TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MARCH 26TH, 2020

Lawrence County Health officials are confirming their first positive coronavirus test.  Commissioners Chairman Morgan Boyd said P-E-M-A officials let them know about the first confirmed case this week.  Boyd tells the Beaver County Times it was only a matter of time and that we are all in this together.

It is reported that Butler Health System has had its first death related to COVID-19.  They have not yet offered more details, but it is believed the incident has been reported to the P-A Department of Health.  In all, B-H-S has performed more than 560 tests and has admitted a total of 16 people to Butler Memorial Hospital for confirmed or believed coronavirus.  Five patients are in the hospital’s intensive care unit.

The union representing Beaver County employees is at odds with county officials over how the commissioners are responding to the coronavirus pandemic.  Representatives with S-E-I-U Local 668 criticized the commissioners in a statement this week for the actions they’ve taken to protect county employees.  Union officials say they are receiving several calls daily from employees who are concerned about working in close quarters with other people, according to the Beaver County Times.  The county’s solicitor says the board feels as if it has gone above and beyond in their response.

Heritage Valley officials say their second COVID-19 testing location will be open today in Moon Township.  The drive-through collection site is at their neighborhood facility on the 900-block of Thorn Run Road today from 8 a-m until 4:30 p-m.  Testing is only available for anyone who has received an authorized order from a Heritage Valley provider prior to stopping at the site.

Pennsylvania is pushing back its primary election because of the coronavirus.  state lawmakers passed legislation to postpone the contest.  It was scheduled to be held April 28th but will be moved to June 2nd.  Governor Tom Wolf is expected to sign the measure.  Over ten other states have taken similar action.

Shoppers at Giant Eagle stores across western Pennsylvania will soon see something new: plexiglass barriers at all checkout and service counters.  Stores have installed the barriers to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  The stores are also temporarily suspending the use of reusable bags and will bag all groceries in single-use plastic bags.  Market District and GetGo Gas are also putting in the plexiglass barriers.

State troopers are charging three teens for damages to a youth baseball field in Center Township.  The trio of 15-year-olds allegedly damaged doors and dugouts at the Center Township Athletic Sports Complex on Mercer Road recently.  The three also allegedly broke into the concession stand and stole food.  They are being charged in juvenile court.

Police in Butler Township are looking for a woman who they believe is behind an identity theft.  It reportedly happened at the Walmart at Butler Crossing Plaza.  Anyone who is able to identify the woman or her vehicle from surveillance photos is asked to contact Butler Township Police.

Primanti Brothers officials say they are giving away a free beer to every customer who orders takeout today at any of their locations across P-A.  Restaurant officials say customers must be 21-years or older and show a valid I-D when they pick up their call-in or online order.  Their spokesperson said with nearly two weeks at home that he needed a beer and their customers need a beer, so they are giving away that beer.  The beers are sealed and cannot be consumed at the restaurant.