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Coronavirus

Sunday’s COVID-19 update: 371 confirmed cases in Pa.; two deaths

https://lancasteronline.com/news/local/sunday-s-covid–update-confirmed-cases-in-pa-two/article_d867769e-6c34-11ea-b336-b345ebf7c511.html

Gov. Tom Wolf on defense as Berks County records 2 more virus cases, Pennsylvania’s number surges

https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/gov-tom-wolf-on-defense-as-berks-county-records-more/article_71e31ee0-6bb3-11ea-b7b2-3379b9740244.html

Why workers’ compensation might not provide relief for Pennsylvanians sickened by the coronavirus

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/spl/pennsylvania-coronavirus-police-first-responders-workers-compensation-20200322.html

Poll: Three of four Pennsylvanians concerned about coronavirus

https://www.witf.org/2020/03/22/poll-three-of-four-pennsylvanians-concerned-about-coronavirus/

Services go online as coronavirus closes church and synagogue doors in Berks

https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/services-go-online-as-coronavirus-closes-church-and-synagogue-doors/article_a60de762-696b-11ea-ba64-374a9d2747ae.html

Pa. relaxes some nursing license requirements to fight coronavirus

https://www.ydr.com/story/news/2020/03/21/coronavirus-pa-relaxes-nursing-license-requirements-fight-coronavirus/2892762001/

Coronavirus shutdown lures many to the outdoors, including the Appalachian Trail: ‘It’s kind of social distancing’

https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-hiking-appalachian-trail-social-distancing-20200322-z4qvomjmancl5pfxil3nfskphi-story.html

Coronavirus expected to put regular life on hold for months, maybe longer, experts say

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/03/experts-coronavirus-expected-to-put-regular-life-on-hold-for-months-maybe-longer.html

Pennsylvania governor, lawmakers in talks to postpone primary to June 2 because of coronavirus

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/pa-primary-postponement-progress-gov-tom-wolf-legislature-republicans-20200322.html

Could out-of-state inmates under quarantine be moved to federal prisons in Pa.?

https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/03/could-inmates-under-quarantine-be-moved-to-federal-prisons-in-pa.html

Coronavirus pandemic prompts Giant to increase pay, add sneeze guards

https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/03/coronavirus-pandemic-prompts-giant-to-increase-pay-add-sneeze-guards.html

Karns, Weis Markets increase pay for employees during coronavirus pandemic

https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/03/karns-weis-markets-increase-pay-for-employees-during-coronavirus-pandemic.html

What if Pennsylvania residents are ordered to ‘shelter-in-place?’

https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/03/what-if-pennsylvania-residents-are-ordered-to-shelter-in-place.html

Upper Darby is hardest hit by virus in the county

https://www.delcotimes.com/news/local/upper-darby-is-hardest-hit-by-virus-in-the-county/article_f5dc2f2c-6b9d-11ea-9cc1-671497e2ac56.html

Three inmates, five employees infected at county prison

https://www.delcotimes.com/news/three-inmates-five-employees-infected-at-county-prison/article_b2391512-6bb3-11ea-aba0-7f83b3216e8e.html

Report: Region lacks enough hospital beds for virus spike

https://www.delcotimes.com/news/report-region-lacks-enough-hospital-beds-for-virus-spike/article_7ead68f5-f6b7-5bba-934f-f5de38d803b5.html

Warehouses adjusting to social distancing mandates

https://www.standardspeaker.com/coronavirus/warehouses-adjusting-to-social-distancing-mandates-1.2609917

Company to start offering at-home testing kit for coronavirus

https://www.ydr.com/story/news/2020/03/21/coronavirus-pa-home-testing-kits-coronavirus-available-monday/2877029001/

WHS seeking donations of critically needed masks, protective gear

https://observer-reporter.com/news/localnews/whs-seeking-donations-of-critically-needed-masks-protective-gear/article_da232538-6b61-11ea-a45d-236db7bf7f93.html

Immune-compromised cope with COVID-19 risks

https://observer-reporter.com/news/localnews/immune-compromised-cope-with-covid–risks/article_b13ef568-6ae2-11ea-b85b-93ab82a336a2.html

COVID-19 prompts Mon Valley Hospital to suspend visitation

https://observer-reporter.com/news/localnews/covid–prompts-mon-valley-hospital-to-suspend-visitation/article_5e2f04b0-6ae9-11ea-8055-b310f3e4c7be.html

In need of $1 billion, Amtrak cuts management pay as it faces ‘unprecedented’ ridership loss

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/amtrak-1-billion-management-pay-unprecedented-ridership-revenue-loss-20200321.html

Public health expert: Play dates, small gatherings OK during coronavirus outbreak

https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/public-health-expert-play-dates-small-gatherings-ok-during-coronavirus-outbreak/

Economists paint dire picture as coronavirus outbreak continues

https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/economists-paint-dire-picture-but-only-for-the-short-term/

‘I am willing to test fate to pay my bills’: Uber, Lyft drivers weigh health risk, financial pressures amid outbreak

https://www.post-gazette.com/business/tech-news/2020/03/22/Uber-Lyft-Instacart-rideshare-drivers-COVID-19-coronavirus/stories/202003220029

As COVID-19 threat grows, lead healthcare physicians band together

https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2020/03/21/As-COVID-19-threat-grows-lead-healthcare-physicians-band-together/stories/202003210030

Booms and busts: Coronavirus impacts businesses, activities differently

https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/booms-and-busts-coronavirus-impacts-businesses-activities-differently-1.2610037

