April 27th Playbook

Sen. Pat Toomey releases his own plan to reopen Pennsylvania’s economy, while the state’s health secretary says that people shouldn’t expect a quick return to normalcy even after certain pandemic restrictions are lifted in some counties. Here is the Playbook. 

April 24th Ups & Downs: Polling shows troubling numbers for President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania, Sen. Pat Toomey gets the nod to serve on an economic oversight commission, plus Wawa and Sheetz team up for a good cause. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

Harrisburg & DC   
Washington Examiner: Salena Zito interviews Gov. Tom Wolf: Our lives are now being governed by coronavirus
AP: State: Deaths associated with coronavirus now stand at 1,550
AP: Official: Quick return to ‘normal’ unlikely amid reopening
AP: Geography and population complicate Pennsylvania’s reopening
AP: Garden centers, growers struggle in planting-season shutdown
AP: Geography and population complicate Pennsylvania’s reopening
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Calling Wolf’s plan ‘progress,’ Toomey outlines his own plan to reopen Pa. 
Spotlight PA: States need coronavirus data to make timely decisions. What they share with the public varies widely.
Spotlight PA: Cut, now crucial: Long cast aside as expendable, Pa.’s public health nurses are now pivotal to easing coronavirus restrictions
PA Post: Pa. won’t say when it will release names of thousands of businesses that received waivers to operate 
Morning Call: 5 actions Pa. lawmakers took last week on coronavirus crisis: Construction, car sales and property taxes
Philadelphia Magazine: Tom Wolf’s Leadership Style Was Made for This Moment 
Inquirer: Pat Toomey for governor? As he weighs in on Pa. coronavirus plans, insiders see a marker for the future
Inquirer: Pennsylvania’s Health Secretary Rachel Levine fights hate, fear, and the coronavirus
Inquirer: Pa. construction sites can reopen May 1. What will that look like?
Inquirer: Pa. officials and advocates brace for a coronavirus spike in requests for food stamps, cash assistance
Inquirer: Pennsylvania surges past 40,000 coronavirus cases, and New Jersey isn’t close to opening 
Inquirer: More deaths in Pennsylvania, and New Jersey’s reopening plans move tentatively forward 
Inquirer: More deaths in Pennsylvania, and New Jersey’s reopening plans move tentatively forward
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The latest on COVID-19 in Pa.: 41,165 confirmed cases in 67 counties  
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: House Rs, Ds trade social media ads over COVID-19 reopening vote
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The state Legislature received masks made by prisoners — but it’s unclear who used them
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Levine: ‘I don’t know’ when Pa. Health Dept. will respond to public records requests 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘Give your loved ones a call:’ Wolf offers tips to ‘stressed’ Pennsylvanians 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Erie’s Crime Victim Center faces technological challenges while providing community resources during pandemic 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: After the lockdown, a path forward | Five for Your Weekend 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: COVID-19 in NEPA: Domestic violence advocates worry about women’s safety in the pandemic 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Trump signs $484B relief bill as lawmakers pledge future aid for states
Patriot News: Pa. congressional candidate Tom Brier alleges campaign finance violation against primary rival, Eugene DePasquale 
Patriot News: Pa. coronavirus cases top 41,000; 1,550 have died due to COVID-19
Patriot News: $13.5 million state funds awarded to Pa. businesses affected by coronavirus
Patriot News: Mapping 6,813 resident cases in Pa. nursing and personal care homes: April 26 county-by-county details
Patriot News: Pa. House Republicans freeze staff pay; other cost-cutting measures in state government being considered
Patriot News: More Pa. liquor stores to begin offering curbside service, beginning on Monday
Patriot News: More than 1,100 new COVID-19 cases in Pa.; farmers are taking a big hit; more: Latest on coronavirus in Pa.
Patriot News: Where are Pennsylvania’s 41,165 coronavirus cases? April 26 map, county-by-county breakdown 
WHYY Newsworks: COVID-19’s economic blow to rural Pa. far outstrips the pandemic. But reopening won’t be easy 
WHYY Newsworks: Why so many COVID-19 deaths in Pa. will never be counted 
WHYY Newsworks: Coronavirus update: Pa. expanding curbside pickup to more liquor store sites
PLSReporter: Direct federal aid trickles in for states, counties﹘but restrictions confound officials 
Fox News: Pa. removes 200 deaths from state coronavirus count as questions mount about reporting process, accuracy
Fox News: Biden holds edge over Trump in 2020 battlegrounds, but there’s a catch 
Fox News: Pennsylvania liquor stores sell $2.3 million worth of alcohol in first days of curbside pickup
Fox News: Harvard not alone: Other wealthy universities eligible for coronavirus relief, some now backing away  
Fox News: Pennsylvania store owner: If Target can sell clothes, why can’t I?
StateImpactPA: DEP approves injection well in Plum, but uncertain economy might put project on hold 
StateImpactPA: Why one writer says coronavirus is like climate change on steroids 
National Journal: This Is How I Win 
National Journal: Biden’s Strength With Seniors Threatens Trump’s Reelection Path
Billy Penn: The deal with PA’s ‘infection-protection’ kits and how to vote safely  
Philadelphia Business Journal: Pennsylvania construction industry will have special protocols as sites prep to reopen
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pennsylvania: Gov. Wolf Pushed To Allow Garden Centers To Open
Pittsburgh Business Times: Senator Casey lays out intentions for future stimulus funding  
The Hill: Biden builds early lead in battleground states 
The Hill: Republicans sharply divided over timeline for reopening economy
The Hill: Melania Trump sends care packages to hospitals in 10 states 
The Hill: China emerges as new flashpoint in 2020 campaign
Politico: Biotech lobby CEO: The conversation has changed
Politico: Trump’s poor poll numbers trigger GOP alarms over November
Huffington Post: Family Forests Are Key To Fighting Climate Change. But They Need Help.
LNP | LancasterOnline: PA Game Commission plan proposes statewide ban on feeding deer, using deer lures

