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Coronavirus – COVID-19

‘We need to do this right’: Pennsylvania joins 6-state council to weigh best time to restart economy
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/career-workplace/2020/04/13/Pennsylvania-covid-andrew-cuomo-donald-trump-tom-wolf-mitigation/stories/202004130111

Pa. to join with 5 other states to craft post-coronavirus plans to get people back to work
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/pa-to-join-with-5-other-states-to-craft-post-coronavirus-plans-to-get-people-back-to-work.html

As Pennsylvania ‘bends the curve’ on coronavirus, Gov. Wolf joins 6-state group to plan how to reopen when pandemic eases
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-pa-wolf-states-virus-20200413-3qrfhyqnlrdenbcudkxe3nv3de-story.html

Wolf offers hope as Northeastern guvs announce council to coordinate post-pandemic reopenings
https://www.penncapital-star.com/working-the-economy/wolf-offers-hope-as-northeastern-guvs-announce-council-to-coordinate-post-pandemic-reopenings/

Governors form compacts to coordinate reopening society
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/governors-form-compacts-to-coordinate-reopening-society-1.2618265

Wolf: ‘new normal’ will take time, three phases of response
https://triblive.com/local/regional/gov-wolf-neighboring-states-work-on-regional-plan-to-reopen-economy/

Staying home now and continuing to ‘isolate ourselves’ will be how we get to ‘new normal’: Gov. Wolf
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/staying-home-now-and-continuing-to-isolate-ourselves-will-be-how-we-get-to-new-normal-gov-wolf.html

Coronavirus social distancing is causing the curve to flatten in Pa. and N.J.; Wolf, Murphy join regional coalition to plan for reopening
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-pa-new-jersey-philly-cases-reopen-governors-coalition-trump-20200413.html

Peak COVID-19 daily deaths statewide to happen this week
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/04/13/COVID-19-IHME-UPMC-Pittsburgh-Pennsylvania-Ali-Mokdad-deaths-hospital-resources-peak/stories/202004130064

Health secretary says social distancing is working as new cases ‘plateau’
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/04/13/Allegheny-County-COVID-19-coronavirus-cases-deaths-Pennsylvania/stories/202004130079

Study: Blood plasma drawn from COVID-19 survivors to be tested on ill patients
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/04/13/Blood-plasma-AHN-UPMC-Vitalant-Pittsburgh-SARS-CoV-2-convalescent-COVID-19/stories/202004130063

Gaps in Pa.’s coronavirus testing procedures led to systemic failure to collect critical data
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania/spl/pennsylvania-coronavirus-labs-testing-information-race-age-gender-20200413.html

Drive-through virus testing site planned in Northeastern Pennsylvania
https://www.timesleader.com/news/780013/drive-through-virus-testing-site-planned-in-northeastern-pennsylvania

Pennsylvania coronavirus updates: Statewide case total increases by 1,366 on Monday to 24,199; 17 more deaths bring total to 524
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-pa-virus-numbers-statewide-20200413-bdw5qrhyjvdlpdpahe37psg7tu-story.html

Pennsylvania reports 17 more coronavirus deaths as total cases top 24,000
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-reports-17-more-coronavirus-deaths-as-total-cases-top-24000/

Fourth resident at Kane Glen Hazel has died due to COVID-19
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/04/14/Resident-Kane-Glen-Hazel-died-COVID-19-coronavirus/stories/202004140070

6 employees at Smithfield Foods plant in Arnold test positive for coronavirus
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/six-employees-at-smithfield-foods-arnold-plant-test-positive-for-coronavirus/

A meatpacking worker in Montgomery County died of coronavirus. Could it have been prevented?
https://www.inquirer.com/jobs/labor/souderton-jbs-hazelton-cargil-meat-packing-workers-safety-osha-coronavirus-20200413.html

Allegheny County reports 2 more coronavirus deaths, 19 new cases
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-county-reports-2-more-coronavirus-deaths-19-new-cases/

Another covid-19 death in Westmoreland County; total now 13
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/no-new-deaths-5-more-coronavirus-cases-reported-in-westmoreland-county/

Montco reports 25 more coronavirus deaths; toll now stands at 91
https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/news/region/montco-reports-25-more-coronavirus-deaths-toll-now-stands-at-91/article_5d209641-e74f-50c9-b062-508538ce518f.html

Scranton nursing home admits not following all state health guidelines
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/scranton-nursing-home-admits-not-following-all-state-health-guidelines-1.2618060

Local counties see smallest growth rate in coronavirus cases, but more deaths reported
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/local-counties-see-smallest-growth-rate-in-coronavirus-cases-but-more-deaths-reported-1.2617976

