March 23rd Playbook

The Pennsylvania legislature considers moving the state’s primary from April 28 to early June, according to the Associated Press. Here is the Playbook. 

March 20th Ups & Downs: The response to the coronavirus impacts the whole state, Republicans win three special elections for the state House, and a significant number of Democrats offer their support for Joe Biden’s presidential bid. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

Reader Poll: Should PA Delay Its Primary?: Gov. Tom Wolf said in a press conference on Monday that Pennsylvania is “certainly taking into consideration” the idea of moving the April 28 primary date to another date. 

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: As coronavirus cases grow, Pennsylvania eyes later primary
AP: Pennsylvania reports COVID-19 death; Wolf defends shutdown
AP: Wolf retrenches sweeping order, amid complaints, lawsuits
Spotlight PA: UPDATED: A full list of which Pa. businesses must close, which are ‘life-sustaining’ under new coronavirus shutdown order 
Spotlight PA: Evictions, student loans, PSSAs, and more: What Pa. lawmakers are proposing in response to the coronavirus
Spotlight PA: Gov. Tom Wolf revises mandatory shutdown list as businesses mount challenges
Spotlight PA: Advocates call on Pa. officials to reduce inmate population amid coronavirus outbreak
Spotlight PA: ‘It’s going to hurt’: Struggling Pa. towns brace for financial gut punch from the coronavirus
Spotlight PA: Why workers’ compensation might not provide relief for Pennsylvanians sickened by the coronavirus
Inquirer: Pennsylvania governor, lawmakers in talks to postpone primary to June 2 because of coronavirus
Inquirer: Police in Philly and other Pa. counties stop issuing license-to-carry permits to gun owners amid coronavirus outbreak
Inquirer: Health-care workers treating coronavirus need protective gear. In Pa. and N.J. they don’t have enough.
Inquirer: Coronavirus pandemic pushes back Census Bureau’s deadline for collecting 2020 responses
Inquirer: Gov. Wolf’s shutdown order sows widespread confusion and panic. Up to 3 million workers affected
Inquirer: Coronavirus could hit immigrant detainees hard in places that are already ‘a petri dish’
Inquirer: Coronavirus concerns trigger lawsuit aimed at freeing migrant families from detention centers
Inquirer: Golf groups ask Gov. Wolf to reopen Pennsylvania’s courses that were shut down due to pandemic
StateImpactPA: Mariner East construction shut down by governor’s order
PA Post: State gets nearly 10,000 requests for waivers from Wolf’s coronavirus shutdown order
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘We’re going the wrong way,’ Wolf says of state’s COVID-19 curve
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Health officials confirm 479 COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania, now in 33 counties
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf admin: Nearly 10K Pa. businesses have applied for shutdown waivers
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Deluged with waiver requests, Wolf admin. extends business enforcement shutdown deadline to Monday
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: W. Pa. mayor confirms that his town has Pennsylvania’s second COVID-19 death 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Republicans call for appeal process for businesses hit by Wolf’s shutdown order
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Health Officials: Allegheny County resident is Pa.’s second COVID-19 death, as state IDs 103 new cases
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: COVID-19 in Montgomery County: ‘This is going to be a long haul,’ Pa. Rep. Dean tells constituents
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Are you a Pa. businesses affected by Gov. Wolf’s shutdown order? Here’s how to apply for a waiver and ask questions
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: COVID-19 outbreak: This 60 seconds of sidewalk art in Camp Hill, Pa. is pure joy
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: So when you tell Pennsylvanians you’re going to close the liquor stores, they listen | Chart
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Staving off cabin fever | Five for the Weekend
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: COVID-19 in northeastern Pa: As cases grow, ‘We’re all in this together,’ community leaders say
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: COVID-19 has widened the digital divide: How do we close it? | Friday Morning Coffee
WHYY Newsworks: Wolf administration backtracks on closing laundromats for coronavirus 
Post-Gazette: Sen. Pat Toomey: Congress’ $1 trillion economic rescue likely moving forward
Post-Gazette: Mike Bloomberg hands DNC ‘battleground states’ campaign multi-million dollar boost 
PLSReporter: Legal challenges emerge to shutdown order as Wolf Administration delays enforcement
PLSReporter: Statewide capacity issues coming into focus as rural hospitals grapple with COVID-19 arrival
PLSReporter: MAP: A statewide look at which Pa. counties have coronavirus cases
PLSReporter: Pittsburgh Public Safety updates protocols during COVID-19 pandemic
PLSReporter: Mass testing site open in Philadelphia
Fox News: Mike Bloomberg spent nearly $1B of his own money on failed presidential bid
Fox News: Coronavirus in the US: State-by-state breakdown
Fox News: Pennsylvania death row inmate hospitalized with coronavirus symptoms before exoneration trial 
Philadelphia Citizen: The Mensch Postulate  
Patriot News: Where are those stimulus checks? Federal rescue plan could get preliminary legislative action Sunday: Toomey
Patriot News: Mayor confirms Pennsylvania’s second coronavirus death was Clairton resident 
Patriot News: Managing the coronavirus crisis: Former Pa. governors share thoughts, advice and reassurance 
Patriot News: Republicans ask Gov. Wolf for more clarity after coronavirus order closing businesses
Patriot News: Monroe County announces 1st coronavirus death, 4th in Pennsylvania overall 
The Hill: Pennsylvania state police to enforce business closures
Beaver County Times: Auditor general calls for room-and-board refunds
Beaver County Times: Wolf: ‘Shelter-in-place’ order being considered
Morning Call: New Muhlenberg College poll shows strong concerns among Pennsylvanians about spread of coronavirus 
Morning Call: Pat Toomey touted Senate’s coronavirus economic stimulus package as ‘very hard’ to oppose. Bob Casey and other Democrats voted ‘no’ on advancing it Sunday evening. 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: U.S. Sen. Bob Casey touts paid COVID-19 treatment, family funding
Politico: Bloomberg lays off hundreds as coronavirus bears down
Politico: Suit seeks release of immigrant families due to virus risk 
KYW Newsradio: A chaotic time for criminal defense attorneys as Pennsylvania closes its courts
CNN: Bloomberg campaign transfers $18 million to DNC
CNN: Calls for vote-by-mail rise with stay-at-home orders
CNN: Live broadcasts, online fundraising, one-on-one calls: How the Biden campaign is adjusting its tactics amid the coronavirus

