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Coronavirus

Gov. Wolf’s stay-at-home order in effect for Allegheny, 6 other hardest-hit counties
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2020/03/23/Wolf-to-issue-stay-at-home-order-for-hardest-hit-counties/stories/202003230080

‘We must survive’: Wolf orders Philly and suburbs to stay at home to slow coronavirus; all of New Jersey and Delaware under same orders
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-pa-stay-at-home-order-wolf-new-jersey-hospitals-20200324.html

What the governor’s stay-at-home order means
https://www.witf.org/2020/03/23/what-the-governors-stay-at-home-order-means/

Montco officials support governor’s stay-at-home order
https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/news/region/montco-officials-support-governor-s-stay-at-home-order/article_72faaf4e-0b1f-52f5-bad0-ce5e946634a6.html

Delco officials in support of guv’s ‘stay at home’ order
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/delco-officials-in-support-of-guv-s-stay-at-home/article_6ca0f812-6d52-11ea-b669-6358720def7c.html

Gov. Wolf issues stay-at-home order for Allegheny, 6 other counties; school closures extended
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/gov-tom-wolf-to-issue-stay-at-home-order-for-allegheny-county-others/

Pa. schools closed into April to mitigate spread of COVID-19
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/03/23/Beaver-County-schools-closed-through-April-13-COVID-19-coronavirus/stories/202003230069

Pa. schools close till April 6; long-term closures expected elsewhere amid coronavirus outbreak
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-schools-closed-pennsylvania-new-jersey-academic-year-indefinite-20200323.html

School closures extended into April
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/school-closures-extended-into-april-1.2610558

Gov. Tom Wolf orders Pa. schools to remain closed through at least April 6 as part of coronavirus mitigation efforts
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/03/gov-tom-wolf-orders-pa-schools-to-remain-closed-two-more-weeks-as-part-of-coronavirus-mitigation-efforts.html

Gov. Tom Wolf extends statewide shutdown of schools
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/gov-tom-wolf-extends-statewide-shutdown-of-schools/article_2bfeba14-6d30-11ea-a461-23d73bec6267.html

NEPA educators, parents react to governor’s closure of schools until at least April 6
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/nepa-educators-parents-react-to-governor-s-closure-of-schools-until-at-least-april-6-1.2610453

With Pa. schools closed until April (at least), educators face test of serving students remotely
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/03/with-pa-schools-closed-until-april-at-least-educators-face-test-of-serving-students-remotely.html

Western Pa. school district leaders react to Gov. Tom Wolf’s closure extension
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/western-pa-school-district-leaders-react-to-closure-extension/

Divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court denies gun advocates’ challenge to Wolf’s coronavirus clampdown
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-pennsylvania-non-essential-businesses-supreme-court-governor-wolf-20200323.html

Coronavirus math shows the importance of social distancing, and the horrible consequences of not doing it
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-wuhan-math-behind-social-distancing-20200324.html

First coronavirus death reported in NEPA
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/first-coronavirus-death-reported-in-nepa-1.2610554

Lackawanna County coroner’s office confirms death from COVID-19
https://www.timesleader.com/news/777488/lackawanna-county-coroners-office-confirms-death-from-covid-19

Second coronavirus death reported in Northampton County
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-pa-coronavirus-death-northampton-county-20200323-u2eefl2mifcldhtucppl2irtha-story.html

Allegheny County now reporting 48 total cases of COVID-19
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/03/23/Allegheny-County-cases-COVID-19-coronavirus/stories/202003230073

Allegheny County reports 8 new cases of covid-19, total now at 48; 6 people hospitalized
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-county-reports-48-cases-of-covid-19-6-people-hospitalized/

Cambria County has first virus case
https://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2020/03/cambria-county-has-first-virus-case/

As Pennsylvania coronavirus cases surge to 644, Gov. Wolf issues ‘stay-at-home’ order to residents in seven counties
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-pa-monday-coronavirus-cases-20200323-n6lk5igtanbedfcwkbcdxg7g7a-story.html

Coronavirus hasn’t hit rural Pennsylvania hard yet, but it’s already causing problems
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/rural-broadband-coronavirus-covid19-urban-hospitals-20200324.html

