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Coronavirus – COVID-19

Gov. Wolf: Increase in coronavirus testing needed before large-scale reopening of Pennsylvania
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/gov-wolf-increase-in-coronavirus-testing-needed-before-large-scale-reopening-of-pennsylvania/

Gov. Wolf plots Pennsylvania comeback from coronavirus amid higher death toll
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-pa-admin-tuesday-virus-20200421-paw24zup45e3rfrwy5onnrid3i-story.html

Gov. Wolf says Pa. will begin to reopen on May 8, with measured approach
https://www.witf.org/2020/04/22/gov-wolf-says-pa-will-begin-to-reopen-on-may-8-with-measured-approach/

Is the COVID-19 death count understated? Counties acknowledge disconnect with state
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/04/22/COVID-19-coronavirus-Pennsylvania-counties-coroners-death-reporting-cases-disconnect/stories/202004180017

Change in COVID-19 reporting causes 360-case jump in statewide death count
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/04/21/Allegheny-County-Western-Pennsylvania-COVID-19-coronavirus-cases-deaths/stories/202004210085

Pennsylvania coronavirus update: Here’s why state’s death count jumped by 360 on Tuesday
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-pennsylvania-update-20200421-6xjuexglqfckjgfbhlrycy4lha-story.html

Pennsylvania refines coronavirus reporting, adding 360 deaths as total tops 1,500
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-adds-360-coronavirus-deaths-as-total-surpasses-1500-under-new-tracking-system/

Shift in counting methods sends state, local coronavirus death rate soaring
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/shift-in-counting-methods-sends-state-local-coronavirus-death-rate-soaring-1.2620652

State data will now include probable COVID-19 cases and deaths, Levine says
https://www.penncapital-star.com/blog/state-data-will-now-include-probable-covid-19-cases-and-deaths-levine-says/

Patient advocate: State needs more aggressive action to confront COVID-19 deaths
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/patient-advocate-state-needs-more-aggressive-action-to-confront-covid-19-deaths-1.2620809

More than 10,000 Philadelphians infected with the coronavirus; New Jersey won’t start reopening for ‘weeks’
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-philadelphia-new-jersey-pennsylvania-testing-supplies-20200421.html

Allegheny County reports 12 more coronavirus deaths, including 42-year-old
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-county-reports-12-more-coronavirus-deaths-including-42-year-old/

Tight housing conditions, lack of health care put migrant workers on Pa. farms at high risk for COVID-19
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/04/21/Tight-housing-conditions-lack-of-health-care-put-migrant-workers-Pa-farms-at-high-risk-COVID-19/stories/202004210115

Many county nursing homes refused to respond to inquiry over COVID-19 patients at facilities
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/many-county-nursing-homes-refused-to-respond-to-inquiry-over-covid-19-patients-at-facilities-1.2620807

Area nursing home responses to COVID-19 cases at facilities
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/area-nursing-home-responses-to-covid-19-cases-at-facilities-1.2620889

Lackawanna County Coroner to expand review of COVID-19 deaths at nursing homes
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/lackawanna-county-coroner-to-expand-review-of-covid-19-deaths-at-nursing-homes-1.2620788

First Pittsburgh patients treated with plasma from coronavirus survivors at UPMC
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/first-pittsburgh-patients-treated-with-plasma-from-coronavirus-survivors-at-upmc/

Here are the areas in Westmoreland County with the most coronavirus cases
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/latrobe-greensburg-new-kensington-zip-codes-tops-in-westmoreland-for-covid-19-cases/

1 more coronavirus death reported in Westmoreland
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/1-more-coronavirus-death-reported-in-westmoreland/

Beaver County’s COVID-19 cases top 300, deaths surpass 40
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200421/beaver-countyrsquos-covid-19-cases-top-300-deaths-surpass-40

Donora widow recounts husband’s sudden health decline, death from covid-19
https://triblive.com/local/regional/donora-widow-recounts-husbands-sudden-health-decline-death-from-covid-19/

COVID-19 claims 14 more lives in county
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/covid-19-claims-14-more-lives-in-county-1.2620888

Pittston couple dies days apart from coronavirus
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/pittston-couple-dies-days-apart-from-coronavirus-1.2620877

10 more deaths and 43 more coronavirus positives for Berks County
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/10-more-deaths-and-43-more-coronavirus-positives-for-berks-county/article_1d760c70-83b2-11ea-8251-a70313289f47.html