WHYY Newsworks: Coronavirus update: ‘Stay-at-home’ orders begin in Philly Monday, Delaware on Tuesday; 1st death in Montco
WHYY Newsworks: Philly area mental health professionals offer free therapy for health care workers
Philadelphia Magazine: Helen Gym Is the Most Popular Politician in Philadelphia  
Inquirer: Philly just issued a ‘stay at home’ order to help curb the spread of coronavirus. Here’s what that means.
Inquirer: Police in Philly and other Pa. counties stop issuing license-to-carry permits to gun owners amid coronavirus outbreak
Inquirer: Coronavirus, city shutdown not slowing violent crime in Philadelphia
Inquirer: Gov. Wolf’s order forces Drexel students to move out with little notice
Inquirer: ‘Mounting’ losses prompt SEPTA to cut exec pay, eliminate overtime, consider further service reductions
Inquirer: At coronavirus test site outside Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphians seek reassurance
Inquirer: Death-row inmate who is ‘likely innocent’ will be taken to hospital after developing virus symptoms
Billy Penn: What can and can’t you do under Philly’s ‘stay at home’ order? 
Billy Penn: Updated guide to coronavirus in Philly: Testing, schools, shopping, transit, unemployment and more
Billy Penn: Foster kids left in limbo during Philly’s coronavirus lockdown
Philadelphia Tribune: Philly Mayor Jim Kenney isn’t ruling out ‘shelter in place’ order for city residents
Philadelphia Tribune: COVID-19 in Philadelphia: Massive layoffs are expected across the city
Philadelphia Tribune: Congress members from Philly, Pittsburgh want $150M bailout for SEPTA
Philadelphia Tribune: Philly D.A., Defender Association, ACLU looking to reduce prison, jail populations
Philadelphia Tribune: COVID-19 in Pa.: More than than 600 Philly Airport workers to be laid off
Philadelphia Citizen: The Virus and the City: It’s The Small Businesses, Stupid!  
Philadelphia Citizen: “Really, Stay Home” 
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia officials issue stay-at-home order for city residents
KYW Newsradio: Citing coronavirus concerns, Philadelphia election officials want state primary postponed
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia and surrounding counties ask the state to delay primary amid coronavirus measures
KYW Newsradio: City Council will resume meeting Thursday to appropriate $85M to address coronavirus outbreak
KYW Newsradio: To thwart coronavirus, small police departments must ‘think outside the box’
KYW Newsradio: US Census invitations are out, but field operations are impacted by coronavirus outbreak
KYW Newsradio: As Philly reports 23 new coronavirus cases, drive-thru test site opens at ballpark
Philadelphia Business Journal: Kenney issues stay-at-home order for Philadelphia residents
Philadelphia Business Journal: These ‘essential’ Philadelphia businesses are hiring right now
Philly Voice: Philadelphia issues stay-at-home order to go into effect Monday morning for city residents
Philly Voice: Philly officials clarify meaning of ‘shelter in place’ during coronavirus restrictions

