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Coronavirus – COVID-19

Gov. Wolf outlines color-coded plan to begin reopening
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2020/04/22/Pennsylvania-Governor-Wolf-color-coded-plan-begin-reopening-lockdown-coronavirus/stories/202004220164

Pa. regions with few coronavirus cases could begin reopening May 8 under new tiered system, Gov. Tom Wolf says
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania/spl/pennsylvania-reopening-coronavirus-tom-wolf-plan-20200422.html

Gov. Wolf: Northcentral, northwestern Pa. among first to reopen for business
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/gov-wolf-northcentral-northwestern-pa-among-first-to-reopen-for-business/

Gov. Wolf lays out coronavirus reopening plan for Pennsylvania
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/gov-wolf-lays-out-coronavirus-reopening-plan-for-pennsylvania-1.2621074

Wolf: Pa. ‘won’t be flipping a switch’ as it reopens; May 8 targeted for north-central, NWPA
https://www.penncapital-star.com/covid-19/wolf-pa-wont-be-flipping-a-switch-as-it-reopens-may-8-targeted-for-north-central-nwpa/

Wolf unveils three-phase reopening guidelines
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20200422/wolf-unveils-three-phase-reopening-guidelines

Wolf says Pennsylvania will use a three-phase approach to emerge from shadow of coronavirus starting May 8
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-pa-wolf-update-pandemic-20200422-tuntbo7phngxndbeebalnhbu3i-story.html

Gov. Wolf details metrics that will guide reopening of Pa. economy
https://papost.org/2020/04/22/gov-wolf-details-metrics-that-will-guide-reopening-of-pa-economy/

Gov. Tom Wolf outlines steps to reopen Pennsylvania; northcentral, northwest regions to open first
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/gov-tom-wolf-pa-health-secretary-talk-about-coronavirus-watch-live.html

What will be allowed in the red, yellow, and green phases of Pa.’s coronavirus reopening plan?
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/what-will-be-allowed-in-the-red-yellow-and-green-phases-of-pas-coronavirus-reopening-plan.html

Pa. GOP leaders say they ‘look forward’ to working with Gov. Wolf on easing his coronavirus restrictions
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/04/pa-gop-leaders-say-they-look-forward-to-working-with-gov-wolf-on-easing-his-coronavirus-restrictions.html

Wolf administration defends its coronavirus death counts as county coroners say they’re being skipped
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/04/wolf-administration-defends-its-coronavirus-death-reporting-system.html

As it eyes reopening, Pa. doesn’t have a plan for contact tracing. Here’s what that means and why it matters.
https://www.penncapital-star.com/covid-19/as-it-eyes-reopening-pa-doesnt-have-a-plan-for-contact-tracing-heres-what-that-means-and-why-it-matters/

Pa.’s long-term facilities most vulnerable during COVID-19 pandemic
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/04/22/Pennsylvania-nursing-homes-long-term-care-facilities-COVID-19-pandemic/stories/202004220166

Using ‘probable’ COVID-19 cases and deaths in data helps response, experts say
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/04/22/Probable-cases-deaths-COVID-19-data-helps-overall-response-exposure-Pennsylvania/stories/202004220148

ACLU urges Pa. officials to collect, release race, ethic data of COVID-19 cases
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/04/22/ACLU-Pennsylvania-urges-release-race-ethnic-minority-data-COVID-19-cases/stories/202004220137

7 new COVID-19 deaths in Allegheny County; 4 Beaver County deaths were in nursing care
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/04/22/COVID-19-coronavirus-Allegheny-County-Western-Pennsylvania-cases-deaths-nursing-homes/stories/202004220100

Four more coronavirus deaths in Lackawanna County, 10 more in Luzerne
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/four-more-coronavirus-deaths-in-lackawanna-county-10-more-in-luzerne-1.2621003

Berks County passes milestones of 100 deaths and 2,000 cases for coronavirus outbreak
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/berks-county-passes-milestones-of-100-deaths-and-2-000-cases-for-coronavirus-outbreak/article_532a7676-84a7-11ea-8834-ab5673804f99.html

Montco coronavirus death toll, ‘confirmed’ cases, reaches 174
https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/news/region/montco-coronavirus-death-toll-confirmed-cases-reaches-174/article_7e1d246c-0e52-5f30-a585-8c01d5d943b3.html

