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News on the coronavirus pandemic, including the responses of bounded governments, bloom departments, hospital systems, schools and added institutions. For advice from the antecedent week, click here.
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Sunday, May 24, 2020
12:15 p.m. – The accompaniment bloom administering and Allegheny Canton absolution adapted COVID-19 numbers
The Pennsylvania Administering of Bloom is advertisement an added 730 absolute cases of COVID-19, bringing the accompaniment absolute to 67,713. There were 28 added deaths, absolute deaths now angle at 5,124.
In a release, secretary of bloom Dr. Rachel Levine said “As counties move from red to yellow, we charge all Pennsylvanians to abide to chase the amusing break and acknowledgment efforts in place.”
Allegheny Canton has logged 24 new absolute cases, for a absolute of 1,777; no new deaths are actuality reported. There accept been 150 COVID-19 deaths in the canton aback March 24.
Saturday, May 23, 2020
12:30 p.m. – Allegheny Canton and Pennsylvania absolution adapted COVID-19 numbers
The canton is advertisement an added 14 absolute cases, bringing the absolute to 1,753. Allegheny Canton has apparent 317 hospitalizations aback March 14 and 150 deaths.
The accompaniment Administering of Bloom letters an added 725 absolute cases; the absolute cardinal is now 66,983. The accompaniment additionally appear 112 new deaths, bringing the absolute to 5,096. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania accept cases of COVID-19.
Friday, May 22, 2020
6:40 p.m. – Accompaniment clarifies how it counts coronavirus cases
On Friday afternoon, the accompaniment of Pennsylvania began reporting how abounding of its diagnosed COVID-19 cases were apparent through viral testing, and how abounding were apparent by antibiotic tests.
Of the 66,258 cases amidst Pennsylvanians, 97.5 percent were accepted by viral tests, which use a nasal or saliva swab.
The blow of the cases are classified as “presumed” positives. Best of those cases absorb individuals who are believed to accept the ache because they accept COVID-19-like affection and a high-risk exposure. But some accepted positives reflect individuals who had a claret analysis that showed antibodies for the virus.
The accompaniment appear this information after it was questioned about its abstracts acknowledgment practices when the Atlantic magazine reported that the accompaniment lumped calm after-effects of viral and antibiotic tests.
The affair is these tests acknowledge two altered things. Viral tests actuate whether a actuality is currently adulterated with the coronavirus. Antibody, or serology, tests appearance whether accession has been adulterated at some point in time. Conflating the tests can accord an inaccurate annual of how the virus is spreading.
Read added about the tests.
6:35 p.m. – Turnpike faces acquirement loss
The coronavirus abeyance has bargain alley cartage and bigger air affection beyond the globe, about assessment alley operators are demography a hit.
Memorial Day weekend about bureau abundant cartage and added acquirement for assessment anchorage and bridges.
But operators aren’t assured the weekend to accomplish up for the losses suffered aback the abeyance began in March.
Mark Compton, CEO of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, says cartage is bottomward 50 percent.
“So to put that in raw numbers that’s about 20 actor beneath vehicles, passengers, barter that we won’t get back,” Compton said.
Compton says bartering cartage is bottomward aloof 10 percent – which he attributes to the use of online purchases and delivery.
The bureau has absent $118 actor in assessment revenue. Basic spending has halted, except for all-important repairs.
All 17 annual plazas are open.
6:00 p.m. – All of Pennsylvania assertive for at atomic a fractional reopening
Gov. Tom Wolf said Friday he is abatement some communicable restrictions in Philadelphia and the heavily busy suburbs on June 5, while appropriation them about absolutely in 17 rural counties abutting anniversary as Pennsylvania continues to appear from a abeyance imposed about two months ago to advice apathetic the advance of the new virus.
Wolf is accelerating his reopening plan alike admitting added than 20 Pennsylvania counties abide aloft the state’s ambition for new infections that were declared to authorize them for an abatement of communicable restrictions — and eight counties are added than three times over.
Wolf and his bloom secretary said the carefully watched metric is no best as important, citation bottomward numbers of new virus infections and hospitalizations and added testing capacity.
“There has been a committed focus on befitting bodies safe. That was accurate aback we started this accomplished process, it’s accurate today. That has not afflicted and it won’t change,” Wolf said in a video annual conference.
With the abeyance about to admission its third month, abiding Republican accountability to lift added restrictions added bound had amorphous to aces up abutment from bounded Democratic admiral and lawmakers. Baby business owners disturbing to accumulate afloat accept additionally clamored for relief, with a few of them reopening in affront of the governor’s abeyance orders.
Wolf is demography action amidst a accessory accusation bold over whether governors or the admiral is amenable for the bread-and-butter wreckage. That action could accept astronomic implications in the November acclamation in this presidential battlefield state.
The Democratic governor appear he is affective Philadelphia, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Northampton and Montgomery counties to “yellow” on June 5, acceptation that bodies will be able to advisedly leave their homes and retailers and added kinds of businesses will be accustomed to reopen, admitting added restrictions remain.
Eight counties are affective to chicken a anniversary earlier, on May 29: Dauphin, Franklin, Huntingdon, Lebanon, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike and Schuylkill.
Wolf additionally appear the aboriginal accumulation of counties affective to “green,” the atomic akin appearance of his reopening plan: Bradford, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Montour, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Venango and Warren. All of them are agilely busy counties beyond a arctic swath of the state.
Health admiral say they are alive on specific guidelines for counties in the blooming phase.
5:20 p.m. – Accompaniment prisons plan phased re-opening
The Pennsylvania Administering of Corrections said it will abode accessories on a five-scale level, with akin bristles actuality the best restrictive. Accessories will be evaluated on the numbers of cases amidst agents and inmates as able-bodied as which appearance the counties they are amid in are under, according to the governor’s reopening plans.
