PENNSYLVANIA – Developments in the new coronavirus outbreak continue to unfold rapidly in Pennsylvania. The crisis has caused the closure of schools and businesses across the state, and a statewide Stay-at-Home order has been imposed by the governor.
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President Donald Trump has approved Pennsylvania’s request for a major disaster declaration amid the coronavirus crisis, which will provide additional federal assistance for state, county and municipal governments.
Here are additional updates:
Thursday, April 30
State officials will conduct an audit of how Pennsylvania handled its business waiver process during the coronavirus shutdown, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced Thursday. MORE.
About half of Pennsylvania residents disapprove of the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, and a majority disapprove of President Donald Trump’s performance during the crisis, according to an informal reader survey Patch conducted Thursday. MORE.
Wednesday, April 29
A Delaware County shop owner is planning to defy the governor’s closure order, saying she has little choice. Nichole Missino, owner of Giovanni’s barbershop in Media, said she plans to reopen her business on May 9. MORE.
Small steps towards a reopening will begin this week in Pennsylvania, as officials are expected on Friday to announce the first counties that will be permitted to lift some of the coronavirus mitigation measures. MORE.
Golf courses are permitted to reopen across the state on May 1, but duffers who are expecting a return to normal on the links during the coronavirus outbreak likely will be disappointed. Here are the changes you can expect. MORE.
Tuesday, April 28
Philadelphia and the southeastern portion of the state is past the peak in coronavirus cases, state officials said Tuesday. MORE.
To show national unity amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Navy and Air Force dispatched their demonstration jet squadrons to the Philadelphia area. See photos and videos here. MORE.
Monday, April 27
All of the state’s golf courses, marinas, guided fishing trips, and privately owned campgrounds can reopen on May 1. MORE.
The Blue Angels and Thunderbird demonstration jet squadrons will be flying over Philadelphia and New Jersey.MORE
“I don’t have an estimate,” Health Secretary Rachel Levine said Monday when probed about offering some sort of timeline for the Philadelphia region’s reopening. MORE.
Sunday, April 26
State officials have provided additional details on the metrics that will be used to determine when a region is ready to reopen. MORE.
A task force of 85 medical professionals from the U.S. Army Reserve has arrived and will be helping civilian doctors fight the virus. MORE.
Friday, April 24
Construction will resume in Pennsylvania next week, but the job site will look a bit different than before. MORE.
Pennsylvania is expanding access to its state liquor stores, reopening nearly 400 of its stores for curbside pickup. MORE.
While Chester County’s total number of cases has only risen slightly, deaths reported in nursing homes have doubled in the past six days. MORE.
Thursday, April 23
Pennsylvania will use a color-coded system to categorize the status of each region as it reopens amid the coronavirus pandemic. MORE.
Pennsylvania’s official coronavirus death count dropped by 201 Thursday after state health officials further investigated the cases previously classified as probable. MORE.
It’s safe to say that “the southeastern part of the state will be among the last to reopen,” Gov. Wolf said during a call with reporters on Thursday, citing the already high and continually growing number of cases of the virus in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties. MORE.
Golf courses statewide would be permitted to reopen observing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines under a bill to be introduced in the state House. MORE.
Wednesday, April 22
Has coronavirus peaked in Pennsylvania? It’s possible, state health officials say. But additional data is needed to say for sure. MORE.
A moving collaboration between the region’s four major sports teams pays tribute to the spirit of Philadelphia during the coronavirus pandemic. MORE.
The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Tourism Office announced the launch of CarryoutPA website in support of local restaurants. MORE.
Tuesday, April 21
The institute behind one of the leading models for predicting the impacts of the coronavirus has released new findings that indicate when states may be able to relax some aspects of social distancing implemented to curb the spread of the illness. MORE.
Pennsylvania reported 360 new coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, bringing the statewide death toll to 1,564. MORE.
Tower Health, the owner of several hospitals in the local area including Phoenixville and Pottstown, will furlough around 1,000 employees due to the economic impacts of coronavirus, they announced Tuesday. MORE.
In-person high school graduation ceremonies have been banned in Montgomery County due to the public health risk of further spreading the coronavirus. MORE.
Monday, April 20
Pennsylvania will embark on small steps to normalcy amid the coronavirus pandemic, including the reopening of construction projects on May 8, Gov. Tom Wolf announced on Monday. MORE.
Thousands of protesters arrived in Harrisburg and are protesting the coronavirus shutdowns from their cars and on foot. MORE.
Sunday, April 19
The state announced 276 new cases Sunday, a “significant increase” that is due in part to the amount of time it takes the state to verify some of its data sources. There are also 1,618 healthcare workers infected. MORE.
22 inmates and 44 employees at Delaware County’s George W. Hill Correctional Facility have tested positive. MORE.
County health officials and the Pennsylvania National Guard have been deployed to a state-run veterans living facility in Chester County, where 10 people have died. MORE.
The state is providing $16 million in funding to food banks, which have had their resources stretched thin by the pandemic, Gov. Wolf announced. MORE.