Congressional negotiators close on nearly $2 trillion coronavirus economic stimulus package
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-congress-economic-stimulus-20200324.html

As COVID-19 shuts down travel, 2,600 Americans stuck abroad in Peru
https://www.post-gazette.com/life/travel/2020/03/23/Americans-abroad-stuck-in-Peru-COVID-19-coronavirus/stories/202003230111

Trump says he may ditch coronavirus safety guidelines to jolt economy
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-trump-easing-safety-precautions-boost-economy-20200324.html

Fed announces unlimited bond purchases in unprecedented move to avoid depression
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-federal-reserve-20200323.html

Trump delays deadline for Real ID licenses because of coronavirus
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/coronavirus/trump-delays-deadline-for-real-id-licenses-because-of-coronavirus/article_a24eca52-6dc5-11ea-8ed1-3b1acd216a10.html

State lawmakers decry federal inaction on coronavirus response
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/state-lawmakers-decry-federal-inaction-on-coronavirus-response/article_f0dd433a-6d69-11ea-9fda-2fd6de3cbe86.html

Legislature

Pa. legislature pledges transparency as it prepares to vote remotely on coronavirus relief
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/spl/pennsylvania-legislature-coronavirus-transparency-live-stream-meetings-20200323.html

Senators must choose transparency
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/senators-must-choose-transparency-1.2610445

Business

$61 million in low-interest loans to be made available to Pa. small business owners: How much can each business get?
https://www.pennlive.com/business/2020/03/61-million-in-low-interest-loans-to-be-made-available-to-pa-small-business-owners-how-much-can-each-business-get.html

Confusion and objections still rampant over Gov. Tom Wolf’s shutdown order
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/confusion-and-objections-still-rampant-over-gov-tom-wolfs-shutdown-order/

Businesses can face fines of more than $300 as police enforce governor’s order to close all nonessential businesses
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/03/23/Businesses-can-face-fines-of-more-than-300-as-state-county-city-police-enforce-Gov-Wolf-s-order-to-close-all-nonessential-businesses-covid-19/stories/202003230061

State troopers, local police begin enforcing business shutdown orders
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/state-troopers-local-police-begin-enforcing-business-shutdown-orders-1.2610374

Shutdown enforcement: No ‘heavy hand,’ just education
https://www.standardspeaker.com/coronavirus/shutdown-enforcement-no-heavy-hand-just-education-1.2610506

From virtual home remodeling tools to fighting for dry cleaning, businesses adjust to Gov. Wolf’s orders
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/career-workplace/2020/03/23/Gov-Tom-Wolf-orders-non-life-sustaining-businesses-close-physical-locations-business-exemption-waivers/stories/202003230132

Giant Eagle to pause reusable bag program, install Plexiglas dividers to help curb virus spread
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/career-workplace/2020/03/23/Giant-Eagle-reusable-bag-program-Plexiglas-dividers-curb-COVID-19-coronavirus-plastic/stories/202003230116

Small Jefferson County manufacturer pivots production to meet COVID-19 outbreak
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2020/03/24/Brookville-Glove-Guardian-Elder-Care-Jefferson-County-coronavirus-respirators/stories/202003230113

Real estate agents are trying to adapt to keep selling houses during the coronavirus pandemic
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-real-estate-agent-house-covid-20200324.html

Sheetz makes menu changes in response to COVID-19
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/pittsburgh-company-news/2020/03/24/Sheetz-makes-menu-changes-in-response-to-COVID-19/stories/202003240059

Some shoppers say senior hour at Giant Eagle is counterproductive
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/pittsburgh-company-news/2020/03/23/seniors-shopping-Giant-Eagle-COVID-19-risk-health-groceries-early-waterworks/stories/202003230115

Support small businesses: SBA and state loans will be needed for recovery
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/03/24/Small-business-support-state-loans-recovery/stories/202003200043

Boeing shuts Seattle jet plants but keeps Philly helicopter works going
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/boeing-leonard-bloom-energy-coronavirus-factory-closings-20200323.html

NEPA grocery store begins taking customers’ temps
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/nepa-grocery-store-begins-taking-customers-temps-1.2610547

