Pennsylvania households hit hard by pandemic | Monday Morning Coffee

June 29, 2020 6:30 am

Good Monday Morning, Fellow Seekers.

Did I say that right? Associate Editor Cassie Miller here, filling in for John today who is taking a much-needed day off.

Let’s dive right in, shall we?

There’s no question that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on households and working families across the country.

Now, thanks to data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey, we’re able to see just how much of an impact it’s had on American households.

Nationally, the survey found that 47.8 percent of Americans were experiencing a loss in employment income by week 7 of the COVID-19 emergency.

That’s more than 118 million Americans.

Another 31 percent of adults expected someone in their household to have a loss in employment income in the next four weeks.

In Pennsylvania, 30 percent of adults expected someone in their household to have a loss in employment income in the next four weeks. Nearly 50 percent of Pennsylvania households (4.8 million people) were already experiencing a loss in employment income by week 7 of the pandemic.

The survey also looked at other factors to see how households were faring, such as housing insecurity, delayed medical care, food scarcity and K-12 educational changes.

As of week 7 of the pandemic, Pennsylvania had more than 20 percent of it’s adult population experiencing housing insecurity.

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Leading our coverage this morning, I dissect the 2020-2021 five-month, stopgap budget, looking at how Pa. is paying for prisons and COVID-19 relief.PLCA Intern Jordan Wolman reports on how K-12 schools are faring during COVID-19.


Elizabeth Hardison breaks down the uptick in COVID-19 cases. 

From me: Allegheny County sees COVID cases surge, suspends on-site alcohol sales at bar and restaurants.

From our partners at the Philadelphia TribunePhiladelphia City Council passes police reforms, shelves others for the summer. 

On our Commentary Page this morning, state Rep. Jeanne McNeill writes about responsible firework activities ahead of the July 4 holiday weekend and Scott L. Bohn, executive director of Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association writes about the dangers of bigger trucks on Pennsylvania’s roadways. 

En la Estrella-CapitalNegocios de Pensilvania, la inmigración aboga por la precaución contra la orden de visa de trabajo de Trump por Jordan Wolman. Las boletas por correo fueron más populares que las votaciones en persona en más de un tercio de los Condados de Pensilvania por Cassie Miller. 

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Chesapeake Energy files for bankruptcy protection, TribLive and the Associated Press report. 
Lancaster County’s tourism industry charges ahead with the county’s move to the green phase, according to LancasterOnline. 
Across the country, state’s are removing symbols of the confederacy. On Sunday, Mississippi announced it would drop the rebel emblem from its state flag. Meanwhile, in Gettysburg, officials grapple with confederate memorabilia and gifts, the Morning Call reports. 
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WHYY-FM reports that the COVID-19 pandemic reveals more about racial inequalities in medicine. 
State College residents and officials worry about COVID-19 risk as Penn State students return, WPSU has the story.
Hazelton residents fight to have a Columbus statue removed, the Citizens-Voice reports. looks at how ‘sin taxes’ could help Pa. recover from COVID-19 shutdown.
The fight to fund President Donald Trump’s border wall is expected to head to the Supreme Court. Roll Call has the details. And now you’re up to date.

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Cassie Miller
Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry.