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Coronavirus – COVID-19

Gov. Tom Wolf authorizes Pa. to ‘commandeer’ needed medical supplies for COVID-19 care
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2020/04/08/Gov-Tom-Wolf-authorizes-Pa-to-commandeer-needed-medical-supplies-for-COVID-19-care/stories/202004080136

Gov. Wolf orders the transfer among hospitals of COVID-19 supplies
https://observer-reporter.com/news/localnews/gov-wolf-orders-the-transfer-among-hospitals-of-covid-19-supplies/article_ebf22f3e-79b2-11ea-950a-232f700056ed.html

Wolf orders sharing of resources
https://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2020/04/wolf-orders-sharing-of-resources/

Pennsylvania eyes segregating elderly COVID-19 patients
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/04/08/COVID-19-coronavirus-Allegheny-County-Pennsylvania-cases-deaths-april-8/stories/202004080101

‘We do not have this virus under control’: Even as rate of spread slows, Gov. Wolf warns against complacency
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/04/gov-wolf-pa-health-secretary-talk-about-coronavirus-response-watch-live.html

Levine: Data shows a ‘subtle flattening of the curve’ statewide
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200408/levine-data-shows-subtle-flattening-of-curve-statewide

Pennsylvania coronavirus updates: With another jump in cases, hard-hit Lehigh Valley region may get ‘mass testing facility’
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-pa-virus-statewide-wednesday-20200408-punrhyrllzakvmdgdvednkjshi-story.html

Map shows how many hospital beds, ventilators Pennsylvania has available in each county
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/map-shows-how-many-hospital-beds-ventilators-pennsylvania-has-in-each-county/

Pa. reports 70 new coronavirus deaths; officials say ‘curve is getting flatter’
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-reports-70-new-coronavirus-deaths-more-than-1600-new-cases/

Allegheny County reports 4 more coronavirus deaths, total cases climb to 720
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-county-reports-4-more-coronavirus-deaths-total-cases-climbs-to-720/

Beaver County nursing home owners, union reach agreement to better protect staff
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/04/08/Beaver-County-nursing-home-owners-union-reach-agreement-COVID-19-Brighton/stories/202004080104

2nd covid-19 case confirmed at Presbyterian SeniorCare facility in Washington County
https://triblive.com/local/regional/second-covid-19-case-confirmed-at-seniorcare-facility-in-washington-county/

More Limerick nuclear plant workers test positive for coronavirus; refueling to continue
https://www.inquirer.com/business/limerick-nuclear-plant-refueling-coronavirus-workers-infected-20200408.html

Two more COVID-19 cases at SCI-Retreat
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/two-more-covid-19-cases-at-sci-retreat-1.2616248

Workers at state office building in Scranton test positive for the coronavirus
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/workers-at-state-office-building-in-scranton-test-positive-for-the-coronavirus-1.2616203

As local coronavirus case load rises, Northeast Pennsylvania could get mass testing site
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/as-local-coronavirus-case-load-rises-northeast-pennsylvania-could-get-mass-testing-site-1.2616182

Westmoreland struggles to get a handle on covid-19 infections as county logs first death
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-struggles-to-get-a-handle-on-covid-19-infections-as-county-logs-first-death/

Westmoreland County reports 1st coronavirus death
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-county-reports-1st-coronavirus-death/

County exceeds 1K COVID-19 cases
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/county-exceeds-1k-covid-19-cases-1.2616328

Luzerne County has first female coronavirus death
https://www.timesleader.com/news/779388/luzerne-county-has-first-female-coronavirus-death

Berks County adds 4 coronavirus deaths, pushing outbreak total to 12, the coroner reports
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/berks-county-adds-4-coronavirus-deaths-pushing-outbreak-total-to-12-the-coroner-reports/article_fcb4403c-79a3-11ea-a2c5-1b115444b8a2.html

DOH: 5 more dead due to COVID-19 in Monroe
https://www.poconorecord.com/news/20200408/doh-5-more-dead-due-to-covid-19-in-monroe

Pa. National Guard taking its mission to aid in coronavirus fight to all sections of the state
https://papost.org/2020/04/09/pa-national-guard-taking-its-mission-to-aid-in-coronavirus-fight-to-all-sections-of-the-state/

Outcry over racial data grows as coronavirus devastates black communities
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/04/outcry-over-racial-data-grows-as-coronavirus-devastates-black-communities.html

Casey, Toomey push to protect residents from coronavirus in ‘underperforming’ nursing homes
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/casey-toomey-push-to-protect-residents-from-coronavirus-in-underperforming-nursing-homes.html

Legislature

Sen. Muth gets ‘daggers’ in Harrisburg from GOP colleague
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/sen-muth-gets-daggers-in-harrisburg-from-gop-colleague/article_6188283e-79c2-11ea-9d58-c3995cff7404.html

