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Coronavirus – COVID-19

Pennsylvania issues safety guidelines for essential businesses
https://triblive.com/local/regional/pennsylvania-issues-safety-guidelines-for-essential-businesses/

Pennsylvania sets COVID-19 cleaning rules for big buildings
https://www.timesleader.com/news/779059/pennsylvania-sets-covid-19-cleaning-rules-for-big-buildings-2

Pennsylvania health secretary signs order to keep warehouse and other essential workers safer
https://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-nws-pa-health-secretary-executive-order-building-safety-measures-20200405-bfr23e4kznh7fkewlvs5pfjgfu-story.html

A month of coronavirus in Pa.: From 1 case to 11,500. How long until it peaks?
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/a-month-of-coronavirus-in-pa-from-1-case-to-11500-how-long-until-it-peaks.html

Trump official cites Pa. as emerging coronavirus hotspot
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/trump-official-cites-pa-as-emerging-coronavirus-hotspot.html

Pennsylvania coronavirus update: nearly 1,500 more cases, 14 more deaths
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-sunday-totals-20200405-giskcx4p75fdfmi56kjiubcwkq-story.html

14 more coronavirus deaths recorded in Pa.; 1,493 new cases logged
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/14-more-covid-19-deaths-recorded-in-pa-health-department-says-1493-new-cases-logged/

Allegheny County reports fourth COVID-19 death; Pa. issues cleaning guidelines for essential businesses
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/corona2020/2020/04/05/Allegheny-County-reports-fourth-COVID-19-death/stories/202004050099

4th person dies of covid-19 in Allegheny County as total cases climb to 605
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/fourth-person-dies-of-covid-19-in-allegheny-county-as-total-cases-climb-to-605/

12 more covid-19 cases reported in Westmoreland County
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/12-more-covid-19-cases-reported-in-westmoreland-county/

Number of Luzerne County cases continues to climb
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/number-of-luzerne-county-cases-continues-to-climb-1.2615398

County COVID-19 cases increase by 93
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/county-covid-19-cases-increase-by-93-1.2615301

COVID-19 cases climb to 171 in York County as of Sunday
https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/coronavirus/2020/04/05/covid-19-cases-climb-171-york-county-sunday/2950506001/

Nuclear plant contractor tests positive for virus
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/nuclear-plant-contractor-tests-positive-for-virus-1.2615300

Workers ‘terrified’ at Limerick nuclear plant amid coronavirus
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/workers-terrified-at-limerick-nuclear-plant-amid-coronavirus/article_1cecf49d-ec7f-5012-9d89-ede895c23896.html

Residents, staff test positive for COVID-19 at Moosic nursing home
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/residents-staff-test-positive-for-covid-19-at-moosic-nursing-home-1.2615325

Berks County coroner reports 6th death, but state’s official county death count drops to 3
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/berks-county-coroner-reports-6th-death-but-states-official-county-death-count-drops-to-3/article_8632b112-7757-11ea-9609-2f9cfdf0ace9.html

The darling, the technocrat, and the Ph.D.: N.Y., N.J., and Pa. governors tackle COVID-19
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/spl/pennsylvania-new-jersey-new-york-coronavirus-governors-style-20200406.html

As courts close for the coronavirus, officials and advocates adjust to protect domestic violence victims
https://www.inquirer.com/news/coronavirus-protection-from-abuse-orders-philadelphia-domestic-violence-20200406.html

Elder care facilities, in-home services adjust to enhanced staffing
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/04/05/Elder-care-facilities-adjust-to-heightened-staffing/stories/202004060011

Those at high risk of contracting coronavirus live with constant worry
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/those-at-high-risk-of-contracting-coronavirus-live-with-constant-worry-1.2615297

6 ways to slow coronavirus spread in Pennsylvania (No. 1: close trail parking lots)
https://www.mcall.com/opinion/mc-opi-coronavirus-pennsylvania-park-closures-muschick-20200406-5lkcadselbhvtd6fkfyfen7p3a-story.html

‘Pathogens do not discriminate.’ Pa. groups warn against attacks targeting Asian Americans over coronavirus
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-hate-crimes-asians-20200405-rlomws4dazgujoyykf63cakf5y-story.html

Trump administration waited two months after learning of coronavirus before ordering needed equipment
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-trump-white-house-ventilators-masks-20200405.html

Facebook hampers do-it-yourself mask efforts
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/tech-news/2020/04/06/Facebook-Hampers-Do-It-Yourself-Mask-Efforts/stories/202004060058

Medical equipment needed as pandemic surge nears; Americans brace for ‘hardest and saddest’ week of their lives
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-philadelphia-new-jersey-pennsylvania-hospital-supplies-needed-20200406.html

Surgeon general warns Americans to brace for coronavirus-caused tragedy reminiscent of Sept. 11, Pearl Harbor
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/surgeon-general-americans-brace-pearl-harbor-september-11-coronavirus-20200406.html

