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Coronavirus – COVID-19

Gov. Tom Wolf talks about reopening businesses, a primary by mail and the Pa. budget crunch
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/gov-tom-wolf-talks-to-media-on-coronavirus-live-updates.html

Gov. Wolf says states — not president — should decide when to lift coronavirus restrictions
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/gov-wolf-says-states-not-president-should-decide-when-to-lift-coronavirus-restrictions/

When can Pa. return to normal? Roadmap emerges, although distance uncertain
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/when-can-pa-return-to-normal-roadmap-emerges-although-distance-uncertain.html

Wolf warns against becoming complacent
https://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2020/04/wolf-warns-against-becoming-complacent/

Push is on to fight ‘inequality’ and allow food-stamp recipients to have groceries delivered. Gov. Wolf demands ‘red tape’ be cut.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/coronavirus-food-shopping-walmart-whole-foods-ebt-cards-delivery-20200415.html

Pennsylvania reports 60 more coronavirus deaths as total hits 584
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-reports-60-more-coronavirus-deaths-as-total-hits-584/

Pennsylvania coronavirus updates: Statewide cases increase by 1,146 on Tuesday to 25,345; 60 more deaths reported statewide
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-pa-statewide-cases-virus-20200414-hl7dnsdzt5c4fiyjqr3jpkrgny-story.html

The Poconos were marketed as a pandemic haven. Now the area is a COVID-19 hot spot.
https://www.inquirer.com/business/tourism/poconos-covid-19-outbreak-new-york-hazleton-amazon-20200415.html

COVID-19 in the Poconos: One month later
https://www.poconorecord.com/news/20200415/covid-19-in-poconos-one-month-later

Virus’ rate of growth slows in Pennsylvania
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/virus-rate-of-growth-slows-in-pennsylvania-1.2618618

Region has nine new deaths; Levine praises Allegheny’s efforts
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/04/14/COVID-19-coronavirus-Allegheny-County-Pennsylvania-cases-deaths/stories/202004140101

Allegheny County reports 3 more coronavirus deaths, 17 new cases
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-county-reports-3-more-coronavirus-deaths-17-new-cases/

Luzerne County now has 14 male and 12 female coronavirus death victims
https://www.timesleader.com/news/780101/luzerne-county-now-has-14-male-and-12-female-coronavirus-death-victims

15 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Westmoreland County
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/15-coronavirus-related-deaths-reported-in-westmoreland-county/

Montco coronavirus death toll climbs to 109; majority of deaths in nursing homes
https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/news/region/montco-coronavirus-death-toll-climbs-to-109-majority-of-deaths-in-nursing-homes/article_d36d040e-515f-59d9-a818-52142c55dd97.html

9 test positive for coronavirus at Pocopson Home long-term care facility
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/coronavirus/9-test-positive-for-coronavirus-at-pocopson-home-long-term-care-facility/article_312a313c-7e7c-11ea-b4e6-134545415bdb.html

Lackawanna County Coroner: Coronavirus cases locally, statewide likely underreported
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/lackawanna-county-coroner-coronavirus-cases-locally-statewide-likely-underreported-1.2618490

As one Philly-area nursing home endures 50 COVID-19 cases, leaders turn to data-driven solutions
https://www.inquirer.com/business/health/covid-19-nursing-home-infections-philadelphia-montgomery-county-20200414.html

Berks County officials detail safety measures at Berks Heim after resident tests positive for coronavirus
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/berks-county-officials-detail-safety-measures-at-berks-heim-after-resident-tests-positive-for-coronavirus/article_cd4ceea0-7e69-11ea-a550-c7eeffcab5db.html

Multiple Dauphin County nursing home residents test positive for coronavirus
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/04/multiple-dauphin-county-nursing-home-residents-test-positive-for-coronavirus.html

Coronavirus claims more victims at Lehigh Valley senior care facility, with 10 dead
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-genesis-nursing-facility-deaths-20200414-w52t7amyezdkrfutemfu5s6lmu-story.html

Daughter of deceased Jewish Home resident wants answers after 14 die since April 3
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/daughter-of-deceased-jewish-home-resident-wants-answers-after-14-die-since-april-3-1.2618480

