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Coronavirus

Gov. Tom Wolf amends shutdown order, delays enforcement until Monday

https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/gov-tom-wolf-amends-shutdown-order-delays-enforcement-until-monday/article_2730aed2-6ab7-11ea-b45b-bf2ee5829204.html

Wolf retrenches sweeping order, amid complaints, lawsuits

https://www.delcotimes.com/news/national/wolf-retrenches-sweeping-order-amid-complaints-lawsuits/article_c57f55c8-1aa0-5515-8242-bac1f070c4c9.html

Pa. politicians react to business shutdown

https://www.poconorecord.com/news/20200320/pa-politicians-react-to-business-shutdown

Berks DA John Adams says enforcement of Gov. Wolf’s business shutdown not feasible

https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/berks-da-john-adams-says-enforcement-of-gov-wolf-s/article_a61ab1c4-6aea-11ea-b7a1-5728e69b42ef.html

Allentown food service employee at senior facility tests positive for coronavirus

https://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-coronavirus-allentown-food-service-employee-tests-positive-20200321-rkszahporbajtnragbfs336mwy-story.html

During coronavirus outbreak, Lehigh Valley acts of kindness: Shopping for seniors, swapping books for food

https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-acts-of-kindness-20200321-4krsbvat55gklddcuihyug3xsy-story.html

Medical marijuana being made more accessible during coronavirus crisis

https://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-coronavirus-medical-marijuana-made-more-accessible-20200320-h2fmswtosfde5j7psebkfvgp4m-story.html

LVHN recycling surgical wrap for N-95 masks during coronavirus pandemic

https://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-coronavirus-lvhn-n-95-mask-recycling-20200320-vwcjx3potrc7xoudzia3l4aoxa-story.html

Easton and Whitehall mayors the latest to declare emergencies during coronavirus outbreak

https://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-nws-whitehall-easton-emergency-declarations-20200320-33vhbr64lretvia7fx72clxrum-story.html

Mayor tries to stem panic in Bath over Pennsylvania’s first coronavirus death: ‘People are reeling over this’

https://www.mcall.com/news/local/nazareth/mc-nws-bath-coronavirus-panic-20200320-msayg45gdjc6pnvapzx2hebuv4-story.html

The Pa. lottery will continue to operate almost as normal amid coronavirus pandemic; online play available

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/03/the-pa-lottery-will-continue-to-operate-almost-as-normal-amid-coronavirus-pandemic-online-play-available.html

Working through it: What’s it like on the front lines of the workforce during the coronavirus pandemic

https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/03/working-through-it-whats-it-like-when-you-have-to-work-through-the-coronavirus-pandemic-and-work-means-dealing-with-the-public.html

PennLive answers questions about state government workers and the coronavirus

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/03/pennlive-answers-questions-about-state-government-workers-and-the-coronavirus.html

Managing the coronavirus crisis: Former Pa. governors share thoughts, advice and reassurance

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/03/managing-the-coronavirus-crisis-former-pa-governors-share-thoughts-advice-and-reassurance.html

PA National Guard to support COVID-19 testing site in Montgomery County

https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/03/pa-national-guard-to-support-covid-19-testing-site-in-montgomery-county.html

Talk of Lewisburg penitentiary getting inmates from New York City worries officials about coronavirus spread

https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/03/talk-of-lewisburg-penitentiary-getting-federal-inmates-from-new-york-city-worries-officials-about-coronavirus-spread.html

Think coronavirus is just like the flu? You’re wrong and here’s why

https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/03/think-coronavirus-is-just-like-the-flu-youre-wrong-and-heres-why.html

Pa. Game Commission closes 30 shooting ranges in response to coronavirus

https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/03/pa-game-commission-closes-30-shooting-ranges-in-response-to-coronavirus.html

Coronavirus impact: Lewisburg area hospital temporarily furloughs 400 of its 1,900 employees

https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/03/coronavirus-impact-lewisburg-area-hospital-temporarily-furloughs-400-of-its-1900-employees.html

Delco businesses confront Wolf’s coronavirus shutdown edict

https://www.delcotimes.com/news/delco-businesses-confront-wolf-s-coronavirus-shutdown-edict/article_141a64a2-6ad8-11ea-ae7b-4366d9fd521b.html

