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Coronavirus – COVID-19

Activists say Pennsylvania’s critical-care guidelines discriminate against the disabled for COVID-19 care
https://www.inquirer.com/business/health/disability-rights-pennsylvania-complaint-triage-guidelines-covid-19-20200408.html

Pennsylvania plans to release racial data on coronavirus cases, but faces collection challenges
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/spl/pennsylvania-coronavirus-racial-data-philadelphia-rachel-levine-20200407.html

Pennsylvania sees 78 new coronavirus deaths in biggest single-day spike
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-sees-78-new-coronavirus-deaths-in-biggest-single-day-spike/

Coronavirus death toll rises sharply across the state
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/coronavirus-death-toll-rises-sharply-across-the-state-1.2615781

Region’s infection pace slower than state’s
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/04/07/COVID-19-cases-deaths-allegheny-county-pittsburgh-pennsylvania-numbers/stories/202004070087

2 more people die of coronavirus in Allegheny County as total cases climb to 689
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/2-more-people-die-of-coronavirus-in-allegheny-county-as-total-cases-climb-to-689/

2 die of COVID-19 at St. Barnabas Nursing Home, additional 18 test positive
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/north/2020/04/07/2-die-of-COVID-19-at-St-Barnabas-Nursing-Home-additional-18-test-positive/stories/202004070096

2 dead, at least 18 more infected with covid-19 at St. Barnabas Nursing Home in Richland
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/two-dead-at-least-18-more-infected-with-covid-19-at-st-barnabas-nursing-home-in-richland/

Brighton officials continue to offer no details on COVID-19 cases
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200407/brighton-officials-continue-to-offer-no-details-on-covid-19-cases

3 more COVID-19 deaths reported in county
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/3-more-covid-19-deaths-reported-in-county-1.2616034

Berks County coroner reports 2 more coronavirus deaths of Berks residents
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/berks-county-coroner-reports-2-more-coronavirus-deaths-of-berks-residents/article_105ee580-78e4-11ea-a9da-87ff4f30bdef.html

Bucks County reports 4 more deaths, 104 new coronavirus cases
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20200407/bucks-county-reports-4-more-deaths-104-new-coronavirus-cases

Montco reports 160 new coronavirus cases; death toll rises to 32
https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/news/region/montco-reports-160-new-coronavirus-cases-death-toll-rises-to-32/article_4b6067ef-39c5-56c2-b35a-b13cbe38903d.html

Cambria reports COVID-19 death
https://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2020/04/cambria-reports-covid-19-death/

Glen Hazel assisted living center reports 29 residents, staff test positive for COVID-19
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/04/07/residents-staff-kane-community-living-center-glen-hazel-pittsburgh-covid-19-positive/stories/202004070132

29 in Kane nursing home positive for coronavirus
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/29-in-kane-nursing-home-positive-for-coronavirus/

Airman with 911th Airlift Wing confirmed to have COVID-19
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/west/2020/04/07/911th-Airlift-Wing-airman-coronavirus-first-case-Pittsburgh-Air-Reserve-COVID-19/stories/202004070161

Residents test positive for COVID-19 at Scranton nursing home
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/residents-test-positive-for-covid-19-at-scranton-nursing-home-1.2615854

Two Pike County inmates die from coronavirus; seven staff members, five other inmates test positive
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/two-pike-county-inmates-die-from-coronavirus-seven-staff-members-five-other-inmates-test-positive-1.2615732

Six coronavirus cases reported at Fair Acres
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/coronavirus/six-coronavirus-cases-reported-at-fair-acres/article_1597d10a-791c-11ea-8109-03fcb75e90bd.html

Unemployed and uninsured because of coronavirus? You may be eligible for Medicaid.
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-uninsured-unemployed-health-insurance-medicaid-20200408.html

Coronavirus plays havoc with child custody arrangements in Pa. county: ‘Taking away hugs and kisses’
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/04/coronavirus-plays-havoc-with-child-custody-arrangements-in-pa-county-taking-away-hugs-and-kisses.html

Coronavirus leaves home buyers and sellers in limbo — and at financial risk
https://www.inquirer.com/real-estate/housing/coronavirus-house-sell-buy-real-estate-20200408.html

Child abuse in Pa. could be on the rise amid coronavirus closings of schools and daycares
https://www.ydr.com/story/news/2020/04/07/pennsylvania-coronavirus-child-abuse-school-canceled-daycare-closed/5105803002/

How to clean your face mask to help prevent getting and spreading the coronavirus
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid19-how-to-clean-face-masks-facemask-washing-20200407.html

‘We are forgotten’: Despite mounting costs, college students are excluded from $1,200 stimulus checks
https://www.inquirer.com/education/coronavirus-stimulus-checks-college-students-excluded-philadelphia-20200408.html