Carbondale nursing home reports 34 COVID-19 cases, six deaths
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/carbondale-nursing-home-reports-34-covid-19-cases-six-deaths-1.2621090

ManorCare discloses nearly 100 coronavirus cases, deaths at Lehigh Valley nursing homes
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-nursing-homes-bethlehem-manorcare-20200423-khar46nkezblhhf6kxwwkgjgcy-story.html

State opens arena testing site to anyone with symptoms, offers phone registration
https://www.timesleader.com/news/781127/state-opens-arena-testing-site-to-anyone-with-symptoms-offers-phone-registration

Drive-thru testing site now open to all NEPA residents
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/drive-thru-testing-site-now-open-to-all-nepa-residents-1.2621197

Pennsylvania coroners worry the coronavirus true death toll will never be known
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/pennsylvania-coroners-worry-the-coronavirus-true-death-toll-will-never-be-known/article_183ab106-83e0-11ea-b1ae-5735f233e6f6.html

During coronavirus, childcare providers need the support they’ve always deserved | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/childcare-coronavirus-funding-daycare-programs-20200422.html

Social Security and Medicare funds at risk even before coronavirus hit
https://www.inquirer.com/news/nation-world/social-security-medicare-financial-condition-update-coronavirus-20200422.html

States rushing to reopen are probably making a deadly error, experts warn
https://www.inquirer.com/news/nation-world/coronavirus-states-rush-reopening-more-infections-20200423.html

Under Trump, coronavirus scientists and experts can speak — as long as they toe the line
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/coronavirus-trump-science-medical-experts-toe-line-20200423.html

CDC reports first known cases of coronavirus in pet cats
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-pets-cats-dogs-recommendations-cdc-tips-masks-social-distancing-20200422.html

Ohio governor makes health, economic arguments for restarting businesses
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/04/22/Ohio-Governor-DeWine-coronavirus-COVID-19-testing-reopening-business/stories/202004220172

Legislature

Securing Pa.’s food supply: Lawmakers, Wolf Administration push to meet this most basic need
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/securing-pas-food-supply-lawmakers-wolf-administration-push-to-meet-this-most-basic-need.html

Coronavirus threat to Pennsylvania food supply chain needs more attention, Republican lawmakers say
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-pa-food-supply-concerns-20200422-mxg4szlnpjcuxa42ynmfvls5mi-story.html

Some GOP lawmakers are prepping a nuclear option to revoke Wolf’s emergency powers. But it probably won’t work.
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2020/04/23/coronavirus-pa-shutdown-gov-tom-wolf-essential-business-covid-19/stories/202004230061

A Pennsylvania bill could make it cheaper to fix iPhones, tractors — and ventilators
https://www.inquirer.com/business/right-to-repair-bill-pennsylvania-fix-iphones-cheaper-20200422.html

Gun surge proves need for checks
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/gun-surge-proves-need-for-checks-1.2621124

State Sen. Ward says covid-19 induced pain reaches across the state economy
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/ward-says-covid-19-induced-pain-reaches-across-the-state-economy/

Business

Construction in Pa. can begin before state reopens, Wolf says
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/construction-in-pa-can-begin-before-state-reopens-wolf-says.html

A brave new office world — temperature checks, masks and lots of elbow room
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2020/04/23/office-buildings-owners-managers-temperature-elevators-COVID-19-CBRE-Jones-Lang/stories/202004230055

As small businesses sink, some wonder if latest relief package will be enough to save them
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/career-workplace/2020/04/22/Small-businesses-worry-about-survival-federal-COVID-19-relief-package-PPP-CARES-SBA/stories/202004220118

Mortgage lenders demand higher credit scores as the coronavirus threatens the housing market
https://www.inquirer.com/business/loans-residential-trends-credit-requirements-scores-mortgages-homes-20200423.html

How to do this now: Get your car fixed
https://www.inquirer.com/cars/coronavirus-philadelphia-mechanics-auto-repair-cars-garages-covid19-20200422.html

Auto insurance companies sending money directly to customers as result of covid-19
https://triblive.com/local/regional/auto-insurance-companies-sending-money-directly-to-customers-as-result-of-covid-19-stay-at-home-directives/

Hazle Twp. plants found to be adopting safety guidelines
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/hazle-twp-plants-found-to-be-adopting-safety-guidelines-1.2621194