Businesses donate to local hospitals
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/businesses-donate-to-local-hospitals-1.2610545

East Penn gets exemption from Gov. Wolf to resume operations during coronavirus pandemic
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/coronavirus/east-penn-gets-exemption-from-gov-wolf-to-resume-operations/article_5a41f336-6d5e-11ea-ae76-23d762308614.html

Health workers report childcare as a top pressing issue
https://www.witf.org/2020/03/24/health-workers-report-childcare-as-a-top-pressing-issue/

Looking for work? Here are businesses that are hiring right now, even during the coronavirus shutdowns
https://www.pennlive.com/life/2020/03/looking-for-work-here-are-businesses-that-are-hiring-right-now-even-during-the-coronavirus-shutdowns.html

Pennsylvania workers affected by COVID-19 outbreak may qualify for benefits
https://www.poconorecord.com/news/20200323/pennsylvania-workers-affected-by-covid-19-outbreak-may-qualify-for-benefits

Crime/Punishment

Pennsylvania prison system defies court order to test Philly death row inmate for the coronavirus
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/walter-ogrod-coronavirus-prison-death-row-philadelphia-larry-krasner-20200323.html

Petitions filed to release low-level inmates
https://www.timesleader.com/news/777541/petitions-filed-to-release-low-level-inmates

SCI-Retreat to be used for inmate quarantine
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/sci-retreat-to-be-used-for-inmate-quarantine-1.2610555

State prisons changing inmate intake as part of coronavirus prevention efforts
https://www.witf.org/2020/03/23/state-prisons-changing-inmate-intake-as-part-of-coronavirus-prevention-efforts/

Education

New Kensington-Arnold employee hospitalized with coronavirus
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/new-kensington-arnold-employee-hospitalized-with-coronavirus/

New Kensington-Arnold eliminates 3 food distribution sites
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/new-kensington-arnold-eliminates-3-food-distribution-sites/

What to do with kids home from school for weeks? We asked homeschoolers for help
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/03/24/homeschool-coronavirus-covid-pittsburgh-pennsylvania-crafts/stories/202003190140

Scranton School Board discusses remediation efforts at Northeast Intermediate
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-school-board-discusses-remediation-efforts-at-northeast-intermediate-1.2610537

Highlands announces plans for extended closure, start of online learning
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/highlands-announces-plans-for-extended-closure-start-of-online-learning/

Student loan agency’s meeting amid COVID-19 outbreak sets “double standard,” transparency advocates say
https://www.penncapital-star.com/education/student-loan-agencys-meeting-amid-covid-19-outbreak-sets-double-standard-transparency-advocates-say/

Carnegie Mellon University cancels commencement
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/03/23/Carnegie-Mellon-University-cmu-Farnam-Jahanian-cancels-commencement/stories/202003230100

Pilarz: U of Scranton student who partied on Parade Day has coronavirus
https://www.timesleader.com/news/777499/pilarz-u-of-scranton-student-who-partied-on-parade-day-has-coronavirus

University of Scranton student who attended parade day parties tested positive for coronavirus
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/university-of-scranton-student-who-attended-parade-day-parties-tested-positive-for-coronavirus-1.2610429

Around 100 students remain at Wilkes
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/around-100-students-remain-at-wilkes-1.2610548

Health Care

Easton Hospital needs $40 million by Wednesday or it will close, letter to Gov. Tom Wolf says
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-hea-steward-easton-merger-closure-20200324-tbxxcomjr5b47bbaym5uenfszy-story.html

State officials: Critical care beds, equipment will be needed to treat coronavirus
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200323/state-officials-critical-care-beds-equipment-will-be-needed-to-treat-coronavirus

Local News

Longtime Lackawanna County, federal judge dies
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/longtime-lackawanna-county-federal-judge-dies-1.2610361

Fire union raises concerns about Scranton’s contingency plan
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/fire-union-raises-concerns-about-scranton-s-contingency-plan-1.2610431

Foundation delivers hard-to-find baby supplies
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/foundation-delivers-hard-to-find-baby-supplies-1.2610480

Meals on Wheels of Greater Pittston ceasing operations
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/meals-on-wheels-of-greater-pittston-ceasing-operations-1.2610484

