⛱ It’s going to be a strange summer, Pittsburgh

⛱ It’s going to be a strange summer, Pittsburgh

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What Pittsburgh is talking about

The big story

📊 By the numbers — as of Sunday:

  • 1,603 COVID-19 cases in Allegheny County so far, up 21 from Friday (more data and demographics here)
  • 292 hospitalizations in Allegheny County
  • 143 deaths in Allegheny County
  • 62,234 cases with 4,418 deaths in Pennsylvania (more data and demographics here)
  • 1.4 million cases with 89,000+ deaths in the U.S. (more data and demographics here)

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)

⚠️ Beaver County will move to the yellow phase on May 22. It’s the last county in our region to do so. (KDKA-TV)

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


📞 The Commonwealth Civilian Coronavirus Corps will soon help with contact tracing. It’s also going to create jobs for some who are out of work. (TribLIVE)

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

✈️ The Pennsylvania Air National Guard will fly over Pittsburgh hospitals tomorrow to honor essential workers. (KDKA-TV)


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

👕 Goodwill stores will open and accept donations this week with safety restrictions. (KDKA-TV)

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)

👟 A few streets will close to cars to allow people more space for social distancing. (Pittsburgh City Paper)

🛑 The Penguins are backing out of a planned redevelopment project in the Lower Hill District, citing a delayed URA vote as the reason. And it looks like that vote is going to happen anyway. (TribLIVE / PublicSource)

Some levity

🔆 Check out the world’s first fluorescent, black-light comic book being created by a Pittsburgh artist. (TribLIVE)

🥁 When prisms become music in the hands of a local drummer. (Punk & Pie Circus on Facebook)

🍪 All five, please. (Eat ‘n Park on Facebook)


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

🔔 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)

More news

📰 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.

🗳 Don’t miss out

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3, 2, 1 ... blast off.

I Spy Pittsburgh

We’re giving an A+ to Lydia C. for being the first to place this week’s I Spy photo.

She knew that this mural is located on Penn Avenue Downtown in front of Urban Pathways Charter School.

Created in 2016, the project encouraged students to collect lids and brainstorm art ideas. Then, they worked with AmeriCorps member Keisha West and the school’s art teachers Jessi Mitchell and Emily McMahon to assemble the upcycled collage.

And by the way, they’ve got lots of extra lids left over and are happy to share if you want to make your own work of art!


📝 Get inspired with a daily writing prompt from the Millvale Community Library (Online)

🌬 Call in for this moment of Monday mindfulness (Online)


🎟 "Go" to a museum with the Pittsburgh Poetry Collective (Online)

🔍 Shrink down into a local collector's world of miniatures and learn how he set up a British toy soldier display (Online)


🖌 Explore the history, culture, and science of Mehndi (henna art) with local artist Soma Chatterji (Online)

😂 Join Arcade Comedy Theater for Live from the Lounge: A Quarantine Quiz Show (Online)


📚 Hear Pittsburgh author Damon Young discuss his memoir "What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker" (Online)


📝 Attend a virtual zine release party, "Yinz Mad? Radical Mental Health in Pittsburgh" (Online)


🎭 Banter about the Bard at Saturday Night Shakespeare (Online)

🍎 Stock up on local fruits and veggies at the Bloomfield Saturday Market — check out safety measures in advance (Bloomfield)

😂 Bring the kiddos for this family friendly online kids comedy show with Arcade Comedy Theater (Online)


🥕 Shop for fresh, local produce at the Downtown Farmer's Market — check out new safety precautions before you go (Downtown)

One more thing ...

Looks like a cloudy week is ahead, so there’s another good reason to stay inside and color with these locally made coloring sheets or to try out this Pittsburgh crossword.

See you back here tomorrow.

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