Coronavirus death toll in Montco reaches 172; fifth inmate at jail tests positive
https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/news/region/coronavirus-death-toll-in-montco-reaches-172-fifth-inmate-at-jail-tests-positive/article_96fb7c84-43a5-59cb-aaeb-1698ee0a49ba.html

Delaware County deaths due to coronavirus pandemic reach 100 people
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/coronavirus/delaware-county-deaths-due-to-coronavirus-pandemic-reach-100-people/article_a95cc67e-8417-11ea-903b-bb9a90eecf2b.html

DOH: 7 COVID-19 deaths in Monroe, 360 across PA
https://www.poconorecord.com/news/20200421/doh-7-covid-19-deaths-in-monroe-360-across-pa

ZIP code breakdown of COVID-19 cases show lack of testing in Beaver County
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200422/zip-code-breakdown-of-covid-19-cases-show-lack-of-testing-in-beaver-county

Pennsylvania may identify long-term care centers with coronavirus
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20200421/pennsylvania-may-identify-long-term-care-centers-with-coronavirus

Levine: State working on phone number to register for testing at Mohegan Sun Arena site
https://www.timesleader.com/news/781002/levine-state-working-on-phone-number-to-register-for-testing-at-mohegan-sun-arena-site

Officials working to add phone registration option for coronavirus testing site at arena
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/officials-working-to-add-phone-registration-option-for-coronavirus-testing-site-at-arena-1.2620900

All federal courthouse employees, visitors must now wear masks, judge rules
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/04/21/Pittsburgh-federal-courthouse-employees-visitors-must-wear-protective-masks/stories/202004210152

Face masks required in federal courthouses in Pittsburgh, Erie, Johnstown
https://triblive.com/local/regional/face-masks-required-in-districts-federal-courthouses/

FEMA’s leader in Philly on what states still need to deal with coronavirus
https://www.inquirer.com/columnists/fema-coronavirus-masks-gowns-ventilators-food-20200422.html

Plasma, a 19th-century treatment, is being used to battle coronavirus infections
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid19-plasma-donate-virtua-rutgers-chop-20200421.html

Golfers hope actions by other states might mean the sport’s return is closer in Pa. and N.J.
https://www.inquirer.com/business/golf-pennsylvania-new-jersey-courses-reopen-governor-20200421.html

Mask confusion: Health officials give conflicting messages
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/04/22/Mask-confusion-Health-officials-give-conflicting-messages/stories/20200417004

Getting a paper stimulus check? Here’s what you need to know
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/money/2020/04/22/paper-stimulus-checks-IRS-Pennsylvania-department-of-banking-coronavirus/stories/202004210124

Senate passes $483 billion coronavirus aid package after White House deal
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/chuck-schumer-coronavirus-aid-package-small-businesses-500-billion-dollars-20200421.html

Cartwright proposed hazard pay for frontline workers
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/cartwright-proposed-hazard-pay-for-frontline-workers-1.2620722

CDC director warns second wave of coronavirus this winter will likely be worse
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-second-wave-covid-19-cdc-20200421.html

Trump bars new immigration green cards, not temporary visas, for 60 days amid coronavirus pandemic
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/trump-immigration-green-cards-coronavirus-covid-19-20200421.html

First documented U.S. coronavirus death happened Feb. 6, weeks earlier than thought: medical examiner
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/04/first-documented-us-coronavirus-death-happened-feb-6-weeks-earlier-than-thought-medical-examiner.html

Legislature

Telemedicine bill heads to Gov. Tom Wolf; he intends to veto it over limits on access to abortion drug
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/telemedicine-bill-heading-to-pa-gov-tom-wolf-who-intends-to-veto-it-over-its-limits-on-access-to-abortion-drug.html

Wolf says he will veto telemedicine bill that constrains access to abortion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/covid-19/setting-the-stage-for-possible-wolf-veto-senate-approves-telemedicine-bill-that-constrains-access-to-abortion/

Abortion-related language puts Vogel’s telemedicine bill on Wolf’s veto list
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200421/abortion-related-language-puts-vogelrsquos-telemedicine-bill-on-wolfrsquos-veto-list

