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Coronavirus – COVID-19

Some Pa. counties push to exclude nursing home cases from reopening formula, but experts caution against it
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2020/05/09/Some-Pa-counties-push-to-exclude-nursing-home-cases-from-reopening-formula-but-experts-caution-against-it/stories/202005090062

Pa. counties tell governor they are going rogue, easing coronavirus restrictions without permission
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2020/05/09/Schuylkill-County-tells-governor-it-s-going-rogue-easing-coronavirus-restrictions-without-permission/stories/202005090059

Growing number of counties test Gov. Wolf’s emergency powers, saying they’ll decide if it’s time to reopen
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/05/a-growing-number-of-pa-counties-test-gov-tom-wolfs-emergency-powers-saying-theyll-decide-if-its-time-to-reopen.html

Your daily coronavirus update: Pennsylvania now reporting 3,688 coronavirus-related deaths
https://www.witf.org/2020/05/09/your-daily-coronavirus-update-pennsylvania-now-reporting-3688-coronavirus-related-deaths/

Pennsylvania reports 72 new covid-19 deaths; total coronavirus cases now top 55K
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-reports-72-new-covid-19-deaths-hiking-death-toll-to-3688-total-cases-now-top-55k/

State’s COVID-19 death toll rises by 72; Allegheny County reports only new death in Western Pa.
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/05/09/COVID-19-coronavirus-Allegheny-County-Western-Pennsylvania-deaths-cases-data-pandemic-2/stories/202005090043

Allegheny County reports 1 covid-19 death, 31 new cases
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-county-covid-19-1-more-death-31-new-cases/

Westmoreland County adds 2 new covid-19 cases, deaths remain at 32
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-county-adds-2-new-covid-19-cases-deaths-remain-at-32/

County adds nine new coronavirus cases; deaths revised lower
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/county-adds-nine-new-coronavirus-cases-deaths-revised-lower-1.2626769

Lackawanna County deaths among new fatalities from COVID-19 reported by state
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/lackawanna-county-deaths-among-new-fatalities-from-covid-19-reported-by-state-1.2626702

Coronavirus spread slowly in many Bucks County ZIP codes
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20200509/coronavirus-spread-slowly-in-many-bucks-county-zip-codes

‘It’s heartbreaking:’ W-B General nurse describes work with COVID-19 patients
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/it-s-heartbreaking-w-b-general-nurse-describes-work-with-covid-19-patients-1.2626510

New coronavirus positives count for Berks County is 67; 8 deaths added
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/new-coronavirus-positives-count-for-berks-county-is-67-8-deaths-added/article_50fcdd14-920b-11ea-ace6-878e72ab5c7c.html

Chester County coronavirus testing site open, running
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/coronavirus/chester-county-coronavirus-testing-site-open-running/article_0c4cec3a-9216-11ea-bb04-dfff2de9df09.html

More of everything: frustration, protests and hope as pandemic continues to sicken and kill
https://www.inquirer.com/news/coronavirus-testing-philly-barbershop-rally-reopening-plans-20200509.html

Officials: National Guard in place at Brighton Rehab
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200509/officials-national-guard-in-place-at-brighton-rehab

HHS awards $16.8M to expand COVID-19 testing in Pennsylvania
https://www.timesleader.com/news/783022/hhs-awards-16-8m-to-expand-covid-19-testing-in-pennsylvania

Feds plan to name nursing homes with COVID-19 cases by end of May
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/05/09/nursing-homes-covid-19-cases-public-disclosure-cms-pennsylvania/stories/202005090044

U.S. approves new coronavirus antigen test with fast results
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-fda-emergency-approves-antigen-tests-20200509.html

Contact tracing by app: life-saving or invasion of privacy?
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/corona2020/2020/05/10/Contact-tracing-by-app-life-saving-or-invasion-of-privacy/stories/202005100052

Fauci, 2 other members of coronavirus task force in quarantine
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/05/09/Fauci-to-begin-modified-quarantine-after-contact-with-virus-positive-White-House-staffer/stories/202005090072

FDA head in self-quarantine, has tested negative for virus
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-quarantine-fda-head-contact-20200509.html

Obama calls Trump’s handling of coronavirus an ‘absolute chaotic disaster’
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/obama-calls-trumps-handling-coronavirus-pandemic-an-absolute-chaotic-disaster-20200509.html

How a Morgantown nursing home avoided disaster
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/05/10/How-a-Morgantown-nursing-home-avoided-disaster/stories/202005070180

3 children in NY have died from mysterious coronavirus complication: Gov. Cuomo
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/05/3-children-in-ny-have-died-from-mysterious-coronavirus-complication-gov-cuomo.html

Reopenings bring new cases in S. Korea, virus fears in Italy
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-reopening-italy-germany-surge-numbers-20200509.html

Legislature

Nursing homes at epicenter of crisis; bills call for safety protocols as deaths mount
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/coronavirus/nursing-homes-at-epicenter-of-crisis-bills-call-for-safety-protocols-as-deaths-mount/article_7877549c-9205-11ea-bc03-df6a774c9806.html

Bernstine unveils bill expanding nursing education programs
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200509/bernstine-unveils-bill-expanding-nursing-education-programs

