(Aliquippa, PA )–Beaver County Humane Society  is hosting a drive-thru pet food distribution event this Friday, May 8, 2020 from 9 AM to 3 PM. Supplies are limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis; therefore, pet owners in need must pre-register at After registering, pet owners will be provided with the location of and an assigned time to arrive at the distribution event. Participants must be pre-registered to attend. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many families in our community who struggle to feed themselves also face the challenge of feeding their pets. “As we watch the lines at local food panties grow, BCHS has seen an increase in calls to our pet food pantry as well,” said Susan Salyards, Executive Director. “We are pleased to serve as the Western PA hub for who is working on a national level to provide pet food and supplies for disaster response and providing the food for this event.” Friday’s distribution will occur as a no-contact drive-thru pick up, and individuals will be asked to stay in their cars as food is loaded into their vehicle by BCHS’ staff members and volunteers. For the safety of all involved, staff and volunteers will wear face masks and gloves. Those who are picking up food are asked to wear a face covering of some kind as well. To make a donation so that the Pet Food Bank can continue to support the pets and people who need it most: items can be purchased directly from the shelter’s Amazon Smile Wish List and shipped directly to BCHS; items can be dropped off at the shelter from 11 AM to 3:00 PM. Although the shelter is closed to the public, donation bins are outside of the shelter’s main entrance, weather permitting. Monetary donations can be made securely at

US senators seek probe of veterans homes after virus deaths

US senators seek probe of veterans homes after virus deaths
A group of U.S. senators is seeking an investigation into the Department of Veterans Affairs’ oversight of homes for aging veterans amid a spate of coronavirus deaths at the state-run homes. The senators on Tuesday asked the Government Accountability Office to look into the VA and states’ roles in ensuring veterans get proper care at the homes. They also want to know whether the agency or states have a system to “capture real time spikes in mortality rates.” Their request comes as outrage builds over the death of more than 70 veterans sickened by the coronavirus at a home in Massachusetts.

The Beaver County Commissioners will resume having weekly Work Sessions

(File Photo)

(Beaver County, Pa.) The Beaver County Commissioners will resume having weekly Work Session Meetings starting today at 10:00AM. The Meeting will not be open to the public.  There will be a live stream available to view on the Commissioners’ portion of the County’s website. Beaver County Radio will have full coverage of the work session starting with the noonday report.

The Commissioners will also make their monthly appearance on “Ask the Commissioners” tomorrow morning at 9:10 a.m.

Faith Restortion Food Pantry needs Help to Continue Serving Beaver County

(Monaca, Pa.) Faith Restoration Food Pantry in Monaca is Beaver County’s largest Food Pantry and they are in desperate need for help. The pantry typically serves 300 people each week, it is now trying to feed more than 1,000.

Faith Restoration’s is running dangerously low on meat and staples.

With the increasing number of people waiting in line for hours at times they have had to turn some people away.

The food pantry has set up a GoFundMe account asking for any type of donation.

Why has toilet paper run out during the pandemic?

Why has toilet paper run out during the pandemic?
The Associated Press undefined
Why has toilet paper run out during the pandemic? Blame the empty shelves on hoarders who stockpiled toilet paper. During a two-day period in March, online and in-store sales shot up 845% as states announced lockdowns, according to a data and consulting firm. Since toilet paper is bulky and not profitable, retailers don’t keep a lot of inventory on hand. That made it hard to keep up with surging demand. Demand has since softened and retail chains like Kroger are limiting the number of rolls customers can buy at once.

Pennsylvania tops 3,000 virus deaths as data are reconciled

Pennsylvania tops 3,000 virus deaths as data are reconciled
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania has reported another 554 deaths from the coronavirus to pass 3,000 total, and Gov. Tom Wolf says he isn’t committing to a particular schedule to lift stay-at-home restrictions in the state’s counties or regions. The large number of new deaths reported Tuesday by the state Department of Health were spread out over the previous two weeks. It comes as case growth appears to slow in many parts of Pennsylvania and Wolf’s administration moves to lighten its restrictions on movement and business activity. Wolf maintained Tuesday that he would stick to a reopening process that relies on what he sees as indicators tied to safety.


(WASHINGTON, DC) – United States Representatives Conor Lamb (PA-17) and Mike Doyle (PA-18) sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services urging them to immediately increase the frequency of inspections of nursing homes and long-term care facilities, especially for those facilities already on provisional licenses or facilities handling COVID-19 outbreaks.

“The coronavirus is having a devastating impact on our senior community and their families,” said Lamb.  “Nowhere has that impact been felt more painfully than at the Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in Beaver County.  The current CMS inspection cycle of 9-15 months is inadequate to meet the challenges presented by COVID-19.  We need to ensure that we are doing everything we can to protect our seniors, including increasing the frequency and intensity of inspections.”

“Seniors are the group most at risk from the coronavirus, and senior care facilities have proven to be places where COVID-19 can spread rapidly,” Doyle observed.  “The Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center provides a terrible example in our region of the need to do better at protecting the health of residents in such facilities.  I believe that more frequent inspections – along with additional resources for testing, treatment, and personal protective equipment – would go a long way towards ensuring that senior care facilities live up to their responsibilities to protect their residents from deadly threats like COVID-19.”

