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Coronavirus – COVID-19

Pa. sold nursing home testing plan as ‘universal’ and ‘radical’ but advocates say it’s optional and insufficient
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/insight/2020/05/24/Pa-sold-nursing-home-testing-plan-as-universal-and-radical-but-advocates-say-it-s-optional-and-insufficient/stories/202005240039

Pennsylvania reports 28 more coronavirus deaths, 730 additional cases
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-reports-28-more-coronavirus-deaths-730-additional-cases/

State says one new death in Western Pa. — in Allegheny County
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/05/24/COVID-19-coronavirus-Allegheny-County-Western-Pennsylvania-cases-deaths-data-pandemic-13/stories/202005240106

Allegheny coronavirus death toll holds steady while case count increases
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-coronavirus-death-toll-holds-steady-while-case-count-increases/

3 more covid-19 cases reported in Westmoreland County; no new death
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/3-more-covid-19-cases-reported-in-westmoreland-county-no-new-deaths/

14 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Luzerne County; 0 new deaths
https://www.timesleader.com/news/784878/14-new-covid-19-cases-confirmed-in-luzerne-county-0-new-deaths

33 new COVID-19 cases, one death reported for NEPA
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/33-new-covid-19-cases-one-death-reported-for-nepa-1.2631286

Coronavirus positives rise by 40 in Berks
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/coronavirus-positives-rise-by-40-in-berks/article_895eca64-9dd2-11ea-b7d1-a3c367af9663.html

In Chester County, Newlin Township has no coronavirus cases
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/coronavirus/in-chester-county-newlin-township-has-no-coronavirus-cases/article_936363bc-9dd2-11ea-af49-7b47773c954f.html

White House goal on testing nursing homes unmet
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-white-house-nursing-home-testing-missed-deadline-20200524.html

White House imposes coronavirus travel ban on Brazil
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-brazil-travel-ban-united-states-white-house-trump-20200524.html

Reopening

Pa. education groups form task force to explore reopening schools
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/05/24/Pa-education-associations-form-task-force-to-explore-reopening-schools-COVID-19/stories/202005210119

State officials: Stay vigilant against virus
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/state-officials-stay-vigilant-against-virus-1.2631489

On opposite sides of Lehigh River, one town is ‘red,’ the other ‘yellow’
https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/mc-nws-pa-towns-stuck-20200524-ogfnpdka2nezdduon76geln2kq-story.html

Legislature

‘You might not care, but I do’: Philly Rep. Kenyatta’s defense of low-wage workers goes viral
https://www.penncapital-star.com/covid-19/you-might-not-care-but-i-do-philly-rep-kenyattas-defense-of-low-wage-workers-goes-viral/

Memorial Day

At National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, an even more somber salute to U.S. heroes
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2020/05/24/National-Cemetery-Alleghenies-somber-salute-Memorial-Day-Covid-19-pandemic/stories/202005240109

Death on the high seas: Two Western Pa. soldiers remembered in 1943 troopship disaster
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2020/05/25/HMT-Rohna-US-naval-disaster-1943-troopship-Harry-Kitch-William-Torbich-pennsylvania/stories/202005220092

Warden: Inmate dies at Allegheny County Jail
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/05/25/Memorial-Day-honor-military-sacrifice-2020/stories/202005220043

Memorial Day 2020: Pausing to remember America’s fallen heroes
https://www.timesleader.com/news/784944/memorial-day-2020-pausing-to-remember-americas-fallen-heroes

Memorial Day crucial to recall fallen
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/memorial-day-crucial-to-recall-fallen-1.2631280

Editorial: Honoring the fallen in our time of crisis
https://www.readingeagle.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-honoring-the-fallen-in-our-time-of-crisis/article_0bfddc4a-9e0e-11ea-b330-970a25dadc2a.html

‘A huge hole’: With Memorial Day festivities canceled, veterans’ groups try to uphold traditions
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/05/a-huge-hole-with-memorial-day-festivities-canceled-veterans-groups-look-to-uphold-traditions.html

In Montgomery County a Memorial Day coronavirus controversy over American flags
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-montgomery-memorial-day-flags-20200525-hrdtxcxw4fexndbfpl6lnwwdxi-story.html

Business

On the front lines of the pandemic, grocery workers are in the dark about virus risks
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/05/24/grocery-workers-essential-coronavirus-covid-Walmart-Trader-Joes-Whole-Foods-Target-Kroger/stories/202005240113

Spokesman: Employee at Parkway Center Giant Eagle diagnosed with covid-19
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/spokesman-employee-at-parkway-center-giant-eagle-diagnosed-with-covid-19/

Vendors, shoppers defy shelter-in-place order and flock to flea market
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/vendors-shoppers-defy-shelter-in-place-order-and-flock-to-flea-market-1.2631497

