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Coronavirus – COVID-19

Gov. Wolf announces most of Western Pa. moving to yellow phase May 15
https://triblive.com/local/regional/gov-wolf-to-announce-most-of-western-pa-moving-to-yellow-phase-next-week/

Wolf: 13 SWPA counties will reopen on May 15; 37 of 67 counties now move out of quarantine
https://www.penncapital-star.com/covid-19/wolf-13-swpa-counties-will-reopen-on-may-15-37-of-67-counties-now-move-out-of-quarantine/

Pennsylvania reopening: The counties that have started, the ones that soon will, and the rest stuck in ‘red’
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-pa-counties-reopening-20200509-hqwbnzot5bb6tlw3g3j7qalxhq-story.html

Wolf announces 13 more counties to reopen; Bucks, Montco still must wait
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20200508/wolf-announces-13-more-counties-to-reopen-bucks-montco-still-must-wait

As Philly region’s stay-at-home order continues, death rate trends down in Philadelphia and N.J. hopes to open beaches by Memorial Day
https://www.inquirer.com/news/coronavirus-covid-19-pa-philadelphia-new-jersey-delaware-reopening-phase-testing-antibody-20200508.html

More counties prepare to leave coronavirus restrictions, but Wyoming County left in limbo
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/coronavirus/more-counties-prepare-to-leave-coronavirus-restrictions-but-wyoming-county-left-in-limbo-1.2626165

Relief from coronavirus restrictions far off for Lackawanna, Luzerne counties
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/relief-from-coronavirus-restrictions-far-off-for-lackawanna-luzerne-counties-1.2626241

Washington, Greene counties to move to COVID-19 yellow zone
https://observer-reporter.com/news/localnews/washington-greene-counties-to-move-to-covid-19-yellow-zone/article_6d87acb4-914a-11ea-920b-4ff803b5defc.html

Washington County to move to yellow phase
https://observer-reporter.com/series/coronavirus/washington-county-to-move-to-yellow-phase/article_27f96c1e-9145-11ea-9e48-079622dd677d.html

Two central Pa. counties say they plan to reopen ahead of Gov. Wolf’s schedule
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/05/dauphin-lebanon-county-officials-declare-themselves-ready-to-reopen-say-they-will-break-from-gov-wolfs-plan.html

COVID-19 update: Pa. reports 200 new deaths; 3 more in Pittsburgh region
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/05/08/Allegheny-County-pennsylania-pittsburgh-covid-19-data-cases-deaths-pandemic/stories/202005080076

Allegheny County reports 2 new coronavirus deaths, 16 more cases
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-county-reports-2-new-coronavirus-deaths-16-more-cases/

May 8 coronavirus update: 470 new cases recorded
https://www.phillytrib.com/news/health/coronavirus/may-8-coronavirus-update-470-new-cases-recorded/article_611023ac-4562-5214-85a2-746afe660c2a.html

Montco ends 9th week of coronavirus outbreak with 12 more deaths; testing coming to Lansdale and Pottstown
https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/news/region/montco-ends-9th-week-of-coronavirus-outbreak-with-12-more-deaths-testing-coming-to-lansdale/article_32eeca41-70a0-5fe8-906f-3e155cafb9a5.html

Berks County coroner adds 8 coronavirus deaths
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/berks-county-coroner-adds-8-coronavirus-deaths/article_5b9e6e1a-915f-11ea-8d6f-4bc6861385b0.html

Erie County sets COVID-19 record for second straight day
https://www.goerie.com/news/20200508/erie-county-sets-covid-19-record-for-second-straight-day

Pennsylvania coronavirus updates: Virus deaths increase to 3,616 statewide; 2,458 of those in personal care or nursing homes
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-pa-virus-numbers-friday-20200508-naxshxojw5cpfkv34kkqsfuobu-story.html

13th resident at Kane Living Center in Glen Hazel dies from COVID-19
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/05/08/Kane-Living-Center-Glen-Hazel-deaths-COVID-19-pittsburgh/stories/202005080078

Pa. had an early plan to protect nursing home residents from the coronavirus, but never fully implemented it
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/spl/pennsylvania-coronavirus-nursing-homes-plan-quick-strike-teams-20200509.html

‘Running out of time’: Pa. group homes for intellectually disabled warn of financial ruin
https://www.inquirer.com/business/health/pennsylvania-intellectually-disabled-coronaivirus-financial-strain-20200508.html