Three residents die of coronavirus complications at Gardens of Scranton
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/three-residents-die-of-coronavirus-complications-at-gardens-of-scranton-1.2618484

COVID-19 testing site looks likely at Mohegan Sun Arena
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/covid-19-testing-site-looks-likely-at-mohegan-sun-arena-1.2618620

Why are so many black Americans dying of COVID-19? l Expert Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid19-african-american-racial-disparities-20200414.html

Potential coronavirus treatment in short supply
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/potential-coronavirus-treatment-in-short-supply-1.2618542

The next big coronavirus challenge: 5 important things to know right now
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/the-next-big-coronavirus-challenge-5-important-things-to-know-right-now/

Carbon County expects to get COVID-19 case info this week
https://www.standardspeaker.com/coronavirus/carbon-county-expects-to-get-covid-19-case-info-this-week-1.2618545

Doctors warn about lifting social-distancing restrictions too early
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/doctors-warn-about-lifting-social-distancing-restrictions-too-early-1.2618678

Owner of lab doing critical COVID-19 testing pleaded guilty to Medicare fraud in January
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/04/14/Ravitej-Reddy-MHS-Labs-critical-COVID-19-testing-pleaded-guilty-Medicare-fraud-January/stories/202004140116

Through a cracked-open window, food and hope for the economic casualties of coronavirus | Maria Panaritis
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/coronavirus-covid-19-upper-darby-food-bank-delaware-county-pa-maria-panaritis-20200415.html

Trump at odds with governors of N.J., Pa., and other states over when to reopen America
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-deaths-trump-murphy-wolf-stimulus-checks-20200414.html

During coronavirus pandemic, governors’ leadership is critical | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/coronavirus-covid-19-regional-pact-states-governors-tom-wolf-phil-murphy-andrew-cuomo-20200414.html

Governors’ approach best
https://www.citizensvoice.com/opinion/governors-approach-best-1.2618473

Trump halts U.S. payments to WHO during coronavirus pandemic, saying it failed to share data
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-trump-world-health-organization-20200414.html

Trump’s inaccurate assertion of ‘total’ authority sparks challenge from governors
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-trump-governors-20200414.html

Coming to your $1,200 relief check: Donald J. Trump’s name
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coming-your-1200-relief-check-donald-j-trumps-name-20200414.html

Coronavirus slows safety for asylum-seekers | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/coronavirus-immigration-and-customers-enforcement-asylum-pennsylvania-20200415.html

Spain goes (partly) back to work with a message for U.S. coronavirus efforts: test, test, test | Trudy Rubin
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/spain-reopen-work-coronavirus-andrew-cuomo-trump-20200414.html

Legislature

As coronavirus cases continue to rise, state House backs bill to reopen businesses
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/as-coronavirus-cases-continue-to-rise-state-house-backs-bill-to-reopen-businesses-1.2618370

Pa. House sends its plan for reactivating the state’s economy to Senate for consideration
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/pa-house-sends-its-plan-for-reactivating-the-states-economy-to-senate-for-consideration.html

State House advances measure for businesses to reopen in Pennsylvania
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/state-house-advances-measure-for-businesses-to-reopen-in-pennsylvania/article_7b44b7cd-4cd8-59b0-b5bf-37aac365ba0b.html

Setting up clash with Wolf, Pa. House moves to loosen business shutdowns
https://www.penncapital-star.com/working-the-economy/setting-up-clash-with-wolf-pa-house-moves-to-loosen-business-shutdowns/

Pennsylvania coronavirus business battle: House votes to can Gov. Wolf’s closure system, replace with federal guidance
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-pa-virus-comback-plans-20200414-ikktpdfyt5hohbc4eyw2pnwx7y-story.html

State House advances measure for businesses to reopen in Pennsylvania
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/coronavirus/state-house-advances-measure-for-businesses-to-reopen-in-pennsylvania/article_e7e3c732-7e93-11ea-9fcc-f39e36f8bf6c.html

The debate over restarting construction projects in Pennsylvania, explained
https://papost.org/2020/04/14/the-debate-over-restarting-construction-projects-in-pennsylvania-explained/

