TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MAY 11TH, 2020

The Commonweatlh continues to see a steady increase of coronavirus patients with 1,295 additional positive cases reported Sunday. That increase brings the state total to 56,611.There are 19 more coronavirus deaths that have been confirmed, making the state total 3,707. Lawrence County has 70 cases and 7 deaths. Mercer County has 73 confirmed cases and 2 deaths.

National Guard troops are being deployed to help a Beaver County nursing home that’s been hit hard by COVID-19.  More than two-dozen Pennsylvania Guard members will arrive at the Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness today for a week-long assignment.  The soldiers will perform housekeeping tasks and daily support services for residents.  The long-term care facility has reported more than 330 coronavirus cases and 71 deaths.

Governor Tom Wolf is planning to move 13 southwestern P-A counties into his designated yellow reopening stage this Friday.  The only county in the area left off his list is Beaver County.  Fayette County Commissioner Vincent Vicites tells the Herald Standard that while he was disappointed the county wasn’t in this past Friday’s group, he did stay in constant contact with the governor’s office about case numbers.

While western Pennsylvania businesses prepare to reopen later this week, local universities are facing uncertain post-coronavirus futures.  California University of Pennsylvania officials say they expect to have their campus open for the fall semester, but a hybrid schedule of in-person and online classes is not off the table.  Cal U is making arrangements for students who prefer remote instruction to take all their classes online.

Congressman Mike Kelly is warning residents about scammers claiming to be calling from his office.  The Butler native says he’s been told some of his constituents say they’ve gotten a call from someone asking for social security numbers, adding that the info will be used to help check on the status of stimulus payments.  Kelly says his office doesn’t do this and anyone who gets a call like this should hang up and let his district office know.

State Police in Lawrence County report a one vehicle accident in Wayne Township. According to police 21 year old Mitchell Frasier of Ellwood City was traveling on Wurtemburgh Road when he went off the roadway and struck a house. No injuries were reported.

A man is hurt after a crash over the weekend in Summit Township.  It happened along Portman Road near Bonniebrook Road late Saturday morning, with the driver needing to be extracted from the vehicle.  That 22-year-old from Butler was taken to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh in an unknown condition.

State police say no one is seriously hurt after single-vehicle crash in Slippery Rock last week.  It’s believed the man, a 30-year-old from Slippery Rock, lost control on Stoughton Road near Centerville Pike the evening of Monday May 4th.  That pickup truck hit a utility pole and came to rest in a nearby field.  Speed is believed to have played a factor in the crash.