Tri County Report For November 10th, 2020

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 3,402 new cases of COVID-19 Monday in addition to 2,909 new cases reported Sunday for a two-day total of 6,311 additional positive case, bringing the statewide total to 234,296. Lawrence County has 1,286 and 42 deaths.

State Police in Lawrence County report a New Castle man faces charges after going the wrong way on Interstate 376 Sunday morning. Police said the incident took place just after 12:30 in Wilmington Township. 49 year old Kevin Le was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence after he was found traveling east in the westbound lanes.  No one was hurt.

State officials are urging citizens to not see extended family during the holidays this year due to COVID-19. State Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine says they want people to stay within their households for holidays and holiday gatherings and celebrate with extended family remotely. This message comes as Pennsylvania saw its highest daily report of COVID-19 cases on Saturday with more than four-thousand.

Beaver County officials say they they’re redoubling efforts to deep-clean their county courthouse after another outbreak of COVID-19.  The county’s human resources department is conducting contact tracing to identify anyone who may have come into contact with infected employees.  Two juries were sent home yesterday following reports of coronavirus among employees at the courthouse.  The COVID-positive employees work in different offices, but no further details have been released.

Governor Tom Wolf is vetoing a bill aimed to require county coroners to investigate COVID-19 deaths. The bill would have doctors report the deaths related to the virus to county coroners, and they would investigate all those deaths and keep track of the data, instead of doctors directly reporting them to the Department of Health. Wolf says the current system works faster without county coroners, but some disagree, saying the system lags as it can take days or weeks before the deaths are reported and show up in the electronic systems. They added that it could be a problem when someone’s had a contact, and coroners have not been notified and made sure that testing is done.

A 21-year-old Slippery Rock University student, reported missing October 25th, has been found safe in San Diego.  Members of the San Diego Community College District Police found Gregory Jones this past weekend when they responded to an alarm call.  Jones was not arrested and did not tell officers what he was doing in California.  Slippery Rock expressed gratitude on Monday for those that helped to spread word of Jones’ disappearance.

Police in Parker City in Armstrong County say they think speed contributed to an accident that killed a man from Butler Sunday.  They say 46-year-old John Penrod was killed when the motorcycle he was riding about five o-clock Sunday afternoon on Washington Street in Parker City went out of control and veered into a yard. Penrod, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from the motorcycle and killed.

A member of the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame, legendary baseball coach Bob Amalia, has died at the age of 64 from cancer.  A resident of Patterson, Amalia passed away yesterday at Good Samaritan Hospice in Marshall.  Amalia guided baseball teams for Blackhawk High School and Blackhawk American Legion to more than one-thousand victories.  He led his Legion teams to 16 Beaver County championships and a state title.