Pa.’s state universities facing immediate hit of up to $100 million as lawmaker floats closures as worst-case scenario
https://www.inquirer.com/education/spl/pennsylvania-coronavirus-state-system-financial-hit-100-million-20200415.html

Car dealerships want permission to start sales again in Pennsylvania
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/career-workplace/2020/04/14/car-dealerships-nonessential-non-life-sustaining-businesses-Pennsylvania-coronavirus-COVID19/stories/202004130113

Bills supported by Reading lawmaker to address blight and help homeless advance to Senate
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/bills-supported-by-reading-lawmaker-to-address-blight-and-help-homeless-advance-to-senate/article_8ca8dbfe-7e80-11ea-a3ad-9f34d55b851f.html

Business

A second Giant Eagle worker in Beaver County tests positive for COVID-19
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/west/2020/04/15/second-Giant-Eagle-worker-Rochester-Beaver-County-tests-positive-COVID-19/stories/202004150073

Worker at Beaver County Giant Eagle store tests positive for covid-19
https://triblive.com/local/sewickley/worker-at-beaver-county-giant-eagle-store-tests-positive-for-covid-19/

Airlines, U.S. government agree to $25 billion coronavirus aid deal to pay workers
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-airlines-bailout-government-steven-mnuchin-20200414.html

Fayette, Westmoreland residents support dairy farmer struggling through coronavirus pandemic
https://triblive.com/local/regional/fayette-westmoreland-residents-support-dairy-farmer-struggling-through-coronavirus-pandemic/

Dairy farmers take hit, dump milk
https://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2020/04/dairy-farmers-take-hit-dump-milk/

Shop ‘n Save donates $10,000 to Western Pa. food banks
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/shop-n-save-donates-10000-to-area-food-banks/

Mom, son say Aramark fired them after they self-quarantined for possible coronavirus exposure
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/mom-son-say-aramark-fired-them-after-they-self-quarantined-for-possible-coronavirus-exposure/

Hazle Township plant making materials needed in coronavirus pandemic battle
https://www.timesleader.com/news/780096/hazle-township-plant-making-materials-needed-in-coronavirus-pandemic-battle

Pennsylvania’s new coronavirus job portal shows companies hiring in Berks County
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/pennsylvanias-new-coronavirus-job-portal-shows-companies-hiring-in-berks-county/article_19a0914c-7e5d-11ea-87ad-c341aed1b491.html

Delaware County, Chester County question ‘life-sustaining’ status of Mariner East construction
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/coronavirus/delaware-county-chester-county-question-life-sustaining-status-of-mariner-east-construction/article_168854ec-7e92-11ea-8ccc-ab054fa765e9.html

Supermarkets putting in super efforts to keep employees safe, stores well stocked
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20200414/supermarkets-putting-in-super-efforts-to-keep-employees-safe-stores-well-stocked

Crime/Punishment

Feds seize money in fraud investigation of Texas charity providing meals for low-income children
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/04/14/Feds-seize-money-fraud-investigation-Texas-charity-meals-low-income-children/stories/202004140105

Synagogue massacre case’s deadlines extended because of virus
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/04/14/Tree-of-Life-synagogue-shooting-Robert-Bowers-pre-trial-extension-coronavirus/stories/202004140151

Education

Scranton School Board seeks applicants for vacancy
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-school-board-seeks-applicants-for-vacancy-1.2618419

Elections/Politics

Pennsylvania’s mail-in, absentee ballot applications surge for June primary
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvanias-mail-in-absentee-ballot-applications-surge-for-june-primary/

No handshakes, door-knocking or debates have Pennsylvania candidates finding new ways to campaign
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-campaigning-amid-pandemic-pennsylvania-primary-20200413-3zcutxuhrrekvdnavlvzetoulq-story.html

Health Care

As they care for COVID-19 patients, hospitals also must deal with falling revenue
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2020/04/15/hospitals-COVID-19-finances-operating-margin-costs-Pennsylvania-coronavirus/stories/202004140139

Geisinger continues halt of elective procedures
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/geisinger-continues-halt-of-elective-procedures-1.2618489

Health care cost report shows hospitals suffer low margins and growing uncompensated care
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/health-care-cost-report-shows-hospitals-suffer-low-margins-and-growing-uncompensated-care-1.2618669

