Today we have our weekly COVID-19 update. It’s now been more than a year since COVID-19 was declared an international pandemic by the World Health Organization, and Pennsylvania’s first emergency declaration was made by Governor Tom Wolf. Today vaccine demand outstrips the supply; Pennsylvania received 12,000 first doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and more than three times as many second doses this week, but vaccine providers are asking for twice as many. More than 1 million Pennsylvania Residents are fully vaccinated and twice as many await their second dose. More Pennsylvanians are now vaccinated than have been infected In the last year; 958,382 Pennsylvanians have had a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis which will lead to more than 25,000 deaths by the end of today. Techniques to prevent an infection from the coronavirus also work for the flu, the 2020-2021 flu season has only confirmed 2,902 flu cases, 37 hospitalizations, and 15 fatalities.
The Sugarcreek Police Department reports the arrest of 25 year old Corry Sheldon Hazlet Prindle of Franklin after what should have been a routine traffic stop. Prindle claimed he had forgotten his license and provided a copy of his concealed carry permit and when asked about the weapon claimed he couldn’t remember if he had it with him. Checking on his credentials revealed a warrant for his arrest and that his driver’s license was suspended. According to officers Prindle was asked to step out of his vehicle and instead leaned toward the center console of his vehicle and was forced out by officers then taken into custody based on his warrant. A later search of his vehicle revealed a 9mm pistol, nearly $5,000 in cash, and a large amount of the drug Alprazolam. Corry Sheldon Hazlet Prindle was charged with possession with intent to deliver, driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, and more.
The Meadville Public Library will reopen for in-library services on Monday, March 15th. Some library features will still be unavailable and seating will be limited, but users will be able to browse the collections, access computers, use the library’s fax and printing services, and newer services like curbside pickup will still be available as well. The library reopens at 9AM and more details can be found at meadvillelibrary.org.
Some Pennsylvania lawmakers are objecting PennDOT’s plan to open toll booths on nine bridges across the state, including one located on Interstate 80 in Clarion County. State Senator Bob Mensch says the legislature should have a say in the bridge tolling plan, and wants to pass legislation putting the breaks on the plan and giving the General Assembly more oversight of PennDOT.