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Coronavirus

Gov. Wolf doesn’t rule out stay-at-home order; reaffirms plan to enforce business closure order
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/gov-wolf-reaffirms-plan-to-enforce-business-closure-order-doesnt-rule-out-stay-at-home-order/

Wolf weighs shelter-in-place order
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/wolf-weighs-shelter-in-place-order-1.2610250

‘We’re going the wrong way,’ Wolf says of state’s COVID-19 curve; Pa. sees fourth death in East Stroudsburg
https://www.penncapital-star.com/covid-19/were-going-the-wrong-way-wolf-says-of-states-covid-19-curve/

Philadelphia issues ‘stay at home’ order; Wolf says shutdowns could last longer as pandemic grows
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/stay-at-home-order-kenney-covid-19-coronavirus-wolf-murphy-20200323.html

Gov. Wolf to enforce closure of all non-life-sustaining businesses starting Monday
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/03/gov-wolf-gives-update-on-pas-efforts-to-mitigate-coronavirus-live-updates.html

Enforcement starts Monday for Wolf’s ‘non-life-sustaining business’ shutdown
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200322/enforcement-starts-monday-for-wolfrsquos-rsquonon-life-sustaining-businessrsquo-shutdown

Allegheny County reports its 40th case of COVID-19; nearly 500 cases in Pa.
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/03/22/Allegheny-County-reports-40th-case-COVID-19-coronavirus-health/stories/202003220126

Washington, Allegheny counties see rise in coronavirus cases; State police to enforce Wolf’s closure order
https://observer-reporter.com/living/health_wellness/washington-allegheny-counties-see-rise-in-coronavirus-cases-state-police/article_2404ca96-6c50-11ea-b376-e7c00b3d76ea.html

Pennsylvania coronavirus update: 479 cases reported, state’s third death reported in Montgomery County, 4th death in East Stroudsburg
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-pennsylvania-updates-20200322-ssyeet3ognhene4by353crmamy-story.html

Officials report two more COVID-19 deaths in Pennsylvania, including Monroe County man
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/officials-report-two-more-covid-19-deaths-in-pennsylvania-including-monroe-county-man-1.2610325

New COVID-19 case confirmed in Luzerne County
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/new-covid-19-case-confirmed-in-luzerne-county-1.2610249

First case confirmed in Schuylkill County
https://www.standardspeaker.com/coronavirus/first-case-confirmed-in-schuylkill-county-1.2610209

Coroner: First coronavirus death in Monroe County reported Sunday
https://www.poconorecord.com/news/20200323/coroner-first-coronavirus-death-in-monroe-county-reported-sunday

Number of COVID-19 cases rises to double digits in York County
https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/local/york-county/2020/03/22/number-covid-19-cases-rise-double-digits-york-county/2894635001/

Pa. reports another 108 confirmed cases of coronavirus; state total now 479
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pa-reports-another-108-confirmed-cases-of-coronavirus-state-total-now-479/

PA coronavirus cases near 500, no new cases in Beaver, Lawrence County
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200322/pa-coronavirus-cases-near-500-no-new-cases-in-beaver-lawrence-county

As coronavirus cases grow, Pennsylvania eyes later primary
https://www.timesleader.com/news/777423/as-coronavirus-cases-grow-pennsylvania-eyes-later-primary-2

Access to opioid addiction treatment remains open during coronavirus pandemic
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/access-to-opioid-addiction-treatment-remains-open-during-coronavirus-pandemic-1.2610245

Human services providers adapting to challenges
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/human-services-providers-adapting-to-challenges-1.2610141

Rural and smaller counties in Pennsylvania face different challenges as COVID-19 spreads
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/03/20/Rural-counties-in-Pennsylvania-struggle-on-their-own-as-COVID-19-spreads/stories/202003180034

Coronavirus concerns trigger lawsuit aimed at freeing migrant families from detention centers
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-immigrants-detention-lawsuit-berks-center-20200322.html

Senate votes against coronavirus rescue package; negotiations continue as crisis deepens
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-economic-rescue-package-us-congress-20200323.html

Pat Toomey touted Senate’s coronavirus economic stimulus package as ‘very hard’ to oppose. Bob Casey and other Democrats voted ‘no’ on advancing it Sunday evening.
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-congress-stimulus-bill-pat-toomey-20200322-ht3ge5gyhnhrroyufkr6sc3ewy-story.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

As coronavirus crisis continues, divide grows between Trump, officials on front lines
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-trump-plan-state-governors-divide-20200323.html

Legislature

Pennsylvania governor, legislative leaders reach deal to postpone 2020 primary for coronavirus
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/pennsylvania-postpone-2020-primary-election-coronavirus-20200323.html

Killion calls for delay of Pennsylvania primary election
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/local/killion-calls-for-delay-of-pennsylvania-primary-election/article_5b50b828-6c66-11ea-b86e-833e9fe54d0e.html

Business

Business rebellion: ‘Approaching 10,000’ Pa. companies want exemptions from Gov. Tom Wolf’s coronavirus closure orders
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/03/business-rebellion-approaching-10000-pennsylvania-companies-have-sought-exemptions-from-gov-tom-wolfs-coronavirus-closure-orders.html

