TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JULY 7TH, 2020

Three Western P-A counties are said to be on Governor Tom Wolf’s so-called watch list when it comes to concern over COVID-19.  A Washington County commissioner tells W-P-X-I T-V they are on that list after a phone call from the governor’s office last Thursday.  It’s believed that Allegheny County is also on that list since nearly half of all the new coronavirus cases are coming from the county.  It isn’t clear which other local county rounds out that list.

According to the New Castle News, fire destroyed a vacant home Sunday night on the city’s west side. Firefighters were called at 10 p.m. to the house at the corner of Bell Avenue and Connector Street. The structure was fully involved upon their arrival. The cause was not immediately known, and no injuries were reported.

Governor Tom Wolf is trying to make his case about the importance of masks to Pennsylvanians.  In a news release Monday, Wolf cited a study in The Lancet funded by the World Health Organization that showed a possible large reduction in coronavirus infection risk, especially when combined with social distancing.  He also pointed to a Texas A-and-M study that found that not wearing a face mask dramatically increases a person’s chances of being infected by coronavirus.  Wolf added that study after study indicates the effectiveness of mask-wearing to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to keep the curve of cases flattened.

Another local fair has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.Fair directors made the decision Monday to cancel the Great Stoneboro Fair. Directors said they could not move forward with the fair and comply with CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines. The cancellation comes as coronavirus cases in the state surpassed 90,000 on Monday.

Officials with the Pennsylvania Department of Health are adding 450 new COVID-19 cases to the Commonwealth’s overall total.  Monday’s announcement brings P-A to 90-thousand-304 confirmed or possible cases since the start of the pandemic.  One new death related to coronavirus complications was reported Monday, bringing the statewide death toll to 67-hundred-54. Lawrence County added five cases and now has 124 cases with nine deaths.

It is unclear what led to a two-car crash in Connoquenessing Township yesterday morning.  The wreck happened along Whitestown Road near Evans City Road with the driver of one of the vehicles getting trapped inside.  Crews were able to eventually free the person, who was pinned behind the steering wheel.  There’s no word on any injuries.

Officials with the annual New Brighton car cruise are canceling this year’s event.  Organizers say they had to scrap the August 22nd event for the health and safety of participants, attendees, and the New Brighton community, according to the Beaver County Times.  Members of Pennsylvania Hot Rod will connect with vendors regarding a refund.

Officials with U-P-M-C Mercy say their burn center treated a record number of people for fireworks injuries over the Independence Day holiday.  There were more than 20 people treated this weekend, including several children.  A representative with the burn center tells W-P-X-I T-V that some of the injuries are very serious, leading to admissions, on-going care, and even therapy.  Last year, the burn center treated six patients for fireworks-related injuries.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central Gas Price Report the average price of gasoline in Western Pennsylvania is steady this week at $2.47. In New Castle drivers are paying 2.37 a gallon while in Sharon the price is at 2.49. The national gas price average increased just one cent to $2.18 on the week, despite a dip in U.S. demand for gasoline and gasoline stocks increasing by 1 million barrels. For motorists who hit the road for the Independence Day holiday, gas prices were nearly 60 cents cheaper than last year and the most inexpensive prices for the holiday since 2004.