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BumRushDaShow

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Fri Mar 13, 2020, 02:20 PM Mar 2020

All K-12 schools in Pennsylvania shut down for 2 weeks amid coronavirus outbreak

Last edited Tue Mar 31, 2020, 09:51 AM - Edit history (1)

Source: 6abc

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- Governor Tom Wolf announced that all K-12 Pennsylvania schools will be closed for 10 business days effective Monday, March 16. The governor made the following announcement on Friday afternoon:

The administration has been working with school districts as well as state and local officials to gather input on this decision. The Wolf Administration will continue to monitor Covid-19 in the commonwealth, and at the end of 10 days will reevaluate and decide whether continued closure is needed. We understand that these are trying times and recognize the impact of the coronavirus on our students and communities.

First and foremost, my top priority as governor - and that of our education leaders - must be to ensure the health and safety of our students and school communities. As such, I am ordering that all schools in the commonwealth close for the next two weeks. Be aware that no school district will be penalized if it fails to meet the 180 day or school hours requirements. The Department of Education will work with intermediate units and other stakeholders to support school districts with any continuity of learning plans they may be pursuing.

Also, the Pennsylvania Department of Education announced today that it received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow eligible schools to serve meals to low income students in a non-congregate setting, such as a drive-through or grab and go, during this closure. We will also work with schools to assist them with those plans.

Read more: https://6abc.com/health/all-k-12-schools-in-pennsylvania-shut-down-for-2-weeks/6009948/



Heard this as a breaking on the local news radio station after they covered the NJ governor's presser.

