The Centers for Disease Control added Crawford County and five other Pennsylvania counties to its list of areas where they advise even vaccinated individuals should wear a mask while indoors. The CDC lists Crawford along with Cameron County as areas with a high rate of COVID-19 transmission and together with Lawrence, Cumberland, Northampton, and Wyoming counties, advises that masks should be worn. Crawford County’s rate of COVID-19 transmission has remained rather stable since May with 30 to 40 new cases of the disease every week and has shown no sign of slowing while only 38% of residents have been fully vaccinated; which is well below the state average. Crawford County has recorded 36 new infections and no deaths this week, and 7,644 cases with 157 deaths overall. Statewide there are 4,951 new infections this week for a total of 1,223,390 cases and 27,842 attributed deaths.
Edinboro University has sold the former Porreco College Campus to the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. LECOM intends to use the property acquired for $3.2 million as another campus for the education of students. Porreco College was once a satellite campus for Edinboro from 1986 to 2014, and then a small private school overseen by Edinboro until April of last year.
The Federal eviction moratorium ends tomorrow, but if you are a landlord or tenant financially struggling and need help Pennsylvania’s’ ERAP program is still there. ERAP is the Emergency Rental Assistance Program and has a fund of over half a billion dollars to help people pay for rent and utilities. Find out more by visiting www.dhs.pa.gov/ERAP.
In state news: Pittsburgh International Airport has become the first airport in the world to be powered by its own micro power grid by using a combination of its own on site solar and natural gas power generation. Many other airports are working on similar projects but PIT is the first on Earth to achieve complete self-sufficiency and now has the capability of working on its own self-sufficient power grid separate from any other. Power for the airport is now provided by 10,000 solar panels and five natural gas powered generators which get their fuel from wells that were drilled on the airport’s property. The microgrid produces 20 megawatt hours of electricity which provides a surplus over the 14 megawatt hours the airport uses.