Trump is Back for Another Super Spreader Event in Pennsylvania

Following Trump’s presidential campaign rally in Westmoreland County, Covid-19 cases spiked!

Tonight, after being sickened and hospitalized by the virus himself, Donald Trump returns to Johnstown in Cambria County, Pa. for another one of his ‘super-spreader events.’ Will the final outcome be any different or just more ‘Stuck on Stupid?’
Looking back at his September 3rd airport rally and the aftermath…

Heavy rains don’t dampen enthusiasm of Trump supporters ahead of Westmoreland rally
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.

JOE NAPSHA – TRIBUNE-REVIEW – SEPTEMBER 3, 2020
Hosting 5,000 instead of the 250 person maximum, the Trump Campaign violated Pennsylvania crowd restrictions!

Frustration grows as covid restrictions remain, political rallies go on
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.

DEB ERDLEY AND NATASHA LINDSTROM – TRIBUNE-REVIEW – SEPTEMBER 6, 2020

In 2015, the Blue Angels drew a much larger crowd than Donald Trump ever dreamed of.

Less than a week later, VP Mike Pence was back in Westmoreland County, Pa.

Pence to campaign in Westmoreland and Beaver counties Sept. 9
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.

DEB ERDLEY – TRIBUNE-REVIEW – SEPTEMBER 5, 2020
A huge virus spike in Westmoreland County by the end of September should have been NO SURPRISE!

Letter to the editor: Could Trump rally have driven covid-19 spike at Westmoreland Manor?
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.

JEANINE HENSLER, GREENSBURG – TRIBUNE-REVIEW – SEPTEMBER 29, 2020
HERO TO ZERO? No, the opposite.. there had been ZERO cases!
Covid-19 invaded Westmoreland Manor nursing home as cases spiked in the entire county

Westmoreland County sees largest daily spike in new coronavirus cases
The 54 new covid-19 cases reported Friday in Westmoreland County is the highest daily spike since April 25, when 43 cases were announced.

STEVEN ADAMS – TRIBUNE-REVIEW – OCTOBER 2, 2020
Then Covid cases exploded at that Westmoreland County nursing home

1 resident, 1 staff coronavirus case added at Westmoreland Manor
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.

RENATTA SIGNORINI – TRIBUNE-REVIEW – OCTOBER 4, 2020

Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania is located west of the Allegheny Mountains.

Community spread continues in Westmoreland County

Community spread blamed for spiking covid-19 cases in Westmoreland County
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.

RICH CHOLODOFSKY – TRIBUNE-REVIEW – OCTOBER 5, 2020
Westmoreland County sets new Covid-19 milestones

Westmoreland County sees highest 7-day covid-19 case total, reaches 2,500 cases
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

ZACH BRENDZA – TRIBUNE-REVIEW – OCTOBER 6, 2020

He’s Back!

Trump schedules Tuesday campaign stop at Johnstown, Pa. airport
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.)

TRIBUNE-REVIEW – OCTOBER 10, 2020
Part of the fine print for those who register:
“you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19”
Tonight’s rally is in Cambria County, an eastern neighbor of Westmoreland County.
The ‘maskless love fest’ with Donald and Covid-19 is likely to continue.
Johnstown is known for historic floods, let’s just hope there isn’t a new flood of Covid cases in November!
Bob

UPDATE: 6,000 to 10,000 people crowd together at Johnstown rally
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.

DEB ERDLEY – TRIBUNE-REVIEW – OCTOBER 13, 2020

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