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Coronavirus – COVID-19

Pennsylvania coronavirus update: deaths top 500 as case count reaches 22,833
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-sunday-update-20200412-dnvroqlwczbonnyf64g5yr75bu-story.html

Health Department reports 13 more covid-19 deaths in Pennsylvania
https://triblive.com/local/regional/health-department-reports-13-more-covid-19-deaths-in-pennsylvania/

As COVID-19 numbers rise, state officials urge to stay calm
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200412/as-covid-19-numbers-rise-state-officials-urge-to-stay-calm

COVID-19 cases in Allegheny County exceed 850; ACJ reports third positive case
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/04/12/COVID-19-coronavirus-cases-deaths-Allegheny-County-Pennsylvania/stories/202004120103

Allegheny County: Third inmate at jail tests positive for covid-19
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-county-third-inmate-at-jail-tests-positive-for-covid-19/

No new deaths related to coronavirus reported in Allegheny County
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/no-new-deaths-related-to-coronavirus-reported-in-allegheny-county/

Westmoreland County coroner reports another covid-19-related death, bringing total toll to 12
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-county-coroner-reports-another-covid-19-related-death-bringing-total-toll-to-12/

County confirms 39 new cases
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/county-confirms-39-new-cases-1.2617808

New cases of COVID-19 slow in NEPA
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/new-cases-of-covid-19-slow-in-nepa-1.2617939

Berks coronavirus cases rise 105; coroner reports 7 more deaths
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/berks-coronavirus-cases-rise-105-coroner-reports-7-more-deaths/article_5ec5d374-7cd5-11ea-a962-374581cd7249.html

Bucks County sees coronavirus deaths in congregate living facilities
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20200412/bucks-county-sees-coronavirus-deaths-in-congregate-living-facilities

Chester County Health Department: Peak coronavirus cases not yet reached
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/coronavirus/chester-county-health-department-peak-coronavirus-cases-not-yet-reached/article_9a8ac8a6-7cee-11ea-b4ad-bf75f69da105.html

RV owners join fight against COVID-19 with housing for front-line health workers
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/04/13/Doctors-boarding-housing-RV-RVs-MDs-owners-help-fight-COVID-19-coronavirus/stories/202004100160

Coronavirus distancing a hurdle for addiction and recovery community
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/coronavirus-distancing-a-hurdle-for-addiction-and-recovery-community/article_1403a196-74f5-11ea-86c6-ef0535e58c40.html

Coronavirus pandemic, isolation likely taking toll on mental health, experts believe
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/coronavirus-pandemic-isolation-likely-taking-toll-on-mental-health-experts-believe/article_f67600d0-7830-11ea-9973-cfa7de3eec32.html

There is ‘way, way more’ disinformation related to coronavirus compared to other events
https://www.witf.org/2020/04/13/there-is-way-way-more-disinformation-related-to-coronavirus-compared-to-other-events/

Officials ‘wargaming’ a slow, sequenced reopening of a sick and newly jobless America
https://www.inquirer.com/news/reopen-coronavirus-philadelphia-deaths-cases-pennsylvania-new-jersey-easter-20200412.html

Nursing home deaths soar past 3,600 in alarming surge
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/nursing-home-deaths-surge-coronavirus-covid-19-20200413.html

If COVID-19 surge happens, there may be enough ventilators, but will there be enough people to operate them?
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2020/04/13/ventilator-critical-care-respiratory-therapist-Pennsylvania-UPMC-AHN/stories/202004090165

Making connections, grappling with misinformation: How Gen Z is using social media during the pandemic
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus-covid19-social-media-genz-20200408.html

Trump retweets call to fire Anthony Fauci after the coronavirus expert says quicker response ‘could have saved lives’
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/trump-retweet-anthony-fauci-fire-coronavirus-government-response-20200413.html

How coronavirus got its name
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/how-coronavirus-got-its-name-1.2617731