Some Pennsylvania Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores will reopen Monday, offering curbside pickup only. MORE.
Saturday, April 18
Pennsylvania’s new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance — money for self-employed, independent contractors, and gig workers impacted by coronavirus — will begin accepting applications in the next few days, the has state announced. MORE.
Bucks County reported 143 new coronavirus cases Friday — its largest single-day increase. Officials say it’s due to expanded testing. MORE.
Friday, April 17
Gov. Tom Wolf, appearing on NPR’s “All Things Considered” Friday, discussed unemployment, the economic reopening, and flattening the curve on coronavirus. “I understand the pressure, we have to get back to work as quickly as possible,” he said in a five-minute interview. MORE.
Gov. Tom Wolf, in a Friday afternoon address, laid out six factors that will guide the state’s reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic that has so far killed 756 Pennsylvanians. MORE.
Pennsylvania, surpassing California, is now among the top five states with the country’s most coronavirus cases. MORE.
Thousands of protesters are planning on demonstrating in front of the State Capitol, calling for the reopening of Pennsylvania’s economy. MORE.
Thursday, April 16
No mask, no groceries under an order issued Wednesday in Pennsylvania. Here’s what to know. MORE.
“We’re very confident that we have been able to flatten the curve,” Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine said in a Thursday update. “Our healthcare system is staying stable and we have not had a wave of cases that have overwhelmed our healthcare system.” Meanwhile, the state’s death toll from coronavirus surpassed 700. MORE.
Pennsylvania lawmakers have passed a bill that would lift several of key coronavirus mitigation measures. Gov. Wolf will veto the bill. MORE.
Seven residents of long-term care facilities in Bucks County died Wednesday, county officials said. MORE.
Wednesday, April 15
Governor Tom Wolf on Wednesday announced an order that establishes mandatory safety protections and protocols at businesses currently permitted to be open during the coronavirus crisis. The measures, which include mandatory mask wearing by employees and temperature checks if COVID-19 exposure has occurred, will be enforced. MORE.
Are you one of the 80 million Americans who got their stimulus payment? If not, here’s how to track the status of your money. MORE.
Montgomery County Correctional Facility has now put a total of 210 inmates into quarantine in order to control the spread of coronavirus, officials announced on Wednesday. MORE.
The new guidelines are meant to help hospitals around Pennsylvania in case they become overwhelmed by a surge in coronavirus patients. MORE.
Gov. Tom Wolf Wednesday said the Department of Revenue is providing relief to Pennsylvanians and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic by offering taxpayers more flexibility, more time to meet their tax obligations, and a pause on several of its standard tax enforcement actions.MORE.
Tuesday, April 14
Gov. Wolf on Monday offered a broad outline of what lies ahead as we move from the thick of the crisis into recovery and a “new normal.” MORE.
Pennsylvania on Tuesday reported its lowest single-day increase in new coronavirus cases in 13 days. MORE.
The new location of Montgomery County’s coronavirus testing site will open Thursday, with a few important changes. MORE.
Monday, April 13
Six states, including Pennsylvania, are working together to create a plan to reopen businesses and public life while trying to prevent a resurgence of the virus. MORE.
An inmate at the State Correctional Institution at Phoenix in Collegeville died from coronavirus, becoming the first COVID-19 death among the state’s prison population. MORE.
Pennsylvania has surpassed 24,000 coronavirus cases after 1,366 positive tests were reported Monday. The state now has 24,199 cases. MORE.
A 33-year-old Delaware County paramedic has died of coronavirus. MORE.
“Even though the daily increases are not exponential, now is not the time to become complacent,” the state’s top health official said Monday. MORE.
Sunday, April 12
The state has bent the curve of coronavirus cases but it’s too early to start consideration of lifting mitigation measures, officials say. MORE.
Saturday, April 11
State officials say they’re bracing for a possible surge of coronavirus cases next week in Pennsylvania. MORE.
Pennsylvania is rolling out the additional $600 weekly payment made possible through the federal coronavirus relief package. MORE.
Friday, April 10
SEPTA is reviewing its mask policy after some confusion over whether riders are actually required or just “urged” to wear masks arose Friday. A rider in Philadelphia was dragged off a bus by several police officers for not wearing a mask. MORE.
Pennsylvania has announced a $450 million coronavirus loan to help hospitals handle an anticipated surge in cases. MORE.
A new “surge unit” mobile hospital has been established by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Task Force. The additional beds will take in any overflow from both coronavirus and non-coronavirus patients. MORE.
Gov. Wolf has ordered the Department of Corrections to release around 1,800 non-violent inmates from state prisons. MORE.
Two Montgomery County Correctional Facility inmates have tested positive for coronavirus. MORE.
In Bucks County, four corrections officers and two inmates have tested positive. MORE.
Montgomery County has received federal funding for a new coronavirus testing site. MORE.
Another 78 Pennsylvania residents died from coronavirus, officials announced Friday. The state death toll has risen to 416. MORE.
