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What Pittsburgh is talking about

There were 88 positive cases of COVID-19 in Allegheny County as of Wednesday evening, part of 1,100+ cases across the state, with 11 deaths. Here’s what else you need to know:

The big story

πŸ“ Allegheny County has tallied 88 positive cases of COVID-19, with 13 people hospitalized. Of those cases, 55 percent involve females and 45 percent involve males. Here’s a breakdown of their ages. (Allegheny County)

πŸ—Ί In other local counties: 16 cases in Westmoreland, 12 in Butler, 10 in Washington, seven in Beaver, four in Fayette, and one in Armstrong. (Pennsylvania Department of Health)

🏠 Reminder: Stay home. A stay-at-home order is in effect for Allegheny and several other Pennsylvania counties. Roads, grocery stores, and pharmacies will remain open. What exactly does a stay-at-home order mean? Here you go. (Gov. Tom Wolf)

πŸ—³ Pennsylvania’s primary election will likely move to June 2, a delay of five weeks. Lawmakers approved the change yesterday, and Gov. Tom Wolf said he will, too. (Associated Press)


πŸ₯ Need a COVID-19 test? Here’s where to go and what to bring. (90.5 WESA)

πŸ“ˆ The “overwhelming majority” of people tested by Central Outreach Wellness Center had been turned down for testing by conventional health care channels. The nonprofit clinic has found 22 positive cases. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)


🏒 Doctors and nurses at UPMC Presbyterian are being housed in a neighboring β€”Β and empty β€”Β Pitt dorm while working on the frontlines of the pandemic. (KDKA-TV)

🀚 Retired health care workers in Pennsylvania could be back on the job to help boost the commonwealth’s COVID-19 response. (The Standard-Journal)

πŸ”’ Pennsylvania has 3,400 ICU beds and 3,000 ventilators. Here’s how many were available as of yesterday. (Pennsylvania Department of Health)

πŸ₯ A new hospital is coming to the South Hills β€”Β and maybe just in time. (TribLive)


πŸ›’ Barriers between cashiers and customers are in at Giant Eagle locations. Reusable bags are out. (WPXI)

πŸ–₯ Free, online mental health activities are available from Pittsburgh’s Steel Smiling organization. (Pittsburgh City Paper)

❀️ It’s ok if you find your mental health challenged by this pandemic. Here’s why. (PublicSource)

🚫 Mayor Bill Peduto is ending a self-quarantine he started after colleagues at a Washington, D.C. conference tested positive for COVID-19. (TribLive)


🚨 Dozens of warnings were issued to non-life-sustaining Pennsylvania businesses in the first days of the governor’s closure order. (TribLive)

πŸ“Έ You’ve likely never seen Downtown Pittsburgh at rush hour quite like this. (Pittsburgh City Paper)

πŸ’° The CEO of Findlay-based Dick’s Sporting Goods is working without a salary during the COVID-19 pandemic β€”Β and he’s not the only one. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

⛽️ Sheetz employees will get an extra $3 per hour for working during the outbreak. (KDKA-TV)

πŸ—‘ Pittsburgh sanitation workers are demanding protective gear and hazard pay. After a rally yesterday morning, workers were sent home with pay. Normal trash pickup is expected to resume today. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette / TribLive)


🚌 Use the rear door of the bus away from the bus driver under new Port Authority guidelines. Here’s how it works. (Port Authority)

✈️ Unneeded jets are parking at Pittsburgh International Airport, which has space to park more than 100 planes. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

🚲 BikePGH wants “Social Distance Fitness Zones,” meaning closing streets to cars to allow “more residents and their kids to go outside for a run, walk or roll while making it easy to maintain the required 6-feet of distance from other people.” (Pittsburgh City Paper)


😷 Penn State University Park reported its first case of COVID-19 on campus. Carnegie Mellon University and Pitt each reported a positive case of COVID-19. (Centre Daily Times / KDKA-TV / TribLive)

πŸ“» AM radio is making a comeback for distance learning at the Butler Area School District. (WTAE)


πŸ”” Join the Allegheny County electronic notification system for updates. (Allegheny County)

πŸ“ž Have coronavirus questions? The county has a hotline. (Allegheny County)

❓ What are all these medical terms? Let this handy glossary help. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Some levity

🎡 Sweet Caroline: The COVID-19 remix. Maybe we’ll all sing this version at Pitt games this year. (CBS News)

πŸ’ Every Murrysville Meals on Wheels delivery came with a bouquet of flowers thanks to the generosity of this couple whose wedding was postponed because of COVID-19. (KDKA-TV)

πŸ€– Dear humans, you can do this. Wise words from a robot. (Blue Sky)

🐧 Which Pittsburgh icon would you be stuck with during quarantine? (TribLive)

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