State will impose a temporary manager at troubled Beaver County nursing home
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/west/2020/05/08/State-will-impose-a-temporary-manager-at-troubled-Beaver-County-nursing-home-again/stories/202005080110

State to pay for full-time manager at Brighton Rehab as questions swirl about role of ‘temporary manager’
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200508/state-to-pay-for-full-time-manager-at-brighton-rehab-as-questions-swirl-about-role-of-rsquotemporary-managerrsquo

Coronavirus antibody testing is now easy to get. But it’s hard to be sure what you’re getting.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/coronavirus-antibody-testing-expanding-with-questions-roche-abbott-20200509.html

As coronavirus devastates black communities and workers, how do we protect their stories? | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/coronavirus-risk-black-death-rate-policing-20200509.html

Moms on the front line: Health care workers pull double duty this Mother’s Day
https://www.post-gazette.com/life/2020/05/09/Mothers-Day-health-care-workers-COVID-19-Pittsburgh/stories/202005080013

Cooperative spirit: Navigating the ‘new normal’ of the coronavirus
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/05/09/Cooperative-spirit-Navigating-the-new-normal-of-the-coronavirus/stories/202004300071

Casey, Wyden push for nursing home data
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/casey-wyden-push-for-nursing-home-data-1.2626380

Top Pence aide tests positive for coronavirus
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/05/08/Top-Pence-aide-tests-positive-for-coronavirus/stories/202005080132

Top White House officials buried CDC report
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-cdc-report-white-house-20200508.html

Lawyers: Whistleblower backed by federal investigators
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/05/08/Lawyers-Whistleblower-backed-by-federal-investigators/stories/202005080133

Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy dies from coronavirus at 75
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/obituaries/2020/05/08/Roy-Horn-of-Siegfried-Roy-dies-from-coronavirus-at-75/stories/202005080131

Legislature

As Pennsylvania coronavirus restrictions ease in other parts of the state, lawmakers call for Lehigh Valley to reopen soon
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-pa-virus-restrictions-lifting-20200508-aluqdcac6rh3hk4o3fz2p2zeui-story.html

Lawmakers’ reaction to reopening of counties depends on what areas they represent
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/05/lawmakers-reaction-to-reopening-of-counties-depends-on-what-areas-they-represent.html

State lawmakers say there is pain ahead as coronavirus restrictions begin to ease
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/state-lawmakers-say-there-is-pain-ahead-as-coronavirus-restrictions-begin-to-ease/

Planning to get married in Pa.? Now you must be at least 18
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/05/planning-to-get-married-in-pa-now-you-must-be-at-least-18.html

Yudichak: Counties not getting ‘fair shake’ under current process
https://www.timesleader.com/news/782962/yudichak-counties-not-getting-fair-shake-under-current-process

Administration

Thank you for helping save lives in the coronavirus pandemic | Gov. Tom Wolf
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2020/05/thank-you-for-helping-save-lives-in-the-coronavirus-pandemic-gov-tom-wolf.html

Gov. Tom Wolf rejects GOP subpoena for business waiver records, but releases some information online
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/spl/pennsylvania-coronavirus-business-waivers-list-subpoena-legislature-20200508.html

Wolf identifies businesses that received exemptions from shutdown order
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/wolf-identifies-businesses-that-received-exemptions-from-shutdown-order-1.2626366

Wolf: More than 6K business owners granted waivers during covid-19 shutdown, nearly 13K denied
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/wolf-more-than-6k-business-owners-granted-waivers-during-covid-19-shutdown-nearly-13k-denied/

Wolf administration provides insight into how business exemptions were determined
https://www.pennlive.com/business/2020/05/gov-wolf-provides-insight-into-how-business-exemptions-were-determined.html

Crayons, flowers, taxidermy: Wolf releases list of ‘life-sustaining’ business waivers
https://www.witf.org/2020/05/08/crayons-flowers-taxidermy-wolf-releases-list-of-life-sustaining-business-waivers/

Right call to limit med liability
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/right-call-to-limit-med-liability-1.2626263

Business

Unemployment hits 14.7% in April as labor market loses 20.5M jobs
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/05/09/Unemployment-hits-14-7-in-April-as-labor-market-loses-20-5M-jobs/stories/202005090030

Pent-up demand: Customers turn out for the newly re-opened outlet shopping experience
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/money/2020/05/08/grove-city-outlets-mercer-county-simon-pennsylvania-reopen-yellow-covid-19-mall/stories/202005080102