With Pa. mired in coronavirus crisis, state lawmakers bicker about business shutdown but find no agreement
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania/spl/pennsylvania-coronavirus-business-shutdown-gop-plan-reopen-20200408.html

Has closing of Pa.’s state-run wine and spirits stores reopened interest in liquor privatization?
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/has-closing-of-pas-state-run-wine-and-spirits-stores-reopened-interest-in-liquor-privatization.html

Pa. Senate Majority leader fields questions on COVID-19, Gov. Wolf gives PEMA control over supplies
https://www.witf.org/2020/04/09/pa-senate-majority-leader-fields-questions-on-covid-19-gov-wolf-gives-pema-control-over-supplies/

Budget

Pennsylvania facing up to $4 billion budget shortfall as COVID-19 shutdown upends state budget
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2020/04/08/Pennsylvania-facing-up-to-4-billion-budget-shortfall-as-COVID-19-shutdown-upends-state-budget/stories/202004080133

Pa.’s 2020 budget could be up to $1.8 billion short because of COVID-19 business closings
https://www.penncapital-star.com/blog/pa-s-2020-budget-could-be-up-to-1-8-billion-short-because-of-covid-19-business-closings/

Business

Pennsylvania system flooded with unemployment claims amid coronavirus pandemic
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/pennsylvania-system-flooded-with-unemployment-claims-amid-coronavirus-pandemic/article_0ab85e36-79b1-11ea-8eb6-335d5cf30d1e.html

The feds promised fast cash for shuttered small businesses. Many Pa. owners say they haven’t seen a dime.
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2020/04/08/The-feds-promised-fast-cash-for-shuttered-small-businesses-Many-Pa-owners-say-they-haven-t-seen-a-dime/stories/202004080118

Confusion prevails as Mariner East pipeline gets construction waivers by mistake
https://www.inquirer.com/business/mariner-east-construction-waiver-pennsylvania-energy-transfer-20200408.html

Feds loosen virus rules to let essential workers return
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-cdc-guidelines-essential-workers-20200408.html

Pennsylvania wine retailers can’t get the Liquor Control Board to replenish their best bottles. Talk about a hangover.
https://www.inquirer.com/business/retail/plcb-covid-19-wine-restrictions-protest-pennsylvania-retailers-20200409.html

Restaurant, gig workers join AG Shapiro to discuss unemployment payment disparities
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2020/04/08/Restaurant-gig-economy-workers-join-AG-Shapiro-to-discuss-unemployment-payment-disparities/stories/202004080161

‘Every day, every flight’ is a coronavirus risk for flight attendants
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/flight-attendants-coronavirus-20200409.html

How a 3rd-generation Philly-area catering business is trying to survive the coronavirus pandemic: ‘Whatever it takes’
https://www.inquirer.com/business/williamson-caterers-willow-grove-small-business-coronavirus-20200409.html

Adapting: Warrendale home builder adapting to construction cutbacks amid coronavirus
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/adapting-eddy-homes-matt-moritz-talks-construction-family-in-age-of-coronavirus/

Cartwright asks feds to check 3 area employers
https://www.standardspeaker.com/coronavirus/cartwright-asks-feds-to-check-3-area-employers-1.2616300

Auto dealerships are essential businesses | PennLive letters
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2020/04/auto-dealerships-are-essential-businesses-pennlive-letters.html

Convenience stores taking steps to guard against coronavirus, but not all efforts are equal
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/convenience-stores-taking-steps-to-guard-against-coronavirus-but-not-all-efforts-are-equal.html

Group pushes for universal minimum wage to help tipped workers
https://www.witf.org/2020/04/08/group-pushes-for-universal-minimum-wage-to-help-tipped-workers/

Crime/Punishment

‘It’s terrifying’: Corrections officers say jails aren’t doing enough to protect them as coronavirus spreads
https://www.inquirer.com/news/coronavirus-philly-jails-guards-delaware-county-george-w-hill-bureau-of-prisons-20200408.html

Pennsylvania prison industries converted to produce personal protective equipment
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-prison-industries-converted-to-produce-personal-protective-equipment/

Education

As schools wait to reopen, Pa. high school sports continue to be on hold amid coronavirus crisis
https://www.pennlive.com/sports/2020/04/as-schools-wait-to-reopen-pa-high-school-sports-continue-to-be-on-hold-amid-coronavirus-crisis.html

Remote learning is unequal. Coronavirus changed that — for now. | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/coronavirus-remote-distance-learning-online-degrees-20200408.html

More than a dozen WVU students test positive for COVID-19
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/04/08/WVU-coronavirus-students-test-positive-COVID-19-West-Virginia-University/stories/202004080169

