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Coronavirus – COVID-19

Poll shows Pennsylvanians think it’s important to follow covid safety guidelines. But are they actually doing it?
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/poll-shows-pennsylvanians-think-its-important-to-follow-covid-safety-guidelines-but-are-they-actually-doing-it/

Allegheny County reports 2 new deaths, 82 new COVID-19 cases
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/08/02/COVID-19-coronavirus-Allegheny-County-Western-Pennsylvania-cases-deaths-data-pandemic-43/stories/202008020143

Allegheny County reports 82 new coronavirus cases, 2 new deaths
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-county-reports-82-new-coronavirus-cases-2-deaths/

Westmoreland County adds 16 new coronavirus cases
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-county-adds-16-new-coronavirus-cases/

48 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 654 statewide
https://www.timesleader.com/news/794809/48-new-cases-of-covid-19-confirmed-in-luzerne-county

48 new COVID-19 cases reported in Luzerne County on Sunday
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/48-new-covid-19-cases-reported-in-luzerne-county-on-sunday/article_9f72d155-5ec9-5148-971e-84591783bd2b.html

Region sees 56 new coronavirus cases, most in Luzerne County
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/region-sees-56-new-coronavirus-cases-most-in-luzerne-county/article_59aa5f77-f19d-53bc-894b-f82f13aaa466.html

Ross nursing home reports 39 new coronavirus cases
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/ross-nursing-home-reports-39-new-coronavirus-cases/

Nearly a quarter of residents at these four Lancaster nursing homes have died from COVID-19
https://lancasteronline.com/news/local/nearly-a-quarter-of-residents-at-these-four-lancaster-nursing-homes-have-died-from-covid/article_a965a684-d360-11ea-841a-2f2ea2382cdf.html

Few nursing home deaths recorded in Chester County
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/few-nursing-home-deaths-recorded-in-chester-county/article_6733afc0-d4cf-11ea-8e16-3f3070a74012.html

Should you be tested for COVID-19? Only if you are in a priority group
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/08/03/covid-19-coronavirus-testing-tests-pennsylvania-symptoms-asymptomatic/stories/202007290112

COVID-19 pandemic and shutdowns have burdened caregivers, Pitt research finds
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/covid-19/2020/08/03/COVID-19-pandemic-and-shutdowns-have-burdened-caregivers-Pitt-research-finds/stories/202007300178

Digital divide among seniors makes for pandemic problems
https://www.inquirer.com/business/coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic-digital-divide-seniors-20200803.html

Legislature

New state law could help Erie County communities fight blight
https://www.goerie.com/news/20200803/new-state-law-could-help-erie-county-communities-fight-blight

Details make gerrymander even worse
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/editorial/details-make-gerrymander-even-worse/article_4697b730-3ef3-5c91-b444-5d560a2baf4b.html

Business

For movie theaters in the Philly suburbs, getting customers to show up is a bigger hurdle than getting them to comply with coronavirus restrictions
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-movie-theaters-philadelphia-opened-colonial-theatre-water-tower-20200803.html

The gender pay equity problem nobody is talking about
https://www.inquirer.com/business/gender-pay-gap-equity-based-awards-20200803.html

Future murky for Moosic Dave & Buster’s
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/future-murky-for-moosic-dave-busters/article_24c7c7e9-6011-59e9-b109-df939ab075de.html

Crime/Punishment

Bars closed and traffic dropped during the pandemic, but DUI arrests are up
https://www.inquirer.com/transportation/pennsylvania-dui-arrests-coronavirus-state-police-philadelphia-20200803.html

A man exchanged gunfire with police after fleeing a dispute over wearing a mask at a Lehigh County cigar store
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania/coronavirus-mask-cigar-store-lehigh-county-pennsylvania-shooting-20200802.html

Alleged teenage killer to face judge on juvenile petition
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/crime-emergencies/alleged-teenage-killer-to-face-judge-on-juvenile-petition/article_75a9571b-b80b-54c6-bcac-dbc8a3e8976a.html