On Tuesday, 11 accompaniment prisons, including SCIs Chester, Huntingdon and Phoenix, will be placed in akin four, which acquiesce up to 16 inmates at a time to do activities like use the law library and be in the yard, but best restrictions will remain.
Fourteen facilities, including SCIs Benner Township, Fayette, Muncy and Somerset, will placed at akin three, breadth work, therapy, religious casework and the bartering can resume in groups of no added than 20 inmates.
DOC Secretary John Wetzel said assurance protocols will abide and the administering will analysis all inmates actuality transferred or appear to advice ascendancy the advance of COVID-19.
“What we did has acutely put us in a position breadth we feel like we can get [starting] alive aback to normal, which is our goal,” he said.
But, he added, until the absolute accompaniment goes into the blooming phase, in-person visits will still be suspended.
3:13 p.m. – CMU to resume some on-campus research
According to a absolution beatific to acceptance and adroitness Friday, analysis that can’t be done accidentally will be phased in first. Advisers are appropriate to abide a plan for how the aggregation would shut bottomward action in the accident of a added beachcomber of COVID-19 cases.
12:57 p.m. – More of PA emerges from coronavirus shutdowns
Residents of 12 added Pennsylvania counties are accustomed to advisedly leave their homes, and added genitalia of the abeyance accept been lifted, as Gov. Tom Wolf prepares to advertise which counties accept fabricated acceptable advance adjoin the new coronavirus to accompany them. Wolf appear aftermost anniversary that the 12 counties would leave the alleged “red phase” and abutting the “yellow” appearance on Friday. They accompany 37 added counties that accept already confused to yellow. In addition, Wolf has appropriate that he could advertise that he’s abatement about all of the state’s communicable restrictions in some added counties.
12:31 p.m. – Accompaniment letters 866 new COVID-19 cases
The accompaniment Administering of Bloom letters the absolute cardinal of absolute cases is now at 66,258. Of those cases, 16,668 are in nursing and claimed affliction home agents and residents. Addition 4,969 cases are in bloom affliction workers.
The accompaniment additionally appear 115 new deaths, bringing the absolute to 4,984.
11:14 a.m. – Allegheny Canton COVID deaths admission by 2
After several canicule afterwards an admission in COVID 19 deaths in Allegheny County, the bloom administering appear two more, bringing the absolute to 146. The cardinal of absolute cases added by 21 to 1,739.
8:59 a.m. – Pennsylvania’s unemployment skyrocketed at the end of April
Pennsylvania’s unemployment bulk skyrocketed in April at the acme of the state’s pandemic-driven abeyance to its accomplished bulk in over four decades of record-keeping, the accompaniment Administering of Labor and Industry said Friday.Meanwhile, payrolls fell by added than 1 million.Pennsylvania’s unemployment bulk added than angled to 15.1% in April, up from 5.8% in March, the administering said.The borough bulk was 14.7% in April.Pennsylvania’s accomplished unemployment bulk was 12.7% in 1983, according to online federal abstracts that keeps clue aback to 1976.A abstracted analysis of administering showed seasonally adapted non-farm payrolls fell by added than 1 actor in April to aloof aloft 5 million.
7:45 a.m. – Aliment banks get the love, but SNAP does added to action hunger
Millions of anew bankrupt bodies are axis to the accommodating organizations accepted as aliment banks. Mile-long curve of cars, cat-and-mouse for accoutrements of chargeless food, accept become one of the best arresting images of the accepted bread-and-butter crisis. Donations are up, too, including from a new billion-dollar government accomplishment alleged the Farmers to Families Aliment Box Program.
Yet abounding bodies who run aliment banks are clashing about all the attention, because they apperceive the limitations of their own operations. They point to a beck of aliment aid that’s far added important than aliment banks: the Supplemental Nutrition Abetment Program, or SNAP.
Read added from NPR.
Thursday, May 21, 2020
7:20 p.m. – State’s coronavirus abstracts accumulating raises confusion
Pennsylvania’s Administering of Bloom confirmed reporting by The Atlantic magazine, that the accompaniment includes after-effects of both viral and antibiotic tests in its total cardinal of atypical coronavirus cases.
This convenance has aloft eyebrows as these tests assay two altered things: A viral test, which uses either a nasal or saliva swab, reveals whether a accommodating is currently infected with the coronavirus; An antibiotic analysis is a claret analysis that shows if someone’s has had a accomplished infection.
“When you’re authoritative real-time accessible bloom decisions, you appetite the abstracts to be as apple-pie as possible,” said communicable ache physician Dr. Amesh Adalja, a arch bookish at the Johns Hopkins Center for Bloom Security. “[When] bodies adeptness accept recovered months ago and afresh [are] added to the rolls, that’s not action to advice you with decisions that you accomplish today.”
The administering said while after-effects of both viral and antibiotic tests are included in its absolute cardinal of cases, alone viral are advised “confirmed” absolute cases. Antibiotic after-effects are classified as “presumed” positives.
“We alone use counts of accepted cases aback we’re attractive at any metrics in agreement of counties action from red to yellow, or chicken to green, or any added transition,” said Dr. Rachel Levine, the bloom department’s director.
The state’s COVID-19 advice folio addendum that both accepted and accepted absolute analysis after-effects are included in the state’s absolute case count. But it doesn’t breakdown what allocation of cases are accepted or confirmed.
Read added about the collection.
6:11 p.m. – Pittsburgh Best Grand Prix canceled
The anniversary chase and affectation of best cartage appointed for July has been canceled, according to the organizers, the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Foundation.
The burghal parade, Walnut Street car appearance and added chase weekend contest will acknowledgment abutting year from July 16-25.
4:39 p.m. – Governor eyes appropriation added communicable restrictions
Some counties in Pennsylvania could see about all of the state’s communicable restrictions on business action and gatherings aerial in the advancing days, added than social-distancing and health-monitoring guidelines that are in abode to advice stop the advance of the coronarivus.
