspection certificate and driving an uninspected vehicle. James Zannelli, 69, was driving a 1998 jeep when he was pulled over on East Main Street at St. Francis Drive in Bradford Saturday afternoon.

State police at Lewis Run arrested a 27 year old Buffalo, NY resident for violation of ignition interlock. Troopers say they initiated a traffic stop on Route 219 in Sergeant Township, McKean County Monday afternoon on a report of an erratic driver. Troopers determined Rajabu Benwa was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Express van with a revoked license and without an interlock device on the vehicle.

A Portville, NY woman has been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance after a one-vehicle crash  Monday afternoon in Keating Township, McKean County. State police report 30 year old Kira Zink was headed south on Route 446 when her Hyundai Sonata veered off the west side of the road, hit an embankment and then a mailbox causing disabling damage. Zink refused medical treatment and a six year old male passenger  in a car seat, also escaped injury

DUI charges are pending against a 22 year old Eldred man after he was stopped by state police on Route 155 at the Sartwell Creek Road in Eldred Township early Sunday morning for a traffic violation.


The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed that as of 12:00 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 11, there were 1,811 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,241,843.


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McKEAN 2949


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There are 847 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 204 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19.

The trend in the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients continues to increase again.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of July 30 – Aug. 5 stood at 5.4%.

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

As of 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, there were 22 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 27,925 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 Tuesday, Aug. 10, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.

According to the CDC, as of Tuesday, Aug. 10, 63.8% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

Vaccine providers have administered 11,805,722 total vaccine doses as of Wednesday, Aug. 11.

5,783,954 people are fully vaccinated; with 18,839 vaccinations administered yesterday and a seven-day moving average of more than 14,500 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. CDC also recommends all individuals wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.

There are 169,036 individuals who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases and 638 individuals who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure.

There are 4,982,837 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there have been a total of 72,599 resident cases of COVID-19 to date, and 15,706 cases among employees, for a total of 88,305 at 1,604 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Out of total deaths reported to PA-NEDSS, 13,431 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here. Note that the number of deaths reported to NEDSS is not exactly the same as the COVID-19 related deaths reported by the death registry. The number of deaths among nursing and personal care home residents and employees is taken from the PA-NEDSS death data, as this information is not available in the death registry data.

Approximately 29,592 of total cases have been among health care workers.

Statewide – The Wolf Administration has since noon, Aug. 10:

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.