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Coronavirus – COVID-19

Philadelphia area is ‘still in the thick’ of pandemic; deaths triple at Chester County state-run veterans nursing home; Pa. braces for surge in food stamp applications
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-covid-19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-confirmed-case-updates-news-20200425.html

Why so many COVID-19 deaths in Pa. will never be counted
https://www.witf.org/2020/04/25/why-so-many-covid-19-deaths-in-pa-will-never-be-counted/

Coronavirus update: Pa. expanding curbside pickup to more liquor store sites
https://whyy.org/articles/coronavirus-update-pa-expanding-curbside-pickup-to-more-liquor-store-sites/

AARP calls on Pa. to release list of nursing homes with coronavirus cases
https://whyy.org/articles/aarp-calls-on-pennsylvania-to-release-list-of-nursing-homes-with-coronavirus-cases/

Cut, now crucial: Pa. slashed the ranks of its contact tracing nurses. Now, they are pivotal to reopening, but only a fraction remain.
https://whyy.org/articles/cut-now-crucial-long-cast-aside-as-expendable-pa-s-public-health-nurses-are-now-pivotal-to-easing-coronavirus-restrictions/

U.S. passes 50,000 deaths, a quarter of all global fatalities
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-deaths-20200424.html

‘It’s a sinking ship’: COVID-19 deaths triple at state-run vets nursing home in Chester County as families clamor for information
https://www.inquirer.com/news/southeastern-veterans-center-coronavirus-chester-county-covid-20200425.html

If we’ve both been self-isolating, can I hang out with my friend? Can I visit my family?
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid19-quarantine-visit-friends-family-20200413.html

Coronavirus keeping you up at night? Experts offer 10 tips for better sleep.
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus-sleep-insomnia-tips-experts-how-to-sleep-with-coronavirus-on-your-mind-20200401.html

What is ‘contact tracing’ and why is it back in vogue for tracking coronavirus?
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid19-contact-tracing-new-cases-exposure-20200424.html

Coronavirus update: New data shows race discrepancy in Delaware cases
https://whyy.org/articles/coronavirus-update-delaware-opens-doors-to-out-of-state-healthcare-workers/

Italy reports fewest coronavirus fatalities in more than five weeks
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/italy-coronavirus-deaths-fatalities-update-stimulus-package-20200424.html

Meat inspectors are terrified their job is a coronavirus ‘death sentence’ and they don’t even have face masks
https://www.inquirer.com/news/meat-plants-closed-coronavirus-tyson-jbs-cargill-inspectors-shortage-safety-20200424.html

Testing Limits: Efforts to Reboot Economy Rely On Testing, But Path Forward Is Unclear
https://www.wesa.fm/post/testing-limits-efforts-reboot-economy-rely-testing-path-forward-unclear

State officials report 71 more COVID-19 deaths; 3 more in Western Pa.
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/04/24/Allegheny-County-COVID-19-deaths-new-cases-western-pennsylvania/stories/202004240090

Geisinger sees flattening of cases in Lackawanna, Luzerne counties
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/geisinger-sees-flattening-of-cases-in-lackawanna-luzerne-counties-1.2621960

Somerset, Bedford and Blair add new COVID-19 cases; state nears 1,600
https://www.tribdem.com/coronavirus/somerset-bedford-and-blair-add-new-covid-19-cases-state-nears-1-600/article_989802ac-8644-11ea-b600-7f83f0c9d455.html

Coronavirus in Pennsylvania: See how many hospital beds and ventilators are available in each county [MAP] https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-pa-hospital-dashboard-20200408-vxjcdwvuuzegzg65la5ykufkau-story.html

Legislature

As Pa.’s economy worsens, local lawmakers hear of human toll
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/coronavirus/as-pa-s-economy-worsens-local-lawmakers-hear-of-human-toll/article_494fba64-8649-11ea-9261-f7c0481817da.html

House Rs, Ds trade social media ads over COVID-19 reopening vote
https://www.penncapital-star.com/blog/house-rs-ds-trade-social-media-ads-over-covid-19-reopening-vote/

Advocates urge more help for places like St. Joseph’s Center
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/advocates-urge-more-help-for-places-like-st-joseph-s-center-1.2621777

