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Coronavirus – COVID-19

Pa. officials look for supplies and space amid coronavirus ‘war,’ New Jersey pronounced major disaster area
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-cases-pennsylvania-hospitals-new-jersey-disaster-declaration-20200327.html

More deaths in Pennsylvania, and New Jersey’s reopening plans move tentatively forward
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/pandemic-coronavirus-philly-new-jersey-murphy-zoo-20200426.html

State: Deaths associated with coronavirus now stand at 1,550 in Pennsylvania
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/state-deaths-associated-with-coronavirus-now-stand-at-1-550-in-pennsylvania-1.2622543

Pennsylvania reports another 1,116 cases of coronavirus infection
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-pa-sunday-update-20200426-bz3cnsjx6zg6pot7vnubznssd4-story.html

No new COVID-19 deaths in Western Pa.; 13 new cases in Allegheny
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/04/26/COVID-19-coronavirus-Allegheny-County-Western-Pennsylvania-deaths-cases-data/stories/202004260109

Allegheny County reports no new deaths from covid-19 on Sunday
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-county-reports-no-new-deaths-from-covid-19on-sunday/

14 new cases, no new deaths reported in Westmoreland County
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/14-new-cases-no-new-deaths-reported-in-westmoreland-county/

1 new death, 46 new COVID-19 cases in Luzerne County
https://www.timesleader.com/news/781491/1-new-death-46-new-covid-19-cases-in-luzerne-county

Another COVID-19 death reported in county
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/another-covid-19-death-reported-in-county-1.2622515

Montgomery County reports 13 more deaths, 129 new coronavirus cases
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/montgomery-county-reports-13-more-deaths-129-new-coronavirus-cases/article_5d3f5eff-9311-5223-b7e2-54d4b2746b12.html

Six Berks businesses get COVID-19 loans; Berks adds 85 positive coronavirus cases
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/six-berks-businesses-get-covid-19-loans-berks-adds-85-positive-coronavirus-cases/article_5a22db1e-87f2-11ea-9e3d-5714d238980d.html

Delaware County pulls no punches battling the coronavirus pandemic
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/coronavirus/delaware-county-pulls-no-punches-battling-the-coronavirus-pandemic/article_be7f9f2a-8720-11ea-b5d3-1f2667d45db0.html

States need coronavirus data to make timely decisions. What they share with the public varies widely.
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/spl/coronavirus-data-states-public-pennsylvania-dashboard-20200427.html

Nursing home virus data should be public | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/nursing-home-coronavirus-infection-death-data-public-20200427.html

Physicians, state make plea for more widespread COVID-19 testing
https://observer-reporter.com/news/localnews/physicians-state-make-plea-for-more-widespread-covid-19-testing/article_9a7396d4-856f-11ea-bb1f-7fe1b14a2509.html

New coronavirus symptoms added to CDC list for potential signs of infection
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/04/27/CDC-coronavirus-symptoms-six-new-possible-added-list-COVID-19/stories/202004260153

Coronavirus testing is key to reopening society. Here’s why U.S. capacity is still inadequate.
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coravirus-testing-must-be-expanded-to-enable-reopening-without-resurgence-20200426.html

Wuhan hospitals say all coronavirus cases cleared as China reports no new deaths
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/world/2020/04/27/China-coronavirus-Wuhan-cases-hospitals-new-deaths-reports/stories/202004260152

Legislature

After the surge – By State Sen. Art Haywood
https://www.chestnuthilllocal.com/2020/04/22/after-the-surge/

Telemedicine boost needed
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/telemedicine-boost-needed-1.2622353

Could politics keep people from seeing doctors during coronavirus in Pennsylvania?
https://www.mcall.com/opinion/mc-opi-pennsylvania-coronavirus-telemedicine-bill-abortion-muschick-20200427-ewettnmdlnbspowr6w27fji7ga-story.html

