TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JULY 29TH, 2020

Ninth District State Representative Chris Sainato along with several other state lawmakers, is asking the Governor Tom Wolf to lift the twenty-five percent capacity for bars and restaurants. Sainato said the limit is unnecessarily restrictive and damaging to the local economy.  The lawmakers’ letter calls on Wolf to restore the previous 50% capacity guidelines, saying the new restriction does more harm than good.

A Beaver County nursing home is accused of giving an experimental drug to COVID-19 patients without permission.  Pennsylvania health officials say Brighton Health and Wellness Center was not approved to administer hydroxychloroquine as the virus sickened hundreds of residents.  Clinical trials found the anti-malaria drug was not effective.

Governor Tom Wolf is encouraging Pennsylvanians to get back to work instead of relying on unemployment.  During a visit to a York County Pennsylvania Career Link Tuesday, Wolf urged people to go online to connect to businesses who are in need of employees.  P-A’s unemployment rate stands at 13-percent.

Police in Grove City are seeking information in connection with a vehicle, pedestrian accident from last week. WFMJ-TV reports a 17 year old male was struck by a red SUV last Wednesday on Carrie Way.  The driver fled the scene. According to the news release, the driver was reported to be a younger man. Anyone with information on the accident should call Grove City Police.

Students at Moon Area School District will be starting the year online.  The school board voted seven-to-two in favor of a full cyber education to start the 2020-2021 school year without any other options.  Monday night’s virtual public meeting lasted over six hours.  It’s reported a recent survey of parents had over 70-percent opting for some form of in-person classroom learning.

COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania are continuing to rise throughout the state. Officials say yesterday saw an increase over one-thousand new cases, with the state total surpassing 109-thousand. About 24 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll yesterday, which sits at 71-hundred-46. Lawrence County added 17 new positive COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, and now has 308 cases and 11 deaths.

Pennsylvania State police say they are continuing to visit liquor establishments to make sure they are complying with COVID-19 mitigation requirements. Statewide, troopers issued 64 warnings but haven’t given a notice of violation.

There is a new executive director for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.  Michael Demko is leaving his C-O-O post to take on the role, replacing Charlie Mooney who is retiring August 8th.  In a news release, Demko said his goal is to implement initiatives that streamline operations.

According to his week’s Triple-A East Central Gas Price Report, gas prices across western Pennsylvania once again declined slightly this week to 2.44 gallon. In New Castle drivers are paying 2.32 a gallon while in Sharon the average price is 2.48. The national gas price average held steady on the week at $2.19. A year ago the average price is Western Pennsylvania was at 2.97 a gallon.