Archive for October, 2021

TUESDAY Update: Virus Has Stricken 1 In 8 County Residents

October 19th, 2021 Comments off

Nearly one in eight Potter County residents age five and older has been confirmed as a COVID-19 coronavirus victim and there have been 40 documented COVID-related deaths since the pandemic was declared. Most recent figures from the Pa. Dept. of Health (see above) show 26 new cases and two more fatalities between Friday and Monday. DOH reports there are now 213 active cases among residents of Potter County, while pointing out that the number of people carrying the virus in a locale is estimated at four or more times higher than the active case count. UPMC Cole’s Airborne Isolation Unit remains at capacity. As of Monday, the hospital was treating 10 COVID patients with one undergoing intensive care and one on a ventilator. Since the pandemic was declared, there have been 1,813 confirmed cases in Potter County.

Also between Friday and Monday, there were 48 more cases and another death in McKean County; 131 cases and three deaths in Cattaraugus County, N.Y.; 74 cases and another death in Allegany County, N.Y.: 59 more cases and one more death in Tioga County; 54 cases and a death in Clinton County; three cases and another death in Cameron County; and 280 more cases and one more death in Lycoming County. Since the pandemic began, there have been 1,513,332 total cases in Pennsylvania with 30,532 COVID-related deaths. The case count rose by 11,198 and the death toll by 105 between Friday and Monday.

Public health officials advise those who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 or believe they may have been exposed to the virus to be tested. Free testing is available at UPMC Cole for physician-referred patients. Tests are also being administered at Buchanan Brothers Pharmacy (visit the website here or call 1-800-635-8611) and Rite Aid Pharmacy (visit the website here or call 814-274-0439).

Potter County now has a vaccination rate of 37 percent (5,743) among all residents age 5 and older. Statewide, 74 percent have been vaccinated. UPMC Cole offers the vaccine to eligible patients at its outpatient offices. To schedule an appointment for an adult, call 814-274-5460; for pediatric patients, call 814-274-9198. Buchanan Brothers Pharmacy in Coudersport administers the vaccine by appointment; call 814-274-8660. Rite Aid pharmacies continue to book appointments. To access the online reservation form, click here.


Banner At County Building Honors Local War Casualty

October 12th, 2021 Comments off

A banner at the front entrance of the F. W. Gunzburger County Office Building memorializes U.S. Army Specialist Mike Franklin, who lost his life in the Global War on Terrorism. It was originally hung in downtown Harrisburg, through a partnership of a local civic organization and the American Gold Star Mothers. The banner was donated to the county by SPC Franklin’s parents, Tina and Bill Franklin, when they moved to Arizona.

More than 16 years have passed since the Coudersport soldier lost his life when an improvised explosive device detonated near his screening area in Ramadi, Iraq. SPC Franklin, who was a month shy of his 23rd birthday, was not scheduled to be on duty during that shift on March 7, 2005. But he unselfishly agreed to stand in to help a friend. The checkpoint he was patrolling was established to trap guerrilla fighters through a dusk-to-dawn curfew. Similar operations were taking place in other towns in western Iraq, which was seeing heavy guerrilla fighting. A car had stalled and couldn’t be restarted. Just as Franklin and another soldier were about to begin searching the vehicle, the bomb was detonated by a remote-control device.

After her son’s death, Tina Franklin became involved with the work of Gold Star Mothers, an organization of those who have lost a son or daughter in battle. She has made multiple trips to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., to visit injured service members. Tina and Bill Franklin suggest that those wishing to honor military personnel who have fallen in war consider service to others through community organizations, churches or government agencies.