COVID-19 in Philadelphia: Massive layoffs are expected across the city

BY: - March 20, 2020

At a daily briefing on the pandemic, city officials called on called on employers to continue to pay employees, especially low-wage workers.

Health officials: Hospitals bracing for surge as Pa. logs 83 new COVID-19 cases; statewide total is now 268 cases

BY: and - March 20, 2020

Statewide, there are 2,574 patients who have tested negative, and one death. With commercial labs being the primary testing option for most Pennsylvanians, data is not available on the total number of tests pending, the agency said in a statement.

COVID-19 in northeastern Pa: As cases grow, ‘We’re all in this together,’ community leaders say

BY: - March 20, 2020

As of noon Thursday, Northeastern Pennsylvania has seen 22 cases, up from 12 on Wednesday. Monroe County has 15 cases, Pike County has 3 cases, Lackawanna County has 2 cases and Luzerne and Wayne counties have one case apiece.

Are you a Pa. business affected by Gov. Wolf’s shutdown order? Here’s how to apply for a waiver and ask questions

BY: - March 20, 2020

Companies that believe they're considered "life-sustaining" can apply for a waiver at [email protected]

Facebook group kickstarts a grassroots response to COVID-19 in Allegheny County

BY: - March 20, 2020

Shanon Williams, a Pittsburgh-based social worker, created the group Allegheny County Resources & Support Amid COVID-19 to bring residents together.

189 incarcerated persons will be released from Allegheny County’s jail; More likely

BY: - March 20, 2020

Orders have been sent to the Allegheny County Jail to release 189 incarcerated individuals in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Philly Mayor Jim Kenney isn’t ruling out ‘shelter in place’ order for city residents

BY: - March 20, 2020

“We may get there,” Kenney said about the potential of such an order that would significantly tighten restrictions on movement throughout the city.

COVID-19 in Pa.: More than 600 Philly airport workers to be laid off

BY: - March 20, 2020

The largest portion of the workers are employed by American Airlines subcontractors PrimeFlight Aviation and Prospect Airport Services.

COVID-19 has widened the digital divide: How do we close it? | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 20, 2020

24 million Americans lack broadband internet access. A Pennsylvania plan to expand broadband access is stalled in the General Assembly.

Republicans call for appeal process for businesses hit by Wolf’s shutdown order

BY: - March 20, 2020

Hours after Gov. Tom Wolf ordered all non-essential businesses statewide to close their doors or face enforcement action if they don't, Republicans in the state House and Senate voiced concerns about that order.

Unemployment phone staff cut in half amid COVID-19 crunch

BY: - March 19, 2020

Normally, between 90 to 130 state employees answer phone calls, Deputy Secretary for Unemployment Compensation Bill Trusky said. 

Wolf orders all ‘non-life-sustaining’ businesses to close; face state police action if they don’t

BY: - March 19, 2020

The broad designation applies to laundromats, performing arts venues, recreation centers, entertainment venues, and general merchandise stores, which all must close their doors by 8 p.m. Thursday