Bartolotta’s ventilator bill passes one Senate committee, but heads to another
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200426/bartolottas-ventilator-bill-passes-one-senate-committee-but-heads-to-another/1

Lawmakers call for safe reopening of state’s garden centers
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/coronavirus/lawmakers-call-for-safe-reopening-of-states-garden-centers/article_7adc7a46-887d-11ea-858f-030bd9b05277.html

Pressure grows for all garden centers to reopen as planting season fast approaches
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/pressure-grows-for-all-garden-centers-to-reopen-as-planting-season-fast-approaches.html

Bolster public health force
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/bolster-public-health-force-1.2622355

Business

With unemployment benefits slow to arrive, many are left ‘treading water’ to meet basic needs
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2020/04/27/unemployment-compensation-Pennsylvania-coronavirus-COVID19-PUA-FPUC/stories/202004230126

Energy company asks judge to recuse herself from case
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/04/24/Winfield-Resources-Allegheny-Judge-Christine-Ward-PennEnergy-property-recuse/stories/202004240110

Major retailers call on states to adopt uniform reopening plans
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/retailers-reopening-coronavirus-walmart-target-best-buy-20200427.html

Police statewide report a drop in citations, crime
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/police-statewide-report-a-drop-in-citations-crime-1.2622519

Car insurers offer financial help to customers
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/car-insurers-offer-financial-help-to-customers-1.2622489

Second round of funding announced for Pennsylvania businesses
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/second-round-of-funding-announced-for-pennsylvania-businesses/article_3a075537-ead9-5c9d-b798-d0995c9aaaff.html

Berks company ramps up disinfectant production
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/berks-company-ramps-up-disinfectant-production/article_0fcbb008-8654-11ea-825f-fff25a47327c.html

Making a go of it: Area restaurant owners staying open (carefully) during coronavirus
https://www.pennlive.com/food/2020/04/making-a-go-of-it-area-restaurant-owners-staying-open-carefully-during-coronavirus.html

Safe dining? As coronavirus restrictions ease in some states, restaurants are envisioning new normal.
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/ct-nw-nyt-coronavirus-restaurants-distancing-20200426-4z6zwmhzwfcbzerdskmm2e2xxq-story.html

Education

Digital divide hampers education as NEPA schools provide online lessons
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/digital-divide-hampers-education-as-nepa-schools-provide-online-lessons-1.2622556

Colleges mulling how to disburse federal funds
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/colleges-mulling-how-to-disburse-federal-funds-1.2622509

Title IX trouble: Penn State must enforce federal law
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/04/27/Title-IX-trouble-Penn-State-must-enforce-federal-law/stories/202003280021

Temple University plans to freeze tuition for 2020-21
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/temple-university-plans-to-freeze-tuition-for-2020-21.html

Local News

Nonprofits’ needs greater than ever during pandemic
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/nonprofits-needs-greater-than-ever-during-pandemic-1.2622559

Police: Residents, businesses are cooperating with governor’s coronavirus orders
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/police-residents-businesses-are-cooperating-with-governor-s-coronavirus-orders-1.2622533

Can summer camp be saved? Camp operators holding out for clearer guidance
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/can-summer-camp-be-saved-camp-operators-holding-out-for-clearer-guidance-1.2622523

Wyoming Valley Levee overseer seeking to avoid flood insurance rate hikes along two reaches
https://www.timesleader.com/news/781511/wyoming-valley-levee-overseer-seeking-to-avoid-flood-insurance-rate-hikes-along-two-reaches

Leadership Wilkes-Barre begins virtual programming
https://www.timesleader.com/news/781544/leadership-wilkes-barre-begins-virtual-programming

Luzerne County budget chief discusses coronavirus impact on finances
https://www.timesleader.com/news/781513/luzerne-county-budget-chief-discusses-coronavirus-impact-on-finances

DEP to begin 2020 black fly control work
https://www.timesleader.com/news/781515/dep-to-begin-2020-black-fly-control-work

