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Coronavirus – COVID-19

Pennsylvania asked FEMA for nearly 500,000 N95 masks. It’s still 380,000 short.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania-coronavirus-fema-supplies-falling-short-20200402.html

Pa. needs another 1,000 to 1,400 ventilators, governor says. Here’s how the state is trying to find them.
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/spl/pennsylvania-coronavirus-ventilators-protective-equipment–20200402.html

Latest on COVID-19: Cases top 7,000 in Pennsylvania; Fayette has first death
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/04/02/COVID-19-cases-Allegheny-County-pennsylvania-testing-coronavirus-pandemic/stories/202004020136

Pennsylvania reports 1,211 new coronavirus cases, 16 more deaths
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-reports-1211-new-coronavirus-cases-total-surpasses-7k/

New coronavirus tests could be powerful tools to manage the pandemic — if they work
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/serology-tests-for-coronavirus-add-to-confusion-20200403.html

Pitt team makes progress on possible COVID-19 vaccine
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2020/04/02/Pitt-team-makes-progress-on-possible-COVID-19-vaccine/stories/202004020135

Pittsburgh scientists develop possible coronavirus vaccine, hope FDA can fast-track it
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-scientists-say-coronavirus-vaccine-could-be-fast-tracked-after-key-animal-testing/

CMU researchers developing system to detect COVID-19 with just a voice recording
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/tech-news/2020/04/02/Carnegie-Mellon-University-School-of-Computer-Science-LTI-COVID-Voice-Detector-covid-19-coronavirus/stories/202004020156

Coronavirus has created a new golden age for vaccines, and Philly is at the heart of it
https://www.inquirer.com/business/drugs/coronavirus-vaccines-jj-gsk-cdc-merck-philadelphia-20200403.html

Fleeing coronavirus in NYC, pregnant women head to Philly area but struggle to find prenatal care
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-pregnant-new-york-brooklyn-media-penn-obstetrician-main-line-health-20200403.html

Illegal parking, public defecation, overflowing trash cans: Crowds cause mess at parks during coronavirus pandemic
https://www.inquirer.com/news/coronavirus-covid-19-state-national-parks-closed-crowded-social-distancing-valley-forge-20200403.html

Pennsylvania coronavirus update: Cases jump nearly 21%, while Lehigh Valley and Monroe County see highest per-capita infection rate
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-pa-cases-virus-thursday-20200402-lpos4fy73rcgpjbwqsueble2fe-story.html

Allegheny County coronavirus cases jump by 63 as total tops 400
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-county-coronavirus-cases-jump-by-63-as-total-tops-400/

Coronavirus cases in Lackawanna, Luzerne counties surge
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/coronavirus-cases-in-lackawanna-luzerne-counties-surge-1.2614009

A fall in his home put Eugene Frank in the hospital. COVID-19 ended his life 2 days later.
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/04/02/New-Castle-man-death-from-COVID-19-pennsylvania-eugene-frank-sudden-shock/stories/202004020195

Timber Ridge reports residents with COVID-19
https://www.timesleader.com/news/778686/timber-ridge-reports-residents-with-covid-19

More than 300 positive cases in Hazleton
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/more-than-300-positive-cases-in-hazleton-1.2614297

Focus on Hazleton as virus hotspot
https://www.timesleader.com/news/778684/focus-on-hazleton-as-virus-hotspot

Virus deaths, unemployment accelerating across Europe, U.S.
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/04/03/covid-Virus-deaths-unemployment-Europe-US/stories/202004030106

Trump administration moves toward promoting broader use of face masks
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/04/02/Trump-administration-moves-toward-promoting-broader-use-of-face-masks/stories/202004020172

Federalism at work: Founders were right to let states make decisions
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/04/02/Federalism-at-work-Founders-were-right-to-let-states-make-decisions/stories/202003280025

Legislature

Mt. Lebanon hears from officials regarding COVID-19
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/south/2020/04/03/Mt-Lebanon-hears-from-officials-regarding-COVID-19/stories/202004030004

Montco coronavirus deaths at 12; officials ‘concerned’ about work at Limerick nuclear plant
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/montco-coronavirus-deaths-at-12-officials-concerned-about-work-at-limerick-nuclear-plant/article_4fcd0b0d-56df-5dfc-893e-de9220e1c5ec.html