Worker at Berks Wawa tests positive for coronavirus, store closed
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/worker-at-berks-wawa-tests-positive-for-coronavirus-store-closed/article_3c6f1d62-9dcd-11ea-84bb-ab583dc3c9d6.html

Becky’s Drive-In and SuperSets gym both reopened early. Both heard from police. But just one decided to close
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-nws-beckys-drive-in-closes-warning-20200524-lenjrwex5zag5apgyxjpxfthuy-story.html

Crime/Punishment

Police in Pa. assist in manhunt for college student in 2 Connecticut slayings
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/05/24/manhunt-UConn-college-student-suspect-Connecticut-slayings/stories/202005240129

Pa. state prisons will gradually reopen, with COVID-19 testing for transfers and releases
https://www.witf.org/2020/05/25/pa-state-prisons-will-gradually-reopen-with-covid-19-testing-for-transfers-and-releases/

Education

Schools are pillars of our community. When classes resume, we need to treat them that way | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/schools-are-pillars-of-our-community-when-classes-resume-we-need-to-treat-them-that-way-opinion/

Colleges had to adapt to virtual final exams. What they learned could shape the future on campuses.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/final-exams-coronavirus-haverford-honor-code-westchester-20200525.html

Elections/Politics

Michael Lamb faces five challengers in Democratic primary for auditor general
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2020/05/25/Michael-Lamb-five-challengers-Democratic-primary-auditor-general-DePasquale-pennsylvania/stories/202005250011

Cal U student sues school for refund over campus shutdown
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2020/05/24/Danny-DeVito-Malek-Francis-45th-Pennsylvania-House-District-Anita-Kulik-Tom-Wolf/stories/202005230009

8th District candidates: Bognet critical of state’s virus response
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/8th-district-candidates-bognet-critical-of-state-s-virus-response-1.2631394

8th District candidates: Cammisa hopes to help next generation
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/8th-district-candidates-cammisa-hopes-to-help-next-generation-1.2631399

Vote for Christina Hartman for auditor general | PennLive letters
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2020/05/vote-for-christina-hartman-for-auditor-general-pennlive-letters.html

Local News

Former Scranton resident may take another step toward sainthood
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/former-scranton-resident-may-take-another-step-toward-sainthood-1.2631523

Friends, colleagues mourn Delmont fire Chief Rich Balik
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/friend-colleagues-mourn-delmont-fire-chief-rich-balik/

Luzerne County government was battling a different virus Memorial Day weekend last year
https://www.timesleader.com/news/784915/luzerne-county-government-was-battling-a-different-virus-memorial-day-weekend-last-year

Outlook for public pools is stuck in neutral
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/outlook-for-public-pools-is-stuck-in-neutral-1.2631488

County’s DELCORA moves raise questions
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/local/countys-delcora-moves-raise-questions/article_178854c8-9d1e-11ea-935a-c7fb9a120249.html

National News

Republicans sue Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom over vote-by-mail order for November election
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/vote2020/2020/05/25/Republicans-sue-Gov-Gavin-Newsom-over-vote-by-mail-order-for-November-election/stories/202005250054

Philly

‘A recipe for burnout.’ Philly workers on the ups and downs of working from home
https://www.inquirer.com/news/coronavirus-philadelphia-working-from-home-burnout-20200525.html

Mayor Kenney has squandered Philadelphia’s fiscal boom years | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/jim-kenney-mayor-budget-philadelphia-economy-20200525.html

Woman pulled from Mercedes and shot twice, Philly police say
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-shooting-woman-mercedes-hospitalized-crime-20200525.html

Pitt

Inmate dies at Allegheny County Jail
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/05/24/Inmate-death-Allegheny-County-Jail/stories/202005240132

Pittsburgh mosque holds drive-thru event to celebrate end of Ramadan
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2020/05/24/Pittsburgh-Islamic-Center-mosque-drive-thru-event-celebrate-Ramadan-end-Eid-al-Fitr-festival/stories/202005240108

State News

3 Western Pa. nursing care facilities fined by state
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/3-western-pa-nursing-care-facilities-fined-by-state/

Transportation

Toll road association: Federal money now will help it become part of recovery effort tomorrow
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/05/25/Toll-road-association-Federal-money-now-will-help-it-be-part-of-recovery-effort-tomorrow/stories/202005230019

Many municipalities finally get to roadwork after pandemic-related construction pause ends
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/many-municipalities-finally-get-to-roadwork-after-pandemic-related-construction-pause-ends/

Fatal crashes decrease to all-time low in 2019: PennDOT
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/05/fatal-crashes-decrease-to-all-time-low-in-2019-penndot.html