Wind Creek Bethlehem casino employee, 31, dies after four-week battle with coronavirus, sister says
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-biz-wind-creek-bethlehem-jonathan-shen-coronavirus-20200423-uzhjeo6v65cyhcpvjop3srfu5i-story.html

Can we find those infected with coronavirus, so everyone else can get back to work, school and life?
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/the-most-critical-test-can-we-find-the-infected-so-everyone-else-can-get-back-to-work-school-and-life.html

Pennsylvania restaurants expect to lose $1.8 billion in revenue, association says
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200423/pennsylvania-restaurants-expect-to-lose-18-billion-in-revenue-association-says

Education

State awards $5.1M in grants to aid with remote learning during school closure
https://triblive.com/local/regional/state-awards-5-1m-in-grants-to-aid-with-remote-learning-during-school-closure/

Scranton schools receive $500,000 for student technology; SSD graduation, prom dates set
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-schools-receive-500-000-for-student-technology-ssd-graduation-prom-dates-set-1.2621054

W-B Area intensifies online learning, undecided on graduation plans
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/w-b-area-intensifies-online-learning-undecided-on-graduation-plans-1.2621159

Families receiving refunds from colleges can redeposit money to 529 plans
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/money/2020/04/23/refunds-colleges-universities-redeposit-money-529-savings-accounts-plans-COVID-19/stories/202004230047

Elections/Politics

A key Democratic group is suing to ease Pennsylvania’s vote-by-mail laws
https://www.inquirer.com/news/democratic-lawsuit-pennsylvania-voting-by-mail-2020-20200422.html

Pennsylvania’s comeback from coronavirus shutdowns could determine the outcome of the 2020 presidential race | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/pennsylvanias-comeback-coronavirus-shutdowns-could-determine-outcome-2020-presidential-race-opinion-20200422.html

County to send mail-in voting applications
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/county-to-send-mail-in-voting-applications-1.2621158

Applications for mail-in ballots for June primary flooding local election offices
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/applications-for-mail-in-ballots-for-june-primary-flooding-local-election-offices-1.2620998

Neff under fire for photo with armed militia group
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200422/neff-under-fire-for-photo-with-armed-militia-group

Health Care

Help available to address needs of dementia, Alzheimer’s patients
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/help-available-to-address-needs-of-dementia-alzheimer-s-patients-1.2621203

Local News

Scranton employee diagnosed with COVID-19
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/scranton-employee-diagnosed-with-covid-19-1.2620995

Lackawanna County to waive penalties on 2020 property taxes paid this year
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/lackawanna-county-to-waive-penalties-on-2020-property-taxes-paid-this-year-1.2621006

Berks officials, Reading leaders deliver message to Latino community on coronavirus
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/berks-officials-reading-leaders-deliver-message-to-latino-community-on-coronavirus/article_2613549c-84e2-11ea-9ab3-7b1081c3e132.html

Delaware County marks 50th anniversary of Earth Day
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/delaware-county-marks-50th-anniversary-of-earth-day/article_0853c598-84e9-11ea-b104-afd999053793.html

Wilkes-Barre to serve up emergency loans to city restaurants hurt financially by pandemic
https://www.timesleader.com/news/781163/wilkes-barre-to-serve-up-emergency-loans-to-city-restaurants-hurt-financially-by-pandemic

Wilkes-Barre comes out ahead in 1Q draft financial report
https://www.timesleader.com/news/781153/wilkes-barre-comes-out-ahead-in-1q-draft-financial-report

County rejects state plan to share virus info
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/county-rejects-state-plan-to-share-virus-info-1.2621201

National News

Texas allows abortions to resume during COVID-19 pandemic
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/04/23/Texas-Allows-Abortions-to-Resume-During-Coronavirus-Pandemic-COVID-19/stories/202004230080

Philly

SEPTA’s ‘lifeline service’ can mean a grueling commute for essential workers
https://www.inquirer.com/transportation/septa-lifeline-service-schedule-coronavirus-crowding-waits-20200423.html

SEPTA union head postpones Thursday’s job ‘action’ that could have caused ‘significant service disruptions’
https://www.inquirer.com/transportation/septa-service-disruptions-thursday-twu-local-234-coronavirus-20200422.html

Prison officials told former Philly deputy mayor he’d be released early due to pandemic — then reversed course
https://www.inquirer.com/news/herb-vederman-release-coronavirus-bureau-of-prisons-chaka-fattah-william-barr-20200422.html

