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COVID-19

UPMC close to immunity test that could help end lockdown
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/04/05/Immunity-test-could-help-end-the-lock-down-covid-19-blood-test-upmc/stories/202004040002

Pitt’s history in vaccine development helped its scientists build one for COVID-19
https://observer-reporter.com/news/localnews/pitts-history-in-vaccine-development-helped-its-scientists-build-one-for-covid-19/article_c207b97c-75cb-11ea-852f-5b438bb7c627.html

Even as COVID-19 cases now top 10,000, ‘there is no evidence that the virus is slowing down’
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/even-as-covid-19-cases-now-top-10000-there-is-no-evidence-that-the-virus-is-slowing-down.html

COVID-19 cases climb above 10,000, including 136 deaths
https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/local/2020/04/04/covid-19-cases-climb-above-10-000-including-136-deaths/2947153001/

Coronavirus requires drastic measures from all fronts | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-hahnemann-defense-production-20200405.html

Don’t let it be me
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/a/coronavirus-covid-19-abington-high-school-teacher-maureen-boland-20200405.html

Pharmacy benefit managers are price gouging during pandemic
https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/opinion/2020/04/pharmacy-benefit-managers-are-price-gouging-during-pandemic-opinion.html

Masks/equipment

Wolf Administration seeking manufacturers to produce supplies
https://observer-reporter.com/news/localnews/wolf-administration-seeking-manufacturers-to-produce-supplies/article_d8d64ef4-76a5-11ea-8d4c-8b978f46dfd8.html

What to know about Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf’s call for universal masking to prevent the spread of COVID-19
https://www.centredaily.com/news/coronavirus/article241750796.html#storylink=cpy

State offers tips for homemade masks
https://www.sharonherald.com/covid-19/state/state-offers-tips-for-homemade-masks/article_dace9586-7623-11ea-9512-a3a22fb9be99.html

Pa. and Lehigh Valley issue calls for more personal protective equipment amid coronavirus pandemic
https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/coronavirus/2020/04/pa-and-lehigh-valley-issue-calls-for-more-personal-protective-equipment-amid-coronavirus-pandemic.html

Scranton mayor wants Greyhound to stop buses from NYC
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-mayor-wants-greyhound-to-stop-buses-from-nyc-1.2614959

Erie County health department ‘redeploys’ for COVID-19
https://www.goerie.com/news/20200405/erie-county-health-department-redeploys-for-covid-19

Pennsylvania throws a coronavirus lifeline that leaves out the neediest hospitals
https://www.inquirer.com/business/health/coronavirus-pennsylvania-hospitals-financial-stress-20200404.html

Nonprofits facing layoffs, funding shortfalls as they try to keep serving needy during a pandemic
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2020/04/05/Nonprofits-COVID-19-layoffs-funding-shortfalls-Pittsburgh/stories/202004050035

Education

Some colleges, universities planning virtual ceremonies; others delaying them until fall
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/04/05/Some-colleges-universities-planning-virtual-ceremonies-others-delaying-them-until-fall-covid-19/stories/202004010130

Online resources available to help parents-turned-teachers
https://www.meadvilletribune.com/coronavirus/online-resources-available-to-help-parents-turned-teachers/article_475d8b48-760c-11ea-91c2-f3451a685117.html

With schools shuttered, educators try to reach students
https://www.heraldstandard.com/news/covid-19/with-buildings-shuttered-area-educators-strive-to-reach-students/article_7219601e-713e-11ea-9f69-9720a574e788.html

Lehigh Valley child care centers could collapse under coronavirus. Will federal aid rescue the industry?
https://www.mcall.com/business/mc-biz-coronavirus-day-care-centers-20200404-yihnio5n25g4zb3el3vywqjhuu-story.html

Caseworkers accept risk to protect children during coronavirus crisis: ‘It’s scary … but I’m not afraid to do my job.’
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-children-and-youth-caseworkers-20200404-nn2takykebbr3ojcmmgrhj637y-story.html

Erie’s essential workers struggle with child care
https://www.goerie.com/news/20200405/eries-essential-workers-struggle-with-child-care

Rural Communities

COVID-19 will accelerate EMS crisis in Pa.’s small towns and rural areas, experts say
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/04/04/COVID-19-EMS-crisis-accelerate-Pa-rural-towns-areas/stories/202004040022

Opinion: Across the divide: Rural Pennsylvania stares down the coronavirus
https://www.poconorecord.com/opinion/20200405/opinion-across-divide-rural-pennsylvania-stares-down-coronavirus

Food Supply

State says food supply safe and sufficient; area farmers slammed by coronavirus shutdowns
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/state-says-food-supply-safe-and-sufficient-area-farmers-slammed-by-coronavirus-shutdowns/

In the coronavirus era, supermarket workers have become our heroes
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-hea-supermarket-workers-coronavirus-20200405-taqa7w3vafdjfplqe7pdoerdpi-story.html

Could coronavirus overwhelm food supply chain, leaving grocery stores empty? Experts say no, but warn of disruption.
https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/coronavirus/2020/04/could-coronavirus-overwhelm-food-supply-chain-leaving-grocery-stores-empty-experts-say-no-but-warn-of-disruption.html

Economy

A mounting casualty of coronavirus crisis: Health care jobs
https://www.poconorecord.com/news/20200405/mounting-casualty-of-coronavirus-crisis-health-care-jobs