Elections/Politics

I’m running for public office. COVID-19 has changed everything about campaigning | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/im-running-for-public-office-covid-19-has-changed-everything-about-campaigning-opinion/

Want a Pa. voter mail-in ballot? Here’s how you can get one.
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/vote2020/2020/04/08/pennsylvania-mail-in-ballot-application-process-voting-primary-election-covid-19/stories/202004080132

Health Care

A Bucks County athletic club has become a makeshift medical facility to help with COVID-19
https://www.inquirer.com/news/newtown-atheltic-club-coronavirus-bucks-county-20200408.html

Area health centers receive federal grants for coronavirus fight
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/area-health-centers-receive-federal-grants-for-coronavirus-fight-1.2616235

High-tech tent helps divert possible COVID-19 patients away from healthy people
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/high-tech-tent-helps-divert-possible-covid-19-patients-away-from-healthy-people-1.2616225

How Pennsylvania health-care workers and nurses are trying, but still struggling, to build their political power
https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/how-pennsylvania-health-care-workers-and-nurses-are-trying-but-still-struggling-to-build-their-political-power/Content?oid=17086733

Bucks County preps Newtown center for coronavirus patients ahead of surge
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20200408/bucks-county-preps-newtown-center-for-coronavirus-patients-ahead-of-surge

Local News

Lackawanna County Youth and Family Services workers adapting to coronavirus challenges
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/lackawanna-county-youth-and-family-services-workers-adapting-to-coronavirus-challenges-1.2616200

Quiet crisis of bad local governance
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/quiet-crisis-of-bad-local-governance-1.2616257

Despite the coronavirus, Easter Bunny to hop through a Montgomery County town, at a safe distance
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-easter-bunny-jenkintown-parade-virtual-visits-20200408.html

Berks County vendors carry empty feeling without a game on Opening Day
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/berks-county-vendors-carry-empty-feeling-without-a-game-on-opening-day/article_abdc6398-79c5-11ea-bb29-ab427c2c09d4.html

Solomon Creek infrastructure project to resume as Wolf lifts shutdown order
https://www.timesleader.com/news/779424/solomon-creek-infrastructure-project-to-resume-as-wolf-lifts-shutdown-order

#GetMePPE protests planned today at local facilities
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/getmeppe-protests-planned-today-at-local-facilities-1.2616305

Luzerne County Coroner says his office is prepared for coronavirus deaths
https://www.timesleader.com/news/779398/luzerne-county-coroner-says-his-office-is-prepared-for-coronavirus-deaths

County’s COVID-19 task force launches Facebook page
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/county-s-covid-19-task-force-launches-facebook-page-1.2616214

Isolation is a prescription for coronavirus, but a threat to addiction treatment in the Lehigh Valley
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-addiction-treatment-options-20200409-7lzgrwulmfd63gsmbnfvnoxsfe-story.html

National News

Linda Tripp, whose tapes exposed Clinton scandal, dies at 70
https://www.inquirer.com/news/nation-world/linda-tripp-died-monica-lewinsky-bill-clinton-impeachment-20200408.html

Kansas lawmakers revoke governor’s order, vote to allow in-person Easter services
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/04/kansas-lawmakers-revoke-governors-order-vote-to-allow-in-person-easter-services.html

Philly

L&I finally launched online permitting — in time for coronavirus to shut down Philadelphia
https://www.inquirer.com/real-estate/coronavirus-li-permit-philadelphia-eclipse-20200409.html

‘Every day is a fresh hell’ for undocumented domestic workers in a world turned upside down by coronavirus
https://www.inquirer.com/economy/coronavirus-undocumented-domestic-workers-philadelphia-20200409.html

Coronavirus closed schools. Here’s how those that serve the most vulnerable are still providing lifelines.
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-philadelphia-school-district-pandemic-parents-familes-assistance-food-20200408.html

Philadelphia families grapple with a medical mystery: Why is this chronic condition rising so quickly in children of color?
https://www.inquirer.com/health/a/type-1-diabetes-race-african-american-hispanic-research-20200409.html

Philly’s farmers markets roll with the punches during a pandemic
https://www.inquirer.com/food/philadelphia-farmers-markets-open-during-coronavirus-20200408.html

Philly Shipyard wins $630 million contract to build two training ships and add 1,200 jobs
https://www.inquirer.com/business/philly-shipyard-wins-contract-department-of-transportation-maritime-20200408.html

Fearing coronavirus will infect kids, an activist in Fairhill hunts down prohibited ice cream trucks
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia/coronavirus-ice-cream-trucks-poverty-philadelphia-children-fairhill-20200409.html

Sixers partner Michael Rubin, Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro donate 5,000 masks for Philadelphia Police Department
https://www.inquirer.com/sports/philadelphia-sixers-michael-rubin-pennsylvania-attorney-general-josh-shapiro-philadelphia-police-department–20200408.html