County paramedic dies from coronavirus pandemic
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/coronavirus/county-paramedic-dies-from-coronavirus-pandemic/article_e89ff610-7d3e-11ea-b994-373e7845b74a.html

Mayor says Hazleton is not safe yet
https://www.standardspeaker.com/coronavirus/mayor-says-hazleton-is-not-safe-yet-1.2618140

Hanover Twp. police chief describes fight with COVID-19
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/hanover-twp-police-chief-describes-fight-with-covid-19-1.2618063

Coronavirus: Three Middletown officers fully recovered
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20200414/coronavirus-three-middletown-officers-fully-recovered

Could your cellphone data be used to enforce stay-at-home orders?
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/tech-news/2020/04/12/privacy-surveillance-cellphone-location-tracking-data-Google-Unacast-coronavirus/stories/202004090143

Ohio governor’s order ends ‘mind-boggling’ flood of Pa. customers at liquor stores
https://www.post-gazette.com/life/drinks/2020/04/13/Ohio-governor-liquor-store-order-identification-pennsylvania-sales-west-virginia-plcb-maryland/stories/202004130129

Ohio cuts off liquor sales to out-of-state residents in Pennsylvania border counties
https://triblive.com/local/regional/ohio-cuts-off-liquor-sales-to-out-of-state-residents-in-pennsylvania-border-counties/

Trump declares his ‘authority is total’ to reopen economy while states’ governors coordinate moves
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-trump-briefing-20200413.html

New Trump panel to explore path to reopening U.S. economy
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-united-states-economy-panel-trump-white-house-20200414.html

Q&A: States largely have authority over when to shut down, reopen
https://www.timesleader.com/news/779972/qa-states-largely-have-authority-over-when-to-shut-down-reopen

South Dakota’s governor resisted stay-at-home orders. Now it has one of the nation’s largest coronavirus hot spots.
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-south-dakota-governor-20200413.html

Reopening America
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/04/14/Reopening-America-back-to-work-economy/stories/202004140011

How to know when the coronavirus recession is ending (and don’t hold your breath)
https://www.inquirer.com/business/phillydeals/gdp-unemployment-coronavirus-steel-recession-20200413.html

Faye Flam: Coronavirus antibody tests are no back-to-work passport
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/Op-Ed/2020/04/14/Faye-Flam-Coronavirus-antibody-tests-are-no-back-to-work-passport/stories/202004140014

America will need a new GI bill to help frontline workers in the coronavirus pandemic | Sen. Bob Casey
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2020/04/america-will-need-a-new-gi-bill-to-help-frontline-workers-in-the-coronavirus-pandemic-sen-bob-casey.html

Rick Santorum said Trump was ‘ahead of the curve’ when he restricted travel from China. That’s mostly false | PolitiFact
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/santorum-cnn-fauci-china-trump-true-false-20200413.html

IRS online tool tracks when your stimulus money will arrive
https://triblive.com/business/irs-online-tool-tracks-when-your-stimulus-money-will-arrive/

All gassed up, nowhere to go
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/all-gassed-up-nowhere-to-go-1.2618022

Legislature

State Sen. Judy Schwank telephone town hall addresses the unknowns of coronavirus
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/state-sen-judy-schwank-telephone-town-hall-addresses-the-unknowns-of-coronavirus/article_ebcae0c0-7de8-11ea-9195-0b3ebe60d04c.html

Health experts caution Pa. lawmakers against easing COVID-19 rules too fast
https://www.witf.org/2020/04/14/health-experts-caution-pa-lawmakers-against-easing-covid-19-rules-too-fast/

Pennsylvania bill would ensure full pay for first responders stricken with coronavirus
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/pennsylvania-bill-would-ensure-full-pay-for-first-responders-stricken-with-coronavirus/

Amazon is playing whack-a-mole with coronavirus price gouging and it’s harming Pennsylvanians | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/coronavirus-covid-price-gouging-amazon-online-retail-toilet-paper-20200413.html

Administration

Labor and Industry struggles with jobless claims
https://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2020/04/labor-and-industry-struggles-with-jobless-claims/

Workers being brought out of retirement to help unclog Pennsylvania’s unemployment compensation benefits system
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-pennsylvania-unemployment-compensation-benefits-20200413-snrg3uafabgjhbn5t26d6zneky-story.html

Pa. Supreme Court tosses challenge to Wolf’s business shutdown order
https://www.penncapital-star.com/covid-19/pa-supreme-court-tosses-challenge-to-wolfs-business-shutdown-order/

Business

Giant Eagle is now implementing one-way shopping aisles due to COVID-19
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/pittsburgh-company-news/2020/04/14/Giant-Eagle-one-way-shopping-aisles-COVID-19-coronavirus/stories/202004140071

