Heavy rains don’t dampen enthusiasm of Trump supporters ahead of Westmoreland rallyJOE NAPSHA – TRIBUNE-REVIEW – SEPTEMBER 3, 2020
Frequent and sometimes heavy rains Thursday could not keep supporters of Donald Trump from flooding Arnold Palmer Regional Airport hours before the president’s scheduled campaign rally. Drenched crowds stood in line at the Unity airport waiting to board buses to take them to a fenced-in holding area in front of the L.J. Associates hangar, where some would wait for about seven hours before the scheduled start of the rally inside the hangar. By early afternoon, it appeared there were easily more than 1,000 Trump supporters inside the holdings pens.
Frustration grows as covid restrictions remain, political rallies go onDEB ERDLEY AND NATASHA LINDSTROM – TRIBUNE-REVIEW – SEPTEMBER 6, 2020
As thousands gathered Thursday night in Latrobe at a rally for President Trump, others across Western Pennsylvania stayed home — working remotely and unable to go to schools, restaurants or sporting events. “I saw a school bus the other day, and every child on it was wearing a mask. I didn’t see anything like that from the pictures I saw of that rally. I hope we don’t see a spike in (coronavirus) cases in the next couple of weeks,” said Westmoreland County Commissioner Gina Cerilli. The Wolf administration said it plans to reach out to the Trump campaign to remind them of Pennsylvania’s mitigation measures, which limit outdoor public gatherings to 250 people. “The organizers neither sought nor received permission to violate the gathering restrictions,” said Lyndsay Kensinger, a spokeswoman for Wolf. Videos and photos of the rally showed an estimated 5,000 supporters crowded at a private hangar and runway at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport. Many of those attending quickly shed masks that were required for admission.
In 2015, the Blue Angels drew a much larger crowd than Donald Trump ever dreamed of.
Pence to campaign in Westmoreland and Beaver counties Sept. 9DEB ERDLEY – TRIBUNE-REVIEW – SEPTEMBER 5, 2020
Vice President Mike Pence will campaign in Western Pennsylvania on Wednesday, as President Trump’s reelection effort continues its focus on swing state voters. Pence is scheduled to appear at events in Murrysville and New Sewickley in Beaver County. Pence is scheduled to appear at Penn Energy Resources’ Natural Gas Well, No. B24 at 540 Baker Road, New Sewickley, at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Final details and a time are still being arranged for an appearance the same day at Cornerstone Ministries in Murrysville, where the vice president is scheduled to appear at a stop on the multi-state Life Wins tour.
Letter to the editor: Could Trump rally have driven covid-19 spike at Westmoreland Manor?JEANINE HENSLER, GREENSBURG – TRIBUNE-REVIEW – SEPTEMBER 29, 2020
I’m wondering if any Westmoreland Manor employees or visitors attended our president’s rally at the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport on Sept. 3. To me, he is so irresponsible, it is pathetic. And, of course, our governor was supposedly not able to do anything about it because of the First Amendment. There had been no covid-19 cases at the Manor, and now they are spiking. If anyone attended, I hope you are proud of yourself.
Westmoreland County sees largest daily spike in new coronavirus casesSTEVEN ADAMS – TRIBUNE-REVIEW – OCTOBER 2, 2020
The 54 new covid-19 cases reported Friday in Westmoreland County is the highest daily spike since April 25, when 43 cases were announced.
1 resident, 1 staff coronavirus case added at Westmoreland ManorRENATTA SIGNORINI – TRIBUNE-REVIEW – OCTOBER 4, 2020
One more resident and a staff member at Westmoreland Manor tested positive for the coronavirus on Saturday, according to county Commissioner Doug Chew. That brings the total number of affected residents to 83, about a quarter of the population. The Pennsylvania National Guard was brought in last month to take over testing for virus infections while staff members focus on patient care. The first positive cases came in mid-September at the Hempfield facility. The first person to test positive at the manor was a nurse from a contract service. The county-owned nursing home houses 336 residents and a staff of more than 400. Twenty-eight staffers have tested positive.
Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania is located west of the Allegheny Mountains.
Community spread blamed for spiking covid-19 cases in Westmoreland CountyRICH CHOLODOFSKY – TRIBUNE-REVIEW – OCTOBER 5, 2020
Coronavirus infections in Westmoreland County jumped by nearly 600 cases over the past month, a statistic that county and state officials said Monday was attributed to a general community spread of the virus. Those numbers come as case totals continued to climb in Westmoreland County over the past several weeks and amid an ongoing outbreak at Westmoreland Manor, the 408-bed, county-owned nursing home in Hempfield that since mid-September has seen 86 cases among residents and 28 involving employees.
Westmoreland County sees highest 7-day covid-19 case total, reaches 2,500 casesZACH BRENDZA – TRIBUNE-REVIEW – OCTOBER 6, 2020
With the county hitting 2,500 covid-19 cases, here’s a breakdown of when cases reached or surpassed milestone numbers:
1,500 cases – Aug. 7
2,000 cases – Sept. 16
2,500 cases – Oct. 6
Trump schedules Tuesday campaign stop at Johnstown, Pa. airportTRIBUNE-REVIEW – OCTOBER 10, 2020
President Trump will return to Western Pennsylvania on Tuesday, with a campaign rally scheduled in Johnstown following his recovery from a covid-19 infection. The “Make America Great Again” rally is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport. (Doors open at 4 p.m.)
UPDATE: 6,000 to 10,000 people crowd together at Johnstown rallyDEB ERDLEY – TRIBUNE-REVIEW – OCTOBER 13, 2020
Supporters began lining up at the airport 10 hours in advance of the campaign rally scheduled to being at 7 p.m. Back at the airport, a pickup bearing Biden flags, an effigy of the president and the message “215,000 dead, covid-19,” circled the facility repeatedly. While many of those at Tuesday’s rally said they were from Johnstown and surrounding area, others traveled across Pennsylvania. Others said they traveled from York, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh to hear Trump yet again.