Philly delays plastic bag ban until January amid coronavirus pandemic
https://www.inquirer.com/news/plastic-bag-ban-philadelphia-date-delay-kenney-coronavirus-20200422.html

Philadelphia Parking Authority asks Pa. to institute protocols for cleaning of ride-share, food delivery vehicles
https://www.inquirer.com/transportation/coronavirus-ppa-uber-lyft-food-delivery-cleaning-rachel-levine-20200422.html

One Philadelphia prison has yet to report a single case of the coronavirus. But it hasn’t tested any inmates.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/coronavirus-fdc-philadelphia-inmate-release-covid-class-action-public-interest-law-center-justice-department-20200422.html

Contact tracing for COVID-19 starts on a small scale in Philly
https://www.witf.org/2020/04/23/contact-tracing-for-covid-19-starts-on-a-small-scale-in-philly/

Philly high school seniors: Don’t let coronavirus force more budget cuts | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/philadelphia-school-budget-pennsylvania-funding-education-20200422.html

Pitt

Allegheny County could reopen sooner than some other counties
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2020/04/22/Allegheny-County-could-reopen-sooner-than-other-counties/stories/202004220161

Allegheny County officials call for more covid-19 tests as daily testing numbers drop
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-county-officials-call-for-more-covid-19-tests-as-daily-testing-numbers-drop/

Pittsburgh animal rescue group to distribute pet food at county airport Friday
https://www.post-gazette.com/pets/pet-tales/2020/04/23/Pittsburgh-animal-rescue-group-PAART-distribute-pet-food-allegheny-county-airport/stories/202004230083

Protesters decry conditions at jail, seek release of more inmates
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/04/22/Allegheny-County-jail-inmates-conditions-release-protesters-courthouse-COVID-19/stories/202004220133

City school board looks to amend remote learning grading guidelines
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/04/22/Pittsburgh-Public-Schools-board-remote-learning-grading-guidelines/stories/202004220153

Here are the ZIP codes in Allegheny County with the most coronavirus cases
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/here-are-the-zip-codes-in-allegheny-county-with-the-most-coronavirus-cases/

Another Port Authority worker tests positive for covid-19
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/another-port-authority-worker-tests-positive-for-covid-19/

Town hall focuses on lack of resources for Pittsburgh black communities during coronavirus pandemic
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/town-hall-focuses-on-lack-of-resources-for-pittsburgh-black-communities-during-coronavirus-pandemic/

How Pittsburgh paramedics are using video to assess potential covid-19 patients
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/how-pittsburgh-paramedics-are-using-video-to-assess-potential-covid-19-patients/

‘Sewing angels’ provide 1,000 homemade masks for Pittsburgh police
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/sewing-angels-provide-1000-homemade-masks-for-pittsburgh-police/

Pittsburgh airport hosts hundreds for Community Food Bank distribution
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-airport-hosts-hundreds-for-community-food-bank-distribution/

State News

New mayors in Pa. had plans. Then coronavirus turned their first 100 days into ‘a roller coaster.’
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/new-pa-mayors-coronavirus-20200422.html

Brian O’Neill: Booze sales remain a rumor for most
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/brian-oneill/2020/04/23/Fine-Wine-Good-Spirits-COVID-19-LCB-PLCB-online-sales-curbside-pickup/stories/202004230022

Call to action: First spotted lanternfly hatch confirmed in Philadelphia
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/call-to-action-first-spotted-lanternfly-hatch-confirmed-in-philadelphia/article_df137e08-84cf-11ea-b93a-cbd672b9544e.html

Spotted lanternfly season has begun; 2020 could see ‘significant populations’
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-nws-lanternfly-season-2020-20200423-brq7z55kxnhobd36hx6ni2b27y-story.html

Here’s why the COVID-19 pandemic should force a rethink on Pa.’s income tax | Ray E. Landis
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/heres-why-the-covid-19-pandemic-should-force-a-rethink-on-pa-s-income-tax-ray-e-landis/

Mullane: What I saw at the ‘ReopenPA’ rally in Harrisburg
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/opinion/20200423/mullane-what-i-saw-at-reopenpa-rally-in-harrisburg

Transportation

PA Turnpike to pay down debt, set line of credit to deal with COVID-19 revenue shortfall
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/04/22/Pennsylvania-Turnpike-COVID-19-300-million-debt-payments-400-million-line-credit/stories/202004220152