Lining up at liquor stores: Pennsylvanians turn up at newly reopened shops
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/money/2020/05/08/Lawrence-County-PA-Liquor-Fine-Wine-and-Good-Spirits-Mercer-County-Pennsylvania-Liquor-Control-Board-Governor-Wolf/stories/202005080108

No need to hoard: Panic buying moves from toilet paper to meat
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/05/09/No-need-to-hoard-Panic-buying-moves-from-toilet-paper-to-meat/stories/202005090012

A slice of normal returns as Cranberry Mall reopens during Venango County’s ‘yellow phase’
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/money/2020/05/08/A-slice-of-normal-returns-as-Cranberry-Mall-reopens-during-Venango-County-s-yellow-phase/stories/202005080104

As a rural Pennsylvania town reopens for business, shoppers turn out for socks, toasters, toys, and some catching-up
https://www.inquirer.com/news/reopening-tioga-wolf-covid-yellow-coronavirus-20200508.html

Pennsylvania business owners worry about ability to bounce back from covid-19 lockdown
https://triblive.com/local/regional/pennsylvania-business-owners-worry-about-ability-to-bounce-back-from-covid-19-lockdown/

Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County reminds businesses to flush water before reopening
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/muncipal-authority-of-westmoreland-county-reminds-businesses-to-flush-water-before-reopening/

Survey to gauge impact of coronavirus on Greensburg businesses
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/survey-gauging-impact-of-coronavirus-on-greensburg-businesses/

Eighty-two Lackawanna County businesses granted exceptions to remain open under coronavirus restriction
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/eighty-two-lackawanna-county-businesses-granted-exceptions-to-remain-open-under-coronavirus-restrictions-1.2626220

Here are the Pennsylvania businesses that received waivers to stay open during the coronavirus shutdown
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-biz-pa-releases-approved-business-waivers-20200508-zzfototupbcr7b7dhcxqfdhvnq-story.html

Southwestern Pa. businesses, officials glad to reopen; Beaver County upset about exclusion
https://www.witf.org/2020/05/09/southwest-pa-businesses-officials-glad-to-reopen-beaver-county-upset-about-exclusion/

‘It never should have closed’: In Erie, residents take tentative, first steps out of quarantine
https://www.penncapital-star.com/covid-19/it-never-should-have-closed-in-erie-residents-take-tentative-first-steps-out-of-quarantine/

Feds deny ATI tariff exemptions as Midland plant sets to close
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200509/feds-deny-ati-tariff-exemptions-as-midland-plant-sets-to-close

Go ‘Fore’ it: Pocono golf courses open for business with new guidelines
https://www.poconorecord.com/lifestyle/20200509/go-fore-it-pocono-golf-courses-open-for-business-with-new-guidelines

Crime/Punishment

Haverford Twp. police chief says 2 cops were cleared of wrongdoing in ‘very violent arrest’; Delco DA is reviewing
https://www.inquirer.com/news/haverford-police-john-viola-christopher-ricciuti-facebook-violent-arrest-20200508.html

Chester County high school teacher charged with sexually assaulting student
https://www.inquirer.com/news/chester-county-owen-j-roberts-high-school-teacher-stephen-raught-arrest-sexual-assault-20200508.html

Hundreds of suspected marijuana plants worth $500K seized in Penn Hills
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/hundreds-of-suspected-marijuana-plants-worth-500k-seized-in-penn-hills/

Education

Western Pa. colleges making plans for online, face-to-face learning in fall semester
https://triblive.com/local/regional/western-pa-colleges-making-plans-for-online-face-to-face-learning-in-fall-semester/

Paterno-defender Lubrano elected to Penn State board of trustees; Jay Paterno, Pope reelected
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/05/paterno-defender-lubrano-elected-to-penn-state-board-of-trustees-jay-paterno-pope-reelected.html

Twenty years later, Adam Taliaferro sees the ‘blessing’ that came from his devastating injury
https://www.inquirer.com/high-school-sports/new-jersey/adam-taliaferro-penn-state-football-eastern-high-school-new-jersey-state-assembly-20200508.html

Health Care

New Pennsylvania dental guidelines spark confusion
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/new-pennsylvania-dental-guidelines-spark-confusion/

Nurses voice concerns at Regional Hospital of Scranton
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/nurses-voice-concerns-at-regional-hospital-of-scranton-1.2626251