KYW Newsradio: Wolf addresses mental health in COVID-19 fight; Philadelphia officials announce more measures to help city get through shutdown
KYW Newsradio: No riders, no revenue: SEPTA anticipates $7M deficit to continue to grow
KYW Newsradio: Philly teachers told online grade can only help — not hurt — student’s overall average
KYW Newsradio: Flashpoint: Continue COVID-19 lockdown or should Pa. let up? Black doctors step up, and #SeniorSerenades
KYW Newsradio: Center City weathering the effects of the coronavirus pandemic
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia School District competing for limited supply of wireless hotspots to get students online 
Inquirer: Coronavirus could cost Philly up to $647 million — but layoffs are avoidable, city controller says
Inquirer: Here’s how low Philly’s case count has to be for the state to consider reopening Southeastern Pa.
Inquirer: Philly city workers have been barred from working on political campaigns for 70 years. Should that change?
Inquirer: New Jersey and Delaware prepare to release plans for reopening; Philly region is still “in the thick” of the pandemic
Inquirer: Do I have to pay my rent? Renters rights in Philadelphia during the coronavirus pandemic. 
Inquirer: Pa. officials and advocates brace for a coronavirus spike in requests for food stamps, cash assistance  
Inquirer: At least 800 Philadelphia police officers may have been exposed to coronavirus, sparking fear and uncertainty  
Inquirer: Two killings in Philadelphia on Thursday raise city’s total to 120 for the year — 18% more than a year ago 
Inquirer: Hundreds in Philly could lose coronavirus relief money because stimulus checks aren’t safe from debt collectors 
Inquirer: Coronavirus could cost Philly up to $647 million; Pa. liquor stores face challenge as curbside pickup is expanded to most outlets 
Inquirer: Even a pandemic can’t slow Philly’s gun violence
Inquirer: Colleges holding on-campus classes in the fall? Maybe.
Inquirer: Workers at 180-bed South Philly nursing home ravaged by coronavirus have voted to strike
Billy Penn: The deal with PA’s ‘infection-protection’ kits and how to vote safely 
Billy Penn: Coronavirus test site for Philly’s addicted and homeless populations opens in Kensington 
Billy Penn: This West Philly biz owner is one of 550 who already got relief money from the city 
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly Coronavirus News: Under Pressure, University of Pennsylvania Turns Down College Stimulus Money 
Philadelphia Magazine: How Philly Is Using the Shutdown As a “Natural Experiment” for Improving Air Quality
PLSReporter: 3 things to know about Philadelphia’s response to the coronavirus
Philadelphia Business Journal: Kenney: Decision looms on Wawa Welcome America celebration
Philadelphia Business Journal: State health secretary on Philadelphia: ‘I don’t know when it will reopen’  
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia, Goldman Sachs announce $10M PPP fund for small businesses
Philadelphia Tribune: City officials push for mail-in voting, concerned about getting the word out
Philadelphia Tribune: Virus pandemic affects sales of lottery tickets 
Philadelphia Tribune: Remote instruction begins for Philly public schools, meal distribution changes  

