TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR DECEMBER 14TH, 2020

Electors from Western Pennsylvnania and all around the commonwealth will meet in Harrisburg today to officially award the state of Pennsylvania to Joe Biden.  A similar process will play out all across America today with electors meeting to officially certify the winners in their states.  Mike Pence will preside over a joint session of Congress on January 6th, where the electoral votes will officially be counted and Joe Biden named the winner and the next President of the United States.

Positive COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Pennsylvania.  The Pennsylvania Department of Health added over eleven-thousand new cases to its COVID-19 dashboard on Saturday.  The total number of cases in the state is now over 480-thousand, and there are currently more than 55-hundred people hospitalized because of the coronavirus. Lawrence County saw an increase of 102 cases on Saturday bringing its total to 3.138, and 88 fatalities.

State Police in Butler County report a two vehicle accident in Connoquenessing Township. According to police 56 year old Lori Brown  of Renfrew was traveling west on Evans City Road failed to stop at a red light at the intersection of Brandywine Blvd. and struck a vehicle operated by Ernie Parshall of Lyndora. Parshall was taken to Butler Memorial for treatment. Police said Brown suffered minor injuries to her hand.

Shell Chemicals’ cracker plant site in Beaver County is reporting more cases of COVID-19.  The company announced Saturday afternoon that over 60 new positive cases were reported last week.  Company officials say almost one-hundred employees are currently positive for the virus.  COVID-19 testing is being expanded at the plant to prepare for employees traveling during the holidays.

The Pennsylvania Health Department is preparing to give out COVID-19 vaccines soon.  The department announced yesterday it will be distributing the vaccines in three different phases.  Healthcare workers, first responders and employees in energy, education and food-processing fields will have access to the vaccine in the first phase.  Patients with high-risk conditions will be included in the second phase.  The third phase is going to be for the rest of the public.  Officials say the vaccine will be delivered to hospitals first, then to long-term care places through CVS and Walgreens pharmacies.

New Castle Firemen were called to the scene of a house fire Thursday night. According to the New Castle News the fire broke out around 9:15 at a home on Delaware Avenue. After crews left the scene they were called about an hour later and firefighters found heavy flames on the opposite side of the home from where the first fire occurred. No injuries were reported and a cause is under investigation.

Three people are recovering at the hospital after a shooting outside of a bar in Monaca.  The shooting happened Saturday morning at the Whiskey Rhythm Bar on Pennsylvania Avenue.  Police say they found three victims injured at the scene.  Two of the victims were taken to a local hospital by vehicle, and one victim was flown to a hospital in Pittsburgh.  Their conditions are unknown at this time.

One woman was taken to the hospital following a traffic accident in Butler County. State Police report 79 year old Shirley Holben of Sarver was westbound on Winfield Road when she traveled off the roadway, struck several fence posts, a concrete porch and then struck a ditch. Holban was taken to Butler Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The Allegheny Health Network’s president is being named on a national magazine’s top one-hundred most influential leaders list.  Modern Healthcare magazine presented the list on their website this past Friday.  Cynthia Hundorfean was put on the list for the second year in a row.  Hundorfean has been the AHN’s president and CEO since 2016.