Coronavirus

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State health authorities revised Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 death toll upwards by more than 200 people Thursday – the latest in a series of efforts to bring the count in line with local totals. But other key metrics showed that both the state and Allegheny County are wrestling down the virus’ spread.

Businesses across Pennsylvania submitted more than 42,000 requests to stay open amid Gov. Tom Wolf’s March 19 shutdown order. At least 6,000 were approved, according to a list released late Friday by the Pa. Department of Community and Economic Development.

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Third-party food-delivery apps like Grubhub, Doordash and Uber Eats can seem great to diners who don’t want to cook for themselves but don’t want to leave home, either.

Allegheny County

The Allegheny County Board of Health on Wednesday held its first meeting since the stay-at-home order was put in place by Gov. Tom Wolf due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. 

Nursing Home Crisis Doesn't Deter A County From Mutiny

May 13, 2020
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Beaver County is among the counties planning to defy Gov. Tom Wolf, advising residents that it will operate under the looser coronavirus restrictions being allowed elsewhere in Pennsylvania, an official said Wednesday.

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On today's program: How one business owner plans to adapt as she reopens this weekend; some rural hospitals are struggling to imagine a financial future; and performance arts students and teachers adapt to virtual learning.

Pa. Department of Corrections

The State Correctional Institution at Huntingdon reported Tuesday that 136 inmates and 38 staff have tested positive for COVID-19, the largest number among all Pennsylvania state prisons. 

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The Pennsylvania State Police do not plan to take a harder line approach to enforcing Gov. Tom Wolf’s shutdown order, even as some local officials pledge to reopen without the governor’s permission.

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After nearly two months of lockdown, some area businesses can resume operations on Friday. Dozens of new state rules are meant to guide the reopening across much of southwestern Pennsylvania, but there’s still a lot of uncertainty, said Audrey Russo, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Technology Council.

CCAC North Library

When Westmoreland County Community College transitioned to remote learning due to the coronavirus, the school asked students what they needed to stay in school.

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Both Allegheny County and the state of Pennsylvania reported a spike in deaths related to COVID-19 on Wednesday – and separately, Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration pledged to track the disease’ impact on the state’s LGBT community.

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Pennsylvania House Republicans  -- including one from Allegheny County -- are calling on every district attorney in the state to intervene on behalf of business owners who want to reopen in counties where Gov. Tom Wolf’s business closures are still in place.

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“Ghost town” is a phrase that’s been used to describe medical facilities in both urban and rural Pennsylvania.

Bill O'Driscoll / 90.5 WESA

It’s one thing to learn economics or world history off a lecture on Zoom. But try it with dance, acting – or tuba.

Courtesy of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Much of southwestern Pennsylvania is moving into the “yellow” phase of reopening this week. Library staff in those counties can begin to plan to resume in-person operations, as well as order supplies such as gloves and masks to protect employees and patrons. However, it will be a while until they can open their doors, said Suzanne Thinnes, communications manager for Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, or CLP.

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Gas prices tumbled over the past two months as the economy shut down during the coronavirus pandemic.

Dan Zampogna / Office of Gov. Tom Wolf

Nearly two months into Pennsylvania’s coronavirus-induced lockdown, tension over when and how to reopen the state appears to be reaching a boiling point.

Gene J. Puskar / AP

Both Allegheny County and the state as a whole posted only modest numbers of new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

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Pennsylvania's top prosecutor has opened criminal investigations into several nursing homes amid a coronavirus outbreak that has killed 2,600 residents of nursing homes and other facilities that care for older adults, more than two-thirds of the state’s death toll, his office announced Tuesday.

Seth Wenig / AP

Outside the nursing home where Julie Moore works, there are no signs thanking heroic health care workers. No volunteers bringing trays of hot food or homemade masks to her colleagues. Instead, day in and day out, there are ambulances. They pick up residents, take them to the hospital, and bring them back.

KATIE BLACKLEY / 90.5 WESA

On Friday big changes are coming to southwest Pennsylvania as the region will transition from the red to the yellow phase of COVID-19 reopenings.

Keith Srakocic / AP

 

  On today's program: Hospitals want more money from the state after taking big financial hits during the coronavirus; Point Park University launches a new play reading series; and some Pennsylvania daycares are reopening amid major challenges.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

Gov. Tom Wolf's education secretary told lawmakers on Monday that he expects students to go back to school in the fall, and the Department of Education will provide guidance in the coming weeks to prepare teachers and staff to return to school buildings.

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New Jersey-based Allaire Health Services will take over temporary management of Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in Beaver County. The Pennsylvania Department of Health said on Monday that the company will remain in place until the rate of infection at the facility is “substantially reduced.” Allaire Health Services did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Sarah Schneider / 90.5 WESA

County sales-tax revenue has plummeted during the coronavirus pandemic, and that’s bad news for groups that depend on funding from the Allegheny Regional Asset District, or RAD.

Wolf Administration Warns Businesses Defying Shutdown Order

May 11, 2020
Matt Rourke / AP

Gov. Tom Wolf attacked local elected officials making plans to reopen in defiance of his shutdown orders as cowards deserting the pandemic battlefield, threatening Monday to block aid to rebellious Pennsylvania counties in an escalating political fight over his administration's handling of the coronavirus.

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Gwen Marcus spends her days disinfecting toys and surfaces touched by the 10 children in her care.

Mark Scolforo / AP

Late Friday, the Wolf Administration released a list of 6,123 Pennsylvania companies that were granted waivers from a state shutdown order closing all non-life-sustaining businesses. The late-day disclosure came amid mounting calls for transparency about the program, though it seems unlikely to silence them.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

The day after Gov. Tom Wolf announced plans to ease some coronavirus restrictions in Allegheny and nearby counties, Allegheny reported 31 new cases of the disease. In all, the county has tracked 1,486 cases of COVID-19 since March. Saturday’s total is on the high side for recent days, but still comfortably below the roughly 43-cases-per-day average needed to meet a state target for being placed in “yellow” status.  

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