Coronavirus – COVID-19

Pennsylvania, New Jersey need far more contact tracers to handle the coronavirus

Pennsylvania reports 479 more coronavirus deaths as it catches up with data

Pennsylvania coronavirus updates: Case total across state increases by 1,102 on Wednesday to 44,366; state adjusts reporting of deaths to make total 2,195

Another spike in Pennsylvania coronavirus deaths attributed to reconciliation of reported deaths

Pennsylvania’s ‘yellow’ phase doesn’t mean a return to ‘normal,’ official warns

State still plans regional approach to reopening, but backs off original definition of regional

Luzerne County reaches another grim coronavirus milestone, surpassing 80 deaths

8 deaths, 33 new cases reported in Luzerne County

Coronavirus deaths rise across Pennsylvania and in Berks County

Westmoreland adds just 3 new coronavirus cases

Montgomery County records 11 more coronavirus deaths; toll climbs to 244

COVID-19 cases spike in nursing homes in past two weeks

State officials call Brighton Rehab “extremely challenging”

Nursing home deaths continue to rise in Western Pa.; state death toll eclipses 2,000

Families of nursing home residents upset with owners’ statement on COVID-19 deaths

One in six nursing homes across nation report a COVID-19 outbreak, analysis finds

Nursing home coronavirus testing to be prioritized

Amid coronavirus, America’s nursing homes have become a national tragedy | Expert Opinion

State, feds should name nursing homes

Auditor general calls for greater transparency, more testing for nursing home coronavirus cases

Coronavirus testing counts at Wilkes-Barre Township picking up, state says

State receives $34 million to support older adults during pandemic

Narberth Ambulance paramedics risk their own lives in a battle to save nursing home residents with slim odds.

An autumn overlap of COVID-19 and influenza could be deadly, experts warn

Pittsburgh doctors say coronavirus patients having strokes, blood clots

Scent-detection dogs at Penn could help sniff out a breakthrough in COVID-19 testing

Pandemic brings uncertainty for youths trying to join the military


Senator: Bills introduced to ease coronavirus testing in Chester County delay progress

Pa. Senate Republicans to vote on subpoenas to Gov. Wolf’s administration over closing businesses

In volley of votes, GOP House and Senate try to force Wolf to pull back the curtain on COVID-19 response

Bill to release covid-19 addresses to first responders passes state Senate

Mixed drinks to-go may be offered soon

Explain the waivers: Gov. Wolf, officials need to provide details of their decisions

Bill setting Pa.’s minimum marrying age at 18 heading to the governor


Pa. Gov. Wolf vetoes telemedicine bill, voicing disapproval over its restriction to abortion drug

Amid COVID-19, Wolf vetoes telemedicine bill over abortion concerns

Arts groups upset over Gov. Tom Wolf’s sudden move to freeze Pa. grant money

Wolf Administration outlines steps to ensure food security during pandemic


More than half of workers are forced to retire early

PNC joins ranks of banks accused of processing paycheck protection loan applications unfairly

Don’t want to call PLCB? Try these online wine retailers.

Pa. has an online form to report social-distancing violators. Far-right trolls are spamming it.

Construction workers, hit hard by the coronavirus, need support | Opinion

NEPA’s unemployment jumps to 7.1% in March as coronavirus disrupts economy

Pennsylvania knew its unemployment system was weak. It didn’t fix it, and the coronavirus crushed it

Pa. company will lay off 1,124 employees at its soon-to-be-closed distribution center


Warden: No active COVID-19 cases at Lackawanna County Prison


SHINE after school program gives out supplies, plans online lessons

Tuition freeze approved across Pa.’s 14 state-owned universities

State system again freezes tuition for Kutztown University, other state system schools

Mansfield University given a loan of up to $6 million to cover operating shortfall

Pa. state universities offer retirement incentive to non-faculty employees


Westmoreland waiting on Gov. Wolf’s reopen orders before changing election precincts

Pedri explains details of primary plans


Wind Creek Bethlehem casino working on reopening plan. But don’t expect a return to normal

Local News

Lackawanna County, Scranton extended states of emergency

Libraries pivot to online programming

Berks County still waiting for protective equipment for front-line workers

Montgomery County municipalities offer property tax relief during coronavirus outbreak

Part of police memorial inspired by slain officer Shaw taken in New Kensington

Armstrong commissioners want county to be among first to gradually reopen for business

Allegheny Township extends property tax deadlines amid covid-19 crisis

Westmoreland officials planning for when state eases restrictions

Ambridge police chief died of a stroke and COVID-19

NEPA native cares for Luzerne County’s homeless during pandemic and beyond

Program to help facilities fight pandemic

Yudichak announces program to help nursing homes combat COVID-19

Temperature checks could become new normal as Lehigh Valley governments look at reopening during coronavirus pandemic

National News

Surf’s down in California: Governor will close beaches starting Friday


Philadelphia will allow construction to resume Friday — with some limitations

Probation is closed in Philly. But probationers are being jailed through the pandemic.

Philly’s downtown is a ghost town. What will it look like when the virus subsides?

Black artists already had less access to resources. An emergency fund aims to get them through the pandemic.

What you can flush, and what you can’t, right now

Where to find free food right now if you need it

How to get stuff done in Philadelphia during the coronavirus pandemic

Double slaying in Feltonville pushes city’s homicide count higher

Judge rejects push from Green Party’s Jill Stein to decertify Philly voting machines as ‘daft,’ ‘ill-considered,’ and ‘pointless’

Former DA Seth Williams returns to Philly after federal prison stint in West Virginia


Peduto joins calls for USDA to open grocery delivery, curbside pickup to SNAP recipients

County officials say Allegheny County on track for reopening

No mass testing for Allegheny County Jail despite coronavirus uptick

Food bank distributing more boxes for those in need today, Saturday

Some 11,400 to share emergency student aid at Pitt

Strip District-based school search platform raises $35 million

Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership wants public input on proposed mobility principles for Golden Triangle

Brookline urban farm idea on hold

Vote on remote grading guidelines prompts friction on PPS board

Pittsburgh Public School Board leaves grading guidelines up to the superintendent

Parks Conservancy CEO to take 6-month personal leave

Staying local: VisitPittsburgh’s new president and CEO will feel right at home

Trib Total Media bolsters local business recovery with $250,000 advertising grant program

Pittsburgh area March jobless rate rises, economist sees 16% in April

State News

Can I go camping in Pennsylvania during the coronavirus?

Pennsylvania postpones bar exam and introduces limited license due to COVID-19 safety concerns

Coronavirus is ruining a rite of summer in rural Pennsylvania — the county fair

Pennsylvania American Water seeks 24% rate hike over 2 years to upgrade infrastructure

Pa. American Water seeks to hike rates over two years

Should Pennsylvania freeze rent and mortgages during the coronavirus crisis? | Pro/Con

What Pennsylvania golfers can expect when courses reopen for play Friday

Horse racing community asks Gov. Wolf to open starting gates before money for care runs out

Inside the alleged abuse of at-risk youth in Pa. treatment centers


Brian O’Neill: Your flight to LaGuardia is iffy, but Altoona is a lock

Coronavirus stay-at-home order cutting revenue for Berks highway and bridge repairs


Union elections have been stalled during coronavirus. A Pa. congressman wants to change that.