A drive through COVID-19 testing Clinic will be coming to the Crawford County County Fairgrounds in 2021. The clinic will run from 9AM to 6PM starting Monday, January 4th to Friday, January 8th and offer the slower, but more accurate PCR tests which involve a nasal swab to as many as 450 people per day. To access the drive in clinic patients should go to Gate #6 of the Crawford County Fairgrounds and follow the signs to the registration and then testing sites. The drive through clinic is first come first serve, does not require an appointment, and comes at no cost, but any participant must have identification in the form of a photo ID such as a driver’s license or an insurance card for verification purposes. Anyone who gets a COVID-19 test should self-quarantine until they receive test results which should arrive within seven days; patients who test positive will receive a phone call and negative test results will get an email notification.
A Pennsylvania State Police Trooper was saved by passers by while being assaulted by a New Jersey man along Interstate 79 South in Mercer County. On Saturday the 26th a trooper was attempting to assist 58 year old Robert Gartside of Patterson New Jersey when the man became belligerent and then attacked. Some passers by stopped to assist the officer and Gartside was arrested. Gartside faces charges including assault of a law enforcement officer, reckless endangerment, and more.
The Sugarcreek Police Department reports the December 23rd arrest of 27 year old Devon McClelland who had a warrant for charges related to a drug distribution ring. McCelland was arrested without incident after concerned citizens helped police find his location.
COVID-19 vaccinations will begin to be distributed to residents and staff of skilled nursing homes across Pennsylvania today. This begins the second phase of immunization in the commonwealth. About 70% of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 deaths have been recorded in nursing and elder care facilities.