March 24th Playbook

Gov. Tom Wolf delivers stay-at-home orders for several of the hardest hit counties in the state over the coronavirus, while two Democratic super PACs release new ads criticizing President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus. Here is the Playbook. 

 

Two Dem PACs Hit Trump in New Ads Over Coronavirus Response: Priorities USA starts their television and digital ad campaign on Tuesday, while American Bridge began their weeklong digital ad campaign on Friday in the state.

 

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: School closures extended; Wolf issues stay-at-home order
Spotlight PA: Pennsylvania governor, legislative leaders reach deal to postpone 2020 primary for coronavirus
Spotlight PA: Gov. Tom Wolf extends school closures until early April, issues stay-at-home order for 7 counties
Spotlight PA: Gov. Tom Wolf’s office says he was tested for coronavirus, then backtracks and says he wasn’t
Spotlight PA: Full list of what you can and can’t do under Gov. Tom Wolf’s coronavirus ‘stay-at-home’ order
Spotlight PA: Pa. legislature pledges transparency as it prepares to vote remotely on coronavirus relief   
Inquirer: Pat Toomey wants to spend more and Bob Casey is swearing as coronavirus turns Washington upside down
Inquirer: Divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court denies gun advocates’ challenge to Wolf’s coronavirus clampdown
Inquirer: Pa. schools close till April 6; long-term closures expected elsewhere amid coronavirus outbreak 
Inquirer: Pennsylvania prison system defies court order to test Philly death row inmate for the coronavirus 
Inquirer: Long lines and 3-hour waits as medical marijuana sales surge in Pa., N.J.
Inquirer: The coronavirus could pull policies like universal health care from the edge into the mainstream 
Inquirer: Coronavirus is challenging underdog campaigns in the Pennsylvania primary election   
CNBC: GOP Sen. Pat Toomey: New Fed action shows why the stalled coronavirus bill is ‘so essential’
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: COVID-19 in Pa.: Gov. Tom Wolf order residents in seven hard-hit counties to stay at home 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Sent back to work, state human service workers say their offices aren’t prepared for the coronavirus 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. health officials confirm 165 new COVID-19 cases, bringing statewide total to 644 
KYW Newsradio: With Pa. primary coming soon, advocates encourage voting by mail
Post-Gazette: Businesses can face fines of more than $300 as police enforce governor’s order to close all nonessential businesses 
Post-Gazette: Rural and smaller counties in Pennsylvania face different challenges as COVID-19 spreads 
Patriot News: Pa. adjusts work schedule for state government employees to address coronavirus concerns, amid other changes
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf imposes freeze on hiring and non-essential purchases by Pa. state government agencies 
Patriot News: The Affordable Care Act is 10 years old; Sen. Casey says it can help in coronavirus crisis 
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf orders Pa. schools to remain closed through at least April 6 as part of coronavirus mitigation efforts
Morning Call: As Pennsylvania coronavirus cases surge to 644, Gov. Wolf issues ‘stay-at-home’ order to residents in seven counties
Morning Call: Pennsylvania House panel takes first step to delay primary election until June 2
WHYY Newsworks: Lawsuit: ICE family detention in Pa. is a “tinderbox” due to COVID-19 
The Hill: Top Democratic super PAC launches $6M campaign attacking Trump on coronavirus
The Hill: States see surge of scams, price-gouging tied to pandemic
CNN: Two political handicappers say the Electoral College map now leans toward Democrats
PLSReporter: Wolf orders stay-at-home mandate for seven hardest hit counties, extends school closures for two weeks
PLSReporter: High court tosses out challenge to Wolf shutdown order, paving the way for enforcement to begin  

 