Dairy experts respond to ‘chaotic marketplace’ in wake of coronavirus
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/dairy-experts-respond-to-chaotic-marketplace-in-wake-of-coronavirus/article_3ad17ec8-78e8-11ea-b83f-b37cea642669.html

Excela medical officer, Sen. Casey to take part in coronavirus ‘tele-town hall’
https://triblive.com/local/regional/excela-medical-officer-sen-casey-to-take-part-in-coronavirus-tele-town-hall/

VA and Bureau of Prisons are buying hydroxychloroquine, records show
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2020/04/08/hydroxychloroquine-malaria-drug-Trump-coronavirus-Bureau-of-Prisons-VA/stories/202004080072

Can you go into your backyard during the coronavirus pandemic? Yes. (Just do it safely.)
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid19-backyard-safe-20200407.html

Coronavirus could require rationing of life-saving resources. Health workers and people with disabilities deserve protection. | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-ventilator-mask-icu-rationing-physician-liability-20200408.html

Washington D.C. fights to enforce distancing, braces for looming surge
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/04/08/washington-DC-enforce-distancing-and-braces-for-looming-surge/stories/202004080080

Trump sidelines watchdog tapped for coronavirus rescue oversight
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/trump-coronavirus-rescue-package-oversight-chair-glenn-fine-20200407.html

Hospitals say feds are seizing masks and other coronavirus supplies without a word
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2020/04/08/hospitals-coronavirus-shortages-supplies-Trump-HHS-watchdog-report-severe/stories/202004080074

Stimulus money from coronavirus relief bill might hit bank accounts as early as this week
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/04/stimulus-money-from-coronavirus-relief-bill-might-hit-bank-accounts-as-early-as-this-week.html

Millions of low-income Americans are at risk of missing out on stimulus payments
https://www.phillytrib.com/news/health/coronavirus/millions-of-low-income-americans-are-at-risk-of-missing-out-on-stimulus-payments/article_bb7d4b9e-7990-11ea-a536-4b0ce67adcdb.html

Legislature

After early show of bipartisanship, Pa. lawmakers splinter over next COVID-19 steps
https://www.witf.org/2020/04/08/after-early-show-of-bipartisanship-pa-lawmakers-splinter-over-next-covid-19-steps/

COVID-19 in Pa.: Wolf, lawmakers struggle for common ground on pandemic relief
https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/covid-19-in-pa-wolf-lawmakers-struggle-for-common-ground-on-pandemic-relief/

Pa. Senate approves emergency measures for local governments
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/pa-senate-approves-emergency-measures-for-local-governments-1.2616009

Pennsylvanians may get more time to pay their municipal and county property tax bills
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/pennsylvanians-may-get-more-time-to-pay-their-municipal-and-county-property-tax-bills.html

Pa. House readies legislation for a vote to reopen businesses
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/pa-house-readies-legislation-for-a-vote-to-reopen-businesses.html

Legislature moves forward with bill permitting remote meetings during emergencies
https://papost.org/2020/04/07/legislature-moves-forward-with-bill-permitting-remote-meetings-during-emergencies/

Pa. senator apologizes after saying he likes online voting sessions because he can ‘stare daggers’ at female colleague
https://www.penncapital-star.com/blog/pa-senator-apologizes-after-saying-he-likes-online-voting-sessions-because-he-can-stare-daggers-at-female-colleague/

County prosecutors urge state lawmakers to help decide on freeing inmates
https://www.witf.org/2020/04/07/county-prosecutors-urge-state-lawmakers-to-help-decide-on-freeing-inmates/

Responding to Capital-Star story, Pa. lawmaker calls for investigation of Erie nursing home
https://www.penncapital-star.com/covid-19/responding-to-capital-star-story-pa-lawmaker-calls-for-investigation-of-erie-nursing-home/

Data restrictions: All counties should have access to outbreak details
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/04/08/Data-restrictions-All-counties-should-have-access-to-outbreak-details/stories/202004070015

$25K bonuses, other resources for Pa. essential workers could be on the way
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/resources-for-pa-essential-workers-could-be-on-the-way-if-legislation-is-passed/

Administration

Gov. Wolf orders commonwealth flags to Half-Staff to honor COVID-19 victims
https://www.timesleader.com/news/779336/gov-wolf-orders-commonwealth-flags-to-half-staff-to-honor-covid-19-victims

Business

Mask sales are suddenly a hot business
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/04/08/face-masks-etsy-covid-coronavirus-pittsburgh-sales-online-CDC/stories/202004070108

Giant Eagle worker in Beaver County tests positive for the coronavirus
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/west/2020/04/08/Giant-Eagle-worker-Beaver-County-tests-positive-coronavirus/stories/202004080083

Cumberland County Giant employee tests positive for COVID-19
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/cumberland-county-giant-employee-tests-positive-for-covid-19.html