Local legislators co-sponsors aid bills for ‘ultra-small’ businesses, first responders
https://observer-reporter.com/news/localnews/local-legislatorsr-co-sponsors-aid-bills-for-ultra-small-businesses-first-responders/article_6a0005e2-738a-11ea-96ef-b3ea88aa50f0.html

Our view: Saving lives will save Pa. economy
https://www.goerie.com/opinion/20200403/our-view-saving-lives-will-save-pa-economy

Administration

Poll: Majority of Pa. residents say Gov. Wolf responding well to health crisis
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2020/04/02/Poll-pennsylvania-residents-governor-wolf-pandemic-covid-19/stories/202004020130

Lt. Gov. Fetterman: Staying home, practicing social distancing and preaching ‘resolve’ | John Baer
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/lt-gov-fetterman-has-some-things-to-say.html

As cases grow, human service workers say they can’t use COVID-19 leave offered to other state employees
https://www.penncapital-star.com/working-the-economy/i-just-dont-want-to-infect-anyone-in-the-office-as-case-total-grows-human-service-workers-say-they-cant-use-covid-19-leave-offered-to-other-state-employees/

Business

What’s allowed to be open in Pennsylvania?
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/inq/coronavirus-covid-19-what-is-open-pennsylvania-life-sustaining-business-20200403.html

State urges those laid off from pandemic closures to apply for unemployment, business aid
https://triblive.com/local/regional/state-urges-those-laid-off-due-to-pandemic-closures-to-apply-for-unemployment-business-aid/

Unemployed Pennsylvanians struggle to apply for benefits amid record number of claims
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/unemployed-pennsylvanians-struggle-to-apply-for-benefits-amid-record-number-of-claims-1.2614107

17,000 Delco unemployment claims filed in March as new jobless claims top 6.6M
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/coronavirus/17-000-delco-unemployment-claims-filed-in-march-as-new-jobless-claims-top-6-6m/article_c08e5b56-752f-11ea-9ba3-f3162875d28f.html

First-time jobless claims skyrocket in Pennsylvania as financial toll of coronavirus mounts
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/career-workplace/2020/04/02/first-time-jobless-claims-Pennsylvania-unemployment-coronavirus-COVID-19/stories/202004020184

What small business owners need to know to get money from SBA’s coronavirus Payroll Protection Program
https://www.inquirer.com/business/small-business/sba-coronavirus-payroll-protection-program-20200403.html

Are those packages safe? Handle with care, but delivery companies making changes in face of COVID-19 crisis
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/career-workplace/2020/04/02/packages-letter-mail-COVID-19-coronavirus-FedEx-Amazon-UPMC-delivery/stories/202004010048

Boeing weighs wide-body jet cuts, plans buyouts on ‘new reality’
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/pittsburgh-company-news/2020/04/03/Boeing-offer-employees-buyouts-plan-layoffs-coronavirus/stories/202004030100

Boeing shutting down Ridley plant for 2 weeks for deep cleaning
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/coronavirus/boeing-shutting-down-ridley-plant-for-2-weeks-for-deep-cleaning/article_c44ea5e8-758e-11ea-8c21-3348098939a5.html

Sheetz offering free meals to needy kids as COVID-19 spreads
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2020/04/02/Sheetz-offering-free-meals-to-needy-kids-as-COVID-19-spreads/stories/202004020138

Giant Eagle confirms COVID-19 case at Murrysville store
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/east/2020/04/02/COVID-19-Giant-Eagle-confirms-coronavirus-case-Murrysville-Old-William-Penn/stories/202004020202

Program aims to help struggling small businesses
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/program-aims-to-help-struggling-small-businesses-1.2614136

Hanover Twp. company adds masks, gowns to production line
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/hanover-twp-company-adds-masks-gowns-to-production-line-1.2614166

Adidas employee tests positive for COVID-19
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/adidas-employee-tests-positive-for-covid-19-1.2614161

You’ve just lost your job? Here’s what you need to know
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/youve-just-lost-your-job-heres-what-you-need-to-know/article_7a8c569e-7593-11ea-859f-9f1116572f2d.html

Coronavirus shutdown sends farm economy in Berks County into turmoil; consumers go direct to farmers to circumvent shortages
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/coronavirus-shutdown-sends-farm-economy-in-berks-county-into-turmoil-consumers-go-direct-to-farmers/article_1def4792-73a5-11ea-8547-3f669cea9d9b.html

Target limiting number of guests in stores beginning this weekend
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/04/target-limiting-number-of-guests-in-stores-beginning-this-weekend.html