Reading City Council sets aside $500,000 for coronavirus pandemic response
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/reading-city-council-sets-aside-for-coronavirus-pandemic-response/article_6ea56346-6d61-11ea-adc9-ffb62830afc6.html

Butler County to furlough nonessential staff
https://triblive.com/local/regional/butler-county-officials-to-furlough-nonessential-staff/

Lack of details on local coronavirus cases frustrates Westmoreland officials
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/4-more-coronavirus-cases-reported-in-westmoreland-county/

Tobyhanna Army Depot reports employee with COVID-19
https://www.timesleader.com/news/777497/tobyhanna-army-depot-reports-employee-with-covid-19

County, state EMA working to get resources for first responders, hospitals
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/county-state-ema-working-to-get-resources-for-first-responders-hospitals-1.2610481

Payment deadline extended for Wilkes-Barre property tax
https://www.timesleader.com/news/777549/payment-deadline-extended-for-wilkes-barre-property-tax

Hempfield couple who tested positive for covid-19 after cruise describe what it’s like to have virus
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/hempfield-couple-test-positive-for-coronavirus-after-cruise-county-confirms-8-cases/

Hempfield church pastor apologizes for open services on Sunday
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/hempfield-church-pastor-apologizes-for-open-services-on-sunday/

Expected coronavirus impact prompts Latrobe to table storm water fee, staffing move
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/expected-coronavirus-impact-prompts-latrobe-to-table-storm-water-fee-staffing-move/

Norwin Meals on Wheels to stop delivery Wednesday
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/norwin-meals-on-wheels-to-stop-delivery-wednesday/

National News

Transgender people with IDs that match their preferred gender have better mental health, Drexel study finds
https://www.inquirer.com/health/transgender-mental-health-ids-suicide-20200324.html

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis inks death penalty repeal, orders 3 men off death row
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/03/24/Colorado-Gov-Jared-Polis-death-penalty-repeal-orders-3-men-off-death-row/stories/202003240056

U.S. Olympic Committee wants Tokyo Olympics postponed; IOC member says they will be, but it’s not official yet
https://www.inquirer.com/sports/coronavirus-2020-olympics-postponed-ioc-dick-pound-20200323.html

Japan’s prime minister says IOC president agrees to postpone Olympics
https://www.espn.com/olympics/story/_/id/28945824/report-japan-prime-minister-propose-1-year-delay-olympics

Ruling virtually, Supreme Court decides cases on capital punishment, discrimination and copyright
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-supreme-court-scotus-20200323.html

Philly

Philly and PIDC to provide a $9 million relief fund for small businesses. Tax deadlines pushed back.
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/philadelphia-small-business-relief-loans-coronavirus-20200323.html

Philadelphia’s emergency paid sick leave law is already falling short during coronavirus pandemic, workers say
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/paid-sick-leave-philadelphia-coronavirus-covid19-layoffs-cooknsolo-20200324.html

Some Sixers and Devils employees hit with pay cuts as coronavirus hits teams’ revenues
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/philadelphia-sixers-new-jersey-devils-elton-brand-josh-harris-david-blitzer-20200324.html

Holiday Inn Express in Center City to become quarantine for homeless people with coronavirus
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/philadelphia-coronavirus-quarantine-site-homeless-holiday-inn-20200323.html

Amid coronavirus outbreak, these people want to help get groceries to the Philly region’s most vulnerable
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-grocery-shopping-delivery-philadelphia-20200323.html

Broad Street Run postponed due to the coronavirus
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-broad-street-run-postponed-philadelphia-20200323.html

To flatten the curve, Philadelphia should release all non-violent prisoners now | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-jail-philadelphia-release-20200323.html

Philadelphia to open a quarantine facility for people who can’t go home
https://www.witf.org/2020/03/23/philadelphia-to-open-a-quarantine-facility-for-people-who-cant-go-home/

In Philly, hospital workers’ union demands OT for prison medical workers
https://www.penncapital-star.com/covid-19/in-philly-hospital-workers-union-demands-ot-for-prison-medical-workers/