Pa. House approves piecemeal approach to reopening economy, one business type at a time
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/pa-house-approves-piecemeal-approach-to-reopening-economy-one-business-type-at-a-time.html

Grove bill creating task force to ‘expeditiously’ reopen Pa. clears committee
https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/local/2020/04/21/grove-bill-creating-task-force-reopen-pa-clears-committee/2996293001/

Business

Energy companies, facing mountains of debt, look to Main Street loans for help
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/powersource/2020/04/22/natural-gas-companies-debt-loan-program-Fed-small-businesses-rate/stories/202004230017

Lowe’s distribution center employee tests positive
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/lowe-s-distribution-center-employee-tests-positive-1.2620823

We need PPE now. And unions will help deliver it | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/covid-19/we-need-ppe-now-and-unions-will-help-deliver-it-opinion/

Education

Pa. teachers’ pensions are invested in a NYC skyscraper linked to Jared Kushner, but they probably don’t know it
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania/spl/pennsylvania-teacher-pensions-jared-kushner-nyc-skyscraper-20200422.html

As millions of dollars head toward colleges, officials deciding how to share it with students
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/04/22/CARES-Act-financial-aid-students-Department-of-Education-DeVos-Pitt-Penn-State/stories/202004190102

Westminster College fears it will lose students to an economy roiled by a pandemic
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/04/21/Westminster-College-fundraising-CASE-advancement-financial-aid-pandemic-Matthew-Stinson-jobs-coronavirus/stories/202004210070

Ron Cook: College coaches starting to feel the virus’ financial sting
https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/ron-cook/2020/04/22/Ron-Cook-College-coaches-starting-to-fell-the-virus-financial-sting/stories/202004220045

Elections/Politics

Why some Pa. election officials oppose a mail-only primary: ‘Considerable potential for serious problems’
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/04/from-wrong-addresses-to-voter-disenfranchisement-why-some-pa-election-officials-oppose-all-mail-in-primary.html

Joe Biden to name vice president selection panel by May 1
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/joe-biden-vice-president-choice-selection-panel-may-1-20200422.html

Health Care

UPMC to test all patients for covid-19, even those without symptoms
https://triblive.com/local/regional/upmc-to-test-all-patients-for-covid-19-even-those-without-symptoms/

Tower Health to furlough at least 1,000 workers as COVID-19 wreaks havoc at hospitals
https://www.inquirer.com/business/health/tower-health-covid-19-furloughs-1000-20200421.html

Tower Health begins furlough of 1,000 employees amid pandemic
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/tower-health-begins-furlough-of-1-000-employees-amid-pandemic/article_f79fadce-83db-11ea-88cd-87a4c8500489.html

Pandemic taxes an already stretched health care workforce, but there are big imbalances
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/pandemic-taxes-an-already-stretched-health-care-workforce-but-there-are-big-imbalances-1.2620945

Coronavirus testing creates a dangerous world that’s ‘dirty or clean,’ UPMC Pinnacle nurses say
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/04/coronavirus-testing-creates-a-dangerous-world-thats-dirty-or-clean-upmc-pinnacle-nurses-say.html

Local News

Scranton Area Community Foundation distributes $160,000 in COVID-19 grants
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-area-community-foundation-distributes-160-000-in-covid-19-grants-1.2620544

Scranton Area Community Foundation distributes $160,000 in COVID-19 grants
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-area-community-foundation-distributes-160-000-in-covid-19-grants-1.2620544

Scranton gas card audit results nearly ready for release
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-gas-card-audit-results-nearly-ready-for-release-1.2620789

Reading police deliver for Meals on Wheels while building relationships
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/reading-police-deliver-for-meals-on-wheels-while-building-relationships/article_829586fe-83fc-11ea-8bae-132a92c7301b.html

With government offices shuttered by COVID-19, Delaware County temporarily furloughs 400 workers
https://www.inquirer.com/news/furloughs-coronavirus-covid-delaware-county-20200421.html

Chester County gets 3.5 million face masks for frontline workers through business relationships in China
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/chester-county-gets-3-5-million-face-masks-for-frontline-workers-through-business-relationships-in/article_f3a2887a-4642-5366-bbb8-06af8b8006ba.html

Audubon secures $1.2M grant to help preserve Buffalo Creek watershed
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/audubon-secures-1-2m-grant-to-help-preserve-buffalo-creek-watershed/

