March 31st Playbook

President Donald Trump approves Gov. Tom Wolf’s disaster declaration request, while a conservative super PAC pledges support for Rep. Scott Perry’s reelection effort. Here is the Playbook. 

 

AFP Action Pledges Support for Perry Campaign: Americans For Prosperity Action, a conservative free-market super PAC backed by the Koch brothers, lauded Rep. Scott Perry (R-York) as a “proven policy champion” with a lifetime score of 95% from the group.

 

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Wolf closes schools, nonessential businesses indefinitely
Spotlight PA: Gov. Tom Wolf’s former business keeps operating during coronavirus shutdown despite losing state waiver 
Spotlight PA: Syringe exchanges deemed ‘life-sustaining’ during Pa. coronavirus shutdown, raising hopes for eventual legalization
Inquirer: From Pa. science fairs to coronavirus response coordinator: Deborah Birx’s path to the White House 
Inquirer: White House approves Pa. disaster declaration request; Wolf extends stay-at-home order; schools closed indefinitely
Inquirer: Unable to get tested for coronavirus in Pa., he drove to Delaware: The risks and rewards of ‘test hopping’ 
Inquirer: ACLU to Pennsylvania Supreme Court: Act now to stop county jails from becoming coronavirus petri dishes 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Caucus reporters lauded for yearlong investigation into lavish campaign spending in Pa.
LNP | LancasterOnline: Wolf adds 4 counties to stay-at-home order, extends date
Post-Gazette: Health care workers, Casey press feds for more equipment
Post-Gazette: Wolf: Schools to remain closed ‘until further notice,’ 4 more counties must stay home 
Post-Gazette: State-owned universities continue ban on in-person classes, internships through summer
Post-Gazette: Petition seeks release of jail inmates across Pennsylvania 
WESA: Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Remain Open, Encourage Online Ordering And Curbside Pick-Up
WESA: ACLU Urges PA Supreme Court To Order Release Of Jail Inmates Amid Pandemic
Wall Street Journal: Pennsylvania, With Most Jobless Claims in U.S., Could Foretell High Numbers Elsewhere 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: A deep dive into Bucks County’s 18th House District special election and what it tells us | Analysis 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The latest on COVID-19 in Pa.: 4,087 confirmed cases in 59 counties 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘As big a challenge our country has ever faced’: COVID-19 forces census officials to get creative 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: COVID-19 in Pa.: Wolf indefinitely closes schools; extends stay at home order to four more counties 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Expert: No sector of Pa. economy left untouched by COVID-19 downturn 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Poll: Pa. voters support Wolf’s COVID-19 response, split on Trump
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Erie County charts a total of 15 COVID-19 cases; county officials expect tally to rise
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: COVID-19 in Philly: Criminal justice advocates mount drive-by-protest calling for mass release of inmates 
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pennsylvania: President Donald Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration 
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pennsylvania: ‘PA CARE Package’ To Help People Financially Impacted By Pandemic
KDKA: ‘I Tried To Call Over 400 Times Today’: Pennsylvanians Get Busy Signals While Trying To File For Unemployment  
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pennsylvania: State Approved For Disaster Household Distribution Program
PLSReporter: Wolf extends stay-at-home orders; says school, businesses will remain closed indefinitely
PLSReporter: Wolf Administration eyes federal help for coronavirus response
PLSReporter: DOC orders quarantine of inmates as first case in SCI system tests state response
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. schools closed indefinitely due to coronavirus
WHYY Newsworks: Gov. Wolf extends stay-at-home order to four more Pa. counties
Pittsburgh Business Times: How much will Pennsylvania get from the stimulus? ‘We’re still trying to figure that out’  
Fox News: House Dems call for release of ‘as many prisoners as possible’ due to coronavirus pandemic 
Fox News: Pennsylvania schools and business will remain closed ‘indefinitely,’ Gov. Wolf says
The Times Leader: Shapiro launches PA CARE Package to protect consumers in wake of pandemic
Tribune Review: Pa. sees 10 more deaths, 693 new coronavirus cases as total tops 4,000
StateImpactPA: State environmental regulator cancels public hearings due to COVID-19 
Patriot News: Pennsylvania’s non-life sustaining business closures will extend indefinitely, Gov. Tom Wolf says 
Patriot News: President Trump approves Gov. Wolf’s request for major disaster declaration 
Patriot News: For Pa. state universities, online courses involve a learning curve for faculty, students alike 
Patriot News: Pa. school closure order extended for an indefinite period of time 
Patriot News: Pa. Turnpike Commission named finalist for 2020 Freedom Award
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Department of Corrections announces quarantine of entire state prison system
Beaver County Times: ‘Cover up,’ says Toomey in video supporting #Masks4All movement
Politico: Judge declines to release detained immigrant families, for now  

 

