TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 22ND, 2020

The New Castle News is reporting 21 people at Shenango High School are in isolation and quarantine after the school reported its first positive case of COVID-19. Superintendant Dr.Michael Shreck sent a letter out to parents on Tuesday saying the student had tested positive and all students and staff who were deemed to be in close contact were notified to begin quarantining themselves. Schreck added if parents have not been contacted by the district, their child has not been in close contact with the positive student.

Five COVID-19 survivors and the families of ten people who passed from the virus are suing the nursing home where they say they contracted it.  The lawsuit filed Wednesday is against the Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in Beaver County.  The plaintiffs allege negligence and wrongful death.  Attorneys for those that filed the action yesterday claim that the facility was cited by inspectors three times in the last year for failing to have proper infection prevention protocols in place.  A statement from the facility says that Brighton has worked to closely follow the guidance of governmental health officials.

Pennsylvania has eclipsed 9 million registered voters for the first time and is expecting record turnout as voters cast ballots by mail or drop box and in person at county elections offices before the election and at the polls on Nov. 3. According to Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar As of Wednesday, the state had processed 9,050,870 voter registrations.  That number is expected to increase as paper registrations are processed. Monday was the deadline to register to vote in next month’s election.

The Pennsylvania Department Health added more than 14-hundred new cases to the total yesterday, pushing it over 186-thousand. About 29 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 85-hundred-62. Lawrence County reported its 26th death due to Covid-19 yesterday and the county now reports 741 cases.

Governor Tom Wolf is upset with House Republicans.  Last week, the Governor vetoed a bill that will allow restaurants to open at full capacity.  House Republicans tried to override his veto, which has made Wolf angry.  He says that the Republicans have been spreading misinformation about his plan to help folks recover.  Governor Wolf has vowed to do everything that he can to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep everyone safe.

Eric Trump, the president’s son, is scheduled to visit Ambridge today to promote his father’s reelection campaign.  The Make America Great Again rally will be held at Munroe Incorporated’s facility on Century Drive.  Eric Trump was in western Pennsylvania last month to campaign for his father in Washington County.  Pennsylvania is strategically important in the presidential race.  Former President Barack Obama spoke in Philadelphia yesterday and President Trump was in Erie Tuesday night for a rally.

Pat Chambers has resigned as the men’s basketball coach at Penn State.  The news comes after allegations of inappropriate conduct by the former coach.  University officials launched an internal investigation, and Chambers stepped away after he made racial comments to one of his ball players, saying he wanted to “loosen the noose around his neck.”  Assistant coach Jim Ferry will take over as the interim head coach in the meantime.

Folks wanting to participate in early voting are being encouraged to go now.  That’s because the deadline to do so ends next week.  You can visit your designated location or your county election office to cast your ballot early.  October 27th is the last day to vote early in-person.  More information is available at votes-pa-dot-com.

The head of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh is sharing his thoughts on Pope Francis’ latest comments on same-sex marriage. The pontiff said in a new documentary that gay people are children of God and have the right to be in a family. Bishop David Zubik believes the pope’s comments aren’t an endorsement of same-sex unions and won’t change the Catholic Church’s stance on the issue. Instead, he thinks the pope is calling for everyone to be treated with dignity and love.

Butler Area School District leaders are asking legislators to consider changing state law to let more retired teachers return to work more easily.  Right now, retired teachers with inactive certifications can teach for 90 days each school year, but they cannot accept long-term substitute contracts.  Butler Superintendent Dr. Brian White says they have two experienced substitute teachers, but the pandemic might force them to hire less experienced candidates.