The latest: Coronavirus in Pittsburgh

This post was last updated July 20. The latest Allegheny County statistics are available here. The latest statewide statistics are available here.  

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The big story

📈 “The spike in the Pittsburgh area offers a cautionary tale: Even after months of vigilance, an outbreak can flare up all of a sudden.” (The New York Times)

🍽 Indoor dining is back again (kind of) with new rules. Here’s what to expect. (Pittsburgh Magazine)

😷 Masks are now required in all Pennsylvania public spaces — not just businesses. (Spotlight PA)

 This summer is going to be very different. Allegheny County and Pittsburgh public pools will be closed. And large gatherings (think summer camps, 5Ks) are off, too. (Pittsburgh City Paper / WTAE)

✅ Do this, not that. An easy-to-follow guide to limiting your chances of COVID-19 exposure. (Gov. Tom Wolf on Twitter)


🗺 Reminder: Here’s a list of COVID-19 testing sites in Allegheny County — including those offering tests for free. (Pittsburgh City Paper)

☎️ Contact tracing has identified thousands of people exposed to COVID-19 in Pennsylvania. Here’s how it works. (TribLIVE)

🔬 Meet the Pitt researchers working  on a COVID-19 vaccine. (The Incline)


✏️ If you’re a Pittsburgh Public Schools parent concerned about in-person classes, you may have options. (TribLIVE

😐 Here’s how to work from home with your child or children in the house. (The New York Times / Poynter)

👂 And here’s some advice on talking to your kids about the virus. (Fred Rogers Center)


📞 If you have coronavirus questions, the county has a hotline. (Allegheny County)

🔔 Allegheny County is urging residents to join its electronic notification system for updates. (Allegheny County)

Need help understanding all the medical terms you’re hearing and seeing? Let this handy glossary help. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

☎️ Feeling anxious? Pennsylvania has a new helpline at 1-855-284-2494. For TTY, dial 724-631-5600. (PennLive)

What else you need to know

📜 Making history. Heinz History Center is collecting digital materials related to COVID-19. Here’s how to share your story. (Heinz History Center / The Incline)

💧 Water shutoffs are now suspended until Aug. 1 by the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. (KDKA-TV)

🏠 Pennsylvania renters and homeowners are now protected from evictions and foreclosures through August 31. (Associated Press)

How to help 

👀 Read this resource guide we compiled in a collaboration with NEXTpittsburgh, Pittsburgh City Paper, Kidsburgh, and PublicSource. (Pittsburgh News Partners)

💲Service industry workers are hurting. Consider donating to them directly with this virtual tip jar. (Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for Ethics & Policy)

💛 If you’re looking for help during the pandemic, here’s what’s available and where to find it. (Pittsburgh News Partners)

A little levity

😷 Aspinwall dinosaurs do it right. (Lindsay Ward on Twitter)

🌱 Plant your own Victory Garden with recycled soil and seeds delivered by PittMoss. (NEXTpittsburgh)

📸 Pittsburgh Zoom backgrounds to spice up your work-from-home life. (MichaelWill Photographers)

— By Rossilynne Culgan and Colin Deppen

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