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Coronavirus

Over half of all confirmed Pa. coronavirus patients are younger than 50, new data show
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2020/03/26/pa-coronavirus-cases-by-age-pennsylvania-covid-19-patients-data/stories/202003260148

Pa. officials look for supplies and space amid coronavirus ‘war,’ New Jersey pronounced major disaster area
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-cases-pennsylvania-hospitals-new-jersey-disaster-declaration-20200327.html

Gov. Wolf pledges $50M toward supplies for virus-battered Pa. hospitals
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/gov-wolf-pledges-50m-toward-supplies-for-virus-battered-pa-hospitals/

Pennsylvania now leaves it up to those with covid-19 to warn others about exposure
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania-now-leaves-it-up-to-those-with-covid-19-to-warn-others-about-exposure/

State Health Department reverses order shutting down dentists during covid-19 crisis
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/state-health-department-reverses-order-shutting-down-dentists-during-covid-19-crisis/

‘The perfect storm:’ How COVID-19 has multiplied the risk for children in abusive households
https://www.penncapital-star.com/covid-19/the-perfect-storm-how-covid-19-has-multiplied-the-risk-for-children-in-abusive-households/

PA coronavirus cases surged 50% in last 24 hours
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/pa-coronavirus-cases-surged-50-in-last-24-hours-1.2611498

Allegheny County and statewide COVID-19 cases jump dramatically
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/03/26/Allegheny-County-COVID-19-coronavirus-cases-jump-133-Pennsylvania/stories/202003260126

Allegheny County adds 45 coronavirus cases, total tops 100
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-county-adds-45-coronavirus-cases-total-tops-100/

9 more COVID-19 cases reported in county
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/9-more-covid-19-cases-reported-in-county-1.2611743

8 new coronavirus cases reported in Westmoreland County, bringing total to 24
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/8-new-coronavirus-cases-reported-in-westmoreland-county-bringing-total-to-24/

Pennsylvania coronavirus cases explode by 560; Berks County nearly doubles to 36
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/pennsylvania-coronavirus-cases-explode-by-berks-county-nearly-doubles-to/article_d2c8df82-6f79-11ea-9861-772f968c798d.html

Blair sees first COVID-19 case
https://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2020/03/blair-sees-first-covid-19-case/

Beaver County now at 13 cases; state total nears 1,700
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200326/beaver-county-now-at-13-cases-state-total-nears-1700

Glen Mills Schools will be turned into a medical treatment site to ease the coronavirus crush
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/glen-mills-school-to-treat-coronavirus-patients-20200326.html

Scanlon secures FEMA action at Glen Mills
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/coronavirus/scanlon-secures-fema-action-at-glen-mills/article_36e0b8fe-6fa8-11ea-bbd2-57138f6f84d4.html

Army Corps looks at Western Pa. sites for possible overflow medical facilities
https://triblive.com/local/regional/army-corps-looks-at-western-pa-sites-for-possible-overflow-medical-facilities/

Governors frustrated with offer of coronavirus ‘backup’
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-governors-trump-20200327.html

U.S. leads world in confirmed coronavirus cases
https://triblive.com/news/u-s-leads-world-in-confirmed-coronavirus-cases/

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/03/british-prime-minister-boris-johnson-tests-positive-for-coronavirus.html

Legislature

Schools may get relief from state requirements as online instruction continues
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/schools-may-get-relief-from-state-requirements-as-online-instruction/article_3ed3334d-1a5d-5965-9a0b-f5c4172ea0f0.html

Towns rushing to keep up with open meeting laws
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/towns-rushing-to-keep-up-with-open-meeting-laws-1.2611643

Wise to move election date; safeguard vote
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/wise-to-move-election-date-safeguard-vote-1.2611645

Editorial: Rescheduling election a sensible move
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/editorial-rescheduling-election-a-sensible-move/article_e495903a-7022-11ea-98a0-ff8977550ca1.html

Business

Businesses tied to Gov. Tom Wolf, top Pa. senator close after questions about how they qualified as ‘life-sustaining’
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/spl/pennsylvania-pa-coronavirus-business-shutdown-waiver-tom-wolf-joe-scarnati-20200327.html

Pa. new jobless claims jump to 649,000 since March 15
https://triblive.com/local/regional/pa-new-jobless-claims-jump-to-649000-since-march-15/

State relaxes rules for unemployment benefits amid coronavirus pandemic
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/state-relaxes-rules-for-unemployment-benefits-amid-coronavirus-pandemic-1.2611177

