Monday’s high, 85; Overnight low, 63






Driftwood man dies in one-vehicle accident….Local driver hurt slightly when hand controls fail….St. Marys woman arrested for shoplifting….Cameron County artist donating proceeds from sale of artwork to ambulance service….Covid cases continue to inch back up….

A Driftwood man died in a one-vehicle accident Monday morning  in Jay Township Elk County. Ridgway based state police report 64 year old Wayne Johnson’s westbound Toyota Tundra crossed Route 555 for unknown reasons and struck a utility pole before going down an embankment and colliding with several trees.  Johnson was wearing a seatbelt and the airbags deployed. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Elk County Coroner.

State police at Ridgway arrested a 32 year old St.Marys woman for shoplifting at the Walmart store Sunday afternoon. Authorities claim the suspect, whose name was not released, stole $201.98 worth of merchandise at the self checkout lane.

A well-known Coudersport resident was injured slightly in a one-vehicle accident last Friday evening in Eulalia Township. According to state police, Scott Bruzzi was going north on Niles Hill Road south of Dingman Run Road when the hand controls on his 1992 Dodge caravan failed, causing Bruzzi to lose control of the van which went off the west side of the road and collided with a tree. Bruzzi was taken to UPMC Cole for treatment of minor injuries. (Photo courtesy of Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department.)

Both Coudersport residents  involved in an argument last Tuesday night on East Second Street in Coudersport have been charged with physical harassment. Troopers claim a 36 year old man and a 42 year old woman were engaged in an argument which turned physical.

Cameron County artist John Sidelinger is donating proceeds from the sale of his artwork to the Cameron County Ambulance Association.  Sidelinger specializes in wildlife and after a visit to the zoo with family, has begun to paint animal portraits of gorillas, tigers, lions and other zoo inhabitants.

Sidelinger expressed concern over funding for the ambulance service and the staff that continues to serve the county.  He approached the chamber with the idea of donating all proceeds to the organization through September 30, hoping to raise more money during the elk rut.  His originals are available for purchase at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center. The facility is open Monday through Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday 10am-2pm.

Cameron County Ambulance executive director Tonyia Wennin expressed appreciation, noting there are numerous items used on calls that are not reimbursed by insurance companies.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed that between 12:00 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 21 and Monday, Aug. 23, there were 7,652 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,269,555.


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McKEAN 2987


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There are 1,463 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 391 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 Aug 13 – Aug. 19 stood at 6.9%.

Between 11:59 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20 and 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22, there were 17 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 28,076 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 Sunday, Aug. 22, 65% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

Vaccine providers have administered 12,021,903 total vaccine doses as of Monday, Aug. 23.

5,883,754 people are fully vaccinated; with 47,133 vaccinations administered yesterday and a seven-day moving average of more than 16,800 people per day receiving vaccinations.

There are 5,073,196 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there have been a total of 73,057 resident cases of COVID-19 to date, and 15,811 cases among employees, for a total of 88,750 at 1,604 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Approximately 29,934 of total cases have been among health care workers.

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.

Vaccine dashboard data can also be found on the website to find more information on the doses administered and showcase demographic information.