TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 19TH, 2020

A federal judge says a Beaver County nursing home cannot claim immunity from a lawsuit that alleged the home was negligent in taking steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Federal Judge Arthur Schwab says the Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in Beaver could not use federal law to protect it from a wrongful death suit filed by the family of 69-year-old Elizabeth Wiles.  Wiles was a cancer survivor and housekeeper at the home who told her employer she was concerned about her risk of contracting the coronavirus.  She was later diagnosed with the virus and died this last May.

The state’s jobless rate dropped from 10.4 percent in August to 8.1 percent in September. Non-farm jobs were up 19,400 to more than 5.5 million and jobs increased in 9 of the state’s 11 industry supersectors with leisure and hospitality posting the largest gain. The state has now recovered more than 54 percent of the jobs lost in March and April.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout Pennsylvania.  The state added over three-thousand new cases to the total over the weekend, pushing it over 180-thousand. About 34 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is nearing 85-hundred. Lawrence County has 703 cases and 24 deaths. Mercer County has 882 cases and 25 deaths.

An Ohio man was flown to the hospital following a dirt bike accident that took place earlier this month in North Beaver Township. State Police in Lawrence County report 30 year old Jacob Taylor of Madison Ohio lost control as he was traveling south on Hoffmaster Raod and was ejected from the bike. He was flown to St.Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown for treatment.

With just over two weeks to go until Election Day, Vice President Mike Pence will be in Pennsylvania today. He’ll be holding a Make America Great Again rally at the Capital City Airport in Fairview Township this afternoon. The event is scheduled to begin at four p-m with doors opening two hours earlier. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis by visiting President Trump’s official campaign website.

State Police in Mercer County report a one vehicle accident in Otter Creek Township. Police said 23 year old Jessica Fenton of Greenville lost control of her vehicle on Donation Road and struck a ditch, causing the vehicle to roll over. Fenton was taken to UPMC Greenville for treatment.

Today, Beaver Falls Senior High School begins what’s called synchronous instruction, but it’s stirring debate among parents as well as students.  Under the synchronous format, remote students follow classes online in real time.  Some students say sitting for eight hours could be unhealthy, and parents call it an invasion of privacy.  Right now, classes use a hybrid format, which means half the students attend in-person classes for two days while the other half is remote. When students are remote, they can work on assignments at their own pace.

The Quaker Valley Middle And High schools are closed today due to possible exposure to COVID-19.  The district announced over the weekend that those schools will remain closed, and students will be taught remotely for the next fourteen days.  Administrators say that a total of eleven students have confirmed cases of coronavirus between the two schools. That includes two cases announced last Thursday.  More than 100 students and members of staff have been asked to self-quarantine.

A Slippery Rock man faces charges following a two vehicle accident. According to State Police in Butler County 30 year old Brian Miller was traveling east on Centerville Pike Road when he struck a vehicle operated by 74 year old Dianne Morse, also of Slippery Rock. No injuries were reported. Police said Miller was arrested and charged with DUI.

Pennsylvania’s online and retail sportsbook generated a record $462.8 million in bets in September but failed to bring in record taxable revenue. The commonwealth joins New Jersey and Nevada in surpassing $450 million in wagers in a single month, according to PlayPennsylvania.  The record wagers produced only 6.3 million dollars,  down from the $365 million in wagers made in August.