April 1st Playbook

Gov. Tom Wolf adds seven more counties under stay-at-home orders. Here is the Playbook. 

 

Poll: Trump Leads Biden by 2 in PA: The latest Baldwin Wallace University Great Lakes Poll shows President Donald Trump with a 2 point lead over former Vice President Joe Biden in a presidential matchup in Pennsylvania.

Poll: Wolf Outpaces Trump on COVID-19 Response: The latest Baldwin Wallace University Great Lakes Poll shows that 69% either strongly or somewhat approve of Gov. Tom Wolf’s response to COVID-19, while 52% of Pennsylvanians support President Donald Trump’s response to the virus.

 

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Wolf places 7 more counties under stay-home order
Spotlight PA: Hundreds could be released from Pa. state prisons under draft plans to help prevent a coronavirus outbreak
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Citing shuttered offices, Wolf admin. says it can’t process news outlets’ requests for COVID-19 waivers
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The latest on COVID-19 in Pa.: 4,843 confirmed cases in 60 counties
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Federal judge in Harrisburg rules ICE must release people at high risk for COVID-19
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: COVID-19 in Pa.: With new order, residents in half of all Pa. counties are being told to stay at home
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Erie County residents and restaurants partner on Facebook during coronavirus shutdowns
Inquirer: U.S. judge orders release of 10 immigrants in Pennsylvania, calling ICE incapable of protecting them from coronavirus behind bars
Inquirer: Emergency coronavirus loan not approved yet? SBA will now advance $10,000 to small businesses
Inquirer: Should you wear a mask in public? The narrative is shifting.
Inquirer: College degrees and what they’re worth
Inquirer: Guatemalan girl and her father freed from Berks immigrant detention center
Inquirer: Russian trolls politicized vaccines in 2016. Could coronavirus be next?  
PA Post: Laid off workers battle outages, jammed phone lines as Pa. unemployment system buckles from coronavirus surge
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. reports close to 5k COVID-19 cases; Trump declares ‘major disaster’ in the state 
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Corona discount’: Gov. Wolf to ban Airbnb after Poconos become per-capita COVID leader   
Post-Gazette: Pa. Supreme Court seeks response to statewide request to release jailed inmates 
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania expecting $14.1M in ‘election assistance’ grants from stimulus package 
Post-Gazette: A neighbor or a robocall? FCC steps up efforts to root out fake caller ID ‘spoofing’ 
Post-Gazette: State AG tells landlords, lenders residents cannot be evicted from their homes during COVID-19 crisis
WITF: What The Pennsylvania National Guard Does When The Governor Calls 
StateImpactPA: NPR, Frontline investigation: Plastics industry spent millions selling recycling — to sell more plastic
StateImpactPA: Trump administration rolls back Obama-era auto emissions standards
StateImpactPA: EPA relaxes enforcement because of COVID-19, but state and local governments do most oversight for major federal laws 
Patriot News: ‘We are in a global pandemic’; Pa. health secretary urges residents to stay home
The Hill: Pennsylvania man opened fire after confrontation over coughing without covering mouth: report
The Hill: Judge orders 11 at-risk ICE detainees released over coronavirus fears
The Hill: Stockpile of US-manufactured ventilators sold overseas: report
Politico: Pelosi, Warren press Fed to ride to rescue of cities slammed by pandemic
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pennsylvania: Sen. Toomey Says He Supports Face Masks For All
KDKA: Federal Help To Be Made Available To Pa. During Coronavirus Outbreak
Beaver County Times: Shapiro reinforces statewide eviction, foreclosure ban 
Beaver County Times: Wolf says disaster declaration falls short of help needed in the state
Real Clear Politics: Coronavirus Even Closed the Waffle House
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus updates: Monroe County lawmakers, fearing wave of New Yorkers, persuade Wolf to prohibit short-term rentals; statewide cases jump by 756 to 4,843 
Times-Tribune: Projection: 3K to die in Pa.; billions in revenue lost
PLSReporter: Wolf expands stay-at-home order to 33 counties as COVID-19 cases near 5,000
PLSReporter: COVID-19 by the numbers: A statewide look at the coronavirus in Pa.
PLSReporter: While universities cancel classes, give refunds, schools expect multi-million dollar losses from COVID-19   

 

Philadelphia 
Inquirer: Mayor Jim Kenney calls out DA Larry Krasner after gunman shoots five people, including a 1-year-old boy, at North Philly rowhouse
Inquirer: Philly cops can issue $100 fines to people who violate coronavirus order; Trump warns of ‘very painful’ two weeks
Inquirer: N.J. reports 72 more coronavirus deaths; Philadelphia adds 5, and it’s still uncertain when the peak might hit
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly Coronavirus News: We Take a Look Inside the Box of Free Food Handed Out By the City 
Philadelphia Tribune: Tuesday coronavirus update: More Blacks testing positive for coronavirus, city officials awaiting personal protective equipment
Philadelphia Tribune: Philly shootings continue to surge despite stay-at-home order 
KYW Newsradio: Kenney says Philly is battling 2 public health crises: Guns and coronavirus
KYW Newsradio: Victims’ rights advocates worry about efforts to expedite inmates due to COVID-19
Philly Voice: Mayor Kenney presses D.A. Krasner to ‘vigorously’ prosecute Philly’s gun cases during coronavirus pandemic 
Philly Voice: Philadelphia doctor writes about scarcity of supplies and lack of planning at one city hospital
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia-area hotels stare down $1.2B in likely loan defaults as industry pleads for ‘second’ stimulus
Billy Penn: Can videoconferencing replace family visits? Philly foster kids seek comfort, support and housing amid pandemic
Billy Penn: Updated guide to coronavirus in Philly: Testing, schools, shopping, transit, unemployment and more 
WHYY Newsworks: District guidance says teaching of new material will not begin until May 4