Americans hit by economic shocks caused by coronavirus as confusion, stumbles undermine stimulus effort
https://www.inquirer.com/business/coronavirus-economic-stimulus-checks-government-confusion-delays-20200406.html

Governors plead for food stamp flexibility amid pandemic
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2020/04/06/Food-stamp-flexibility-amid-pandemic-COVID-19-coronavirus/stories/202004060057

Reschenthaler takes wait-and-see approach on possible fourth stimulus package
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/04/05/Reschenthaler-takes-wait-and-see-approach-on-possible-fourth-stimulus-package/stories/202004040039

ER doctor who died of covid-19-like symptoms was Fayette County native
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/er-doctor-who-died-of-covid-19-like-symptoms-was-fayette-county-native/

10 members of the 911th Airlift Wing head to New York City
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200405/10-members-of-911th-airlift-wing-head-to-new-york-city

Philly pediatrician: Who will care for the children of COVID-19 patients? l Expert Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid19-parents-child-care-pediatrician-20200405.html

Legislature

‘The whole … premise is flawed’: Scarnati questions the math on Erie’s community college plan
https://www.penncapital-star.com/education/the-whole-premise-is-flawed-scarnati-questions-the-math-on-eries-community-college-plan/

Business

Many local distilleries are giving away hand sanitizer, but it’s not free
https://www.inquirer.com/news/free-hand-sanitizer-distilleries-philadelphia-new-jersey-pittsburgh-20200406.html

Statewide coronavirus business shutdown causing confusion, frustration
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/statewide-coronavirus-business-shutdown-causing-confusion-frustration/article_d643d834-7446-11ea-9fa4-bf127d72a035.html

Grocery workers are vitally important during the coronavirus pandemic, and they’re afraid
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/grocery-workers-are-vitally-important-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic-and-theyre-afraid/article_df5fa54c-77f7-11ea-b1db-4b6458f58e0d.html

My paycheck or my health; warehouse workers see themselves as reluctant heroes of coronavirus pandemic
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/04/my-paycheck-or-my-health-warehouse-workers-see-themselves-as-reluctant-heroes-of-coronavirus-pandemic.html

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

‘I have to keep it strong’: Pa.’s business owners, self-employed fight to weather the coronavirus shutdown
https://www.witf.org/2020/04/06/i-have-to-keep-it-strong-pa-s-business-owners-self-employed-fight-to-weather-the-coronavirus-shutdown/

Crime/Punishment

State police cite 2 people in Westmoreland County for ‘purposely coughing’ on workers
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/state-police-cite-2-people-in-westmoreland-county-for-purposely-coughing-on-workers/

7-year-old boy shot and killed in Chester
https://www.inquirer.com/news/chester-murder-sinsir-parker-killed-boy-20200406.html

Boy, 7, shot in head, killed in Chester drive-by shooting
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/boy-7-shot-in-head-killed-in-chester-drive-by-shooting/article_9198c0b0-77ba-11ea-a654-1f969361940d.html

Education

Pa. school districts jump into remote learning: ‘This is not a normal situation for anybody’
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/pa-school-districts-jump-into-remote-learning-this-is-not-a-normal-situation-for-anybody.html

Schools face myriad challenges as remote learning gets underway
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/04/06/remote-learning-schools-challenges-Pittsburgh-area-Western-PA-education/stories/202004050068

Some Pittsburgh-area school districts were prepared for unexpected shutdown
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/04/05/remote-learning-schools-prepared-shutdown-Pittsburgh-Western-PA-school-districts/stories/202004010125

Schools continue learning in uncertain future
https://observer-reporter.com/news/localnews/schools-continue-learning-in-uncertain-future/article_b444368e-75ae-11ea-b749-0bb783d79e2c.html

Duquesne nursing school dean: Pandemic underscores need for strong public health system
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2020/04/06/COVID-19-public-health-nurse-infectious-AIDS/stories/202004050003

Area colleges face furloughs, financial losses and uncertainty
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/area-colleges-face-furloughs-financial-losses-and-uncertainty-1.2615396

Elections/Politics

State must ensure access to voting
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/state-must-ensure-access-to-voting-1.2615148

Democratic groups flood Pennsylvania with anti-Trump coronavirus ads
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/pennsylvania-democratic-political-attack-ads-trump-coronavirus-20200406.html

Biden raises idea of Democrats holding an online convention
https://www.pennlive.com/politics/2020/04/biden-raises-idea-of-democrats-holding-an-online-convention.html

Health Care

After tumultuous decade, are health care consumers here better off?
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2020/04/06/UPMC-Highmark-consent-decrees-premiums-health-insurance-patients-network/stories/202003240102

