TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR AUGUST 24TH, 2021

Governor Tom Wolf is applauding the FDA’s decision to give Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine full approval. Wolf says this solidifies the overall safety and efficacy of the vaccine. He added that he hopes this encourages people to get vaccinated who may have been hesitant while it was classified as emergency use to not only protect themselves, but their loved ones and everyone else around them.

The cause of a Monday house fire in New Castle is unknown today.  Fire crews responded to the Highland Avenue residence yesterday morning and successfully rescued six individuals including a one-year-old infant.  The family’s six pets were also saved.  No injuries were reported.

PennDot began a bridge reconstruction project yesterday in Lawrence County. The Route 3002 Clark Road in Little Beaver Township is closed as replacement work begins on the bridge over Honey Creek. The roadway is expected to be closed to traffic until early November.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout the state. Yesterday, the state added over 18-hundred new cases to the total, pushing it over one-million-269-thousand. No new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which remains at 28-thousand-76. Lawrence County has 8,219 cases and 227 deaths. Mercer County has recorded 10,119 and 269 fatalities.

The New Brighton School Board has decided to let face masks remain optional for the upcoming school year.  Board members decided to leave in place the policy they approved at their last meeting, except for buses and transportation as required by the CDC and the TSA.  But Superintendent Dr. Joseph Guarino says the board will not guarantee the policy will remain in place through the school year.  He says if the situation with the pandemic changes, they’ll revisit the policy at that time.

Iraq War veteran and Pittsburgh native Chris Deluzio is running for Congress.  Deluzio announced his candidacy on Monday for the seat being vacated by Representative Conor Lamb in the state’s 17th Congressional District.  Lamb is hoping to move from the House to the U.S. Senate.  Deluzio, a Democrat, says that protecting social security and veterans benefits will be among his top priorities.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central Gas Price report the average price of gasoline in Western Pennsylvania is down three cents to 3.32 a gallon. In New Castle the price is at 3.29, while in Sharon drivers are paying 3.33. The price of crude oil dropped over five dollars a barrel over the last week.

The WPIAL announced yesterday that five championship games will be played at Heinz Field in November. It’s not clear which games will be played on which days, but classes 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, and 5A will have their championship games held at Heinz Field either November 26 or November 27.  No games where held last year at Heinz because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The 6A championship game will still be played at an area high school facility, due to the fact that it must be played one week prior to the other classification’s games in regard to how the winner will advance into the PIAA playoffs.

Members of Pennsylvania Task Force One have traveled to Connecticut to help with the cleanup from Tropical Storm Henri.  Governor Tom Wolf says 16 members of the state task force are helping with any water rescues that need to be made in Henri’s aftermath.  The Philadelphia Fire Department sponsors the task force.