White Oak council reinstates officer fired for domestic violence
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/04/21/White-Oak-council-reinstates-officer-Timothy-Estep-fired-domestic-violence-wife-assault/stories/202004210119

Wilkes-Barre announces emergency relief loan program for local restaurants
https://www.timesleader.com/news/781058/wilkes-barre-announces-emergency-relief-loan-program-for-local-restaurants

County tax bill due date extended two months
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/county-tax-bill-due-date-extended-two-months-1.2620785

Philly

Philly’s struggling restaurants are nearing a moment of truth as the coronavirus crisis drags on
https://www.inquirer.com/business/philadelphia-restaurants-coronavirus-ppp-loans-20200422.html

Neighborhood Bike Works launches program to get bikes to essential workers
https://www.inquirer.com/transportation/bikes-essential-workers-coronavirus-neighborhood-bike-works-20200422.html

Small pharmacies are under financial pressure just when they’re needed most: ‘The math doesn’t work’
https://www.inquirer.com/business/independent-pharmacies-coronavirus-pbms-20200422.html

Kasner outlines steps for proper early release of inmates during clergy-sponsored talk
https://www.phillytrib.com/news/health/coronavirus/kasner-outlines-steps-for-proper-early-release-of-inmates-during-clergy-sponsored-talk/article_9d18b967-47f3-573a-9b52-6e2bfab62e86.html

Philly restaurant owner: My experience with pandemics in Hong Kong shows shutdowns are safest | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/coronavirus-covid-hong-kong-philadelphia-small-business-shutdown-20200421.html

Why Philadelphia is looking to Europe for help with America’s worst big-city drug epidemic.
https://www.inquirer.com/health/opioid-addiction/a/opioid-heroin-addiction-treatment-overdose-philadelphia-portugal-20200422.html

Ex-Philly school cop facing charges of child sex abuse
https://www.inquirer.com/news/howard-rubin-school-police-officer-multicultural-academy-charter-hip-hop-cop-sexual-assault-philadelphia-20200421.html

While police probe the late-night shooting death of a 4-year-old girl in the far Northeast, neighbors express shock
https://www.inquirer.com/news/northeast-philadelphia-secane-drive-four-year-old-fatally-shot-homicide-investigation-20200421.html

Former Pa. Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell tested positive for COVID-19 after being released early from prison
https://www.penncapital-star.com/blog/former-pa-rep-movita-johnson-harrell-tested-positive-for-covid-19-after-being-released-early-from-prison/

Pitt

Allegheny County Council introduces legislation to give workers paid sick days
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2020/04/21/Allegheny-County-Council-paid-sick-days-time-legislation-workers-modeled-Pittsburgh/stories/202004210107

An elegy to the ‘O”: A beloved hot dog shop closes after 60 years
https://www.post-gazette.com/life/dining/2020/04/22/The-O-Original-Hot-Dog-Shop-closed-60-years-oakland-pittsburgh-restaurant-landmark/stories/202004180064

Port Authority limits workers, plans to take employees’ temperatures
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/04/21/Port-Authority-COVID-19-West-Mifflin-garage-temperatures-workers-deep-cleaning/stories/202004210148

Pittsburgh Promise receives $1.3 million grant to help students during pandemic
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/04/21/Pittsburgh-Promise-receives-1-3-million-grant-to-help-students-during-pandemic/stories/202004210080

Emergency food distribution at Pittsburgh International Airport set for Wednesday
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/emergency-food-distribution-at-pittsburgh-international-airport-set-for-wednesday/

Pittsburgh Council aiming to turn vacant land into urban gardens
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-council-aiming-to-turn-vacant-land-into-urban-gardens/

State News

Louder than noisy ‘reopener’ protesters: The majority of Pennsylvanians who are quietly staying home | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/coronavirus-covid-19-anti-shutdown-reopen-rally-pennsylvania-harrisburg-20200421.html

The voters have spoken. The ACLU needs to drop its Marsy’s Law challenge | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/the-voters-have-spoken-the-aclu-needs-to-drop-its-marsys-law-challenge-opinion/

‘We’re ready to bring this to some sort of closure:’ Women sue in Grandview Golf Club case
https://www.ydr.com/story/news/local/2020/04/21/two-women-file-federal-lawsuit-grandview-golf-club-allegations-racial-gender-discrimination/5166101002/