TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JANUARY 11TH, 2021

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout Pennsylvania. Health officials say over the weekend, the state total saw an increase of more than 27-thousand new cases, pushing it over 700-thousand. Nearly six-hundred new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 17-thousand-770. Lawrence County has 4,734 cases and 139 deaths. Mercer County has 6,563 and 173 fatalities.

Pittsburgh residents and others around the country are continuing to express outrage in the role they believe President Trump played in last week’s attack on the U.S. Capitol.  Pennsylvania Republican Senator Pat Toomey on Sunday’s Meet The Press called for the president to go.  Toomey told moderator Chuck Todd that Trump should resign and go away as soon as possible.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says that Congress will give Vice-President Mike Pence an ultimatum this week: invoke the 25th amendment to remove the president from power or the House will move to impeach the President.

University of Pittsburgh is asking its students to stay put before the first day of classes on January 19th.  Pitt officials said yesterday that they are uncertain about the potential spread the coronavirus could have after the holiday season.  It is unknown when students will be able to return to campus, but officials say students will be given a notice about two weeks before they are advised to return.

State Police in Beaver County are investigating an alleged rape that took place back in 2019. The victim is a 17 year old female. The alleged incident took place between May and August of 2019 in Brighton Township. No other details were released.

Charges against dozens of Pittsburgh protesters are being refiled by the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office.  The county’s DA office refiled charges yesterday that are being held against about 24 people who were involved in violent city protests from over the summer last year.  The protests occurred in Downtown Pittsburgh and in East Liberty on May 30th and June 1st of 2020. Officials say the protests started out peacefully, but soon turned into chaos as police officers and journalists were attacked, as well as law enforcement vehicles being set on fire.

Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine announced the state’s fourth version of its vaccine rollout, which details who will be eligible to receive vaccination before it is made available to the general public. Wolf said he sees a light at the end of the vaccination tunnel, when 65-to-75% of Pennsylvanians are vaccinated, new case numbers begin to rapidly drop and hospital capacities return to normal where he would lift restrictions.

The Carnegie Mellon University’s Computer Science Academy is getting a lot of help from Amazon.  The company announced yesterday that it is making a two-million-dollar donation to the academy.  The money will be used to provide free, online computer science curriculums to middle school and high school students.  It will also be used to give additional training to teachers.  Carnegie Mellon started its computer science program two years ago to help kids in underserved communities around Pittsburgh.

Students in the Big Beaver Falls Area School District will continue to learn remotely through at least January 19. In a letter sent to parents and families, Superintendent Dr. Donna Nugent addressed the increased positivity rate and spread of COVID-19 in Beaver County. The district hopes to resume in-person instruction on January 19, following the weekend and the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

In the wake of this week’s deadly violence in Washington by supporters of Donald Trump Governor Tom Wolf has announced he is sending over a thousand members of the Pennsylvania National Guard to D.C. to assist local authorities. Wolf released a statement saying the unprecedented and disturbing events in our nation’s capital are cause for ongoing concern and Pennsylvania is preparedto assist as needed in securing peace and an orderly transfer of power. PA Guard members will be posted at various locations as needed over the next several days, and will remain until the January20th inauguration of Joe Biden.