 

SEPA
Montgomery Media: Montco officials question social distancing measures at Limerick nuclear plant 
Montgomery Media: Montco officials expand measures to reduce jail population amid coronavirus
Bucks Courier Times: State Rep. Perry Warren introduces anti-hoarding bill amid coronavirus pandemic
Bucks Courier Times: Coronavirus: Bucks reports 3 more deaths, 31 new positive cases 
Bucks Courier Times: Coronavirus: 2 more deaths reported in Montgomery County; state receives disaster declaration 
Delco Daily Times: Schools coping as new virus figures prompt extended closure
Daily Local News: Pa. reports 756 new cases of coronavirus, total now 4,843; Delaware County suffers another death
Daily Local News: Chester County government office shutdown to continue
Daily Local News: Area entrepreneurs skeptical stimulus checks will relieve economic woes
KYW Newsradio: Montco officials call out Exelon for continuing project, not social-distancing
Bucks Local News: COVID-19 UPDATE: Bucks records 39 new cases as Gov. Wolf extends restrictions to April 30
Pottstown Mercury: Residents join Sen. Mensch telephone town hall seeking information on coronavirus response 

 

Pittsburgh  
Post-Gazette: Convention center considered for ‘alternate care site’ as cases increase 
Post-Gazette: City eyeing lines of credit to maintain continuous operations amid COVID-19 economic disruption 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Confirms 35 New Coronavirus Cases, County-Wide Total Now 325 
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pittsburgh: Allegheny County Jail Releases More Than 600 Inmates During Coronavirus Pandemic 
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pittsburgh: Officials Say Most Potholes Repairs Are On Hold 
KDKA: ‘We’re Not Doing This For Nothing’: KDKA’s Ken Rice On Doctors’ Cautious Optimism That Social Distancing Is Working
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pittsburgh: PPS Teachers Are Preparing For Online Classes, But 41 Percent Of Families Don’t Have Adequate Access To Technology 
KDKA: Pa. Secretary Of Health: University Of Pittsburgh To Update Its Model Forecasting Coronavirus Outbreak As State Sees Lower Rate Of Hospitalizations Than China
Pittsburgh Business Times: More western Pa. counties added to stay-at-home order
Pittsburgh Business Times: Fitzgerald on physical distancing efforts: ‘This is a marathon, not a sprint’
Pittsburgh Business Times: Most of Pittsburgh Magazine staff to be laid off 
Pittsburgh Current: PGH Public Schools Teachers Undergoing Remote-Education Training; Classes Start April 16
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reports 35 new coronavirus cases as total tops 300 
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh convention center assessed as alternate site for patients during coronavirus pandemic 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County map shows where free food is being distributed 
Tribune Review: More than 600 inmates released from Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh to slow pandemic 
WESA: Downtown Convention Center Identified As Site For Overflow COVID-19 Patients In Case Of Surge 
WESA: Pittsburgh Media Organizations Constrict Under COVID-19 Shutdown

 

SWPA 
Observer-Reporter: Davanzo plans to take oath as state rep. next week 
Observer-Reporter: Redevelopment Authority appeals Open Records’ decision on Rep. Bud Cook, Local Share 
Observer-Reporter: Washington County President Judge cancels April, May trial terms; jurors off the hook 
Observer-Reporter: PennDOT to continue emergency infrastructure projects
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Burns planning to introduce legislation requiring use of American-made steel
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Somerset joins stay-at-home counties: Commissioners requested status, say shutdown is ‘prudent’ move 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Marijuana dispensaries making ‘adjustments’ to coronavirus 
Beaver County Times: Lawrence County under stay-at-home; PA cases surpass 4,800, death toll at 63 
Tribune Review: Cost savings of postponed primary in Westmoreland could be eaten up by mail-in ballots 
Tribune Review: Sen. Kim Ward seeks state law change to provide covid-19 info to first responders 
Tribune Review: 6 new cases in Westmoreland County, 14 more deaths statewide
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pennsylvania: Gov. Tom Wolf Extends Stay-At-Home Order To Lawrence, Somerset Counties
Post-Gazette: Police charge Washington County woman with coughing on trooper, claiming she has COVID-19
Altoona Mirror: Census deadlines delayed 
Altoona Mirror: County furloughs 59 staff members 
Altoona Mirror: Union critical of county rules

 

