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Washington County COVID-19 Cases Still Climbing

The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced Saturday that there are 813 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 118,092.  County-specific information and a statewide map are available here. There are 7,313 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 16 new deaths.    In nursing and personal care homes, there are 19,944 resident cases of COVID-19, and 4,143 cases among employees, for a total of 24,087 at 876 distinct facilities in 61 counties. Out of our total deaths, 4,975 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.  A county breakdown can be found here.   Approximately 8,620  of our total cases are amongst health care workers.  A county breakdown can be found hereWashington County added 8 new cases for a total of 829.  The county death total remains at 12.  Allegheny County continues to see an increase in its numbers. With the addition of 87 new cases, 9 new hospitalizations and  new death, their total now stands at 8,796.  Greene County added two new cases, bringing their total to 114 with one death.  Across the United States, more than four-point-eight-million cases of COVID-19 have been recorded and more than one-hundred and sixty-thousand people have died.  Washington County is now in the “green phase” of Governor Tom Wolf’s reopening plan.  The stay at home order is lifted but groups are limited to no more than 250 people.  Gov. Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Levine remind residents that mask wearing is MANDATORY in all businesses in the green phases of reopening and residents are REQUIRED to wear a facial covering in public places.  Employees of those businesses are REQUIRED to wear a mask as well. Gov. Wolf and Secretary Levine said people do not need the N95 respirator masks or surgical masks. A simple cloth mask or even a bandanna across your nose and mouth can work to help protect people from each other. The Department of Health posted guidance on masks on its website.

Medical Emergency Leads To ‘Chaotic’ Scene At Kennywood

WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. (WPXI) — A chaotic scene unfolded at Kennywood Saturday as a woman had to be rushed to a local hospital after having a medical emergency. Police sources inside the park say there was a very serious medical emergency that led to this incident early that afternoon. Kennywood officials said park staff was alerted to a “non-ride related medical emergency” around 1:30 p.m. Medical service staff at the park, along with West Mifflin Police, responded to the Merry-Go-Round to help the woman. According to police sources, emergency responders had to perform CPR and used an AED machine on the victim — who has not been identified — before taking her to the hospital. Her condition is unclear at this point, and police didn’t describe what caused the medical emergency.

Some Pitt Students To Self Test For COVID-19 This Fall

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (WPXI) — Around 10% of Pitt students will be randomly tested for the coronavirus even if they’re not showing any symptoms. The university will test students who live on and off campus. Students will receive an email notifying them of the date and time of their test. They will receive a test kit, collect a sample using a nasal swab themselves and then drop it off. Testing is expected to occur throughout the fall semester.

Snyder Announces Grants For Schools

State Representative Pam Snyder (D-50) announced $2 million in federal funding, allocated for schools and technical education centers in her district. These funds will help with the implementation of public health and safety plans in the reopening of these facilities. Twelve local schools received CTC Equity Grants and Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Grants. A few schools of local interest are Bethlehem Center, Mon Valley CTC, Greene County CTC, Carmichaels, Central Greene, Jefferson Morgan, Southeastern Greene, West Greene and Intermediate Unit No. 1. The PCCD Grants are part of the federal CARES Act. These funds may be used for a number of different needs, among them, the purchase of sanitizing supplies, staff training, equipment purchases and health and safety programs. Snyder says that “Our school officials are working hard so students can safely get back to learning in the safest possible environment, and this funding will be a huge help in that effort.”

World News

Trump Order Allows Unemployment Pay, Defers Payroll Tax

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) – President Donald Trump has bypassed the nation’s lawmakers as he claimed the authority to defer payroll taxes and replace an expired unemployment benefit with a lower amount after negotiations with Congress on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed. Trump’s orders on Saturday encroached on Congress’ control of federal spending and seemed likely to be met with legal challenges. The president cast his actions as necessary given that lawmakers have been unable to reach an agreement to plunge more money into the stumbling economy, which has imperiled his November reelection. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer dismissed Trump’s actions as “meager” in the face of economic and health crises facing Americans.

Azar Leads Delegation To Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) – U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar has arrived in Taiwan in the highest-level visit by an American Cabinet official since the break in formal diplomatic relations between Washington and Taipei in 1979. Beijing has already protested Azar’s visit as a betrayal of U.S. commitments not to have official contact with the island that China claims as its own territory. Azar is due to meet with the island’s independence-leaning President Tsai Ing-wen along with health officials during his three-day visit aimed at highlighting cooperation against the coronavirus. Azar’s visit was facilitated by the 2018 passage of the Taiwan Travel Act, which encouraged Washington to send higher-level officials to Taiwan after decades during which such contacts were rare.

Riots Continue In Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A fire inside a police union building led authorities in Portland, Oregon, to declare a riot late Saturday in the city that had hoped for calm after federal agents withdrew more than a week ago. Police say three officers were hurt while clearing the crowd late Saturday outside the Portland Police Association building. Several rallies had been held earlier in the afternoon and evening throughout the city. Gatherings this week have been noticeably smaller than the crowds of thousands who turned out nightly for about two weeks in July to protest the presence of U.S. agents sent by the Trump administration to protect the federal courthouse.

Planned Layoffs In Britain Surge Due To Pandemic

The number of British companies planning to cut staff numbers in June was five times higher than in the same month a year earlier, in an ominous sign of COVID-19’s economic impact. Figures obtained by the BBC show that 1,778 companies informed the government of plans to cut a total of 139,000 jobs. A year earlier the figure was 345 companies announcing a total of 24,000 job losses. Businesses are required to inform the Insolvency Service if they plan to cut 20 or more jobs. During the pandemic the government has been paying the salaries of almost 10 million furloughed workers. Economists are predicting a surge in unemployment when that program ends in October.

Japan Urges Nuke Ban On 75th Anniversary Of Atomic Bombs

TOKYO (AP) – The Japanese city of Nagasaki has marked its 75th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing, with the mayor and dwindling survivors urging world leaders including their own to do more for a nuclear weapons ban. At 11:02 a.m., the moment the B-29 bomber Bockscar dropped a 10,000-pound plutonium bomb dubbed “Fat Man,” Nagasaki survivors and other participants stood in a minute of silence to honor more than 70,000 dead. The Aug. 9, 1945, bombing came three days after the United States dropped its first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, the world’s first ever nuclear attack that killed 140,000. On Aug. 15, Japan surrendered, ending World War II. Many survivors developed cancer or other illnesses due to their exposure to radiation and suffered discrimination.