Time for the weekly COVID-19 update.
Governor Tom Wolf received his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine this week, making him one of more than 4.3 million fully vaccinated residents of Pennsylvania. The Department of Health reports nearly 10,000,000 Pennsylvanians have had at least a partial vaccination and the amount of fully vaccinated adults will reach or exceed 50% by the start of June. With the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine being approved for children as young as 12 years, most of the remaining PA residents could get vaccinated if they wish, and vaccines are now stocked in pharmacies as well as weekly clinics in every county. SARS-CoV2, the viral cause of COVID-19, is still spreading, but the overall trend is downward in a big way. Sunday May 16th had the smallest number of new COVID cases nationwide since March 25th of last year and only 9,904 new cases of the disease have been diagnosed in PA from Thursday May 13th to Wednesday the 19th. Total COVID-19 cases have reached 1,191,532 and killed nearly 27,000 people.
The Pennsylvania State Police based in Franklin are investigating an unusual case of theft in Venango County. Two Pennsylvania Inspection stickers were stolen from an auto repair business on Old State Road 157 in Pinegrove Township sometime between Wednesday and Thursday this week. Please call them at (814)676-6596 if you may have information.
The City of Meadville has cancelled its Memorial Day Parade for the second year in a row because of the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic. A notification on the city website says that they will still host solemn observance at Diamond Park at 11AM that same day.
Pennsylvania’s Auditor General Timothy DeFoor is asking lawmakers to put in place safeguards for the $13.5 billion dollars in pandemic relief money being granted to the State and Municipal governments across the commonwealth. DeFoor says we need to make sure that every single dollar is only used as intended and would be very difficult to recover if subjected to abuse or fraud.