EDIT - Updates to the situation in PA have been added to this thread
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All K-12 schools in Pennsylvania shut down for 2 weeks amid coronavirus outbreak (Original Post) BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 OP
Seems like an overabundance of caution, but better safe than DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #1
Chester County has one BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #2
I think this, too DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #3
Yup. BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #4
Can't put my finger on it, but what I hear DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #5
Because this virus is novel BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #6
My local paper had a great story today about how DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #7
Peduto decided to close the City of Pittsburgh for a week DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #8
It's going to be tough. Igel Mar 2020 #90
Similar happens during heatwaves BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #91
Maybe PA doesn't have readily a/v tests, like most yet? Brainfodder Mar 2020 #13
No, people are being tested DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #15
Announced today at Wolf's presser - 1st 2 in Allegheny County BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #14
Idiot health officials in Allegheny County BusyBeingBest Mar 2020 #27
Children are an ideal vector for spreading disease Orrex Mar 2020 #26
For example - conjunctivitis!!!! BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #29
it is not an overabundance of caution, you should demand a 2 month shutdown Fresh_Start Apr 2020 #177
MontCo and DelCo closed for business DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #9
Inquirer just had a breaking that Wolf is expected to extend the closures BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #10
I've been out almost every day and those I've met DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #11
I've been trying to avoid going out but was out early this morning BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #12
PLCB will be doing an orderly shutdown of the State Stores in the impacted counties BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #16
Last call for alcohol! Steelrolled Mar 2020 #17
St. Christopher's Children's Hospital ICU in Philly is now closed BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #18
All public libraries in the state are closed through the end of March DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #19
Yeah this is concerning but makes sense BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #21
I know that's the case with my library DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #22
I remember back when I was in high school BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #23
Our library still lends out music CDs as well as video DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #25
Some of the branches here still have some CDs BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #28
Now the generations of younger Pennsylvanians will get DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #20
CMU to begin predictive modeling for SARS-CoV-2 DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #24
Our school district, just south of Pittsburgh, is out until at least April 14. Efilroft Sul Mar 2020 #30
Looks like Allegheny county is going to be closed DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #31
"Sorry, folks, county's closed. The Yinzer outside should've told ya." Efilroft Sul Mar 2020 #34
Beaver County is getting drive up/through testing DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #32
Wolf orders restaurants and bars to close dine-in facilities in 5 counties BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #33
Time to get started on those home improvement DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #35
That's what I heard on a talk show this morning BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #36
I remember during the 1996 blizzard plows DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #37
LOL I was BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #38
Penn Relays just cancelled BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #39
Philly to order shutdown of non-essential businesses (@ 5 pm EDT today) BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #40
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf orders two-week statewide shutdown BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #41
Everything is pretty calm where I am DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #42
I know people on the other side of the state from you BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #44
Seems things are being taken in stride DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #45
Over here BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #47
I am totally surprised at the low number of cases DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #48
Lack of testing BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #52
maybe, but you'd think there are people who have some DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #53
There may be plenty of people in the hospital for what they are tentatively calling "flu" BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #56
Things that have killed more Pennsylvanias than Covid19 DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #43
Bucks County is asking a judge to postpone Tuesday's special election BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #46
Betting the Supreme Court delays it DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #49
I'm thinking some judge might do just that BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #50
I actually think people will come out to vote even if it's DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #51
I actually heard a commercial on the radio for that election this afternoon BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #54
Next time, bring one of those little flashlights or DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #55
I definitely plan on doing that! BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #57
So we have our 1st case in the southern half of the county DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #58
I had been reading a GD thread this morning BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #59
Quest Diagnostics has a testing center set up DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #62
I'm thinking that people may be going to a hospital parking lot BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #64
Quest has about 3 locations. It's at their one in DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #65
I know Quest and Lab Corps have multiple locations around here BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #66
Here's the local story DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #68
Here's an even crazier story! BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #69
People seem to be brushing off the flu, but it's already caused DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #63
Without a Delaware County health department, agreement would allow Chester County to help BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #60
Message auto-removed Name removed Mar 2020 #61
Coronavirus: Pennsylvania Task Force 1 crews setting up at Citizens Bank Park BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #67
Unintended consequences category DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #70
Hundreds tested at drive-through sites in Philly, Main Line BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #71
Independence National Historical Park closes all buildings BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #72
In election news, Rs won a special election DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #73
(R)s claim victory in all 3 of their special elections BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #74
Bensalem is full of rednecks who moved there DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #75
Yeah it is but BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #76
Latest stats DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #77
The state site isn't completely updated BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #78
Regardless, it's still a very small number DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #84
The Governor was just on about 10 minutes ago announcing the first death BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #85
No one really has any idea how contagious or not covid-19 is DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #86
This strain was identified in December BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #87
Philly teachers told to halt remote instruction due to equity concerns BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #79
Pennsylvania to join the N.Y., N.J. and Conn. coronavirus 'coalition,' Cuomo says BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #80
Philadelphia 'clearly in a rapid growth phase of this epidemic' as coronavirus cases double BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #81
State still doesn't have updated Philly numbers (on their site as of today 3/18/20) BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #82
Pennsylvania announces first death from coronavirus BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #83
Dad Vail officials cancel 2020 regatta on the Schuylkill because of coronavirus BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #88
Pennsylvania Dept. of Education cancels PSSA, Keystone exams amid coronavirus outbreak BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #89
Gov. Tom Wolf orders all Pennsylvania businesses that aren't life-sustaining to close, will enforce BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #92
Beer distributors are apparently "life sustaining" establishments DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #93
My local nursery had sent out an email a couple days ago noting they would open BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #94
Today, I saw one of those red liqour license application notice signs DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #95
Some of us are thinking they are working up to a "shelter in place" BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #97
People aren't going to do it and it's just not enforceable DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #98
I think it will take a significant chunk off the streets BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #99
Enforcement action is "on hold" DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #102
Enforcement happening today as of 8 am BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #112
In Heaven there is no beer DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #96
23 new cases today in Philly - now at 67 BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #100
Additional note on this BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #101
Pennsylvania's second coronavirus death reported in Allegheny County BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #103
With an additional 18 positives in Philly, the city has now surpassed Montco as of 3/21/20 BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #104
Philadelphia residents ordered to 'stay-at-home' starting Monday morning BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #105
11 more cases in Philly for a total of 96 BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #106
Pa. legislature expected to begin action today on postponing state primary election until June 2 BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #107
Philadelphia "Stay at Home" order now in effect BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #108
Pa. top court tosses challenge to Wolf's ban non-life-sustaining businesses BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #109
Latest PA totals reported since noon 3/23/20 - 644 positives (10% of those tested) BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #110
Gov. Tom Wolf to issue stay-at-home order for 7 counties including Philadelphia, suburbs, & Allegn'y BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #111
Philly now up to 175 positives (about 12% of total tested so far) BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #113
Pennsylvania schools to remain closed through April 6, at least BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #114
7 PA counties under "stay at home" order BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #115
PA cases as of noon 3/24/20 BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #116
Pa. State Police issue warnings to businesses ordered to close to stop spread of coronavirus BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #117
Per Philly Mayor's daily presser - 77 new positives since 1 pm yesterday/252 total in city BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #118
Stotesbury Regatta, scheduled for mid-May, canceled BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #119
Gov. Tom Wolf extends 'stay-at-home' order to Erie County amid exponential rise in Pa. BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #120
Pa. unemployment claims skyrocket to 540,000 since statewide coronavirus shutdown, shattering record BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #121
Delaware County reports first coronavirus deaths BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #122
Gov. Tom Wolf extends Pennsylvania 'stay-at-home' order to 10 counties BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #123
Philly now up to 342 positives - 90 more than yesterday plus 1st death BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #124
Pennsylvania legislators approve moving primary election to June 2 BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #125
Pennsylvania looking into 'soft reopening' of liquor stores, lawmaker says BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #126
PA now at 1687 positives as of noon 3/26/20 BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #127
As of 10 am (3/26/20), Philly has 475 positives BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #128
Philly now at 637 positives as of 9:30 am 3/27/20 BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #129
Gov. Wolf signs bill moving Pa. primary election to June 2 BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #130
Philly could use Temple University (Liacouras Center) for coronavirus hospital overflow BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #131
Pennsylvania 'stay-at-home' order extended to 9 more counties BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #132
PA cases now at 2,751 as of noon 3/28/20 BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #133
Philly now up to 806 positives (as of 9:30 am 3/28/20) BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #134
3 more PA counties added to the stay-at-home order - Beaver/Centre/Washington (total 22 counties) BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #135
Map of current stay-at-home counties in PA (22 as of 3/28/20) BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #136
Gov. Wolf today requested a major disaster declaration per his office twitter account BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #137
Philly now at 890 positives as of 3/29/20 BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #138
PA jumps from 2,751 positives to 3394 (for noon presser 3/29/20) BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #139
Wolf administration lays off about 2,500 state employees BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #140
Philly now registering 1,072 positives as of 9:30 am 3/30/20 BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #141
PA now at 4,087 as of 3/30/20, up almost 700 from the 3,394 yesterday BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #142
IOW, 10% positive of all tested, presumably DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #146
Yup - that has been very consistent BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #147
We have a couple localized outbreaks here DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #148
That is the scary part - something like this getting into a nursing home BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #149
The former county home is pretty big, DeminPennswoods Mar 2020 #155
PA schools now closed "indefinitely" and 3 more counties added to "stay at home" order BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #143
Map of current PA county stay-at-home order (as of 3/30/20) BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #144
President Trump declares disaster in Pennsylvania BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #145
wouldn't it be best to close all schools now & plan to finish the year online or july-aug? Sunlei Mar 2020 #150
I have been using the thread for updates but all schools here are now on indefinite closure BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #151
I hope your state government gets moving and works on a plan. Sunlei Mar 2020 #156
To clarify-the "2 weeks" was the decision back on March 13 (OP date). NOW it is "indefinite" closure BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #157
Philly positives up 243 since 3/30/20 and now at 1,315 as of 3/31/20 BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #152
PA positives increase by almost 800 to 4,843 BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #153
Wolf adds 7 more counties to "stay at home" order - now at 33 counties as of 3/31/20 BumRushDaShow Mar 2020 #154
Illinois Extended Stay At Home To April 15 ProfessorGAC Apr 2020 #158
In PA now, businesses are until April 30 and school closures are extended "indefinitely". BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #159
Chicago Is Indefinitely ProfessorGAC Apr 2020 #160
I think what some were doing (like here) BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #161
Some of the counties are asking Wolf to declare DeminPennswoods Apr 2020 #162
That's what Dr. Levine mentioned yesterday at the presser BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #163
Our Limits Are Statewide. ProfessorGAC Apr 2020 #164
The difference between IL and PA BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #165
Makes Sense ProfessorGAC Apr 2020 #166
Wolf wants to be safe without shutting down everything DeminPennswoods Apr 2020 #169
Philly number of positives increases by 360 since 3/31/20, going from 1,315 to 1,675 on 4/1/20 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #167
PA positives up almost 1000 since 3/31/20 and now at 5,805 on 4/1/20 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #168
Wolf just extended stay-at-home STATE WIDE. BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #170
Order for PA state-wide stay-at-home BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #171
Feds are going to prep a local DeminPennswoods Apr 2020 #172
I thought I had heard that from some of the news outlet asking questions during today's presser. BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #173
Our local hospital chain's two hospitals are pretty empty right now DeminPennswoods Apr 2020 #174
PA positives have jumped by 1,211 cases to 7,016 as of 4/2/20 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #175
Philly positives have increased by 425, from 1675 to 2100 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #176
PA Primary Election dates (for revised election day) BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #178
Pa. announces pay freeze for 9,000 state workers amid coronavirus fallout BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #179
Philly has an additional 330 new positives for a total of 2,430 as of 4/3/20 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #180
PA adds another 1,404 positives since 4/2/20, for a total of 8,420 as of 4/3/20 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #181
Well now the recommendation in PA is to "wear a mask" BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #182
Philly positives jumped 578 on 4/4/20, from 2430 to 3008 since 4/3/20 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #183
PA has now gone over the 10,000 positives mark at 10,017 as of 4/4/20 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #184
PA has another increase in positives (by 1493) and now at 11,510 as of 4/5/20 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #185
Philly positives now up to 3,189 as of 4/5/20 (increase of 181 and without some lab data)* BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #186
PA has another increase in positives (1,470) from 11,510 to 12,980 as of 4/6/20 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #187
Philly has a 1-day increase of 539 new positives and now at 3,728 as of 4/6/20 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #188
Latest from Philly - 544 more positives to go from 3,728 to 4,272 as of 4/7/20 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #189
Trout season is open DeminPennswoods Apr 2020 #190
And I heard it was altered where people would be allowed to see the stocking BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #191
Not a fisherman, but around here DeminPennswoods Apr 2020 #193
PA positives increase by 1,579 to 14,559 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #192
Positive rate was hanging around 10%, but now looks DeminPennswoods Apr 2020 #194
Epic thread here DeminPennswoods Apr 2020 #195
It is. lol Philly went from their 1st positive March 6th and a month later, over 4000 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #196
PA curve not flattening yet - now up 1,680 more cases, from 14,559 to 16,239 as of 4/8/20 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #197
Philly positives increase by 505, from 4272 to 4777 as of 4/8/20 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #198
Gov. Wolf to order school buildings to remain closed for rest of academic year BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #199
PA total positives now up by 1,989 to 18,228 as of 4/9/20 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #200
Philly now up 494 to 5,271 total so far as of 4/9/20 (daily increase rate is stablizing) BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #201
PA positives increase by 1,751, to 19,979 as of 4/10/20 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #202
Philly positives increase by 522, from 5271 to 5793 as of 4/10/20 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #203
PA positives increase by 1676, from 19,979 to 21,655 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #204
Philly increases by 359 to 6152 positives (which doesn't include labs that don't report on weekends) BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #205
PA positives up by 1,178 to 22,833 on 4/12/20 (drop due to labs that don't report on weekends) BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #206
Philly positives up by 234 to 6,386 on 4/12/20 (drop due to labs that don't report on weekends) BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #207
Meanwhile, back at Pitt and UPMC DeminPennswoods Apr 2020 #208
PA positives increase by 1,366 to 24,199 as of 4/13/20 (curve flattening) BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #209
Philly positives up by 427 to 6,813 (curve flattening) BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #210
Meanwhile, back at the GOP-controlled state legislature DeminPennswoods Apr 2020 #211
PA new positives continue to slow, now up 1,146 to 25,345 as of 4/14/20 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #212
Philly's positives increase by 317 (although missing results), for a total 7,130 as of 4/14/20 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #213
PA new positives appear to be plateauing with 1,145 new cases for a total of 26,490 as of 4/15/20 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #214
Philly positives continue to be on downswing, with an increase of 311 to 7,441 as of 4/15/20 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #215
Wolf busy issuing orders today DeminPennswoods Apr 2020 #216
Plus the state assembly passed a DOA bill to require the opening of businesses faster BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #217
There's no doubt some cities and counties can open relatively soon DeminPennswoods Apr 2020 #218
One of the problems that cropped up with those counties bordering north Jersey and southeastern NY BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #219
The NE counties that are within commuting distance of NY DeminPennswoods Apr 2020 #220
I think my point is BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #223
Rs never had a supermajority in the state house, but DeminPennswoods Apr 2020 #221
Wolf has a fine line to walk here, though DeminPennswoods Apr 2020 #222
??? BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #224
I am just saying what is resonating with the folks DeminPennswoods Apr 2020 #227
I understand but here is the thing to think about BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #228
I was and am ok with Wolf's rolling closures DeminPennswoods Apr 2020 #229
What you just wrote BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #230
Lots of business are open out here DeminPennswoods Apr 2020 #231
Whenever I have been out and about here BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #232
No doubt about it that this has exposed plenty of DeminPennswoods Apr 2020 #233
And being a retired fed who has been through government "furloughs" BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #234
Think being un- or under-appreciated comes with the turf DeminPennswoods Apr 2020 #235
PA cases now up by 1,245 to 27,735 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #225
Big batch of backlog came in for Philly for 604 new cases for a total off 8,045 positives on 4/16/20 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #226
PA positives increase by 1,706, to 29,441 as of 4/17/20 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #236
Philly positives up 518 to 8563 as of 4/17/20 (continuing to plateau) BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #237
PA positives now up by 1,628 to 31,069 (now coming in 4th for total positives for the U.S.) BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #238
Philly positives increase by 451 to 9014 as of 4/18/20 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #239
PA positives increase by 1,215 to 32,284 as of 4/19/20 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #240
Philly positives increase by 200 as of 4/19/20 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #241
Big news! State stores re-opening for curbside pickup DeminPennswoods Apr 2020 #242
Even better BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #243
I'm not too far from one of the stores opening DeminPennswoods Apr 2020 #244
When I was in college at UMASS BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #245
Over here, Presque Isle State Park DeminPennswoods Apr 2020 #246
PA positives increase by 948 to 33,232 as of 4/20/20 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #247
Gov. Tom Wolf extends Pa. stay-at-home order to May 8, but plans to ease some restrictions; BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #248
You can only hold back the tide for so long DeminPennswoods Apr 2020 #250
I was out and made trips to multiple places yesterday, both here in Philly and in Montco BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #251
FEMA set up an overflow DeminPennswoods Apr 2020 #252
I have been seing more and more articles BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #253
I read the cv19 that has infected NYC DeminPennswoods Apr 2020 #256
Yup BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #257
Patient 1 had just returned from Wuhan DeminPennswoods Apr 2020 #258
I expect they are trying to sort it out BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #259
Philly positives increase by 200 as of 4/19/20 by 339 to 9,553 as of 4/20/20 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #249
PA positives increase by 1,296 as of 4/21/20 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #254
Philly broaches the 10K positives mark with 475 additional, for 10,028 as of 4/21/20 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #255
PA positives increase by 1,156 to 35,684 as of 4/22/20 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #260
Philly positives up by 615 (including cases reassigned here) to 10,643 as of 4/22/20 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #261
PA will use a "red, yellow, green" system as part of re-opening BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #262
Former gov Ridge did invent it afterall DeminPennswoods Apr 2020 #263
The biggest problem for Wolf is the state UE system DeminPennswoods Apr 2020 #264
PA positives increase by 1,369 to 37,053 as of 4/23/20 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #265
Philly positives increase by 583 (with re-homed data) to 11,226 as of 4/23/20 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #266
Looks like SW Pa could get the nod to re-open DeminPennswoods Apr 2020 #267
I think the other criteria to open includes a region's access to sufficient testing & tracing BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #268
The hospitals out this way are not stressed DeminPennswoods Apr 2020 #269
The issue with testing BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #270
The formula for the reagents is available on the CDC DeminPennswoods Apr 2020 #272
Having "the formula" is irrelevant BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #274
Not dismissing science at all DeminPennswoods Apr 2020 #277
Here is the thing BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #278
Updated CDC tweet/map of spread (as of 4/29/20 - just 1 week after the above) BumRushDaShow May 2020 #315
This week's CDC update (as of 5/6/20) - VA getting walloped & rapid spread in IA, SC, TN BumRushDaShow May 2020 #321
Updated as of 5/13/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #362
Pa. liquor board to expand curbside pickup to nearly all stores on Monday BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #271
No surprise DeminPennswoods Apr 2020 #273
PA totals up by 1,599 positives to 38,652 as of 4/24/20 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #275
Philly positives increase by 651 to 11,877 as of 4/24/20 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #276
PA positives increased by 1,397 to 40,049 as of 4/25/20 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #279
Philly positves increase by 452 to 12,329. BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #280
PA positives increase by 1,116 to 41,165 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #281
Philly positives increase by 237 and now at 12,566 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #282
Wow...just wait until they relax the mandate... PCIntern Apr 2020 #283
As long as the most infected don't come here! BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #284
You and I (and others) should keep this thread alive PCIntern Apr 2020 #285
Ha! BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #286
PA positives increase by 885 to 42,050 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #287
Philly positives up by 302 to 12,868 + Blue Angels/Thunderbirds flyover on 4/28/20 @2pm BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #288
PA cases increase by 1,214 to 43,264 on 4/28/20 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #289
Philly cases increase by 577 to 13,445 as of 4/28/20 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #290
Blue Angels/Thunderbirds Philly flyover clip BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #291
No matter how you view the military, these flight demo teams DeminPennswoods Apr 2020 #297
Philly positives increase by 358 to 13,803 as of 4/29/20 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #292
PA positives increase by 1,102 to 44,366 as of 4/29/20 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #293
Verge Aero, part of UPENN's Pennovation Works program, had a light show over W. Philly on 4/28/20 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #294
PA cases increase by 1,397 to 45,763 as of 4/30/20 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #295
Philly positives increase by 665 to 14,468 as of 4/30/20 BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #296
PA positives increase by 1,209 to 46,971 as of 5/1/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #298
Philly positives increase by 669 to 15,137 as of 5/1/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #299
Wolf allows NW and North central counties DeminPennswoods May 2020 #300
24 counties BumRushDaShow May 2020 #301
That's the plan to work with local health systems, schools DeminPennswoods May 2020 #302
PA positives increase by 1,334 to 48,305 as of 5/2/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #303
Philly positives increase by 390 to 15,527 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #304
Butler County very unhappy they aren't among the re-opened DeminPennswoods May 2020 #305
PA positives increase by 962 to 49,267 as of 5/3/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #306
Philly positives increase by 327 to 15,854 as of 5/3/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #307
PA cases increase by 825 to 50,092 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #308
Philly cases in crease by 186 to 16040 as of 5/4/20 (also 1st day without a death) BumRushDaShow May 2020 #309
Allegheny 0 deaths for 2 straight days DeminPennswoods May 2020 #310
I listen to Montco's presser every day and they had 8 more deaths today. BumRushDaShow May 2020 #312
Allegheny County 7 new deaths on Tuesday 5/5/20 + 2 today 5/6/20 & Beaver County 3 deaths on 5/6/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #320
Red to Yellow observations DeminPennswoods May 2020 #311
BumRushDaShow, you're awesome. EllieBC May 2020 #313
LOL BumRushDaShow May 2020 #314
PA positives increase by 865 to 50,957 as of 5/5/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #316
Philly positives increase by 370 to 16,410 (with 17 new fatalities) as of 5/5/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #317
PA cases increase by 888 to 51,845 as of 5/6/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #318
Philly cases increase by 287 to 16,697 (including 60 new fatalities) as of 5/6/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #319
PA positives increase by 1,070 to 52,915 as of 5/7/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #322
Pennsylvania extends pause on evictions and foreclosures through July 10 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #323
Philly positives increase by 350 to 17,047 as of 5/7/20 (13 new fatalities) BumRushDaShow May 2020 #324
PA positives increase by 1,323 to 54,238 as of 5/8/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #325
Philly positives increase by 470 to 17,517 as of 5/8/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #326
Wolf officially opens 24 northern/central/western counties with 13 additional to open 5/15/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #327
Beaver county is set to defy the order DeminPennswoods May 2020 #328
GOP deregulation!!!111!! BumRushDaShow May 2020 #329
It's not that at all DeminPennswoods May 2020 #330
On this side of the state BumRushDaShow May 2020 #331
I was a real resident of Phila DeminPennswoods May 2020 #332
So they get no mail or boxes/cans of institutional-type food for the patients BumRushDaShow May 2020 #333
Here's an update DeminPennswoods May 2020 #334
Am guessing you've never done "investigations" or are aware of governmental functions BumRushDaShow May 2020 #335
The federal, state and local gov'ts regulate DeminPennswoods May 2020 #336
Correct and when the GOP controls your purse strings BumRushDaShow May 2020 #337
PA positives increase by 1,078 to 55,316 as of 5/9/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #338
Philly positives increase by 364 to 17,881 as of 5/9/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #339
PA positives increase by 1,295 to 56,611 as of 5/10/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #340
Philly positives increase by 330 to 18,211 as of 5/10/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #341
National Guard to help at Brighton Wellness DeminPennswoods May 2020 #342
CMU real-time CovidCast DeminPennswoods May 2020 #343
Gov. Wolf threatens to pull funding from counties that buck closure orders BumRushDaShow May 2020 #344
PA positives in crease by 543 to 57,154 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #345
Philly positives increase by 102 to 18,313 as of 5/11/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #346
Gov. Wolf re-opening phases explained BumRushDaShow May 2020 #347
PA cases increase by 837 to 57,991 as of 5/12/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #348
Philly cases increase by 224 to 18,537 as of 5/12/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #349
Atty Genl Shapiro launching criminal DeminPennswoods May 2020 #350
"I assume, at nursing homes in the state. Just a little late in the game..." BumRushDaShow May 2020 #352
Sorry, not really buying that excuse DeminPennswoods May 2020 #354
It's not an "excuse" but a fact. BumRushDaShow May 2020 #356
It is an excuse DeminPennswoods May 2020 #357
What? BumRushDaShow May 2020 #358
PA positives increase by 707 to 58,698 as of 5/13/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #351
Philly positives increase by 242 to 18,779 as of 5/13/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #353
Remdisivir distributed to PA hospitals DeminPennswoods May 2020 #355
PA positives spike by 938 to 59,636 as of 5/14/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #359
Philly positives increase by 314 to 19,093 and death toll surpasses 1,000 as of 5/14/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #360
As of 5/15/20 - 13 more counties announced for transition to "yellow" opening BumRushDaShow May 2020 #361
PA positives increase again in the 900s, by 986 to 60,622 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #363
Release date DeminPennswoods May 2020 #364
Philly positives increase by 256 to 19,349 as of 5/15/20 with 13 new fatalities BumRushDaShow May 2020 #365
Wolf announces 12 more counties during presser, to go from red to yellow on May 22, 2020 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #366
PA positives increase by 989 to 61,611 as of 5/16/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #367
Philly positives increase by 257 to 19,606 as of 5/16/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #368
Dr Levine/DoH reports PA has passed peak DeminPennswoods May 2020 #369
PA cases increase by 623 to 62,234 as of 5/17/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #370
thank you for this historical thread babydollhead May 2020 #371
You are welcome! BumRushDaShow May 2020 #372
No reporting from Philly 5/17/20 (IIRC Friday, that may have been announced at the presser) BumRushDaShow May 2020 #373
A lot of cases and deaths in Philly, but DeminPennswoods May 2020 #374
"Relatively low" because we CLOSED DOWN BumRushDaShow May 2020 #375
Relatively is the key word here DeminPennswoods May 2020 #376
It's completely unprecedented - and it's not trivial and nowhere near "relatively low" BumRushDaShow May 2020 #377
Not trying to trivalize anything DeminPennswoods May 2020 #378
The number of deaths from this is many times that for any flu including H3N2 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #379
PA positives increase by 822 to 63,056 as of 5/18/20 - and that's after a weekend BumRushDaShow May 2020 #380
Philly postives increase by 347 over the past 2 days to 19,953 as of 5/18/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #381
PA positives increase by 610 to 63,666 as of 5/19/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #382
Philly positives increase by 179 to 20,132 as of 5/19/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #383
PA Dept. of Health releases COVID-19 data for specific long-term care facilities on 5/19/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #384
Governor Wolf Announces Real Estate Industry May Conduct Limited Business Transactions Statewide BumRushDaShow May 2020 #385
Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf announced he will sign mixed drinks to-go bill BumRushDaShow May 2020 #386
Philly positives increase by 227 to 20,359, and reconciled fatalities were reported to be 103* BumRushDaShow May 2020 #387
PA positives (finally posted on their site) increased by 746 to 64,412 as of 5/20/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #388
PA positives increase by 980 to 65,392 as of 5/21/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #389
Philly positives increase by 341 to 20,700 as of 5/21/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #390
12 more counties move from red to yellow in PA as of 5/22/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #391
PA positives increase by 866 to 66,258 as of 5/22/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #392
Philly Inquirer breaking: Sources: All Pennsylvania counties will be in 'yellow' BumRushDaShow May 2020 #393
Philly positives increase by 309 to 21,009 as of 5/22/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #394
Wolf Administration Releases Summer Camp and Recreation Guidance BumRushDaShow May 2020 #395
PA upscoming schedule for moving to next phases as of 5/22/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #396
All counties to move to yellow by June 5th DeminPennswoods May 2020 #397
Summary of phases as of 5/22/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #398
PA cases increase by 725 to 66,983 as of 5/23/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #399
Philly cases increase by 225 to 21,234 as of 5/23/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #400
PA cases increase by 730 to 67,713 as of 5/24/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #401
PA positives increase by 473 to 68,186 as of 5/25/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #402
Philly positives (2-day total) increase by 407 to 21,641 as of 5/25/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #403
PA cases increase by 451 to 68,637 as of 5/26/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #404
Philly positives increase by 97 to 21,738 as of 5/26/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #405
Giant Eagle facing ADA lawsuits for not DeminPennswoods May 2020 #406
PA positives increase by 780 to 69,417 as of 5/27/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #407
Philly positives increase by 237 to 21,975 as of 5/27/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #408
Pa. GOP lawmaker says he tested positive for coronavirus as Democrats demand more information BumRushDaShow May 2020 #409
PA cases increase by 625 to 70,042 as of 5/28/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #410
Philly positives increase by 175 to 22,150 as of 5/28/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #411
First PA counties moved to the green phase BumRushDaShow May 2020 #412
Sen. Bob Casey tests positive for coronavirus antibodies BumRushDaShow May 2020 #413
PA positives increase by 693 to 70,735 as of 5/29/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #414
Philly positives increase by 255 to 22,405 as of 5/29/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #415
PA cases increase by 680 to 71,415 as of 5/30/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #416
Philly cases increase by 224 to 22,629 as of 5/30/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #417
PA cases increase by 511 to 71,926 as of 5/31/20 BumRushDaShow May 2020 #418
PA positives increase by 356 to 72,282 as of 6/1/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #419
Philly positives (2-day total) increase by 252 as of 6/1/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #420
National Guard (600 members) activated in PA BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #421
PA Primary Election is tomorrow (June 2nd, 2020) BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #422
Wolf signs Executive Order extending the mail-in ballot receipt deadline until June 9 (6 counties) BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #423
PA positives increased by 612 to 72,894 as of 6/2/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #424
Philly positives increase by 153 to 23,034 as of 6/2/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #425
PA positives increase by 511 to 73,405 as of 6/3/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #426
Philly positives increase by 126 to 23,160 as of 6/3/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #427
Pennsylvania to allow schools to reopen, in-person teaching to resume July 1 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #428
PA positives increase by 537 to 73,942 as of 6/4/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #429
Philly positives increase by 121 to 23,281 as of 6/4/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #430
UPMC docs seeing less virulence and infection levels DeminPennswoods Jun 2020 #431
As of today June 5, 2020 - ALL PA counties are out of the "red" phase, and more have moved to green BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #432
PA positives increase by 443 to 74,385 as of 6/5/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #433
Philly positives increase by 126 to 23,407 as of 6/5/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #434
PA positives increase by 701 to 75,086 as of 6/6/20 (a bit of a spike) BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #435
Philly positives increase by 122 to 23,529 as of 6/6/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #436
PA cases increase by 506 to 75,592 as of 6/7/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #437
This is a classically terrific thread.... PCIntern Jun 2020 #438
LOL BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #439
Out this way, Erie county may be experiencing a spike, DeminPennswoods Jun 2020 #440
"'We can't let our guard down': 11 new Pa. COVID-19 cases traced to Jersey shore gatherings" BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #441
PA positives increase by 351 to 75,943 as of 6/8/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #442
Philly positives increase by 162 (2 days worth of data) to 23,691 as of 6/8/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #443
PA positives increase by 493 to 76,436 as of 6/9/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #444
Philly positives increase by 131 to 23,822 as of 6/9/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #445
PA positives increase by 410 to 76,846 as of 6/10/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #446
Philly positives increase by 129 to 23,951 as of 6/10/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #447
PA positives increase by 467 to 77,313 as of 6/11/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #448
Philly positives increase by 156 to 24,107 as of 6/11/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #449
PA positives spike by 686 to 77,999 as of 6/12/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #450
Philly positives increase by 121 to 24,228 as of 6/12/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #451
Eight counties will move to the green phase of reopening Friday, June 19 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #452
PA positives increase by 463 to 78,462 as of 6/13/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #453
Philly positives increase by 110 to 24,338 as of 6/13/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #454
PA positives increase by 336 to 78,798 as of 6/14/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #455
PA positives increase by 323 to 79,121 as of 6/15/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #456
Philly positives increase by 137 to 24,475 as of 6/15/20 (2-day total) BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #457
PA positives increase by 362 to 79,483 as of 6/16/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #458
Life under "Green" DeminPennswoods Jun 2020 #459
Philly positives increase by 116 to 24,591 as of 6/16/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #460
PA positives increase by 335 to 79,818 as of 6/17/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #461
Philly positives increase by 64 to 24,655 as of 6/17/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #462
0 new cases reported today, 6/16, in Allegheny County DeminPennswoods Jun 2020 #463
PA positives increase by 418 to 80,236 as of 6/18/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #464
Philly positives increase by 68 to 24,723 as of 6/18/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #465
Reopening Phase Orders Updated to Include 8 Additional Counties Moving to Green on June 19 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #466
PA positives increase by 526 to 80,762 as of 6/19/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #467
Philly positives increase by 118 to 24,841 as of 6/19/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #468
All counties except Lebanon DeminPennswoods Jun 2020 #469
Jinx BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #471
LOL! DeminPennswoods Jun 2020 #472
I think they were also looking at this-- BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #473
No doubt, Wolf/DoH are using some pretty DeminPennswoods Jun 2020 #474
I think it is fair to say BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #475
I am not a fan of mask-wearing because it makes DeminPennswoods Jun 2020 #476
And that is definitely a valid reason BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #477
Not at Giant Eagle though DeminPennswoods Jun 2020 #481
Next set of green counties to include SE PA on 6/26/20, with Philly as "modified" green until 7/3/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #470
Finally updated - PA positives increase by 504 to 81,266 as of 6/19/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #478
Is this really "latest breaking news"? Let it go, the 1st post was Mach 13th......nt essme Jun 2020 #479
It's updating/tracking and has been off the front page for months. BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #480
It's a good place for several of us to keep updated DeminPennswoods Jun 2020 #482
Intesting observation about the hit and miss nature DeminPennswoods Jun 2020 #483
I think most epidemiologists BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #484
If you look at PA's cases by zip code, there are still DeminPennswoods Jun 2020 #487
Remember that Philly and its rim counties were in a complete lockdown BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #488
PA positives increase by 920 (2-day total) to 82,186 as of 6/22/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #485
Philly positives increase by 275 (2-day total) to 25,116 as of 6/22/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #486
PA positives increase by 510 to 82,696 as of 6/23/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #489
Philly positives increase by 219 (includes 100 re-homed) to 25,335 as of 6/23/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #490
PA positives increase by 495 to 83,191 as of 6/24/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #491
Philly positives increase by 108 to 25,443 as of 6/24/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #492
PA positives increase by 579 to 83,770 as of 6/25/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #493
Philly positives increase by 107 to 25,550 as of 6/25/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #494
PA positives increase by 600 to 84,370 as of 6/26/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #495
In some good news, DeminPennswoods Jun 2020 #496
Today 12 more counties moved from the yellow to green phase of #COVI19 reopening BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #497
PA cases increase by 621 to 84,991 as of 6/27/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #498
Philly positives increase by 89 to 25,782 as of 6/27/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #499
PA positives increase by 505 to 85,496 as of 6/28/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #500
Allegheny County bans alcohol sales in bars, restaurants BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #501
PA positives increase by 492 to 85,988 as of 6/29/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #502
Philly positives increase by 209 (2-day total) to 25,991 as of 6/29/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #503
PA positives increase by 618 to 86,606 as of 6/30/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #504
Philly positives increase by 142 to 26,133 as of 6/30/20 BumRushDaShow Jun 2020 #505
PA cases increase by 636 to 87,252 as of 7/1/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #506
Philly positives increase by 124 to 26,257 as of 7/1/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #507
Just in - "In Pennsylvania, masks must now be worn whenever anyone leaves home." BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #508
PA positives increase by 832 to 88,074 as of 7/2/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #509
Philly positives increase by 143 to 26,400 as of 7/2/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #510
PA positives increase by 667 to 88,741 as of 7/3/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #511
Philly positives increase by 136 to 26,536 as of 7/3/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #512
PA positives increase by 634 to 89,375 as of 7/4/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #513
PA positives increase by 479 to 89,854 as of 7/5/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #514
PA positives increase by 450 to 90,304 as of 7/6/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #515
Philly positives increase by 274 (3-day total) to 26,810 as of 7/6/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #516
PA positives increase by 995 to 91,299 as of 7/7/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #517
Philly positives increase by 91 to 26,901 as of 7/7/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #518
PA positives increase by 849 to 92,148 as of 7/8/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #519
Philly positives increase by 168 (includes reconciled past data) to 27,069 as of 7/8/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #520
PA positives increase by 719 to 92,867 as of 7/9/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #521
Philly positives increase by 159 to 27,228 as of 7/9/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #522
PA positives increase by 1,009 to 93,876 as of 7/10/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #523
Philly positives increase by 113 to 27,341 as of 7/10/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #524
PA positives increase by 813 to 94,689 as of 7/11/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #525
PA positives increase by 577 to 95,266 as of 7/12/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #526
PA positives increase by 476 to 95,742 as of 7/13/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #527
Philly positives increase by 234 (3-day total) to 27,575 as of 7/13/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #528
This post does not strike me as LBN anymore BadGimp Jul 2020 #529
PA positives increase by 929 to 96,671 as of 7/14/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #530
Philly positives increase by 148 to 27,723 as of 7/14/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #531
PA positives increase by 994 to 97,665 as of 7/15/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #532
Philly positives increase by 144 to 27,867 as of 7/15/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #533
Gov. Wolf implements "targeted" new restrictions BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #534
PA positives increase by 781 to 98,446 as of 7/16/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #535
Philly positives increase by 157 to 28,024 as of 7/16/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #536
PA positives increase by 1,032 to 99,478 as of 7/17/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #537
Philly positives increase by 135 to 28,159 as of 7/17/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #538
PA positives increase by 763 and takes us over the 100K mark, to 100,241 as of 7/18/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #539
PA positives increase by 786 to 101,027 as of 7/19/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #540
PA positives increase by 711 to 101,738 as of 7/20/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #541
Philly positives increase by 433 to 28,592 (3 day total) as of 7/20/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #542
PA positives increase by 1,027 to 102,765 as of 7/21/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #543
Philly positives increase by 150 to 28,742 as of 7/21/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #544
PA positives increase by 631 to 103,396 as of 7/22/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #545
Philly positives increase by 132 to 28,874 as of 7/22/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #546
PA cases increase by 962 to 104,358 as of 7/23/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #547
Philly cases increase by 228 to 29,102 as of 7/23/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #548
PA positives increase by 1,213 to 105,571 as of 7/24/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #549
Philly positives increase by 201 to 29,303 as of 7/24/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #550
PA positives increase by 1,054 to 106,625 as of 7/25/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #551
PA positives increase by 800 to 107,425 as of 7/26/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #552
PA positives increase by 839 to 108,264 as of 7/27/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #553
Philly positives increase by 500 to 29,803 (3 day total) as of 7/27/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #554
PA positives increase by 1,120 to 109,384 as of 7/28/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #555
Philly positives increase by 142 to 29,945 as of 7/28/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #556
PA positives increase by 834 to 110,218 as of 7/29/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #557
Philly positives increase by 132 to 30,077 as of 7/29/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #558
PA positives increase by 860 to 111,078 as of 7/30/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #559
Philly positives increase by 136 to 30,213 as of 7/30/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #560
PA positives increase by 970 to 112,048 as of 7/31/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #561
Philly positives increase by 141 to 30,354 as of 7/31/20 BumRushDaShow Jul 2020 #562
PA positives increase by 888 to 112,936 as of 8/1/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #563
PA positives increase by 654 to 113,590 as of 8/2/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #564
PA positives increase by 565 to 114,155 as of 8/3/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #565
Philly positives increase by 311 (3-day total) to 30,665 as of 8/3/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #566
PA positives increase by 854 to 115,009 as of 8/4/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #567
Philly positives increase by 106 to 30,771 as of 8/4/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #568
PA positives increase by 705 to 115,714 as of 8/5/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #569
Philly positives increase by 106 to 30,877 as of 8/5/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #570
PA positives increase by 807 to 116,521 as of 8/6/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #571
Philly positives increase by 109 to 30,986 as of 8/6/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #572
PA positives increase by 758 to 117,279 as of 8/7/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #573
Philly positives increase by 134 to 31,120 as of 8/7/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #574
PA positives increase by 813 to 118,092 as of 8/8/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #575
PA positives increase by 760 to 118,852 as of 8/9/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #576
PA positives increase by 601 to 119,453 as of 8/10/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #577
Philly positives increase by 319 (3 days of data) to 31,439 as of 8/7/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #578
PA positives increase by 828 to 120,281 as of 8/11/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #579
Philly positives increase by 137 (per Health Dir.) to 31,584 as of 8/11/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #580
PA positives increase by 849 to 121,130 as of 8/12/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #581
Philly positives increase by 141 (per Health Dir.) to 31,725 as of 8/12/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #582
PA positives increase by 991 to 122,121 as of 8/13/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #583
Philly positives increase by 185 (data dump per Health Dir.) to 31,910 as of 8/13/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #584
PA positives increase by 829 to 122,950 as of 8/14/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #585
Philly positives increase by 147 to 32,057 as of 8/14/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #586
PA positives increase by 850 to 123,800 as of 8/15/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #587
PA positives increase by 660 to 124,460 as of 8/16/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #588
Is this the Kudzu thread of LBN? Lars39 Aug 2020 #589
When we went to green July 1, was gonna end it and then we started spiking again BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #590
I swear the rate we're going it feels like it'll be years. Lars39 Aug 2020 #591
PA positives increase by 384 to 124,844 as of 8/17/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #592
Philly positives increase by 291 (3 days of data) to 32,348 as of 8/17/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #593
PA positives increase by 735 to 125,579 as of 8/18/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #594
Philly positives increase by 84 to 32,432 as of 8/18/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #595
PA positives increase by 570 to 126,149 as of 8/19/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #596
Philly positives increase by 137 to 32,569 as of 8/19/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #597
PA positives increase by 791 to 126,940 as of 8/20/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #598
Philly positives increase by 105 to 32,674 as of 8/20/20 and Philly to move closer to full "Green" BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #599
PA positives increase by 693 to 127,633 as of 8/21/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #600
Philly positives increase by 117 to 32,791 as of 8/21/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #601
PA positives increase by 796 to 128,429 as of 8/22/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #602
PA positives increase by 619 to 129,048 as of 8/23/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #603
PA positives increase by 426 to 129,474 as of 8/24/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #604
Philly positives increase by 263 (3 day total) to 33,054 as of 8/24/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #605
PA positives increase by 561 to 130,035 as of 8/25/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #606
Philly positives increase by 85 to 33,139 as of 8/25/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #607
PA positives increase by 501 to 130,536 as of 8/26/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #608
Philly positives increase by 116 to 33,255 as of 8/26/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #609
PA positives increase by 620 to 131,156 as of 8/27/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #610
PA positives increase by 835 to 131,991 as of 8/28/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #611
Philly positives increase by 152 to 33,495 as of 8/28/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #612
PA positives increase by 843 to 132,834 as of 8/29/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #613
PA positives increase by 670 to 133,504 as of 8/30/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #614
PA positives increase by 521 to 134,025 as of 8/31/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #615
Philly positives increase by 283 (3 day total/residents-only) to 33,778 as of 8/31/20 BumRushDaShow Aug 2020 #616
Now @ 6 months, today will be my last numbers updates - PA positives increase by 770 as of 9/1/20 BumRushDaShow Sep 2020 #617
Philly positives increase by 131 to 33,909 as of 9/1/20 - LAST NUMBERS POSTING BumRushDaShow Sep 2020 #618