Obituary: Judith Hays, noted patient in UPMC-Highmark fight who loved singing and gardening
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/obituaries/2020/04/06/Obituary-Judith-Hays-noted-patient-UPMC-Highmark-fight-pittsburgh-medical-insurance/stories/202004060026

Allegheny Valley Hospital explores adding 100 beds if needed to support covid-19 surge
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/allegheny-valley-hospital-explores-adding-100-beds-if-needed-to-support-covid-19-surge/

Medicine for inhalers in short supply, but NEPA seems OK
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/medicine-for-inhalers-in-short-supply-but-nepa-seems-ok-1.2615378

Local News

Chester County courts will try video conferencing in coronavirus crisis
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/coronavirus/chester-county-courts-will-try-video-conferencing-in-coronavirus-crisis/article_ea9d653e-7752-11ea-ac79-039e737a7337.html

Coronavirus crisis bringing out the very best in Chester County residents
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/coronavirus/coronavirus-crisis-bringing-out-the-very-best-in-chester-county-residents/article_a88d3a10-7749-11ea-98bd-2bfb8ffe57d4.html

Trash haulers in coronavirus crisis need help staying safe
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/trash-haulers-in-coronavirus-crisis-need-help-staying-safe/article_79b677ec-7410-11ea-b44b-f734c17e9a22.html

Westmoreland County groups seek coronavirus protective gear
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-county-groups-seek-coronavirus-protective-gear/

Additional nominees added to www.501cFree.info project
https://www.timesleader.com/news/779047/additional-nominees-added-to-www-501cfree-info-project

Hazleton mayor: Most ‘in compliance’ of curfew
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/hazleton-mayor-most-in-compliance-of-curfew-1.2615298

National News

Social distancing beer, CBD oil, and crop tops? Coronavirus-related applications pouring into U.S. trademark office.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/coronavirus-trademarks-covid-19-patent-social-distancing-20200406.html

Philly

High-income Philadelphians getting tested for coronavirus at far higher rates than low-income residents
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia/coronavirus-testing-inequality-poverty-philadelphia-health-insurance-20200406.html

South Philly has a growing, hidden homeless population — and almost no services to help them
https://www.inquirer.com/news/south-philadelphia-homeless-project-home-outreach-services-opioid-addiction-20200405.html

SEPTA barred the homeless from the 69th Street terminal due to coronavirus concerns. Now Upper Darby is trying to find them.
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-septa-69th-street-terminal-upper-darby-homeless-20200405.html

Is 2020 a lost year? Philly had big plans. The pandemic changed them.
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-philadelphia-plans-lost-year-20200405.html

How the owner of Philly’s shuttered Hahnemann hospital became the internet’s coronavirus villain
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-joel-freedman-hahnemann-hospital-bernie-sanders-eminent-domain-20200405.html

Pitt

Next drive-thru food distribution scheduled today in Duquesne
https://www.post-gazette.com/life/food/2020/04/06/drive-thru-food-distribution-Duquesne-greater-pittsburgh-community-food-bank/stories/202004060060

The future of nonprofits in Pittsburgh
https://www.post-gazette.com/life/seen/2020/04/06/The-Future-of-Nonprofits-in-Pittsburgh-COVID-19-Natalie-Bencivenga-SEEN/stories/202003300015

West View pharmacist aims to be Aldi of drug stores
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2020/04/06/West-View-kyle-mccormick-pharmacist-drug-store-aldi-prescription-discount/stories/202004050002

Proposed Community Reinvestment Act changes have community groups concerned
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/social-services/2020/04/05/Proposed-Community-Reinvestment-Act-changes-have-community-groups-concerned/stories/202004020160

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

2nd Port Authority bus driver tests positive for coronavirus
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/2nd-port-authority-bus-driver-tests-positive-for-coronavirus/

State News

Western Pa. cemeteries attract more visitors during coronavirus restrictions
https://triblive.com/local/regional/western-pa-cemeteries-attract-more-visitors-during-coronavirus-restrictions/

‘Sorry, we’re closed’ sign pops up near Pa. welcome sign along border in Monroe County during coronavirus
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/sorry-were-closed-sign-pops-up-near-pa-welcome-sign-along-border-in-monroe-county-during-coronavirus.html

Important Viewing: New movie casts stark light on Pa.’s teen’s quest for an abortion | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/important-viewing-new-movie-casts-stark-light-on-pa-s-teens-quest-for-an-abortion-opinion/

Transportation

Greyhound suspending New York City bus service to slow COVID-19
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/greyhound-suspending-new-york-city-bus-service-to-slow-covid-19-1.2615193

Pa. to get $1 billion in transportation funding
https://www.poconorecord.com/news/20200406/pa-to-get-1-billion-in-transportation-funding

Washington

Inspector general who handled Ukraine whistleblower complaint says ‘it is hard not to think’ he was fired by Trump for doing his job
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/michael-atkinson-fired-trump-ukraine-whistleblower-inspector-general-20200406.html