County sets up coronavirus command center at the Glen Mills School

https://www.delcotimes.com/news/local/county-sets-up-coronavirus-command-center-at-the-glen-mills/article_acc08fc6-6af4-11ea-a1b1-836fd0729069.html

Hospitals brace for worst-case scenario

https://www.standardspeaker.com/coronavirus/hospitals-brace-for-worst-case-scenario-1.2609639

P&G’s largest U.S. factory making Charmin toilet paper, in Pa., cleared to stay open

https://www.ydr.com/story/money/business/2020/03/20/largest-u-s-factory-making-charmin-toilet-paper-can-stay-open-pa/2888262001/

Coronavirus in Pa.: Hospitals planning for surge during supply shortage with grit and hope

https://www.ydr.com/story/news/2020/03/20/coronavirus-pa-hospitals-plan-surge-and-supply-shortage/2875103001/

American Red Cross says concerns over COVID-19 lead to shortage in blood

https://lancasteronline.com/news/local/american-red-cross-says-concerns-over-covid–lead-to/article_70bf1194-6af6-11ea-b331-cb4ab488b10b.html

Banks largely relying on drive-thru, appointments during coronavirus

https://observer-reporter.com/news/localnews/banks-largely-relying-on-drive-thru-appointments-during-coronavirus/article_ce6b513e-6abc-11ea-8a7d-97f0c51c2ce1.html

Jails releasing inmates charged with non-violent crimes

https://observer-reporter.com/news/localnews/jails-releasing-inmates-charged-with-non-violent-crimes/article_eac81428-6adc-11ea-9ead-3b9ed4e168ef.html

‘It’s going to hurt’: Struggling Pa. towns brace for financial gut punch from the coronavirus

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/spl/pennsylvania-towns-cities-finances-distress-coronavirus-20200321.html

Health-care workers treating coronavirus need protective gear. In Pa. and N.J. they don’t have enough.

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid19-ppe-personal-protection-equipment-health-care-workers-20200321.html

Small businesses scramble to survive amid Pa.’s partial shutdown over coronavirus pandemic

https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/small-businesses-scramble-to-survive-amid-pa-s-partial-shutdown-over-coronavirus-pandemic/

UPMC stands ground, will continue elective surgeries despite Wolf’s order

https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/upmc-stands-ground-will-continue-elective-surgeries-despite-wolfs-order/

From 10-person teams to 150, many businesses aren’t sure if they can legally keep operating

https://www.post-gazette.com/business/career-workplace/2020/03/20/coronavirus-COVID-19-Gov-Tom-Wolf-non-life-sustaining-businesses-small-business-NFIB-waivers/stories/202003200130

As businesses temporarily close, some places still need workers — like grocery stores

https://www.post-gazette.com/business/career-workplace/2020/03/20/layoffs-temporary-close-hiring-grocery-giant-eagle-walmart-dollar-tree-family-dollar-shop-n-save-covid-19-coronavirus/stories/202003200089

Two dozen COVID-19 patients would wipe out supplies in a week at Northampton County-run nursing home

https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/coronavirus/2020/03/two-dozen-covid-19-patients-would-wipe-out-supplies-in-a-week-at-northampton-county-run-nursing-home.html

State

Gun check system sees usage increase

https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/gun-check-system-sees-usage-increase-1.2609567

Pennsylvania deer harvest best in 15 years, Game Commission says

https://www.ydr.com/story/sports/outdoors/2020/03/19/pennsylvania-deer-harvest-best-15-years-game-commission-says/2879288001/

PennDOT, PA Turnpike reopens some facilities for trruckers

https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/03/19/Pennsylvania-Turnpike-PennDOT-rest-stops-reopenCOVID-19/stories/202003190134

Education

Restarting kids’ education won’t be easy: ‘It’s putting superintendents in a tremendous bind’

https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/coronavirus/2020/03/restarting-kids-education-wont-be-easy-its-putting-superintendents-in-a-tremendous-bind.html

Elections/Politics

Dauphin County residents encouraged to vote in Pa. primary by mail

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/03/dauphin-county-residents-encouraged-to-vote-in-pa-primary-by-mail.html

Bloomberg to give $18M to DNC; Pa. and other state parties to get offices

https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/bloomberg-pennsylvania-2020-presidential-campaign-office-transfer-to-democratic-national-committee-20200321.html

Philly

Philly’s new normal? From the airport to the Acme, foot traffic shows a changed city.