State reports new virus cases in NEPA, 5 total for Lackawanna County

https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/state-reports-new-virus-cases-in-nepa-5-total-for-lackawanna-county-1.2610059

Language barrier: Virus info primarily released in English only

https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/language-barrier-virus-info-primarily-released-in-english-only-1.2609921

Coronavirus a contributing factor to Lehigh Valley patient’s death, coroner says

https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/coronavirus/2020/03/2nd-coronavirus-patient-dies-in-lehigh-valley-he-was-61-and-from-warren-county.html

State

Pennsylvania extends state income tax filing deadline to July 15

https://www.mcall.com/health/mc-hea-pa-tax-deadline-20200321-674lkfdp2nga3a7bsdmfl5bsoi-story.html

Utility: Be careful what you’re flushing and washing down the drain

https://www.standardspeaker.com/coronavirus/utility-be-careful-what-you-re-flushing-and-washing-down-the-drain-1.2609930

Education

Adhering to special education law delays start of online learning in NEPA

https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/adhering-to-special-education-law-delays-start-of-online-learning-in-nepa-1.2610060

Philly

Employee who tested positive prompted temporary halt to flights to NYC, Philly

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/03/employee-who-tested-positive-prompted-temporary-halt-to-flights-to-nyc-philly.html

Fearing ‘desperate people’ during coronavirus shutdown, bar owner boards up windows in Center City

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/bars-boarded-up-restaurants-vandalism-looting-center-city-philadelphia-20200322.html

Philly offices may never be the same again as the coronavirus pandemic boosts technology disruption

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/philadelphia-coronavirus-work-from-home-disruption-comcast-alibaba-20200322.html

Pittsburgh

Carnegie Mellon student tests positive for covid-19 after returning from spring break

https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/cmu-student-tests-positive-for-covid-19-after-returning-to-pittsburgh-from-spring-break/

Coronavirus to impact more than 500,000 jobs across the Pittsburgh region

https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/coronavirus-to-impact-more-than-500000-jobs-across-the-pittsburgh-region/

Giant Eagle will pay $10 million in bonus pay to workers during outbreak

https://triblive.com/local/regional/giant-eagle-will-pay-10-million-in-bonuses-to-workers-during-outbreak/

Study: Pittsburgh region has far fewer hospital beds than needed for moderate COVID-19 outbreak

https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2020/03/22/harvard-global-health-institute-univeristy-Pittsburgh-COVID-19-outbreak-hospital-beds/stories/202003180109

Continuing the mission: Regional Meals On Wheels, food banks adjust but persist during virus outbreak

https://www.post-gazette.com/news/corona2020/2020/03/22/pittsburgh-food-banks-coronavirus-meals-on-wheels-beaver-greene-mercer-westmoreland-washington-county/stories/202003170104

Cleveland-to-Pittsburgh would be a big link in cross-country rail trail

https://www.post-gazette.com/life/recreation/2020/03/22/Cleveland-to-Pittsburgh-Great-American-Rail-Trail-biking-route/stories/202003110103

Local

Humane Society of Harrisburg Area offering ‘virtual adoptions’ during coronavirus outbreak, shelters see increased interest in fosters

https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/03/humane-society-of-harrisburg-area-offering-virtual-adoptions-during-coronavirus-outbreak-shelters-see-increased-interest-in-fosters.html

Coronavirus edicts battering already struggling Berks County homebuilders, real estate professionals

https://www.delcotimes.com/news/local/coronavirus-edicts-battering-already-struggling-berks-county-homebuilders-real-estate/article_835692e5-b2cb-501a-9011-6a426f5c3007.html

Food, unemployment discussed during city hall conference call

https://www.standardspeaker.com/coronavirus/food-unemployment-discussed-during-city-hall-conference-call-1.2609866

Accurate county census count tied to funding for key services, vulnerable populations

https://lancasteronline.com/alwayslancaster/accurate-county-census-count-tied-to-funding-for-key-services/article_cde064f0-6ac3-11ea-b796-e708b264776c.html

PennDOT begins plans to upgrade Thornburg Bridge between Crafton and Thornburg

https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/03/21/Thronburg-Bridge-Crafton-Route-60-PennDOT-rehabilitation-project/stories/202003200094

‘This is unprecedented’: how local funeral directors are dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak

https://www.timesleader.com/news/local-news/777309/this-is-unprecedented-how-local-funeral-directors-are-dealing-with-the-covid-19-outbreak

DA’s office still operational

https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/da-s-office-still-operational-1.2609932

National

Coronavirus rescue package topping $1T ‘Very close’: McConnell

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/03/coronavirus-rescue-package-topping-1t-very-close-mcconnell.html

As coronavirus cases advance worldwide, medical supplies and hospital beds dwindle

https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/03/as-coronavirus-cases-advance-worldwide-medical-supplies-and-hospital-beds-dwindle.html

FDA approves first rapid coronavirus test

https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/03/fda-approves-first-rapid-coronavirus-test.html

The world has suffered through other deadly pandemics. But the response to coronavirus is unprecedented.

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-philadelphia-spanish-flu-world-war-two-civil-war-pandemic-aids-20200322.html

Unlike nationwide European lockdowns, aggressive restrictions on movement depend on location in the U.S.

https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/03/22/Unlike-nationwide-European-lockdowns-aggressive-restrictions-in-movement-depends-on-location-U-S/stories/202003190150