Coronavirus – COVID-19

Levine: University of Wash.’s projected COVID-19 death count for Pa. shows risk of reopening too fast

After 554 new Pa. deaths and revised mortality model, Levine cautions against early re-opening

Dire prediction shows big challenge lies ahead in Pa

Pennsylvania’s coronavirus death toll is more than tripled in new projection

Data reconciliation takes PA COVID-19 deaths above 3,000

Gov. Wolf offers little detail on when next areas of Pennsylvania could move to yellow phase

Counties in Pittsburgh region plead with Gov. Wolf to reopen — soon

Pennsylvania coronavirus updates: State adds 554 to death toll from virus, brings overall total to 3,012; more than 67% linked to nursing or personal care homes

Gov. Tom Wolf: Nursing homes to be counted in reopening decision

7 more deaths, 10 new cases of coronavirus reported in Allegheny County

Kane’s Glen Hazel facility up to 12 coronavirus deaths as state weighs releasing nursing home data

Westmoreland County reports 2 new coronavirus cases, no additional deaths

Advocate for nursing home residents slams state for refusal to identify facilities with virus

Rural Health Corp. offering testing for coronavirus

Pa. Republicans and Democrats disagree on reopening the economy, but there is a lot they do agree on, survey says

Access to groceries challenging older Pennsylvanians during pandemic, study reveals

Americans deeply wary of reopening as White House weighs ending COVID-19 task force

You should wear a mask in hallways and other common spaces of apartment buildings, experts say

Pennsylvania Sens. Casey, Toomey tackle coronavirus from different angles

Scanlon receives 20,000 calls for help during pandemic

White House may close its coronavirus task force this month


Coronavirus swamps Pennsylvania unemployment system and lawmakers hear the frustration: ‘How can they expect people to survive?’

Sponsor abandons ammo background checks after backlash

Pa. Sen. John DiSanto calls for Labor & Industry secretary’s resignation

Affront should draw censure

Yudichak questions L&I secretary on shutdown process


Gov. Tom Wolf ran as a champion of government transparency. The COVID-19 pandemic is putting that to the test.

Doctors to Gov. Wolf: Don’t thank us, protect us

Chris Kelly: Show the good doctor respect


Hit hard by COVID-19, Wolf, lawmakers can’t forget older residents in budget talks | Ray E. Landis


After push from gas drillers, Fed to expand Main Street loans to bigger businesses

Six more employees at Smithfield Foods plant in Arnold test positive for COVID-19

6 more workers test positive for covid-19 at Arnold Smithfield plant, union says

Does my boss have to tell me if a coworker has coronavirus? What to know about your rights.

Garden Drive-In delays planned reopening

Scranton silver fiber maker has new lease on technology in COVID-19 fight

Camelback, other resorts start set up target dates to reopen, whether that happens is still in question

Warehouse workers say their safety concerns are being ignored


Feds and police say they’ve dismantled Philly-to-Indiana County drug ring

SCI Huntingdon now has more inmates with COVID-19 than all other Pa. state prisons combined


School districts have moved their classes online. But not all students have joined them

Lackawanna County school districts to share $7M in federal emergency stimulus money

Exeter School District discusses staff cuts and will hold virtual town hall

A coronavirus high school graduation: Seniors to drive cars across Pocono Raceway finish line

Want to avoid a cruel summer for Pa. students? Start by closing the digital divide | Janel Myers and Fletcher McClellan

Drexel co-ops face their greatest challenge: Finding work for students during coronavirus

Paying college athletes: NCAA takes first step in allowing players to cash in


Nearly a million Pa. voters have applied to vote by mail in June primary election

Luzerne County releases proposed consolidated polling locations for June 2 primary

County turns to school buildings for polling sites

As Pa. poll workers worry about safety, staffing for June primary will be a challenge

Montgomery County official: ‘Clearly, this will not be a normal election’

Health Care

Top Pa. health official says state won’t supply protective equipment to hospitals that resume elective surgeries

Easton Hospital notifies state of 694 layoffs, possible closure by end of June if sale collapses

Local News

Scranton City Council opposes proposed landfill expansion, water company rate hikes

Virtual fundraiser raises more than $180,000 to address food security in county

Berks and Reading have a long way to get out of coronavirus lockdown, official says

Berks County slipping when it comes to social distancing, data show

No flags for veterans’ graves in Berks County for Memorial Day; factory closed under pandemic orders

Arnold to resume monthly recycling collection

Cost of Allegheny Valley Joint Sewage Authority’s treatment plant expansion jumps 25%

South Huntingdon extends tax discount deadline

Adjusted schedule for payment of Wilkes-Barre property tax

Salvation Army expands food distribution

Survey of Lehigh Valley nonprofits projects financial impacts of coronavirus, including $17.6 million in lost revenue

Lack of information clouds Erie County’s plan to reopen

National News

Justice Ginsburg in hospital with infection, court says

Gov. DeWine announces $775 million in Ohio budget cuts

Opioid Crisis

Opioid overdose hospitalizations drop, new PHC4 report finds


When the rent is due, South Philly restaurant owners donate food to meet the cooking needs of Latino families

Philly community group hosts socially distant cleanup of Kensington, Fishtown

Sixers offer fans refunds for suspended games or option to roll over ticket packages to 2020-21 NBA season

A Whole Foods in Philly confirmed employees have coronavirus, but workers worry ‘we have no idea what’s going on’

Philly archdiocese expects to pay $126 million in priest sex-abuse reparations


City Council extends emergency declaration until May 12

Allegheny County Council recognizes racism as ‘public health crisis’

Pittsburgh Councilmen Burgess, Lavelle pursue task force on race and COVID-19 response

Pittsburgh food bank plans drive-up distributions at airport, PPG Paints Arena

Airport using robots, UV light to combat COVID-19

Pittsburgh Foundation’s Emergency Action Fund awards more than $8 million for COVID-19 relief

State News

Pa.’s birth-control war returns to U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, but this time they’re phoning it in

Poison hemlock invades state’s yards, fields and roadsides

Renee Amoore, deputy chairperson of Pa. Republican Party, dies at 67

A Main Line nature preserve is thriving amid coronavirus. Could it be a model for others to open?

Pennsylvania Game Commission will reopen shooting ranges in ‘yellow’ counties

First medical marijuana research launches in Pa.; patients to be paid for participating in Jefferson U. studies

UGI plans restart of gas main projects

Pennsylvania’s backlog of 3,000 untested rape kits now under 100, auditor general says

‘Salute to Nurses’ parade crashed by gun-waving SUV driver who leads Pa. cops on chase

Hunting-related shooting fatalities increase in Pennsylvania


Pa. Turnpike receives extension on July transit payment of $112.5 million

Traffic deaths declined for the third year in a row in 2019, NHTSA says

Our post-pandemic transit challenges will require regional solutions | Editorial

PennDOT says $800M in federal aid needed to keep non-critical projects rolling

Less drivers mean safer roads in Poconos