Dick’s Sporting Goods furloughing ‘significant number’ of employees
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/dicks-sporting-goods-furloughing-significant-number-of-employees/

Ocean State Job Lot to give out free mask-making materials
https://www.timesleader.com/news/779304/ocean-state-job-lot-to-give-out-free-mask-making-materials

Cargill temporarily closes Humboldt plant
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/cargill-temporarily-closes-humboldt-plant-1.2616027

Aid available for small businesses
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/aid-available-for-small-businesses-1.2615957

How to connect to farmers near you in the age of coronavirus
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/how-to-connect-to-farmers-near-you-in-the-age-of-coronavirus/article_9a9a04d8-781b-11ea-a69c-c344a2a6bd62.html

Small businesses show large appetite for federal payroll loans to keep workforce intact during coronavirus closures
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/small-businesses-show-large-appetite-for-federal-payroll-loans-to-keep-workforce-intact-during-coronavirus-closures.html

Even in the pandemic, plumbers, electricians answer emergency calls for broken toilets, furnaces
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/04/even-in-the-pandemic-plumbers-electricians-answer-emergency-calls-for-broken-toilets-furnaces.html

Pa. let construction continue on a South Philly casino during the pandemic. Workers feel endangered.
https://www.phillytrib.com/news/health/coronavirus/pa-let-construction-continue-on-a-south-philly-casino-during-the-pandemic-workers-feel-endangered/article_499b9c4c-3e76-5f11-b3f2-a94a436221f6.html

Crime/Punishment

State police have cited 2, warned 8 for violating stay-at-home order
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/state-police-have-cited-2-warned-8-for-violating-stay-at-home-order/

Elderly and sick prisoners should be paroled during the coronavirus pandemic | Opinion
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2020/04/elderly-and-sick-prisoners-should-be-paroled-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic-opinion.html

Education

Construction resumes at W-B Area High School site
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/construction-resumes-at-w-b-area-high-school-site-1.2616014

School board must take responsibility
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/school-board-must-take-responsibility-1.2615904

Elections/Politics

Biden: Trump bears ‘responsibility’ for not using his powers to protect health care workers
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/04/07/Biden-Trump-responsibility-health-care-workers-protection-coronavirus/stories/202004070138

Trump campaign going all digital as it contacts voters in Pennsylvania
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2020/04/07/Trump-campaign-going-all-digital-as-it-contacts-voters-in-Pennsylvania/stories/202004070152

Consultant says candidates can still connect with voters during virus outbreak
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2020/04/07/candidates-coronavirus-voters-political-campaign-consultant-Merriman-Preston/stories/202004070147

Berks election director concerned about coronavirus’ impact on primary
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/berks-election-director-concerned-about-coronavirus-impact-on-primary/article_2f2da836-78fb-11ea-9ad9-5b22aa172388.html

Wisconsin voters wait hours at the few open polling stations for presidential primary election
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-primary-election-wisconsin-20200407.html

Health Care

COVID-19 fallout prompts insurer to distribute bonus money to doctors early
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2020/04/08/Johnson-Highmark-quality-care-bonus-criteria-CMS-COVID-19-early-payment/stories/202004080041

AHN to sterilize, reuse N95 masks for coronavirus protection
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/ahn-to-sterilize-reuse-n95-masks-for-coronavirus-protection/

Pa. should utilize nurse anesthetists in COVID-19 response | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/pa-should-utilize-nurse-anesthetists-in-covid-19-response-opinion/

Local News

Diocese of Scranton furloughs 21 employees, reduces pay for all remaining workers
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/diocese-of-scranton-furloughs-21-employees-reduces-pay-for-all-remaining-workers-1.2615783

Plans in place in case coronavirus affects Scranton’s public safety workers
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/plans-in-place-in-case-coronavirus-affects-scranton-s-public-safety-workers-1.2616146

Scranton’s Act 47 coordinator recommends city raise property taxes
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-s-act-47-coordinator-recommends-city-raise-property-taxes-1.2616039

Coronavirus prompts cancellation of Reading’s Downtown Alive 2020 concert series
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/coronavirus-prompts-cancellation-of-readings-downtown-alive-2020-concert-series/article_93de821a-7904-11ea-a0e6-6bf9503f7bf8.html

Luzerne County Retirement Board briefed on pension fund status amid coronavirus shakeup
https://www.timesleader.com/news/779316/luzerne-county-retirement-board-briefed-on-pension-fund-status-amid-coronavirus-shakeup

County boards seek safe ways to do business
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/county-boards-seek-safe-ways-to-do-business-1.2616008

National News

Immigrants must be given bond hearing after 6 months in detention, appeals court rules
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/immigrants-must-be-given-bond-hearing-after-6-months-detention-appeals-court-rules-20200408.html

