April 2nd Playbook

Gov. Tom Wolf issues a statewide stay-at-home order. Here is the Playbook. 

 

Cook: PA Stays as Toss-Up for General Election: Pennsylvania remains as one of six states in the toss-up column for the general election.

Pennsylvania Leadership Conference Rescheduled for September 25-26: The annual conservative conference, which was originally scheduled to take place this past weekend, will be headlined by former Congressman and Fox News contributor Jason Chaffetz.

 

Harrisburg & DC   
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The latest on COVID-19 in Pa.: 5,805 confirmed cases in 60 counties
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘We Pennsylvanians want to survive,’ Wolf says, as he issues statewide stay at home order 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.’s Toomey, Colorado lawmaker want CDC to clarify rules to encourage face-mask use in public
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Trump admin failing ‘soldiers’ on COVID-19 front lines, Pa.’s Casey says
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.’s Shapiro to Trump: Put the brakes on new regulations
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Immigration activists call on Wolf to release detainees from ICE center in Berks County
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. tax revenues were down in March, as officials brace for bigger future hit from COVID-19 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Benched by COVID-19, Pa.’s minor league towns hope for baseball’s return
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: COVID-19 threatens census. At stake: money, political power
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Postponed graduations, scuttled career plans: How Pa. college, high school students are weathering the COVID-19 pandemic
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: COVID-19 in Erie: Erie reduces public bus service, depriving some of a vital lifeline
AP: All of Pennsylvania now under orders to stay home
AP: Gov. Tom Wolf places all of Pennsylvania under an order to stay at home, calling it “the most prudent option”
AP: Fears, infection thin staff at nursing home with 2 deaths
AP: Allegheny Technologies to shutter steel plant, cites tariffs
New York Times: Fracking Once Lifted Pennsylvania. Now It Could Be a Drag.
Spotlight PA: Here’s the first look at how the coronavirus is gutting Pa. state finances, and it’s not pretty
Spotlight PA: Calls to Pa.’s child-abuse hotline fell sharply during first weeks of the coronavirus. Here’s why that’s bad news.
Spotlight PA: Gov. Tom Wolf extends coronavirus stay-at-home order to all of Pennsylvania
Spotlight PA: Pennsylvania’s highest court extends eviction moratorium as coronavirus shutdowns lead to record unemployment
Spotlight PA: Pennsylvania reopens online liquor sales, but site unavailable due to high demand
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf to extend coronavirus stay-at-home order to all of Pennsylvania, sources say
Patriot News: Gov. Wolf said Pa. could allow students to move to next grade based on work before schools were closed
Patriot News: Will police enforce Pennsylvania’s coronavirus stay at home order? What activities, travel are allowed? 
Patriot News: Pa. businesses seeking waiver to stay open through coronavirus closures have until Friday to apply
Patriot News: Pa. stands to receive $14 million from federal stimulus bill to assist with voter education
Patriot News: Pa. senators want to know more about Gov. Tom Wolf’s post-COVID-19 plan to ‘a return to normalcy’
Patriot News: Pa. announces extension for firearms permits, citing coronavirus impacts 
Reading Eagle: Coronavirus won’t delay primary again, Pa. Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar says
PLSReporter: Wolf extends stay-at-home order statewide after state reports nearly 1,000 cases in a day
PLSReporter: State continues to relax health care regulations as COVID-19 cases top 5,000
PLSReporter: Wetzel: DOC, lawmakers formulating plan to ease prison capacity
Inquirer: A Pa. congressman said the U.S. coronavirus trajectory is more like South Korea than Italy. Is that true? 
Inquirer: Voting by mail is a safe option during coronavirus. Here’s what you need to know about absentee ballots in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
KYW Newsradio: Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board resumes sales online
Pittsburgh Business Times: Why Wolf extended stay-at-home order to all of Pennsylvania 
PA Post: Why Is Pennsylvania Leading The Nation In Unemployment Claims? 
PA Post: What Businesses Applied For ‘Life-Sustaining” Waivers? Wolf Administration Agency Won’t Release List 
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pennsylvania: State’s Economy Is The 6th ‘Most Exposed’ To Coronavirus In The Nation, Study Says
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pennsylvania: Pa. State Police No Longer Responding To Some Calls As It Limits Contact With Public
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pennsylvania: Pandemic Has People Struggling To Pay Bills; Here’s How To Get Help
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pennsylvania: Plans To Treat Patients In Rural Areas Includes Possibly Reopening Shuttered Ellwood City Medical Center 
KDKA: Survey: Majority Of Pennsylvanians Believe Gov. Tom Wolf Is Doing Good Job Handling Coronavirus Pandemic 
The Hill: Pro-Democratic group slams Trump’s coronavirus response in Midwest ad campaign
The Hill: Pro-Trump group makes $10M anti-Biden ad buy in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania
The Hill: Pennsylvania governor to issue stay-at-home order for whole state: report
The Hill: Pennsylvania pastor announces ‘outdoor Easter blowout service’ despite social distancing guidelines
WHYY Newsworks: Coronavirus shutdown reveals inequity of student internet access across Pa. 
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. prison system mulls releasing hundreds to prevent coronavirus spread 
WHYY Newsworks: Your trash didn’t get picked up? Expect some delays in Philadelphia
WHYY Newsworks: Wolf extends stay-at-home orders across Pa.; Worker at Limerick nuclear power plant tests positive
Post-Gazette: As CDC delays, Pat Toomey urges everyone wear masks to prevent COVID-19 spread
Times-Tribune: Study projects 1,574 Pennsylvania deaths
Philly Voice: Pennsylvania plans to ban Airbnb rentals as COVID-19 cases rise in Poconos
Politico: Trump super PAC launches wave of anti-Biden ads amid criticism
LNP | LancasterOnline: Gov. Wolf grants extension to license to carry firearm permits 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Wednesday’s COVID-19 updates: Pa. up to 5,805 cases, 74 deaths
CNN: Trump-aligned super PAC spending $10 million against Biden

