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Coronavirus – COVID-19

Gov. Wolf announces $450 million loan program for hospitals
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2020/04/10/Gov-Wolf-announces-450-million-loan-program-for-hospitals-covid-19/stories/202004100143

Fearing hospital bankruptcy, Gov. Wolf offers $450M in loans to financially strapped providers
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/fearing-hospital-bankruptcy-gov-wolf-offers-450-million-in-loans-to-financially-strapped-institutions/

Gov. Wolf offers hospitals low-interest loans during COVID-19 pandemic
https://observer-reporter.com/news/localnews/gov-wolf-offers-hospitals-low-interest-loans-during-covid-19-pandemic/article_65bea802-7b42-11ea-9726-032147e8562d.html

Thousands of state prison inmates in Pa. and N.J. are now eligible for temporary release as governors act to avert coronavirus spread
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-prisoners-pennsylvania-new-jersey-governor-wolf-murphy-20200410.html

Pennsylvania to release state prisoners amid COVID-19 crisis
https://observer-reporter.com/news/localnews/pennsylvania-to-release-state-prisoners-amid-covid-19-crisis/article_078e66ee-7b62-11ea-b89a-b7ee919040e9.html

Gov. Wolf approves release of up to 1,800 inmates amid coronavirus concerns
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/gov-wolf-approves-release-of-up-to-1800-inmates-amid-coronavirus-concerns/

Some state prison inmates could see early release due to COVID-19
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200410/some-state-prison-inmates-could-see-early-release-due-to-covid-19

Governor: Outbreak’s end “a moving target”
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/governor-outbreak-s-end-a-moving-target-1.2616917

Governor Tom Wolf says new jobless benefits for gig workers, freelancers may still be nearly two weeks away; $600 enhancement for others has begun
https://www.pennlive.com/business/2020/04/governor-tom-wolf-says-new-jobless-claims-benefit-for-gig-workers-freelancers-may-still-be-nearly-two-weeks-away.html

Pennsylvania coronavirus updates: State has nearly 20,000 cases; Wolf announces $450 million loan program for hospitals
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-pa-virus-toll-statewide-20200410-wyhvgqydzzbubpcbam42xj4lda-story.html

Pennsylvania reports 78 more coronavirus deaths as total case count nears 20,000
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pa-reports-78-more-coronavirus-deaths-as-total-case-count-nears-20000/

Western Pa. reports jump in COVID-19 deaths; statewide figures continue to climb
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/04/10/Allegheny-County-deaths-cases-pennsylvania-COVID-19-coronavirus/stories/202004100120

6 more coronavirus deaths reported in Allegheny County
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/8-more-coronavirus-deaths-reported-in-allegheny-county/

First COVID-19 death reported at Concordia facility in Butler
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/north/2020/04/10/First-COVID-19-death-reported-at-Concordia-facility-in-Butler/stories/202004100147

How Washington County’s Southminster Place care home handled COVID-19
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/washington/2020/04/11/southminster-place-covid-19-coronavirus-assisted-living-center-washington-county/stories/202004100112

Coronavirus leads to 2 deaths at Kane Community Living in Glen Hazel
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/coronavirus-leads-to-2-deaths-at-kane-community-living-in-glen-hazel/

Westmoreland coroner says county has 11 coronavirus deaths
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-has-10-not-1-covid-19-deaths-says-coroner/

Coronavirus: Montgomery County reports 13 more deaths Friday
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20200410/coronavirus-montgomery-county-reports-13-more-deaths-friday

84 new cases reported in county
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/84-new-cases-reported-in-county-1.2617100

Three more female coronavirus deaths in Luzerne County
https://www.timesleader.com/news/779602/three-more-female-coronavirus-deaths-in-luzerne-county

5 more coronavirus deaths and 104 more cases in Berks County, officials say
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/5-more-coronavirus-deaths-and-104-more-cases-in-berks-county-officials-say/article_a9254564-7b3e-11ea-892d-bf52af67a16e.html