Philly

As coronavirus death numbers reach new highs, Philadelphia warns of ‘painful cuts.’ But curves might be flattening.
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-philadelphia-deaths-pennsylvania-new-jersey-septa-cuts-20200408.html

Philadelphia’s iconic buildings are lit blue to honor those fighting on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/inq/coronavirus-covid-19-philadlephia-blue-buildings-world-health-day-20200408.html

Fund will help Philadelphia news outlets cover the coronavirus
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-covid-19-community-information-fund-resolve-philly-philadelphia-inquirer-whyy-wurd-20200408.html

The coronavirus crisis put millions out of work. For 9 people in the Philadelphia region, this is what it means to be jobless.
https://www.inquirer.com/jobs/a/coronavirus-philadelphia-pennsylvania-layoffs-20200408.html

How these Philly-area small businesses are coping with the coronavirus crisis
https://www.inquirer.com/business/small-business/philadelphia-small-business-coping-coronavirus-gene-marks-20200407.html

Cell phone records show dramatic drop in regional travel outside Philly after governor’s COVID-19 order
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid19-cell-phone-travel-philadelphia-south-jersey-chester-montgomery-bucks-camden-20200408.html

How you may be able to get tested for the coronavirus in the Philadelphia area
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-testing-sites-philadelphia-main-line-south-jersey-insurance-20200324.html

SEPTA is beginning a ‘lifeline’ schedule, closing stations and limiting service Thursday
https://www.inquirer.com/transportation/septa-lifeline-service-schedule-closed-stations-coronavirus-20200407.html

Will coronavirus pandemic reverse Philly’s progress? | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/coronavirus-covid-philadelphia-state-of-the-city-pew-report-20200407.html

Coronavirus, like past pandemics, shows how black bodies are political | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/coronavirus-black-african-americans-philadelphia-healthcare-20200407.html

University of Pennsylvania Health System sells Mill Creek School to PHMC
https://www.inquirer.com/business/health/uphs-sells-mill-creek-school-phmc-20200407.html

Pitt

Council extends coronavirus emergency declaration in meeting some say is too distanced from citizens
https://www.witf.org/2020/04/08/council-extends-coronavirus-emergency-declaration-in-meeting-some-say-is-too-distanced-from-citizens/

Allegheny County Council passes real estate fee, recommends more inmate releases
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-county-council-passes-real-estate-fee-recommends-more-inmate-releases/

‘Not a handout … a hand up’: Coalition launches challenge to raise money for 3,000 laptops
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/tech-news/2020/04/08/Not-a-hand-out-just-a-hand-up-Coalition-launches-challenge-to-raise-money-for-3-000-laptops/stories/202004070120

Pittsburgh Tech companies help pay for laptops for 7,000 city students
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-tech-companies-pay-for-laptops-for-7000-city-students/

Mark Cuban on Pittsburgh’s resolve, paying employees and when sports could return
https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/other-sports/2020/04/07/mark-cuban-interview-marty-griffin-kdka-radio-coronavirus-sports/stories/202004070127

Port Authority to push harder for nonessential riders to stay home, use larger buses for busier trips
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/04/07/Port-Authority-nonessential-riders-COVID-19-bigger-buses-pittsburgh/stories/202004070119

City Council meetings to now be ‘pre-recorded and replayed’ as chambers remain closed
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/04/07/City-Council-pre-recorded-replayed-city-channel-pittsburgh-chambers-remain-closed/stories/202004070088

Dozens of shots fired in Arlington Heights drive-by; 2 wounded
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/04/07/shooting-in-Arlington-Heights-pittsburgh-2-wounded/stories/202004070074

Relying on research: Work at Pitt offers hope for defeating COVID-19
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/04/08/Relying-on-research-Work-at-Pitt-offers-hope-for-defeating-COVID-19/stories/202004080030

State News

Thousands without power after severe storms; tornado spotted near Apollo
https://www.post-gazette.com/frontpage/2020/04/08/Severe-weather-Allegheny-Beaver-Butler-Washington-thunderstorm-warning/stories/202004080077

Tornado suspected in New Kensington, heavy winds slam region, 40K without power
https://triblive.com/local/regional/airport-hangars-destroyed-church-roof-ripped-off-by-high-winds/

Trout season opens statewide with no prior notification as COVID-19 precaution
https://www.post-gazette.com/life/outdoors/2020/04/07/Trout-fishing-season-unexpectedly-begins/stories/202004070102

Anglers delight in surprise start of trout fishing
https://www.timesleader.com/news/779308/anglers-delight-in-surprise-start-of-trout-fishing

Jews seek Passover connections despite social distances
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2020/04/07/jewish-passover-social-distancing-seder-tips-coronavirus-pa-2forSeder/stories/202004070034

3 Sundays approved for Pennsylvania deer, bear hunting
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/three-sundays-okd-for-pennsylvania-deer-bear-hunting/