Thursday’s advertisement by Gov. Tom Wolf — that some counties could get to move to the least-restrictive “green” appearance of his three-color traffic-signal reopening plan stages — could become official on Friday.
“So I’ll be announcement a accomplished ambit of counties tomorrow affective from red to chicken and the achievement is that we’ll additionally be authoritative some counties that adeptness alike be affective from chicken to blooming tomorrow,” Wolf told reporters on a arrangement call.
With the cardinal of new infections slowing, Wolf has been abatement amusing break restrictions and acceptance abounding businesses to reopen in agilely impacted areas of the state.
It is not clear, exactly, what restrictions, if any, will abide in abode in the blooming phase.
Wolf’s bloom secretary, Dr. Rachel Levine, said the Bloom Administering will anon absolution belief for affective a canton into the blooming appearance of Wolf’s reopening plan.
“As we absolution the metrics to go into the blooming zone, we’re additionally alive on what action in the blooming breadth would (look) like, abnormally for businesses, restaurants, etc.,” Levine said Thursday at a video annual conference.
On Friday, 12 already-announced counties — Adams, Beaver, Carbon, Columbia, Cumberland, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, Susquehanna, Wyoming, Wayne and York — will move from red to chicken and accompany 37 added counties.
Eighteen mostly eastern Pennsylvania counties that are home to 60% of Pennsylvania’s 12.8 actor association — including Philadelphia and its heavily busy suburbs — accept yet to accept chat as to aback they will leave the red phase.
Read added about the latest cases and annual on the coronavirus in Pennsylvania.
4:21 p.m. – RAD lath votes on bargain annual expenditures
Parks, libraries and arts groups face about $20 actor dollars in allotment cuts by the Allegheny Regional Asset District, or RAD.
The RAD lath voted today to abstain 20 percent of all operating grants for this year, and to append millions of dollars added in basic grants until added notice. The cuts were affected by big drops in sales tax acquirement – which funds RAD, and has plunged during the coronavirus shutdown. RAD is a above funder of borough assets from the zoo to the Pittsburgh Symphony.
3:49 p.m. – Port Authority reinstates front-door boarding
The alteration bureau appear it will acknowledgment to accepting cartage admission at the advanced of buses on Monday, June 1. Until then, riders will abide to use the rear door.
Regular book accumulating will activate afresh on Monday, June 8. Cash fares had been abeyant aback backward March.
PAT said duke sanitizer dispensers will be installed throughout its system, as able-bodied as Plexiglas for cartage that don’t yet accept them.
3:14 p.m. – Some bars, restaurants and hotels can advertise affair to go
Gov. Tom Wolf active into law today a bill acceptance establishments that accept absent at atomic 25 percent of boilerplate annual sales to the coronavirus abeyance to advertise sealed, able beverages and alloyed drinks for takeout only. The businesses charge additionally action commons to go. The drinks charge be amid 4 and 64 ounces and accommodate a mixer added on premises, according to the Pennsylvania Liquor Ascendancy Board.
2:12 p.m. – Nursing home testing a massive claiming for PA
Pennsylvania would accept to addition its testing numbers several times over to accommodated Gov. Tom Wolf’s ambition of administering a annual coronavirus analysis to able-bodied over 100,000 bodies in about 2,000 abiding affliction accessories beyond the state. It’s cryptic who will administrate the tests, who will accumulation them and who will pay. Nursing homes and added abiding affliction accessories accept struggled for months to accommodate the virus. The White Abode has acerb apprenticed states to backpack out the tests weekly, alpha abutting week. Wolf says his administering has a plan in abode starting June 1 to analysis every agent and every accommodating already a week.
1:01 p.m. – Study finds hundreds of Pennsylvania towns adverse deficits
A new study finds hundreds of Pennsylvania towns are adverse annual deficits due to the pandemic, and there’s not abundant municipalities can do on their own to apathetic the decline.
Mayor Bill Peduto letters that Pittsburgh, which took just beneath 15 years to complete its Act 47 banking accretion plan in 2018, now faces a new $127 actor deficit. Much of that is because of absent assets and allowance taxes, which cities can’t aggregate with so abounding bodies out of assignment and not accepting paid.
Study columnist David Miller, administrator of the Center for Metropolitan Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, told 90.5 WESA’s The Confluence on Thursday that dozens of Pennsylvania cities, townships and boroughs could anon seek aberrant levels of accompaniment abetment at the aforementioned time.
12:21 p.m. – Statewide COVID cases admission by 980
The Pennsylvania Administering of Bloom letters the cardinal of absolute cases is now at 65,392. Of those cases, 16,419 are in nursing and claimed affliction home association and staff. Addition 4,871 cases are in bloom affliction workers.
Officials additionally appear 102 new deaths, bringing the absolute to 4,869.
11:31 a.m. – Allegheny Canton letters no new COVID-19 deaths for added day
The absolute charcoal at 144, and the canton has appear alone one added COVID-19 afterlife aback May 16. The cardinal of absolute cases added by 31 to 1,718, Administering of Bloom admiral appear Thursday. The cardinal of hospitalizations added by three to 313.
8:56 a.m. — CMU advisers say bisected of Cheep coronavirus advice from bots
Nearly bisected of the Cheep accounts overextension letters on the amusing media belvedere about the coronavirus communicable are acceptable bots, advisers at Carnegie Mellon University said on Wednesday.
Researchers adopted through added than 200 actor tweets aback January discussing the virus and activate that about 45% were beatific by accounts that behave added like computerized robots than humans.
It is too aboriginal to say actually what individuals or groups are abaft the bot accounts, but advisers said the tweets appeared aimed at sowing accommodation in America.
Read added from NPR here.
7:53 a.m. — How to aces your amusing break pods
Some individuals are basic alleged “pods” with baby groups of accompany or ancestors as a way to aggrandize amusing alternation while attached acknowledgment to the coronavirus.
People aural the aforementioned pod don’t physically ambit from anniversary other, alike if they alive in abstracted residences. But pod associates will still physically ambit from those alfresco the group.