Thursday, April 9
When and how will Pennsylvania reopen after the coronavirus? Residents should not expect “one grand day” when everything reopens at once. That would be “very dangerous,” the health secretary said. MORE.
All Pennsylvania schools will remain closed for the rest of the academic year due to the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Tom Wolf said. MORE.
Wednesday, April 8
Pennsylvania has launched a hospital preparedness database, which shows the level of available ICU bed and ventilators by county. MORE.
“We have seen a subtle flattening of the curve, which is good news,” Health Secretary Rachel Levine said. She stressed Pennsylvanians “can not become complacent” and must continue social distancing efforts. MORE.
White House officials Wednesday said they are concerned the city could be the new hot spot for the virus. But what do local officials think? MORE.
In an effort to promote social distancing, ACME said it will limit all stores to about 20 percent of their total customer capacity. MORE.
“America’s most influential coronavirus model,” which recently revised its projections, predicts the peak of coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania is just days away. MORE.
The Temple University-Ambler and Citizens Bank Park coronavirus testing sites will shut down due to funding restraints, officials said. MORE.
SEPTA has suspended six Regional Rail lines until further notice, while three other lines will have limited service. MORE.
Tuesday, April 7
Pennsylvania reported its largest single-day death count from the new coronavirus on Tuesday, as 78 virus-related fatalities were confirmed in the last 24 hours. The new deaths bring the statewide total to 240. MORE.
The statewide 2020 trout season opened Tuesday, with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission reminding anglers and boaters to abide by social distancing guidelines. MORE.
Chester County will begin antibody coronavirus testing for essential workers, including healthcare and emergency management staff, officials announced. MORE.
Monday, April 6
Twelve new deaths were reported, bringing the PA’s total to 162. One of the recent deaths is confirmed to be a Philadelphia Police officer. MORE.
PA House speaker Mike Turzai is introducing a bill that would allow construction projects to restart during the stay-at-home order. MORE.
Cellphone tracking data shows how well Pennsylvania residents are doing at “flattening the curve” during the coronavirus crisis. MORE.
A Montgomery County-based biopharmaceutical company has begun human trials on a coronavirus vaccine. MORE.
Politicians and news media personalities have seized on a woman’s $200 ticket from Pennsylvania State Police as an example of stay-at-home orders gone too far. MORE.
Dr. Marc Rabinowitz of Southampton is recovering and helping patients remotely again after spending four days in the hospital. “This is war,” he says of the coronavirus crisis. He tells his story here: MORE.
Sunday, April 5
Nearly 1,500 new cases and 14 more deaths were reported Sunday in Pennsylvania. The statewide death toll is now at 150. MORE.
Saturday, April 4
Singer Pink, a Doylestown native, has recovered from coronavirus. She has donated $1M to two causes to help fight the virus. MORE.
Friday, April 3
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday asked all residents to wear masks in public. MORE.
There were 1,404 additional positive cases of coronavirus reported in Pennsylvania Friday, bringing the statewide total to 8,420 cases. Twelve new deaths were reported, bringing the statewide death toll to 102. MORE.
Pennsylvanians will begin receiving stimulus payments soon. Here’s what you need to do beforehand. MORE.
Do you have questions about filing for unemployment in Pennsylvania? Here’s what you need to know. MORE.
A new helpline has been launched to counsel Pennsylvanians struggling with anxiety and other emotions due to the coronavirus crisis. MORE.
Thursday, April 2
Several Pennsylvania state representatives are proposing a mortgage and rent freeze due to economic and employment impacts from the coronavirus outbreak. MORE.
There were 1,211 additional positive cases of the coronavirus in Pennsylvania reported Thursday, bringing the statewide total to 7,016 in 62 counties. Ninety people in Pennsylvania have died. MORE.
UPMC and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine scientists have revealed information on the promising potential vaccine. MORE.
National unemployment numbers released Thursday show that 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment in the last week alone. Nearly 1 million Pennsylvanians have filed for unemployment benefits since March 15. MORE.
Online ordering and delivery of liquor in Pennsylvania has reopened in a limited capacity, officials announced Thursday. MORE.
The deadline for Pennsylvania businesses to apply for an exemption to stay open amid the coronavirus outbreak is Friday. MORE.
Wednesday, April 1
After piecemeal attempts at instituting a Stay-at-Home order to quell the spread of coronavirus, Gov. Wolf expanded it statewide Wednesday. MORE.
There were 962 additional positive cases of the coronavirus reported in Pennsylvania Wednesday. Eleven new deaths were reported. Here is the county breakdown.
Gov. Tom Wolf is running well ahead of Donald Trump in the public’s approval of the handling the coronavirus crisis, a new poll shows. MORE.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ordered courts closed to eviction proceedings due to the COVID-19 state of emergency, Attorney General Josh Shapiro confirmed. MORE.
While the coronavirus outbreak has forced local businesses around the country to shut down and put countless jobs on the line, it’s also led to unprecedented innovation and community spirit. The spirits industry has pivoted much of its production power to the creation of something that the nation is experiencing a nationwide shortage of: hand sanitizer. MORE.
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