Six KidsPeace employees test positive for coronavirus; no children are infected, organization says
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-coronavirus-kidspeace-employees-positive-20200403-ekgeyr3ewfea7i425kuq75b3sm-story.html

With underemployed goats and closed restaurants, farmers brace for coronavirus losses
https://www.witf.org/2020/04/03/with-underemployed-goats-and-closed-restaurants-farmers-brace-for-coronavirus-losses/

Short on staff and supplies in a pandemic, Erie nursing home employees say they’re not getting the help they need
https://www.penncapital-star.com/covid-19/short-on-staff-and-supplies-in-a-pandemic-erie-nursing-home-employees-say-theyre-not-getting-the-help-they-need/

Shell applies for waiver to resume work, groups respond
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200402/shell-applies-for-waiver-to-resume-work-groups-respond

Crime/Punishment

Defuse the ticking time bomb of coronavirus in jails and prisons | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-prison-jail-population-wetzel-editorial-20200402.html

Retreat staffer tests positive
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/retreat-staffer-tests-positive-1.2614298

Education

Public outcry grows over Scranton School District plan to vote on preschool program elimination amid coronavirus crisis
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/public-outcry-grows-over-scranton-school-district-plan-to-vote-on-preschool-program-elimination-amid-coronavirus-crisis-1.2614065

Peters board adds day to school year due to COVID-19
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/washington/2020/04/03/Peters-board-adds-day-to-school-year-due-to-COVID-19/stories/202004030031

These ‘poverty buster’ degrees offer high incomes, low college loan debt | Does that Degree Pay?
https://www.inquirer.com/jobs/high-paying-college-degrees-low-student-loans-20200403.html

Elections/Politics

Democrats are delaying the July 2020 Milwaukee convention for a month because of coronavirus
https://www.inquirer.com/news/convention-democrats-milwaukee-dnc-biden-20200402.html

Should all states offer mail-in voting for elections?
https://www.pennlive.com/tylt/2020/04/should-all-states-offer-mail-in-voting-for-elections.html

Health Care

Highmark, UPMC health insurance plans will pay for covid-19 treatment in their respective hospitals
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/highmark-upmc-health-insurance-plans-will-pay-for-covid-19-treatment-in-their-respective-hospitals/

UPMC nurse opens up about front-line battle against coronavirus
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/upmc-nurse-opens-up-about-front-line-battle-against-covid-19/

New coronavirus rules ban New Jersey fathers from Lehigh Valley hospitals, leaving expectant mothers to labor alone
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-nj-partners-banned-lehigh-valley-hospitals-20200403-35ypmqdr2rawljfv4b3e4jhyey-story.html

Future of medicine arriving sooner because of coronavirus: UPMC Pinnacle docs
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/future-of-medicine-arriving-sooner-because-of-coronavirus-upmc-pinnacle-docs.html

Are Pa. rural hospitals ready for coronavirus surge? ‘I don’t think any small communities up here are ready’
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/04/are-pa-rural-hospitals-ready-for-coronavirus-surge-i-dont-think-any-small-communities-up-here-are-ready.html

Local News

Scranton, Lackawanna County receive $122K as part of Trump stimulus package
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/scranton-lackawanna-county-receive-122k-as-part-of-trump-stimulus-package-1.2614064

Off-site facilities being selected in case hospitals overwhelmed by coronavirus
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/off-site-facilities-being-selected-in-case-hospitals-overwhelmed-by-coronavirus-1.2614379

Delco asks for volunteers to staff new overflow center, and hundreds respond
https://www.witf.org/2020/04/03/delco-asks-for-volunteers-to-staff-new-overflow-center-and-hundreds-respond/

Nearly 500 Westmoreland County employees to be furloughed by the end of the day
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/career-workplace/2020/04/03/Nearly-500-Westmoreland-County-employees-layoffs-covid/stories/202004030107

Hundreds of Westmoreland County employees to be furloughed Friday
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/hundreds-of-westmoreland-county-employees-to-be-furloughed-friday/

Pedri stresses the importance of responding to the census for county funding
https://www.timesleader.com/news/778700/pedri-stresses-the-importance-of-responding-to-the-census-for-county-funding

Fewer fundraising events means fewer donations for local fire companies
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/fewer-fundraising-events-means-fewer-donations-for-local-fire-companies-1.2614293

EMA working on supplies for hospitals
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/ema-working-on-supplies-for-hospitals-1.2614289

