It’s time for our weekly COVID-19 update for the State of Pennsylvania. Across the state more than 4.6 million COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed to residents who qualify in Phase 1A of the rollout. Around 2,990,000 people have been partially vaccinated and await a second dose, while close to 1,625,000 people are fully vaccinated, and over 100,000 teachers and school staff have received a single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the last two weeks. The news is not all good, only about ⅓ of the commonwealth’s population of seniors 65 and over are fully vaccinated, putting Pennsylvania 46th in that category. As of yesterday confirmed COVID-19 cases exceeded the one million mark; health officials have documented 1,000,240 cases of the disease. More than 9 in 10 of the infected have recovered, though some still suffer lingering health concerns from when they were infected. COVID-19 deaths have decreased sharply as treatments improve, but the death toll will soon hit 25,000.
Influenza is responsible for 40 hospitalizations and 15 deaths, only 3,100 cases have been confirmed.
The Millcreek Township Police Department has issued a warrant for the arrest of 20 year old Reginal D. Welch in connection to a murder which took place on Tuesday. Security cameras from the Millcreek Mall show Welch and his alleged victim Casey Nadolny leaving together with a young woman. The woman is an eyewitness whom testified that Welch shot Casey less than half an hour later, leading to his death at a hospital. Reginal D. Welch also goes by the nickname Dollaz and is a 20 year old Black male who’s photograph can be found on the Millcreek Township Police website. Anyone who knows of the whereabouts of Welch is being is asked to contact your local authorities or Detective Cpl. Parmeter at (814)838-9515 ext. 422. Anonymous tips can be left on the MPD Tip Line at (814)836-9271 or submitted online at http://www.millcreektownship.com/331/Tip-Line.
ANNA Shelter in Erie is in desperate need of help to find adoptive and foster homes for about 150 animals rescued from an abandoned show barn and in need of immediate medical attention. ANNA took to social media seeking donations and volunteers to help house dozens of rabbits and chickens from rare and show breeds, and even a couple chinchillas. Anyone who can help should call (814)451-0230 or visit theannashelter.com.
The State of Pennsylvania will be using a $1 million federal grant to fund a two year study on the impact COVID-19 has had on education and how to better prepare students and teachers for future public emergencies. Education officials want to focus on wat strategies worked and what did not work. Another study has exposed that online learning was made less effective by the economic disparity between school districts.