Tri County Report For April 9th, 2020

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 1,680 additional positive cases of COVID-19 and 70 new related deaths on Wednesday. That brings the statewide total to 16,239 positive cases and 310 deaths. Lawrence County now has 32 confirmed Covid-19 cases and two deaths, Mercer County 27 cases and no deaths while Beaver County has 128 cases with 13 deaths.

A Rochester Manor and Villa resident has tested positive for COVID-19. According to the Beaver County Times the 120- unit senior care facility provides rehabilitation, skilled nursing and personal care to residents. Officials said in a statement that the staff have already taken preventive steps for the safety of staff and residents.

Governor Tom Wolf is signing an order that provides targeted distribution of P-P-E and supplies to hospitals.  The move will allow the transfer of supplies and information to high-population, high-impact areas as well as lower population areas that don’t have enough resources.  PEMA will make arrangements with other agencies to reimburse facilities for the gear and arrange for it to be allocated where it needs to go.

Police in Grove City are putting out a warning about a scammer claiming to be an officer.  Some residents who have gotten a phone call from the individual say the caller I-D shows the Grove City Police Department’s phone number.  A representative with the P-D says they will never ask for money to keep someone out of jail and personal information should never be given over the phone.

Officials with the Butler County Bureau of Elections are looking for poll workers for this year’s Primary Election.  The individuals will fill roles like judge of elections and inspectors at polling places during the election on June 2nd.  Some workers can earn up to 200-dollars per day, depending on the position.  Any interested residents are encouraged to contact the Elections Bureau office.

The Brighton Rehab and Wellness Center is working to make conditions safer for their residents and staff.  Under a new agreement, all staff will received N-95 masks and frontline healthcare workers will be eligible for hazard pay.  Forty-two residents and ten staff members tested positive for COVID-19 at the facility.

There is cautious optimism from Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald that the area is beginning to flatten the curve of coronavirus infections.  In a news conference yesterday, Fitzgerald says people are staying home and maintaining their social distancing.  The Department of Health reported Wednesday an increase of only 31 cases in Allegheny County, which is a slowdown from the pace it had been on.

No one is hurt after a fire yesterday morning at a Middlesex Township garage.  It broke out on Sunny Crest Lane near the Middlesex Volunteer Fire Company, with crews having the blaze under control within an hour.  There’s no word on what may have sparked the fire.