Daily Local News: Wolf’s edict puts a stop to Mariner East construction
Daily Local News: Killion calls for delay of Pennsylvania primary election
Daily Local News: Report: Region lacks enough hospital beds for virus spike
Daily Local News: Howard applauds ICE decision to halt immigration enforcement in face of pandemic
Daily Local News: Killion, Quinn co-sponsor COVID-19 education bill
Daily Local News: 108 more coronavirus cases reported in Pa.; Montco records 1st death
Daily Local News: Chester County courts now closed to most of the public
Delco Daily Times: Upper Darby is hardest hit by virus in the county
Delco Daily Times: Delco needs citizen volunteers of all kinds to battle COVID-19
Delco Daily Times: On a Roll: Middletown Council boss, TP exec talks about ‘unprecedented demand’
Delco Daily Times: The latest on the coronavirus outbreak
Delco Daily Times: County sets up coronavirus command center at the Glen Mills School
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: COVID-19 in Montgomery County: ‘This is going to be a long haul,’ Pa. Rep. Dean tells constituents
WHYY Newsworks: Appointment-only COVID-19 test site opens in Montco at Temple Ambler campus
KYW Newsradio: Montgomery County commissioner praises people on the front lines during the coronavirus pandemic
Philly Voice: Gov. Wolf pulls back closure order, allows some businesses to remain open, delays enforcement
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County reports 9 new cases Saturday as testing begins in Upper Dublin
Bucks Local News: Bucks County establishes consumer hotline for ‘Non-Life-Sustaining Business’ complaints
Bucks Local News: Bucks COVID-19 Cases Reach 34; Community Spread Officially Declared
Bucks Local News: Ten new Bucks cases of COVID-19 confirmed as testing, community spread increase
Bucks Courier Times: Bucks, Montco food pantries awarded $25K grants cope with coronavirus from WSFS Bank
Bucks Courier Times: During outbreak, community spreads sunshine, ‘soup hugs’ and smiles

Post-Gazette: First Allegheny County COVID-19 death reported
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County reports its 40th case of COVID-19; nearly 500 cases in Pa.
Post-Gazette: Study: Pittsburgh region has far fewer hospital beds than needed for moderate COVID-19 outbreak
Post-Gazette: Unlike nationwide European lockdowns, aggressive restrictions on movement depend on location in the U.S.
Post-Gazette: During COVID-related gun-buying frenzy, many are first-time owners
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh police chief: No warning from Wolf on business shutdowns
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County Jail board members urge county to release non-violent offenders or put region at risk
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County courts adjust operations with amended emergency declaration
Post-Gazette: Despite governor’s request, UPMC continues to do elective surgeries
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper terminates all employees, comes as ‘a shock’ to staff
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Public Schools announce meal distribution sites for next week
WESA: County Officials Confirm ‘Community Spread’ Of Coronavirus, Seek Equipment Donations
WESA: Lamb Talks Makeshift Hospitals, Federal Leadership As Coronavirus Spreads
WESA: March 16-20 Explained: COVID-19 Preparedness In Pittsburgh, Schools Closed And A Halt To Evictions
WESA: Public Safety Officials Seek To Protect First Responders From Coronavirus
WESA: County Councilors Set To Propose Emergency Jail-Release Ordinance
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept.: 9 New Positive Cases Of Coronavirus, Brings County Case Total To 40
KDKA: ‘We Need To Do More’: 2 Local Congressmen Working To Find Solutions As Coronavirus Continues To Spread 
KDKA: Coronavirus Closures: Pittsburgh Police To Enforce Gov. Wolf’s Order To Shut Down Non-Essential-Businesses
KDKA: Allegheny County Launches Map Of Free Food Distribution Sites
KDKA: Inside Politics With Jon Delano: It Is A Free Country – Do I Have To Stay Home?
KDKA: Pittsburgh Catholic Newspaper Terminates All Employees, Stop Distribution 
KDKA: Monessen Extends State Of Emergency Due To Coronavirus Outbreak
Pittsburgh Current: Growing Facebook Group Kickstarts Grassroots Response To COVID-19 Pandemic In Allegheny County
Philadelphia Tribune: Congress members from Philly, Pittsburgh want $150M bailout for SEPTA
Tribune Review: Covid-19 cases in Allegheny County rise to 40; 4 people hospitalized
Tribune Review: Rep. Conor Lamb wishes happy birthday to 100-year-old aunt from safe distance
Tribune Review: State, Pittsburgh police to start enforcing Pa. business closures
City Paper: UPDATE: An ongoing tally of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths in Allegheny County
City Paper: Medical marijuana patients can now buy 90-day supply; dispensaries deemed ‘life essential’
City Paper: UPDATE: Gov. Wolf orders all ‘non-life-sustaining’ businesses to close; enforcement extended to Monday
Pittsburgh Business Times: Allegheny County asks companies what personal protective equipment they could donate for first responders
Pittsburgh Business Times: Allegheny County asks companies what personal protective equipment they could donate for first responders
Pittsburgh Business Times: Coal mines, closed by governor’s order, may get waiver to remain open 