Luzerne County has not ruled out additional coronavirus furloughs
https://www.timesleader.com/news/781507/luzerne-county-has-not-ruled-out-additional-coronavirus-furloughs

Solicitor OKs county tax extension date
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/solicitor-oks-county-tax-extension-date-1.2622390

Lehigh Valley farmers market season is looking a little different thanks to coronavirus
https://www.mcall.com/entertainment/food-drink/mc-ent-farmers-market-season-looking-different-this-year-20200427-jbkkxk7wwzcibjwurfebm3lqga-story.html

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/

Philly

When coronavirus hit, schools moved online. Some students didn’t.
https://www.inquirer.com/education/coronavirus-schools-online-learning-attendance-digital-divide-20200427.html

At least 800 Philadelphia police officers may have been exposed to coronavirus, sparking fear and uncertainty
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-philadelpha-police-officers-sick-danielle-outlaw-brian-abernathy-20200427.html

Hundreds in Philly could lose coronavirus relief money because stimulus checks aren’t safe from debt collectors
https://www.inquirer.com/news/coronavirus-stimulus-checks-garnishment-debt-collectors-20200427.html

Philly city workers have been barred from working on political campaigns for 70 years. Should that change?
https://www.inquirer.com/news/ballot-question-primary-allow-philadelphia-city-workers-political-activity-20200425.html

What happens after remote learning? How schools can prepare for the challenges in the next academic year. | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/coronavirus-covid-education-schools-remote-learning-20200427.html

Pitt

Pittsburgh Public Schools alerts staff and families to potential case of covid-19
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-public-schools-alerts-staff-and-families-to-potential-case-of-covid-19/

Food bank distribution scheduled today in Duquesne, Tuesday in Butler
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/east/2020/04/27/Food-bank-distribution-scheduled-April-27-in-Duquesne/stories/202004270049

Food bank to hold drive-up distribution in Duquesne
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/food-bank-holding-drive-up-distribution-today-in-duquesne/

Pittsburgh councilman proposes building urban farm on ‘perfect’ Brookline plot
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/04/26/Anthony-Coghill-urban-farm-Brookling-park-site-Grounded-Strategies-Deb-Gross/stories/202004240109

Pitt’s 2020 class earns ‘badge of honor’ with online graduation ceremony
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/04/26/University-of-Pittsburgh-Pitt-2020-commencement-virtual-online-graduation-livestream/stories/202004260123

Port Authority replaces chief of operations after 15 months
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/04/26/Port-Authority-Maurice-Bell-chief-of-operations-replaced-Katharine-Eagen-Kelleman/stories/202004260064

State News

‘It’s hard on all of us’: Providers for the disabled worry about protective equipment, changed routines, financial strains
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/social-services/2020/04/27/disabled-individuals-care-providers-Edward-Monk-COVID-19/stories/202004210108

Herman Dupre, of Seven Springs fame, dies at 87
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/herman-dupre-of-seven-springs-fame-dies-at-87/

A lot will change after COVID-19, and that’s good | Mark S. Singel
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2020/04/a-lot-will-change-after-covid-19-and-thats-good-mark-s-singel.html

Signs of spring and a reopening are in the air | Opinion
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2020/04/signs-of-spring-and-a-reopening-are-in-the-air-opinion.html

Which Pa. counties have the lowest tax burden? | The Numbers Racket
https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/which-pa-counties-have-the-lowest-tax-burden-the-numbers-racket/

Transportation

Martz appears poised to resume bus service
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/martz-appears-poised-to-resume-bus-service-1.2622511

The Pa. Turnpike is seeing less traffic; it could cause big problems statewide
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/the-pa-turnpike-is-seeing-less-traffic-it-could-cause-big-problems-statewide.html

Washington

Stop the EARN IT bill: Legislation would compromise digital privacy, security
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/04/27/Stop-the-EARN-IT-bill-Legislation-would-compromise-digital-privacy-security/stories/202003210006