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March 9-13 Explained: Universities Move Online, Events Cancelled Amid COVID-19 Preparations

Katie Blackley
90.5 WESA
A bottle of hand sanitizer sits in the mostly-empty Cathedral of Learning on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh, where students have been advised not to return to campus on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.

Coronavirus has now spread to more than 100 countries, representing two-thirds of the world’s population. In Pittsburgh, large events are being canceled; college classes are moving online; and everyone’s taking extra long to wash their hands.

Helping explain the headlines this week from the WESA newsroom:

All of the positive cases are currently in the eastern part of the state in Bucks, Delaware, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Pike and Wayne counties. 

No cases have been confirmed in Allegheny County. 

Carnegie Mellon University, the University of PittsburghDuquesne UniversityChatham University, Carlow University, and Robert Morris University announced they are switching all classes to online instruction as the schools prepare for a possible spread of COVID-19

​Mayor Bill Peduto said Pittsburgh will continue its normal operations as city workers prepare for the potential spread the virus. 

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Katie Blackley is a digital editor/producer for 90.5 WESA, where she writes, edits and generates both web and on-air content for features and daily broadcast. She's the producer and host of our Good Question! series and podcast. She also covers history and the LGBTQ community.