NEPA
Times-Tribune: State senator cracks down on short-term rentals in Poconos
Times-Tribune: Schuster appointed to Scranton City Council
Times-Tribune: Coronavirus cases surge by record number for third day in a row
Times-Tribune: Covid-19 – Complete Coverage
Citizens Voice: Virus surge continues as Luzerne County logs 4th death 
Citizens Voice: Positive coronavirus cases surge in county 
Citizens Voice: Overflow medical options available if needed 
Citizens Voice: Times Leader to begin printing only four days 
Citizens Voice: Projection: More than 1,000 to die in Pennsylvania
The Times Leader: Hospitals have surge plans, Luzerne County official says
The Times Leader: 4th person dies in Luzerne County; statewide COVID-19 cases at 4,843 
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Council delays decision on prison health care provider 

 

South Central 
York Dispatch: Federal judge: Release 10 ICE detainees in York County Prison, 2 other jails
Patriot News: Pa. congressman’s ‘Pandemic Act’ designed to stop federal prisoner transfers during coronavirus outbreak
Patriot News: Pa. coronavirus cases top 4,800; 63 have died
Patriot News: Pa. grants six-month extension to lethal weapons certification because of coronavirus emergency
Patriot News: Pa. schools offered resources to educate students and ‘position us to successfully return for the next school year’
Patriot News: Pa. lawmakers press Gov. Wolf to let construction industry get back to work
Patriot News: Central Pa. county asks public to donate protective equipment for health care workers, first responders
Patriot News: Harrisburg places portable toilets, hand sanitizer around city for homeless during coronavirus pandemic 
Carlisle Sentinel: Midstate economy faces critical moment of uncertainty in coronavirus financial rout
Carlisle Sentinel: Stay-at-home orders added for seven additional counties in Pa., including Franklin
Carlisle Sentinel: Tracking COVID-19: Charts detail the course of coronavirus in Cumberland County
LNP | LancasterOnline: Gov. Wolf adds Lebanon County, 6 others to stay-at-home order
LNP | LancasterOnline: How many COVID-19 cases officially reported in Lancaster County? 123 as of Tuesday
York Daily Record: Some York County immigration detainees granted release because of coronavirus risk
York Daily Record: West York extends curfew to cover adults during coronavirus emergency

 

Lehigh Valley      
Express Times: Ex Allentown Mayor Pawlowski won’t get out of prison because of coronavirus 
Express Times: Playground closure efforts stepped up across Lehigh Valley in virus fight
Reading Eagle: U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan warns of coronavirus scams 
Reading Eagle: Berks County coronavirus cases top 100; Pennsylvania nears 5,000
Morning Call: ‘Take care of each other,’ Allentown Mayor O’Connell urges during police department’s first online community meeting amid coronavirus crisis 

 

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Keller introduces inmate movement bill 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners approve $82K toward absentee ballots for primary election 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming up to six cases; more counties under stay-home order 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Erie County residents and restaurants partner on Facebook during coronavirus shutdowns
Centre Daily Times: Centre County adds 2 new coronavirus cases as Pennsylvania cases approach 5,000
Erie Times-News: Coronavirus: Erie-area updates, Tuesday, March 31 

 

Opinion  
Richard Vague: How to rescue our coronavirus-infected economy from collapse
Inquirer Staff: Safe social distancing: Should Philly close more streets to cars during coronavirus? | Pro/Con
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Delay offers hope: Olympics in 2021 could be world’s victory lap 
Simon F. Haeder and Kelli Caseman: Why it’s critical we keep our eyes on Pa’s kids during the COVID-19 pandemic
Mark O’Keefe: Turzai put political advantage ahead of public health with House special elections 
John L. Micek: Despite Wolf’s order, GOP lawmaker wants to send Pa. back to work | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Antoinette Kraus: Coronavirus reveals just how skimpy the health care safety net is 
Ernest Owens: No More Mr. Nice Mayor: Jim Kenney, Shut This City Down
Rachel Fingles: Education during COVID-19 is saving our community
Paul Muschick: Why Tom Wolf needs to reveal Pennsylvania businesses granted ‘life-sustaining’ waivers
Solomon Jones: Coronavirus forced me to slow down and spend more time with my family — and I’m grateful 
Trudy Rubin: Question for Trump: Where is the testing data we need to curb coronavirus and get back to work? 
Imani Barbarin: Coronavirus made accessibility a priority. It should stay that way when the pandemic ends. 
Will Bunch: From no insurance to an unemployment runaround, coronavirus exposes broken U.S. system 
Helen Ubiñas: Shame shouldn’t be the reason employers do right by their workers 
Maria Panaritis: I went to the supermarket and came home shaken 
Gene Therapy: Pittsburgh and the world await its next Salk moment
Tony Norman: The ballad of John Prine and COVID-19
Chris Kelly: Let’s be careful out there
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Coronavirus shoppers face empty shelves

April 1st, 2020 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 1 Comment

One thought on “April 1st Playbook”

  1. gulag Pittsburgh says:

    Trump continues his Orange Shit Show. How can a president in the middle of a pandemic waste 3-4 hours a day as master of ceremonies at a press conference?

Comments are closed.