Pitt

Pittsburgh official predicts coronavirus will have ‘deep and long lasting’ impact
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-official-predicts-coronavirus-will-have-deep-and-long-lasting-impact/

Pittsburgh Public Schools set possible return date for classes, staff
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-public-schools-set-possible-return-date-for-classes-staff/

Pittsburgh-area newspapers cut staff, suspend print editions as pandemic guts ad revenues
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/career-workplace/2020/03/23/Newspapers-cuts-layoffs-print-editions-COVID-19-advertising-revenues/stories/202003230103

High-profile development projects halted by governor’s order
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2020/03/24/Pittsburgh-development-produce-terminal-Penn-Plaza-Burns-Scalo-coronavirus/stories/202003240051

As Pittsburgh faces ‘severe’ supply shortages, Lamb, Doyle push to reimburse local agencies
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/03/23/coronavirus-covid-19-supply-chain-shortage-medicall-supplies-PPE-Congress-reimbursements-Allegheny-Pittsburgh/stories/202003230097

A magical scene: Hundreds of Dormont residents flock to their streets for a ‘CoronaChoir’ sing-along
https://www.post-gazette.com/ae/music/2020/03/23/dormont-choronachoir-amy-kline-les-mis-singing-sidewalks-italy-coronavirus-COVID-19/stories/202003230107

Port Authority cuts service by 25% starting Wednesday due to low ridership
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/03/23/Port-Authority-service-cut-Allegheny-Pittsburgh-covid-19-coronavirus/stories/202003230105

‘Go see the girls’: Family restaurant making meals for Pittsburgh school kids as industry rallies to help
https://www.post-gazette.com/life/food/2020/03/21/Family-restaurant-making-meals-for-Pittsburgh-school-kids-service-industry-rallies-help/stories/202003210019

Pittsburgh police Zone 2 officers in self-isolation after possible exposure to someone with covid-19
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-police-zone-2-officers-in-self-isolation-after-possible-exposure-to-someone-with-covid-19/

Carnegie Museums furlough workers
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/carnegie-museums-furlough-workers/

More than 130 people receive covid-19 drive-thru testing in Pittsburgh Zoo lot
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/more-than-130-people-receive-covid-19-drive-thru-testing-in-pittsburgh-zoo-lot/

State News

Chaplains doing what they always do, only more so
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2020/03/23/coronavirus-COVID-19-chaplains-care-hospital-jail-senior-home-Pittsburgh-region/stories/202003230066

George Romero, Pauline Rosenberg among 6 Western Pa. subjects selected as historical markers
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/03/23/George-Romero-Pauline-Rosenberg-PA-historical-Markers-Pittsburgh-Film/stories/202003170173

PLCB: Wine, liquor sales set record day before state stores closed
https://triblive.com/local/regional/plcb-wine-liquor-sales-set-record-day-before-state-stores-closed/

DCNR extends closure date for state park, forest facilities
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/dcnr-extends-closure-date-for-state-park-forest-facilities-1.2610370

Pa. adjusts work schedule for state government employees to address coronavirus concerns, amid other changes
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/03/pa-adjusts-work-schedule-for-state-government-employees-to-address-coronavirus-concerns-amid-other-changes.html

Gov. Tom Wolf imposes freeze on hiring and non-essential purchases by Pa. state government agencies
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/03/wolf-administration-imposes-freeze-on-hiring-and-non-essential-purchases-by-pa-state-government-agencies.html

U.S. Postal Service employee in Pa. has coronavirus: ‘Risk is low’
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/03/us-postal-service-employee-in-pa-has-coronavirus-risk-is-low.html

‘Alcoholics Anonymous is open’: Substance abuse support groups work around coronavirus challenges
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/03/through-coronavirus-challenges-alcoholics-anonymous-and-other-substance-abuse-support-groups-press-on.html

Sent back to work, state human service workers say their offices aren’t prepared for the coronavirus
https://www.penncapital-star.com/covid-19/sent-back-to-work-state-human-service-workers-say-their-offices-arent-prepared-for-the-coronavirus/

Transportation

Part of Prospect Road in Baldwin closed from landslide
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/part-of-prospect-road-in-baldwin-closed-from-landslide/