Pennsylvania passed a major milestone in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout this week when it reached the point where one million people have been inoculated with at least one dose of the vaccination; however, getting more doses of the vaccine for the state and distributing those doses from providers to residents is still proving to be a challenge. The spread of COVID-19 has slowed for the first week of February and new confirmed cases have dropped below 4,000 a day for the first time since the beginning of January. The Department of Health estimates 84% of all COVID patients have recovered but there are currently more than 137,000 individuals sick with the disease across the state. To date COVID-19 has infected around 857,000 Pennsylvania Residents and killed more than 22,000, or around 2.5% of infected people. Another 85,000 patients may have persistent or even lifelong health problems from the disease.
Influenza rates are still extremely low; across the state only 2,479 flu cases have been detected in a lab leading to 31 hospitalizations and 11 deaths.
Authorities in Erie County are reporting a fatal car accident in Harborcreek. Police say they suspect alcohol was a factor in the death of a 64 year old man who crossed the centerline into the opposing lane of East Lake Road, drove off the shoulder, corrected, and then crashed into a tree. The man died shortly after EMS arrived on scene and an investigation is ongoing.
A scam alert has been issued by the City of Franklin Police Department. Callers from what appear to be local numbers are calling individuals around Venango County to tell them their Apple ICloud accounts have been breached and direct them to a false tech support number in an attempt to get personal account information.
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives approved a bill that would exempt milk trucks from weather related commercial vehicle bans on highways. A similar bill was approved by the legislature last year, but was vetoed by Governor Wolf over a disagreement in the language.