Daily Local News: Montgomery County reports 13 more deaths, 129 new coronavirus cases 
Daily Local News: As Pa.’s economy worsens, local lawmakers hear of human toll 
Daily Local News: Local municipalities now permitted to vote virtually
Delco Daily Times: Delaware County pulls no punches battling the coronavirus pandemic 
Delco Daily Times: Upper Darby orders furloughs and pay cuts for workers 
Delco Daily Times: VIDEO REPLAY: Delaware County council talks about coronavirus 
Delco Daily Times: Delco Times veteran Joe Hart named as its next editor
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks sees highest weekly death toll; Pa. coronavirus deaths now at 1,550 
KYW Newsradio: New small business aid bill introduced for inclusion in next COVID-19 relief package
Inquirer: ‘It’s a sinking ship’: COVID-19 deaths triple at state-run vets nursing home in Chester County as families clamor for information
Bucks Local News: APRIL 25 UPDATE: Weekly COVID-19 death total in Bucks hits 61; number of county infections do not bode well for a reopening anytime soon 

Post-Gazette: With $60 billion for smaller lenders, Doyle says mom-and-pop businesses will see better access to COVID-19 loans 
Post-Gazette: PODCAST: Mike Doyle walks through $484 billion funding bill for small businesses, hospitals 
Post-Gazette: No new COVID-19 deaths in Western Pa.; 13 new cases in Allegheny
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh councilman proposes building urban farm on ‘perfect’ Brookline plot 
Post-Gazette: Sewickley councilman rapped over photo with armed protesters 
Post-Gazette: Despite dearth of COVID-19 testing, lawmakers support reopening Pennsylvania economy in phases
Post-Gazette: Lawmakers turn to SNAP benefits and online delivery in next phase of COVID-19 legislation
Post-Gazette: ‘Mini-news outlets’ for businesses: chambers of commerce press for paycheck protections amid COVID-19 pandemic
Post-Gazette: Port Authority replaces chief of operations after 15 months
WESA: Lamb Worries ‘We Are On Our Own’ When It Comes To Protective Equipment 
WESA: State Website Sends Mixed Messages About When Counties May Be Eligible To Reopen 
WESA: Most Students Aren’t Being Instructed In Real Time, According To Plans Submitted To State 
WESA: LIVE BLOG: Coronavirus In Pittsburgh, April 27-May 3 
WESA: One Of Few Federal Inmates Released From County Jail Describes Tense Atmosphere Behind Bars 
WESA: April 20-24 Explained: Reopening PA, Testing Unknowns, Unemployment Fiasco & Restaurants Struggle
KDKA: ‘We Are On Our Own’; Congressman Conor Lamb Says That Pa. Not Expecting Any More PPE From National Stockpile
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept.: No New Deaths Related To Coronavirus, Total Cases Increase To 1,211 
KDKA: City Government Advises Citizens To Follow Social Distancing As Weather Improves 
KDKA: Pittsburgh Public Schools Alert Families And Staff To Possible Coronavirus Exposure; Administrators Seeking Feedback On Grading Options
Pittsburgh Business Times: Big natural gas producer lays out plans through 2026
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reports no new deaths from covid-19 on Sunday 
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh Public Schools alerts staff and families to potential case of covid-19 
City Paper: Pittsburgh-area GOP candidates respond to criticism of presence at anti-quarantine protest 
City Paper: Wendy Bell compares those against Gov. Wolf’s coronavirus orders to people killed in Benghazi attacks

Beaver County Times: Neff facing special meeting, call to resign as president over controversial militia photo
Beaver County Times: Bartolotta’s ventilator bill passes one Senate committee, but heads to another 
Beaver County Times: Local nursing home cases jump by 17 percent, Beaver County only county in southwest not to meet state threshold for reopening 
Tribune Review: 3 new Westmoreland coronavirus deaths bring toll to 30
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State passes 41,000 COVID-19 cases, numbers steady in Cambria, Somerset
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: As COVID-19 cases rise statewide, Cambria-Somerset fortunes linked to Allegheny County in SW region 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Task force tackles Johnstown’s blight problem | Group creates recommendations to address rundown, neglected properties 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Local nominees selected for military service academy
Observer-Reporter: Statewide positive cases pass 40,000 
Observer-Reporter: Greene commissioners warn against complacency as COVID-19 cases slow

