TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR DECEMBER 8TH, 2020

Governor Tom Wolf is advising citizens that more COVID-19 measures can be implemented if they don’t practice safety measures as COVID hospitalizations surge. Wolf says if we don’t slow the spread of this virus, COVID-19 will overwhelm our hospitals, will overwhelm our healthcare systems, and if we need to do more, we will. However, he emphasized whatever the state orders is not nearly as effective in controlling this virus than having everyone wear a mask, practice social distancing and not gathering together with people they don’t have to.

The P-A Department of Health is adding a total of 14-thousand-960 new COVID-19 cases across P-A.  The announcement includes positive tests reported since the Saturday’s news release.  That brings the statewide total of confirmed or probable cases to 426-thousand-444 since the start of the pandemic. Lawrence County added 111 cases over Sunday and Monday and now has 2,703 total Covid-19 cases and 79 deaths as two more county residents died. Mercer County has 3,693 cases and 58 fatalities.

There are now 53-hundred people hospitalized who have COVID-19 across the Commonwealth.  The state Department of Health reports that eleven-hundred-seven of those patients are in the I-C-U with most over the age of 65.  Most of the deaths have also come from that demographic, according to health department officials.

The New Castle News is reporting that city police are looking for a South Side man wanted in connection with an armed robbery of a pizza delivery driver. Police said 31 year old Mark Lee Moore of Long Avenue is wanted on charges of robbery, prohibited possession of a gun, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, theft, receiving stolen property and terroristic threats. The alleged incident took place early Monday morning. No injuries were reported.

The state’s attorney general is getting an almost three-million-dollar settlement from Nationstar Mortgage.  AG Josh Shapiro announced he got a piece of the nationwide settlement from Nationstar Mortgage for violating consumer protection laws.  The original 86-million-dollar settlement was secured by about 50 attorneys general and other state and federal agencies.  Shapiro says the settlement affects over 22-hundred loans in the state.

Butler County School District is going to stay in virtual learning despite trying to return to in-person instruction.  The district announced the quick decision this past Friday.  Students continued remote learning yesterday even though they were expected to return to the classrooms.  District officials say the decision was made because of staffing issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 cases in Beaver County are surpassing one-thousand this week.  Officials announced over 480 new positive cases yesterday that came from over the weekend.  The county has now had over one-thousand positive cases in one week.  Over five-thousand cases have been confirmed in the county since the pandemic began in March.

A nurse from Butler County is dead after being shot in Nashville, Tennessee last week.  Twenty-six-year-old Caitlyn Kaufman was shot and killed while she was on her way to work as an Intensive Care Unit nurse.  Kaufman was from Chicora before she moved to Tennessee two years ago for her career.  Police are still investigating the crime.

One person was taken to the hospital following a two vehicle accident in Butler County on Saturday. According to police 61-year-old Paul Malinak of Freedom was pulling out onto Route 422 when he struck a car operated by 68-year-old Harold Reed of Butler. A passenger in the Malinka vehicle was taken to Butler Memorial Hospital for treatment.