“I anticipate it’s a abundant approach,” said Dr. Debra Bogen, arch of the Allegheny Canton Bloom Department. “People are absolutely ailing of actuality in their house. And they’re absolutely ailing of seeing aloof [the] bodies who alive in their households. And this allows array of actual bit-by-bit amplification of people’s concrete [interactions] and socialization.”
Read added here.
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
6:40 p.m. — Pennsylvania absolute absolute cases up to 64,412
The Pennsylvania Administering of Bloom said there were 746 added absolute cases of COVID-19 today. The cardinal of deaths has added by 143, to a absolute of 4,767.
“As counties move from red to yellow, we charge all Pennsylvanians to abide to chase the amusing break and acknowledgment efforts in place,” Secretary of Bloom Dr. Rachel Levine said in a release. “We charge abide to assure our best accessible Pennsylvanians, which includes our seniors, those with basal bloom issues, our healthcare workers and our aboriginal responders. I am appreciative of the assignment that Pennsylvanians accept done so far, but we cannot stop now, we charge abide to booty the all-important accomplish to assure ourselves from COVID-19.”
6:35 p.m. – Adolescent affliction industry to accept $51 million
Pennsylvania admiral are alpha to administer $51 actor of federal bang allotment to the state’s adolescent affliction providers, Gov. Tom Wolf appear Wednesday — a buoy to an industry acute to reopening the abridgement that advocates say is on the border of collapse.
Pennsylvania accustomed $106 actor of allotment to abutment adolescent affliction from the federal CARES Act. The antecedent disbursement, meant to advice the industry reopen as added than bisected of the counties in the accompaniment accept amorphous to affluence abeyance restrictions, will be broadcast to the state’s almost 7,000 accountant adolescent affliction providers in mid-to-late June.
Providers in those counties accept been apathetic to reopen, citing the aerial bulk of charwoman aliment and assurance gear, and lower acquirement due to afraid parents reluctant to accelerate their kids back.
The actual $55 actor will be broadcast afterward the achievement of a accompaniment abstraction attractive at the bread-and-butter appulse of the abeyance on providers, according to the governor’s office.
Read added about the allotment and impact.
5:51 p.m. — Allegheny Canton has no new deaths, 29 new cases
The absolute for the canton is now 1,687, and 144 deaths (no change from Tuesday).
Allegheny Canton Controlling Rich Fitzgerald says it’s time for the accompaniment to accede how assertive businesses can reopen. Admitting some retail in southwestern Pennsylvania has been accustomed to resume, gyms, beard salons and cine theaters abide closed.
“My adroitness is that the accompaniment is because that. I can’t accord a timeline on that,” said Fitzgerald. “But I would imagine, maybe aural the abutting few weeks, maybe to late-May to aboriginal June, to mid-June, we could see that happening.”
Fitzgerald says befitting businesses bankrupt for a long aeon is not alone arbitrary to proprietors, but additionally adverse to the community.
5:31 p.m. — Pa. drafting guidelines to pave the acknowledgment of sports
Pennsylvania is alive on guidelines to acquiesce antic events, exhibitions and leagues, both able and amateur, to get aback to “some affinity of normalcy” afterwards about aggregate shut bottomward to advice axis the advance of the coronavirus, Gov. Tom Wolf said Wednesday.
In a arrangement alarm with reporters, Wolf said he has been in blow with above able organizations including NASCAR, the NFL, NHL, Above League Baseball and others to bulk out how they can resume.
He said he accepted that his administering will, in the advancing days, aftermath guidelines for the assorted venues, sports and activities to resume. But, he said, the ultimate success of the contest and leagues will blow on whether bodies feel safe to appear and participate.
“In the end, the ultimate adjudicator of our fate actuality aback it comes to antic contest are action to be individuals who appetite to participate, individuals who appetite to be allotment of sports, whether its abecedarian or professional,” Wolf said. “And we’ve got to accomplish abiding that we them accord the aplomb to afresh go to these antic contest and feel safe, that they’re not demography their lives or bloom into their hands.”
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4:57 p.m. — Housing Authority provides internet to acceptance active in its properties
Pittsburgh’s Apartment Authority will accouter 870 acceptance active in the authority’s backdrop with aerial acceleration internet. The Pittsburgh Accessible Academy Lath accustomed the affiliation during a affair Wednesday. The bureau will additionally absorb about $300,000 to buy acceptance laptops for summer acquirements programs and the abutting academy year.
4:25 p.m. — Mobile testing assemblage to be in the Hill Commune tomorrow
Allegheny Bloom Network’s adaptable COVID-19 assemblage will be set up alfresco the Shop ‘N Save on Centre Avenue from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Bodies don’t charge a physician’s adjustment for testing, but an arrangement is required. AHN said bodies should get activated if they are experiencing affection or accept had acquaintance with accession who has been adulterated with the coronavirus.
An arrangement can be fabricated here.
4:17 p.m. — Watch: Families sing “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” in new video
The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh produced a video of submissions from families singing the archetypal song from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.
The statewide “1-4-3 Day of Kindness” anniversary Pittsburgher Fred Rogers takes abode on May 22.
4:01 p.m. — Lawsuit alleges Pennsylvania admiral are declining special-needs students
A brace of Bucks Canton families accept sued Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, Apprenticeship Secretary Pedro Rivera and the Pa. Administering of Apprenticeship in federal court, alleging that online apprenticeship for accouchement with autism during the coronavirus academy abeyance has been insufficient.
In a class-action clothing filed this week, the families — whose abounding names are not appear in the complaint — affirmation that “online acquirements is wholly bare to accommodated the needs of nonverbal and partially exact accouchement with autism who await upon…in-person instruction.”
The case raises key legal, financial, and ethical questions. Namely, are kids with appropriate needs accepting the apprenticeship they deserve during the coronavirus pandemic? And if they aren’t, will districts accept to pay?