Do you still have to pay the Philly wage tax if you’re working from home in suburbs due to coronavirus?
https://www.inquirer.com/news/wage-tax-work-from-home-philadelphia-remote-resident-20200408.html

Fear of the coronavirus hasn’t emptied Philly’s basketball courts or the region’s parks
https://www.inquirer.com/news/coronavirus-covid-19-parks-closed-basketball-philadelphia-montco-kenney-governor-murphy-20200408.html

Philadelphia officials stopped Rivers Casino from closing off its Delaware River trail, but that’s not enough | Inga Saffron
https://www.inquirer.com/news/delaware-river-trail-casino-close-waterfront-parks-social-distancing-biking-jogging-20200408.html

All Philadelphia police officers ordered to wear cloth masks
https://www.phillytrib.com/news/all-philadelphia-police-officers-ordered-to-wear-cloth-masks/article_5c636e9c-08dd-58a8-aa21-ffbd6443b309.html

2 men killed Wednesday in separate incidents, pushing Philly’s homicide count for the year to 100
https://www.inquirer.com/crime/philadelphia-shootings-west-oak-lane-southwest-philadelphia-20200408.html

Colombians in Philly seek the truth from its Armed Conflict survivors
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philly-colombia-peace-agreement-truth-commission-20200409.html

Pitt

Buckets filled with cleaning supplies — and chocolate Easter eggs — are part of COVID-19 relief efforts
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/corona2020/2020/04/09/COVID-19-buckets-cleaning-supplies-Boys-Girls-Clubs-Western-Pennsylvaina-Pittsburgh/stories/202004080138

Food distribution set for Friday at PPG Paints Arena
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/food-distribution-set-for-friday-at-ppg-paints-arena/

Many churches plan broadcasts, streaming of Holy Week services
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2020/04/08/Easter-2020-Holy-Week-church-service-online-activities-Pittsburgh-coronavirus/stories/202004080109

County report shows few covid-19 cases in predominantly black Pittsburgh neighborhoods
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-county-releases-pittsburgh-neighborhood-coronavirus-data/

Allegheny County adopts $15 demolition fee
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2020/04/08/Allegheny-County-adopts-15-demolition-fee-derelict-buildings/stories/202004080135

County controller says county failing to protect nursing home staff, residents
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/04/08/County-Controller-Chelsa-Wagner-Kane-centers-protect-staff-residents-Covid-19-coronavirus/stories/202004080125

Inmate at Allegheny County Jail tests positive for COVID-19
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/04/08/Inmate-Allegheny-County-Jail-tests-positive-for-COVID-19-quarantine/stories/202004080110

On same day positive case announced, inmates file class-action suit against county jail, warden
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/04/08/Allegheny-County-Jail-Inmates-file-class-action-suit-against-warden-COVID-19-coronavirus/stories/202004080103

3 Allegheny County Jail inmates sue county amid first positive coronavirus test
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-county-jail-inmate-tests-positive-for-coronavirus/

A ‘pretty eerie and unsettling time’: Airport traffic collapses in the wake of COVID-19
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2020/04/09/Pittsburgh-International-Airport-Christina-Cassotis-modernization-COVID-19/stories/202004090072

The Heinz Endowments joins foundations shifting millions to emergency needs during pandemic
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/the-heinz-endowments-joins-foundations-shifting-millions-to-emergency-needs-during-pandemic/

City will collect trash on Good Friday; yard debris pickup canceled
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/04/08/City-pittsburgh-trash-collection-Good-Friday-yard-debris-waste-pickup-canceled/stories/202004080120

State News

About 10,000 remain without power in Pittsburgh region; 2 small tornadoes confirmed in Western Pa.
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2020/04/09/power-outages-storm-pittsburgh-region-tornado/stories/202004090097

2 tornadoes, storms in Alle-Kiski Valley leave widespread damage in wake
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/2-tornadoes-storms-tear-through-alle-kiski-valley-causing-widespread-damage/

Amid coronavirus crisis, Pa. Liquor Control Board leaves behind income for the state | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-pennsylvania-liquor-control-wine-delivery-act-39-20200408.html

Pennsylvania says short-term rental owners ignoring shutdown
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-says-short-term-rental-owners-ignoring-shutdown/

Postal services uninterrupted
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/postal-services-uninterrupted-1.2616283

Why can’t Pennsylvania’s liquor stores be open? | John Baer
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/hey-pennsylvania-lift-your-spirits-john-baer.html

Is trout fishing a more socially distanced sport than golf? No, but Tom Wolf probably has other concerns about golfers
https://www.pennlive.com/sports/2020/04/is-trout-fishing-a-more-socially-distanced-sport-than-golf-no-but-tom-wolf-probably-has-other-concerns-about-golfers.html