TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 2ND, 2020

A federal appeals court has temporarily restored Pennsylvania’s pandemic restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings, putting on hold a judge’s ruling that threw out statewide limits on crowd size.  The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday said the administration of Gov. Tom Wolf may once again enforce size limits on gatherings while it appeals the lower court order. It is unknown at this time what effect this may have on high school football this Friday night.

The P-I-Double-A is telling its member schools to talk to their solicitors after a stay was granted to Governor Tom Wolf and his restrictions on crowd sizes, including at high school football games.  A federal judge had ruled the gathering restrictions were unconstitutional last month.

The New Castle News is reporting a pickup truck driver involved in two back-to-back collisions in 2018 in New Castle will serve time in a state correctional institution. 61 year old Arthur Costas Hazimanolis of New Castle, faces 2 1/2 to 5 years in prison, according to a sentence that Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge J. Craig Cox imposed on him Thursday. Hazimanolis had pleaded guilty on Jan. 17 to two felony counts of driving under the influence and one count of aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence, in two cases filed against him for the July 6, 2018 accidents

Ten coronavirus deaths have been reported at the Grove Manor nursing home in Grove City.  Grove Manor had no COVID-19 cases until the end of August, but 76 residents have become infected and ten have died since then.  Grove Manor has also seen 45 skilled care workers and 31 other employees test positive for the virus.  Residents who test positive are isolated in a special area of the home known as the red zone, where workers wear full protective gear.

A 31-year-old New Castle woman is facing a child endangerment charge after an incident in the city’s South Side.  Police say Claire Cavanaugh and a man were found passed out and under the influence of drugs inside a Steinbrick Place home.  A three-year-old child was found sitting next to Cavanaugh.  A man was found unresponsive on the floor, and he was given the opioid antidote drug Narcan and taken to the hospital.

State health officials say Pennsylvania recorded another 11-hundred-56 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, bringing the statewide total to more than 160-thousand.  Eighteen more fatalities were reported.  It was the fourth day this week the state had more than one-thousand cases.

State Representative Paul Schemel is among the latest to test positive for COVID-19.  The Republican from Franklin County said yesterday in a statement he was experiencing mild symptoms Wednesday and was tested.  Schemel says he was last in the Capitol Tuesday but wasn’t symptomatic at that time.  Each member of the state House will be tested.

The Pittsburgh Steelers game versus the Tennessee Titans will be rescheduled after all.  The change comes after learning of additional positive coronavirus tests from the Titans.  The NFL said one additional Titans player and personnel member tested positive for the virus today.  As a result, the Titans facility is set to remain closed and the team will not have in-person activities until further notice.  An announcement on the new game date will be made shortly.

Point Park University’s new sports team does not need a stadium.  The university’s esports team made its debut this week and went one-and-one in the Rocket League, which is a popular video game of vehicular soccer.  The campus spent 300-thousand dollars to turn a former yoga studio into a high-tech gaming space with sixteen computers.  Eighteen students are currently enrolled in the sport.