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-philadelphia-foot-traffic-google-change-20200321.html

Police in Philly and other Pa. counties stop issuing license-to-carry permits to gun owners amid coronavirus outbreak

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-philadelphia-gun-permits-concealed-carry-police-20200320.html

At coronavirus test site outside Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphians seek reassurance

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-testing-sites-south-philadelphia-citizens-bank-park-covid-19-20200321.html

‘Mounting’ losses prompt SEPTA to cut exec pay, eliminate overtime, consider further service reductions

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/septa-coronavirus-ridership-pennsylvania-lawmakers-congress-20200320.html

Coronavirus, city shutdown not slowing violent crime in Philadelphia

https://www.inquirer.com/news/murder-homicide-philadelphia-violence-shot-police-stabbed-coronavirus-20200320.html

Pittsburgh

Drive-thru covid-19 testing to begin Monday at the Pittsburgh Zoo

https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/drive-thru-covid-19-testing-to-begin-at-the-pittsburgh-zoo/

Allegheny County sheriff’s deputy tests negative for covid-19; quarantined deputies to return to work

https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-co-sheriffs-deputy-tests-negative-for-covid-19-quarantined-deputies-to-return-to-work/

Emergency medical providers fear information gap in local cases of coronavirus

https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/emergency-medical-providers-fear-information-gap-in-local-cases-of-coronavirus/

Local

Reading Mayor Eddie Moran calls on the community to remain calm and stay safe

https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/reading-mayor-eddie-moran-calls-on-the-community-to-remain/article_29653d82-6add-11ea-ae07-473274a24232.html

Price drops temper Lancaster County’s hemp enthusiasm

https://lancasteronline.com/alwayslancaster/price-drops-temper-lancaster-county-s-hemp-enthusiasm/article_fb47aa76-6ab8-11ea-9923-db16126c7687.html

Municipal offices alter operations due to coronavirus

https://observer-reporter.com/news/localnews/municipal-offices-alter-operations-due-to-coronavirus/article_428f7e40-67b2-11ea-926e-fbd6fd611b1d.html

Clarks Summit man diagnosed with coronavirus, cautions others

https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/clarks-summit-man-diagnosed-with-coronavirus-cautions-others-1.2609725

Scranton may stay in financial recovery because of coronavirus impact

https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/scranton-may-stay-in-financial-recovery-because-of-coronavirus-impact-1.2609777

Lackawanna County closing government center to the public starting Monday

https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/lackawanna-county-closing-government-center-to-the-public-starting-monday-1.2609489

Scranton City Council urges mayor to reconsider employee furloughs

https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/scranton-city-council-urges-mayor-to-reconsider-employee-furloughs-1.2609520

Nurses union: W-B General ignoring their concerns

https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/nurses-union-w-b-general-ignoring-their-concerns-1.2609717

Easton projects losing $1M or more every 4 weeks as long as pandemic continues

https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/coronavirus/2020/03/easton-projects-losing-1m-or-more-every-4-weeks-as-long-as-pandemic-continues.html

Local police: Limited for any shutdown enforcement

https://www.republicanherald.com/coronavirus/local-police-limited-for-any-shutdown-enforcement-1.2609763

Shenandoah municipal authority board retains legal firm to research sale

https://www.republicanherald.com/news/shenandoah-municipal-authority-board-retains-legal-firm-to-research-sale-1.2609755

National

Coronavirus pandemic pushes back Census Bureau’s deadline for collecting 2020 responses

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/03/coronavirus-pandemic-pushes-back-census-bureaus-deadline-for-collecting-2020-responses.html

Congress toils on $1 trillion rescue, Trump unleashes fury

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/03/congress-toils-on-1-trillion-rescue-trump-unleashes-fury.html

Why is America lacking enough medical supplies to fight coronavirus? China stopped shipping them weeks ago

https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/03/why-is-america-lacking-enough-medical-supplies-to-fight-coronavirus-china-stopped-shipping-them-weeks-ago.html

U.S. borders with Mexico, Canada to close this weekend

https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/03/21/U-S-borders-with-Mexico-Canada-to-close-this-weekend/stories/202003220092