DeminPennswoods

(15,235 posts)
1. Seems like an overabundance of caution, but better safe than
Fri Mar 13, 2020, 02:48 PM
Mar 2020

sorry. AFAIK, there are still no confimed cases west of MontCo.

What is more interesting to me is that I live in a PA county that is the 2nd or 3rd oldest (65+) in the entire US. This is the demographic group most at risk, but we have not had 1 reported or even suspected case of covid-19.

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
2. Chester County has one
Fri Mar 13, 2020, 02:56 PM
Mar 2020
Chester County closes libraries, parks, trails as first coronavirus case identified

County officials on Friday announced the closure of libraries, county parks and trails for two weeks as they identified the county’s first presumptive positive case of the new coronavirus.

Marian Moskowitz, chair of the county board of commissioners, said a 57-year-old female patient had contact with a known patient in another state. The woman is recovering at home in isolation. The health department is working to trace the woman’s contacts, and county health officials declined to release additional information on the patient, including in what municipality she lives.

County officials also announced that beginning Saturday, only “mission-essential” county operations will take place, meaning about three-quarters of county employees will not need to report to work. Authorities said those employees will receive full pay.

They also announced a county-wide disaster declaration. No visitors will be allowed at the Chester County jail or the county’s long-term care facility.

Moskowitz said officials “strongly” encourage a countywide suspension of gatherings for two weeks. She discouraged people from going to movie theaters, retail stores and other public spaces.

— Erin McCarthy, Anna Orso

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-covid19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-confirmed-case-updates-news-20200313.html


As they start tracing who had contact with whom and actually have testing available, it'll spread. I expect it already has but unless someone is overtly symptomatic and/or had contact with someone who may have been and/or traveled recently, they probably wouldn't think about it much.

DeminPennswoods

(15,235 posts)
3. I think this, too
Fri Mar 13, 2020, 03:11 PM
Mar 2020
As they start tracing who had contact with whom and actually have testing available, it'll spread. I expect it already has but unless someone is overtly symptomatic and/or had contact with someone who may have been and/or traveled recently, they probably wouldn't think about it much.


I think covid-19 is around, but the symptoms are so indistinguishable from just a bad case of the flu, a lot of people have already had it, recovered and thought it was the flu.

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
4. Yup.
Fri Mar 13, 2020, 03:26 PM
Mar 2020

Am thinking that any who might have been in the hospital for some type of pneumonia or respiratory issue, might need them to double-back and do a specific test for COVID-19 just in case they couldn't positively ID the cause for their pneumonia.

DeminPennswoods

(15,235 posts)
5. Can't put my finger on it, but what I hear
Fri Mar 13, 2020, 06:00 PM
Mar 2020

about how bad the virus is and what I observe, it just doesn't mesh. You could well be right, that people who were hospitalized with pneumonia or some other respiratory illness might not have been the flu and they should be checked for covid19 antibodies. You can't exhume bodies, but maybe the state needs to add a box to death certificates to confirm the patient had/did not have covid 19 going forward.

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
6. Because this virus is novel
Fri Mar 13, 2020, 06:13 PM
Mar 2020

they may end up doing that - if anything for data gathering and watching for mutations.

DeminPennswoods

(15,235 posts)
7. My local paper had a great story today about how
Sat Mar 14, 2020, 12:16 AM
Mar 2020

people contract covid19 and what happens once it's inside your body. Totally unexepected, but they have had some articles with excellent information and facts on the virus.

Link: https://www.timesonline.com/zz/news/20200313/what-does-coronavirus-infection-do-inside-your-body

DeminPennswoods

(15,235 posts)
8. Peduto decided to close the City of Pittsburgh for a week
Sat Mar 14, 2020, 09:25 AM
Mar 2020

starting on Monday and limit crowds to less 250. Unfortunately he failed to lead by example by appearing at his press conference clean-shaven as an example to men of best personal hygene practices in the current environment. Lose that bushy, germy beard!

Igel

(35,113 posts)
90. It's going to be tough.
Thu Mar 19, 2020, 03:43 PM
Mar 2020

Not because they can't test for COVID-19.

But because a lot of people who die from the results of COVID-19 have some secondary infection that's worse. They come as a bundle.

Comorbidity is fairly high. Did COVID kill, or just make the other thing more lethal?

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
91. Similar happens during heatwaves
Thu Mar 19, 2020, 03:46 PM
Mar 2020

where the underlying conditions are often exacerbated due to the heat - and particularly when the individual has little or no access to cooling appliances. But they often still report those deaths as being due to the heat (but may have a subcategory that indicates other health issues).

Brainfodder

(6,413 posts)
13. Maybe PA doesn't have readily a/v tests, like most yet?
Sat Mar 14, 2020, 01:26 PM
Mar 2020

5+ days to show signs, and varies so much, and many will look like generic flu to some, +allergy season, been sneezing every day for over a month, myself.

In just 2 more weeks, the spread will be a lot more obvious?

Thinking PA is clean is kidding yourself!

You jagoffs are not safe!

This jagoff aint either, but keeping my sense of humor.

Good Luck!




DeminPennswoods

(15,235 posts)
15. No, people are being tested
Sat Mar 14, 2020, 03:21 PM
Mar 2020

So far, 6 people have been 100% confirmed, but it's seems to be taking a long time for the "presumptives" to turn into "confirmed"s or "negative"s. The state dept of health's webpage updates daily.

Personally, I think a lot of people are sick, but recovered or recovering. And as you say, everything's mixed up with regular cold and flu season, allergies and this - all with similar symptoms and treatments.

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
14. Announced today at Wolf's presser - 1st 2 in Allegheny County
Sat Mar 14, 2020, 01:46 PM
Mar 2020
Latest 13 minutes ago
2:31 PM - March 14, 2020
Gov. Wolf orders “all non-essential public spaces" shut down in Bucks, Chester Counties starting Sunday

Gov. Tom Wolf on Saturday announced that coronavirus mitigation efforts already in effect in Delaware and Montgomery Counties will be expanded to Chester and Bucks Counties starting Sunday.

That means the closure of “all non-essential public spaces,” Wolf said. Essential infrastructure like pharmacies, grocery stores, and gas stations will stay open.

Education Secretary Pedro Rivera said all schools in counties under a shutdown order must close, including private and parochial schools.

“If we can slow the spread of the virus, we can flatten the curve,” Wolf said “This is what we need to do and we need to do it now.”

Wolf said additional guidance for businesses, some of which have expressed confusion about whether they are essential or non-essential, will be sent out Saturday.

Health Secretary Rachel Levine also announced the first two COVID-19 cases in Allegheny County, bringing the statewide total to 47. She said 202 people have been tested statewide as of Saturday afternoon.

U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, whose district includes all of Chester County, called on the entire state “to use the strategy that the governor has outlined to protect each other.”

Levine urged parents to be mindful about the information their children are consuming about the pandemic.

— Sarah Anne Hughes

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-covid19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-news-confirmed-case-updates-20200314.html

^^^bolding mine

BusyBeingBest

(8,049 posts)
27. Idiot health officials in Allegheny County
Sun Mar 15, 2020, 10:18 AM
Mar 2020

are telling the public that the coronavirus can only be transmitted "by close contact" with infected people. This just isn't fucking true--bad information.

Orrex

(63,010 posts)
26. Children are an ideal vector for spreading disease
Sun Mar 15, 2020, 10:10 AM
Mar 2020

As anyone who has ever encountered a child can tell you.

And what better way to facilitate the fast spread of illness than by cramming them into small spaces by the hundreds during an outbreak?

I don't see this as an "overabundance of caution," but rather a bare minimum sensible response to a worldwide threat.

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
29. For example - conjunctivitis!!!!
Sun Mar 15, 2020, 10:47 AM
Mar 2020




Of course the issue here is basically implementing a "out of school for the summer" circumstance out of the middle of nowhere. Usually people sortof start planning for "summer" around now, to have their kids situated for those couple months (at least children of a certain age). But now this is worse because of the issue of public health, and especially if it goes on for some time.

This country is going through something not done in many decades. I know my mom used to talk about how they used to put the signs up on people's doors for quarantines. For example, back at the turn of last century they had stuff like this -



And when she was a child in the '30s, there was stuff like this -



The "scarlet letter" way of quarantining has gone by the wayside pretty much (most likely due to court cases) but...

DeminPennswoods

(15,235 posts)
9. MontCo and DelCo closed for business
Sat Mar 14, 2020, 09:40 AM
Mar 2020

for the next couple of weeks. Wolf held a presser yesterday to announce the addition of DelCo. Like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Gov Wolf is shooting for the course of action that's not too hot, not too cold, but just right.

As of 5PM yesterday, there were 6 confirmed cases and 35 "presumptive" cases for a total of 41, all but 1 east of Harrisburg. There have been 315 tests of suspected cases, 145 negative (little less than half) and 135 are pending results.

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
10. Inquirer just had a breaking that Wolf is expected to extend the closures
Sat Mar 14, 2020, 11:25 AM
Mar 2020

to Bucks and Chester County (I think the below has the wrong time because it is just breaking now).


12:12 AM - March 14, 2020
Sources: Gov. Wolf to shut down Bucks, Chester counties

Gov. Tom Wolf’s office is expected to announce later Saturday that he will extend his shutdown order to Bucks and Chester counties as the state continues to confirm more cases of the coronavirus, according to three sources familiar with the decision.

The shutdown directive, which would go into effect in the counties on Sunday, applies to everything from schools, which Wolf had already ordered closed statewide, to child and adult day care centers to non-essential businesses. There have been questions, however, about how the state or counties can or will enforce it.

Earlier this week, Wolf imposed shutdown orders on Montgomery and Delaware counties.

The shutdown orders in general have meant that no-visitor policies are implemented at correctional facilities and nursing homes. The governor’s office has said that people can travel freely, but Wolf has encouraged that residents refrain from non-essential travel.

In counties under a shutdown order, essential medical services and mass transit will remain open. Supermarkets, pharmacies and gas stations remain open.

Wolf on Friday was asked who will enforce the orders in the counties.

"No one," he said. "This is self-enforcement. I am not sending the State Police or the National Guard out to do this."

“All of us are trying to look out for the health and welfare of Pennsylvanians, and we all have a shared interest in making sure that Pennsylvanians, our fellow citizens, stay safe. I am banking on that to really drive it.”.

— Angela Couloumbis
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-covid19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-news-confirmed-case-updates-20200314.html

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
12. I've been trying to avoid going out but was out early this morning
Sat Mar 14, 2020, 12:01 PM
Mar 2020

to mail a bill and pick up a script and popped into the supermarket to grab a couple things and fortunately there weren't many people there yet... I think there is a bit of urgency in the people I saw but most were retirees and they seemed to know what they needed and how they needed to get in there and get out as quickly as possible!

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
16. PLCB will be doing an orderly shutdown of the State Stores in the impacted counties
Sat Mar 14, 2020, 06:25 PM
Mar 2020
Area state liquor stores to shut down due to virus

The coronavirus shutdown is coming to a liquor store near you if you live in one of the four Pennsylvania counties where Gov. Tom Wolf has called for non-essential retail outlets to close up shop for two weeks.

The Liquor Control Board on Saturday announced that all of the 88 state-owned Fine Wine & Good Spirits Shops in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties will be open for normal hours on Sunday. On Monday, just six of those stores will be open in Bucks, Chester and Delaware counties. Eight will be open in Montgomery County.

Each county will also have one open Licensee Service Center, which deal with restaurants and bars but not retail sales.

On Tuesday, all liquor stores and service centers will close in the four counties. Customers can still shop online and have purchases shipped to them. The shutdown will be re-evaluated “toward the end of the month,” the LCB said. The LCB on Friday said liquor stores would not close in Montgomery County, one day after Wolf ordered the shutdown there. That shutdown spread to Delaware County Friday and to Bucks and Chester counties Saturday.

A list of stores that will remain open Monday can be found here.

— Chris Brennan

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-covid19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-news-confirmed-case-updates-20200314.html


Link to PLCB schedule: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Liquor-Control-Board-Details.aspx?newsid=561

There will be run on it and then people will be rolling down to Delaware or hopping over the bridge to Jersey.

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
18. St. Christopher's Children's Hospital ICU in Philly is now closed
Sun Mar 15, 2020, 06:24 AM
Mar 2020
25 minutes ago
6:57 AM - March 15, 2020
Coronavirus in physician closes St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children ICU to new patients; rest of hospital is open

A physician at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children who worked in the ICU, has been diagnosed with a presumed case of COVID-19, CHOP president John Fry said in an email Saturday afternoon. The test results were completed Friday.

Fry said the physician was last seen at the hospital on March 11 and began to feel symptoms the next day. The infection was not acquired at the hospital, Fry said in an email to Drexel students and colleagues.

“The ICU is closed to new admissions and the Level 1 Trauma department is closed,” Fry wrote. "Children currently in the ICU will not be transferred out of the unit.

The ICU staff have been notified of this situation. They will wear the required and approved Protective Personal Equipment (PPE), including gowns, gloves, eye protection, and masks when they are in the ICU treating patients."

“St. Christopher’s remains open and committed to meeting the needs of the community. The hospital is contacting the families of any patients, family members, and employees who may have been exposed.”

— Brandon T. Harden

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-covid19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-news-confirmed-case-updates-20200314.html

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
21. Yeah this is concerning but makes sense
Sun Mar 15, 2020, 06:52 AM
Mar 2020



TEXT

Free Library of Philadelphia

@FreeLibrary

The health and safety of our staff and customers are our utmost priority. In the interest of limiting the impact and spread of COVID-19, all Free Library locations will be closed to the public March 15-29, at which point we will reevaluate.

More here: http://ow.ly/zLOv50yLTDF
View image on Twitter
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4:09 PM - Mar 14, 2020


I expect many get some kind of internet service using those libraries.

DeminPennswoods

(15,235 posts)
22. I know that's the case with my library
Sun Mar 15, 2020, 09:50 AM
Mar 2020

It serves a lot of people without internet access and its computer stations are usually always occupied. Lots of people use it for video borrowing, too.

