Coronavirus – COVID-19

Gov. Wolf pushes back hard on counties threatening to step out of line, with some early signs of success

Gov. Tom Wolf denounces Pa. counties reopening without his approval as ‘cowardly,’ ‘selfish’

Gov. Tom Wolf warns he will withhold funds from Pa. counties that violate coronavirus stay-at-home order

Gov. Wolf threatens action against Pennsylvania counties, businesses that ignore restrictions

Wolf: Counties that reopen in defiance of stay home orders are ‘surrendering’ to COVID-19

Wolf to red counties: ‘Follow the law or face consequences’

Pa. counties rebel against closures and Gov. Wolf threatens funding

Pennsylvania coronavirus reopening: Wolf threatens to pull federal aid from counties that reopen outside of his schedule, calls it ‘cowardly act’

How Pennsylvania decides when counties can reopen

Can Gov. Wolf withhold coronavirus recovery money from counties that defy shutdown orders? Yes, experts say, but expect pushback.

Gov. Wolf: No timeline on Pennsylvania counties transitioning from yellow to green phase

Schuylkill officials respond to Wolf’s comments

Carbon Co. planning to adhere to Wolf’s orders

Berks County officials weighing the risks and rewards of reopening without state approval

Lebanon, Berks county DAs issue new guidance on risks of defying governor’s orders

Lehigh Valley leaders look to work within the system as some counties go rogue against Gov. Wolf’s stay-at-home orders–20200511-nqd37mrpijhclgtveulv6kt6ki-story.html

Chamber of Commerce urges reopening Delco

State reports 2 new deaths in W. Pa.; Allegheny County says 3 more dead at Glen Hazel site

Pennsylvania reports 543 new coronavirus cases, 24 more deaths

Allegheny County reports 8 new coronavirus cases, 1 death

May 11 coronavirus update: ‘Clear signs of progress’ in fight against coronavirus

1 more coronavirus case, no new deaths reported in Westmoreland County

County seeking review of COVID-19 death toll

Coronavirus cases rise by 46 in Berks County

Montgomery County coronavirus death toll climbs to 417 as county reports 101 new cases

Montgomery County commissioner tests positive for coronavirus, calls for more widespread testing

National Guard, temporary manager move in to troubled nursing home

Pennsylvania will identify long-term care centers with coronavirus infections

Doctors worry COVID-19 school closures could worsen childhood obesity. Here’s how to combat weight gain in teens.

Increased testing could lead to NFL season, Fauci says

Fauci to warn Senate of ‘needless suffering and death’ if U.S. reopens too soon

Trump visit to Pennsylvania factory that produces PPE materials was scuttled after plant officials expressed concerns about health risks

Trump plans to visit medical equipment distributor in Lehigh Valley on Thursday

President Trump will make first visit to Lehigh Valley on Thursday, when he visits an Upper Macungie medical equipment distributor


Bill would grant waivers to barbers, hair stylists, realtors and others in Pennsylvania

Pa. GOP takes Gov. Tom Wolf to court for records on controversial business waiver process

Senate panel asks Commonwealth Court to force Wolf to release waivers

Guest commentary: If Legislature wants to freeze property taxes, it must fund mandates

Pennsylvania state senator calls for resignation of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine


Coronavirus reopening rebellion: Pennsylvania has only itself to blame


Who’s exempt? Gov. Wolf’s employer list leaves more questions than answers.

State says workers don’t have to report if business reopens illegally

Why are Pa. and N.J. receiving fewer PPP coronavirus loans? The New York Fed investigates

Lawmakers demand Bridgeville company return $10M small business loan

Local companies awarded Farmers to Families Food Box Program grants

Pa.-based grocery chain gives emergency grants to food producers across the state

Cinemark at Pittsburgh Mills mall closing

Restaurant relief loan program in Wilkes-Barre ends Friday; other businesses might get help

Independent movie theaters struggle to stay afloat during coronavirus pandemic

Local gym owner plans to reopen facilities in defiance of state order

Gym in Taylor opens in defiance of state ban

Chermak: Many Lackawanna County businesses are ready, should be allowed to safely reopen

Buying limit placed on meat in Berks County supermarkets

Berks County’s weekly coronavirus unemployment claims continue to drop

Berks retailers using technology to bring their stores to customers

A Pa. company switched from sewing football jerseys to face masks. Workers walked off, saying the plan was unsafe

Transportation company to lay off 90 people as contract ends with central Pa. school district

Cumberland County barber is back at work, but says there is still a risk: ‘You choose not to come, that’s fine’

Revolution owners facing hundreds of new violations

Wolf: 81 Beaver County businesses exempt from shutdown

State tavern association to Wolf: Expand services for yellow restaurants


Execution notice signed for convicted cop killer Eric Frein


Pa. schools expected to reopen in fall in some form, state education secretary says

Pennsylvania schools planning to reopen in fall, says education secretary

Will your property taxes increase? Pa. schools face potential $1 billion in lost revenue because of coronavirus

Pa. teachers are still teaching, and our students are still learning | Opinion

Pa. schools could face devastating budget cuts due to COVID | Opinion

The coronavirus has highlighted the value of Pennsylvania’s public charter schools | Opinion


Civil rights groups seek to block Judicial Watch lawsuit and avoid a purge of Pennsylvania voter rolls

County seeks poll workers for June primary election

With re-election on his mind, Trump is visiting the one part of Pennsylvania that could hold the key to his chances: The what, where and why

Health Care

Should health insurers offer rebates? And other health insurance questions in the age of COVID-19

How much Philadelphia-area hospitals are getting in federal money for treating coronavirus patients

Union representing health care workers rebukes early push for re-opening

NEPA health centers receive federal funds to expand virus testing

Chester County health care organization receives coronavirus funding

Local News

Scranton swimming pools to remain closed this year

Reading City Council appoints a solicitor, allows Mayor Eddie Moran to have a chief of staff

Reading City Council questions residency rule for department heads

Pedri to discuss Luzerne County reopening with council

Luzerne County manager hopes to reopen before June 4

Erie Zoo revenue losses top $1 million during COVID-19 andemic

West Manchester Township offices, including police, now open to the public

National News

Report: Anti-Semitic incidents in U.S. hit record high in 2019


Who is cutting Mayor Kenney’s hair during the stay-at-home order?

A yard and an extra bathroom: Dreams for small housing dwellers ⁠— at least until the pandemic passes

What happens when you start a nonprofit serving Latino businesses during a pandemic? ‘We work until 5 a.m. some days.’

Police ID off-duty cop who shot a man in South Philly after he allegedly charged with scissors

Philadelphia needs an elected school board | Opinion


Once a glamorous hotel, Pittsburgher office building Downtown set to be sold at June auction

Manager at Allegheny County Controller’s Office charged with firing gun into neighbor’s home in Munhall

Peduto, public safety officials will read bedtime stories on Facebook Live

Fitness studios providing members with sense of community amid pandemic

Port Authority to return full neighborhood service beginning Sunday

Allegheny County treasurer’s office to reopen May 18

Allegheny Health Network announces mobile COVID-19 testing van in Homewood Tuesday and Thursday

Billion-dollar overhaul of Pittsburgh International airport on pause amid pandemic

Jefferson Hills officials continue debate over funding Gill Hall VFC

State News

With liquor stores closed, April online booze sales spike in Pennsylvania

Air quality in Western Pa. showed slight improvement in pandemic shutdown

Six Pennsylvania dog breeders make Humane Society’s Horrible Hundred puppy mills


Passenger trains suspended on Pittsburgh-to-Philadelphia route until June 1


More than 1,900 former Justice Dept. employees again call for Barr’s resignation