Irish music festival

Reenie Acierno and her daughter Jenna, along with Sis Buonavolonta, look at Irish clothing for sale during the Annual Night of Irish Music in 2018. Organizers of the event announced Wednesday that it would be canceled, adding to a long list of celebrations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic

SHARON – The COVID-19 pandemic claimed another social happening — the Annual Night of Irish Music.

But there will still be a celebration of songs from the Emerald Isle. The in-person event, scheduled for late January, will be replaced with an online concert.

County Mayo Irish Band, the event’s featured entertainment, will play at a live online concert, but the time and date hasn’t been determined yet, said Ted Miller, a band member.

Miller has been among the lead organizers of the event, which traces its origins back more than 50 years.

The Annual Night of Irish Music is scheduled to coincide, roughly, with Imbolc, or Brigid’s Day — which falls overnight Feb. 1 and 2 this year — a Gaelic festival to celebrate the approach of spring. Brigid’s Day marks the approximate midpoint between the winter solstice and spring equinox.

In recent years, the event has been held at St. Joseph’s Church in Sharon, and has featured musical performers from throughout western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio.

The night of Irish music event is among many annual events and festivals canceled due to the COVID-19, with the list including both planned celebrations of WaterFire Sharon and the annual Father’s Day Car Show.

Registration required for AHN Grove City vaccine clinic

The vaccine clinic Friday at Pine Township fire department on state Route 208 is being operated by AHN Grove City hospital.

It is not a walk-in clinic and potential patients must register beforehand by visiting The applicants will be contacted later to schedule an appointment once the vaccine and a time is available.

Hospital preparedness

Pennsylvania Department of Health reported that hospitalizations due to COVID-19 continued to decline Wednesday, with 3,768 patients admitted and 759 in intensive care treatment.

On Tuesday, the state had 3,790 COVID-19 patients in hospitals.

The number of people using ventilators, 447, increased from a day earlier.

Average hospital demand over the last 14 days continued to improve. The daily number of available ICU rooms increased to 660.1, from 656.9 Tuesday. The rolling average of hospitalizations dropped to 4,394.4 per day, and daily ventilator use was down to 532.7.

By the numbers

Local numbers continued to decline for new cases, and Mercer County reported zero deaths Wednesday.

But the national death toll was back above 3,000 after a few days with encouraging numbers. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 3,692 COVID-19 fatalities nationwide Wednesday.

The report came after two days with fewer than 2,000 fatalities each day. Before that, the nation went through a four-day stretch with 15,704 deaths — nearly 4,000 per day — including 4,383 on Jan. 20, the second-worst day of the pandemic.

Pennsylvania Department of Health reported that Mercer County had 28 new COVID-19 cases, continuing a trend of fewer COVID-19 infections.

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