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
23. I remember back when I was in high school
Sun Mar 15, 2020, 09:56 AM
Mar 2020

and they were building "regional" libraries here in the city (that were "bigger" versions of the local neighborhood libraries) they had set up rooms with some record players and were lending record albums. lol Later they were lending CDs and then I expect DVDs. Now they don't need to even do that anymore with stuff stored digitally and they have the computers.

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
28. Some of the branches here still have some CDs
Sun Mar 15, 2020, 10:23 AM
Mar 2020

and they have a search to see what they have and where they are hosted and then you would need to reserve it. When I checked the site, they have 55 music CDs (some with multiple copies of them). None are at libraries immediately near me but most were listed at the main branch in their huge building downtown Philly -



Anything downloadable (like ebooks and audio books) is pretty much available system-wide.

DeminPennswoods

(15,235 posts)
20. Now the generations of younger Pennsylvanians will get
Sun Mar 15, 2020, 06:37 AM
Mar 2020

to experience what life was like on Sundays when Blue Laws (nothing was open) were in effect. Except it will be every day for the next few weeks!

DeminPennswoods

(15,235 posts)
24. CMU to begin predictive modeling for SARS-CoV-2
Sun Mar 15, 2020, 10:00 AM
Mar 2020

Link: https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/03/14/People-provide-best-prediction-of-COVID-19-cases/stories/202003110063

This has a lot of great info in it especially where it concerns predictive models and data. CMU currently uses these same models to predict flu cases in real time. One model is based on what is known from historical and the other uses a "wisdom of crowds" methodology. The CMU computer scientists running the models think the later might be a better bet given how little data is available on SARS-CoV-2.

Predicting real-time COVID-19 infections in the United States — with Carnegie Mellon University’s first predictions expected as early as March 22 — will involve dozens of volunteers making educated guesses about disease trends.

And anyone 19 and older can join in. ...

"With COVID-19, I’m anticipating that aggregate human judgment will do better than computerized machine-learning analytics,” he said. “We will use the system we have now, and CDC wants us to start focusing on COVID-19 on March 15. It’s going to be wobbly in the beginning but we hope to get better every week.”

Ryan Tibshirani, a CMU associate professor of statistics and machine learning, is the group’s co-founder.

This “wisdom-of-crowds” protocol, and perhaps surprising so, represents an important modern-day method that CMU has employed successfully in predicting real-time flu cases, along with those likely to occur in following weeks and months. The question is, will it work with COVID-19?

CMU’s weekly real-time estimates will be posted on its delphi.cmu.edu/nowcast website.


Delphi will track respiratory illnesses in general, with an understanding that for now, most likely are flu-related. But as the flu season wanes, chances will rise that the majority of respiratory illnesses are COVID-19, he said.

Efilroft Sul

(3,566 posts)
30. Our school district, just south of Pittsburgh, is out until at least April 14.
Sun Mar 15, 2020, 03:14 PM
Mar 2020

Bet it'll be out longer than that, too.

DeminPennswoods

(15,235 posts)
32. Beaver County is getting drive up/through testing
Mon Mar 16, 2020, 03:09 AM
Mar 2020

from Quest Diagnostics who has a location in Aliquippa. We shall see what that brings.

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
33. Wolf orders restaurants and bars to close dine-in facilities in 5 counties
Mon Mar 16, 2020, 03:52 AM
Mar 2020
7 hours ago
9:47 PM - March 15, 2020

Wolf orders restaurants and bars to close dine-in facilities in 5 counties


Restaurants and bars in five Pennsylvania counties must close their dine-in facilities starting at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced Sunday night. The order applies to Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties for the next 14 days.

Carry-out, delivery, and drive-through service can continue, the governor’s office said, but people can’t stay to eat or drink inside. Businesses could face enforcement actions if they don’t comply.

As coronavirus continues to spread “it is in the best interest of the public to encourage social distancing by closing restaurants and bars temporarily,” Wolf said in statement.

New York City’s mayor also said he would sign an executive order to limit restaurants and bars to take-out and delivery service only, effective Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. Night clubs, movie theaters and concert venues will also have to close, Mayor Bill De Blasio said.

— Catherine Dunn

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-covid19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-news-confirmed-case-updates-20200314.html

DeminPennswoods

(15,235 posts)
35. Time to get started on those home improvement
Mon Mar 16, 2020, 10:38 AM
Mar 2020

projects and spring cleaning that maybe have been put off up until now!

Maybe we can have a "cleanest house in the USA" contest or something.

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
36. That's what I heard on a talk show this morning
Mon Mar 16, 2020, 10:42 AM
Mar 2020

Spring cleaning time! Although I'm retired so should have been doing that all along anyway...

DeminPennswoods

(15,235 posts)
37. I remember during the 1996 blizzard plows
Mon Mar 16, 2020, 10:48 AM
Mar 2020

simply could not get down the narrow streets especially in and around Center City. Mayor Rendell was on TV telling us to clear our own streets and have "the cleanest street in Philadelphia". I lived in a cul-de-sac at the time and the residents got together and hired a backhoe to clean off our street.

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
38. LOL I was
Mon Mar 16, 2020, 10:55 AM
Mar 2020

living in a high rise at the time and there were 7ft mounds on either side of the street along side the building when that street did get plowed. Had to walk down the middle of the street to get to a nearby store to get some groceries since I was all out (bucked the blizzard-buy frenzy and paid the price). I was lucky that my car was parked in the right spot in the lot. Since the snow was really powdery, all that was left on the car was on the bumper because the rest had blown off due to the way the wind blew through that section of the lot (didn't need to use the car at the time anyway).

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
39. Penn Relays just cancelled
Mon Mar 16, 2020, 10:59 AM
Mar 2020
Latest 4 minutes ago
11:53 AM - March 16, 2020
Penn Relays canceled amid coronavirus spread

The organizers of the Penn Relays held out as long as they could, but on Monday they finally had to give in and cancel this year’s edition of the track carnival at Franklin Field.This year’s Relays were to be the 126th edition, and the 100th with historically black colleges and universities participating.

Last week, the Jamaican government announced that its country’s high schools would not travel to Philadelphia. It would have been the first Relays without Jamaican high schools since 1963, the last year before they first game.Penn officials said they hope to organize some kind of track event in May or June if circumstances allow.

“We cannot host an event in late April without putting our participants, spectators, officials, volunteers, and staff at risk,” Penn athletic director Grace Calhoun said in a statement. “The University of Pennsylvania has hosted the Penn Relays for 125 consecutive years through the World Wars and other world-wide health issues. This spirit of perseverance and resiliency will continue as we plan for a track meet later in the year when the health and safety of our community is more certain.

”Penn said that ticket orders would by default be credited toward the 2021 event; but refunds for the sale price of 2020 tickets are “available by request.” Ticket and order processing fees will not be refunded as of no

—Jonathan Tannenwald

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-covid19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-confirmed-case-updates-news-20200316.html#card-2AB3VVLSWFEA5KP2JEGCQ2SJ642

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
40. Philly to order shutdown of non-essential businesses (@ 5 pm EDT today)
Mon Mar 16, 2020, 11:56 AM
Mar 2020
Latest 16 minutes ago
12:39 PM - March 16, 2020
Philly to order shutdown of non-essential businesses

Philadelphia will order all non-essential businesses shut down at 5 p.m. on Monday, and will shut down all non-essential city services on Wednesday.

Restaurants will have to be take-out only. City government offices will be closed to the public starting Tuesday and only essential government employees will report.

The city of Philadelphia at 5 p.m. today will order all non-essential businesses shut down, and on Wednesday will shut down all non-essential city services, according to Councilmember @MariaQSanchez. @PhillyMayor admin officials just told other electeds of plan on conference call
— Sean Walsh (@sbcmw) March 16, 2020

Essential businesses include grocery stores, big box stores, pharmacies, electronic stores, hardware stores, day cares and laundry facilities.

— Sean Walsh, Julia Terruso

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-covid19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-confirmed-case-updates-news-20200316.html#card-6Z7PDALC5FH7NNYUB5RM7SRQOI2

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
41. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf orders two-week statewide shutdown
Mon Mar 16, 2020, 01:54 PM
Mar 2020
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf orders two-week statewide shutdown

Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday said he will order nonessential businesses statewide to close at midnight, for the next 14 days. Those businesses include gyms, hair salons, and concert venues, according to state guidance. Pharmacies, gas stations, and grocery stores should remain open. As of Monday afternoon, there were 76 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, state officials said.

Wolf said the decision was not made lightly, but he added these mitigation efforts are the “only way to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed by patients.

“When asked about a business that has said it will not cancel an event, Wolf said, “I’m not going to force them to cancel.”

“We’re not sending out the State Police or National Guard to enforce this,” he said. “This is not your government mandating anything.” Both Wolf and Health Secretary Rachel Levine urged people to stay at home.

— Sarah Anne Hughes

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-covid19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-confirmed-case-updates-news-20200316.html#card-FEVFL5KX6VBBPDSGC2GWAQW2HY11

DeminPennswoods

(15,235 posts)
42. Everything is pretty calm where I am
Mon Mar 16, 2020, 04:56 PM
Mar 2020

It still blows me away my county does not have 1 reported or suspected case. We are full of old and sick people. Maybe years of breathing in whatever the mills and factories and Shippingport nuclear plant dumped into the air has given us a rough kind of respiratory immunity.

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
44. I know people on the other side of the state from you
Mon Mar 16, 2020, 05:22 PM
Mar 2020

i.e., here, are a bit stressed - probably given how quickly this whole thing escalated.

I actually believe the lack of "cases" is due to lack of testing. The initial cases here were from people who had either traveled abroad to countries with a known infection and/or had exposure to travelers who had contracted the virus either overseas or in another state. That then triggered tracing of contacts of those people with others (meaning those people got tested) and it sortof blossomed out from there if the secondary-contact folks were found to be positive.

One of my sisters and I and my niece went to the Flower Show here on March 7 and I have been counting the days. They had plenty of hand sanitizer stations around that we did use but still... Hoping for the best since that sis has R.A. and due to that, she gets infusions to kill her immune system on purpose!

DeminPennswoods

(15,235 posts)
45. Seems things are being taken in stride
Mon Mar 16, 2020, 05:31 PM
Mar 2020

and all the folks I've talked to don't have much good to say about the hoarders.

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
47. Over here
Mon Mar 16, 2020, 05:45 PM
Mar 2020

the partial shutdowns of the rim counties ended up negatively impacting Philly. For example this morning, they had to cancel a number of commuter trains due to SEPTA personnel who were self-quarantined in other counties. Same thing happened earlier with the teachers not having enough staff due to teachers either self-quarantined or calling in absent to deal with childcare when the counties they lived in started closing their schools.

So where you are, Pittsburgh is part of Allegheny County but Philadelphia is its own county that had been excluded from the earlier restrictions on the rim counties, However there is obviously no "wall" between all these counties, so the restrictions elsewhere impacted here in a way that wasn't really anticipated.

DeminPennswoods

(15,235 posts)
48. I am totally surprised at the low number of cases
Mon Mar 16, 2020, 07:18 PM
Mar 2020

in Philly given the high density housing and all and considering 10% of the state's population lives there.

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
52. Lack of testing
Mon Mar 16, 2020, 07:32 PM
Mar 2020

Just read that some drive-through testing operations are finally being setup by a couple hospitals (with the labs to be done by Lab Corps I think). Only thing with these drive-throughs, the person needs to be referred by a primary doc in that hospital system in one case and be symptomatic in another case.

DeminPennswoods

(15,235 posts)
53. maybe, but you'd think there are people who have some
Mon Mar 16, 2020, 07:37 PM
Mar 2020

respiratory illness already being treated. You still need a doc's order to get tested regardless. Are the hospitals full of flu patients? It doesn't seem so. I'm still thinking there's a lot of "mild" cases that present like the flu and people have just recovered. But something just doesn't add up.

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
56. There may be plenty of people in the hospital for what they are tentatively calling "flu"
Mon Mar 16, 2020, 07:47 PM
Mar 2020

or for some type of respiratory condition, but they have no idea unless they test those folks for COVID-19 too. And if there are no swab kits available to to do the test, then they are SOL and those folks aren't added to any count.

DeminPennswoods

(15,235 posts)
43. Things that have killed more Pennsylvanias than Covid19
Mon Mar 16, 2020, 05:09 PM
Mar 2020

Flu 2019-20 season (thru 3/7): 83
1948 Donora Smog Inversion: 20 (and gave repiratory problems to 6000 of 14,000 population of Donora) right away and 50 within a month
Johnstown Flood: 2,200
Tropical storm Agnes: 50
1936 St Patrick's Day flood: 107
Snowmelt 1996 flooding: 19
Opiods 2019: approx 3,800

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
46. Bucks County is asking a judge to postpone Tuesday's special election
Mon Mar 16, 2020, 05:34 PM
Mar 2020
Bucks County is asking a judge to postpone Tuesday’s special election

The Bucks County Board of Elections filed an emergency petition asking a judge to postpone Tuesday’s special election for Bensalem’s seat in the Pennsylvania House, which Speaker Mike Turzai has declined to halt.

“We were left with no choice but to file suit,” said Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, chair of the Bucks County Board of Commissioners and chair of the Board of Elections. “With the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania declaring a state of emergency and under advisement of our county’s Department of Health, we believe that tomorrow’s special election must be postponed. The risk is too great."

The race for House District 18 in Bensalem pits Republican K.C. Tomlinson against Democrat Harold Hayes. They are vying to replace Republican Gene DiGirolamo, who resigned to become a county commissioner. The commissioners’ move is the latest twist in a contentious behind-the-scenes back-and-forth between officials over the special election.

Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday said that he felt it was a bad idea to hold an election in an area affected by the coronavirus and that he was hopeful state leaders would come together to delay it. Wolf needed the cooperation of Speaker Mike Turzai, however, and on Saturday the Republican House leader announced all special elections scheduled for Tuesday would proceed as planned.

—Justine McDaniel, Sean Collins Walsh

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-covid19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-confirmed-case-updates-news-20200316.html#card-2JXVSFCSHNH5VOZRBLIRXUWCKY29

BumRushDaShow

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50. I'm thinking some judge might do just that
Mon Mar 16, 2020, 07:27 PM
Mar 2020

considering there are states delaying their state primaries and in this case, it's a special election that they are only asking be moved to PA's primary day (that itself might be delayed but we're not at that point yet).

DeminPennswoods

(15,235 posts)
51. I actually think people will come out to vote even if it's
Mon Mar 16, 2020, 07:32 PM
Mar 2020

not postponed. I'm planning to vote in the April primary in person regardless. I'll take my own pencil, though. With the new equipment, you are the only one handling your ballot and you feed your own completed ballot into the scanner.

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
54. I actually heard a commercial on the radio for that election this afternoon
Mon Mar 16, 2020, 07:41 PM
Mar 2020

(directed at Bensalem)

With our new machines, they hand us a blank ballot (long strip of paper) and we feed that into the machine, go through the touchscreens, it then prints the results on the blank sheet and displays it in a chute with a clear plastic cover (meaning we can't touch the ballot), and if we accept the printout, the ballot gets sucked back into the machine.

When I used it for the first time this past November, it was too dark in the room to even see the printout clearly and there was no back-lighting or overhead light for it in the booth.

DeminPennswoods

(15,235 posts)
58. So we have our 1st case in the southern half of the county
Tue Mar 17, 2020, 02:55 PM
Mar 2020

Also, just ftr, know someone who just landed in the hospital with pneumonia from the regular old flu that's going around.

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
59. I had been reading a GD thread this morning
Tue Mar 17, 2020, 03:47 PM
Mar 2020

from someone whose daughter lives somewhere in the Pittsburgh metro area - https://www.democraticunderground.com/100213114447

Apparently there is a drive-through setup in the area for testing now, so even if there are a bunch of negatives, I expect positives to start showing up more.

In other news, Philly is now up to 18 cases confirmed, per their presser a couple hours ago.

DeminPennswoods

(15,235 posts)
62. Quest Diagnostics has a testing center set up
Tue Mar 17, 2020, 05:46 PM
Mar 2020

in Aliquippa. I'm not sure exactly how "drive through" it actually is, but it is a testing site outside the doctor's office or hospital setting. This is where the person who tested positive lives so that's probably where they were tested.

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
64. I'm thinking that people may be going to a hospital parking lot
Tue Mar 17, 2020, 05:52 PM
Mar 2020

for medical staff to do the swabs through the car window and those swabs are handed over to Quest to analyze. That's what I believe they are doing over here in West Philly and Delaware County. Montgomery County announced today that they expect to setup a drive-through testing operation sometime within the week.

DeminPennswoods

(15,235 posts)
65. Quest has about 3 locations. It's at their one in
Tue Mar 17, 2020, 05:55 PM
Mar 2020

Aliquippa, not sure how exactly the nuts and bolts of it work though.

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
66. I know Quest and Lab Corps have multiple locations around here
Tue Mar 17, 2020, 06:03 PM
Mar 2020

(I normally use Quest for my own bloodwork although they recently closed one facility close to me but still had 2 others that are also near me).

Apparently some states doing these types of drive-throughs have been bringing in the National Guard to manage the traffic associated with them too.

DeminPennswoods

(15,235 posts)
63. People seem to be brushing off the flu, but it's already caused
Tue Mar 17, 2020, 05:49 PM
Mar 2020

83 or more deaths in the state and it can just as easily lead to pneumonia in older and/or health compromised individuals.

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
60. Without a Delaware County health department, agreement would allow Chester County to help
Tue Mar 17, 2020, 04:03 PM
Mar 2020

This is a good thing! I know the new Democratic-controlled Commissioners have been working on plans to re-establish a Health Department for the County (that was apparently eliminated by the GOP who were in control before the 2018 election) so this is good in the interim.

1 hour ago
3:36 PM - March 17, 2020
Without a Delaware County health department, agreement would allow Chester County to help coronavirus response

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reviewing a proposed agreement that would allow the Chester County Health Department to support Delaware County, which does not have a health department, in responding to the coronavirus.

Chester and Delaware County officials have been in talks about the plan and submitted a draft intergovernmental agreement to the state, Chester County said Tuesday. Chester County has a slightly smaller population and, thus far, fewer reported cases of the coronavirus than Delaware County.

Chester County has the capacity to support Delaware County and fully run its own health department, a county spokesperson said. Residents “will not experience any diminished service as the County moves to support Delaware County health officials and staff,” the county said Tuesday.

— Justine McDaniel

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-covid19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-confirmed-case-updates-news-20200317.html#card-UPBES64GUFB6HLSOMCSQD74CCI60

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BumRushDaShow

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67. Coronavirus: Pennsylvania Task Force 1 crews setting up at Citizens Bank Park
Tue Mar 17, 2020, 06:13 PM
Mar 2020
Coronavirus: Pennsylvania Task Force 1 crews setting up at Citizens Bank Park

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Chopper 6 was over Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday afternoon where Pennsylvania Task Force 1 has deployed. Video shows two tractor-trailers are being unloaded and tents erected. You can see PA-TF-1 on top of the tents indicating Pennsylvania Task Force 1. PA-Task Force 1 is one of 28 operational and deployable groups established by FEMA that can respond to a disaster.

Sources tell Action News that the sports complex is one of the sites being considered by officials as a coronavirus testing location. No officials have commented on it just yet, but as you can see, there is a lot of activity going on at the moment.

The City of Philadelphia said as of Tuesday at 1 p.m., there are 18 reported cases of the coronavirus in the city.

https://6abc.com/pennsylvania-task-force-1-crews-setting-up-at-citizens-bank-park/6022085/


Pic from the local Fox station (Fox29) -

DeminPennswoods

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70. Unintended consequences category
Tue Mar 17, 2020, 06:22 PM
Mar 2020

Since everyone is supposed to stay home or work from home, all blood drives organized through businesses or other organizations have been cancelled. The result is a shortage of blood. So apparently, it's ok to go out, sit in a room with other blood donors of undertermined health, for however long it takes to donate, then go home.

