TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JULY 31ST, 2020

The Sharon Herald is reporting the Wilmington Area School District and Sharpsville Area School District closed their campus and canceled activities Thursday after a positive test in Sharpsville and after two staff members at Wilmington displayed COVID-19 symptoms. Sharpsville school officials said a student tested positive for the virus and that athletic and extracurricular activities could resume as soon as Aug. 13. Wilmington’s closure comes only two days after the school board adopted its own plan for returning to in-class instruction when students begin class the week of September 1st.

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association is clarifying on questions they received from families in regards to spectating fall sports games. Officials say the schedule is proceeding as planned, but only athletes are making a comeback, not fans. Under state guidelines sports-related activities are limited to student-athletes, coaches and staff under the green or yellow phase of the reopening plans. The high school fall sports season starts with football on August 10th with heat acclimation practices and the rest starting on August 17th.

Seven people were injured yesterday in a fiery crash in Mercer County. WFMJ-TV reports State Police are investigating the accident that occurred on SR 322.Police say a vehicle malfunction caused a car driven by a 93-year-old woman to cross into oncoming traffic and collide with another vehicle head-on. Seven total injuries were reported with three being transported to area hospitals by helicopter and the rest by ambulance. The conditions of the injured was not released.

Vice President Mike Pence is delivering a pro-police message to western Pennsylvania voters.  The vice president rallied 300 supporters of President Trump yesterday in Greensburg, promoting the administration’s law and order campaign.  Pence’s campaign stop drew several counterprotesters to Saint Clair Park for a Black Lives Matter demonstration.

According to the State Department of Health, Lawrence County added five new Covid-19 cases yesterday bringing its total to 324 cases and 11 deaths. Statewide 860 new COVID-19 cases were reported. Pennsylvania now has 111-thousand-78 confirmed or probable cases since the start of the pandemic. About 16 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll yesterday, which sits at 71-hundred-76.

PennDOT is extending the expiration dates for driver licenses and photo I-D’s to August 31st.  That grace period applies to cards that expired after March 16th.  The extension was set to expire this Friday.

Pennsylvania police are cracking down on establishments violating health and safety protocol.  Over the last two days alone, state police have issued 26 warnings while checking more than 16-hundred licensed liquor stores across the state.  The during these checks police were seeing if social distancing and the mask requirements were being followed by the businesses.  Out of 26 warnings, nine of them were given to Pittsburgh establishments.

State Representative Daryl Metcalfe is rescheduling his Right to Bear Arms Rally for Harrisburg for this fall.  The Butler County Republican says the rally will now happen Tuesday September 29th on the Capitol steps.  The event was postponed from this summer amid other protests organized by Black Lives Matters supporters.

No one is hurt after a crash in Butler Wednesday evening.  The single-vehicle crash on the 800-block of Center Avenue ended with a truck striking a pole then a house.  The wreck closed that part of Center Avenue down for over two hours.