State gets nearly 10,000 requests for waivers from Wolf’s coronavirus shutdown order
https://www.witf.org/2020/03/22/state-gets-nearly-10000-requests-for-waivers-from-wolfs-coronavirus-shutdown-order/

With Washington on a ‘war footing,’ a push to protect factories and workers amid pandemic
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/03/23/Washington-pandemic-COVID-19-coronavirus-war-defense-production-act-spending/stories/202003220046

Cranberry company donates 65,000 respirators to Highmark for use throughout the region
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/03/22/MSA-Safety-donates-65000-respirators-N-95-masks-Highmark-AHN-Pittsburgh/stories/202003220128

‘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

Pa. toilet paper factory gets Gov. Wolf’s OK to stay open
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pa-toilet-paper-factory-gets-gov-wolfs-ok-to-stay-open/

Generosity of one business sparks outreach in another
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/generosity-of-one-business-sparks-outreach-in-another-1.2610320

Coronavirus shutters restaurants: Owners, workers keep their eyes on getting through crisis
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/03/coronavirus-shutters-restaurants-owners-workers-keep-their-eyes-on-getting-through-crisis.html

Central Pa.’s distilleries make hand sanitizer during shortage to help fight coronavirus
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/03/central-pas-distilleries-make-hand-sanitizer-during-shortage-to-help-fight-coronavirus.html

Beaver County plants to suspend operations, lay off more than 500
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200322/beaver-county-plants-to-suspend-operations-lay-off-more-than-500

Education

‘Uncertainty’ is the new reality for schools
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/03/23/Pittsburgh-Allegheny-school-districts-Uncertainty-covid-19-coronavirus/stories/202003200101

2nd participant in Valley High School NYC trip tests positive for coronavirus
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/2nd-participant-in-valley-high-school-nyc-trip-tests-positive-for-coronavirus/

MONDAY UPDATE: Scranton School Board to host virtual meeting on progress at Northeast Intermediate
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/monday-update-scranton-school-board-to-host-virtual-meeting-on-progress-at-northeast-intermediate-1.2610324

PIAA waiting on further decisions from state to decide winter championships, spring sports
https://www.pennlive.com/sports/2020/03/piaa-waiting-on-further-decisions-from-state-to-decide-winter-championships-spring-sports.html

On college campuses, strength, kindness despite upheaval from a pandemic
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/03/23/Duquesne-University-Duke-Mutual-Aid-Gratzinger-pandemic-COVID19-Pitt-Carnegie-Mellon-kindness/stories/202003200129

‘It was kind of surreal’: Pittsburgh natives discuss dashed NCAA tournament hopes
https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/Pitt/2020/03/23/ncaa-tournament-canceled-march-madness-covid-19-western-pennsylvania/stories/202003230014

Second Muhlenberg College student tests positive for coronavirus
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-muhlenberg-college-student-coronavirus-20200322-zllxpqtnbnhofjuiliddrxannu-story.html

Elections/Politics

Coronavirus is challenging underdog campaigns in the Pennsylvania primary election
https://www.inquirer.com/news/coronavirus-pennsylvania-primary-grassroots-campaigns-20200323.html

Guns

During COVID-related gun-buying frenzy, many are first-time owners
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/2020/03/22/guns-firearms-COVID-Pittsburgh-Pennsylvania/stories/202003220084

Guns sales soar during coronavirus pandemic and swamp system of background checks
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/guns-sales-soar-during-coronavirus-pandemic-and-swamp-system-of-background-checks-1.2610323

Health Care

The coronavirus could pull policies like universal health care from the edge into the mainstream
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-crisis-social-change-history-reform-20200322.html

UPMC closing ambulatory surgery centers
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2020/03/22/UPMC-closing-ambulatory-surgery-centers-elective-procedures-continue/stories/202003220141

This physician knows what a ventilator shortage means during COVID-19 — and how we all can help | Expert Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid19-ventilator-shortage-penn-medicine-20200323.html

Sanofi campus joins race to find COVID-19 vaccine
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/sanofi-campus-joins-race-to-find-covid-19-vaccine-1.2610188

Volunteers are stitching homemade masks to address current shortage
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/volunteers-are-stitching-homemade-masks-to-address-current-shortage-1.2610265

The Affordable Care Act is 10 years old; Sen. Casey says it can help in coronavirus crisis
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/03/the-affordable-care-act-is-10-years-old-sen-casey-says-it-can-help-in-coronavirus-crisis.html

Coronavirus focus prompts LVHN to closes some surgical and ExpressCARE sites
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-lvhn-site-closurs-20200322-fdjqcifq5rfqtfv7unzifo5tvu-story.html

Patient at Penn State Hershey Medical Center tests positive for coronavirus
https://www.witf.org/2020/03/22/patient-at-penn-state-hershey-medical-center-tests-positive-for-coronavirus/

Penn State Health closing, consolidating practices to preserve resources, adjust patient care
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/03/penn-state-health-closing-consolidating-practices-to-preserve-resources-adjust-patient-care.html