Local News

Reading’s police chief Richard Tornielli ready to lead
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/readings-police-chief-richard-tornielli-ready-to-lead/article_a022d476-90d4-11ea-99c6-d36afa46af36.html

Lower Burrell Council holding phone meeting, but public can’t listen live
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/lower-burrell-council-phone-meeting-public-cant-listen-live/

Doing some spring cleaning? Check with your municipality first
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/doing-some-spring-cleaning-check-with-your-municipality-first-1.2626250

Wilkes-Barre Mayor Brown delivers weekly ‘State of the City’ address
https://www.timesleader.com/news/782957/wilkes-barre-mayor-brown-delivers-weekly-state-of-the-city-address

Judge OKs Eagle Lake to reopen
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/judge-oks-eagle-lake-to-reopen-1.2626415

Dauphin County commissioner to Gov. Wolf: ‘Enough is enough. Allow our businesses and communities to reopen.’
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/05/dauphin-county-commissioner-to-gov-wolf-enough-is-enough-allow-our-businesses-and-communities-to-reopen.html

Drive-thru food bank helps feed furry friends
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200509/drive-thru-food-bank-helps-feed-furry-friends

National News

Ga. officials allege DA blocked arrests in jogger shooting death
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/05/09/Ga-officials-allege-DA-blocked-arrests-in-jogger-shooting-death/stories/202005090041

U.S. women’s soccer players ask for equal pay lawsuit appeal, trial delay
https://www.inquirer.com/soccer/uswnt-equal-pay-lawsuit-appeal-gary-klausner-20200508.html

MLS, NWSL resisting short-term benefits of making soccer first American sport to restart
https://www.inquirer.com/soccer/coronavirus-covid-19-seattle-sounders-soccer-mls-nwsl-usl-20200509.html

Philly

Philly wants the state to let it cut a lot of polling places — or send the National Guard to help
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-2020-primary-polling-places-poll-workers-20200508.html

Portrait of a Pandemic: E. Kensington cafe owner finds a window to business survival
https://www.inquirer.com/news/franny-lous-porch-blew-kind-kensington-philly-coronavirus-small-business-20200509.html

Your YMCA is closed, burning cash, and wondering how to reopen in a COVID-safe way | Maria Panaritis
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/coronavirus-covid-19-greater-philadelphia-ymca-reopen-camps-social-distancing-maria-panaritis-20200509.html

As engineer heads to work, fearful newlyweds wonder: Why isn’t SEPTA testing employees for coronavirus?
https://www.inquirer.com/news/septa-coronavirus-testing-temperatures-workers-regional-rail-20200508.html

Jewish Federation releases $7.3 million in grants for general support
https://www.inquirer.com/news/jewish-federation-philadelphia-covid-19-grants-20200508.html

Former Mayor W. Wilson Goode Sr. says he’ll address the MOVE bombing on the 35th anniversary of the tragedy
https://www.inquirer.com/news/mayor-wilson-goode-move-bombing-35th-anniversary-apology-20200508.html

Philly should create a jails-to-housing pipeline to mitigate impact of coronavirus | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/coroanvirus-covid-jails-release-inmate-housing-20200508.html

Pitt

Was sand dumping at Pittsburgh City Hall in retaliation to shuttered skateboard park?
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/was-sand-dumping-at-pittsburgh-city-hall-a-retaliation-to-shuttered-skateboard-park/

Market Square farmers market moving to new Pittsburgh location
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/market-square-farmers-market-moving-to-new-pittsburgh-location/

State News

Pittsburgh, Greensburg Catholic Dioceses lay out plan for reopening
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2020/05/08/COVID-19-Pittsburgh-Catholic-Diocese-reopening-plan-coronavirus/stories/202005080112

Census forms to be hand delivered to Western Pa. households next week
https://triblive.com/local/regional/census-forms-to-be-hand-delivered-to-western-pa-households-next-week/

$218B in economic impact payments
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/218b-in-economic-impact-payments-1.2626261

Pennsylvania offers financial help to low-income families who lost wages because of coronavirus
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/pennsylvania-offers-financial-help-to-low-income-families-who-lost-wages-because-of-coronavirus/article_c94221ae-9147-11ea-b9c9-9f57e395e5a9.html

Transportation

PennDOT says it expects to cover operating expenses for transit agencies
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/05/08/PennDOT-Pennsylvania-Turnpike-Port-Authority-operating-subsidy/stories/202005080123