The latest: Coronavirus in Pittsburgh

This post will be updated weekly. The latest Allegheny County statistics are available here. The latest statewide statistics are available here.  

Last updated June 2

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The big story

⚠️ Allegheny County is now in the “yellow” phase of the state’s reopening plan. Here’s a look at what that changes — and what it doesn’t. (Pittsburgh City Paper)

➡️ “Yellow still means caution,” as Gov. Tom Wolf put it. “Residents should continue social distancing, wearing masks in public, and doing everything they can to prevent the spread of #COVID19.” (Gov. Wolf on Twitter)

 This summer is going to be very different. Allegheny County and Pittsburgh public pools will be closed. And large gatherings (think summer camps, 5Ks, and the July 4 fireworks) 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)


🏥 Need a COVID-19 test? Here’s where to go in Allegheny County — and a guide from the CDC. (Allegheny County / Centers for Disease Control)

➡️ All UPMC patients will now be tested for COVID-19 antibodies and the illness itself. (TribLIVE)

📍 Where exactly are Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 cases? This map breaks it down by ZIP code. (Pennsylvania Health Department)

💊 UPMC and Pitt are leading a global effort to fast-track COVID-19 therapies. (NEXTpittsburgh)

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


✏️ All Pittsburgh Public Schools students will receive passing grades for the fourth quarter to avoid penalizing kids during remote learning. (Pittsburgh Current)

☀️ Summer school programs in Pittsburgh will enroll more students this year as school officials look to offset pandemic-related “learning losses.” (KDKA NewsRadio 1020

🚌 What will autumn look like at Pittsburgh Public Schools? The district is preparing for several possibilities, including online instruction. (WTAE)

📚 “Back to normal probably is not likely” for Pitt this fall, the chancellor said as the university grapples with how to safely reopen campus life. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

⚖️ A first-person appeal to join the Pittsburgh education justice movement, a group whose work is even harder right now. (PublicSource)

😐 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)


📸 These are the faces of essential workers who remain on the job in Pittsburgh. Remember to thank them. (Pittsburgh City Paper)

🗺 What’s still open for business? Here’s a map. (Allegheny Together)

🔍 A ventilator manufacturer in Murrysville faces a congressional investigation for its possible role in the national shortage and its handling of a “fishy” federal contract. (90.5 WESA

➡️ One-way sidewalks and parking lot dining may be the future as cities and businesses eye reopening. (90.5 WESA


📞 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

🚍 Most bus routes are back on regular service. (Port Authority)

🚘 Parking enforcement is back in Pittsburgh, so don’t park illegally, ok? (WTAE)

🛣 A sign that things are getting back to “normal” — Squirrel Hill Tunnel traffic. (Chopper11Pilot on Twitter)

😷 Masks are now required at Pittsburgh International Airport for all employees, passengers, and visitors. (KDKA-TV)

📹 It’s the technology of choice for this pandemic. But did you know the digital conference call was made possible by an Italian immigrant from Point Breeze? (TribLIVE)

🖥 Speaking of … Zoom is opening an office in Pittsburgh and hiring lots of software engineers. (Pittsburgh Magazine)

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

💧 PWSA’s moratorium on shutoffs has been extended to July 1. (Pittsburgh City Paper)

✍️ Pennsylvanians are protected from evictions and foreclosures through July 10, per an executive order signed by Gov. Tom Wolf. (WTAE)

How to help 

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

💧 “Warsh yinz dirty hands, PA.” (Lt. Gov. John Fetterman)

😷 Practice “social distancing.” (The New York Times)

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

🌽 Donate to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank as it feeds local families during the pandemic. (GoFundMe)

❤ Donate blood. Supplies are critically low because of the pandemic, officials say. (TribLive)

💛 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

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

💈 If you’re going to cut your own hair while quarantined, please — for everyone’s sake but most especially yours — watch this video first. (Pittsburgh City Paper)

🎧 “Bored as Hell.” This Pittsburgher’s Lizzo parody is everything. (Pittsburgh City Paper)

😀 Keep smiling. Here are 20 reasons why. (Pittsburgh City Paper)

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

🏠 Which famous and infamous Pittsburghers would you want to be quarantined with? There is only one right answer. (Pittsburgh City Paper)

🌟 Songs of social distancing in the Mexican War Streets. (90.5 WESA)

❤️ Thank you, health care workers. Love, the North Side. (Robert Miles on Facebook)

“If I’ve ever learned anything from all those drives from the airport to downtown, it’s that there’s always light at the end of the tunnel.” This beautiful letter from Steeler Cameron Heyward is a must-read. (The Players’ Tribune)

🙏 Thank you, Waste Management. (Very Local Pittsburgh)

— By Rossilynne Culgan and Colin Deppen

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