No surprise bills for COVID-19
https://www.citizensvoice.com/opinion/no-surprise-bills-for-covid-19-1.2617708

Legislature

Elected officials urge more help for battered small biz
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/coronavirus/elected-officials-urge-more-help-for-battered-small-biz/article_d2114b84-7b35-11ea-9b5f-9b1bbbd9d892.html

Here’s what Pa. can do to protect essential retail workers | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/heres-what-pa-can-do-to-protect-essential-retail-workers-opinion/

Administration

Pa. adjusts work times to protect state government workers from COVID-19 in county assistance offices
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/pa-adjusts-work-times-to-protect-state-government-workers-from-covid-19-in-county-assistance-offices.html

Department of Aging offers online coronavirus resource guide
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/coronavirus/department-of-aging-offers-online-coronavirus-resource-guide/article_87ff04ca-7d7c-11ea-98ce-6b78c6b5963a.html

Business

‘Like stages of grief’: Newly unemployed Pennsylvanians yearn for a paycheck and normalcy
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/career-workplace/2020/04/13/Newly-unemployed-Pennsylvanians-covid-coronavirus/stories/202004120038

As sites crash and loan funds empty out, the region’s small business owners scramble for help to save their enterprises
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/career-workplace/2020/04/13/small-business-loans-disaster-site-crashing-applications-debt-CARE-Covid/stories/202004120049

Coronavirus pandemic threatens Pa.’s already vulnerable dairy farms
https://www.pennlive.com/business/2020/04/crying-about-spilled-milk-coronavirus-pandemic-is-just-what-the-doctor-didnt-order-for-states-dairy-farms.html

Coronavirus clamps down on real estate business
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/coronavirus-clamps-down-on-real-estate-business/

Western Pa. companies scramble to make protective equipment in coronavirus fight
https://triblive.com/local/regional/western-pa-companies-scramble-to-make-protective-equipment-in-coronavirus-fight/

Bike shop still open for business
https://www.timesleader.com/news/779829/bike-shop-still-open-for-business

Party industry in dire straits thanks to COVID-19
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/party-industry-in-dire-straits-thanks-to-covid-19-1.2617883

Review closures as curve bends
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/review-closures-as-curve-bends-1.2617690

COVID-19 Outbreak: Sheetz worker tests positive
https://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2020/04/covid-19-outbreak-sheetz-worker-tests-positive/

Education

State: Despite closure, schools must provide students with pathway to move forward
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/04/13/Pennsylvania-education-school-districts-graduate-classes-pathway-COVID-19-coronavirus/stories/202004100136

With new state guidelines, Lehigh Valley school districts consider restarting construction
https://www.mcall.com/news/education/mc-nws-school-construction-coronavirus-20200413-dt5jrqu2tbgptjeib5rgbshshe-story.html

If you used 529 plan to pay for college and got a refund, will it be taxed?
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/04/if-you-used-529-plan-to-pay-for-college-and-got-a-refund-will-it-be-taxed.html

NCC put out a call to help struggling students during COVID-19 and raised more than $50K
https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/coronavirus/2020/04/ncc-put-out-a-call-to-help-struggling-students-during-covid-19-and-raised-more-than-50k.html

WCU, Cheyney, LU get over $15 million in funding in response to coronavirus
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/coronavirus/wcu-cheyney-lu-get-over-15-million-in-funding-in-response-to-coronavirus/article_99335ab2-7d7b-11ea-9674-af5982548a3a.html

Elections/Politics

EDITORIAL: Stop GOP war against voting
https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/opinion/editorials/2020/04/13/editorial-stop-gop-war-against-voting/2980463001/

Health Care

Shaler native providing COVID-19 screenings in a hectic New York City hospital
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/04/13/Shaler-native-providing-COVID-19-screenings-in-a-busy-New-York-City-hospital/stories/202004100121

Moms delivering at area hospital pleased with care despite Post story
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/moms-delivering-at-area-hospital-pleased-with-care-despite-post-story-1.2617796