Frontline health care workers seek immunity from malpractice during COVID-19
https://www.witf.org/2020/04/15/frontline-health-care-workers-seek-immunity-from-malpractice-during-covid-19/

Local News

Scranton City Council OKs Lucas’ appointment as fire chief
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-city-council-oks-lucas-appointment-as-fire-chief-1.2618491

Dozens of Berks County first responders show their appreciation for doctors and nurses battling COVID-19
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/dozens-of-berks-county-first-responders-show-their-appreciation-for-doctors-and-nurses-battling-covid/article_6c5b6c64-7ea2-11ea-a08d-3b8deaff0edd.html

Brian Shaw Foundation grants $15,000 to Allegheny Valley police for new K-9
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/brian-shaw-foundation-grants-15000-to-allegheny-valley-police-for-new-k-9/

Parking tickets irk Greensburg workers during pandemic
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/parking-tickets-irk-greensburg-workers-during-pandemic/

WB reveals plans for virus relief funds
https://www.timesleader.com/news/780113/wb-reveals-plans-for-virus-relief-funds

Pandemic recovery plan on agenda for W-B council
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/pandemic-recovery-plan-on-agenda-for-w-b-council-1.2618507

Luzerne County advances coronavirus-prompted layoff plan
https://www.timesleader.com/news/780103/luzerne-county-advances-coronavirus-prompted-layoff-plan

Ashley’s Memorial Day Parade, among oldest in the nation, canceled
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/ashley-s-memorial-day-parade-among-oldest-in-the-nation-canceled-1.2618616

W-B mayor extends deadline for Mercantile Tax
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/w-b-mayor-extends-deadline-for-mercantile-tax-1.2618501

Between coronavirus and hoarders, Second Harvest and other food banks are having hard time getting staples, especially mac-and-cheese
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-food-distribution-20200415-2nbjbpjs2vbvddtassqbmv3o2a-story.html

Lehigh Valley above state average when it comes to staying at home amid coronavirus
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-stay-at-home-data-20200415-7d2zgjzdgrfgtcbez2qilokeai-story.html

Philly

Philly reports first inmate death from coronavirus in its jails
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philly-jail-coronavirus-death-inmate-first-blanche-carney-20200414.html

As more first responders get the coronavirus, Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration faces calls for greater transparency
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-police-officers-firefighters-first-responders-coronavirus-20200414.html

Coronavirus killed panhandling and closed food pantries. This volunteer is scrambling to keep homeless Philadelphians alive.
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-homeless-volunteers-food-philadelphia-20200415.html

A Philly judge has denied every inmate’s bid to get out of jail amid the coronavirus. Defense lawyers are trying to cut her out of the process
https://www.inquirer.com/news/coronavirus-philly-jails-judge-anne-marie-coyle-defender-association-keir-bradford-grey-20200414.html

Coronavirus delays Philadelphia’s busy spring housing market
https://www.inquirer.com/real-estate/housing/coronavirus-home-sale-real-estate-market-philadelphia-20200415.html

Philadelphia needs to do more to save black lives, including better coronavirus testing | Solomon Jones
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/coronavirus-racial-disparities-black-americans-testing-philadelphia-20200414.html

Phillies join other MLB teams in participating in massive COVID-19 antibody study
https://www.inquirer.com/phillies/phillies-mlb-coronavirus-antibody-testing-20200414.html

Losing your health insurance? Emergency marriage licenses are saving some Philadelphians.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/coronavirus-health-insurance-emergency-marriage-license-philadelphia-20200414.html

The COVID-19 pandemic underscores the urgency of ending cash bail | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/the-covid-19-pandemic-underscores-the-urgency-of-ending-the-use-of-cash-bail-opinion/

The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare Pa.’s education inequities. Here’s what to do next | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/the-covid-19-pandemic-has-laid-bare-pa-s-education-inequities-heres-what-to-do-next-opinion/

How the battered cemetery operator for Philly Archdiocese is coping with coronavirus: ‘We’re solvent enough’
https://www.inquirer.com/business/stonemor-axar-capital-andrew-axelrod-reorganization-archdiocese-philadelphia-cemetery-20200414.html

