TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR APRIL 27TH, 2020

The state Department of Health is announcing eleven-hundred new positive coronavirus cases statewide.  During Sunday’s announcement, the total number of cases rose to 41-thousand-165.  Officials report that more than 157-thousand people have tested negative for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. In Lawrence County there are 61 cases of Covid-19 at 5 deaths and Mercer County has one death and 65 cases.

The death toll attributed to coronavirus complications is now at 15-hundred-50 in Pennsylvania.  That number includes 13 new deaths reported since Saturday’s daily announcement.  Health department officials say most of the hospitalizations and deaths related to COVID-19 are with patients age 65-and-older.

City Police in New Castle report a one vehicle accident last night on the north hill. According to the New Castle News a man struck three telephone poles before crashing into a fourth and snapping it in half. The accident took place in the 1500 block of Highland Avenue at the intersection of Sumner Avenue. No other details were released.

Nursing homes in Beaver County are reporting an increase of 38 coronavirus cases since last Thursday, according to the state Health Department.  The Beaver County Times reports that most of those new positive tests are at the Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center.  The paper reports there are 225 cases of the virus at nursing homes and long-term care facilities in Beaver County, including at Rochester Manor and Concordia Villa Saint Joseph in Baden.

Police in Mars are looking for whoever stole food donation bins from an area church.  The three large bins were outside Saint Killian’s Church and were being used as a self-serve food pantry.  Church officials say while they hope the food went to people in need, they do need those bins back.  They estimate they are feeding about 100 families a week through the program.

Dairy farmers in Pennsylvania and elsewhere were already in trouble due in part, to low prices and falling demand. Then came coronavirus, which resulted in the loss of large volume customers when schools and restaurants were forced to close. PA Agriculture officials say consumers can do their part, by purchasing Pennsylvania-made products which contain the Plant Code “42” or the “PA Preferred” logo.

A food distribution is scheduled for tomorrow at the Big Butler Fairgrounds in Prospect.  The event organized by the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, along with the Alliance for Nonprofit Resources, the Butler County Sheriff’s Office, and the Friends of the Bantam Jeep Association is expected to feed around 15-hundred families during the drive-up event.  Each vehicle will receive two 25-pound boxes of food per vehicle, regardless of how many people are inside.  No walkups to the event on the eleven-hundred-block of New Castle Road will be allowed, according to organizers.

New Castle graduate Geno Stone was picked in the seventh round of the NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. He was the 219th pick overall. Stone a safety at the University of Iowa declared to enter the NFL Draft after his junior season.

Bishop David Zubik of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh yesterday announced new directives that allow for limited public celebrations of certain sacraments. Zubik said that, in exceptional circumstances, weddings and funerals with a Mass may now be celebrated with a limit of ten people or fewer in attendance.However church buildings cannot be reopened until further notice, and the suspension of public celebration of the Mass remains in effect.