TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JANUARY 25TH, 2021

A Winter weather advisory has been posted for both Lawrence and Mercer Counties starting at 6pm tonight until 10am Tuesday morning. The National Weather Service on Sunday said a storm will bring a wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain to the area. Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the evening or morning commute.

Several Pennsylvania Democrats are calling for Representative Scott Perry to resign for his involvement in Donald Trump’s refusal to accept President Biden’s victory.  The Pennsylvania Democratic Party called for Perry’s resignation yesterday.  Officials from the group say Perry attempted to use the Justice Department to overturn the 2020 Election results.  According to a New York Times article, Perry is being accused of introducing Trump to a Department of Justice attorney who was interested in Trump’s claims of election fraud.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout Pennsylvania. Health officials say yesterday over the weekend, the state total saw an increase of more than 15-thousand new cases, pushing it over 800-thousand. Nearly five-hundred new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 20-thousand-609. Lawrence County has 5,272 cases and 159 deaths. Mercer County has 7,2044 cases and 209 fatalities.

The son of two victims from the 2018 Tree of Life Synagogue mass shooting is suing the NRA, claiming the association’s rhetoric led to the attack that killed his parents. Marc Simon filed the lawsuit in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court this past Thursday. The suit is against gun-maker Colt’s Manufacturing Company and accused shooter Robert Bowers, as well as the NRA. Simon claims the gun lobbyist has radicalized people with white supremacist conspiracy theories.

A bill which seeks to amend the State Constitution to limit the length of an emergency disaster declaration has been advanced by the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. A governor can now issue an emergency disaster declaration for up to 90 days and renew it indefinitely. But the bill would limit such a declaration to 21 days unless the legislature extended it.Supporters says of the bill say it can help to ensure checks and balances are in place during an emergency. Opponents argue that the legislature is not designed or prepared to manage an emergency.

The Allegheny Health Network is asking people who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate plasma.  The group announced over the weekend that it is teaming up with other health care providers to launch the COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Pittsburgh Project.  The project is looking for plasma donated by COVID-19 survivors.  Officials say that certain antibodies found in the donated plasma can be used to treat patients infected by the coronavirus.

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Friday that he will nominate Alison Beam, one of his top advisers, to serve in the post of secretary of health to replace Dr. Rachel Levine, who was named assistant secretary of health by President Joe Biden on Tuesday. The 34 year old Beam will took over as Acting Secretary of Health on Saturday. The governor also announced on Friday that he had named Dr. Wendy Braund as Interim Acting Physician General, a role also previously also held by Levine.

The numbers are out for Pennsylvania casinos in 2020. According to an AP report, Pennsylvania brought in $2.65 billion in gross revenue last year, which is down nearly $800 million from 2019. Although traditional casinos reported down revenues, the pandemic spurred a surge in online and sports gambling.