The education of special-needs accouchement has loomed large since Pennsylvania schools bankrupt in mid-March, in allotment because of federal law that protects the rights of acceptance with disabilities. That law requires districts to accommodate abundant casework to acceptance with appropriate needs, a assignment complicated by the abrupt about-face to basic schooling.
Read added about the lawsuit.
2:46 p.m. — PSU develops affairs for the fall
Penn Accompaniment is still aiming to accompany acceptance aback to its campuses in the fall, and is advancing up with affairs for how to do that safely. That was one of the accommodation during a basic boondocks anteroom university leaders captivated Tuesday.
Vice Admiral for Apprentice Affairs Damon Sims is arch a assignment force focused on the acknowledgment to campus and community.
He said they’re because aggregate including alteration the bookish calendar; a alloy of alien and in-person classes; and assurance protocols to try to abbreviate risks to acceptance and faculty.
“From my perspective, the greater claiming is action to be activate alfresco the classroom breadth we accept beneath adeptness to ascendancy things,” Sims said.
He said students’ archetypal extracurricular amusing lives are action to advance to challenges to abbreviate the risks COVID-19 poses. He said those could accommodate interactions at fraternities, off campus housing, dining facilities, on buses, in apprentice organizations, and at coffee shops and lounges.
He acclaimed two-thirds of acceptance alive off-campus at University Park.
Read added about the university’s plans.
2:38 p.m. — Nearly 30 percent of Allegheny Canton voters activated to vote by mail
In its aftermost accessible affair afore the June 2 primary, the Allegheny Canton Lath of Elections met Tuesday to run through final accommodation and affairs for the accessible election, which could advance to higher-than-normal assembly admitting the blackmail of a all-around pandemic.
The lath heard that the county’s elections arrangement has accustomed 225,000 applications to vote by mail and candy 189,000 applications so far. It’s accustomed 42,000 completed ballots aback from voters.
“I’d like to acknowledge all the aggressive advisers at the administering of acclamation who accept been alive endlessly seven canicule a anniversary for the aftermost six weeks,” said Jerry Tyskiewicz, who active the administering of authoritative services.
Election workers are active in three shifts, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. to action applications, bend and mail ballots, with abetment from advisers from the cloister annal administering and melancholia esplanade staff.
Read added about affairs for the accessible primary.
1:01 p.m. — Weddings accustomed beneath “yellow” phase
Summer weddings are acceptable beneath the “yellow” appearance of the state’s plan to affluence the calm order. Bloom Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine says gatherings charge be beneath than 25 people.
“We still would acclaim amusing break and the cutting of masks, duke abrasion and the use of duke sanitizer,” Levine said.
Under the state’s three-tier plan, larger weddings could be permitted when counties reach “phase green,” which added eases restrictions on accessible events.
11:19 a.m. – Technical affair delays Allegheny Canton COVID numbers
The canton Bloom Administering says issues with its advertisement arrangement accept prevented admiral from extracting the latest abstracts and aren’t abiding aback it’ll be available. The canton about releases adapted abstracts about the cardinal of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths about 11 a.m. anniversary day.
Due to technology issues with PA-NEDSS today, the Bloom Administering has been clumsy to abstract the county-specific abstracts for today’s 11 AM update. As anon as the abstracts is available, we will accommodate today’s update. We do not accept a time anatomy for aback this may occur. pic.twitter.com/dozWL3dHBi
— Allegheny Canton Bloom Administering (@HealthAllegheny) May 20, 2020
9:56 a.m. — Airport travelers accountable to new assurance guidelines
Travelers and agents at Pittsburgh International Airport are now accountable to new assurance guidelines as the airport prepares for added flights to resume. All bodies entering the airport are appropriate to abrasion face coverings. Basement at gates and added areas is now bound to acquiesce for amusing distancing, and hand-sanitizing stations are accessible throughout the airport.
9:10 a.m. — Food coffer captivation emergency distribution
The Pittsburgh Association Aliment Coffer is captivation an emergency drive-up administering from apex to 2 p.m. today at Pittsburgh International Airport. The aliment coffer is able to serve up to 1000 cartage – anniversary will accept two boxes of food.
7:52 a.m. — Maryland sees bigger jump in COVID cases afterwards reopening
The Maryland Administering of Bloom appear 1,784 anew accepted COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, ambience a new aerial mark four canicule afterwards the accompaniment began reopening its economy. Maryland is now advertisement 41,546 cases, including about 2,000 bodies who accept died from the disease.
Along with the new absolute tests, 5,368 bodies activated abrogating for the coronavirus in the 24 hours arch up to 10 a.m. ET — acceptation almost 25% of the 7,152 tests in that aeon resulted in absolute diagnoses.
The fasten in new cases comes added than two weeks afterwards Maryland’s antecedent aerial of 1,730 cases, The Baltimore Sun reported. Read added from NPR here.
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
6:46 p.m. — Officials alarm for added testing beyond Allegheny County
Allegheny Canton Democratic Councilor Bethany Hallam said she affairs to acquaint legislation for accepted testing at the canton bastille and Kane Association Active Center at tonight’s board meeting.
Dozens accept been adulterated at the jail. Added than 100 bodies accept activated absolute at Kane’s Glen Hazel facility, breadth 18 association accept died from COVID-19. Accepted testing is logistically challenging. The coronavirus spreads rapidly, so a actuality can calmly become adulterated afterwards testing negative. But Hallam says an antecedent annular of testing is bigger than nothing.
“Then at the actual atomic we accept a snapshot in time of breadth we are with COVID-19 aural these facilities,” Hallam said. “And afresh consulting with the medical experts action forward, we will adjudge how consistently this needs to be done.”
Last week, the Wolf Administering alleged for accepted testing of all Pennsylvania nursing homes residents. However, acquiescence is voluntary.
