🌭 My plans vs. 2020: The Pittsburgh edition

🌭 My plans vs. 2020: The Pittsburgh edition

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What Pittsburgh is talking about

The big story

πŸ“Š By the numbers β€” as of Wednesday:

  • 1,687 COVID-19 cases in Allegheny County so far, up 29 from Tuesday (more data and demographics here)
  • 310 hospitalizations in Allegheny County, up six from Tuesday
  • 144 deaths in Allegheny County, no increase from Tuesday
  • 64,412 cases with 4,767 deaths in Pennsylvania (more data and demographics here)
  • 1.5 million cases with 93,000+ deaths in the U.S. (more data and demographics here)

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


πŸ“‰ Pennsylvania lags behind other states in COVID-19 testing. The state health secretary says more testing is coming. (WTAE)

πŸ“Š How hard did COVID-19 hit local long-term care facilities and nursing homes? New data tells the story. (PublicSource)

πŸ†“ Uninsured Pennsylvanians can get free COVID-19 testing under a new state-backed initiative. (Gov. Tom Wolf)

😷 Stop wearing your mask wrong with these handy tips. (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

πŸ‘€ Ben Roethlisberger got a haircut β€”Β and a rebuke from Gov. Tom Wolf. (Yahoo Sports)

Food and drink

🍽 Is Allegheny County ready for outdoor dining? Three state reps say yes, and they’re asking the governor to make it happen. (Pittsburgh City Paper)

πŸ• Meanwhile, Market Square and Walnut Street could become outdoor dining areas under a new plan to help struggling local restaurants. (KDKA-TV)

🍸 Cheers to that. To-go cocktails would be allowed under a bill Gov. Wolf is expected to sign. (NBC10 Philadelphia)

🍹 Tiki boat cruises will return to Pittsburgh on June 1. (Cruisin’ Tikis Pittsburgh on Facebook)

πŸ›’ Food stamp recipients in Pennsylvania will be allowed to buy groceries online through a new pilot program. (TribLIVE)


⚾️ Professional sports could return under plans being eyed by Gov. Wolf. But he says normalcy is still likely a vaccine discovery away. (TribLIVE)

✈️ How to keep safe while traveling during a pandemic β€” and what airlines are doing to keep clean. (Blue Sky News / Blue Sky News)

πŸ‘ Meet the Clean Team, the people cleaning and sanitizing parts of Downtown. (Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership on Twitter)

πŸ’° $51 million in federal stimulus funds will be used to keep struggling child care centers in Pennsylvania afloat. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

What else you need to know

🚏 Rethinking streets and transit could expand sidewalks at bus stops and introduce “slow streets.” (90.5 WESA)

🐦 Those tweets protesting the stay-at-home order? CMU research shows bots helped spread the message. (CMU School of Computer Science)

πŸ—³ If you’re a college student who requested a mail-in ballot for the June 2 primary, here’s how to make sure it’s being sent to the right address. (90.5 WESA)

✏️ What kind of America is it?Β  … The latest from Pittsburgh cartoonist Rob Rogers. (Rob Rogers)

🎨 The Maxo Vanka murals in Millvale are a must-see. But until you can visit, this piece will do the trick. (Belt Mag)

🚫 For the first time since the Civil War, the Big Butler Fair is canceled. (Butler Eagle)

Some levity

🎀 Pittsburgh bridges as pop girls, a hilarious and accurate thread. (Donnie Plath on Twitter)

🍳 “J’eet Jet,” a new cookbook featuring local fare. (Pittsburgh City Paper)

πŸ¦‰ This baby screech owl spotted in Riverview Park is beyond cute. (Citiparks on Facebook)

🍟 A tribute to the culinary delight of fries on salads. (Pittsburgh Reddit)


πŸ₯ Need a COVID-19 test? Here’s where to go in Allegheny County β€” and a guide from the CDC. (Allegheny County)

πŸ”” Join the Allegheny County 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)

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

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I Spy Pittsburgh

Hi spies.Β 

We’re back with another round of I Spy. This time we’ll let the photo speak for itself. Here’s a clue: This feature is easy to find, but if you blink, you might miss it.

That’s all we’re giving up this time because you have proven yourselves to be incredibly adept spies, week after week.

As usual, the first person to reply with the location of this photo gets bragging rights and a shoutout right here in this newsletter. Bonus points if you know any of the history behind the location.

We’ll be back with the answer tomorrow. Good luck.


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


πŸ“ 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 β€” check out safety measures in advance (Bloomfield)

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


πŸ₯• Shop for fresh, local produce at the Downtown Farmer's Market β€” check out new safety precautions before you go (Downtown)


πŸ’ͺ Try out the Virtual Murph Challenge this Memorial Day with the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh (Online)

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Commemorate Memorial Day virtually with Remembering Together Pittsburgh (Online)


πŸ‘‹ Make some new friends at this Pittsburgh Poetry Collective open mic and hang-out session (Online)

πŸ“– Dive into two tales of cabin fever in "The Yellow Wallpaper" and "The Tell-Tale Heart" with The Frick (Online)


πŸ€– Use household items for a virtual maker activity with the Millvale Community Library (Online)

That’s all for today

See you back here tomorrow for Feel Good Friday, Vol. 4. πŸ‘‹

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