Times-Tribune: Scranton mayor’s first 100 days a rocky road 
Times-Tribune: NEPA counties see new virus cases, deaths 
Times-Tribune: Coronavirus adds to NEPA tax burdens 
Times-Tribune: Chart: Tax Burden for Lackawanna County Residents 2020
Times-Tribune: Officials welcome testing for food industry workers in NEPA
Times-Tribune: Gas tax revenue drying up
Times-Tribune: COVID-19 – Complete Coverage 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: COVID-19 in NEPA: Domestic violence advocates worry about women’s safety in the pandemic 
The Times Leader: 1 new death, 46 new COVID-19 cases in Luzerne County
The Times Leader: Registered Republicans have increased in Luzerne County since last presidential primary
The Times Leader: Sen. Toomey releases plan for gradually, safely reopening PA’s economy
The Times Leader: Luzerne County budget chief discusses coronavirus impact on finances
The Times Leader: Luzerne County has not ruled out additional coronavirus furloughs
The Times Leader: Medical professionals: some positive progression in the fight against COVID-19
The Times Leader: Hackett resigns from Pa. workforce board, blasts Wolf over recent comments
The Times Leader: City Hall repairs delay return of furloughed WB workers
The Times Leader: Councilman: West Wyoming officers back to work after virus-related issues
Citizens Voice: Another COVID-19 death reported in county 
Citizens Voice: Solicitor OKs county tax extension date 

South Central 
Patriot News: Pa. congressional candidate Tom Brier alleges campaign finance violation against primary rival, Eugene DePasquale 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Sunday’s COVID-19 updates: Pa. reaches 41,165 positive cases, Lancaster County hits 140 deaths
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster Chamber, EDC offer plan to revive and reorient county economy from COVID-19
LNP | LancasterOnline: Slanted playing field: Ephrata cabinetry firm, idled by Wolf’s shutdown, rues loss of customers to rivals
LNP | LancasterOnline: ‘I literally felt cut in half’: Learning online not an easy adjustment for Lancaster County families
LNP | LancasterOnline: COVID-19 testing sites to close on Sundays, Penn Medicine says
York Dispatch: Sunday update: 15 new cases of COVID-19 in York County
York Dispatch: Phased reopening: It’s unclear if York County will be ready May 8
York Dispatch: York County DA: Crime rates down, but harassment and ODs spike
York Dispatch: York County has fewer coronavirus deaths than initially reported
York Dispatch: York DA: Reports of malware attacks at ‘unprecedented level’ during pandemic
York Dispatch: York City to resume yard waste collections next month
York Dispatch: Pa. Health Secretary: Quick return to ‘normal’ unlikely amid reopening
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County, southcentral region currently outside benchmark to consider easing coronavirus restrictions
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH Data: 17 new COVID-19 cases reported in Cumberland County
Carlisle Sentinel: Tracking COVID-19: Charts detail the course of coronavirus in Cumberland County
York Daily Record: Coronavirus in Pa.: More than 1,100 positive cases added in a day

Lehigh Valley      
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: New cases jump by 1K, 13 more deaths reported | Pa. county COVID-19 case map (04/26/20)
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus testing sites now open to food supply workers
Express Times: ’New sad total’ of Northampton County COVID-19 deaths includes more Gracedale cases
Patriot News: Working to slow the spread of the coronavirus in Berks County
Morning Call: 5 actions Pa. lawmakers took last week on coronavirus crisis: Construction, car sales and property taxes
Morning Call: Allentown students at disadvantage in starting remote learning Monday, weeks behind suburban peers
Morning Call: Homeless camps growing in the Lehigh Valley, creating ‘ticking time bomb’ for coronavirus outbreak
Morning Call: Coronavirus in the Lehigh Valley: What you need to know
Morning Call: Coronavirus infection rate appears higher in Allentown than Philly and other cities. But why?
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus updates: Statewide cases increase by 1,599 on Friday to 38,652; Gov. Wolf says second wave of cases during flu season is ‘a big concern’ 
Reading Eagle: As Pa.’s economy worsens, local lawmakers hear of human toll 
Reading Eagle: Berks adds 85 positive coronavirus cases; Pennsylvania adds 1,116
Reading Eagle: All Pa. liquor stores in Berks County to offer curbside pickup service
Reading Eagle: Six Berks companies among those to receive state funding

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Coronavirus updates: Here’s what to know in Centre County on April 26
Centre Daily Times: No new COVID-19 cases reported in Centre County as Pennsylvania tops 41,000 cases
Centre Daily Times: Pennsylvania tops 40,000 total cases of COVID-19, as Centre County adds 4 new cases
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Erie’s Crime Victim Center faces technological challenges while providing community resources during pandemic 
Erie Times-News: Erie County reports 3 more COVID-19 cases, including child
Erie Times-News: How prepared are Erie County nursing homes for COVID-19?
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County two new COVID-19 cases
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City transition was occurring before pandemic took hold
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Mayor gets praise — and criticism
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Mayor reflects on beginning
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: What it means here: State offers funding to tech firms; Military task force assisting health care facilities
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Child care facilities remain in limbo
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Constitutional? Protesters, professors debate rights amid shutdowns
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: FCFP to distribute $301K in aid to area organizations