Philly

Thousands of Philly students are stuck at home without internet after coronavirus closed schools
https://www.inquirer.com/education/coronavirus-students-digital-divide-philadelphia-comcast-20200403.html

180 staff laid off at independent Philadelphia Catholic schools amid coronavirus closures
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/independence-mission-schools-layoffs-catholic-schools-coronavirus-economy-20200402.html

15,000 Philly charter and parochial school students are getting Chromebooks to learn during coronavirus closures
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-philadelphia-charter-schools-laptop-donations-20200402.html

How Philadelphia hospitals are protecting the mental health of workers treating coronavirus
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid19-wellness-doctors-health-20200403.html

Black preachers urge release of low-risk inmates to slow virus spread in city jails
https://www.phillytrib.com/news/health/coronavirus/black-preachers-urge-release-of-low-risk-inmates-to-slow-virus-spread-in-city-jails/article_b3b6f9ef-84ce-51be-98ea-a35d147be66b.html

City Council approves $85.4M in coronavirus relief spending
https://www.phillytrib.com/news/health/coronavirus/city-council-approves-85-4m-in-coronavirus-relief-spending/article_d7fe9cce-85d3-598c-8ca5-f073a8e201b5.html

After trash pickup delays, Philly officials, sanitation workers clash over whether employees are calling out sick
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-philadelphia-trash-garbage-pick-up-delays-20200402.html

Philly’s Catholic basilica to close during livestreamed services, after video shows crowd still showing up for Mass
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philly-archdiocese-mass-livestream-cathedral-coronavirus-nelson-perez-20200402.html

Pitt

COVID-19 could change the face of commercial real estate in Pittsburgh
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2020/04/03/COVID-19-Pittsburgh-office-market-Burns-Scalo-social-distancing-Downtown/stories/202004030079

Allegheny County courts extend judicial emergency into May
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/04/02/COVID-19-Allegheny-County-courts-judicial-emergency-coronavirus/stories/202004020192

Allegheny County creates map for free food and resources
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2020/04/02/Allegheny-County-map-free-food-resources-COVID-19-coronavirus-help-pittsburgh/stories/202004020173

Heinz History Center seeking donations to document COVID-19 pandemic
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/corona2020/2020/04/02/Heinz-History-Center-coronavirus-COVID-19/stories/202004020144

Drive-up coronavirus testing suspended at Pittsburgh zoo, Aliquippa
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/central-outreach-wellness-center-suspends-drive-up-coronavirus-testing/

Peoples Gas donating $100K to Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/peoples-donating-100k-to-greater-pittsburgh-community-food-bank/

State News

U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick wrestles the Tiger King
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/clout/brian-fitzpatrick-federal-ban-tiger-ownership-joe-exotic-netflix-20200403.html

Juniper Village at Forest Hills senior community to begin proactive coronavirus testing
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/juniper-village-at-forest-hills-senior-community-to-begin-proactive-coronavirus-testing/

Food is plentiful and safe from coronavirus, so stop hoarding, state and federal officials say
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-food-supply-safety-20200402-syeqrgiu5rd43m6klpoblbha5u-story.html

Coronavirus spread has Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency helping arrange ‘alternative care sites’ to help hospitals; East Stroudsburg facility one being considered
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-pa-coronavirus-pema-thursday-20200402-fuq524cxk5atpoqca23b4pdboi-story.html

Coronavirus ‘silver lining’: Crime and crashes plummet across Pa.
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/coronavirus-silver-lining-crime-and-crashes-plummet-across-pa.html

York County woman faces $200 ticket from state police under Gov. Wolf’s stay-at-home order
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/york-county-woman-faces-200-ticket-from-state-police-under-gov-wolfs-stay-at-home-order.html

About that cross-state booze run: Bootlegging is still a crime in Pennsylvania, even during a pandemic
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/about-that-cross-state-booze-run-bootlegging-is-still-a-crime-in-pennsylvania-even-during-a-pandemic.html

Transportation

PennDOT further extends expirations on licenses, vehicle requirements
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/penndot-further-extends-expiration-dates-on-licenses-vehicle-requirements/

Coronavirus won’t stop $270 million Interstate 78 upgrade in Berks County, PennDOT announces
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/coronavirus-wont-stop-270-million-interstate-78-upgrade-in-berks-county-penndot-announces/article_e9800fd2-7372-11ea-96be-0b090144c368.html