BumRushDaShow

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71. Hundreds tested at drive-through sites in Philly, Main Line
Tue Mar 17, 2020, 08:33 PM
Mar 2020
Hundreds tested at drive-through sites in Philly, Main Line

Hundreds of people showed up at drive-through coronavirus testing sites in Philadelphia and on the Main Line Tuesday run by Penn Medicine, Jefferson Health, and Main Line Health. Health-care workers wearing protective gear collected samples from people — only those who were experiencing symptoms — as they sat in their cars.

The makeshift collection sites, which can collect swabs to send to a specialized laboratory for molecular testing, have been popping up across the country. Doctor’s offices don’t want to collect samples because they lack either the protective gear, the safety protocols, the will — or all three.

It takes several days for test results to be completed.

More than 400 people were seen at Penn Medicine’s two collection sites, one in West Philadelphia and the other in Radnor Township. An additional 250 people flocked to Main Line Health’s Newtown Square and Radnor sites.

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-covid19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-confirmed-case-updates-news-20200317.html#card-YNTOHGF7RJGTJGT2KIMJIFXSDE21


BumRushDaShow

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72. Independence National Historical Park closes all buildings
Tue Mar 17, 2020, 08:39 PM
Mar 2020

I had seen earlier stories where the NPS employees working there were complaining big time. I think there is now a federal closure of the national parks (saw something about D.C.'s national parks/monuments/museums being closed).

4 hours ago
5:25 PM - March 17, 2020
Independence National Historical Park closes all buildings

Independence National Historical Park announced Tuesday it was closing all its buildings to the public.

In a news release it said that park grounds would remain open but that public restrooms would be unavailable.

“The health and safety of people using and working at Independence National Historical Park is our number one priority,” the National Park Service, which operates the park, said in the release.

» READ MORE: A glossary of coronavirus terms to understand the pandemic

— Anthony R. Wood

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-covid19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-confirmed-case-updates-news-20200317.html#card-UNR6OUHTOBGTFP6BTW3FPSBFYI70

DeminPennswoods

(15,235 posts)
73. In election news, Rs won a special election
Wed Mar 18, 2020, 03:53 AM
Mar 2020

in HD58 Westmoreland county. The seat was held by a Republican who resigned and this special election was to fill the 9 month balance of the term. Westmoreland is pretty Republican despite a Dem registration edge. Turnout was 20%, not bad all things considered.

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
74. (R)s claim victory in all 3 of their special elections
Wed Mar 18, 2020, 04:03 AM
Mar 2020

including the one over here in Bucks County that they were trying to get delayed. These were just to fill out the term until the general in November and hopefully we will be a bit closer to normal to maybe pick up one or more of those seats. Apparently the district solely represents the municipality of Bensalem, which is just north of the city line.

The race has been close though -

The results haven’t yet been certified by the Department of State, but according to unofficial returns shared by Bucks County Spokesman Larry King, Republican K.C. Tomlinson won at least 3,826 votes to Democrat Howie Hayes’ 3,343.

Two precincts, Lower Middle #1 and Lower Middle #2, hadn’t reported results as of 11:30 p.m. King could not immediately say what the delay was.

https://whyy.org/articles/bucks-special-election-candidates-bump-elbows-carry-sanitizer-to-slow-polling-places/

BumRushDaShow

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76. Yeah it is but
Wed Mar 18, 2020, 07:14 AM
Mar 2020

almost 1/4 of the population are POC. There has been a slow migration further north and some of those rednecks have moved into Central Bucks.

DeminPennswoods

(15,235 posts)
77. Latest stats
Wed Mar 18, 2020, 07:30 AM
Mar 2020

879 negative, 96 positive. I guess that means the total is 975 although that is not abundantly clear.
I have not heard of any reported deaths.

PA has a population of about 12.8M. That makes the total cases investigated to date .0000762 (.008%) of the state's population. Cases have been reported in 15 of the 67 counties (22%). In case you are wondering why most people are not in a panic.

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
78. The state site isn't completely updated
Wed Mar 18, 2020, 07:40 AM
Mar 2020

because the city reported 18 here in Philly yesterday but the state site is still only showing 10. There will continue to be a lag in actual stats as more and more people get tested and the data comes in. They are estimating results now in 4 - 5 days with the "drive-throughs" so for those who were tested yesterday, we may (or may not) see a jump by the weekend.

COVID-19 Testing in Pennsylvania*
​Negative Positive
879
​96
* Map, table and case count last updated at 12:45 p.m. on 3/17/2020

To date, there are 96 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania.
Counties impacted to date include:

Allegheny 7
Beaver 1
Bucks 8
Chester 4
Cumberland 10
Delaware 9
Lehigh 1
Luzerne 1
Monroe 8
Montgomery 32
Northampton 1
Philadelphia 10
Pike 1
Washington 2
Wayne 1

https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx



Last updated: 3/17/2020
Current situation and risk to Philadelphia

Number of cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in Philadelphia: 18
Number of cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in Pennsylvania: 96
Overall risk in Philadelphia: Low

https://www.phila.gov/services/mental-physical-health/environmental-health-hazards/covid-19/whats-new/

DeminPennswoods

(15,235 posts)
84. Regardless, it's still a very small number
Wed Mar 18, 2020, 04:45 PM
Mar 2020

I don't think the state is tracking flu cases right now, but as of 3/7, there were over 115k of those. Just for perspective.

I expect the numbers will rise, too, because more people will be tested, but you still have to have some symptoms and/or be assessed by a clinician in order to be tested.

I don't know if there's a test for anti-bodies specific to covid-19, but that's the kind of test that would yield enough data to know what the actual infection and recovery rate is.

BumRushDaShow

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85. The Governor was just on about 10 minutes ago announcing the first death
Wed Mar 18, 2020, 05:02 PM
Mar 2020

We are literally at the embryonic stage of this. When I watched the State Health Director's report today (which was echoed by the Montgomery County Commissioner) - they are now assuming there is community spread and will cease doing any contact tracing. That means "officially" in the next phase which is mitigation.

I think the issue that they are trying to emphasize with this vs flu is that this is more contagious than the flu (they even mentioned that it is as bad as measles) and when it hits someone who is vulnerable to its effects, it is far more lethal than the various flus.

Due to the lack of test kits and medical personnel/infrastructure, yes they are actively triaging and selecting based on various criteria because of those shortcomings (and I have read that there are various municipalities including Philly, putting out a call for volunteers who have medical/nursing backgrounds). They also mentioned that the reports that come out today are based on tests that were done 4 - 5 days ago, so there is that lag too.

DeminPennswoods

(15,235 posts)
86. No one really has any idea how contagious or not covid-19 is
Thu Mar 19, 2020, 12:48 AM
Mar 2020

Because of the lack of data, most of these "mitigation" efforts are complete panic moves. It would be useful to know how many people are hospitalized or being treated for actual respiratory infections. That might give people some idea of where things stand even if it's a mix of flu, other respiratory disease and covid-19. I did hear speculation that this virus might hang in the air like measels, but that is completely unconfirmed afaik. I think if that were true, a whole lot more people would be sick as measles is, if I understand correctly, the most contagious virus in the world.

I guess you can downplay the flu, but 83 people have already died from it and over 115,000 have had it, including myself. It is perfectly capable of causing pneumonia, too, in people who are older and/or might have underlying medical conditions.

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
87. This strain was identified in December
Thu Mar 19, 2020, 05:18 AM
Mar 2020

and much of what we see going on is based on the impacts that countries like Italy, Spain, Iran, etc have experienced when they essentially dealt with it as if it were a "seasonal flu" (there are many that appear every year). However what was seen in those countries was that the virulence of this vs the flu COVIDs, has been much higher for target groups. I.e., flu mortality is ~0.1% where mortality with this has been running just over 1%. So using your example -

I guess you can downplay the flu, but 83 people have already died from it and over 115,000 have had it, including myself. It is perfectly capable of causing pneumonia, too, in people who are older and/or might have underlying medical conditions.


Meaning if you have seasonal flu resulting in 83 deaths, the potential of COVID-19 could be the equivalent of 830 deaths if allowed to run unchecked in the manner that the seasonal flu is generally handled. In addition, each year vaccines are distributed for various seasonal Influenza A and B strains (depending on which ones are found to be most active before the official start of a season), where no such vaccine is available for COVID-19 yet.

Interesting recent analysis here - https://www.statnews.com/2020/03/16/lower-coronavirus-death-rate-estimates/

In the case of Italy - here is a paper on past seasonal flu mortality (over those whole seasons) - https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1201971219303285 and that can be compared with the latest data after just 6 weeks from the first confirmed COVID-19 cases - https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/19/italys-death-rate-reaches-record-high-hospitals-in-lombardy-struggle.html

This is why the panic among epidemiologists - especially since the more common "seasonal" flu transmissions tend to be significantly reduced at certain times of the year where a concern is that temperature (during a solar season) might not impact/reduce the transmission of this particular pathogen.

BumRushDaShow

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79. Philly teachers told to halt remote instruction due to equity concerns
Wed Mar 18, 2020, 09:41 AM
Mar 2020
Latest 9 minutes ago
10:30 AM - March 18, 2020
Philly teachers told to halt remote instruction due to equity concerns

Philadelphia teachers may no longer offer remote instruction to students, according to a memo sent to Philadelphia School District Tuesday night.

“To ensure equity, remote instruction should not be provided to students, including through the internet, technology at home, by phone or otherwise,” said the memo, which was obtained by The Inquirer.

“Students should not be required to complete new assignments or homework activities. Schools may not make independent decisions to provide remote instruction at this time. As guidance and circumstances continue to unfold, we will provide updates as necessary.”

The memo was signed by Naomi Wyatt, the superintendent’s chief of staff, and by Malika Savoy-Brooks, the Chief Academic Support Officer, and cited recent guidance from the state and federal education departments.

“...We may not offer remote instruction to some students unless we can serve all children,” Wyatt and Savoy-Brooks wrote. “As we all know, some of our students have special instructional needs, some lack access to a computer, and some will have responsibility for taking care of younger siblings or older relatives while their parents are at work. As a result, the district is not able to provide remote instruction during the period of school closures to all children.”

Teachers at some Philadelphia schools had been offering optional remote instruction on their own before the edict went out; there was no formal program of instruction. Instead, Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. has encouraged parents to engage children in learning activities during the coronavirus shutdown, and has made learning guides available to families through the district’s website.

— Kristen A. Graham and Maddie Hannah

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-covid19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-confirmed-case-updates-testing-sites-20200318.html#card-575133124

BumRushDaShow

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80. Pennsylvania to join the N.Y., N.J. and Conn. coronavirus 'coalition,' Cuomo says
Wed Mar 18, 2020, 11:13 AM
Mar 2020
Latest 1 minute ago
12:10 PM - March 18, 2020
Pennsylvania to join the N.Y., N.J. and Conn. coronavirus 'coalition,’ Cuomo says

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that Pennsylvania would join his “coalition” indicating statewide social restrictions that apply to New York would also apply to Pennsylvania, as well as New Jersey and Connecticut.

“None of these measures work unless you have a large enough geographic basis,” Cuomo said at a press conference. “People will just move ... The geographic footprint, by definition, is essential for this to work.”

In the same press conference, Cuomo mandated that no non-essential business can have more than 50 percent of its employees working outside their homes. It was not immediately clear whether that applied to Pennsylvania businesses, as well.

— Erin McCarthy

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-covid19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-confirmed-case-updates-testing-sites-20200318.html#card-291471804

BumRushDaShow

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81. Philadelphia 'clearly in a rapid growth phase of this epidemic' as coronavirus cases double
Wed Mar 18, 2020, 12:49 PM
Mar 2020
23 minutes ago
1:22 PM - March 18, 2020
Philadelphia ‘clearly in a rapid growth phase of this epidemic’ as coronavirus cases double in one day

The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the city of Philadelphia doubled in a day to 34, and city officials expect that figure to continue climbing.

“We are clearly in a rapid growth phase of this epidemic,” city Health Commissioner Thomas Farley said, “and I expect that to continue.”

Of those cases, 19 were people age 20 to 39, 10 were age 40 to 59, and five are over the age of 60. Of the 34 patients, five were hospitalized, he said.

Farley said testing capabilities continue to improve and said 700 people were tested Tuesday at new sites throughout the greater Philadelphia area.

He also confirmed officials are developing a testing site near the stadiums in South Philadelphia they hope to open “soon.”

— Anna Orso

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-covid19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-confirmed-case-updates-testing-sites-20200318.html#card-1481814724

BumRushDaShow

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82. State still doesn't have updated Philly numbers (on their site as of today 3/18/20)
Wed Mar 18, 2020, 01:11 PM
Mar 2020

Philadelphia reported 34 positives this morning.

To date, there are 133 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania.
Counties impacted to date include:


Allegheny 11
Beaver 2
​Berks ​1
Bucks 9
Chester 9
Cumberland 10
Delaware 14
​Lackawanna ​1
Lehigh 1
Luzerne 1
Monroe 7
Montgomery 42
Northampton 1
Philadelphia 17
Pike 2
Washington 2
Wayne 1
​York ​2

https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx

BumRushDaShow

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83. Pennsylvania announces first death from coronavirus
Wed Mar 18, 2020, 03:25 PM
Mar 2020
Latest Just now
4:25 PM - March 18, 2020
Pennsylvania announces first death from coronavirus

Pennsylvania has announced its first coronavirus death, “an adult from Northampton County,” according to the Wolf administration.

The individual was being treated at a hospital, the administration said.

— Sarah Anne Hughes

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-covid19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-confirmed-case-updates-testing-sites-20200318.html#card-1876918300

BumRushDaShow

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88. Dad Vail officials cancel 2020 regatta on the Schuylkill because of coronavirus
Thu Mar 19, 2020, 01:50 PM
Mar 2020
Dad Vail officials cancel 2020 regatta on the Schuylkill because of coronavirus
by Joe Juliano, Updated: 52 minutes ago


Officials of the Dad Vail Regatta announced Thursday that they have canceled the 82nd staging of the event scheduled for May on the Schuylkill River “in order to comply with government recommendations” stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.

“The Dad Vail Regatta Organizing Committee members have been collaborating daily regarding the 2020 regatta,” DVROC president Jim Hanna said in a statement, “and we are aware and disappointed that the current health crisis has caused many traditional Dad Vail schools to cancel their season, and the impact that has had on coaches and athletes.”

The regatta had been planned for May 8 and 9. More than 100 men’s and women’s teams and 3,500 rowers competed last year. Hanna said in an interview earlier this week that about 30 teams had registered for the 2020 regatta.

Hanna added in that interview that the safety of everyone involved was the regatta’s first concern, and that all emergency health protocols announced by the federal, state and city governments would be followed.

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/dad-vail-regatta-canceled-coronavirus-rowing-schuylkill-river-20200319.html

BumRushDaShow

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89. Pennsylvania Dept. of Education cancels PSSA, Keystone exams amid coronavirus outbreak
Thu Mar 19, 2020, 03:38 PM
Mar 2020
Pennsylvania Dept. of Education cancels PSSA, Keystone exams amid coronavirus outbreak

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has canceled all state standardized tests for this year, as schools are shut down over the coronavirus outbreak.

“Assessments should not be the focus of school leaders right now,” Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera said in a statement Thursday, describing “extraordinary efforts” in schools to provide meals to students and continue learning. He said the department will be seeking waivers from federal rules requiring states to conduct the tests.

Pennsylvania System of School Assessment exams, or PSSAs, were scheduled to begin April 20. Students in third through eighth grade take those tests. Keystone tests for high schoolers were to begin May 11.

The state education department said it would release information “on the effects on accountability and school reporting as it becomes available.”

— Maddie Hanna

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-covid-19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-confirmed-case-updates-news-20200319.html#card-587850881

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92. Gov. Tom Wolf orders all Pennsylvania businesses that aren't life-sustaining to close, will enforce
Thu Mar 19, 2020, 04:17 PM
Mar 2020
Gov. Tom Wolf orders all Pennsylvania businesses that aren’t ‘life-sustaining’ to close, will enforce order

by Angela Couloumbis of Spotlight PA, Updated: 10 minutes ago


Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday evening will announce that he is extending his shutdown order to apply to all but “life-sustaining” businesses as the novel coronavirus continues to spread.

The governor had previously asked nonessential businesses such as salons, theaters, and entertainment venues to close. Life-sustaining businesses that may continue physical operations include gas stations, farms, health care facilities, and transit systems, according to the Wolf administration.

Restaurants and bars were previously required to stop all dine-in services.

“Enforcement actions will be taken against non-life sustaining businesses that are out of compliance effective March 21, 2020, at 12:01 a.m.,” according to an order signed by Wolf.

https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania/spl/pennsylvania-shutdown-lifesustaining-businesses-tom-wolf-shut-down-20200319.html

DeminPennswoods

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93. Beer distributors are apparently "life sustaining" establishments
Thu Mar 19, 2020, 04:40 PM
Mar 2020

From the Tribune Review link:

Grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies, beer distributors, bakeries and auto parts stores are among those businesses permitted to stay open.


Here is the very odd list: https://docs.google.com/file/d/1sUJLtmTSeqYwZ-zqOutgG-__tVcWceQD/view

This is why people are not taking this stuff seriously. Getting beer is more important that getting a haircut or fixing a road. There's supposed to be severe weather tonight, but if you get storm damage, too bad if you need a contractor to fix something.

BumRushDaShow

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94. My local nursery had sent out an email a couple days ago noting they would open
Thu Mar 19, 2020, 04:46 PM
Mar 2020

with "limited hours" and only allowing up to 10 people to be on the property at the same time. Last night, they sent out an update saying they were closing until further notice.

I think because they kept the beer and wine sales in supermarkets intact, then it made sense to leave the beer distributors alone... otherwise there'd be some rioting going on!

DeminPennswoods

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95. Today, I saw one of those red liqour license application notice signs
Thu Mar 19, 2020, 04:59 PM
Mar 2020

on our local Walmart. They're not going to miss out on beer and wine sales!

I think I'd bet that this list will be revised with more exceptions within 24 hours.

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97. Some of us are thinking they are working up to a "shelter in place"
Thu Mar 19, 2020, 05:04 PM
Mar 2020

which is also why that "coordination". I guess they'll she how this working in the San Francisco metro area.

What they did there is essentially what Wolf has done here now with this latest order, except for going the next step to then order "shelter in place" - https://www.sfchronicle.com/local-politics/article/Bay-Area-must-shelter-in-place-Only-15135014.php

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99. I think it will take a significant chunk off the streets
Thu Mar 19, 2020, 05:11 PM
Mar 2020

and the others will never abide by any rules regardless (plus you have many homeless out there so no place for them to "shelter" ). And don't underestimate those who will "tell on you". And in the case here in Philly, Jim Kenney don't play.

The problem isn't in the rural areas, it's in the urban areas where you have that higher density.

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102. Enforcement action is "on hold"
Sat Mar 21, 2020, 05:43 AM
Mar 2020

as I predicted would happen. The list is hit and miss and really was not carefully vetted as it was apparently based on existing guidance from the federal Dept of Homeland Security. Further complicating matters was Wolf announced it at 5PM Friday and expected businesses to close up by 8PM that same night.

Apparently there is a process to appeal the order to close also. Laudromats, for example, were considered "non-life sustaining" even though many people who live in apartments or don't otherwise have access to a washer/dryer depend on them. Having the ability to launder clothes during a public health emergency is pretty essential, it seems to me. Now they are off the list required to close.

I think Gov Wolf has overall done a good job managing everything, but this wasn't his best moment.

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112. Enforcement happening today as of 8 am
Mon Mar 23, 2020, 12:18 PM
Mar 2020
Coronavirus In PA: Enforcement Underway For Business Closures


HARRISBURG, PA — Enforcement began Monday morning against non-life-sustaining businesses that have not closed their physical locations following to the governor's order to do so, issued to fight the spread of the new coronavirus. Enforcement could include citations, fines, and license suspensions, Gov. Tom Wolf said.