Philadelphia 
KYW Newsradio: Philly officials announce $9M bailout to curb economic loss for small businesses
KYW Newsradio: Health care workers ask public for critical supplies like masks, gloves, gowns
KYW Newsradio: With Pa. primary coming soon, advocates encourage voting by mail
Inquirer: ‘We must survive’: Wolf orders Philly and suburbs to stay at home to slow coronavirus; all of New Jersey and Delaware under same orders
Inquirer: Coronavirus is challenging underdog campaigns in the Pennsylvania primary election
Inquirer: Philadelphia clears homeless encampment despite CDC guidance not to during coronavirus spread 
Inquirer: Amid coronavirus outbreak, these people want to help get groceries to the Philly region’s most vulnerable  
Inquirer: Philly and PIDC to provide a $9 million relief fund for small businesses. Tax deadlines pushed back. 
Inquirer: Holiday Inn Express in Center City to become quarantine for homeless people with coronavirus 
Billy Penn: Philly small business owners can apply for immediate relief money from the city
Billy Penn: Updated guide to coronavirus in Philly: Testing, schools, shopping, transit, unemployment and more
Billy Penn: When you shop, don’t leave mothers using WIC empty-handed
Philadelphia Tribune: Monday coronavirus update: Mayor Kenney’s ‘stay-at-home’ order goes into effect 
Philadelphia Magazine: Philadelphia Nurses Tell All: I’m Afraid I’ll Infect My Family
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia launches $9M fund for small business relief, extends tax filing
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia-area construction shutdown sends industry seeking answers 
WHYY Newsworks: Coronavirus update: Wolf issues stay-at-home order for Philly suburbs, extends school closures
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia to open a quarantine facility for people who can’t go home

 

SEPA
Montgomery Media: Montco officials support governor’s stay-at-home order
Delco Daily Times: Delco officials isupport of guv’s ‘stay at home’ order
Delco Daily Times: MAP: Food assistance programs around Delaware County during COVID-19 pandemic
Delco Daily Times: Chester looks to set up coronavirus test site 
Delco Daily Times: Crisis spurs ‘Can Do’ solutions in Delaware County 
Daily Local News: State lawmakers decry federal inaction on coronavirus response 
Pottstown Mercury: More municipal impacts from coronavirus implemented
Bucks Local News: Bucks COVID-19 cases rise as neighboring Montgomery County reports its first death

 

Pittsburgh 
WESA: Pittsburgh Area Police Confident Businesses Will Comply With Shutdown Order
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pennsylvania: Gov. Wolf Issues Stay-At-Home Order For Allegheny County 
KDKA: State Rep.: Stay-At-Home Order To Be Issued For Allegheny County Amid Coronavirus Outbreak 
KDKA: Hundreds Wait In Line For Hours In Pittsburgh Zoo Parking Lot For Coronavirus Screening, Many Turned Away 
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pittsburgh: University Of Pittsburgh Opening Dorm To House Doctors And Nurses Working Long Hours 
KDKA: ‘I Don’t Understand What Authority They Have’: Pa. Businesses Refusing To Close Despite Gov. Wolf’s Shutdown Order Due To Coronavirus 
Post-Gazette: As Pittsburgh faces ‘severe’ supply shortages, Lamb, Doyle push to reimburse local agencies 
Post-Gazette: Wolf issues stay-at-home order for Allegheny, hardest-hit counties; goes into effect at 8 p.m. 
Post-Gazette: Peduto joins other mayors in imploring federal, state leaders to support relief for cities, workers 
Post-Gazette: With Washington on a ‘war footing,’ a push to protect factories and workers amid pandemic 
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh-area newspapers cut staff, suspend print editions as pandemic guts ad revenues 
Pittsburgh Current: For Those Battling Alcoholism, COVID-19 Restrictions Add An Added Danger
Pittsburgh Business Times: Peduto asks state officials to aid workers, small businesses and cities affected by COVID-19 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Allegheny County launches webpage to fight rumors about COVID-19 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh’s building boom comes to an emergency halt 
City Paper: Port Authority announces reduction in bus service, citing significantly reduced ridership 
City Paper: An ongoing tally of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths in Allegheny County
Tribune Review: Peduto seeks support from state, federal government
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reports 8 new cases of covid-19, total now at 48; 6 people hospitalized 
Tribune Review: Gov. Wolf issues stay-at-home order for Allegheny, 6 other counties; school closures extended 
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh official predicts coronavirus will have ‘deep and long lasting’ impact 

 

SWPA 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State House poised for possible vote on primary move 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria County controller to limit staffing
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Ebensburg Borough declares state of emergency, shutters borough office
Beaver County Times: Shell announces company-wide cost cuts, spending reductions 
Beaver County Times: Monaca borough declares state of emergency
Observer-Reporter: Ineligible for unemployment, many ‘slip through the cracks’ amid pandemic 
Observer-Reporter: Municipal offices alter operations due to coronavirus 
Observer-Reporter: Health secretary: Despite fewer cases, rural areas can’t let guard down
Observer-Reporter: Police will issue warnings before citing non-compliant businesses 
KDKA: Coronavirus In Butler County: Government Workers Furloughed Amid Outbreak
Altoona Mirror: Logan supervisors asked for support

 

