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April 6-10 Explained: Flattening The Curve, ACLU Sues The Jail & Rancor In Harrisburg

Katie Blackley
90.5 WESA
The marquee of the Byham Theater in Downtown Pittsburgh reads "This is just intermission. Stay safe and healthy. We'll see you soon."

Allegheny County residents are eager to see if the curve of COVID-19 cases is flattening and wondering when life might return to normal. 

Pennsylvania schools will remain shuttered for the rest of the academic year because of the coronavirus pandemic under a new state order Gov. Tom Wolf's education secretary signed the closure order Thursday.


Allegheny County officials say they are cautiously optimistic that efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus are working

Helping explain the headlines this week:

Allegheny County reported Wednesday that an inmate at the county jail has tested positive for COVID-19. It's the first case among jail inmates, and officials say both the prisoner and the prisoner's cell mate have been quarantined. 

The news came just hours after the county and its jail warden, Orlando Harper, were sued in a federal class-action lawsuit for allegedly not doing enough to limit the spread of coronavirus behind bars. 

Democrats and Republicans in the state House of Representatives disagree over legislation drafted in response to the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the response and measures enacted by Wolf.



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 of Pittsburgh Explainer and our Good Question! series. She also covers history and the LGBTQ community.
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