Ford, FCA issue restart dates for some U.S. plants
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/pittsburgh-company-news/2020/03/26/Ford-FCA-plants-to-restart-April-US/stories/202003260211

The factory that makes the Phillies’ uniforms reopened to make free masks and gowns to fight coronavirus
https://www.inquirer.com/business/phillydeals/masks-gowns-coronavirus-phillies-yankees-uniforms-converted-michael-rubin-meek-mill-20200326.html

‘We’re here. We want to help’: Manufacturers venturing into new world of health care to retool
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2020/03/27/Pennsylvania-manufacturers-health-care-coronavirus-manufacturing-companies/stories/202003270071

Coronavirus layoffs in the Philly region are hitting hotel, restaurant, and nonprofit workers hard: ‘It’s total annihilation’
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-philadelphia-pa-layoffs-20200326.html

FedEx Ground closing Clinton facility, cutting 186 jobs
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/pittsburgh-company-news/2020/03/26/FedEx-Ground-closing-Clinton-jobs-Moon-twp-package-delivery/stories/202003260166

Lost promise: One Cranberry hotel struggles to survive amid COVID-19
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2020/03/27/Best-Western-Plus-Cranberry-Butler-County-John-Delozier-UPMC-Lemieux-complex/stories/202003260159

News industry resorts to layoffs, cutbacks as ad revenues plunge during coronavirus pandemic
https://www.inquirer.com/business/newspapers-coronavirus-stimulus-ken-doctor-jim-friedlich-lenfest-institute-20200327.html

Need work? Here are companies that are hiring during coronavirus pandemic
https://triblive.com/local/regional/need-work-here-are-companies-that-are-hiring-during-coronavirus-pandemic/

Chewy donates pet food, health care supplies
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/chewy-donates-pet-food-health-care-supplies-1.2611637

Fate of new businesses uncertain in face of coronavirus pandemic
https://triblive.com/local/regional/fate-of-new-businesses-uncertain-in-face-of-coronavirus-pandemic/

Here’s how small businesses in Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry counties can apply for loan assistance due to the coronavirus pandemic
https://www.pennlive.com/life/2020/03/heres-how-small-businesses-in-dauphin-cumberland-and-perry-counties-can-apply-for-loan-assistance-due-to-the-coronavirus-pandemic.html

Berks U-Haul and Penske rental trucks adapt, but keep rolling, during coronavirus
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/berks-u-haul-and-penske-rental-trucks-adapt-but-keep/article_b075125c-6fa6-11ea-bbf0-3b805b9d3502.html

Sunoco gets OK to resume some pipeline construction
https://www.dailylocal.com/business/sunoco-gets-ok-to-resume-some-pipeline-construction/article_c3ed4d7a-6f67-11ea-9d5f-8f6e60066e06.html

Crime/Punishment

Woman charged in store coughing spree
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/woman-charged-in-store-coughing-spree-1.2611735

Education

Students experiencing homelessness could be disproportionately impacted by school closures
https://www.witf.org/2020/03/26/students-experiencing-homelessness-could-be-disproportionately-impacted-by-school-closures/

Pa. school districts face new pressure to start educating kids online
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/03/pa-school-districts-face-new-pressure-to-start-educating-kids-online.html

Teachers cram for their next big test — working with students online
https://www.timesleader.com/news/777891/teachers-cram-for-their-next-big-test-working-with-students-online

Highlands student meals changing to weekly distribution
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/highlands-student-meals-changing-to-weekly-distribution/

Lunch by bus: Schools should consider buses for meal deliveries
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/03/27/Lunch-by-bus-Schools-should-consider-buses-for-meal-deliveries/stories/202003260045

Western Pa. colleges donate protective gear for first responders, health care workers
https://triblive.com/local/regional/western-pa-colleges-donate-protective-gear-for-first-responders-health-care-workers/

Colleges stand to lose millions because of the coronavirus
https://www.inquirer.com/education/temple-penn-state-coronavirus-drexel-lasalle-ursinus-moodys-loss-finances-20200327.html

Pa. state universities anticipate up to $100M loss from providing students refunds for room and board
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pa-state-universities-anticipate-up-to-100m-loss-from-providing-students-refunds-for-room-and-board/

Pandemic fallout: NCAA slashes distribution by $375 million
https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/Pitt/2020/03/27/NCAA-slashes-distribution-by-375-million-college-sports-COVID-19-pandemic-coronavirus/stories/202003270087