Philadelphia 
Inquirer: Protesting in the time of social distancing: Philly demands action by car, bike, text, and tweet 
Inquirer: Philadelphia mayor and police union president announce a one-year contract extension 
Inquirer: William Penn Foundation fast-tracks $6.6 million for the arts, adds $5 million for pre-K, loosens grant restrictions 
Inquirer: Hahnemann owner’s home vandalized after city balks at $1M offer to use hospital for coronavirus patients 
Inquirer: Philly’s day-care system is on the verge of a coronavirus collapse. Emergency cash is coming. Will it be enough?  
Inquirer: How you may be able to get tested for the coronavirus in the Philadelphia area 
Inquirer: Should you wear a mask in public? The narrative is shifting. 
Inquirer: These Philly doctors have COVID-19, but they’re still treating patients – virtually 
Inquirer: Pa.’s new shutdown timeline: Indefinite | Coronavirus Newsletter
Billy Penn: ‘This is nothing’ vs ‘hardest hit’: Formerly incarcerated people face new lockdown under coronavirus 
Billy Penn: ‘Joel kills’: Hahnemann owner’s Philly home vandalized after coronavirus dispute 
Billy Penn: Updated guide to coronavirus in Philly: Testing, schools, shopping, transit, unemployment and more
Philadelphia Business Journal: ‘Catastrophic’: Almost one-third of Philly restaurants could never reopen after coronavirus, industry exec says 
WHYY Newsworks: Jeopardizing health? Philly principals, teachers leery of plan to distribute 50k laptops 
Philadelphia Tribune: More Blacks testing positive for coronavirus, Liacouras Center prepared to be field hospital
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: COVID-19 in Philly: Criminal justice advocates mount drive-by-protest calling for mass release of inmates
KYW Newsradio: One hopeful sign for Philadelphia’s pension fund amid coronavirus economic havoc
KYW Newsradio: Here’s where people in need can get free food in Philadelphia during COVID-19 pandemic
KYW Newsradio: Philly small-business relief fund up against limited resources during COVID-19 crisis
KYW Newsradio: City, union leaders extend police contract another year during coronavirus chaos
Philly Voice: Philly takes down basketball hoops to stop pickup games, promote social distancing
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly Coronavirus News: City Releases Coronavirus Neighborhood Map, Wolf Lays Off 2,500

 

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Montco officials: Peak of coronavirus still two weeks away; 6th death reported
Pottstown Mercury: Rep. Webster to host coronavirus telephone town hall on April 1 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: A deep dive into Bucks County’s 18th House District special election and what it tells us | Analysis 
Delco Daily Times: Corona Corps: Up to 700 volunteers needed to help run medical site at Glen Mills
Daily Local News: Pennsylvania National Guard helps set up overflow hospital in Glen Mills 
Daily Local News: Chester County reports first coronavirus death 
KYW Newsradio: Montco Commissioner Arkoosh: Coronavirus ‘could peak in the middle of April’
KYW Newsradio: ‘This is no time to relax’: Cases will peak in a few weeks, Montco officials estimate
Bucks Local News: Fitzpatrick, Cartwright introduce bill to provide federal funding for senior legal hotlines
Bucks Local News: State lawmaker introduces anti-hoarding legislation during the COVID-19 pandemic 
Bucks Local News: Two more Bucks County COVID-19 deaths announced; toll now stands at three
Bucks Local News: Yardley Borough gives mayor authorization to extend COVID-19 disaster emergency declaration as needed
Bucks Courier Times: New emergency center opens at Doylestown Hospital to diagnose, treat COVID19 
Bucks Courier Times: Montgomery County reports 6th death; “time to hunker down,” official says 

 

Pittsburgh  
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Confirms 290 Coronavirus Cases In County 
KDKA: ‘I Tried To Call Over 400 Times Today’: Pennsylvanians Get Busy Signals While Trying To File For Unemployment 
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Public Schools Plans to Begin Online Instruction In April 
KDKA: Coronavirus In Allegheny County: First Responders Will Be Informed When They Treat Or Transport Patient With COVID-19 
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pittsburgh: Bleak Forecast Continues For Small Businesses, Employees During Extended Shutdown Order
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pittsburgh: City Shuttering Basketball Courts, Overlooks To Further Enforce Social Distancing Rules 
KDKA: City Of Pittsburgh Extends Tax Filing Deadline To July 15 Due To Coronavirus 
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 cases in Allegheny County near the 300 mark 
Post-Gazette: County plans quarantine facilities for homeless amid pandemic; first site to open this week
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh closes Mount Washington overlooks, basketball courts following weekend crowds 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Allegheny County Health Department will still enforce air-quality rules
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh pothole patching on hold during coronavirus pandemic
Tribune Review: Allegheny County adds 25 coronavirus cases, total reaches 290
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh Public Schools announce updated plan for online instruction
Tribune Review: Westmoreland jail population declines; Allegheny jail serves as model during pandemic
Tribune Review: Local government groups work through future meeting plans amid coronavirus pandemic
City Paper: Keep that car parked — street sweeping is on hold until further notice
WESA:  LIVE BLOG: Coronavirus In Pittsburgh, March 30 – April 3
WESA: The Good And Bad News For Stimulus Recipients In Pittsburgh 
WESA: Don’t Forget To Tip: Pittsburgh Virtual Tip Jar Boosts Unemployed Service Workers
The Incline: How to get help during the coronavirus pandemic in Pittsburgh

 