State COVID-19 cases near 20,000; Wolf announces hospital loan program
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200410/state-covid-19-cases-near-20000-wolf-announces-hospital-loan-program

2 Wyoming police officers test positive for COVID-19
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/2-wyoming-police-officers-test-positive-for-covid-19-1.2617046

Three Northampton County Jail inmates test positive for coronavirus
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-three-norco-jail-inmates-positive-covid-20200410-4wwvzum2ynfsfewoc3lcpuizne-story.html

Coronavirus survivors share their stories
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus-survivors-share-their-stories-1.2616983

COVID-19 death: ‘Anyone is susceptible’
https://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2020/04/covid-19-death-anyone-is-susceptible/

LVHN only testing at-risk patients for coronavirus due to shortage
https://www.mcall.com/health/mc-hea–20200410-ugmi7zdh5fagxbb7j7vwrdqaqe-story.html

Scarcity of coronavirus testing, lack of demographic data could hamper Pa.’s efforts to reopen parts of the state
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/spl/pennsylvania-coronavirus-testing-antibodies-undetected-availability-20200411.html

State to release more detailed COVID-19 information to county EMAs
https://www.timesleader.com/news/779662/state-to-release-more-detailed-covid-19-information-to-county-emas

‘This is crazy’: Coroner Pam Gay left in the dark as virus-related deaths increase
https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/local/2020/04/10/spat-over-interpretation-state-law-leaves-coroners-dark-amid-coronavirus-crisis/5125069002/

DOH will release more case info
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/doh-will-release-more-case-info-1.2617041

Auto insurers are issuing $7 billion in coronavirus refunds. See if your company is on this list.
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-auto-insurance-20200410.html

Our COVID-19 data FAQ: Why we present data the way we do
https://www.penncapital-star.com/covid-19/our-covid-19-data-faq-why-we-present-data-the-way-we-do/

IRS site could expedite virus relief for some
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/04/11/IRS-site-could-expedite-virus-relief-for-some/stories/202004110031

This is the first wave of COVID-19. We can make the next easier l Expert Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/covid19-coronavirus-serum-testing-20200411.html

As we grieve what’s been lost to coronavirus, 12 experts share ways we can cope together | Perspective
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/coronavirus-covid-grief-cope-therapy-anxiety-20200411.html

Lessons learned from AIDS could improve COVID-19 response | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/coronavirus-covid-philadelphia-aids-stuart-shapiro-20200410.html

World virus deaths pass 100,000 as officials, clergy urge all to stay home
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/world/2020/04/11/World-virus-deaths-pass-100-000-as-officials-clergy-urge-all-to-stay-home/stories/202004110032

Legislature

Pa. Legislature making few cuts, no promises to tap hefty reserves as state faces massive budget shortfall
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2020/04/10/Pa-legislature-making-few-cuts-no-promises-to-tap-hefty-reserves-as-state-faces-massive-budget-shortfall/stories/202004100146

Administration

It’s hard to get liquor in Pa. during coronavirus shutdown, but the governor says he’s working on it
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/whiskey-rebellion-with-pennsylvanians-still-cranky-about-limited-access-to-liquor-during-coronavirus-outbreak-gov-tom-wolf-says-hes-working-on-it.html

Business

Pennsylvanians filing jobless claims over the phone overwhelming call centers
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/career-workplace/2020/04/10/Pennsylvanians-filing-jobless-claims-unemployment-call-center-COVID-19/stories/202004100148

Manufacturers criticize Wolf’s PPE redistribution order
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200410/manufacturers-criticize-wolfrsquos-ppe-redistribution-order

No mining, for now, at East Rockhill quarry where asbestos naturally occurs
https://www.inquirer.com/news/east-rockhill-township-quarry-bucks-county-asbestos-mining-environmental-activists-20200410.html

New Kensington Shop ‘n Save to close at the end of April
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/new-kensington-shop-n-save-to-close-at-the-end-of-april/

Sheetz closes inside of Hazle Township store as Hazleton area cases climb
https://www.timesleader.com/news/779634/sheetz-closes-inside-of-hazle-township-store-as-hazleton-area-cases-climb