Education Dept. says Penn State needs Title IX overhaul after failure to report misconduct
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/03/26/Penn-State-Department-Education-fail-report-Title-IX-misconduct-Jerry-Sandusky/stories/202003260181

After Sandusky scandal, Penn State violated law protecting students in sex-abuse complaints, U.S. says
https://www.inquirer.com/news/penn-state-jerry-sandusky-title-ix-violations-us-department-education-20200326.html

Elections/Politics

With campaigns on hold and Trump at the forefront, how does Joe Biden stay relevant?
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/joe-biden-sidelined-coronavirus-2020-campaign-20200327.html

Health Care

Physician burnout existed before coronavirus. It’s about to get worse. | Expert Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-physician-burnout-doctor-20200327.html

Hospitals already face financial ruin. Coronavirus makes it worse. | Expert Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-healthcare-costs-hospitals-closures-hahnemann-20200326.html

Local hospitals prepared for surge
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/local-hospitals-prepared-for-surge-1.2611742

Nurses union urges more efficient use of personnel during crisis
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/nurses-union-urges-more-efficient-use-of-personnel-during-crisis-1.2611847

Local News

Lackawanna scores ‘A’ for reducing travel and mobility, according to data
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/lackawanna-scores-a-for-reducing-travel-and-mobility-according-to-data-1.2611642

NEPA leaders battle to fight online trolls during public virtual meetings
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/nepa-leaders-battle-to-fight-online-trolls-during-public-virtual-meetings-1.2611522

Dunmore councilman has presumed case of the coronavirus
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/dunmore-councilman-has-presumed-case-of-the-coronavirus-1.2611555

‘I just want answers’: Berks County residents awaiting coronavirus results more than a week
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/i-just-want-answers-berks-county-residents-awaiting-coronavirus-results/article_6f8c54da-6f60-11ea-ac3e-1f4a734163f9.html

Coronavirus shutdown puts brakes on Bucks tourism industry
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20200327/coronavirus-shutdown-puts-brakes-on-bucks-tourism-industry

Upper Burrell and Burrell School District reap more than $460,000 on Arconic deed transfer
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/upper-burrell-and-burrell-school-district-reap-more-than-460000-on-arconic-deed-transfer/

Greensburg lender aids shutdown-battered borrowers; delays April payment
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/greensburg-lender-aids-shutdown-battered-borrowers-delays-april-payment/

Greensburg to ratify coronavirus state of emergency
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/greensburg-to-ratify-coronavirus-state-of-emergency/

Pittston prohibits passenger drop-offs within city limits
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/pittston-prohibits-passenger-drop-offs-within-city-limits-1.2611632

Report: County gets average grade for reducing travel, mobility
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/report-county-gets-average-grade-for-reducing-travel-mobility-1.2611727

Hazleton mayor predicts city will be hardest hit in Luzerne County
https://www.timesleader.com/news/777905/hazleton-mayor-predicts-city-will-be-hardest-hit-in-luzerne-county

A message from the Luzerne County Funeral Directors Association
https://www.timesleader.com/news/777902/a-message-from-the-luzerne-county-funeral-directors-association

County COVID-19 emergency response fund created
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/county-covid-19-emergency-response-fund-created-1.2611630

‘We’re just trying to fill the void, ease the pain:’ Across Lancaster, Pa., volunteers come together amid COVID-19 shutdowns
https://www.penncapital-star.com/working-the-economy/were-just-trying-to-fill-the-void-ease-the-pain-across-lancaster-pa-volunteers-come-together-amid-covid-19-shutdowns/

Ambridge police officer diagnosed with COVID-19
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200326/ambridge-police-officer-diagnosed-with-covid-19

Philly

Philly schools spending $11M on computers to be used during coronavirus closures; Comcast CEO, family donating $5M
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-philadelphia-schools-closed-computers-comcast-brian-roberts-donation-20200327.html

Philly City Council adds $400,000 to spend as it chooses in $85 million coronavirus response measure
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/philly-city-council-coronavirus-mayor-jim-kenney-funding-20200326.html

Food pantries close while need expands and donated supermarket food becomes scarce because of hoarding
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-food-pantry-hunger-senior-citizens-philabundance-share-20200326.html

After 94% ridership drop, SEPTA Regional Rail ‘essential service schedule’ starts Sunday
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/septa-regional-rail-essential-service-schedule-patco-20200326.html

Philadelphia-based flight attendant dies, and colleagues are ‘very much on edge’
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/03/27/Philadelphia-flight-attendant-dies-colleagues-on-edge-COVID-19-coronavirus/stories/202003270089

