Time for the weekly COVID-19 update. With the pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine lifted, Pennsylvania is expected to receive a total of about 700,000 COVID-19 vaccines a week from all three producers. The vaccine glut has caused new concerns, because where only a few weeks ago people were worried about wait times, now some places are running short of patients to serve. The Department of Health reports more than 8.3 million vaccines administered across the commonwealth, and close to 3,400,000 people fully vaccinated. The SARS CoV2 virus is of course still spreading and still causing COVID; 22,975 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the last week, an average of about 3,256 cases a day. 1,146,398 cases have directly contributed to 26,179 deaths since the pandemic reached Pennsylvania. There are 96% less cases of flu than average, 3,458 influenza cases have contributed to 20 deaths.
Jose Santospena of Yonkers, New York was arrested by the Pennsylvania State Police in Venango County after leading troopers on a chase along I-80 when he refused to pull over for a routine stop. A search warrant served on his vehicle revealed narcotics packaged for sale and now Jose faces charges of possession with intent to distribute and fleeing and eluding police. According to PSP Franklin, on Friday April 23rd Santospena sped away from a trooper as they tried to make a traffic stop on Interstate 80 and turned down Exit 35 to hide in the parking lot of a nearby business. When he was spotted by the pursuers he attempted to flee westward down 80, but eventually pulled over and gave up.
Edinboro University, in partnership with Wal-Mart, is hosting its own COVID-19 vaccine clinic from noon until 8PM on Wednesday, May 5th. The clinic is open to Edinboro University Students and staff, and to residents of the Edinboro community. Call (1-800)753-8827 and select OPTION 1 to schedule an appointment.
The PSSHE Board of Directors voted this week to approve the consolidation of Edinboro University with Clarion and California Universities. The board also approved a merger of Bloomsburg, Lockhaven, and Mansfield. Each group of schools will maintain their own campuses, but they will share administrative staff. More information and a chance to make your words heard in the public comment period can be found at https://www.passhe.edu/systemredesign/Pages/integrations.aspx.