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Coronavirus – COVID-19

Coronavirus update: Don’t count on national stockpile, feds tell Pa.; Springfield Hospital closes all but ER
https://whyy.org/articles/coronavirus-update-springfield-hospital-shuts-down-all-but-er-unit/

‘No evidence’ that recovered COVID-19 patients are immune, WHO says
https://whyy.org/npr_story_post/no-evidence-that-recovered-covid-19-patients-are-immune-who-says/

U.S. should double coronavirus testing capacity before reopening, Fauci says; Pa. surges past 40,000 cases
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-deaths-cases-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-20200426.html

Despite Pennsylvania’s stay-at-home order, COVID-19 continues to spread. Why?
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2020/04/25/Pennsylvania-stay-at-home-order-COVID-19-spread/stories/202004250052

Global death toll from coronavirus surpasses 200,000
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/04/25/Global-death-toll-from-coronavirus-surpasses-200-000/stories/202004250048

Lawmakers turn to SNAP benefits and online delivery in next phase of COVID-19 legislation
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/04/26/Congress-SNAP-benefits-food-stamps-online-grocery-delivery/stories/202004260008

Farms scramble for answers as coronavirus threatens workers
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/farms-scramble-for-answers-as-coronavirus-threatens-workers/

Food supply chain workers eligible for priority testing
https://www.witf.org/2020/04/25/food-supply-chain-workers-eligible-for-priority-testing/

Cautious optimism for region’s second wave of COVID-19
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/cautious-optimism-for-region-s-second-wave-of-covid-19-1.2622240

Legislature

5 actions Pa. lawmakers took last week on coronavirus crisis: Construction, car sales and property taxes
https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/capitol-ideas/mc-nws-coronavirus-pa-orders-laws-actions-20200426-tcwfv3ozvjd25epna6wyocjutq-story.html

Pa. House Republicans freeze staff pay; other cost-cutting measures in state government being considered
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/pa-house-republicans-freeze-staff-pay-other-cost-cutting-measures-in-state-government-being-considered.html

Administration

The PLCB says it ‘geographically picked’ which liquor stores to reopen. Its decision ignored some Philadelphia neighborhoods.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/plcb-stores-open-curbside-pickup-neighborhoods-philadelphia-liquor-20200425.html

Business

Businesses hit by coronavirus sue insurers for rejecting claims; Pa. court ruling could aid businesses
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/businesses-hit-by-coronavirus-sue-insurers-for-rejecting-claims-pa-court-ruling-could-aid-businesses.html

‘Mini-news outlets’ for businesses: chambers of commerce press for paycheck protections amid COVID-19 pandemic
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/04/26/As-businesses-look-for-help-trade-associations/stories/202004220019

How COVID-19 payment accommodations may affect your credit
https://whyy.org/articles/how-covid-19-payment-accommodations-may-affect-your-credit/

What would it take to bring more pharmaceutical manufacturing back to the U.S.?
https://whyy.org/npr_story_post/what-would-it-take-to-bring-more-pharmaceutical-manufacturing-back-to-the-u-s/

Education

Colleges holding on-campus classes in the fall? Maybe.
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-fall-classes-colleges-online-delayed-temple-rutgers-penn-state-widener-20200426.html

Pittsburgh Public Schools offers 4th-quarter grading options, public input sought by noon Tuesday
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-public-schools-offers-4th-quarter-grading-options-public-input-sought-by-noon-tuesday/

Burrell High graduation to be held at a closed drive-in theater; other schools, drive-ins considering
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/burrell-high-graduation-to-be-held-at-a-closed-drive-in-theater-other-schools-drive-ins-considering/

‘Adopt-a-senior Harrisburg edition’ honors Class of 2020 missing milestones because of coronavirus
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/adopt-a-senior-harrisburg-edition-facebook-page-honors-class-of-2020-amid-coronavirus-pandemic.html

Allentown students at disadvantage in starting remote learning Monday, weeks behind suburban peers
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-allentown-schools-remote-learning-20200426-jtf3c4dqongybd7kfl6znfpcju-story.html

Elections/Politics

Americans deserve the right to vote without endangering their lives | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/coronavirus-vote-by-mail-pennsylvania-new-jersey-primaries-20200426.html

Out of pandemic crisis, what could a new New Deal look like?
https://whyy.org/articles/out-of-pandemic-crisis-what-could-a-new-new-deal-look-like/

Tensions emerge between Republicans over coronavirus spending and how to rescue the economy
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-trump-mitch-mcconnell-republican-party-20200425.html

Lamb Worries ‘We Are On Our Own’ When It Comes To Protective Equipment
https://www.wesa.fm/post/lamb-worries-we-are-our-own-when-it-comes-protective-equipment

Biden assails stimulus, calls U.S. corporations ‘greedy as hell’
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/04/25/Biden-assails-stimulus-calls-U-S-corporations-greedy-as-hell/stories/202004250068

Cuomo: ‘I dare you’ to let states declare coronavirus bankruptcy in scathing attack on GOP
https://triblive.com/news/politics-election/cuomo-i-dare-you-to-let-states-declare-coronavirus-bankruptcy-in-scathing-attack-on-gop/

Science on the ballot: Coronavirus brings culture and expertise to 2020 election
https://www.witf.org/2020/04/26/science-on-the-ballot-coronavirus-brings-culture-and-expertise-to-2020-election/

Health Care

The other side of stress: Adversity can make us stronger
https://www.inquirer.com/life/alia-crum-character-lab-20200426.html

