The PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources reports leaves are approaching best color in Potter and McKean Counties and leaves are beginning to change in Cameron, Elk and Tioga Counties.

Unemployment increases across region….details released about collision last week in Potter County…68.5% of residents vaccinated….

 Tuesday’s high, 67; Overnight low, 39; .15” rainWED-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 68






The unemployment picture in the five counties served by  Black Forest Broadcasting increased  between July and August  according to figures just released by the state department of labor and industry. Potter County saw an increase  from 6.7% to 6.9%; McKean County went up from 7.0% to 7.3%; Cameron County saw an increase from 7.5% to 7.8%; Tioga County went up from 6.2% to 7.0%.  Elk County increased from 6.9% to 7.1%. Chester County has the best rate in Pennsylvania at 4.3% but it also saw an increase from 4.1%; Forest County had the worst rate at 9.0% which was up from 8.4%. Pennsylvania’s rate was 6.4 % and the national figure was 5.2 % for the period.


Coudersport based state police  have finally released complete details regarding a collision last Friday afternoon in Hebron Township. Troopers report the collision occurred when Lisa Harris of Port Allegany made a left turn causing her Toyota Rav4 to hit a southbound Ford Explorer Sport driven by Janice Watson of Shinglehouse. The impact send Watson’s SUV into a legally parked GMC Sierra. Both drivers and one passenger in the Harris unit were taken to Olean General Hospital for treatment of unknown injuires. A second passenger in the Harris vehicle was unhurt.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed that as of 12:00 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 28, there were 5,429 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,420,478.


ELK 1951

McKEAN 3374


TIOGA 3067



There are 2,778 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 666 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 Sept. 17 – Sept. 23 stood at 8.9%.

As of 11:59 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, there were 75 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 29,226 deaths attributed to COVID-19. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

The number of COVID-19 cases among school-aged children (between 5-18 years old) is 12.2 times greater this year than in 2020. In fact, between Sept. 15 and Sept. 21, 2020, there were a total of 650 COVID-19 cases in school-aged kids compared to 7,928 cases in the same age group during the same week in 2021.

According to the CDC, as of Monday, Sept. 27, 68.5% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

Vaccine providers have administered 12,713,634 total vaccine doses, including 97,983 additional doses authorized for people who are immunocompromised, as of Tuesday, Sept. 28.

6,193,136 people are fully vaccinated; with 6,967 vaccinations administered since yesterday and a seven-day moving average of more than 14,800 people per day receiving vaccinations.

There are 5,432,320 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there have been a total of 76,176 resident cases of COVID-19 to date, and 16,277 cases among employees, for a total of 92,453 at 1,625 distinct facilities in all 67 counties.

Approximately 31,002 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.