PLCB weakens its own case
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/plcb-weakens-its-own-case-1.2626477

Administration

Lack of transparency: Public records requests ignored by the state
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/05/10/Lack-of-transparency-Public-records-requests-ignored-by-the-state/stories/202005090011

Business

Opening amid COVID-19 pandemic: Businesses want legal shield, workers want accountability.
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/insight/2020/05/10/Inviting-back-workers-and-customers-amid-COVID-19-pandemic-Businesses-want-shield-from-liability/stories/202005100006

Pennsylvania is ‘getting money out the door’ to fill unemployment claims, but thousands still struggle with the system
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/career-workplace/2020/05/10/unemployment-compensation-claims-Pennsylvania-Dept-of-Labor-and-Industry-Sec-Oleksiak/stories/202005100033

If you’re confused about the system, you’re not alone. Here are some tips to help you through it.
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/money/2020/05/10/unemployment-compensation-system-confused-tips-claims-pennsylvania-covid-19/stories/202005070149

A Delco barber dead set on reopening her shop changed her mind. Instead, she held a rally.
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-giovanni-barbershop-media-rally-pennsylvania-20200509.html

‘Open up’ protest staged outside Media barber shop
https://www.delcotimes.com/business/open-up-protest-staged-outside-media-barber-shop/article_55b0532a-9212-11ea-b9fa-8346c355e585.html

With masks, social distancing and new rules, the Bloomfield Saturday Market springs to life
https://www.post-gazette.com/life/food/2020/05/09/Bloomfield-Saturday-Market-farmers-covid-pittsburgh/stories/202005010060

Berks County commissioners to develop ‘safe and responsible plan’ to reopen businesses; no mention of Gov. Wolf
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/berks-county-commissioners-to-develop-safe-and-responsible-plan-to-reopen-businesses-no-mention-of/article_93587e7e-9220-11ea-986a-7bbb3e84cb0a.html

York County DA won’t prosecute nonessential businesses for violating shutdown order, tells police not to cite them
https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/crime/2020/05/09/york-county-da-wont-prosecute-nonessential-businesses-violating-shutdown-order-tells-police-not-cite/3102105001/

Addicted and furloughed, those in recovery need help covering treatment costs
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/addicted-and-furloughed-those-in-recovery-need-help-covering-treatment-costs-1.2626794

Crime/Punishment

Clergy confidentiality at issue in Amish bishop’s case
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2020/05/10/Clergy-confidentiality-Amish-bishop-Coverings-sexual-abuse-confession/stories/202005010149

Education

Wages become a focus as Erie schools cope with crisis
https://www.goerie.com/news/20200510/wages-become-focus-as-erie-schools-cope-with-crisis

Student loan help: Relief should come at last
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/05/10/Student-loan-help-Relief-should-come-at-last/stories/202004010027

Health Care

Bringing telehealth to the people by giving them a hand – and a tablet
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2020/05/09/Bringing-telehealth-people-hand-and-a-tablet-doctors-pittsburgh-covid-19/stories/202005070148

Local News

Lackawanna County director of buildings and grounds dies
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/lackawanna-county-director-of-buildings-and-grounds-dies-1.2626753

Mother’s Day: Registered nurse a lifeline for young daughter battling cancer
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/lifestyles/mother-s-day-registered-nurse-a-lifeline-for-young-daughter-battling-cancer-1.2625818

Courts are using technology to keep wheels of justice moving in the Lehigh Valley, but ‘horrible backlog’ looms
https://www.mcall.com/news/police/mc-nws-lehigh-valley-courts-can-technology-prevent-backlog-20200509-ig2sloe5l5envn4wk4mxfzo5ne-story.html

Bucks commissioners to hold virtual town hall for students Monday
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20200509/bucks-commissioners-to-hold-virtual-town-hall-for-students-monday

National News

Mother’s Day should be a reminder of women’s strength — and the inequality that still exists | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/mothers-day-equality-women-equal-rights-amendment-voting-20200510.html

Little Richard, flamboyant rock ‘n’ roll pioneer, dead at 87
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/obituaries/2020/05/09/Little-Richard-flamboyant-rock-n-roll-pioneer-dead-at-87/stories/202005090046

Philly

Philly’s essential workers are risking their lives for low pay: ‘I can’t not go to work’
https://www.inquirer.com/economy/coronavirus-philadelphia-essential-workers-20200510.html

Off-duty Philadelphia cop shot a man in South Philly after he charged with scissors, police say
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-police-shooting-scissors-south-philly-20200509.html

Pitt

Students sue Pitt for refunds over ‘sub-par’ online instruction due to COVID-19
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/05/09/tuition-lawsuit-university-of-pittsburgh-covid-refund-students-sue/stories/202005090047

State News

Unexpected delay: Ohiopyle State Park will open while some construction continues
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2020/05/09/Ohiopyle-State-Park-Route-381-construction-continues-Plum-Contracting-Fayette-County/stories/202005060157

New book: ‘Mister Rogers’ actor stayed in closet to remain on show
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/officer-clemmons-talks-about-his-new-book-and-friendship-with-mister-rogers/

Transportation

Cranberry starts last step in 25-year traffic management program
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/05/09/Cranberry-Route-228-Interstate-79-traffic-plan/stories/202005090008