Health concerns swirl for warehouse workers deemed essential during coronavirus pandemic
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/health-concerns-swirl-for-warehouse-workers-deemed-essential-during-coronavirus-pandemic-1.2617081

For Kasarda’s, a good deed punished
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/for-kasarda-s-a-good-deed-punished-1.2617098

Gerrity’s worker tests positive for COVID-19, company to distribute 1,100 masks to employees
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/gerrity-s-worker-tests-positive-for-covid-19-company-to-distribute-1-100-masks-to-employees-1.2616990

Company that owns Fox 43 announces furloughs, management pay cuts
https://www.pennlive.com/life/2020/04/company-that-owns-fox-43-announces-furloughs-management-pay-cuts.html

Amazon touts local hires as statewide unemployment soars
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200411/amazon-touts-local-hires-as-statewide-unemployment-soars

Benchmark offers up to $1 million in interest-free loans to Chesco business owners
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/coronavirus/benchmark-offers-up-to-1-million-in-interest-free-loans-to-chesco-business-owners/article_25477698-7b31-11ea-a267-a3b03ac77a6a.html

Crime/Punishment

Berks County police report ‘arrests are way down’
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/berks-county-police-report-arrests-are-way-down/article_157b3876-79ab-11ea-b534-e3d8bdcb4c21.html

Education

Coronavirus closes Pa. schools for remainder of academic year: What’s next?
https://www.ydr.com/story/news/education/2020/04/10/pa-schools-closed-for-coronavirus-what-you-need-know-whats-next/5129250002/

Chester High students receive Chromebooks in advance of online learning
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/coronavirus/chester-high-students-receive-chromebooks-in-advance-of-online-learning/article_e31ee646-7b5f-11ea-9421-632354504dd2.html

Educational inequities laid bare
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/educational-inequities-laid-bare-1.2616954

Riverside adminstrators’ message to students goes viral
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/riverside-adminstrators-message-to-students-goes-viral-1.2616961

$19M in education funds announced
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/19m-in-education-funds-announced-1.2617043

East Stroudsburg University vice president selected as interim president
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/east-stroudsburg-university-vice-president-selected-as-interim-president.html

Elections/Politics

Officials in three Southeastern Pa. counties cast doubt on primary voting methods
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/coronavirus-covid19-election-pennsylvania-20200410.html

Health Care

Watching from atop Highmark’s tower for signs that the worst-case scenario is coming
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2020/04/10/highmark-covid-19-david-holmberg-allegheny-health-network-pandemic-control-center/stories/202004090138

VA closes clinic in Tobyhanna
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/va-closes-clinic-in-tobyhanna-1.2617044

Some worry coronavirus will amplify racial disparities in health care
https://www.witf.org/2020/04/10/some-worry-coronavirus-will-amplify-racial-disparities-in-health-care/

COVID-19 contributes to high demand for inhalers
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20200410/covid-19-contributes-to-high-demand-for-inhalers

Local News

Scranton Area Community Foundation awards $80K as part of COVID-19 fund
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-area-community-foundation-awards-80k-as-part-of-covid-19-fund-1.2616998

Meet the mechanic who looks after the planes carrying coronavirus tests flying out of Berks County
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/meet-the-mechanic-who-looks-after-the-planes-carrying-coronavirus-tests-flying-out-of-berks/article_7030a06c-799c-11ea-9077-f7285d263417.html

2 county agencies team to deliver groceries to shut-in seniors
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/coronavirus/2-county-agencies-team-to-deliver-groceries-to-shut-in-seniors/article_8157aa62-7b58-11ea-bdd2-5bbf30124667.html

Lower Valley Community Food Bank holds Easter food distribution for 155 families
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/lower-valley-community-food-bank-holds-easter-food-distribution-for-155-families/

Residents rally to help New Kensington grocery worker whose car was smashed by tree
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/residents-rally-to-help-new-kensington-grocery-worker-whose-car-was-smashed-by-tree/