UPMC uses ‘Tele-Triage’ program and paramedics to link patients with doctors
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/04/24/UPMC-Tele-Triage-video-call-doctor-covid-19-symptoms/stories/202004240111

Coronavirus crisis poses challenges for those with autism, intellectual disabilities; tips and resources
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/coronavirus-crisis-poses-challenges-for-those-with-autism-intellectual-disabilities-tips-and-resources.html

Here’s a list of mental health services available to Pa. residents struggling during the coronavirus
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/04/heres-a-list-of-mental-health-services-available-to-pa-residents-struggling-during-the-coronavirus.html

For immune compromised, coronavirus is life paralyzing
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20200426/for-immune-compromised-coronavirus-is-life-paralyzing

Local News

Mon Valley company sewing up face masks for front-line workers
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/2020/04/24/COVID-19-face-masks-American-Textile-Global-Links-Hillman/stories/202004240101

Erie’s Crime Victim Center faces technological challenges while providing community resources during pandemic
https://www.penncapital-star.com/criminal-justice/erie-crime-victim-center-faces-technological-challenges-while-providing-community-resources-during-pandemic/

Working to slow the spread of the coronavirus in Berks County
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/working-to-slow-the-spread-of-the-coronavirus-in-berks-county.html

Pandemic shutdown taking a heavy toll on area restaurants
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/pandemic-shutdown-taking-a-heavy-toll-on-area-restaurants-1.2622238

County crisis committee touts impact on coronavirus fight
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/county-crisis-committee-touts-impact-on-coronavirus-fight-1.2622241

Coronavirus adds to NEPA tax burdens
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus-adds-to-nepa-tax-burdens-1.2622334

Several local banks vow not to garnish stimulus payments from indebted customers
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/several-local-banks-vow-not-to-garnish-stimulus-payments-from-indebted-customers-1.2622265

Scranton mayor’s first 100 days a rocky road
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-mayor-s-first-100-days-a-rocky-road-1.2622319

‘Continuity of employment’: Local businesses tap into Paycheck Protection Program, applicants await next round of funding
https://www.tribdem.com/coronavirus/continuity-of-employment-local-businesses-tap-into-paycheck-protection-program-applicants-await-next-round-of/article_389b0b16-8751-11ea-bce9-e36b25808dee.html

Masked men – and women: Region adapts, stays calm as coronavirus measures continue
https://www.tribdem.com/coronavirus/masked-men-and-women-region-adapts-stays-calm-as-coronavirus-measures-continue/article_67801b02-8750-11ea-bfc4-23aa9a3f5ff2.html

Berks County farmer, farm store join forces for mass egg sell off
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/berks-county-farmer-farm-store-join-forces-for-mass-egg-sell-off/article_54087ef8-8565-11ea-8a8b-0f206fbdd3d9.html

National News

Many states fall short of mandate to track virus exposure
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-states-lack-efficient-tracking-systems-to-reopen-safely-20200425.html

As beds go unfilled, states scale back Army Corps makeshift hospitals
https://www.inquirer.com/news/nation-world/coronavirus-covid-us-army-corps-of-engineers-scale-back-makeshift-hospitals-20200425.html

Hospitalizations increasing in South Jersey; Delaware governor orders businesses to provide masks to employees
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-covid-19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-confirmed-case-updates-news-20200425.html

U.S. reels toward meat shortages — and the world may be next
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/04/25/U-S-reels-toward-meat-shortages-and-the-world-may-be-next/stories/202004250054

Mass graves for coronavirus victims shouldn’t come as a shock – it’s how the poor have been buried for centuries
https://www.tribdem.com/coronavirus/mass-graves-for-coronavirus-victims-shouldnt-come-as-a-shock-its-how-the-poor-have/article_51704eab-f336-5edf-9be7-49bbb818311e.html

Philly

Love wins: Philly health care worker gets married at socially distant wedding
https://billypenn.com/2020/04/25/love-wins-philly-health-care-worker-gets-married-at-socially-distant-wedding/

Philadelphia Zoo’s new sloth bear cub gets a crowd-sourced name through online poll
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-zoo-sloth-bear-cub-keematee-20200425.html

COVID-19 in Philly: Virus pandemic affects sales of lottery tickets
https://www.penncapital-star.com/covid-19/virus-pandemic-affects-sales-of-lottery-tickets/

Pitt

As residents hold out hope for a normal summer, organizers grapple with canceling historical events
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2020/04/26/fourth-of-july-memorial-day-events-canceled-allegheny-butler-greene-county-butler-farm-show/stories/202004240086

How Pittsburgh’s polio vaccine triumph could shape race to end coronavirus pandemic
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/how-pittsburghs-polio-vaccine-triumph-could-shape-race-to-end-coronavirus-pandemic/

State News

Despite dearth of COVID-19 testing, lawmakers support reopening Pennsylvania economy in phases
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/04/26/Toomey-Casey-Doyle-Lamb-Reschenthaler-reopening-economy-COVID-19-testing/stories/202004260015

Black fly suppression underway in PA
https://www.witf.org/2020/04/26/black-fly-suppression-underway-in-pa/

Pa. state parks, forest facilities and related events to remain closed until at least May 8
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/04/state-park-state-forest-facility-and-event-closure-extended-to-may-8.html

Washington

White House officials are discussing plans to replace HHS Secretary Alex Azar
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/04/25/White-House-officials-are-discussing-plans-to-replace-HHS-Secretary-Alex-Azar/stories/202004250073

Congressional watchdog to review federal coronavirus response
https://www.witf.org/2020/04/25/congressional-watchdog-to-review-federal-coronavirus-response/