 

Philadelphia 
KYW Newsradio: Philly to double supply and distribution sites for food given during COVID-19 crisis
Philly Voice: Philly reiterates suspension on evictions, urges residents to complete 2020 Census 
Inquirer: The rent is due, and many can’t pay. Here’s what some Philadelphians are doing in the meantime.  
Inquirer: Philly prepares to open Holiday Inn quarantine, amid questions about how to help the mentally ill and addicted 
Inquirer: What it’s like to be locked in prison during the coronavirus pandemic
Inquirer: Wolf extends stay-at-home order. N.J. death toll climbs past 350; field hospitals in the works for Philadelphia
Inquirer: Pa. liquor stores reopen online, demand overwhelms site; Job cuts announced at area hospitals
Inquirer: ‘They’re not taking our safety seriously’: SEPTA employees call for greater protections
Inquirer: All of Pennsylvania is now ordered to stay at home | Coronavirus Newsletter
Billy Penn: Philly’s $100 fine for ‘stay-at-home’ violations among lowest in the nation 
Billy Penn: Updated guide to coronavirus in Philly: Testing, schools, shopping, transit, unemployment and more
Billy Penn: New Center City walk-up site: How to get tested for coronavirus in Philly 
Billy Penn: If you’re fighting quarantine depression, you’re not alone. These free resources can help. 
Billy Penn: Map: Where Philly removed basketball hoops to discourage group games
Philadelphia Tribune: Wednesday coronavirus update: African Americans make up 46% of positive cases in the city, more jail inmates test positive
Philadelphia Tribune: Mayor and police commissioner question DA
Philadelphia Business Journal: SBA loans: Answers on interest rates, application process and CARES Act from Mid-Atlantic boss 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Comcast pledges $500M to employees; Brian Roberts and other top execs donate salaries 
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly Coronavirus News: No, State Stores Aren’t Reopening, But SEPTA Buses Are Now Free
Philadelphia Magazine: The Liacouras Center Hospital Probably Won’t Help COVID-19 Patients 

 

SEPA
Daily Local News: Houlahan hosts virtual Town Hall, highlights stimulus benefits for citizens, businesses
Daily Local News: Rep. Otten: Small local businesses hurt by waivers issued to large firms 
Daily Local News: Sen. Killion offers updates on coronavirus crisis
Daily Local News: Chester County receives $2.28 million in coronavirus relief 
Daily Local News: Call, email volume up at local lawmakers’ offices 
Montgomery Media: Montco coronavirus death toll climbs to 10; cases confirmed among workers at Limerick nuclear plant 
Montgomery Media: Montco officials push for extension of municipal property tax deadlines
Inquirer: A Pa. congressman said the U.S. coronavirus trajectory is more like South Korea than Italy. Is that true?
Delco Daily Times: Delco small businesses struggle in midst of pandemic 
Delco Daily Times: CORVID prompts municipalities to extend tax periods
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County gets thousands of medical supplies to fight coronavirus 
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks commissioners name April “Be Kind to Others” Month 
KYW Newsradio: Bucks commissioners encourage nightly applause to thank COVID-19 first responders
KYW Newsradio: Lawmakers call out Exelon for the timing of its refueling project in Montco
KYW Newsradio: Bucks County gets shipment of protective gear to combat coronavirus
Bucks Local News: Three more Bucks County residents die from COVID-19, doubling county’s death toll 

