📊 By the numbers — as of Sunday:
🌎 More than 4 million COVID-19 cases have been reported worldwide with 1.3 million cases and 79,000+ deaths in the U.S. (The New York Times)
🏠 Reminder: Stay home. Our region is under a stay-at-home order until May 15 when Allegheny and several other western Pennsylvania counties move from the state’s “red” phase to the “yellow” phase. What exactly does that mean? City Paper explains. (Pittsburgh City Paper)
⚠️ Remember that “yellow 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)
🗣 “We are far from beating this.” Mayor Bill Peduto and County Executive Rich Fitzgerald praised the governor’s decision to move Allegheny County into the yellow — but also said there is still plenty of work to be done locally. (KDKA NewsRadio 1020)
➡️ The Pennsylvania National Guard is in place to help a Beaver County nursing home with a major COVID-19 outbreak. (Beaver County Times)
🔍 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)
🚲 Business is booming at local bike shops. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
🍟 Current status at The O: For lease. (Noreen Doloughty on Twitter)
🐀 Rats are eating each other in Pittsburgh. Yup, that’s the headline. (TribLIVE)
🚌 What will autumn look like at Pittsburgh Public Schools? The district is preparing for several possibilities, including online instruction. (WTAE)
⏳ Skatepark drama. The city dumped sand into a shuttered skatepark to prevent break-ins. Hours later, somebody dumped sand into a revolving door at the City-County Building. Then, people shoveled the sand out of the skatepark. (TribLIVE / WPXI)
😷 Yinzer guidelines for the pandemic, n’at: A cartoon by Rob Rogers. (Pittsburgh Current)
💬 What’s the mayor’s executive assistant up to? Hear from James Hill on his work, book recommendations, and why his grandma is so wise. (Pittsburgh City Paper)
🔔 Join the Allegheny County notification system for updates. (Allegheny County)
📞 Have coronavirus questions? The county has a hotline. (Allegheny County)
❓ What are all these medical terms? 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)
📰 Follow along with our coronavirus liveblog here.
💛 See how you can help Pittsburghers during the pandemic here.
📌 Find help for yourself — housing assistance, food assistance, financial assistance, and more — here.
🏡 Beat cabin fever Pittsburgh-style with these tips.
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That was a tough one.
So tough that nobody correctly answered this week’s I Spy. Outside of Harp & Fiddle was the closest guess we heard, but the location is actually a few blocks away. You can find this shamrock outside of Old St. Patrick Church in the Strip District.
It’s embedded into the sidewalk in the church’s garden, which is full of red tulips, purple azaleas, and bright daffodils this time of year.
Founded in 1808, Old St. Patrick Church is the city’s oldest Catholic parish. Its pastor, Father James Cox, became known as “Pastor of the Poor” because of the religious pilgrimages he made possible for Pittsburgh’s working class — even building a replica of Rome’s catacombs, Pittsburgh Catholic writes.
Thanks for playing and learning about local history with us. We’ll be back with another I Spy soon.
🎬 Explore virtual galleries with local Pittsburgh artists, as well as entries from around the world at the Pittsburgh Virtual Fringe - Visual Art Edition (Online — multiple dates)
🎤 Cheer on local poets at the Steel City Slam (Online)
✍️ Join a virtual, creative writing hour with inspiration drawn from the National Portrait Gallery’s online exhibitions (Online)
📜 Learn about the Guyasuta Gangsters, some of Pittsburgh’s most influential Jewish racketeers and gamblers and the lasting mark they left on Pittsburgh’s history (Online)
✂️ Get started in the art of contemporary paper cutting in this virtual workshop with local artist Jessica Alpern Brown (Online)
🔍 Peek into life in the 1890s through these letters from Adelaide Frick in this webinar with The Frick (Online)
🎸 Learn how to play guitar with these virtual workshops through Millvale Community Library (Online — multiple dates)
🍅 Get tips on starting your own vegetable garden with expert Doug Oster in this webinar (Online — multiple dates)
🐼 See zoo babies in Cincinnati from the comfort of your own home (Online — multiple dates)
💡 Watch Penn Hills students give “Shark Tank”-style pitches for a chance to win cash prizes in the 3rd Annual Soaring Shark Tank Virtual Pitch Competition (Online)
📢 Join Repair The World Pittsburgh for another Social Justice Media Club event focused on social justice in the arts (Online — multiple dates)
📜 Learn about the history and genealogy of African and Native American peoples from a genealogical expert and history professor from Pitt (Online)
🖌 Follow along with two of the world’s top paleoartists as they teach you how to sketch your own dinosaur drawings in this webinar from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History (Online)
🖼 Experience an all-night art show in your pajamas with Art All Night's virtual version (Online)
🕍 Share your memories of the Hebrew Institute, the first community-wide Jewish educational institution in Western Pennsylvania, at an online reunion hosted by The Rauh Jewish Archives (Online)
👂 Relax with the sounds of singing bowls, didgeridoos, and harmonium at this Yoga Factory PGH virtual event (Online)
🎵 Help create a Google Doc Musical with Pittsburgh CLO for the org’s first-ever community writing project (Online — multiple dates)
💪 Stretch it out at Pilates Day Pittsburgh (Online)
In case you missed it … here’s Leon Ford’s 15-minute documentary.
“Seeing a therapist is one of the most courageous things I’ve ever done in my life,” Leon shares in the video. “I chose to heal me; you should choose to heal you.”
Remember that May is Mental Health Awareness Month and help is out there.
See you back here tomorrow. ❤️