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: U.S. Rep. Glenn “G.T.” Thompson has not been tested after 2 other Reps. found to have coronavirus 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: U.S. Sen. Bob Casey touts paid COVID-19 treatment, family funding
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Johnstown declares state of emergency over coronavirus
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Companies can apply for waiver to be exempt from governor’s order
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Rigby district offices open for business, closed to visitors
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania jump by 108 in a day
Beaver County Times: PA coronavirus cases near 500, no new cases in Beaver, Lawrence County
Beaver County Times: Amid coronavirus outbreak, state’s primary ‘just needs to be moved’
Beaver County Times: GOP legislators push back on Wolf’s shutdown order
Beaver County Times: Beaver County plants to suspend operations, lay off more than 500
Beaver County Times: Matzie’s bill would extend LIHEAP deadline
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pennsylvania: Fayette County Reports First Case Of Coronavirus
Altoona Mirror: Reps weighing relief efforts
Altoona Mirror: Blair prison’s future explored
Altoona Mirror: Closure of courthouse to result in furloughs
Observer-Reporter: Washington, Allegheny counties see rise in coronavirus cases; State police to enforce Wolf’s closure order
Observer-Reporter: Jails releasing inmates charged with non-violent crimes
Observer-Reporter: Pennsylvania suspends some nursing requirements to aid coronavirus response

Times-Tribune: State reports new virus cases in region 
Times-Tribune: Scranton council interviews six hopefuls to fill vacancy 
Times-Tribune: Covid-19 – Complete Coverage
Times-Tribune: State reports new virus cases in NEPA, 5 total for Lackawanna County 
Times-Tribune: Guns sales soar during coronavirus pandemic and swamp system of background checks 
Citizens Voice: 6 COVID-19 cases now confirmed in county 
Citizens Voice: One new COVID-19 case in Luzerne County
Citizens Voice: DA’s office still operational 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: COVID-19 in northeastern Pa: As cases grow, ‘We’re all in this together,’ community leaders say
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Council may use webcams for virtual meetings during coronavirus pandemic
The Times Leader: PSP to aid in business closure enforcement as cases mount; Luzerne County now at 7
The Times Leader: Luzerne County still exploring inmate health care vendor options

South Central 
York Dispatch: York County commissioners prep for primary, but ask state to postpone
York Dispatch: Number of COVID-19 cases rises to double digits in York County
Carlisle Sentinel: A COVID-19 timeline for Cumberland County
Patriot News: Federal inmate transfers after positive COVID-19 test would be irresponsible, Pa. lawmaker says 
Patriot News: Pennsylvania’s coronavirus count tops 400, including Dauphin County’s first confirmed case 
Patriot News: Business rebellion: ‘Approaching 10,000’ Pa. companies want exemptions from Gov. Tom Wolf’s coronavirus closure orders 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Shortages, closings, wariness of COVID-19: Lancaster County gets through a week no one will forget