Tenants losing jobs worry about the rent, but ban on evictions changes the game
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2020/04/14/Rent-payments-are-down-amid-job-losses-but-evictions-are-on-hold/stories/202004090044

Unions clamor for pandemic rescue funds, and leverage, as federal dollars flow to big businesses
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/04/13/Labor-unions-CWA-SEIU-Unite-Here-pandemic-Congress-rescue-federal-dollars/stories/202004090002

Could local manufacturers solve the ventilator shortage?
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/04/13/Pittsburgh-manufacture-ventilator-shortage-DIY-research-PA-FDA-approval/stories/202004030174

As the economy falters, black- and minority-owned small businesses need support, too | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/small-business-black-minority-recession-economy-20200413.html

Adidas closed temporarily over positive virus case
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/adidas-closed-temporarily-over-positive-virus-case-1.2618057

Berks businesses lending staff to food bank during coronavirus crush
https://www.readingeagle.com/business-weekly/berks-businesses-lending-staff-to-food-bank-during-coronavirus-crush/article_0b37b73c-7b35-11ea-845f-cf2568341390.html

Real estate shutdown in Pa. wreaks havoc: Some face two mortgages, others have no home
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/real-estate-shutdown-in-pa-wreaks-havoc-some-face-two-mortgages-others-have-no-home.html

New job portal features openings at ‘life-sustaining’ businesses
https://www.dailylocal.com/business/new-job-portal-features-openings-at-life-sustaining-businesses/article_9596f9d3-c8ea-51da-951d-5e585f9061e9.html

Crime/Punishment

Philadelphia man is Pennsylvania’s first state prison inmate to die from coronavirus
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-prisons-philadelphia-sci-phoenix-inmate-dies-20200413.html

Indicted rehab center founder accused of dealing drugs, killing addicts asks to be released from jail because of COVID-19
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/04/13/Indicted-rehab-center-founder-David-Francis-accused-dealing-drugs-killing-addicts-asks-jail-release-COVID-19/stories/202004130121

Bowers’ lawyers ask for another delay, claim virus is hindering defense efforts
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/04/13/Robert-Bowers-defense-motion-delay-COVID-19-hinder-Tree-of-Life/stories/202004130106

Defendants not in jail start appearing for hearings
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/defendants-not-in-jail-start-appearing-for-hearings-1.2617984

Federal inmates left behind amid releases from Allegheny county jail
https://www.witf.org/2020/04/14/federal-inmates-left-behind-amid-releases-from-allegheny-county-jail/

Education

More schools adjust online learning plans
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/more-schools-adjust-online-learning-plans-1.2618061

Teaching coronavirus: Some college professors have written it into their lesson plans
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-lasalle-penn-drexel-lehigh-university-teaching-20200413.html

Elections/Politics

Voters reject Trump-endorsed judge in chaotic Wisconsin court race
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/wisconsin-judge-primary-democrat-trump-20200413.html

Bernie Sanders endorses former rival Joe Biden for president
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/bernie-sanders-endorses-former-rival-joe-biden-for-president.html

Health Care

The coronavirus pandemic is playing out behind hospital walls. On social media, these doctors and nurses give a peek into the front lines.
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid19-philadelphia-social-media-doctors-nurses-ppe-n95-pennsylvania-new-jersey-20200414.html

Highmark partners with referral network to help those facing food, housing crises
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2020/04/13/Highmark-Allegheny-Health-Gateway-referral-network-Aunt-Bertha-food-housing-transportation-covid-19/stories/202004130071

Doing telemedicine amid coronavirus crisis has taught me things about my patients I’d never have known before | Expert Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/coronavirus-covid-telemedicine-lgbtq-teens-health-20200414.html

What if you have an emergency that’s not related to pandemic
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/what-if-you-have-an-emergency-that-s-not-related-to-pandemic-1.2618085

Philly area hospitals grapple with shortage of drugs to put patients on ventilators
https://www.witf.org/2020/04/14/philly-area-hospitals-grapple-with-shortage-of-drugs-to-put-patients-on-ventilators/

Local News

Lackawanna County commissioners to hold virtual meeting Wednesday
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/lackawanna-county-commissioners-to-hold-virtual-meeting-wednesday-1.2617966

Study: Social distancing increasing across NEPA
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/study-social-distancing-increasing-across-nepa-1.2618080

Is Berks County staying home? In coronavirus age, data reveal which counties are following order
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/is-berks-county-staying-home-in-coronavirus-age-data-reveal-which-counties-are-following-order/article_899adc70-7b3b-11ea-98da-a77c3ed747d4.html