In addition to sending this letter to CMS, Lamb and Doyle have also joined many of their colleagues in advocating for additional protections for seniors.  On April 15, they joined more than 70 Members of Congress in a letter calling for the Department of Health and Human Services and CMS to collect and publicly report facility-level data on the number of long-term care residents affected by COVID-19, including cases and fatalities.  On May 4, Lamb and Doyle joined with other Members of Congress to request that a portion of the $25 billion emergency funding appropriated by Congress as part of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act be allocated to states specifically for the development, purchase, administration, or provision of COVID-19 diagnostic tests for long-term care facilities.


Pelosi pushes new virus package as GOP resists big spending

Pelosi pushes new virus package as GOP resists big spending
By LISA MASCARO AP Congressional Correspondent
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is moving forward on the next coronavirus aid measure. It’s a sweeping $800 billion-plus package that is expected to be unveiled soon. Democrats say key to any plan to reopen the economy is robust testing for the virus. They are also expected to propose another round of direct cash aid for anxious Americans, funds for states to prevent layoffs and more money to shore up businesses in the stay-home economy. Pelosi is pushing the package even as the House stays closed, due to the health risks of returning to Washington, while the Senate reopens in the pandemic. Republicans are resisting new outlays as President Donald Trump encourages states to reopen and Americans to return to work.

Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro: Travel, Event Refund Policies Must Be Honored During COVID-19 Emergency

AG Shapiro: Travel, Event Refund Policies Must Be Honored During COVID-19 Emergency


HARRISBURG― Attorney General Josh Shapiro today urged businesses to honor their promised refund policies for customers who had their trips and events cancelled due to COVID-19 closures.

“If the policy says a consumer gets a full refund if an event is cancelled, that consumer better get a full refund,” said Attorney General Shapiro.  “These businesses cannot sail away with consumers’ money when the trip isn’t happening or a concert is cancelled with no reschedule date.”

Entertainment, travel, and event companies typically have a refund policy for consumers for unplanned and emergency circumstances, like COVID-19, that require an unexpected or emergency cancellation.

Attorney General Shapiro is reminding companies of these obligations to their customers:

Businesses cannot legally retain a penalty if an event is cancelled because of COVID-19. In most cases, they may only retain a reasonable fee for their time and expenses, not the full cost of an event. For example, if a wedding reception is cancelled because of COVID-19, the venue cannot retain the entire cost of the venue rental as a penalty for the cancellation—however, they may keep a fee for the cost of holding the venue date and planning logistics of the event, if the contract allows.

Businesses that don’t honor their written cancellation policies could be violating state consumer protection laws. The Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law allows for restitution to consumers and penalties of up to $1,000 for each violation and $3,000 for each violation involving a consumer age 60 or older. If this same wedding venue alters their cancellation policy after a couple has cancelled their event, and the venue’s policy change retroactively affects them, they may be eligible for restitution under state law.

The Office of Attorney General also urges businesses to be flexible with their cancellation policies, asking businesses without an existing refund date-cutoff to offer customers full refunds for events and trips being rescheduled more than 60 days from the original cancellation.

Consumers who have not been refunded for canceled trips and events can dispute charges with their credit card companies, or file a complaint with the AG’s Bureau of Consumer Protection if they believe they have been harmed. Consumers  who need airline refunds should file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Transportation, at

Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 5/5/20; Beaver County up 5 Deaths All in Nursing Homes

Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 865 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 50,957

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 5, that there are 865 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 50,957. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19.

As a result of our continued work to reconcile data from various sources, the state is reporting an increase of 554 new deaths today bringing the statewide total to 3,012 deaths in Pennsylvania. These deaths have occurred over the past two weeks. County-specific information and a statewide map are available here.

Locally in Beaver County we are at 466 positive cases an increase of 8 since yesterday. 2187 people have tested negative in the county and the county is up 5 deaths to 73. All 5 Deaths being reported in nursing homes in the County.

In the 3 nursing homes that are reporting positive cases in the county there are now 305 positive cases an increase of 3 since yesterday. Employee cases remain at 23 and the death toll has increased by 5 to 66.

 “As we prepare to move a number of counties from red to yellow, we need all Pennsylvanians to continue to follow the social distancing and mitigation efforts in place,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “We must continue to protect our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians, which includes our seniors, those with underlying health issues, our healthcare workers and our first responders. I am proud of the work that Pennsylvanians have done so far, but we cannot stop now, we must continue to take the necessary steps to protect ourselves from COVID-19.”

There are 199,925 patients who have tested negative to date. Of the patients who have tested positive to date the age breakdown is as follows:

  • Nearly 1% are aged 0-4;
  • Nearly 1% are aged 5-12;
  • 1% are aged 13-18;
  • Nearly 6% are aged 19-24;
  • Nearly 38% are aged 25-49;
  • Nearly 27% are aged 50-64; and
  • 27% are aged 65 or older.

Most of the patients hospitalized are aged 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older. There have been no pediatric deaths to date. More data is available here.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 9,625 resident cases of COVID-19, and 1,284 cases among employees, for a total of 10,909 at 495 distinct facilities in 44 counties. Out of our total deaths, 2,029 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here.

Approximately 3,012 of our total cases are in health care workers.

All non-life-sustaining businesses are ordered to be closed and schools are closed statewide through the remainder of the academic year. Currently the entire state is under a stay-at-home order.