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March 16-20 Explained: COVID-19 Preparedness In Pittsburgh, Schools Closed And A Halt To Evictions

Liz Reid
90.5 WESA
An encouraging sign is posted on the corner of Penn Avenue and Main Street in Pittsburgh's Bloomfield neighborhood.

It's been a weird week in Pittsburgh and all over the country. The threat of the coronavirus has people staying home, schools and businesses are closed, events are canceled. Families are at home taking care of young children and pharmacies and grocery stores are busier than ever as people prepare for what could be a protracted period of social distancing. 

Helping explain the headlines this week from the WESA newsroom:

More than 180 Pennsylvanians have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and that number is expected to rise. 

Follow WESA's live blog for frequent updates. And if you're up for an educational walk, check in for historical tours curated by producer Katie Blackley.


Pittsburgh Explainer is hosted by Liz Reid and produced by Katie Blackley. New episodes come out every Friday. Subscribe on iTunesGoogle PlayStitcher and Spotify.

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. kblackley@wesa.fm
Liz Reid began working at WESA in 2013 as a general assignment reporter and weekend host. Since then, she’s worked as the Morning Edition producer, health & science reporter and as an editor.