News Live 365: August 12th, 2021

Authorities in Crawford County report a Cambridge Springs man was airlifted to UPMC Hamot after suffering a critical head injury when his motorcycle crashed on Sunday. The 64 year old was not wearing a helmet while riding his Harley Davidson Fatboy on Route 77 in Richmond Township and failed to negotiate a left turn; he and the bike slid more than 40 feet along the road and it’s shoulder.

 

The southbound lane of Route 62 near its intersection with Route 127 in Warren County’s Limestone Township is closed after yesterday’s storms caused a landslide that damaged the road surface. Traffic in that area will be controlled by a temporary signal until work crews can perform repairs.

 

In state news, Pennsylvania’s Governor, Tom Wolf, announced a policy whereby all employees in state-run healthcare and congregate care facilities must either be vaccinated against COVID-19 by September 7th, or submit to weekly nasal swabs to test for the disease. The policy is similar to others being adopted in the Federal Government and other states. The new policy affects about 25,000 state employees working in prisons, nursing homes, and hospitals around the commonwealth. The governor also announced an incentive program for state employees that get the vaccine that qualifies them for an additional 8 hours of paid time off.

 

On the morning of Tuesday August 10th The Pennsylvania State Police based in Meadville recovered a 2020 Hyundai Elantra that was stolen from Erie on the night of Monday August 9th. The vehicle was parked at Woodcock Dam Overlook and authorities are asking anyone who may have information to call the Erie City Police at (814)870-1106.

 

According to the national weather service, humidity could push the heat index as high as 100 degrees in Meadville and other areas of Crawford County today. Protect yourself from extreme heat and humidity by staying hydrated, wearing light colored loose fitting clothes, and paying attention for signs of heat stroke or heat exhaustion. For more tips visit ready.gov/heat.

 

State officials held a small gathering and conference to mark the second anniversary of Pennsylvania’s insurance exchange named PENNIE. In just two years PENNIE has helped provide affordable insurance coverage for 340,000 Pennsylvania residents and is currently nearing the end of a special enrollment period for the pandemic. Visit pennie.com by Monday, August 16th to shop for policies.