Administration

Pennsylvania’s Health Secretary Rachel Levine fights hate, fear, and the coronavirus
https://www.inquirer.com/news/rachel-levine-health-secretary-pennsylvania-transgender-coronavirus-20200425.html

State Website Sends Mixed Messages About When Counties May Be Eligible To Reopen
https://www.wesa.fm/post/state-website-sends-mixed-messages-about-when-counties-may-be-eligible-reopen

Wolf Pushed To Let Garden Centers Open As Planting Begins
https://www.wesa.fm/post/wolf-pushed-let-garden-centers-open-planting-begins

Unresponsive, unreachable unemployment office infuriates Pennsylvania residents
https://papost.org/2020/04/24/unresponsive-unreachable-unemployment-office-infuriates-pennsylvania-residents/

‘Give your loved ones a call:’ Wolf offers tips to ‘stressed’ Pennsylvanians
https://www.penncapital-star.com/covid-19/give-your-loved-ones-a-call-wolf-offers-tips-to-stressed-pennsylvanians/

PA Fish and Boat Commission moves to online meeting
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/04/pa-fish-and-boat-commission-moves-to-online-meeting.html

Wolf fears second virus wave, says public can help avoid one
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/wolf-fears-second-virus-wave-says-public-can-help-avoid-one-1.2621686

Business

Why ticket holders are struggling to get refunds for concerts and live events
https://whyy.org/npr_story_post/why-ticket-holders-are-struggling-to-get-refunds-for-concerts-and-live-events/

The office as we knew it isn’t coming back anytime soon. Maybe it’s changed forever.
https://whyy.org/npr_story_post/the-office-as-we-knew-it-isnt-coming-back-anytime-soon-maybe-its-changed-forever/

‘A race for capital’: Philadelphia small businesses get another shot at payroll loans
https://whyy.org/articles/a-race-for-capital-philadelphia-small-businesses-get-another-shot-at-payroll-loans/

Coronavirus update: Paying rent with security deposits, Rutgers officials take pay cut
https://whyy.org/articles/coronavirus-update-rutgers-officials-take-a-10-pay-cut-mvc-still-closed/

Comcast is still charging late fees, but you don’t have to pay them
https://www.inquirer.com/business/comcast/comcast-xfinity-late-fees-coronavirus-covid19-20200423.html

Technology shares lift stocks to a late-day surge
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-stock-market-dow-20200424.html

AutoNation, an auto retailer worth billions, received nearly $95 million in SBA funds
https://www.inquirer.com/business/autonation-ppp-sba-loans-shake-shack-small-business-20200424.html

The new normal for construction in Pa.: Masks, distancing and ‘pandemic safety officers’
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2020/04/24/construction-Pennsylvania-Gov-Tom-Wolf-General-Contractors-Association-covid-19-pandemic-safety-officers/stories/202004240112

With $60 billion for smaller lenders, Doyle says mom-and-pop businesses will see better access to COVID-19 loans
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/money/2020/04/24/Doyle-Small-businesses-more-loans-after-bill-passage-pennsylvania-coronavirus/stories/202004240067

Corporations, foundations pool resources to provide front-line workers with masks
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/corporations-foundations-pool-resources-to-provide-front-line-workers-with-masks/

Buyers can get a deal on new, used cars – but it won’t last long
https://www.pennlive.com/business/2020/04/buyers-can-get-a-deal-on-new-used-cars-but-it-wont-last-long.html

Education

Portraits of a Pandemic: This West Philly high school teacher struggles to reconnect with her students
https://www.inquirer.com/news/coronavirus-philadelphia-school-teacher-online-access-challenges-20200425.html

Breaking: Pitt Chancellor, top deputies take pay cut over pandemic
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/04/24/University-of-Pittsburgh-Patrick-Gallagher-donation-pay-cut-pandemic-salary-higher-education/stories/202004240117

Heroes: Woodland Hills principal helped students get technology for online learning
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/heroes-woodland-hills-principal-helped-students-get-technology-for-online-learning/

9 ways schools will look different when (and if) they reopen
https://www.witf.org/2020/04/24/9-ways-schools-will-look-different-when-and-if-they-reopen/