Education

Need to know: Returning to school in Pennsylvania
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200803/need-to-know-returning-to-school-in-pennsylvania

While other school districts going with hybrid plan, Chester Upland is first in Delaware County to go virtual this fall
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/while-other-school-districts-going-with-hybrid-plan-chester-upland-is-first-in-delaware-county/article_72f0bda4-d352-11ea-9813-57e7ebdeaef3.html

School officials: Beaver, Central Catholic athletes test positive for coronavirus
https://triblive.com/local/regional/school-officials-beaver-central-catholic-athletes-test-positive-for-coronavirus/

Beaver suspends extracurricular activities after student-athlete tests positive for COVID-19
https://www.timesonline.com/sports/20200802/beaver-suspends-extracurricular-activities-after-student-athlete-tests-positive-for-covid-19

‘Pause and pivot’: What’s working, what’s not as schools move forward with fall sports
https://www.ydr.com/story/sports/2020/08/03/piaa-sports-keeping-athletes-coaches-safe-during-covid-19-pandemic/5543905002/

Cyber charter schools fill up as parents seek virtual options
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/08/03/Pennsylvania-Cyber-charter-schools-enrollment-fill-up-parents-seek-virtual-options/stories/202008030012

Union claims ‘no transparency’ in Scranton School District revamped hiring process
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/union-claims-no-transparency-in-scranton-school-district-revamped-hiring-process/article_2be73288-f892-588b-a7ea-36b9401fba3c.html

A less costly way to a four-year degree: Go to community college first
https://www.inquirer.com/education/community-college-philadelphia-penn-degree-coronavirus-20200802.html

Pa. colleges have survived wars and the Great Depression. Can they survive COVID-19?
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/08/pa-colleges-have-survived-wars-and-the-great-depression-can-they-survive-covid-19.html

‘I’d be nuts not to be anxious’: Pa. college administrators prepare for unpredictable fall semester
https://papost.org/2020/08/03/id-be-nuts-not-to-be-anxious-pa-college-administrators-prepare-for-unpredictable-fall-semester/

Elections/Politics

Women with ties to Pittsburgh hired to help Joe Biden’s Pennsylvania campaign
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/women-with-ties-to-pittsburgh-hired-to-help-joe-bidens-pennsylvania-campaign/

Lingering Luzerne County election issues discussed
https://www.timesleader.com/news/794877/lingering-luzerne-county-election-issues-discussed

Gaming

Live! Casino Pittsburgh betting on dealer school to fill positions
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/live-casino-pittsburgh-betting-on-dealer-school-to-fill-positions/

Health Care

Pennsylvania marketplace health insurance premiums will fall 5% in January
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2020/08/03/Pennsylvania-marketplace-health-insurance-premiums-to-fall-5-in-January/stories/202007310105

Hospital construction boom unaffected by pandemic in Western Pa.
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/hospital-construction-boom-unaffected-by-pandemic-in-western-pa/

Local News

Redevelopment reveals Scranton Lace history; new ‘village’ to rise, replace blight
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/redevelopment-reveals-scranton-lace-history-new-village-to-rise-replace-blight/article_8d16e5e8-06ec-5087-95c3-ec99f37e4e2e.html

Reading still mulling ways to redevelop Penn Square, where maintenance expenses to run into the millions
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/reading-still-mulling-ways-to-redevelop-penn-square-where-maintenance-expenses-to-run-into-the/article_0c276a3c-c7d6-11ea-bcc2-e7e7edb921bc.html

Reading redevelopment starting to happen
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/reading-redevelopment-starting-to-happen/article_f61d48de-c7d9-11ea-bd25-43b50402d368.html

Three Allentown council members call for Gerlach and Siegel to be censured for joining Black Lives Matter protests
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-nws-allentown-council-zucal-proposed-resolution-20200801-kzddmc3k3vbphalelhf4idiecu-story.html