Kane’s controlling administrator says it’s cat-and-mouse for advice from the accompaniment on how to conduct accepted testing. The jail’s administrator says the ability is afterward instructions from its medical provider, the county, accompaniment and Centers for Ache Ascendancy and Prevention.
Meanwhile, the Burghal of Duquesne wants Allegheny Canton to actualize a adaptable coronavirus testing unit. Admitting contempo increases in availability, abounding bodies still abridgement admission to testing. One issue, said Duquesne emergency administrator Tammy Pratt, is that abounding association don’t accept cars.
“They await on accessible transportation, jitney, Uber, to get them to a testing site,” Pratt said. “And generally times, alike aback that fails, they try calling a ancestors member.”
These forms of busline accompany potentially adulterated bodies into acquaintance with advantageous people, acceptance the virus to spread. Allegheny Canton was not able to acknowledge to a appeal for comment.
6:42 p.m. —- Wolf vetoes Republican-backed bill he says violates state’s break of powers
The legislation would accept apoplectic the conception of new accompaniment regulations until afterwards the governor’s COVID-19 emergency acknowledgment expires.
Supporters say the abeyance would accord admiral added time to focus on the pandemic.
But PennEnvironment’s David Masur said—because the acknowledgment doesn’t accept an end date—the admeasurement could finer stop new regulations.
“Because one crisis comes up doesn’t beggarly addition crisis goes away. We accept to accouterment assorted challenges adverse the commonwealth and we accept to do that aback there’s a communicable or not,” Masur said.
More than 60 environmental, faith, civic, and apple-pie action groups active a letter allurement assembly to vote adjoin the bill.
6:25 p.m. —Pittsburgh Burghal Board approves COVID-19 ancestral disinterestedness assignment force
The bill was backed by councilors Ricky Burgess and Daniel Lavelle. One ambition for the assignment force is to ensure communities of blush accept the bloom assets they charge during the pandemic.
The assignment force will accommodate adopted officials, as able-bodied as accessible bloom experts and association organizers with acquaintance in atramentous communities. The legislation says disinterestedness should be a “core element” in responding to the pandemic.
6:10 p.m. —1Hood asks: “What does atramentous Pittsburgh charge to apperceive about COVID-19?”
When 1Hood Media and the UrbanKind Institute partnered for a one-off basic boondocks anteroom two months ago, organizers didn’t apprehend to accomplish it a annual event. But architect and CEO Jasiri X says absorption in online learning, government response, brainy health, chase outcomes and added aggressive he and others to annex out.
The advancing alternation “What Does Atramentous Pittsburgh Charge to Apperceive About Covid-19?” covers whatever the association demands, Jasiri says. “Not alone bodies are listening,” he tells The Confluence, “people are engaged.”
While borough abstracts on chase and mortality remains unavailable, ante appear piecemeal by alone cities appearance atramentous and amber communities are broadly added acceptable to arrangement and book worse with the ache than their white counterparts.
Listen to the abounding chat from The Confluence.
5:03 p.m. —Real acreage action to resume in Pennsylvania
Real acreage sales and accompanying action can resume beyond Pennsylvania if guidelines advised to absolute infection are followed, Gov. Tom Wolf appear Tuesday.
The governor’s new advice says bodies in the absolute acreage industry can get aback to assignment as continued as they all abrasion masks or added facial coverings, and use abstracted cartage to drive to appointment properties.
Business that is conducted in actuality charge be appointed advanced of time and bound to no added than the absolute acreage artisan and two bodies central a acreage at a time.
Property showings will accept to be appointed at atomic 30 annual apart, and aliment will be banned during in-person absolute acreage business activities.
Parts of affairs that can be performed electronically or contrarily accidentally should be done that way, Wolf said.
3:44 p.m. — Legislators appetite alfresco basement by Memorial Day
State legislators from the Pittsburgh breadth are amidst those allurement Gov. Tom Wolf to acquiesce alfresco basement at restaurants by Memorial Day.
As added counties admission the chicken appearance of reopening during the coronavirus pandemic, six Democratic legislators on the Abode Liquor Ascendancy Committee active a letter to Wolf backward Monday requesting the change. They say alfresco dining can accompany new business to restaurants afterwards compromising accessible health. Legislators from Allegheny Canton who active the letter were Dan Deasy, Anita Astorino Kulik, and Adam Ravenstahl.
3:02 p.m. — State treasury will activate arising acreage tax and hire rebates aboriginal this year
State rebates are about issued in July, but the Wolf administering will alpha sending them this week to try to advice Pennsylvanians action the banking accountability of the pandemic.
Residents age 65 and older, widows and widowers age 50 and older, and adults with disabilities could be acceptable for the acreage tax and hire abatement program.
The accompaniment issues about 500,000 rebates anniversary year to low assets association who qualify.
State Treasurer Joe Torsella said this is a arduous process, abnormally with best agents alive remotely. But, he said, they owe it to Pennsylvanians.
“The bulletin we’re sending to some of our best accessible Pennsylvanians, is: we apprehend you, we accept what you are action through, we are accomplishing aggregate in our ability to advice and we accept we assignment for you,” Torsella said.
Recipients could accept up to $975 from the state.
The administering affairs to affair 60,000 rebates per week. The affairs is adjourned by the Pennsylvania Lottery and acquirement from slots gaming.
2:45 p.m. — New advertisement procedures at abiding affliction facilities
Starting this anniversary Pennsylvania will be accepting a added absolute breakdown of the COVID-19 deaths in the state. Up till now the accompaniment acclimated a mix of abstracts appear through two altered systems.
The attempts to accommodate the two sources of abstracts has led to delays in advertisement and discrepancies in afterlife counts.
Health Secretary Rachel Levine said the accompaniment is now application alone use one arrangement to aggregate data, which will advice the commonwealth accommodated federal advertisement requirements.
“It’s action to be abundant to the ability depending aloft how abounding cases of COVID 19 they have,” Levine said. “We accept accessories that accept a cogent bulk of COVID-19 cases, [and] they’ll be activated abnormally than a ability that has a few.”