SWPA 
Observer-Reporter: McMurray-based advocate credits Congressional delegation for making it easier to feed those in need
Observer-Reporter: Census awareness initiatives continue despite pandemic
Altoona Mirror: State tries to prepare for virus crisis 
Tribune Review: 8 new coronavirus cases in Westmoreland County, state total tops 4,000
Pittsburgh Business Times: Beaver Valley nuclear plant makes changes to keep workforce safe amid refueling plans
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State coronavirus cases surpass 4,000; Cambria gets second patient 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: COVID-19 test collection site opening in Somerset
Beaver County Times: Instruction plans in place for all county schools 
Beaver County Times: The Times answers your coronavirus questions

 

NEPA
Citizens Voice: County virus cases surge; 3rd death recorded 
Citizens Voice: County coronavirus crisis team will hit the ground running 
Citizens Voice: County council to meet remotely
Citizens Voice: DOC quarantines state prison system 
Citizens Voice:  Times Leader to cease Saturday, Monday and Tuesday publication
The Times Leader: Daily virus update: County’s 3rd virus death, spike in cases, hospitals react 
Times-Tribune: Lucas officially named Scranton fire chief by mayor 
Times-Tribune: Times Leader to cease Saturday, Monday and Tuesday publication 
Times-Tribune: Scranton to continue collecting commingled recycling
Times-Tribune: Covid-19 – Complete Coverage 

 

South Central 
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland, Dauphin added to stay-at-home order; schools, businesses closed indefinitely
Carlisle Sentinel: Two new COVID-19 cases reported in Cumberland; Lancaster and York see rise of cases  
York Dispatch: York County Prison immigration detainees on COVID-19 hunger strike
York Dispatch: York County hospitals preparing for potential staff shortage 
LNP | LancasterOnline: What we know about COVID-19 cases reported in Lancaster County
Patriot News: Harrisburg teachers parade through city for students during coronavirus pandemic

 

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus updates: Statewide case counts boosted by 693 to 4,087 on Monday; 4 more deaths in Monroe bring total there to 7
Morning Call: As surge in Monroe County coronavirus cases strains hospitals, Army Corps of Engineers involved in plans for possible temporary hospital sites
Morning Call: New York coronavirus self-quarantine exposes deep divide in Poconos
Morning Call: In petition on behalf of Lehigh County inmate and others, ACLU urges state Supreme Court to clear jails during coronavirus pandemic
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley hospital restrictions amid coronavirus pandemic 
Express Times: Pa. stay-at-home order expands to more counties, including Carbon. School, business closures extended indefinitely. 
Express Times: Survey: 33% of Lehigh Valley employers report layoffs over COVID-19 response 
Reading Eagle: Coronavirus response is topic of Berks County commissioners town hall on Wednesday 
Reading Eagle: Berks County officials urge state lawmakers to extend municipal tax deadline 
Reading Eagle: Coronavirus cases jump by 693 in Pennsylvania; Berks County active cases now at 82 
Reading Eagle: Berks County to furlough nonessential employees during coronavirus pandemic 

 

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Senator Casey urges cooperation in latest census regardless of coronavirus pandemic
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City Council business continues remotely
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Pandemic fallout causing historic jobless claims
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Evan announces first death; state closes schools indefinitely
Erie Times-News: Coronavirus: Erie-area updates, Monday, March 30
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Erie County charts a total of 15 COVID-19 cases; county officials expect tally to rise
Centre Daily Times: Centre County up to 24 coronavirus cases as Pennsylvania cases top 4,000 
Centre Daily Times: How long will Centre County be under a stay-at-home order? The timeline has been extended

 

Opinion  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Spurring reform: States making it easier for shared health care
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Billboard disputes: City and Lamar need to set aside differences
Inquirer Editorial Board: State budgets will be reeling from coronavirus — but there may be lessons for next time 
Tom Ridge: In support of President Trump’s use of the Stafford Act
State Sen. Mike Regan: Transparency needed in life-sustaining business waiver process
John L. Micek: The three big ways COVID-19 is changing who we are | Monday Morning Coffee
Charlie Gerow: Look for the helpers in the coronavirus. They are everywhere 
Salena Zito: Coronavirus even closed the Waffle House
Dick Polman: Trump and Fox News: Deadly lies in a feedback loop 
Paul Farber: The coronavirus meteor has hit Philly’s arts community 
Pat A. Basu: For patients without coronavirus, specialty hospitals can create more capacity through partnership | Expert Opinion
Abraham Gutman: Coronavirus cartoons: Artists’ takes on the relief package and Trump’s briefings 
Jenice Armstrong: Don’t stand so close! To stop the spread of the coronavirus, keep your social distance. 
Chris Kelly: Coronavirus Diaries Day 15: Bring Your Pets To Work Month
Erin C. Westgate: 6 things you can do to cope with boredom at a time of social distancing

March 31st, 2020 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 1 Comment

One thought on “March 31st Playbook”

  1. gulag Pittsburgh says:

    Trump is in way over his head with Covid-19. Of course, Trump was always incompetent and unfit, but this pandemic is now exposing him even to his true believers.

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