During a news conference Sunday evening, Wolf urged compliance, asking businesses to do their part to safeguard the health of all Pennsylvanians. As of Sunday, Pennsylvania was reporting 479 cases of COVID-19 and three deaths. In Philadelphia, a stay-at-home order too effect at 8 a.m. Monday.

Wolf ordered Thursday that all non-life-sustaining businesses must close in an effort to blunt the spread of the coronavirus. Enforcement was originally set to start Saturday but was extended to 8 a.m. Monday due to the high volume of waiver requests. Life-sustaining businesses include grocery stores, gas stations and pharmacies. Restaurants are permitted to offer takeout only. Non-life-sustaining businesses may continue to operate remotely by telework.

State police have said they're prepared to enforce the order. "The priority of the Pennsylvania State Police is protecting lives and maintaining order in the commonwealth," said Col. Robert Evanchick, commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police. "In light of the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic, troopers and liquor control enforcement officers are prepared to ensure compliance with Governor Wolf's order." Other agencies that will be enforcing the order include the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, the Department of Health, the Department of Agriculture and local officials.

https://patch.com/pennsylvania/doylestown/coronavirus-pa-enforcement-underway-business-closures

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100. 23 new cases today in Philly - now at 67
Fri Mar 20, 2020, 01:21 PM
Mar 2020



TEXT

Jim Kenney

@PhillyMayor
· 31m

Today's updates:
➡️Confirmed cases
➡️New @PHLPublicHealth drive-through testing site
➡️Change in free meal sites locations
➡️Update on #PHLCOVID19Fund
➡️Roundup of worker resources

Jim Kenney

@PhillyMayor

The @PHLPublicHealth commissioner @DrTomFarley reported 23 new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, for a total of 67. Ten are healthcare workers.

The increase is due to both an increase in testing and the spread of the virus.

We expect that increase to continue.
1
1:47 PM - Mar 20, 2020


Dr. Farley noted this of the 67 confirmed cases in Philly as of today (of that total, 6 are hospitalized) -

1 - person < age 20
37 - people between ages 20 - 39
18 - people between ages 40 - 59
11 - people > 60

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101. Additional note on this
Fri Mar 20, 2020, 07:52 PM
Mar 2020
Philadelphia's Cases Weighted Toward Young Adults

Among the city's 67 known coronavirus cases, over half of those who tested positive are between the ages of 20 to 39. That age group accounts for only a third of Philadelphia's total population.

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-covid-19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-confirmed-case-updates-news-20200320.html#card-323985378

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103. Pennsylvania's second coronavirus death reported in Allegheny County
Sat Mar 21, 2020, 11:01 AM
Mar 2020
Latest 33 minutes ago
11:20 AM - March 21, 2020
Pennsylvania’s second coronavirus death reported in Allegheny County

A person in Allegheny County has died from the coronavirus, the county’s health department said Saturday.

It is the second reported death in Pennsylvania due to the coronavirus.

Allegheny County officials said the adult had been hospitalized. They did not immediately provide additional information out of respect for the person’s family, but more details are expected at an afternoon news conference.

On Wednesday, Gov. Tom Wolf announced the state’s first coronavirus death, a 55-year-old man from Northampton County. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania has been growing rapidly, passing 250 on Friday.

— Maddie Hanna

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-covid-19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-confirmed-case-updates-news-20200321.html#card-2112154652

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104. With an additional 18 positives in Philly, the city has now surpassed Montco as of 3/21/20
Sat Mar 21, 2020, 03:47 PM
Mar 2020

with a total of 85. Montco reported 9 more today for a total of 77.

Philly confirms first case of coronavirus in a nursing home

Philadelphia Health Commissioner Tom Farley has called for all nursing homes to stop accepting visitors after the city on Saturday announced the first confirmed coronavirus case in a facility for seniors.

“We have been trying very hard to avoid this,” Farley said at a news conference. “I would expect that there may be more of these in the future.”

The nursing home resident was one of 18 new confirmed coronavirus cases the city announced Saturday, bringing Philadelphia’s total to 85. Confirmed cases, however, likely account for only a fraction of the number of infected people in the city due to the speed at which the disease is spreading, the time it takes infected people to show symptoms, and the widespread shortages of testing kits.

» READ MORE: Nursing homes are running out of protective equipment amid coronavirus pandemic

Nursing homes are especially dangerous environments for the coronavirus because seniors and immunocompromised individuals are the most at risk to die from the disease and because the contained facilities can become fertile grounds for the virus to be transmitted. Farley said that, in addition to nursing homes, he believes all hospitals should keep visitors out.

— Sean Collins Walsh

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-covid-19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-confirmed-case-updates-news-20200321.html#card-1270589918



2020 Press Releases
Posted on: March 21, 2020
Nine More COVID-19 Cases Reported in Montgomery County
CORONAVIRUS PIC

Montgomery County officials and the Office of Public Health (OPH) today reported nine additional individuals who tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the countywide total to 77 cases.
Additional Info... (PDF file)

https://www.montcopa.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3202

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105. Philadelphia residents ordered to 'stay-at-home' starting Monday morning
Sun Mar 22, 2020, 12:39 PM
Mar 2020
Latest 8 minutes ago
1:30 PM - March 22, 2020
Philadelphia residents ordered to ‘stay-at-home’ starting Monday morning

Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration will order Philadelphia residents to stay at home starting Monday morning.

No outdoor gatherings of any kind will be allowed unless they are related to essential businesses like food or medicine.

Outdoor exercise with social distancing is permitted.

.@PhillyMayor Jim Kenney’s administration is instituting a stay-at-home order beginning tomorrow morning. No outdoor gatherings of any kind unless they are related to essential businesses like food or medicine. Outdoor exercise with social distancing is permitted. #coronavirus
— Sean Walsh (@sbcmw) March 22, 2020

— Sean Collins Walsh

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-covid-19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-confirmed-case-updates-news-20200322.html#card-465514182

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107. Pa. legislature expected to begin action today on postponing state primary election until June 2
Mon Mar 23, 2020, 05:01 AM
Mar 2020
Latest 59 minutes ago
5:00 AM - March 23, 2020
Pa. legislature expected to begin action today on postponing state primary election until June 2 due to coronavirus outbreak

The Pennsylvania General Assembly is poised to advance legislation to move the state’s primary election from April 28 to June 2, the Inquirer has learned.

The action comes a day after Gov. Tom Wolf and top lawmakers have reached agreement on postponing the primary, underscoring the upheaval is pandemic is causing for the 2020 presidential election.

The rescheduling will give county election officials more flexibility in consolidating polling places this year and make long-term changes to a sweeping election law passed last year.

The deal was reached after multiple conference calls throughout the day Sunday.

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-covid-19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-confirmed-case-updates-news-20200323.html#card-1350245157

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108. Philadelphia "Stay at Home" order now in effect
Mon Mar 23, 2020, 07:26 AM
Mar 2020



TEXT

Jim Kenney

@PhillyMayor
· 29m

Prohibited
❌Any gatherings except for essential business and activities
❌Walk-in takeout orders at restaurants
❌Food trucks and ice cream trucks

Allowed
✅Outdoor walking, running, and cycling
✅Delivery of food or essential goods
✅Free meal siteshttps://www.phila.gov/2020-03-22-the-new-business-activity-and-stay-at-home-order-what-you-need-to-know/-you-need-to-know/


Jim Kenney

@PhillyMayor

Prohibido
❌Cualquier reunión de personas excepto por actividades esenciales
❌Pedidos para llevar realizados directamente en restaurants

Permitido
✅Caminar al aire libre, correr y andar en bicicleta
✅Entrega de alimentos o bienes de primera necesidadhttps://www.phila.gov/2020-03-22-que-necesitas-saber-sobre-la-nueva-orden-que-regula-la-actividad-comercial-y-social-en-filadelfia/
COVID-19 picture in Spanish about Permanecer en Casa
Qué necesitas saber sobre la nueva orden que regula la actividad comercial y social en Filadelfia |...

Qué necesitas saber sobre la nueva orden que regula la actividad comercial y social en Filadelfia
phila.gov

7:55 AM - Mar 23, 2020

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109. Pa. top court tosses challenge to Wolf's ban non-life-sustaining businesses
Mon Mar 23, 2020, 09:38 AM
Mar 2020
1 hour ago
8:55 AM - March 23, 2020
Pa. top court tosses challenge to Wolf’s ban non-life-sustaining businesses

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit challenging Gov. Tom Wolf’s authority to enact a statewide ban on “non-life-sustaining" businesses, clearing the way for its enforcement starting Monday.

Late Sunday, the court denied the petition brought by a gun shop, a gun purchaser and a law firm claiming that the governor’s shutdown order violated their constitutional rights, including the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

The judges issued their decision in a one-page order offered without comment.

Last week, Wolf, a Democrat, ordered all nonessential businesses — excluding staples like grocery stores, pharmacies, laundromats, and restaurants offering takeout or delivery only — to close indefinitely in an attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus across the state.

Though the order has been in effect since Thursday, enforcement by the Pennsylvania State Police and other state agencies was delayed until Monday morning, to give businesses time to prepare and the administration to review thousands of waiver requests from companies and industry representatives around the state.

— Jeremy Roebuck

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-covid-19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-confirmed-case-updates-news-20200323.html#card-269018088

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110. Latest PA totals reported since noon 3/23/20 - 644 positives (10% of those tested)
Mon Mar 23, 2020, 11:27 AM
Mar 2020

A separate report at the site noted the 3rd death from Montco

COVID-19 Testing in Pennsylvania*
​Negative Positive ​Deaths
6,595 644 ​2

* Map, table and case count last updated at 12:00 p.m. on 3/23/2020

Counties impacted to date include:

​County ​Cases ​Deaths
​Adams
6

Allegheny
48 / 1​

Beaver
3

​Berks
14

Bucks
43

​Butler
​5

​Cambria
1​

​Centre
​3

Chester
40

​Columbia
​1

Cumberland
12

​Dauphin
1​

Delaware
54

​Erie
3

​Fayette
​1

​Franklin
​1

​Lackawanna
7

​Lancaster
5

​Lebanon
​3

Lehigh
25

Luzerne
10

​Mercer
​1

Monroe
43

Montgomery
129 / (1)

​Montour
​1

Northampton
23 / ​1

Philadelphia
128

Pike
3

​Potter
​1

​Schuylkill
​3

Washington
7

Wayne
3

​Westmoreland
6

​York
10

https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Cases.aspx​

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111. Gov. Tom Wolf to issue stay-at-home order for 7 counties including Philadelphia, suburbs, & Allegn'y
Mon Mar 23, 2020, 12:11 PM
Mar 2020
25 minutes ago
12:43 PM - March 23, 2020
Gov. Tom Wolf to issue stay-at-home order for 7 counties including Philadelphia, suburbs, and Allegheny County

Gov. Tom Wolf is expected to issue a “stay-at-home” order today for Philadelphia and its suburbs, as well as Monroe and Allegheny Counties, taking the fight against the coronavirus to a new level by requiring residents to remain inside except for essential trips such as buying food or seeking medical help.

The order will apply to Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties in the southeast, Monroe County in the northeast, and Allegheny County in Western Pennsylvania, according to four sources with knowledge of the governor’s plans.

It was not immediately known when the order will take effect, how long it will last, or what enforcement might entail. Wolf is expected to make the announcement this afternoon, according to the sources, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the plan.

Wolf’s order comes a day after Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney issued a similar order for the city’s 1.6 million residents, which began at 8 a.m. on Monday.

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-covid-19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-confirmed-case-updates-news-20200323.html#card-321091134

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114. Pennsylvania schools to remain closed through April 6, at least
Mon Mar 23, 2020, 01:58 PM
Mar 2020
Latest 8 minutes ago
2:48 PM - March 23, 2020
Pennsylvania schools to remain closed through April 6, at least

All Pennsylvania K-12 schools will be closed for another two weeks, through at least April 6, according to the Department of Education.

I'm also extending school closures and other statewide #COVID19 mitigation efforts for ALL counties for 2 more weeks.

These measures may seem extreme. However, we are in desperate times and need to make drastic changes in order to save lives. #COVID19

— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) March 23, 2020

— Sarah Anne Hughes

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-covid-19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-confirmed-case-updates-news-20200323.html#card-483637887

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115. 7 PA counties under "stay at home" order
Mon Mar 23, 2020, 07:07 PM
Mar 2020



TEXT

Governor Tom Wolf

@GovernorTomWolf

Beginning at 8 p.m., residents of the following counties must stay home unless someone’s life depends on it:

📌 Allegheny
📌 Bucks
📌 Chester
📌 Delaware
📌 Monroe
📌 Montgomery
📌 Philadelphia

More information: http://pa.gov/COVID-19
Stay at Home

5:56 PM - Mar 23, 2020

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117. Pa. State Police issue warnings to businesses ordered to close to stop spread of coronavirus
Tue Mar 24, 2020, 11:31 AM
Mar 2020
Latest 5 minutes ago
12:22 PM - March 24, 2020
Pa. State Police issue warnings to businesses ordered to close to stop spread of coronavirus

Pennsylvania State Police issued 27 warnings to non, life-sustaining businesses on Monday, the first day of enforcement of Gov. Tom Wolf’s order for such places to close to stop the spread of the coronavirus. He had originally ordered these businesses to close their physical locations by 8 p.m Thursday, but enforcement was pushed back until Monday as officials assessed many requests for exemptions.

Only five of those warnings were issued in Philadelphia, Delaware, Montgomery, Chester, Lancaster, York, Lehigh, and Northampton counties (the warnings were segmented by state police troops, each of which encompass several counties).

Several state agencies, as well as state and local police, have the authority to enforce the governor’s business closure order with warnings, mandated closures, business license suspensions, forfeitures of disaster relief funds and other loans, and health code and criminal violations.

Meanwhile, by the end of the day Monday, the state Department of Community and Economic Development received 15,092 requests for exemptions from Pennsylvania’s businesses, and DCED staff are working to process them as quickly as possible. As of end of day March 23, 2,486 have been approved; 2,135 have been denied; and 1,279 were not required.

— Erin McCarthy, Christian Hetrick

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-covid-19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-confirmed-case-updates-news-20200324.html#card-1534042048

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119. Stotesbury Regatta, scheduled for mid-May, canceled
Wed Mar 25, 2020, 06:31 AM
Mar 2020

(am surprised they didn't cancel when the Dad Vail was cancelled)

9 hours ago
9:40 PM - March 24, 2020
Stotesbury Regatta, scheduled for mid-May, canceled


The annual Stotesbury Cup Regatta, which typically draws thousands of student athletes and spectators to the banks of the Schuylkill, has been canceled, the Schuylkill Navy of Philadelphia announced Tuesday.

It had been scheduled for May 15-16. The decision came after discussions between the city and regatta officials, regatta organizers said, and took into account Mayor Jim Kenney’s stay-at-home order.

“The well-being of our athletes, coaches, families, fans, referee corps, and volunteers is at the forefront of this decision,” said Erika McCormick, regatta director.

“We deeply regret that this disappointing outcome is added to all the things with which they must cope,” said Paul Horvat, commodore of the Schuylkill Navy.

— Anthony R. Wood

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-covid-19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-confirmed-case-updates-news-20200324.html#card-733928290

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120. Gov. Tom Wolf extends 'stay-at-home' order to Erie County amid exponential rise in Pa.
Wed Mar 25, 2020, 06:36 AM
Mar 2020
13 hours ago
5:52 PM - March 24, 2020
Gov. Tom Wolf extends ‘stay-at-home’ order to Erie County amid exponential rise in Pa. coronavirus cases

On Tuesday, Gov. Tom Wolf extended his “stay-at-home” order to Erie County. The directive also applies to Philadelphia and its suburbs, as well as Monroe and Allegheny Counties.

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-covid-19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-confirmed-case-updates-news-20200324.html#card-1324037512

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121. Pa. unemployment claims skyrocket to 540,000 since statewide coronavirus shutdown, shattering record
Wed Mar 25, 2020, 07:14 AM
Mar 2020
Pa. unemployment claims skyrocket to 540,000 since statewide coronavirus shutdown, shattering records


by Rebecca Moss, Updated: 43 minutes ago


HARRISBURG — More than half a million Pennsylvanians have filed new unemployment claims during the past week, a record number indicative of the sweeping economic fallout from Gov. Tom Wolf’s statewide shutdown in order to slow the coronavirus.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the Department of Labor and Industry had received a total of 540,000 new unemployment claims since March 16, when Wolf first announced the closure of all non-essential businesses, according to a state senator briefed by the labor secretary.

Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, the highest number of first-time claims ever filed in Pennsylvania was 168,200, but that was for the entire month of January 2010, said Sen. Christine Tartaglione (D., Philadelphia), the minority chair of the senate committee on labor and industry.

The state has far surpassed that number in about seven days. “You are going to have more and more people laid-off,” Tartaglione said. “There are going to be a lot more.”

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/spl/pennsylvania-pa-coronavirus-unemployment-claims-business-shutdown-20200325.html

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122. Delaware County reports first coronavirus deaths
Wed Mar 25, 2020, 09:34 AM
Mar 2020
Latest 7 minutes ago
10:25 AM - March 25, 2020
Delaware County reports first coronavirus deaths

Two people from Delaware County have died from the coronavirus, officials announced Wednesday. They are the first deaths connected to the pandemic reported by the suburban county.

The first patient to die, an 85-year-old man, had been hospitalized for several days prior to his passing, according to officials. A county spokesperson did not identify the hospital and declined to say where he lived in Delaware County.

The second death was an 86-year-old woman, who was hospitalized in Montgomery County. She was previously a resident at the Rosewood Garden Rehab and Nursing Center in Broomall.

— Vinny Vella

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-covid-19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-confirmed-case-updates-news-20200325.html#card-1776091078

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123. Gov. Tom Wolf extends Pennsylvania 'stay-at-home' order to 10 counties
Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:24 AM
Mar 2020
Latest 6 minutes ago
12:15 PM - March 25, 2020
Gov. Tom Wolf extends Pennsylvania ‘stay-at-home’ order to 10 counties

Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday expanded his “stay-at-home” order to Lehigh and Northampton Counties, bringing the state total to 10 counties under the directive. Philadelphia and its collar counties were already under the order, as were Erie, Monroe, and Allegheny Counties.

» READ MORE: The full list of what you can and can’t do under Gov. Tom Wolf’s coronavirus ‘stay-at-home’ order

— Angela Couloumbis

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-covid-19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-confirmed-case-updates-news-20200325.html#card-938115301

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124. Philly now up to 342 positives - 90 more than yesterday plus 1st death
Wed Mar 25, 2020, 12:00 PM
Mar 2020
Current situation and risk in Philadelphia

Last updated: 3/25/2020 9:30:00 AM

Number of cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in Philadelphia: 342
Number of negative of COVID-19 coronavirus in Philadelphia: 2,508
Overall risk in Philadelphia: Low

COVID-19 tracking in Philadelphia: See testing guidance and results.

https://www.phila.gov/programs/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/


(3 cases adjusted between yesterday and today)


Latest 8 minutes ago
12:50 PM - March 25, 2020
Philadelphia reports first death from coronavirus

One person in Philadelphia has died due to the coronavirus, the state department of health reported Wednesday. There are 257 cases of the virus in the county, according to state data.

As of Wednesday afternoon, 11 people have died in Pennsylvania due to the coronavirus.

— Oona Goodin-Smith

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-covid-19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-confirmed-case-updates-news-20200325.html#card-1048014300

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125. Pennsylvania legislators approve moving primary election to June 2
Wed Mar 25, 2020, 04:02 PM
Mar 2020
Pennsylvania legislators approve moving primary election to June 2

Pennsylvania’s General Assembly on Wednesday voted unanimously to shift the state’s primary election five weeks into the future, postponing it from April 28 until June 2 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The state House took first action, giving final approval to legislation that also allows county boards of elections to consolidate polling places by up to 60%, allowing the primary to be held with fewer poll workers.