Long appellation affliction accessories accomplish up for added than two-thirds of the added than 45,000 COVID-19 fatalities in the state. The accompaniment will accredit COVID-19 deaths to the canton breadth a actuality accurately resided, not breadth they died. Levine says coroner letters are not consistently constant on this because of bounded requirements.
2:39 p.m. — Cameras on PPS-issued computers disabled because of aloofness concerns
The 23,000 acceptance in the Pittsburgh Accessible Schools commune cannot video arrangement with their agents aback they’re allurement questions or commutual assignments.
The commune chose to attenuate computer cameras that would acquiesce video conversations because of aloofness concerns.
“The accessories were action into parents homes and we didn’t apperceive if it would be bright to parents that there would be a camera on the accessory that would about be able to see into their home,” said Ted Dwyer, the district’s arch accountability officer.
Dwyer, the district’s Arch Accountability Officer, is acceptable the Advice Technology aggregation in the absence of a commune Technology Director. So far the commune has spent about $3 actor to acquirement 5,000 laptops and 7,000 Chromebooks for students. The commune surveyed families two weeks afterwards schools initially bankrupt and activate that a majority bare accessories in adjustment for acceptance to complete assignments online.
Read added about the accessories and the district’s basic learning.
1:55 p.m. — State parks activate phased reopening Friday
Pennsylvania accompaniment esplanade and backwoods accessories will activate a phased reopening Friday. Esplanade and backwoods offices and covering and RV camping in chicken appearance counties will be open, according to the Administering of Conservation and Accustomed Resources. The Adirondack-style shelters in Laurel Ridge will additionally reopen Friday.
Facilities like cabins, cottages, lodges and yurts are accepted to accessible June 12.
All nine marinas in accompaniment parks are open, or will accessible on their archetypal aperture date. Shoreline ballast sites at all accompaniment parks additionally are open. Boat concessions in chicken counties are acceptable to open, but according to the DCNR, abounding are not.
Picnic tables in accompaniment parks will be advance out to abstain crowds. The DCNR recommends campsites and cabins alone be acclimated by associates active in the aforementioned household.
Events with added than 25 bodies are still banned in chicken counties. If the accident is beneath 25 bodies it will be acceptable to action outside, but not inside.
All barbecue pavilions, playgrounds, attributes comedy areas, analytic centers, amphitheaters, and accumulation camping accessories statewide will abide bankrupt indefinitely.
The administering has appear an online map annual what accompaniment parks and backwoods accessories are accessible by county. The map will be adapted as counties move through the reopening phases.
The DCNR suggests the afterward guidelines to advice abstain acknowledgment to COVID-19 while adequate the outdoors:
Facilities abide bankrupt in red counties, but all accompaniment parks and forests will now accept at atomic one bathroom accessible for use during the day.
12:32 p.m. — Statewide COVID-19 cases admission by 610
The accompaniment Administering of Bloom letters the absolute cardinal of absolute cases now stands at 63,666. Approximately 4,600 of those cases are in bloom affliction workers. In nursing and claimed affliction homes beyond Pennsylvania, there are 16,003 cases amidst association and employees.
The accompaniment additionally appear 119 new deaths, bringing the absolute to 4,624.
11:29 a.m. — Allegheny Canton COVID cases admission by 17
The Allegheny Canton Administering of Bloom letters the absolute cardinal of absolute cases is now at 1,658, which includes 89 apparent cases. The cardinal of COVID-19 deaths added by one, to 144, 11 of which are advised probable.
10:17 a.m. — Health secretary says nursing home testing will booty added time
Pennsylvania Bloom Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine says testing all association and agents for COVID-19 at nursing homes beyond the accompaniment could booty up to a month. Speaking on NPR’s Morning Edition, Levine said accompaniment and bartering labs now accept abundant aliment to conduct added boundless COVID-19 testing.
“It has been absolutely arduous to get the testing accommodation available,” Levine said.”There accept been challenges in accepting the reagents, the swabs, and the viral media to be able to do that.”
The accompaniment has launched a pilot affairs for testing in nursing homes and is planning to aggrandize testing this week. Levine did not accompaniment the exact cardinal of accessories or agents in band for testing.
8:12 a.m. — Gov. Wolf discourages anniversary beach-going
With the Memorial Day anniversary weekend approaching, Gov. Tom Wolf is analytic the acumen of beach-going, alike as governors in added states reopen their beaches admitting worries that the coronavirus beginning could billow again. Beaches up and bottomward the East Coast will be accessible this weekend, admitting with social-distance advice advancing from accompaniment and bounded officials. Wolf, however, took a dim appearance Monday of beach-going while the virus is spreading. He said he wouldn’t go to the bank and that he’s not abiding why the governors of Maryland and New Jersey opened their beaches. Governors in New York and Delaware are additionally reopening beaches. Read added here.
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5:52 p.m. — City prepares to reimagine streets as abridgement begins to reopen
With the abating acclimate and the burghal of Pittsburgh absolutely in the chicken appearance of Gov. Tom Wolf’s reopening plan, added bodies are abrogation their houses. A Burghal of Pittsburgh task force has proposed a cardinal of means that streets and alteration could be adapted to antithesis the demands of concrete break with an admission in bread-and-butter activity.
In a letter to Mayor Bill Peduto, the Streets and Mobility Assignment Force fatigued its recommendations are not meant to be all-encompassing.
“It is a accelerated acknowledgment to an burning charge for artistic problem-solving,” wrote Allen Biehler, the armchair of the assignment force and the above secretary of PennDOT. “No one admeasurement or one admission will clothing all places, contexts and needs.”
The address recommends bright signage beyond the burghal to advice bodies cross anew adapted expectations in aggregate spaces, suggests administering alternate assignment alpha times to advance out alteration demand, and offers means to reimagine parking lanes, accessible lots and commitment services.
Read added about the recommendations.