Local News

Olyphant volunteers deliver nearly 90 bags of groceries to those in need
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/olyphant-volunteers-deliver-nearly-90-bags-of-groceries-to-those-in-need-1.2617921

Pandemic could postpone or cancel Lackawanna County Heritage Fair
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/pandemic-could-postpone-or-cancel-lackawanna-county-heritage-fair-1.2617936

Wright Center denies breach of contract over new care facility in Scranton
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/wright-center-denies-breach-of-contract-over-new-care-facility-in-scranton-1.2617937

Ambridge mourns death of interim police Chief Mark Romutis
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/west/2020/04/12/Ambridge-interim-police-Chief-Mark-Romutis-dead-cleared-coronavirus-COVID-19/stories/202004120143

2 police chiefs in neighboring Pa. towns die within hours, including 1 who just recovered from COVID-19
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/04/2-chiefs-of-police-in-neighboring-pa-towns-die-within-hours-including-1-who-just-recovered-from-covid-19.html

Strong winds leave 1,600 without power in Westmoreland County
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/strong-winds-leave-1600-without-power-in-westmoreland-county/

Parishioners head to drive-in to celebrate Easter Sunday services
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/parishioners-head-to-drive-in-to-celebrate-easter-sunday-services/

Churches find new ways to reach faithful on most unusual Easter
https://www.timesleader.com/top-stories/779848/churches-find-new-ways-to-reach-faithful-on-most-unusual-easter

Luzerne County still awaiting federal guidance on spending of $2.4 million coronavirus recovery funds
https://www.timesleader.com/news/779865/luzerne-county-still-awaiting-federal-guidance-on-spending-of-2-4-million-coronavirus-recovery-funds

‘Virtual’ 5K race to benefit local food bank
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/virtual-5k-race-to-benefit-local-food-bank-1.2617786

Stay-at-home order may delay Beaver County reassessment
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200413/stay-at-home-order-may-delay-beaver-county-reassessment

Beaver County receives a C- in social distancing
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200412/beaver-county-receives-c–in-social-distancing

The 3:33 a.m. phone call: Easton makes changes, hopes residents stay connected
https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/news/2020/04/the-333-am-phone-call-easton-makes-changes-hopes-residents-stay-connected.html

Philly

North Philly pastor nixes plans for in-person services, influenced by politicians, health officials and a journalist
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-herb-lusk-greater-exodus-baptist-philadelphia-easter-services-20200412.html

‘It lifts our spirits:’ Philly area celebrates Easter with bagpipes, wearing PJs in parking lots
https://www.witf.org/2020/04/13/it-lifts-our-spirits-philly-area-celebrates-easter-with-bagpipes-wearing-pjs-in-parking-lots/

Woman dies after being stabbed multiple times in West Philly
https://www.inquirer.com/news/stabbing-woman-west-philadelphia-homicide-20200412.html

Pitt

From Chile to Pittsburgh to Matamoros
https://newsinteractive.post-gazette.com/from-chile-to-pittsburgh-to-matamoros-worth-manifesto-migrants-in-limbo-mexican-border/

State News

Outdoor etiquette: How not to be a jerk during the coronavirus pandemic
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/04/outdoor-etiquette-how-not-to-be-a-jerk-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic.html

Pa. general fund revenue fell slightly in March. Here’s what that means | The Numbers Racket
https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/pa-general-fund-revenue-falls-slightly-in-march-the-numbers-racket/

Lake Erie water levels threaten lakeshore, Presque Isle State Park
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200413/lake-erie-water-levels-threaten-lakeshore-presque-isle-state-park

Transportation

Construction curveball: Pandemic causes PennDOT, contractors to change road work protocols
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/04/13/PennDOT-road-construction-new-work-procedures-COVID-19-coronavirus-social-distancing/stories/202004110003

Reduced vehicle traffic from stay-at-home orders imperils road funding across U.S.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/nation-world/coronavirus-covid-state-highway-projects-halted-less-driving-20200412.html