Wawa suspends made-to-order food service at all Philadelphia stores
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-wawa-hoagies-food-made-to-order-delivery-20200327.html

Why Philly workers are fighting for a local coronavirus relief fund
https://www.inquirer.com/jobs/labor/coronavirus-workers-layoffs-unemployment-philadelphia-relief-fund-20200326.html

Stuck home because of coronavirus? Spread the word about the census, Philly groups urge
https://www.witf.org/2020/03/27/stuck-home-because-of-coronavirus-spread-the-word-about-the-census-philly-groups-urge/

COVID-19 in Philly: City ends Hahnemann negotiations, will look for other sites
https://www.penncapital-star.com/covid-19/covid-19-in-philly-city-ends-hahnemann-negotiations-will-look-for-other-sites/

Pitt

485 Allegheny County jail inmates released over virus fears
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/03/26/Allegheny-County-jail-inmates-485-released-Pittsburgh-coronavirus-COVID-19-fears/stories/202003260184

Allegheny County Jail suspends in-person meetings between attorneys, clients
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/03/26/Allegheny-County-Jail-suspends-in-person-meetings-between-attorneys-clients/stories/202003260161

17 Pittsburgh first responders in quarantine or isolation; none have tested positive for covid-19
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/17-pittsburgh-first-responders-in-quarantine-or-isolation-none-have-tested-positive-for-covid-19/

Pitt disease modeling platform predicts high COVID-19 hospitalizations
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/03/27/COVID-19-coronavirus-University-Pittsburgh-hospitalization-FRED-pandemic-model-case-study/stories/202003230067

Port Authority bus operator tests positive for COVID-19
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/03/26/Port-Authority-bus-driver-coronavirus-test-positive-Pittsburgh-COVID-19/stories/202003260195

Port Authority bus driver tests positive for covid-19
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/port-authority-bus-driver-tests-positive-for-covid-19/

Sanitation workers back to work, trash pick-up resumes
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/03/26/Sanitation-workers-back-to-work-trash-pick-up-resumes/stories/202003260113

Airport $1.1 billion modernization hits turbulence — COVID-19
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2020/03/27/Pittsburgh-International-Airport-11-billion-modernization-Cassotis-coronavirus/stories/202003270067

Pittsburgh diocese postpones April confirmations and first communions
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2020/03/26/covid-19-coronavirus-Diocese-postpones-April-confirmations-first-communions/stories/202003260190

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank temporarily moves to drive-up distribution
https://www.post-gazette.com/life/food/2020/03/26/Greater-Pittsburgh-Community-Food-Banks-temporarily-stops-some/stories/202003260150

City schools create survey to understand students’ technology needs
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/03/26/Pittsburgh-schools-survey-student-needs-technology-COVID-19-coronavirus/stories/202003260187

Allegheny County judge details how to pay child support, handle custody and district judge’s matters
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-county-judge-details-how-to-pay-child-support-where-to-call-for-custody-matters/

Pittsburgh pushes back personal income tax deadline
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-pushes-back-personal-income-tax-deadline/

Officials: Over 1,600 Allegheny County residents tested for coronavirus
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/officials-over-1600-allegheny-co-residents-have-been-tested-for-coronavirus/

State News

State AG’s office has received thousands of price gouging tips
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/03/26/price-gouging-reporting-tips-Pennsylvania-attorney-general-coronavirus-COVID-19/stories/202003260174

Nursing homes fear accepting patients who may have coronavirus exposure in hospitals
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-nursing-homes-admissions-discharge-pitt-pennharvard-20200327.html

An outpouring of wanna-be volunteers, as agencies try to help them do it safely
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2020/03/27/Pittsburgh-volunteer-groups-United-Way-Pittsburgh-Cares-coronavirus-help/stories/202003260109

The new Real ID deadline is set for Oct. 1, 2021
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/03/26/Real-ID-deadline-extended-a-year-coronavirus-pushed-back-2021/stories/202003260205

Ed Rendell: Pennsylvania still needs justice for Marsy’s Law | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/marsys-law-victims-rights-ed-rendell-20200327.html

Transportation

LCTA waives fares, other bus systems make changes amid crisis
https://www.timesleader.com/news/777896/lcta-waives-fares-other-bus-systems-make-changes-amid-crisis

Washington

Stimulus plan includes long-sought boons for special interests
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-stimulus-special-interest-20200327.html