Fund campaign reaching out to local artists during pandemic
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/fund-campaign-reaching-out-to-local-artists-during-pandemic-1.2618029

Reading hopes to create loan program to help small businesses struggling during coronavirus pandemic
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/reading-hopes-to-create-loan-program-to-help-small-businesses-struggling-during-coronavirus-pandemic/article_2e1a0e5e-7dd7-11ea-b882-0f821a855325.html

Mayor declares emergency after storm blows through W-B
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/mayor-declares-emergency-after-storm-blows-through-w-b-1.2618176

Yudichak, Maddon, Pujols join together for COVID-19 PSAs
https://www.timesleader.com/news/780003/yudichak-maddon-pujols-join-together-for-covid-19-psas

National News

Officials want delay in nation’s census due to virus
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/census-deadline-delay-20200413.html

Philly

Civic groups call on Mayor Kenney to close Parkway lanes to relieve crowding at Schuylkill park
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-parks-crowding-coronavirus-open-streets-civic-associations-ccra-logan-bicycle-coalition-20200413.html

A Philly nurse’s decision: Fight COVID-19 in New York, or stay safe for her kids?
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/covid-19-nurse-decision-frontlines-surge-area-stay-home-20200414.html

Shuttered nonprofit cultural organizations seek federal loan lifeline
https://www.inquirer.com/news/coronavirus-philadelphia-zoo-national-constitution-center-please-touch-philly-fringe-closed-20200413.html

Cabin fever in a pandemic: Philly-area families want their pools opened
https://www.inquirer.com/news/swim-pool-open-coronavirus-business-20200413.html

South Philadelphia restaurant River Twice sues insurance company to cover coronavirus losses
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-business-interruption-insurance-claim-restaurant-river-twice-philadelphia-chef-20200413.html

3 men killed, toddler injured, in 3 separate shootings in Philadelphia
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-shootings-homicides-olney-kensington-south-philadelphia-20200413.html

One epidemic stole her children, another stole her final goodbye | Helen Ubiñas
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/gun-violence-homicide-philadelphia-coronavirus-helen-ubinas-20200410.html

Where is Philadelphia’s spirit of togetherness when it comes to the gun violence epidemic? | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/philadelphia-gun-violence-coronavirus-epidemic-20200413.html

Pitt

Food bank distributing more boxes for those in need today
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/social-services/2020/04/14/Food-bank-distributing-more-boxes-pittsburgh-butler/stories/202004140075

Thanks to tech and meds, Pittsburgh office market may bounce back quickly from COVID-19 turbulence, report finds
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2020/04/14/Thanks-to-tech-and-meds-Pittsburgh-office-market-may-bounce-back-quickly-from-COVID-19-turbulence-report-finds/stories/202004130118

Empty Hill District shopping plaza draws interest from potential tenants
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2020/04/13/Centre-Heldman-Plaza-Hill-District-Shop-n-Save-Urban-Redevelopment-Authority/stories/202004140006

Allegheny County’s Fitzgerald calls for June primary election to be conducted by mail
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2020/04/13/Allegheny-County-s-Fitzgerald-calls-for-mail-in-ballots-for-June-primary/stories/202004130080

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald calls for primary election to be conducted by mail
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-co-executive-rich-fitzgerald-calls-for-primary-election-to-be-conducted-by-mail/

R.K. Mellon Foundation to provide $15 million in COVID-19 relief grants
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/pittsburgh-company-news/2020/04/13/R-K-Mellon-Foundation-COVID-19-grants-15-million-philanthropy-pittsburgh/stories/202004130110

Public access to meetings: Tape delays don’t meet Sunshine Act standards
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/04/14/Public-access-to-meetings-Tape-delays-don-t-meet-Sunshine-Act-standards/stories/202004100044

Pittsburgh seeks $20 million grant for Mt. Washington face-lift
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-seeks-20-million-grant-for-mt-washington-face-lift/

Humane Animal Rescue adds emergency boarding during coronavirus
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/humane-animal-rescue-adds-emergency-boarding-during-coronavirus/

State News

Coors Light answers 93-year-old Pa. woman’s plea for more beer amid coronavirus with 10 cases
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/04/coors-light-answers-93-year-old-pa-womans-plea-for-more-beer-amid-coronavirus-with-10-cases.html

Pennsylvania online liquor sales boom; vodka tops list
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200413/pennsylvania-online-liquor-sales-boom-vodka-tops-list

Washington

Congressional stalemate deepens as Pelosi, Schumer say they won’t budge on coronavirus funding demands
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-stimulus-pelosi-schumer-trump-20200413.html