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April 3-9 Explained: More Vaccine Eligibility, Eviction Law Changes & News At A PA Detention Center

On this week’s Explainer:

Gov. Tom Wolf visited the Mon Valley’s first vaccination site this week. Health and science reporter Sarah Boden was there, and says the governor was optimistic about the state’s rollout. The clinic at Bethlehem Baptist Church is run by the Allegheny County Health Department, and comes as Pennsylvania prepares to make the COVID-19 vaccine available to every residents age 16 or older on April 19.

Pittsburgh City Council unanimously agreed to scale back a moratorium on evictions. On Tuesday, councilors removed a provision that required landlords to renew leases for tenants whose failure to pay rent was due to the coronavirus. Government and accountability reporter Ariel Worthy reports it also lowered fines for landlords who violate the moratorium.

The federal government has proposed more bed space in the Berks Family Residential Center, which wasn’t publicly available until news organizations filed a Right-to-Know request. WITF’s Anthony Orozco was among those reporters, and explains what the proposal would mean for immigrant families who could be housed in Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh Explainer is hosted by Liz Reid and produced by Katie Blackley. New episodes come out every Friday. Listen on the NPR One app or subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

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. kblackley@wesa.fm
Liz Reid oversees newsroom operations at WESA. She 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. You can reach her at lreid@wesa.fm.
Lucy Perkins covers federal government and elections on the Government and Accountability team. In 2019, she won a national Edward R. Murrow award for her reporting on abortion laws in Pennsylvania. Before joining the WESA newsroom, she was an NPR producer in Washington, D.C., working on news programs like All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. You can reach her at lperkins@wesa.fm.