TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JUNE 4TH, 2020

The Pennsylvania Department of Education is releasing its preliminary guidelines for schools to reopen. Officials say that schools in yellow and green phase areas will gradually return for in-person instruction and activities beginning July 1st. Post secondary schools and adult basic education programs can also move forward with in-person instruction starting on Friday. Governor Tom Wolf’s administration says the schools have to develop a safety and health plan before they resume.

Investigators say a Slippery Rock man is dead after a two-vehicle crash in Mercer County Tuesday.  They say 25-year-old Nicholas Cheptiony was trying to pass a car stopped in the northbound lane of Route 258 about five miles north of Slippery Rock and collided into a pickup truck headed the other direction.  Cheptiony was pronounced dead at the scene, while the other driver was reportedly being treated for a serious injury at a hospital in Youngstown.

More drive-thru coronavirus testing sites are being added in western Pennsylvania.  State health officials say Quest Diagnostics will perform testing at Walmart stores in Hermitage, Clarion and Clearfield.  Each site will test 50 people a day on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7 to 9 a.m., starting tomorrow.  Pre-registration is required through Quest Diagnostics’ patient portal.

State Police in Lawrence County report a two vehicle accident in North Beaver Township. According to police, 85 year old Edward Arnold of Coraopolis was stopped at the intersection of route 18 and route 168, when he pulled into the path of a vehicle driven by 44 year old Jason Anderson of Bessemer. Arnold along with 85 year old Catherine Arnold were both taken to UPMC Jameson for treatment. Anderson was not hurt.

A New Castle woman faces charges following a traffic stop in Union Township. State Police report 20 year old Ciara Kimbell was pulled over after she failed to come to a complete stop at a nearby stop sign. An investigation found that Kimbell was in possession of drug paraphernalia. Kimbell was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, disorderly conduct along with a number of traffic violations.

Pennsylvania health officials are reporting more cases of COVID-19 throughout the state. Officials say that yesterday saw an increase of 511 new cases as the total surpassed 73-thousand. Yesterday, around 75 more deaths related to the virus were reported with the death toll standing at 57-hundred 42.

Governor Tom Wolf is allowing the stay-at-home order to expire tonight. Wolf says the order will no longer be in effect as all 67 counties will be in either the green or yellow phase of the reopening process. Though coronavirus cases are dropping, the governor insists that residents continue to take precautions to keep themselves and their communities healthy. Wolf is also renewing the 90-day disaster declaration that was also set to expire tonight, which would provide continued support for state agencies battling COVID-19.

The University of Pittsburgh is confirming the passing of legendary college football coach Johnny Majors.  Majors led the Panthers during two stints in the 70s and 90s, including an undefeated national championship in 1976.  There is no word on his cause of death.  Majors was 85-years-old.

First responders say at least one person is hurt after a multivehicle accident in Center Township, Butler County yesterday afternoon.  Three vehicles were involved in the crash near Mercer Road and Route Eight North, with one ending up on its side.  It’s unclear how severely the person was injured.