NEPA
Citizens Voice: All new state inmates to quarantine at SCI-Retreat
Citizens Voice: New COVID-19 case confirmed in Luzerne County
Citizens Voice: 3 new COVID-19 cases in Luzerne County
Citizens Voice: Man, 79, is Lackawanna County’s first coronavirus death
Times-Tribune: NEPA educators, parents react to governor’s closure of schools until at least April 6
Times-Tribune: All new state inmates to quarantine at SCI-Retreat in Luzerne County
Times-Tribune: Man, 79, is Lackawanna County’s first coronavirus death
Times-Tribune: Covid-19 – Complete Coverage
Times-Tribune: Senior U.S. District Judge James M. Munley dies at 83
Times-Tribune: Fire union raises concerns about Scranton’s contingency plan
The Times Leader: PA COVID-19 update: Luzerne County at 10; statewide total at 644
The Times Leader: SCI Retreat to be repurposed for quarantine purposes
The Times Leader: Lackawanna County coroner’s office confirms death from COVID-19

 

South Central 
Patriot News: Congressman Scott Perry to hold telephone town hall with UMPC experts
Patriot News: Pa. adjusts work schedule for state government employees to address coronavirus concerns, amid other changes
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf imposes freeze on hiring and non-essential purchases by Pa. state government agencies 
Patriot News: The Affordable Care Act is 10 years old; Sen. Casey says it can help in coronavirus crisis 
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf orders Pa. schools to remain closed through at least April 6 as part of coronavirus mitigation efforts
York Dispatch: PA-10 climate forum moving online amid COVID-19 outbreak
York Dispatch: York City inspectors to seek out noncompliance with Wolf’s closure order
LNP | LancasterOnline: Accurate county census count tied to funding for key services, vulnerable populations
LNP | LancasterOnline: Police beginning enforcing governor’s shut-down order, but expect most businesses to comply
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County DA issues enforcement guidance for COVID-19 closures 
Carlisle Sentinel: County encourages state to delay primary, avoid mail-in-only election 

 

Lehigh Valley      
Reading Eagle: Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan gives an update on coronavirus 
Reading Eagle: Reading mayor picks the new police chief and deputy police chief
Morning Call: Second coronavirus death reported in Northampton County
Morning Call: Where can the homeless go? Coronavirus concerns forcing most Lehigh Valley emergency shelters to close to newcomers
Morning Call: Allentown shuts down city playgrounds, extends tax payment deadlines
Express Times: Northampton County hopes to reopen government center and courthouse by April 1 
Express Times: What will enforcing closure of non-life-sustaining businesses look like in time of coronavirus?

 

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie mayor: County would make call on stay-at-home order 
Erie Times-News: Public meetings in COVID-19 climate: Erie-area officials balance safety, access 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: State lawmakers, Wolf agree to postpone primary 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Area stores found compliant as business shut down enforced 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: What it means here: Local impacts and cancellations 
Centre Daily Times: ‘We must pull together as one community,’ State College officials say

 

Opinion   
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Get counted: Go online or call to be part of census 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Flexibility for REAL ID: A compliance extension should be granted 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: We are all vulnerable: Young people can get, transmit COVID-19 virus
Christopher Nicholas: Postponing Pennsylvania’s primary is a mistake 
Jon Geeting: Can Vote-By-Mail Save The Election? 
John L. Micek: Pa. House Committee could vote Monday to move up Pa.’s April 28 primary | Monday Morning Coffee
Toorjo Ghose: To flatten the curve, Philadelphia should release all non-violent prisoners now 
Paul DiLorenzo: To protect Philly’s most vulnerable kids, we must strengthen neighborhoods 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Gun owners target coronavirus
Meghan Lane-Fall: This physician knows what a ventilator shortage means during COVID-19 — and how we all can help | Expert 
Jeffrey Millstein: I’m practicing medicine virtually because of coronavirus — and it’s just as strange for me as it is for my patients | Expert 
Jerrold Reber: COVID-19 is a serious business, but some people need to relax 
Helen Ubiñas: Do you hear that? It’s the sound of yearning for normalcy. 
Paul Muschick: Coronavirus scams: How to spot ripoffs on air duct cleaning, test kits, government checks
Utsha Khatri and Anish Agarwal: Hey, millennials and Gen Z, this isn’t spring break. It’s a pandemic. | Expert 
Abraham Gutman: Coronavirus cartoons: 10 artists show how America is adjusting 
Jenice Armstrong: Nothing stops real love. Not even a coronavirus pandemic 
JD Mullane: Coronavirus lockdown strands Newtown man in Peru

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