Local News

Virus infects Scranton’s recovery plan
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/virus-infects-scranton-s-recovery-plan-1.2610114

Coronavirus adds layers of complexity in caring for homeless in Berks County
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/coronavirus-adds-layers-of-complexity-in-caring-for-homeless-in/article_5a3dc21e-69ff-11ea-8e00-b74f43e6a086.html

With coronavirus, economic downturn: ‘We know the demand for food is going to go up’
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/with-coronavirus-economic-downturn-we-know-the-demand-for-food/article_c8a0c248-6acb-11ea-b79b-733ddde46931.html

Chester County courts now closed to most of the public
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/chester-county-courts-now-closed-to-most-of-the-public/article_b75e7186-6c4e-11ea-ade2-4b4b405212bb.html

‘Everyone is going to get sick’: Lehigh Valley nonprofits worry about how coronavirus economic fallout will affect low-income people
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-low-income-impact-20200323-ucf36vzhhbfxxogoyhon4kxdne-story.html

Luzerne County Council may use webcams for virtual meetings during coronavirus pandemic
https://www.timesleader.com/news/777434/luzerne-county-council-may-use-webcams-for-virtual-meetings-during-coronavirus-pandemic

Luzerne County still exploring inmate health care vendor options
https://www.timesleader.com/news/777373/luzerne-county-still-exploring-inmate-health-care-vendor-options

National News

Ohio issues ‘stay at home’ order
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/03/22/Ohio-stay-at-home-order-coronavirus-Gov-DeWine-shut-down-order-lockdown/stories/202003220149

Philly

Philly just issued a ‘stay at home’ order to help curb the spread of coronavirus. Here’s what that means.
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-philadelphia-stay-at-home-order-20200322.html

Philly ‘stay at home’ order to start Monday morning
https://www.phillytrib.com/news/health/coronavirus/philly-stay-at-home-order-to-start-monday-morning/article_a3f6c4f4-6c6c-11ea-84fe-23b8f90e977d.html

Philly ShopRite employee tests positive for coronavirus
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-philadelphia-shoprite-worker-tests-positive-20200323.html

Philly salon owner, forced to close, offers small biz tips for coronavirus pandemic: Ask lenders, vendors for help
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/temple-small-business-sbdc-forebearance-tria-barbarella-coronavirus-20200323.html

To protect Philly’s most vulnerable kids, we must strengthen neighborhoods | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/child-abuse-philadelphia-prevention-20200323.html

A growing number of women are NHL executives, and the Flyers’ commitment to inclusion stands out. But few women around the league hold hockey operations jobs.
https://www.inquirer.com/flyers/a/flyers-women-leaders-nhl-valerie-camillo-20200323.html

Pitt

First COVID-19 case on Pitt’s campus confirmed
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/03/22/Pitt-campus-coronavirus-case-confirmed-residence-halls-University-of-Pittsburgh/stories/202003220139

Allegheny County courts adjust operations with amended emergency declaration
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/03/22/Allegheny-County-Court-Common-Pleas-amend-emergency-declaration-Kim-Clark-covid-19-coronavirus/stories/202003220151

City Theatre announces furloughs due to COVID-19 cancellations
https://www.post-gazette.com/ae/theater-dance/2020/03/22/City-Theatre-announces-2020-furloughs-due-COVID-19-cancellations/stories/202003220125

State, Pittsburgh police to start enforcing Pa. business closures
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/state-police-to-start-enforcing-pa-business-closures-monday/

Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank to hand out meals in Kennywood parking lot
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/greater-pittsburgh-food-bank-to-hold-food-distribution-event-monday/

Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh to close for 2 months in response to coronavirus
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/omni-william-penn-hotel-in-pittsburgh-to-close-for-2-months-in-response-to-coronavirus/

AHN Neighborhood Hospital opening in Brentwood
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/ahn-neighborhood-hospital-opening-in-brentwood/

Dormont residents break into song while keeping their distance
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/dormont-residents-break-into-song-while-keeping-their-distance/

State News

Flexibility for REAL ID: A compliance extension should be granted
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/03/23/Flexibility-for-REAL-ID-A-compliance-extension-should-be-granted/stories/202003170017

Get counted: Go online or call to be part of census
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/03/23/Get-counted-Go-online-or-call-to-be-part-of-census/stories/202003210010

Pennsylvania State Police to help enforce business closures
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/pennsylvania-state-police-to-help-enforce-business-closures/article_5f95cdd0-6c6e-11ea-b46b-f745e8af2268.html

Better define crisis terms
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/better-define-crisis-terms-1.2610116

Transportation

With construction season on hold, PennDOT working its way through unique challenges
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/03/23/PennDOT-COVID-19-Allegheny-County-road-construction-delayed/stories/202003200123

Washington

Sen. Rand Paul tests positive for coronavirus
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/rand-paul-coronavirus-positive-test-first-senator-20200322.html

World News

Tokyo Olympics seem sure to happen – but in 2021, not 2020
https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/olympics/2020/03/23/Tokyo-Olympics-to-happen-but-in-2021-coronavirus-covid-19-postpone/stories/202003230053