 

Pittsburgh 
Tribune Review: Here’s how much Western Pa. will get of the $170 million in federal coronavirus relief money
Tribune Review: Allegheny County court officials release information on remaining jail population
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh website provides public information during coronavirus pandemic
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh to receive $12.7M in community development, housing grants under relief package
Post-Gazette: Landlords brace for late and missed rent payments due to massive job losses
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County Jail Oversight Board won’t meet Thursday
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Public Schools open additional meal sites
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County Council moves demolition fee one step forward
Post-Gazette: Prosecutors, victim advocates object to suggested methods for reducing state jail population
WESA: Police Remind Pittsburgh: Social Distancing Still Matters, Even On Sunny Days 
WESA: Social Distancing Is Our Best Tool In Fighting COVID-19, But How Long Must We Do It?
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Confirms 356 Coronavirus Cases, 61 Hospitalizations
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pittsburgh: Allegheny County Jail Population Decreases By 30 Percent In March 
KDKA: ‘Our Volumes Are Actually A Little Less Than Usual’: AHN Doctor Says Pittsburgh Hospitals Are Not Currently Overrun During Coronavirus Pandemic 
KDKA: ‘Bunch Of Pansies’: Pennsylvania Pastor Slams Coronavirus Precautions, Planning ‘Woodstock’-Like Easter Gathering 
KDKA: Coronavirus Relief: Sheetz Offering Free Meals For Children In Need
Pittsburgh Current: County Controller Wants More Transparency About Allegheny County Jail COVID-19 Response
City Paper: Rep. Mike Doyle holding a telephone town hall on coronavirus assistance on April 2
City Paper: Allegheny County Jail has been releasing inmates because of COVID-19 and why that matters 
City Paper: Coronavirus means Pittsburghers are self-quarantining for who knows how long, so let’s all vote by mail

 

SWPA 
Beaver County Times: Beaver County to receive $3 million under CARES Act
Beaver County Times: Gas prices in region, nationwide still dropping
Observer-Reporter: Local legislators co-sponsors aid bills for ‘ultra-small’ business, first responders
Observer-Reporter: Gov. Wolf issues statewide stay-home order, Fayette County has its first COVID-19 death 
Observer-Reporter: State prison quarantine includes SCI-Greene
Observer-Reporter: Washington County pastor professes plans to hold service ‘like Woodstock’ amid COVID-19 restrictions
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County reports 11 new coronavirus cases as Pa. total jumps
Altoona Mirror: City gets extra $1 million
Altoona Mirror: Convention Center discussed as alternate health care site
Altoona Mirror: Weeks sworn in as new DA 
Altoona Mirror: Jobless claims swamp Labor Dept.
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Johnstown to get $760K in COVID-19 relief; city awaits word on how to spend the funds 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria County officials approve of stay-at-home order
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Johnstown City Council officially approves state of emergency 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: BREAKING: Nearly 1,000 new COVID-19 cases in state; Cambria, Somerset at 3 each

 

NEPA
The Times Leader: Rep. Cartwright calls on Greyhound to limit NYC service
The Times Leader: Baker supports extension to license to carry firearm permits 
The Times Leader: Luzerne County has 70 new cases of COVID-19; total at 282 
The Times Leader: Fourth Luzerne County coronavirus victim man in 70s
Citizens Voice: Cartwright asks Greyhound to limit New York City service
Citizens Voice: COVID cases continue growth in Luzerne County 
Citizens Voice: Luzerne County tax penalty date likely to be pushed back
Citizens Voice: County pushes vote-by-mail option for primary
Times-Tribune: Gov. Wolf shuts down Airbnb, other short-term rentals
Times-Tribune: Scranton gets $2.5M to combat coronavirus
Times-Tribune: Cartwright asks Greyhound to limit New York City service 
Times-Tribune: Coronavirus cases surge by record number for third day in a row  
Times-Tribune: Covid-19 – Complete Coverage

 

