covid-19

‘It took me six days to get a test result back’: Pa. Senate staffer says he’s negative for coronavirus

BY: and - March 16, 2020

The staffer, speaking to the Capital-Star on condition of anonymity, said they were tested Friday after experiencing respiratory symptoms. They did not expect results until Thursday.

Philly closes all courts, and non-essential businesses and gov’t offices

BY: - March 16, 2020

The action by Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney comes in response to a growing number of COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania's largest city.

COVID-19 Outbreak: Inmate advocate group calls for ‘Decarceration’ of Allegheny County Jail

BY: - March 16, 2020

By Charlie Deitch PITTSBURGH — An alliance of elected officials and other organizations led by the Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration, a statewide advocacy group for individuals in lockup, is calling for the “decarceration” of the Allegheny County Jail in light of the COVID-19 virus. While drastic steps have been taken to slow the […]

COVID-19 Outbreak: Pittsburgh bans gatherings of more than 50 people

BY: - March 16, 2020

By Charlie Deitch On Sunday night, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto ordered a ban on all gatherings of more than 50 people. Peduto already had issued an executive order imposing several mandates taking effect [Monday], including a ban on gatherings of more than 250 people. According to a statement: The City of Pittsburgh, following protocols announced this […]

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Coronavirus, kids and school closings: Four questions answered | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 16, 2020

Students across Pennsylvania will be home for the next 10 days starting today. Here's what you need to know.

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As the coronavirus spreads, Trump shows just how unfit he is to lead | Dick Polman

BY: - March 16, 2020

What we're saddled with today is not Churchill at his best, but vaudeville at its worst.

Officials vigilant as cybercriminals seek profit in coronavirus

BY: - March 16, 2020

Officials are warning people to be on the lookout for cybercriminals looking to use the COVID-19 crisis to their advantage.

Exclusive: As Legislature returns, non-essential House Dem employees are told to stay home

BY: - March 15, 2020

With the state House returning to session on Monday, not all of the workers who support the House Democratic Caucus will be returning to work.

Wolf admin: State employees in COVID-19 ‘mitigation’ counties should work from home

BY: - March 15, 2020

The guidance from the administration is subject to change, the administration said in a statement released to the Capital-Star.

Two new Allegheny County COVID-19 cases: One hospitalized, one in home isolation

BY: - March 15, 2020

There are now four cases in Allegheny County, according to health officials.

Pa. up to 63 COVID-19 cases, health officials say, as virus spreads to NePa and Lehigh Valley

BY: and - March 15, 2020

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Sunday has confirmed 16 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 63 cases. Those new cases are: One in Allegheny County; one in Bucks County; two in Cumberland County; one in Delaware County; one in Lehigh County; one in Luzerne County; three in Monroe County; four in […]

COVID-19 Outbreak: Pa. Aging Dept. issues guidance for seniors

BY: - March 15, 2020

The guidance issued Sunday pertains to Area Agencies on Aging statewide, which provide services to 500 affiliated senior community centers across Pennsylvania.