Perry County will furlough some employees on April 27
https://www.pennlive.com/perry-county-times/2020/04/county-will-furlough-some-employees-on-april-27.html

National News

Virginia governor signs gun-control laws, delivering on Democrats’ campaign promises
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/viriginia-gun-control-bill-20200410.html

Philly

Coronavirus ‘new normal’ will continue through summer in Philly, mayor says; Pa.’s case surge could come next week
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-philadelphia-pa-new-jersey-shutdown-reopen-social-distancing-cases-20200410.html

Racing against a coronavirus clock, Philly courts release 200+ jail inmates in the first week of fast-track emergency hearings
https://www.inquirer.com/news/coronavirus-philadelphia-jail-inmate-release-bail-infection-larry-krasner-court-20200411.html

After a viral video shows a man being dragged off a bus, SEPTA reverses its coronavirus face mask requirement
https://www.inquirer.com/transportation/septa-face-masks-requirement-coronavirus-20200410.html

Fact-checking Philly’s new distinction as a coronavirus hot spot | PolitiFact
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/coronavirus-philadelphia-hotspot-deborah-birx-thomas-farley-20200410.html

Pitt

Need access to resources amid COVID-19? This hotline has groceries delivered, essential items brought to your doorstep
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/04/10/Need-access-to-resources-amid-COVID-19-Call-this-hotline-and-have-your-groceries-delivered-food-brought-to-your-doorstep/stories/202004100126

Fourth Port Authority bus driver tests positive for COVID-19
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/04/10/COVID-19-Fourth-Port-Authority-bus-driver-tests-positive-for-coronavirus/stories/202004100165

4th Port Authority employee tests positive for covid-19
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/4th-port-authority-employee-tests-positive-for-covid-19/

Pittsburgh Public Schools to officially begin remote learning on April 22
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/04/10/Pittsburgh-public-schools-to-begin-remote-learning-on-April-22/stories/202004100164

Advocates study: Cost too high, riders served too low to justify shuttle through Schenley Park
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/04/10/Public-transportation-advocates-shuttle-schenley-park-pittsburgh-port-authority-hazelwood-green/stories/202004100110

Henry L. Hillman Foundation giving more than $4 million in emergency grants to help fight covid-19
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/henry-l-hillman-foundation-giving-more-than-4-million-in-emergency-grants-to-help-fight-covid-19/

Outside PPG Paints Arena and Rivers Casino, groups rally to feed the hungry
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/outside-ppg-paints-arena-and-rivers-casino-groups-rally-to-feed-the-hungry/

State News

Despite stay-at-home order, Erie County executive left jurisdiction to join family in New York
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2020/04/10/Kathy-Dahlkemper-stay-at-home-order-Erie-County-executive-family-New-York/stories/202004100154

From Spotlight PA’s editor in chief: Times of extraordinary government power require more transparency, not less
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/spl/pennsylvania-coronavirus-transparency-spotlight-pa-support-20200410.html

We need to respond to the coronavirus, but it’s a mistake to roll back regulations that protect the environment | Opinion
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2020/04/we-need-to-respond-to-the-coronavirus-but-its-a-mistake-to-roll-back-regulations-that-protect-the-environment-opinion.html

Homebound Pa. woman, 93, sends ‘beer SOS’ for more Coors Light amid coronavirus
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/04/homebound-pa-woman-93-sends-beer-sos-for-more-coors-light-amid-coronavirus.html

Transportation

Amtrak receives $1 billion in federal relief funds
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-amtrak-federal-relief-money-20200410.html

Southern Beltway construction resumes under COVID-19 restrictions
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/04/11/Southern-Beltway-construction-Allegheny-Washington-county-COVID-19-safety/stories/202004100140

Washington

Some of Pennsylvania’s congressional members call for bigger investment in SNAP benefits
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/some-of-pennsylvanias-congressional-members-call-for-bigger-investment-in-snap-benefits/article_3a96c58e-7b37-11ea-a265-1f0833b437c3.html