5:22 p.m. — Department of Bloom pushes aback absolution of COVID-19 cases in nursing homes
The administering had said letters on the cardinal of coronavirus cases and deaths in all of the state’s abiding affliction accessories would alpha advancing out today, about it’s been pushed aback until tomorrow. Bloom Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine didn’t action a specific annual for the hold-up, but said it’s been important to adjust the accompaniment and federal governments’ abstracts advertisement systems.
4:45 p.m. — Has the communicable bankrupt up the air?
A lot of bodies are talking about air affection these days, adage the sky looks bluer, the air smells fresher — there’s aloof article altered about it.
Springtime and the COVID-19 abeyance began simultaneously, creating a cardinal moment for air affection and the scientists who abstraction air pollution. While the coronavirus raged through cities and beyond the country, air affection advisers were accepted the allowance of a accustomed experiment, one that would be actual difficult to replicate.
Read added from our partners, StateImpact Pennsylvania, about emissions during the coronavirus pandemic.
3:45 p.m. — Metered parking administration resumes this week
The administration begins afresh on Wednesday in the Central Business Commune Downtown. The Pittsburgh Parking Authority says the aboriginal half-hour of parking will be chargeless briefly to advice with take-out and analeptic services. The Burghal of Pittsburgh hasn’t monitored parking aback the shut-down in mid-March and began arising warnings burghal today.
3:33 p.m. — Goodwill donation centers to reopen this week
Eight stores, including those in Cranberry, Butler and Lawrenceville reopened to barter today. Shoppers will be appropriate to abrasion masks and there will be a absolute on the cardinal of bodies accustomed inside.
Goodwill’s David Tobiczyk said operations at the donation centers are a little altered now. Instead of anon processing and charwoman items, they’ll be captivated for 72 hours afore distribution.
“So they’re about quarantined,” Tobiczyk said.
Spring is about the busiest division for donations, Tobiczyk said, and afterwards closing in mid-March, the food accustomed a abandonment from Gov. Tom Wolf to action no-contact drop-offs.
“People actuality at home, defective article to do, charwoman up and advancing out and bushing up our no-contact bins absolutely well,” Tobicyzk said.
Other Goodwill food in the arena will reopen on a rolling base this week.
3:07 p.m. — Uber lays off bags of employees
Uber is laying off addition 3,000 advisers as it tries to acclimate the accident to its business from the coronavirus pandemic.
The layoffs appear beneath than two weeks afterwards the company cut 3,700 jobs and said it would annihilate $1 billion in costs this year.
With millions of bodies blockage home to apathetic the virus’s spread, ride-hailing has suffered. Uber says appeal for rides was bottomward 80% in April. Rival Lyft has additionally laid off agents because of coast demand. Read added here.
1:50 p.m. — More than 1 actor Pennsylvanians appeal mail-in ballots
That includes 700,000 Democrats and 310,000 Republicans. For the aboriginal time, voters can access mail-in ballots afterwards accouterment one of the excuses that accept continued been appropriate for absentee voting. Added than 220,000 Pennsylvanians accept requested absentee ballots for the primary as well.
Those who vote in actuality will see the furnishings of the COVID-19 communicable in the anatomy of amusing break guidelines and beneath polling places. Accompaniment acclamation admiral are advancement bodies to analysis online to see whether their precincts accept been confused or circumscribed for the primary. Read added here.
12:25 p.m. — State letters 822 new COVID cases
The Pennsylvania Administering of Bloom letters the cardinal of COVID-19 cases is now at 63,057. Of those, 4,479 are from bloom affliction workers. Nursing and claimed affliction home association and agents annual for 15,737 cases. The cardinal of deaths statewide added by 87, bringing the absolute to 4,505.
So far, added than 277,000 bodies statewide accept activated abrogating for COVID-19.
11:34 a.m. — Allegheny Canton COVID deaths abide flat
For the added day in a row, Allegheny Canton appear no new COVID-19 deaths. The absolute charcoal at 143, breadth it’s been aback Saturday. The canton did address two new hospitalizations, bringing the absolute to 294. The cardinal of absolute cases 1,641, up from 1,603 the antecedent day.
9:24 a.m. — CMU-built app helps trace coronavirus
Public bloom admiral accept cited acquaintance archetype as a key allotment of appropriation lockdowns and continuing to anticipate the advance of the coronavirus; a new app developed at Carnegie Mellon University could accomplish the accomplishment easier.
NOVID traces users and warns them about acknowledgment risks in their network. If a user tells the app if they’ve activated absolute for the virus, bodies that accept appear into acquaintance with that user afresh will accept a notification. Afterwards a user letters positive, their arrangement is alone alerted once. Afresh those users can adjudge whether or not it’s in their best absorption to get activated or go abreast a about who could be at college accident for astringent furnishings of the virus.
The added bodies who download the app, the bigger it works. Read added here.
8:32 a.m. — Dept. of Bloom to address alone nursing home numbers
The Pennsylvania Administering of Bloom is planning to activate advertisement COVID-19 abstracts for alone nursing homes and added abiding affliction accessories starting today. Coronavirus deaths at nursing homes accept accounted for about two-thirds of the accompaniment total. Allegheny Canton appear no new deaths or hospitalizations accompanying to the coronavirus Sunday. Eight added association activated positive. Statewide, the cardinal of deaths added by 15.
7:29 a.m. — Pennsylvanians can now get 13 weeks of unemployment
Pennsylvania association can now get up to 13 added weeks of unemployment benefits. Workers are acceptable if they’re unemployed amid March 29 and Dec. 26 of this year, accept beat approved unemployment by the anniversary catastrophe July 6 or later, and are accessible for and actively gluttonous work. Benefit amounts are the aforementioned as approved unemployment and are based on appear earnings. Recipients are advantaged to an added $600 a anniversary in federal benefits. Added advice is accessible on the Pennsylvania Administering of Labor and Industry website.
6:42 a.m. — What you absent over the weekend
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