PennLive Editorial Board: 3 things Gov. Wolf should do in the next phase of the coronavirus fight
Jake Corman: ‘Narrow political ideology’ threatens important telemedicine bill
Helen Gym and Jamie Gauthier: Philadelphia needs a Housing Recovery Act 
Inquirer Editorial Board: Americans deserve the right to vote without endangering their lives
Inquirer Editorial Board: Lawmakers should anticipate avalanche of evictions after coronavirus   
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Implement USMCA 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Unnecessary dispute: Coroners, health officials should work together 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Keeping markets open: Farmers markets will return, but with changes 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Look out for abuse victims: Domestic violence is on the rise during COVID-19 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Title IX trouble: Penn State must enforce federal law 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Stop the EARN IT bill: Legislation would compromise digital privacy, security 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Don’t wag the dog: The U.S. does not need a war in Venezuela
John L. Micek: Reopening isn’t good enough. We need a reset on everything | Friday Morning Coffee
Lawrence George and Emma Hamme: COVID-19 means census matters more than ever 
Tim Hartman: Behind the scenes at the COVID-19 press conferences | Editorial Cartoon
Louise Hayes: As people choose between food and other basic necessities, Congress should expand SNAP benefits 
The Rev. Mitchell C. Hescox: COVID-19 effects show why our lawmakers must protect clean air in Pa.
Thomas Gremillion: Are liquor stores really essential?
Charles D. Ellison: Get The Kids Connected Already 
Eric Epstein: At a time of great need, it’s time for the Legislature to liquidate its slush funds
David M. Shribman: A storied friendship is on the rocks
Tony Norman: Keep your eyes on the prize, America
Josh Butler: Despite early COVID-19 failures, we can emerge stronger 
Lloyd E. Sheaffer: Character matters in our leaders. And that’s never been more true than now 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Walling in the problem: US
Will Bunch: Hey, teachers, cops, etc. — Mitch McConnell wants your job, pension. Will he kill the GOP instead?

6 Responses

  1. toomey’s doing a great job and offering up info….that’s good as vs. Casey who is hiding under a pile of cow dung until this whole thing blows over…casey is a coward.
    So yes the Gov is doing his best and so is Toomey….free fin speech remember …

  2. Sen. Toomey needs to allow the Governor to exercise his authority as the Gov consults with numerous professionals and not weigh in with a “Toomey Plan” for reopening. The medical reality is clear. The virus is highly contagious, very harsh on folks with high blood pressure, who are obese, who have diabetes, who are older and so on. Dr. Fauci, who is more learned than Sen. Toomey in infectious diseases, argues for much more testing than is currently going on before reopening. What is beneath all of this is a medical fact—reopening will highly likely result in more infections and the only question is how many. For a good economy we need a healthy population that believes in the economy.

    1. toomey’s doing a great job and offering up info….that’s good as vs. Casey who is hiding under a pile of cow dung somewhere until this whole thing blows over…casey is a coward.
      So yes the Gov is doing his best and so is Toomey….free fin speech remember …

      1. Dear Free Speech…It is inescapable that there will be increased infections during a reopening during a once in a 100 year pandemic. As an aside, sadly, there could also be an increased rate of people passing as well. Big question? What is the increased rate of infection? We don’t know. A virus does not know if you are a Democrat or a Republican it only knows you are a living organism that can be infected. And clearly, it is better to stay at a safe distance as much as possible until a vaccine is discovered. The answer is two fold: (1) As much as possible the government could try to have some guaranteed income to keep people going until the vaccine and (2) Stress repeatedly that until the vaccine and some established treatment is developed it is best to adjust to the times of avoiding large crowds and gatherings to stay away from the spread. Sen Toomey should defer to the judgment of the Gov and not weigh in with his plan.

        1. …Wolf should put a 15 MPH speed limit on all the roads so no one ever gets killed in a car accident again…
          Pot and Liquor should be banned so no one will ever again suffer as a result of people abusing such drugs…on and on…that’s life…

          1. Last time I checked, car accidents, smoking pot, and drinking booze weren’t highly contagious.

Comments are closed.

  • Reader Poll: Have You Requested a Mail-In Ballot?

    • Yes. I enjoy mail-in voting. (50%)
    • No. I am going to the poll. (50%)

    Total Voters: 121

    Loading ... Loading ...
Continue to Browser


To install tap and choose
Add to Home Screen