Editorial: Be shocked, but not surprised, by massive unemployment
https://triblive.com/opinion/editorial-be-shocked-but-not-surprised-by-massive-unemployment/

Economy needs new ideas
https://www.heraldstandard.com/opinion/editorials/economy-in-need-of-new-ideas/article_9294c006-7510-11ea-9822-6f61d51b0906.html

Reserve spending for critical
https://www.altoonamirror.com/opinion/editorials/2020/04/reserve-spending-for-critical/

A noble commitment: Businesses trying to keep employees on payroll
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/04/05/A-noble-commitment-Businesses-trying-to-keep-employees-on-payroll/stories/202004010028

Crime

Counties handling concealed-carry permits for guns differently during pandemic
https://observer-reporter.com/news/localnews/counties-handling-concealed-carry-permits-for-guns-differently-during-pandemic/article_8b01dcf6-74f3-11ea-8aa6-2780d0d1a7b4.html

Officials say coronavirus pandemic also doing number on crime
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/coronavirus/officials-say-coronavirus-pandemic-also-doing-number-on-crime/article_2a4c9998-75f0-11ea-a5a0-5bcecd719d88.html

Delaware State Police authorized to search out-of-state vehicles
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/coronavirus/delaware-state-police-authorized-to-search-out-of-state-vehicles/article_0591efc8-75e5-11ea-83e3-076ab966f85c.html

Five migrants test positive for COVID-19 in ICE detention centers in Pennsylvania
https://www.inquirer.com/news/ice-immigration-migrant-detention-center-first-coronavirus-in-pennsylvania-20200404.html

EDITORIAL: Hate crimes against Asian Americans are unacceptable
https://observer-reporter.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-hate-crimes-against-asian-americans-are-unacceptable/article_ccc57c10-7430-11ea-83cb-6f58b3bd19e9.html

Christine Flowers: Tracing roots of coronavirus pandemic is not racism
https://www.delcotimes.com/opinion/christine-flowers-tracing-roots-of-coronavirus-pandemic-is-not-racism/article_9c9cd7c6-7666-11ea-bd09-9bc1276e7de7.html

AG Shapiro issues alert: Watch out for unemployment scams
https://www.timesleader.com/news/778858/ag-shapiro-issues-alert-watch-out-for-unemployment-scams

Seek medical care after sexual assault
https://www.goerie.com/entertainmentlife/20200405/karin-a-wickwire-seek-medical-care-after-sexual-assault

Luzerne County native speaks about being a victim of ‘revenge porn’
https://www.timesleader.com/news/778948/luzerne-county-native-speaks-about-being-a-victim-of-revenge-porn

Aliquippa officer sues mayor, district attorney in federal court
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200404/aliquippa-officer-sues-mayor-district-attorney-in-federal-court

Energy/Environment

Workers ‘terrified’ at Limerick nuclear plant amid coronavirus
https://www.pottsmerc.com/news/workers-terrified-at-limerick-nuclear-plant-amid-coronavirus/article_934efb34-76a4-11ea-afbe-17495d88f209.html

EDITORIAL: The EPA needs to do its job, even during a pandemic
https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/opinion/editorials/2020/04/03/editorial-epa-needs-do-its-job-even-during-pandemic/5112021002/

OP-ED: Southwest Pa. runs on natural gas, coal
https://observer-reporter.com/opinion/op-eds/op-ed-southwest-pa-runs-on-natural-gas-coal/article_e2f50ef2-7448-11ea-ad80-0b0a2059e0ff.html

Election

COLUMN: Mail-in ballots could be the only option once state’s June 2 primary arrives
https://www.meadvilletribune.com/opinion/column-mail-in-ballots-could-be-the-only-option-once-states-june-2-primary-arrives/article_12e577f0-75ed-11ea-849b-a3ae9030b59e.html

No distractions in November | Mark S. Singel
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2020/04/no-distractions-in-november-mark-s-singel.html

Politics aside, everyone’s focused on the coronavirus | Charlie Gerow
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2020/04/politics-aside-everyones-focused-on-the-coronavirus-charlie-gerow.html

Census

Census organizers adjust plans amid coronavirus, maintain count’s importance
https://www.meadvilletribune.com/coronavirus/census-organizers-adjust-plans-amid-coronavirus-maintain-counts-importance/article_a6e75692-7617-11ea-b393-9fc94baf9337.html

Census crucial to recovery
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/census-crucial-to-recovery-1.2614809

Churches

Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, Greensburg to livestream Holy Week activities
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/catholic-diocese-of-pittsburgh-to-livestream-holy-week-activities/

Churches reeling as coronavirus hits collection plates
https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/mc-nws-pa-church-collections-coronavirus-20200404-yskjhzslyneujdmmk4df4b7al4-story.html

Gov. Wolf, religious leaders encourage alternative gatherings
https://observer-reporter.com/news/localnews/gov-wolf-religious-leaders-encourage-alternative-gatherings/article_91e397ba-76b2-11ea-bca7-a3b6b4024c52.html

‘Individuals should not gather’ even for religious services, Gov. Wolf says, stressing stay-home order
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/gov-wolf-continues-to-urge-faith-community-to-find-alternative-ways-to-worship-during-coronavirus-pandemic.html

Miscellaneous

When and how to watch the Pennsylvania Game Commission virtual meeting
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/04/when-and-how-to-watch-the-pennsylvania-game-commission-virtual-meeting.html

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