Diocese of Scranton students complete sixth week of remote learning
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/diocese-of-scranton-students-complete-sixth-week-of-remote-learning-1.2621748

‘Adaptive learning’ helps nursing schools stay on track during virus
https://www.tribdem.com/news/adaptive-learning-helps-nursing-schools-stay-on-track-during-virus/article_5c6b4b2a-8678-11ea-a7d1-8764b76a8f94.html

Penn State Berks student from Wuhan, China, navigates the coronavirus pandemic half a world away from home
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/penn-state-berks-student-from-wuhan-china-navigates-the-coronavirus-pandemic-half-a-world-away/article_00fce6de-7fea-11ea-9abc-57d05046e3ae.html

Elections/Politics

Pat Toomey for governor? As he weighs in on Pa. coronavirus plans, insiders see a marker for the future
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/pat-toomey-governor-pennsylavnia-2022-speculation-20200424.html

Leading Republicans want to send China the bill for coronavirus pandemic’s costs
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/china-coronavirus-response-trump-republicans-lindsey-graham-negligence-20200424.html

Philly officials push for mail-in voting, concerned about getting the word out
https://www.penncapital-star.com/covid-19/philly-officials-push-for-mail-in-voting-concerned-about-getting-the-word-out/

Health Care

‘Extremely dangerous’: Health officials warn not to ingest disinfectants for any reason, including covid-19
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/extremely-dangerous-health-officials-warn-not-to-ingest-disinfectants-for-any-reason-including-covid-19/

Man ‘facing death’ battles back from COVID-19 with help of bold new therapy at York Hospital
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/man-facing-death-battles-back-from-covid-19-with-help-of-bold-new-therapy-at-york-hospital.html

Most state centers weathering pandemic storm
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/most-state-centers-weathering-pandemic-storm-1.2621898

As stay-at-home fatigue sets in, experts see increased depression, anxiety
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/as-stay-at-home-fatigue-sets-in-experts-see-increased-depression-anxiety-1.2621744

New data: Nursing home residents are 7 to 15 times more likely to get coronavirus than others in the Lehigh Valley
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-long-term-care-nursing-home-infections-20200424-xiw4bv3lbfhetjackz6p7e7psi-story.html

Local News

Sewickley councilman rapped over photo with armed protesters
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2020/04/24/Republican-Pennsylvania-Senate-Sewickley-Borough-Council-Reopen-Pennsylvania-protest-Pittsburgh-City-Council-armed-militia-group-Iron-City-Citizens-Response-Unit-military-style-weapons/stories/202004230133

Bins of food disappear from Mars food pantry
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/04/24/Bins-of-food-disappear-from-Mars-food-pantry-st-kilian-parish-cupboard/stories/202004240123

Dauphin County Library System promotes ways it keeps ‘the community connected and engaged’
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/dauphin-county-library-system-promoting-the-variety-of-ways-its-keeping-the-community-connected-and-engaged.html

Despite the unexpected, months into his tenure, W-B mayor says his agenda remains unchanged
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/despite-the-unexpected-months-into-his-tenure-w-b-mayor-says-his-agenda-remains-unchanged-1.2621895

Tests scarce in rural areas
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/tests-scarce-in-rural-areas-1.2621899

Homeless camps growing in the Lehigh Valley, creating ‘ticking time bomb’ for coronavirus outbreak
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-homeless-population-safety-20200425-2v37zgvgxzbgfgto5wotonctfa-story.html

Coronavirus: St. Mary, nonprofits open center in Bristol to fight food insecurity
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20200424/coronavirus-st-mary-nonprofits-open-center-in-bristol-to-fight-food-insecurity

National News

Georgia reopens hair salons and gyms, offering a preview of life after lockdown
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-georgia-reopening-20200424.html

Even in crisis times, there is a push to wire rural America
https://www.witf.org/2020/04/24/even-in-crisis-times-there-is-a-push-to-wire-rural-america/

Workers sue Smithfield Foods, allege conditions put them at risk for COVID-19
https://www.witf.org/2020/04/24/workers-sue-smithfield-foods-allege-conditions-put-them-at-risk-for-covid-19/