South Central 
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle, Cumberland County receives grant funding as result of COVID-19 relief legislation
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH announced highest number yet of new COVID-19 cases in state
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle, CV, South Middleton announce plans to launch remote learning by mid-April
Carlisle Sentinel: Public still can’t find out what businesses have been waived under Wolf’s COVID-19 shutdown
Patriot News: Harrisburg mayor to oversee unveiling of the ‘Hope Tree’ on Thursday night
Patriot News: Pa. businesses seeking waiver to stay open through coronavirus closures have until Friday to apply 
York Dispatch: York County, city receive $2.8 million in grants for coronavirus relief
York Dispatch: York City to enforce Supreme Court-mandated halt on evictions
York Daily Record: As with so many other companies, York Daily Record feels economic crush of coronavirus
LNP | LancasterOnline: How many COVID-19 cases officially reported in Lancaster County? 157 as of Wednesday  

 

Lehigh Valley      
Reading Eagle: U.S. Rep. Dan Meuser’s 2nd coronavirus town hall updates on what government is doing and what public can do 
Reading Eagle: Berks County coronavirus cases rise 41 to 151 total; state also sees highest total yet
Reading Eagle: Allocations to Reading, Berks County part of $2.2 trillion federal stimulus measure announced
Reading Eagle: Berks County to furlough at least 219 workers during coronavirus pandemic
Reading Eagle: REPLAY: Berks commissioners answer public questions during town hall 
Reading Eagle: Reading urging residents to stop traveling to and from New York amid coronavirus pandemic 
Reading Eagle: Japanese-Americans detained in World War II join in call to release families from Berks County Residential Center
Morning Call: Coronavirus in Pennsylvania warehouses: Lawmakers say companies that don’t keep workers safe should be embarrassed and fined 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus update: Statewide case total jumps by 962 to 5,805; Gov. Wolf warns death toll could reach thousands 
Morning Call: High coronavirus caseload for Allentown: ‘The virus is so prevalent that we are treating everyone as if they have it.’ 
Morning Call: Should you buy a mask to protect yourself during the coronavirus outbreak? Depends on whom you ask
KYW Newsradio: Berks County announces hundreds of furloughs because of coronavirus impact

 

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Coronavirus: Erie-area updates, Wednesday, April 1
Erie Times-News: 17 city of Erie workers ordered to self-quarantine
Erie Times-News: Downtown Erie parking meter rules are being enforced
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: COVID-19 in Erie: Erie reduces public bus service, depriving some of a vital lifeline
Centre Daily Times: Coronavirus updates: Here’s what to know in Centre County on April 1
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City to see unexpected federal funds

 

Opinion  
Gisele Fetterman, Pa. second lady: To get through the pandemic, we must all ‘be the helpers’
Mike Turzai: Trump’s coronavirus response will protect Pennsylvania’s blue-collar workers 
Inquirer Editorial Board: Consistent messaging from leaders is key to quelling coronavirus in Pa. and N.J. 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A challenge to Pittsburgh: The city can take the lead on ventilator production 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Balancing liberty, safety: Sunsets must be placed on emergency powers
David Boardman: Here’s how news organizations can responsibly show Trump’s coronavirus briefings 
Paul Muschick: Why we should welcome New Yorkers to Pennsylvania during coronavirus crisis
Laura A. Siminoff and Krys Johnson: Pennsylvania should better enforce stay-at-home order and share coronavirus data | Expert Opinion
John L. Micek: New Study: Women still make less than men — especially in jobs impacted by COVID-19 | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Dena Ferrara Driscoll: SEPTA’s fare restructuring can help replace flawed in-person hearings with fair public input 
Salena Zito: Amid coronavirus, some seek inspiration at Gettysburg
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Hahnemann Hospital shut down by the greed virus
Joan DelFattore: Politicians act like people without families don’t have support. They couldn’t be more wrong. 
Dan Simpson: Brace for more turmoil
John R. Ash: With COVID-19, we failed a basic preparedness test. We can’t repeat that mistake
Anwar Curtis: ‘A helper by nature’: Meet the Harrisburg woman helping ex-inmates return to their community 
Jeffrey Millstein: Coronavirus has doctors reviewing their living wills. You should, too. 
The Angry Grammarian: Pa. rep’s coronavirus ‘humiliation’ bill uses Too! Many! Exclamation! Points! among other sins 
Jenice Armstrong: Snicker if you want, but I plan to wear a face mask until the coronavirus pandemic has subsided 
JD Mullane: A small gym sweats out coronavirus in Falls Township
Chris Kelly: Let’s be careful out there

April 2nd, 2020 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 1 Comment

One thought on “April 2nd Playbook”

  1. gulag Pittsburgh says:

    Trump has been reduced to featuring his pansy son-in-law at today’s campaign rally masquerading as official govt press briefing. Still pathetic as usual. Blather, blither, bluster, and LIES.

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