Philly teachers are being asked to donate their stimulus checks to the needy, including some colleagues
https://www.inquirer.com/education/philadelphia-teachers-stimulus-checks-donate-paraprofessionals-20200414.html

Meet Comcast-NBC’s newest lobbyist in Washington: former U.S. Rep. Bob Brady
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/clout/bob-brady-lobbyist-comcast-nbc-universal-congress-nancy-pelosi-rivers-casino-20200414.html

Bernard ‘C.B.’ Kimmins, Philadelphia teacher and anti-crime activist, dies at 76
https://www.inquirer.com/obituaries/cb-bernard-kimmins-mantua-anti-crime-volunteer-anti-drug-teacher-died-teacher-20200414.html

Pitt

Pittsburgh International Airport gets $36 million in federal aid to help offset COVID-19 losses
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2020/04/14/Pittsburgh-International-Airport-Federal-Aviation-Administration-aid-COVID-19/stories/202004140123

Bridging digital divide: Local groups work to get computers for schools
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/04/15/Bridging-digital-divide-Local-groups-work-to-get-computers-for-schools/stories/202004110021

Dropping the puck: Penguins ready to advance FNB office tower at former Civic Arena site
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2020/04/14/Pittsburgh-Penguins-First-National-Bank-Civic-Arena-Hill-District-Urban-Redevelopment-Authority/stories/202004140154

From lectures, counseling to ‘Sweet Caroline’: Pitt creates virtual mirror of campus to help students through a pandemic
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/04/14/Pitt-university-coronavirus-Pittwire-Live-students-virtual-campus-Pittsburgh/stories/202004140126

Pittsburgh Black elected officials encourage mail-in voting and advocate for further state coronavirus aid
https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/pittsburgh-black-elected-officials-encourage-mail-in-voting-and-advocate-for-further-state-coronavirus-aid/Content?oid=17131292

‘A small fish in a big pond’: Smaller, essential health care nonprofits are struggling to find masks, soap
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/04/15/Children-s-Home-and-Lemieux-Family-Center-Friendship-non-profits-FEMA-Grant-Portals/stories/202004100159

Allegheny Health Network opens Braddock, North Side coronavirus testing sites
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-health-network-to-open-braddock-north-side-coronavirus-testing-sites/

Councilwomen want empty lots converted to urban farms to make food more readily available
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/04/14/City-council-urban-farming-in-wake-of-economic-crisis-COVID-19-coronavirus-pandemic-pittsburgh/stories/202004140111

Poison center seeing increase in exposure to cleaning and sanitizing products in Pittsburgh
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/04/14/Pittsburgh-Poison-Center-uptick-exposure-cleaning-sanitizing-products-COVID-19-alcohol/stories/202004140149

Allegheny County sheriff sales postponed
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2020/04/14/Allegheny-County-Sheriff-sales-postponed-covid-19/stories/202004140120

Three Rivers Arts Festival moves online as Trust ends programming through June 14
https://www.post-gazette.com/ae/art-architecture/2020/04/14/covid-19-cancellations-3-Rivers-Arts-Festival-Children-Theater-Pittsburgh-Cultural-Trust-2020/stories/202004140124

Pittsburgh plans to refinance $161M in debt
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-plans-to-refinance-161m-in-debt/

State News

Pa. state police close training academy after staffer tests positive for COVID-19
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/04/14/Pennsylvania-state-police-academy-closed-staffer-tests-positive-COVID-19/stories/202004140074

Goodwill stores in Pa. open no-contact donation centers
https://triblive.com/local/regional/goodwill-stores-in-pa-open-no-contact-donation-centers/

‘It’s my job’ to communicate to Pa.’s deaf community during the pandemic: coronavirus hero
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/its-my-job-to-communicate-to-pas-deaf-community-during-the-pandemic-coronavirus-hero.html

Transportation

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International airport gets federal funds
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/wilkes-barre-scranton-international-airport-gets-federal-funds-1.2618670

Engineers: COVID-19 may slow repairs on aging bridges
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200415/engineers-covid-19-may-slow-repairs-on-aging-bridges

Washington

Casey, 32 other senators call for $300 million in domestic violence funding
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/social-services/2020/04/14/Bob-Casey-joining-senators-calls-domestic-violence-funding-coronavirus/stories/202004140055