Third Tyson Foods plant closes due to coronavirus
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/04/third-tyson-foods-plant-closes-due-to-coronavirus.html

Philly

Red light, green light: What do Pa.’s reopening phases mean for Philly amid the coronavirus pandemic?
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-pennsylvania-philadelphia-open-date-phases-businesses-closed-lockdown-home-20200423.html

Philly band brings international lineup to live music festival in Minecraft
https://whyy.org/articles/philly-band-brings-international-lineup-to-live-music-festival-in-minecraft/

Former Philly cop wants to add new defendants to ‘Free Meek’ defamation suit
https://whyy.org/articles/former-philly-cop-wants-to-add-new-defendants-to-free-meek-defamation-suit/

This West Philly biz owner is one of 550 who already got relief money from the city
https://billypenn.com/2020/04/24/this-west-philly-biz-owner-is-one-of-550-who-already-got-relief-money-from-the-city/

Workers at 180-bed South Philly nursing home ravaged by coronavirus have voted to strike
https://www.inquirer.com/jobs/labor/coronavirus-nursing-home-strike-workers-st-monica-center-20200424.html

Philadelphia needs a Housing Recovery Act | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/coronavirus-rent-housing-evictions-philadelphia-pennsylvania-20200425.html

Even a pandemic can’t slow Philly’s gun violence
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-gun-violence-shootings-rise-coronavirus-pandemic-20200424.html

Pitt

Port Authority will reduce maintenance workers, take temperatures at West Mifflin garage to control COVID-19 virus
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/04/25/Port-Authority-COVID-19-West-Millflin-garage-skeleton-maintenance-crew-checking-temperatures/stories/202004240103

In a restaurant industry disrupted by a pandemic, Allegheny County’s health inspectors turn the focus to safety procedures
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/money/2020/04/25/Allegheny-County-health-department-restaurant-inspections-coronavirus-takeout-safety-food-COVID-19/stories/202004230150

Answering the Call: Pittsburgh nurse talks about impact of coronavirus on ICU
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-nurse-talks-about-impact-of-coronavirus-on-icu/

Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue distributes food to dogs in need during event at Allegheny County Airport
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-aviation-animal-rescue-distributes-food-to-dogs-in-need-during-event-at-allegheny-county-airport/

Allegheny Health Network tests 17 for covid-19 on its 1st day at Heights Plaza in Harrison
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/allegheny-health-network-tests-17-for-covid-19-on-its-1st-day-at-heights-plaza-in-harrison/

State News

Geography And Population Complicate Pennsylvania’s Reopening
https://www.wesa.fm/post/geography-and-population-complicate-pennsylvanias-reopening

Will Pennsylvania Run Out Of Unemployment Money?
https://www.wesa.fm/post/will-pennsylvania-run-out-unemployment-money-0

Pennsylvania State Police: coronavirus results in huge drop in crashes, crime
https://triblive.com/local/regional/pennsylvania-state-police-coronavirus-results-in-huge-drop-in-crashes-crime/

U.S. Army medical task force added to Pa.’s coronavirus mobilization
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/04/us-army-medical-task-force-added-to-pas-coronavirus-mobilization.html

Washington

Trump signs $484B bill to aid hospitals, firms
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/04/25/Trump-signs-484B-bill-to-aid-hospitals-firms/stories/202004250035

Trump, Congress spar over next virus economic package as CBO paints grim picture of what’s to come
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-stimulus-20200424.html

Navy recommends reinstatement of fired carrier captain
https://whyy.org/articles/navy-recommends-reinstatement-of-fired-carrier-captain/

Trump claims controversial comment about injecting disinfectants was ‘sarcastic’
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/trump-claims-controversial-comment-about-injecting-disinfectants-was-sarcastic-20200424.html

‘Mismanaged’ Postal Service must charge Amazon and other large shippers more, or no loan: Trump
https://www.pennlive.com/business/2020/04/mismanaged-postal-service-must-charge-amazon-and-other-large-shippers-more-or-no-loan-trump.html

IRS ‘Get My Payment’ stimulus tool to get critical update
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/zz/news/20200424/irs-get-my-payment-stimulus-tool-to-get-critical-update