“I think between moving the date back and expanding the ability of our county election officials to cope with this problem that we’ve done a lot of good,” said State Rep. Garth Everett (R., Lycoming), the chair of the House State Government Committee, before the vote. State Rep. Kevin Boyle, a Philadelphia Democrat and minority chairman of the committee, supported the legislation but said “it doesn’t go far enough.” Boyle wanted funding for counties to send every registered voter an application for mail-in ballots, an approach Republicans rejected.

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R., Centre) expressed optimism the situation will have improved by June 2. “We hope things will have cleared up and we’ll be able to vote in person that day better than we would have on April 28,” he said.

The state Senate then swiftly approved the measure, which has the support of Gov. Wolf. A spokesperson said Wolf would sign it into law. The vote drew bipartisan praise from Philadelphia’s City Commissioners, who said an April 28 primary “was becoming more and more unrealistic.” Twelve states and Puerto Rico have taken action so far to alter their election calendars due to the pandemic and more states are still mulling such moves.

— Chris Brennan

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-covid-19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-confirmed-case-updates-news-20200325.html#card-651948800

BumRushDaShow

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126. Pennsylvania looking into 'soft reopening' of liquor stores, lawmaker says
Wed Mar 25, 2020, 06:29 PM
Mar 2020
5:10 PM - March 25, 2020
Pennsylvania looking into ‘soft reopening’ of liquor stores, lawmaker says


State Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, a Republican from Centre County, told reporters Wednesday the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board “is looking into a soft reopening” of its stores, which have been closed for more than a week due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“It is either a possible delivery or possible curbside pick-up kind of thing,” Corman said. “I think the LCB is working on that as we speak. I don’t know that they’ve picked a date as of yet to reopen. I think most states have kept their liquor stores open.”

Corman noted that many states have private liquor store ownership. In Pennsylvania, the PLCB operates about 600 liquor stores and service centers that supply restaurants and bars.

The PLCB has boarded up some of its stores. Some bar and restaurant owners have taken similar measures.

— Chris Brennan

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-covid-19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-confirmed-case-updates-news-20200325.html#card-1057614779

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
128. As of 10 am (3/26/20), Philly has 475 positives
Thu Mar 26, 2020, 12:16 PM
Mar 2020

Per the city presser.

127 new cases
475 total cases
(as of 10am)

Age breakdown

18 < age 20
216 between ages 20 - 39
126 between ages 40 - 59
115 > 60

40 hospitalized / 44 are healthcare workers

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
129. Philly now at 637 positives as of 9:30 am 3/27/20
Fri Mar 27, 2020, 10:49 AM
Mar 2020
Current situation and risk in Philadelphia

Last updated: 3/27/2020 9:30:00 AM

Number of cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in Philadelphia: 637
Number of negative of COVID-19 coronavirus in Philadelphia: 3,987
Overall risk in Philadelphia: Low

https://www.phila.gov/programs/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
130. Gov. Wolf signs bill moving Pa. primary election to June 2
Fri Mar 27, 2020, 12:32 PM
Mar 2020
Latest 11 minutes ago
11:50 AM - March 27, 2020
Gov. Wolf signs bill moving Pa. primary election to June 2

June 2 is shaping up to be the Super Tuesday of postponed primaries. Pennsylvania will join 11 states and the District of Columbia in voting that day, after rescheduling its primary due to the coronavirus.

Gov. Wolf on Friday signed a bill passed through the Pennsylvania legislature to move the primary back six weeks to allow enough time for people to register to vote by mail, for polling locations to shift and to give election officials time to prepare for an election taking place in unprecedented circumstances.

The law also authorizes county election officials to close and consolidate polling places without the usual court approval. (Officials had asked for that flexibility, as they’ve lost polling places and poll workers due to concerns over the coronavirus.)

Election officials will also now be able to begin processing absentee ballots earlier instead of after 8 p.m. on Election Day, which could have meant elections would take days to call.

With Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland and D.C. also voting June 2, it’s been dubbed the Acela Primary.

While the moves are unlikely to derail former Vice President Joe Biden from winning the Democratic nomination, it does mean he’ll need more time to clinch it. Meanwhile, the delay could hurt some candidates running for the state legislature who have limited campaign resources they now need to stretch.

For election officials, it’s a welcome extension to prepare for an election that keeps voters and poll workers safe.

— Julia Terruso

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-covid-19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-confirmed-case-updates-news-20200327.html#card-6268543

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
131. Philly could use Temple University (Liacouras Center) for coronavirus hospital overflow
Fri Mar 27, 2020, 01:02 PM
Mar 2020
42 minutes ago
1:06 PM - March 27, 2020
Philly could use Temple University for coronavirus hospital overflow

Philadelphia has reached an agreement with Temple University to use the Liacouras Center and other facilities at the college for overflow hospital space if needed. “Materials and supplies will be moving into the Liacouras Center over the next few days," Kenney said. Kenney said he hopes that the city will not have to use the Temple facility, but it will be there if needed.

The city is continuing to search for other facilities in addition to the Liacouras Center and the Holiday Inn Express at 13th and Walnut, which will be used as a quarantine site. Other cities plan to use convention centers as hospital overflow space, including the Javits Center in New York and the Atlantic City Convention Center.

John McNichol, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, said they continue to have conversations with the city regarding the use of the space, but no decisions have been made. “Our focus is on getting back to business as soon as possible so we can save jobs,” he said. In terms of being used as a hospital overflow space, McNichol said: “We’re trying to be as nimble as possible. Right now there’s no plan to use the Convention Center for that purpose.”

Managing Director Brian Abernathy said the facilities could hold as many as 250 patients. The city hopes that FEMA will help staff the facility with health care workers, he said, but officials are looking into other options if that does not come through. Kenney said the city is not paying Temple anything for the use of the facilities. “We’re very Temple proud,” he said. The Holiday Inn quarantine site has already hosted some city employees who have tested positive, and will be fully operational this weekend, Abernathy said.

— Laura McCrystal, Anna Orso

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-covid-19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-confirmed-case-updates-news-20200327.html#card-940682712





TEXT

Temple University

@TempleUniv

Temple is Philadelphia’s public university. This is our fight too. https: //twitter.com/PhillyMayor/status/1243584553400373255 …
Jim Kenney

@PhillyMayor

Big news for this Friday: Temple University has stepped up during this critical time. We reached an agreement to use The Liacouras Center and other Temple facilities as hospital space. #TempleMade #ThankYouPhilly
Temple flag with the words "Thank you, Temple" on top

1:22 PM - Mar 27, 2020




BumRushDaShow

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132. Pennsylvania 'stay-at-home' order extended to 9 more counties
Fri Mar 27, 2020, 01:41 PM
Mar 2020
11 minutes ago
2:20 PM - March 27, 2020
Pennsylvania ‘stay-at-home’ order extended to 9 more counties


Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday said he is expanding his stay-at-home order to another nine counties, bringing the total of counties under some form of lockdown to 19.

Wolf said the new counties where residents are being asked to limit their movements are Berks, Butler, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Luzerne, Pike, Wayne, Westmoreland, and York.The order takes effect at 8:00 p.m. Friday, and will remain in place until April 6.

Counties already under a stay-at-home order are: Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, and Philadelphia.

Wolf has said he’s taking a “measured” approach to the order, which directs residents to leave their homes only for essential items, such as groceries and medicine. He has said he is not, for the moment, considering extending the order statewide.

» READ MORE: Full list of what you can and can’t do under Gov. Tom Wolf’s coronavirus ‘stay-at-home’ order

— Angela Couloumbis

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-covid-19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-confirmed-case-updates-news-20200327.html#card-853844799




https://lancasteronline.com/news/local/wolf-adding-lancaster-york-other-counties-to-stay-at-home/article_54c140b2-7040-11ea-a153-97d8b3336ed1.html

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
134. Philly now up to 806 positives (as of 9:30 am 3/28/20)
Sat Mar 28, 2020, 12:11 PM
Mar 2020

169 more since yesterday + a couple more deaths for a total of 5.

City of Philadelphia
COVID-19 Tests and Results
Total Positive Tests: 806
Total Negative Tests: 4,793
3/28/2020 9:30 AM

https://www.phila.gov/programs/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/the-citys-response/monitoring-and-testing/

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
135. 3 more PA counties added to the stay-at-home order - Beaver/Centre/Washington (total 22 counties)
Sat Mar 28, 2020, 12:25 PM
Mar 2020
Four more coronavirus deaths reported in Philly area

Four additional deaths from the coronavirus were reported Saturday in the Philadelphia area, including two in Philadelphia, as the virus continues its rapid spread. State health officials said an additional 533 cases of the coronavirus had been confirmed, bringing the statewide total to 2,751 in 56 counties. The statewide death count is now 34, with 12 new deaths reported Saturday.

Philadelphia, which reported a total of 806 confirmed cases of the virus as of 9:30 a.m. Saturday, now has five coronavirus deaths. That total includes 169 new cases reported since Friday morning. An additional death was also reported in Montgomery County, bringing that county’s total to five. Delaware County officials announced another death Saturday that was not included in the state report, bringing that county’s total to five deaths. The patient was a 65-year-old man from Springfield Township, officials said.

Health officials said most of the people hospitalized from the virus are aged 25-49, while most of the deaths have occurred in people 65 or older.

Gov. Tom Wolf on Saturday added three more counties — Beaver, Centre and Washington — to the state’s stay-at-home order, bringing the total under the order to 22. The order will take effect for those three counties at 8 p.m. Saturday.

— Maddie Hanna, Laura McCrystal

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-covid-19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-confirmed-case-updates-news-20200328.html#card-156847959

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
136. Map of current stay-at-home counties in PA (22 as of 3/28/20)
Sat Mar 28, 2020, 02:08 PM
Mar 2020


TEXT

Governor Tom Wolf

@GovernorTomWolf

The latest counties added to my Stay at Home Order are:

📍Beaver
📍Centre
📍Washington

Reminder: ALL Pennsylvanians should be staying home. The residents of these counties are ordered to do so, and are only permitted to leave for tasks crucial to sustaining their lives.
Stay at home order
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2:00 PM - Mar 28, 2020


BumRushDaShow

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137. Gov. Wolf today requested a major disaster declaration per his office twitter account
Sun Mar 29, 2020, 09:52 AM
Mar 2020


TEXT

Office of the Governor

@GovernorsOffice

.@GovernorTomWolf today requested a major disaster declaration from the president through @fema to provide additional support for state and local governments and certain nonprofits, as well as individuals who are struggling during the COVID-19 outbreak. https://on.pa.gov/2JnSIDj
Governor Wolf Requests Major Disaster Declaration for Additional Support in COVID-19 Response

Governor Tom Wolf today requested a major disaster declaration from the President through the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide additional support for state, county and municipal...
governor.pa.gov

10:18 AM - Mar 29, 2020


Governor Wolf Requests Major Disaster Declaration for Additional Support in COVID-19 Response

March 29, 2020
Press Release, Public Health

Governor Tom Wolf today requested a major disaster declaration from the President through the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide additional support for state, county and municipal governments and certain nonprofits, as well as individuals who are struggling during the COVID-19 outbreak.

“The COVID-19 outbreak has taxed our commonwealth and our communities in ways that are almost incomprehensible,” said Governor Wolf. “I am calling on the President and the federal government to make available to us the assistance that will make a tangible difference in the lives of our friends and neighbors, and the dedicated public servants who are working in overdrive to support them.”

Pennsylvania already received an emergency declaration under the President’s nationwide emergency proclamation, which provides reimbursement for eligible expenses for emergency protective measures to state, county and local governments and certain nonprofits for the duration of the emergency incident. The declared nationwide emergency incident started Jan. 20, 2020, and continues.

The request for a major disaster declaration, if approved, will provide the same emergency protective measures available under the nationwide emergency proclamation; the following Individual Assistance programs: Disaster Unemployment Assistance, Crisis Counseling, Community Disaster Loans and the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Program; and Statewide Hazard Mitigation.

It is not known how quickly the President will decide to grant or deny Governor Wolf’s major disaster request for additional federal assistance. Governor Wolf signed a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency for the COVID-19 outbreak, which is a required step to request a federal major disaster declaration, on March 6, 2020.

https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/governor-wolf-requests-major-disaster-declaration-for-additional-support-in-covid-19-response/

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
138. Philly now at 890 positives as of 3/29/20
Sun Mar 29, 2020, 10:22 AM
Mar 2020
City of Philadelphia
COVID-19 Tests and Results
Total Positive Tests: 890
Total Negative Tests: 5,225
3/29/2020 7:30 AM

https://www.phila.gov/programs/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/the-citys-response/monitoring-and-testing/


(note testing is primarily only being done on healthcare workers and those showing symptoms who meet age/underlying condition criteria)

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
140. Wolf administration lays off about 2,500 state employees
Sun Mar 29, 2020, 11:53 AM
Mar 2020
Wolf administration lays off about 2,500 state employees as financial fallout from the coronavirus deepens


by Angela Couloumbis of Spotlight PA and Rebecca Moss, Updated: 47 minutes ago


HARRISBURG — The Wolf administration has laid off about 2,500 part-time and seasonal employees and interns as the financial fallout from the coronavirus deepens, straining Pennsylvania’s cash flow, Spotlight PA has learned. The affected workers, which include temporary clerical staff and employees who help out in departments across state government during busy periods, were placed on “leave without pay” Friday. There is currently no timeline to recall them back to work, according to Gov. Tom Wolf’s Office of Administration.

Some of the departments impacted include revenue and transportation, state officials said. It wasn’t immediately clear which other departments were affected, though several employ seasonal workers, including the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, which oversees state park facilities, and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board

Employees who work for the state health and labor departments, which are central to the coronavirus response, were not impacted, state officials said.“While we work to fund the increased need for essential state services, there has been, and will continue to be, a decline in revenue coming into the state,” the Office of Administration, to which the governor’s office referred questions, said in a statement. “The state is taking a measured approach to the COVID-19 outbreak and that includes managing our finances.”

The layoffs Friday could be the first in a wave of job losses within state government, which is bracing for hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenues as businesses shut down, unemployment claims spike to unparalleled levels, and more people seek other public assistance benefits.


https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/spl/pennsylvania-coronavirus-layoffs-state-government-workers-20200329.html

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
141. Philly now registering 1,072 positives as of 9:30 am 3/30/20
Mon Mar 30, 2020, 10:19 AM
Mar 2020
City of Philadelphia
COVID-19 Tests and Results
Total Positive Tests: 1,072
Total Negative Tests: 5,747
3/30/2020 9:30 AM

https://www.phila.gov/programs/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/the-citys-response/monitoring-and-testing/


Philly had its first positive case on March 10 and in 20 days, has gone to >1000.

Temple has started staging for overflow at the Liacouras Center -



TEXT

Philadelphia Public Health

@PHLPublicHealth

#ThankYouTemple for helping organize a surge facility to support hospitals during the pandemic. This is truly amazing.
View image on Twitter
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9:53 AM - Mar 30, 2020


BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
147. Yup - that has been very consistent
Tue Mar 31, 2020, 07:03 AM
Mar 2020

They are also testing healthcare workers and/or first responders (including police/fire/EMTs) - who are also a good chunk of those being tested over here in the metro Philly area (symptomatic or not).

DeminPennswoods

(15,235 posts)
148. We have a couple localized outbreaks here
Tue Mar 31, 2020, 07:09 AM
Mar 2020

that are driving our county's numbers. The biggest being in the former county nursing home that was sold about 5 years ago to a private business, but remained a nursing and rehab facility. I think all the residents are being, or are going to be, tested. There's another in a local EATON plant.

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
149. That is the scary part - something like this getting into a nursing home
Tue Mar 31, 2020, 07:26 AM
Mar 2020


I saw an article a couple days ago where there were some health workers in Italy who volunteered to stay (quarantine themselves) at the facility where they were working in order to try to reduce the likelihood of transmitting the infection from exposure they might have had "from the outside" when commuting back and forth between their homes and the facility.

DeminPennswoods

(15,235 posts)
155. The former county home is pretty big,
Tue Mar 31, 2020, 05:09 PM
Mar 2020

they have a rehab facility and they have a good number of staff. I'm not surprised there was an outbreak in it. The other local assisted living and nursing homes don't have any cases afaik.

BumRushDaShow

(125,763 posts)
143. PA schools now closed "indefinitely" and 3 more counties added to "stay at home" order
Mon Mar 30, 2020, 01:31 PM
Mar 2020
Gov. Wolf and Sec. of Health Expand ‘Stay at Home’ Order to Carbon, Cumberland, Dauphin and Schuylkill Counties, Extend School Closures Indefinitely

March 30, 2020
Press Release, Public Health

Governor Wolf’s Amended Order
Secretary of Health’s Amended Order
Stay at Home Guidance

As COVID-19 cases continue to grow and the state continues to seek relief to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19, today Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine revised their “Stay at Home” orders to include Carbon, Cumberland, Dauphin and Schuylkill counties, bringing the state total to 26 counties under a stay-at-home order. This order takes effect at 8 p.m., Monday, March 30, 2020, and will continue until April 30. All stay-at-home orders are now extended through April 30. All Pennsylvania schools will remain closed until further notice. Non-life-sustaining business closures remain in effect.

The order now includes these 26 counties: Allegheny, Beaver, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland and York counties.

Individuals may leave their residence only to perform any of the following allowable individual activities and allowable essential travel:

  • Tasks essential to maintain health and safety, or the health and safety of their family or household members (including pets), such as obtaining medicine or medical supplies, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies they need to work from home
  • Getting necessary services or supplies for themselves, for their family or household members, or as part of volunteer efforts, or to deliver those services or supplies to others to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences
  • Engaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking or running if they maintain social distancing
  • To perform work providing essential products and services at a life-sustaining business
  • To care for a family member or pet in another household
  • Any travel related to the provision of or access to the above-mentioned individual activities or life-sustaining business activities
  • Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons
  • Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services
  • Travel to return to a place of residence from an outside jurisdiction
  • Travel required by law enforcement or court order
  • Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the commonwealth
  • Anyone performing life-sustaining travel does not need paperwork to prove the reason for travel.

    The following operations are exempt:

  • Life-sustaining business activities
  • Health care or medical services providers
  • Access to life-sustaining services for low-income residents, including food banks
  • Access to child care services for employees of life-sustaining businesses that remain open as follows: child care facilities operating under the Department of Human Services, Office of Child Development and Early Learning waiver process; group and family child care operating in a residence; and part-day school age programs operating under an exemption from the March 19, 2020 business closure Orders
  • News media
  • Law enforcement, emergency medical services personnel, firefighters
  • The federal government
  • Religious institutions


  • Individuals experiencing homelessness are not subject to this order but are strongly urged to find shelter and government agencies are urged to take steps needed to provide shelter for those individuals.

    International students, foster youth, and any other students who would otherwise experience displacement or homelessness as a result of campus closures are exempt and may remain in campus housing.

    The Department of Education will be providing updated guidance and resources on the continuity of education for students to schools in the coming days.

    At this time, law enforcement will be focused on ensuring that residents are aware of the order and informing the public of social distancing practices rather than enforcement. To report a noncompliant business, contact your local law enforcement agency’s non-emergency number or the nearest Pennsylvania State Police station. Please do not call 911 or the Department of Community and Economic Development to file reports. Law enforcement officers should refer to Business Closure Order Enforcement Guidance available online.

    Read Governor Wolf’s original order here or view on Scribd. Read Governor Wolf’s amended order here or view on Scribd.

    Read Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine’s original order here or view on Scribd. Read Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine’s amended order here or view on Scribd.

