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Oct. 24-30 Explained: Election Anticipation, Local COVID-19 Case Surge & Most Students Stay Virtual

Katie Blackley
90.5 WESA
A medical worker grabs a specimen bag from a patient at a COVID-19 testing site in Pittsburgh's South Hills.

This week on the Explainer:

COVID-19 cases are rising in Pennsylvania, with more than 40,000 people testing positive this month. Health and science reporter Sarah Boden breaks down the numbers, noting health officials say there isn’t a particular source of new infections.

Government and accountability editor Chris Potter previews a very different kind of Election Day next week. Many counties will begin tabulating ballots on Nov. 3, but it’s anyone’s guess when that counting will be completed.  

Thousands of Pittsburgh Public Schools students were slated to return to classrooms on Nov. 9. But education reporter Sarah Schneider said this week the school board voted to keep most kids home until January.

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.