Hundreds gather for separate BLM, Back the Blue rallies
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20200802/hundreds-gather-for-separate-blm-back-blue-rallies

‘Back the Blue’ shows support for cops in Ridley
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/back-the-blue-shows-support-for-cops-in-ridley/article_de777f32-d504-11ea-9e36-ffb57b5f767c.html

Kennett Square unites to create artisan parklet for West State Street businesses at ‘zero-cost’ to merchants, borough
https://www.dailylocal.com/business/kennett-square-unites-to-create-artisan-parklet-for-west-state-street-businesses-at-zero-cost/article_02d0f5c8-d4f8-11ea-91bb-535a46024bac.html

Remote access to Luzerne County government services encouraged
https://www.timesleader.com/news/794833/remote-access-to-luzerne-county-government-services-encouraged

County buildings reopen Monday; pandemic precautions in place
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/county-buildings-reopen-monday-pandemic-precautions-in-place/article_191bb2b4-cc56-5f8d-9115-8b823d4462ea.html

Can downtown Lancaster recover from its COVID-19 coma?
https://lancasteronline.com/business/local_business/can-downtown-lancaster-recover-from-its-covid-19-coma/article_f10acaa2-d32c-11ea-9250-f388cdcf09ce.html

Philly

Philly neighborhood prays for 7-year-old shot in the head on his family’s porch
https://www.inquirer.com/crime/philadelphia-shooting-child-zamar-jones-20200802.html

1 dead, 1 injured in shooting at illegal drag race, Philly police say
https://www.inquirer.com/crime/shooting-homicide-drag-racing-philadelphia-20200802.html

Penn, Drexel officers’ presence on 52nd Street renews calls to defund campus police
https://www.inquirer.com/news/university-pennsylvania-drexel-police-west-philadelphia-52nd-street-protest-20200803.html

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson tests positive for coronavirus
https://www.inquirer.com/eagles/coronavirus-doug-pederson-covid-19-philadelphia-eagles-20200802.html

New program aims to help people of color find media jobs
https://www.penncapital-star.com/working-the-economy/new-program-aims-to-help-people-of-color-find-media-jobs/

Sixers’ Shake Milton wants focus on racial injustice — not his performance against the Pacers
https://www.inquirer.com/sixers/philadelphia-inquirer-shake-milton-sixers-breonna-taylor-ahmaud-arbery-kalief-browder-indiana-pacers-san-antonio-spurs-glenn-robinson-iii-mike-scott-20200802.html

Washington Ave. could be a great city street, with new survey pointing the way | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/washington-ave-philadelphia-vision-zero-improvements-survey-editorial-20200803.html

Pitt

Audit reveals food disparities, contract issues at Allegheny County Jail, Shuman Center
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/08/03/Audit-reveals-food-disparities-contract-issues-at-Allegheny-County-Jail-Shuman-Juvenile-Detention-Center/stories/202007310101

Veterans hold Black Lives Matter rally in Pittsburgh
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/veterans-hold-black-lives-matter-rally-in-pittsburgh/

State News

New plans in place at Seven Tubs to deal with crowds
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/new-plans-in-place-at-seven-tubs-to-deal-with-crowds/article_15a68959-34df-5960-83a8-1ef095b50f7c.html

Mysterious Pa. ‘Moneyman’ holds public scavenger hunt with $10K prize
https://www.pennlive.com/life/2020/08/mysterious-pa-moneyman-holds-public-scavenger-hunt-with-10k-prize.html

Less than half of Pa.’s millennials own a home | The Numbers Racket
https://www.penncapital-star.com/working-the-economy/less-than-half-of-pa-s-millennials-own-a-home-the-numbers-racket/

Washington

U.S. senator: Jim Harbaugh’s pay illustrates ‘civil rights crisis’ in college football
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/08/us-senator-jim-harbaughs-pay-illustrates-civil-rights-crisis-in-college-football.html