Here's what's trending for August 18.


Pennsylvania's Department of Health added 384 more COVID-19 cases to the state's total. That number doesn't include Philadelphia cases due to an issue with data reporting. Therre were no new coronavirus-related deaths reported Monday, leaving that number at 7468.

Nearly 68-percent of Pennsylvania's COVID-19-related complications are happening at long-term care living facilities. The state Department of Health reports that 5059 of Pennsylvania's 7468 deaths related to coronavirus have happened at 895 facilities across Pennsylvania.

The governing body of high school sports says it's seriously considering moving ahead with the fall season. The PIAA's associate executive director says that officials are fairly confident they can get scholastic sports up and running. The board is expected to make a final decision when it meets Friday. Earlier this month, Gov. Tom Wolf said he doesn't believe any youth sports should happen until next year.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association has the final word but he's giving the green light for high school sports this fall. Murphy says student-athletes will still be eligible to play this fall even if they've chosen an all-remote learning option. The NJSIAA said last week that student-athletes who are studying in all-remote schools could still take part in sports if their local school boards approve. The organization has said it would make its announcement this week.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy praised three popular Jersey Shore nightspots for complying with the state's COVID-19 restrictions but he criticized other bars for not doing so. Murphy thanked those three nightspots for enforcing the restrictions this last weekend. He said the difference between the two weekends at the three nightspots was noticeable.

Gov. Tom Wolf continues to defend his restaurant capacity orders, saying when it comes to the coronavirus, government must be proactive and not reactive. "If you act after things take off, it's too late," the governor says. Back on July 15th, the governor ordered bars closed and restaurants limited to 25-percent of capacity.

Industry leaders say New Jersey has a shortage of nearly 3000 physicians, a problem that could grow worse if COVID-19 restrictions further impact medical school students. The New Jersey Physician Task Force of the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals says third- and fourth-year medical students were unable to perform clinical hours critical to their degrees because of the pandemic. The deans of Rowan University's two medical schools are calling on Gov. Phil Murphy to set up a task force to address the shortage.

An Allentown man is under arrest for allegedly beating and killing his own father. Allentown police say 28-year-old Devon Scholl assaulted his 52-year-old father last Wednesday night. Todd Scholl then went to a friend's house where he passed out and then died at the hospital the next day. Devon Scholl is being charged with involuntary manslauger, aggravated assault and simple assault. There's no word yet on what caused the incident.

A 30-year-old woman is recovering after being shot Monday afternoon in Easton. The shooting allegedly happened after a dispute between two Easton women, but no specific information was released on what led up to the shooting. The victim is expected to survive. No one has been charged yet and police say people in the area are not being cooperative with the investigation. Police do believe there may be video of the incident.

Officials with Hershey Entertainment and Resorts are pushing to have a lawsuit against them dismissed. The suit by Anthony DeNoto claims his nine-year-old son wasn't properly buckled on the Storm Runner ride in June 2018 and had to jump to safety before the ride launched. In a response to the lawsuit, Hershey Entertainment's attorney Kevin McNamara said the ride isn't defective or unreasonably dangerous. The amusement park also denies the boy face death or serious injury, adding he exited the ride car without physical injury while the train was still in the station.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto is condemning the tactics used to arrest a protester over the weekend in Oakland. Peduto said he will never tolerate these tactics being used at peaceful protests again. It's reported that plain-clothes officers arrested a man Saturday during a march in which he allegedly was blocking traffic and startling motorists at several intersections. Officials say officers were wearing their badges and were clearly identifiable as police officers but had been driving an unmarked police vehicle when they made the arrest.

On night one of the Democrat National Convention, a handful of Republicans pushed against President Trump and for Joe Biden. Among them was former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman. "We need a person decent enough, stable enough, strong enough to get our economy back on track. A person who can work with everyone, Democrats and Republicans, to get things done. Donald Trump isn't that person. Joe Biden is," Whitman said. Day two of the convention is today.