Lehigh Valley   
Morning Call: Coronavirus worries leave Lehigh, Northampton county election officials in need of poll workers, voting sites 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus update: Wolf delays enforcement of business shutdown. Cases jump nearly 45% to 268, 12 in Lehigh Valley: ‘We’re seriously concerned about 20- to 44-year-olds.’ 
Morning Call: ‘Everyone is going to get sick’: Lehigh Valley nonprofits worry about how coronavirus economic fallout will affect low-income people 
Morning Call: After two-year drop, Allentown’s NIZ generates record tax revenue in 2019. What drove the 20% increase?
Morning Call: Coronavirus in the Lehigh Valley: What you need to know, how to get tested and other FAQs
Morning Call: Easton and Whitehall mayors the latest to declare emergencies during coronavirus outbreak 
Express Times: Waiver requests approaching 10,000 for Pennsylvania businesses that want to stay open Monday. 
Reading Eagle: U.S. Rep. Dan Meuser’s coronavirus town hall focuses on what’s being done
Reading Eagle: Berks DA John Adams says enforcement of Gov. Wolf’s business shutdown not feasible
Reading Eagle: Berks coronavirus cases up to 7 as state numbers surge to 371 
Reading Eagle: Reading Mayor Eddie Moran calls on the community to remain calm and stay safe
Reading Eagle: Coronavirus adds layers of complexity in caring for homeless in Berks County

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Two former mayors denied permits to Nazi sympathizers 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: What it means here: Extended services for seniors, mask donation request
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: The importance of social distancing
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Testing sites for COVID-19 open as pandemic evolves 
Erie Times-News: Coronavirus: Erie-area updates, Sunday, March 22
Erie Times-News: Coronavirus: The latest from Erie region, Saturday, March 21
Erie Times-News: Coronavirus update: News from Erie region, Friday, March 20

York Dispatch Editorial Board: Hold briefings without Trump 
Inquirer Editorial Board: Democracy is not immune to coronavirus
Inquirer Editorial Board: When social distancing and staying healthy are at odds 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Protect voting rights: Voter rolls should be updated — with care
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Risky tinkering: Divestment proposal is a distraction
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Gun panic: Buying weapons, ammo is not the answer to COVID-19
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Human tragedy: Crisis in West Africa demands U.S. leadership
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A tool vs. dementia: Keep a list of medications, and check it
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Keep your distance: Patient 31 illustrates need for social distancing
Tom Killion: What the coronavirus shutdown means to the community
Dave Arnold: Wolf sowed mass confusion with muddled messages on business closures
Mark O’Keefe: Pennsylvania’s primary is now officially irrelevant. But it may tell us much about November 
Blake Rutherford: Have no fear, the general election will move forward
Fred M. Henretig and Kevin C. Osterhoudt: Philly should reopen Hahnemann for coronavirus — and keep it open after
Charlie Deitch: For some with COVID-19, they’ll get all of the pain but none of the diagnosis 
Nita Bharti: How to maintain your physical and mental health during coronavirus
Tim Hartman: A big reason we’re social distancing | Editorial Cartoon
Milton W. Cole: COVID-19 outbreak and climate change: Coping with an existential crisis and its deniers
Elizabeth C. Tippett: The new federal sick leave law: Who’s eligible, who’s not and how many weeks do you get
Julie Coker, Jeff Guaracino, John McNichol, Chellie Cameron and Ed Grose: Philadelphia’s travel, tourism businesses can’t weather this alone
Farah Jimenez: With coronavirus crisis, the mission-driven work of Philly’s many non-profits is needed more than ever 
Will Bunch: Until we punish American greed, no coronavirus bailout will save our warped economy 
Rob Tornoe: My kids are already driving me nuts. How about you? | cartoon
Eugenia C. South and Raina M. Merchant: How can you responsibly enjoy nature during coronavirus? 
David Gambacorta: Parenting during a pandemic: The nightmare I’ve been dreading | Perspective
Helen Ubiñas: Paralyzed gunshot victims worry coronavirus isolation will pull them back to that ‘sunken place’ 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Coronavirus, America’s path to bipartisanship?
Maria Panaritis: ‘I hate coronavirus’: A child’s take on Week 1 of isolation as surreal becomes normal 
Emily Kramer-Golinkoff: Tips From A Life of Avoiding Infection 
Keith C. Burris: Fear itself
David M. Shribman: Lessons from the greatest generation
Tony Norman: When a slur sounds nothing like the truth
Chris Kelly: Acts of faith

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