It’s time for the weekly COVID-19 and flu update. Nearly 9 million vaccines have been distributed inoculating more than ⅓ of adults in Pennsylvania against COVID-19, and by the end of the month that number is expected to reach ½; enough residents that restrictions on the capacity of businesses are to be lifted. Pennsylvania has become the state with the third highest rate of senior citizens vaccinated against COVID. The number of new COVID-19 patients is lower than the rate of recovery and 19,495 new cases have been confirmed from April 29th to May 5th. A total of 1,166,692 cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed across Pennsylvania since the pandemic began, leading to 26,447 deaths. Pennsylvania and the rest of the country continue to see the weakest flu season in history 3,519 confirmed cases lead to 45 hospitalizations and 20 deaths in the state.
The Crawford Area Transit Authority began a new program to provide subsidized fares for rides provided to some rural residents of Crawford County in qualifying areas. The Rural Family and Workforce Transit Program began on Monday and provides rides for residents in rural areas outside of Meadville and Titusville and in Vernon Township at only 15% of the cost. Find out more at CATAbus.org.
The Pennsylvania State Police in Corry are asking for help locating two chainsaws stolen from a logging site in Oil Creek Township, Crawford County. The two chainsaws are worth more than $2,000; one is a Husqvarna model and the other is a Red Max. Please call (814)663-2043 if you have information.
An architect has been picked to help redesign the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. The scene of the 2018 mass shooting is going to be rebuilt with a memorial to the victims and new interior spaces including classrooms. The architect is Daniel Libeskind, a Polish-American architect who’s parents survived the Holocaust. Libeskind was the chief architect of the Jewish Museum of Berlin and has worked on many prominent projects around the world including the Grand Canal Theatre and the 9/11 Memorial in New York City.