News Live 365: June 18th, 2021

Crawford County authorities finally released the details of a June 7th crash on Route 322 near Cochranton. At around 7:20 AM a Knox woman was drifting out of the westbound lane and overcorrected her course which caused her to hit an embankment on the east side, sending her Dodge Durango airborne and into a creek at the bottom of a ravine some 100 feet from the road. Rescuers from the Cochranton Volunteer Fire Department extracted her and took her to UPMC Seneca.


If the weather is fair, Crawford County residents should look to the sky this evening around 7 as hot air balloons will take to the skies in honor of the late Ted Watts, the former chairman of the Thurston Classic. Both of Mr. Watts’s balloons named Legal Eagle and Legal Eagle 2ZX are to be joined by five other balloons in the sky around Meadville if weather permits. They are also scheduled to go up at 7AM tomorrow morning.


Tomorrow marks Pennsylvania’s second and the Federal Government’s first recognition of June 19th as an official holiday that commemorates the day Federal soldiers informed Texas slaves they were free after the Civil War.


Time for the weekly COVID-19 update.
Pennsylvania’s State of Emergency for COVID-19 officially ended on Tuesday after the results of the May Primary were certified by the Pennsylvania Department of State, making the resolution passed in the legislature ending the declaration official. Meanwhile nearly 70% of all adults in the commonwealth have received at least a partial vaccination for COVID-19 and more than half are fully inoculated. All three approved vaccines are widely available at hospitals and select pharmacies and there is no cost for the procedure. High vaccination rates and warm summer weather have combined to keep new cases of the disease very low, from Thursday June, 10th to Wednesday the 16th the health department only confirmed 1,992 new cases. 1,209,725 confirmed cases have killed 27,546 Pennsylvanians since the pandemic began and 454 patients are currently hospitalized. Thousands of Pennsylvanians have what is called ‘long COVID’ where symptoms and complications last long after infection.