Beaver County District Attorney David Lozier said his office will not prosecute business owners who open their doors


May 1, 2020

Pa. Health Sec.: ‘Population Density’ Concerns A Main Factor Why Allegheny Co. Is Not Moving From ‘Red’ To ‘Yellow’ Phase

CBS Boston / WBZ|7 days ago

Gov. Tom Wolf has announced that no counties in the Pittsburgh area will be reopening on May 8, even if it appears the coronavirus cases in Allegheny County and the southwest region have been below the threshold.

May 1, 2020

Pa. Health Sec.: ‘Population Density’ Concerns A Main Factor Why Allegheny Co. Is Not Moving From ‘Red’ To ‘Yellow’ Phase

CBS Boston / WBZ|7 days ago

Gov. Tom Wolf has announced that no counties in the Pittsburgh area will be reopening on May 8, even if it appears the coronavirus cases in Allegheny County and the southwest region have been below the threshold.

May 7, 2020

80 % of new coronavirus deaths in Pennsylvania occurred at nursing and personal care homes.

May 8, 2020

Coronavirus Deaths Up Again In Allegheny County, Southwest PA

Patch|5 hours ago

Coronavirus now has claimed the lives of 119 people in Allegheny County, the county health department announced Friday. That’s up from 117 and Thursday and 111 on Wednesday.

Allegheny County, Western PA Can Begin To Reopen: Wolf

Patch|3 hours ago

Thirteen western Pennsylvania counties were cleared to go to the yellow reopening phase Friday.

Beaver County officials blast Wolf’s decision to keep county under heavy coronavirus restrictions

Megan Guza | Friday, May 8, 2020 1:56 p.m.

Beaver County officials blasted Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday for his decision to keep their county under the most restrictive pandemic-related guidelines, while the county’s District Attorney declared he wouldn’t prosecute business owners who choose to flout the continued restrictions.

Commissioners and lawmakers got ahead of Wolf’s 2 p.m. announcement that all of Southwestern Pennsylvania — except Beaver County — next week would move into the yellow phase of the tiered reopening process.

“I can’t fathom ever making such an arbitrary and capricious decision,” Commissioner Jack Manning said. “Any analysis of fact would lead you to a different decision.”

The county is home to Brighton Rehab, a nursing home that has been hit hard by covid-19. Leaders in the long-term care facility have not said how many people there have contracted the virus or died, but the county’s death toll Friday stood at 78, all but seven of which were in care facilities, according to state data.

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency reported a coronavirus outbreak of more than 100 cases at the facility in mid-April. State Rep. Josh Kail (R-Beaver/Washington) announced Friday that about 300 of the 479 covid-19 cases in Beaver County are in Brighton Rehab.

We have been singled out because of one isolated nursing home outbreak the Pennsylvania Department of Health utterly failed to assist immediately,” said Commissioner Daniel Camp.

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District Attorney David Lozier said his office will not prosecute business owners who open their doors, which goes against the restrictions in place under the red phase, where the county will remain.

Camp said the commissioners stand behind that decision and encouraged businesses that do open to follow guidelines regarding social distancing and other mitigation efforts.

He called the governor’s decision to isolate Beaver County “irrational” and likened it to “economic punishment” and being “sucker punched.”

Finger in the dike

The “granular data” says the dike my have sprung a leak

Wolf said local leaders are “taking a chance with the lives of residents.”

“I think you’re jeopardizing lives,” he said during his press briefing. “In our opinion, the time is not right (to lift restrictions). I think it’s soon in Beaver County’s case, but it’s notThe Sky Is Falling right today.

“If they go ahead and do that, they’re taking a chance.”

Wolf and Levine have said that cases within long-term care facilities will continue to be included in a county’s total case count because employees are going into the facilities and then out into the community.

“These medical professionals are modern-day heroes,” Camp said. “There’s no way, shape or form that they should be the poster child to keep Beaver County in the red phase.”

Wolf said he sympathizes with counties that remained in the red phase but that safety was his first concern.

“Every county wants to reopen as quickly as possible,” he said. “The remedy is not to ignore the fact this virus is out there.”

Where are Pennsylvania’s 54,238 coronavirus cases? May 8 map, county-by-county breakdown

Penn Live|4 hours ago / May 8, 2020

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported there were 54,238 confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus in all 67 counties as of 12 p.m., May 8, 2020. There are at least 3,616 reported deaths from the virus.

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