    For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should visit: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/.

    https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-and-sec-of-health-expand-stay-at-home-order-to-carbon-cumberland-dauphin-and-schuylkill-counties-extend-school-closures-indefinitely/

    BumRushDaShow

    (125,763 posts)
    144. Map of current PA county stay-at-home order (as of 3/30/20)
    Mon Mar 30, 2020, 05:23 PM
    Mar 2020


    TEXT

    Governor Tom Wolf

    @GovernorTomWolf

    Pennsylvania #COVID19 updates —

    🏫 Schools/businesses closed: Until further notice
    🏡 Added to Stay at Home Order: Carbon, Cumberland, Dauphin & Schuylkill counties
    📆 Stay at Home Order in effect: Through at least April 30

    Resources and more info: http://pa.gov/covid-19 .
    Stay at home
    514
    3:00 PM - Mar 30, 2020


    BumRushDaShow

    (125,763 posts)
    145. President Trump declares disaster in Pennsylvania
    Tue Mar 31, 2020, 06:25 AM
    Mar 2020
    9 hours ago
    9:47 PM - March 30, 2020
    President Trump declares disaster in Pennsylvania

    President Trump has approved a major disaster declaration in Pennsylvania, opening up millions of dollars of federal assistance for the commonwealth’s response to the coronavirus, the White House announced Monday night.

    “The President’s action makes Federal funding available to Commonwealth and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, for all areas in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania impacted by COVID-19,” the White House said in its announcement.

    Gov. Tom Wolf asked Trump for the declaration Sunday, saying that the coronavirus “outbreak has taxed our commonwealth and our communities in ways that are almost incomprehensible.”

    Pennsylvania had already received an emergency declaration under the president’s nationwide emergency proclamation, but the major disaster declaration provides more financial support.

    — Ellie Rushing

    https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-covid-19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-confirmed-case-updates-news-20200330.html#card-2000510080

    Sunlei

    (22,651 posts)
    150. wouldn't it be best to close all schools now & plan to finish the year online or july-aug?
    Tue Mar 31, 2020, 09:25 AM
    Mar 2020

    2 weeks isn't long enough and all states should be on the exact same national plan by now.

    BumRushDaShow

    (125,763 posts)
    151. I have been using the thread for updates but all schools here are now on indefinite closure
    Tue Mar 31, 2020, 09:47 AM
    Mar 2020

    And one of the problems is that the state fiscal year ends June 30, so that has been their "hard" date where schools cannot be held past that date until the regular "new" school year starts AFTER a budget is passed and implemented... (I guess unless they pass some legislation to delay it, which has happened in the past, although in this circumstance they might also require a change in the state Constitution, which has its own set of criteria to execute). And as it is, they are already fretting about how to even deal with the state budget process given the current events.

    You also have the issue where most of the urban areas in the state have families without internet access and/or computers to go online. There has been some movement thanks to philanthropic gestures, where there is now an effort to purchase chromebooks for Philly public school children who have no at-home computer (latest was an attempt to purchase 50,000 of them). But then that also means getting internet hookups to those households (Comcast has indicated that they would offer 3 months of their "Internet Essentials" service to those in need but not sure of all the details for that either).

    And with respect to holding school in the summer - probably 70% of the schools have no air-conditioning. The idiot School Superintendent who came here from wealthy Prince George's County, MD, had no clue and "assumed" that the schools here were new or recent construction like down there, whereas there are dozens and dozens that are in century-old piece of junk buildings that were old and piece of junk even when I was going to them 50 years ago. They "tested" opening schools the week before Labor Day the year before last and ended up closing the schools 4 of the 5 days (with that one day a half day) due to a heatwave and few schools with any AC - or even window units. Alumni orgs of some schools were even purchasing window ACs for their school (where the article notes "40% without AC" but that was a School Superintendent WRONG assumption - it was 70+%) and attempts last year to buy more had to stop due to lack of money.

    Sunlei

    (22,651 posts)
    156. I hope your state government gets moving and works on a plan.
    Tue Mar 31, 2020, 08:31 PM
    Mar 2020

    It's about 8 weeks of classes to finish the school year.

    There is the problem of many children (and families) without internet access.
    Also the problem of no adult in the home able to help with 'at home' education.

    That's why I suggested all states (The Federal department of education must lead) finish the school year in the fall. Even if next years school year is delayed start a month or even two.

    Two weeks is just not enough time, they are kicking the can down the road. The country will not be over the pandemic in two weeks, maybe two months (hopefully) It's also time to expand testing, develop a vaccine and start to test titers to see if we're starting to develop group immunity in society.

    There has to be a way to provide totally free internet access statewide (nationwide) through the Federal government. Times have changed, no cost internet access and education is critical for our society. These are the times where poor government leadership really shows.

    BumRushDaShow

    (125,763 posts)
    157. To clarify-the "2 weeks" was the decision back on March 13 (OP date). NOW it is "indefinite" closure
    Wed Apr 1, 2020, 03:34 AM
    Apr 2020

    The state legislature is completely GOP-controlled (the governor is a Democrat) so that should give you a clue on what their mindset would be. We are one of the few if the only state left that has no "dedicated" funding formula for our schools so the digital divide here in PA is extreme and this situation has literally thrown every spotlight available on that issue. Nearly 1/2 of Philadelphia public school students have no internet service at home and/or no computer (most do have some sort of cell phone so that is how they manage to get on the internet).

    And this is also why the state hasn't gone "full" stay at home - it's been a series of several counties at a time (although I do know that a whole bunch of counties here, although geographically "large", have 10,000 or fewer people in them, so they don't have the same amount of "social contact" that the urban and suburban areas have.

    Agree that there should be a "national internet". Hell... the "original" internet (ARPANET) belonged to the federal government (military) and the government (through congressional legislation) eventually sold access to private entities for consumer use- to supplement the education, government, military initial use of it.

    BumRushDaShow

    (125,763 posts)
    152. Philly positives up 243 since 3/30/20 and now at 1,315 as of 3/31/20
    Tue Mar 31, 2020, 10:38 AM
    Mar 2020
    City of Philadelphia
    COVID-19 Tests and Results
    Total Positive Tests: 1,315
    Total Negative Tests: 6,850
    3/31/2020 9:00 AM


    https://www.phila.gov/programs/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/the-citys-response/monitoring-and-testing/

    BumRushDaShow

    (125,763 posts)
    154. Wolf adds 7 more counties to "stay at home" order - now at 33 counties as of 3/31/20
    Tue Mar 31, 2020, 02:32 PM
    Mar 2020


    TEXT

    Governor Tom Wolf

    @GovernorTomWolf

    Today I'm adding 7 new counties to my #COVID19 Stay at Home Order:

    📍 Cameron
    📍 Crawford
    📍 Forest
    📍 Franklin
    📍 Lawrence
    📍 Lebanon
    📍 Somerset

    What does it mean? Stay home, except for essential tasks. Details: http://pa.gov/covid-19
    Stay at home
    40
    3:25 PM - Mar 31, 2020


    ProfessorGAC

    (63,855 posts)
    158. Illinois Extended Stay At Home To April 15
    Wed Apr 1, 2020, 05:23 AM
    Apr 2020

    With longer term TBD.
    Schools are closed to at least end of April.

    BumRushDaShow

    (125,763 posts)
    159. In PA now, businesses are until April 30 and school closures are extended "indefinitely".
    Wed Apr 1, 2020, 05:38 AM
    Apr 2020

    (have been using the thread to post updates but still have the original OP header)

    ProfessorGAC

    (63,855 posts)
    160. Chicago Is Indefinitely
    Wed Apr 1, 2020, 06:16 AM
    Apr 2020

    Rest of state is through April. But since they've extended twice already, it's effectively indefinite.
    I also got that wrong. Pritzker announced yesterday SaH is until Apr 30.

    BumRushDaShow

    (125,763 posts)
    161. I think what some were doing (like here)
    Wed Apr 1, 2020, 06:39 AM
    Apr 2020

    was "adjusting" to the federal "April 30" date to appease the RW loons in their states (like those here in PA). We have a Democratic governor (thankfully) but a repuke state legislature, so Wolf has been trying to tiptoe though the landmine fields scattered across the state. We do have a pile of counties right along the northern border of PA that border southern NY and those probably have more elk there than people. And that is why he hasn't done the state-wide immediate shutdown but has slowly added counties each day.

    BumRushDaShow

    (125,763 posts)
    163. That's what Dr. Levine mentioned yesterday at the presser
    Wed Apr 1, 2020, 08:51 AM
    Apr 2020

    when the media asked what the process was for the declarations and why some counties were under the order while others weren't. She noted that they were working with county officials (in addition to looking at the number of positive cases and rates of increase in numbers of cases)... and some had requested it even if they had less cases than others who did not have a stay-at-home designation.

    ProfessorGAC

    (63,855 posts)
    164. Our Limits Are Statewide.
    Wed Apr 1, 2020, 09:32 AM
    Apr 2020

    More than half our 102 counties have cases, and 30% of our counties have under 20k people. So, where the people are, we're more like at 72% counties with cases.
    Our governor isn't worried about the droolers. He won in a landslide without them.

    BumRushDaShow

    (125,763 posts)
    165. The difference between IL and PA
    Wed Apr 1, 2020, 09:38 AM
    Apr 2020

    is that IL's state general assembly (both chambers) is majority Democratic and PA's (both chambers) is majority Republican (even with Wolf having been re-elected by almost 60% of the vote).

    DeminPennswoods

    (15,235 posts)
    169. Wolf wants to be safe without shutting down everything
    Wed Apr 1, 2020, 01:00 PM
    Apr 2020

    so his administration is going case-by-case, trying to strike a balance, but the fact is, the most populous counties in PA are mostly under stay-at-home orders now.

    By some of the counties in the mountains, Laurel highlands, Allegheny National Forest area and other big state parks and game lands probably do not need to be closed because there just aren't enough people living there or a lot of options other than local businesses.

    BumRushDaShow

    (125,763 posts)
    167. Philly number of positives increases by 360 since 3/31/20, going from 1,315 to 1,675 on 4/1/20
    Wed Apr 1, 2020, 10:10 AM
    Apr 2020
    City of Philadelphia
    COVID-19 Tests and Results
    Total Positive Tests: 1,675
    Total Negative Tests: 7,777
    4/1/2020 9:00 AM


    https://www.phila.gov/programs/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/the-citys-response/monitoring-and-testing/

    BumRushDaShow

    (125,763 posts)
    168. PA positives up almost 1000 since 3/31/20 and now at 5,805 on 4/1/20
    Wed Apr 1, 2020, 11:20 AM
    Apr 2020
    ​Negative Positive ​Deaths

    42,427 | 5,805 | 74

    BumRushDaShow

    (125,763 posts)
    170. Wolf just extended stay-at-home STATE WIDE.
    Wed Apr 1, 2020, 02:02 PM
    Apr 2020

    Last edited Wed Apr 1, 2020, 02:36 PM - Edit history (1)

    Latest 11 minutes ago
    3:20 PM - April 1, 2020
    Wolf extends Pennsylvania stay-at-home order statewide

    Gov. Tom Wolf confirmed Wednesday he is expanding his stay-at-home order statewide, until at least April 30.

    “Some might think a month is too long to go without seeing your friends or family,” Wolf said during a news briefing. But if residents do not stay home during the coronavirus outbreak, “there are some people you’ll never see again.”

    Health Secretary Rachel Levine said Pennsylvania’s frontline workers — like doctors, nurses, law enforcement, and grocery store employees — need everyone to follow the order.

    https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-covid-19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-confirmed-case-updates-news-20200401.html#card-270262663

    BumRushDaShow

    (125,763 posts)
    171. Order for PA state-wide stay-at-home
    Wed Apr 1, 2020, 06:09 PM
    Apr 2020



    TEXT

    Governor Tom Wolf

    @GovernorTomWolf

    Today I’m ordering all Pennsylvanians to stay at home indefinitely.

    I am doing this to avoid an exponential growth in the number of #COVID19 cases across our commonwealth.
    Stay at home

    4:02 PM - Apr 1, 2020


    DeminPennswoods

    (15,235 posts)
    172. Feds are going to prep a local
    Wed Apr 1, 2020, 07:14 PM
    Apr 2020

    hospital in Ellwood City that closed due to bankruptcy to accept covid19 patients. It's only been closed a few months so it still should be in good structural and functional shape.

    I'm sure there are other small hospitals in the more rural parts of the state where the same could be done.

    BumRushDaShow

    (125,763 posts)
    173. I thought I had heard that from some of the news outlet asking questions during today's presser.
    Wed Apr 1, 2020, 07:22 PM
    Apr 2020

    If anything, they need to at least start identifying sites that can be used for overflow too - moving the more routine hospital patients to those sites and reserving the primary hospital for the critical COVID patients.

    DeminPennswoods

    (15,235 posts)
    174. Our local hospital chain's two hospitals are pretty empty right now
    Wed Apr 1, 2020, 07:37 PM
    Apr 2020

    I think they've been moving patients out by design for at least the last few weeks in anticipation.

    BumRushDaShow

    (125,763 posts)
    176. Philly positives have increased by 425, from 1675 to 2100
    Thu Apr 2, 2020, 11:11 AM
    Apr 2020
    City of Philadelphia
    COVID-19 Tests and Results
    Total Positive Tests: 2,100
    Total Negative Tests: 8,738
    4/2/2020 9:00 AM


    https://www.phila.gov/programs/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/the-citys-response/monitoring-and-testing/

    BumRushDaShow

    (125,763 posts)
    178. PA Primary Election dates (for revised election day)
    Thu Apr 2, 2020, 11:54 AM
    Apr 2020



    TEXT

    PA Department of State

    @PAStateDept

    The primary election will be held on June 2, 2020.

    📅 Voter registration deadline: May 18
    ✉️ Mail-in & absentee ballot request deadline: May 26
    ✅ Return ballot deadline: June 2
    🗳️ Primary Election Day: June 2

    Learn more: https://www.votespa.com/About-Elections/Pages/Upcoming-Elections.aspx
    Embedded video
    91
    9:00 AM - Apr 2, 2020


    BumRushDaShow

    (125,763 posts)
    179. Pa. announces pay freeze for 9,000 state workers amid coronavirus fallout
    Fri Apr 3, 2020, 10:20 AM
    Apr 2020
    Latest 18 minutes ago
    11:00 AM - April 3, 2020
    Pa. announces pay freeze for 9,000 state workers amid coronavirus fallout

    Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration on Friday told nearly 9,000 state employees — more than 10% of its workforce — that it will stop paying them by the end of next week in order to reduce spending as the coronavirus shutdown continues to batter the economy.

    The affected employees have jobs that cannot be completed through teleworking, according to the administration, which began shuttering state offices in mid-March to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. Starting April 11, those workers will have to use vacation, sick, or other personal leave time if they want to continue receiving paychecks. Otherwise, they can file for unemployment.

    It is unclear how long the state will withhold paychecks, although Wolf has said that state offices will remain closed until at least April 30. The administration said it will continue providing health care benefits for all affected workers.

    — Angela Couloumbis / Spotlight PA

    https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/coronavirus-covid-19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-new-jersey-confirmed-case-updates-news-20200403.html#card-1992236865

    BumRushDaShow

    (125,763 posts)
    180. Philly has an additional 330 new positives for a total of 2,430 as of 4/3/20
    Fri Apr 3, 2020, 10:46 AM
    Apr 2020
    City of Philadelphia
    COVID-19 Tests and Results
    Total Positive Tests: 2,430
    Total Negative Tests: 9,595
    4/3/2020 9:00 AM


    https://www.phila.gov/programs/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/the-citys-response/monitoring-and-testing/

    BumRushDaShow

    (125,763 posts)
    182. Well now the recommendation in PA is to "wear a mask"
    Sat Apr 4, 2020, 09:35 AM
    Apr 2020

    (basically like the old days of putting a handkerchief over your face)




    TEXT

    Governor Tom Wolf

    @GovernorTomWolf

    Please wear a mask if you leave your house. Masks help keep those wearing them from sharing illnesses.

    See instructions on how to make your own mask using materials you have at home: http://pa.gov/covid-19 #COVID19
    Wear a mask
    818
    4:00 PM - Apr 3, 2020


    The state and city have been recommending a pattern the NYT had posted (PDF) - https://int.nyt.com/data/documenthelper/6860-printable-face-mask-tutorial/ded6e67bb78f2599a7ff/optimized/full.pdf#page=1

    Quickie "no-sew" version




    TEXT


    Governor Tom Wolf

    @GovernorTomWolf
    · 18h

    Please wear a mask if you leave your house. Masks help keep those wearing them from sharing illnesses.

    See instructions on how to make your own mask using materials you have at home: http://pa.gov/covid-19 #COVID19
    View image on Twitter


    Jennifer Hill @JenniferHillPa

    This is such an easy way to make a mask at home. No sewing required! pic.twitter.com/PcQHxmZKWX
    Embedded video

    8:56 PM - Apr 3, 2020

    BumRushDaShow

    (125,763 posts)
    183. Philly positives jumped 578 on 4/4/20, from 2430 to 3008 since 4/3/20
    Sat Apr 4, 2020, 09:48 AM
    Apr 2020
    City of Philadelphia
    COVID-19 Tests and Results
    Total Positive Tests: 3,008
    Total Negative Tests: 10,766
    4/4/2020 9:00 AM

    https://www.phila.gov/programs/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/the-citys-response/monitoring-and-testing/

    BumRushDaShow

    (125,763 posts)
    184. PA has now gone over the 10,000 positives mark at 10,017 as of 4/4/20
    Sat Apr 4, 2020, 11:05 AM
    Apr 2020

    (an increase of 1,597 cases since 4/3/20)

    ​Negative Positive ​Deaths

    60,013 | 10,017 | 136


    https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Cases.aspx

    BumRushDaShow

    (125,763 posts)
    186. Philly positives now up to 3,189 as of 4/5/20 (increase of 181 and without some lab data)*
    Sun Apr 5, 2020, 12:45 PM
    Apr 2020
    City of Philadelphia
    COVID-19 Tests and Results
    Total Positive Tests: 3,189
    Total Negative Tests: 11,450
    4/5/2020 9:00 AM


    https://www.phila.gov/programs/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/the-citys-response/monitoring-and-testing/

    * it was noted at previous pressers that not all labs send test results data 7 days a week so a "catch up" number will probably be reflected in tomorrow's figures

    BumRushDaShow

    (125,763 posts)
    188. Philly has a 1-day increase of 539 new positives and now at 3,728 as of 4/6/20
    Mon Apr 6, 2020, 12:13 PM
    Apr 2020
    City of Philadelphia
    COVID-19 Tests and Results
    Total Positive Tests: 3,728
    Total Negative Tests: 12,628
    4/6/2020 9:00 AM


    https://www.phila.gov/programs/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/the-citys-response/monitoring-and-testing/

    BumRushDaShow

    (125,763 posts)
    189. Latest from Philly - 544 more positives to go from 3,728 to 4,272 as of 4/7/20
    Tue Apr 7, 2020, 12:24 PM
    Apr 2020
    Current situation and risk in Philadelphia

    Last updated: 4/7/2020 9:00:00 AM

    Number of cases of COVID-19 in Philadelphia: 4,272
    Number of negative test results of COVID-19 in Philadelphia: 13,655
    Number of COVID-19 deaths in Philadelphia: 65
    Overall risk in Philadelphia: high risk of community transmission


    https://www.phila.gov/programs/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/

    DeminPennswoods

    (15,235 posts)
    190. Trout season is open
    Tue Apr 7, 2020, 12:47 PM
    Apr 2020

    Trout season opened today so at least some sportsmen/sportswomen and their children have something to do.

    BumRushDaShow

    (125,763 posts)
    191. And I heard it was altered where people would be allowed to see the stocking
    Tue Apr 7, 2020, 12:52 PM
    Apr 2020

    I know my dad and grandfather used to fish for trout and hunt elk upstate! I still have my dad's old bamboo fly fishing pole (it's missing the reel though).