Coronavirus in Pennsylvania

The Latest Guidance

Pennsylvania counties in the red phase are under a Stay at Home Order through June 4. 

37 counties are currently in yellow and include: Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Bradford,
Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Erie,
Fayette, Forest, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Montour,
Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington and Westmoreland. 12 counties will move to the yellow phase of
reopening at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 22.
Those counties include Adams,
Beaver, Carbon, Columbia, Cumberland, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry,
Susquehanna, Wyoming, Wayne, and York.

Pennsylvania is utilizing a three-phase matrix to determine when
counties and/or regions are ready to begin easing some restrictions on
work, congregate settings, and social interactions. View Governor’s Wolf’s phased reopening plan for Pennsylvania. View the testing and contact tracing plans.
Stay home as much as possible.
Read More

5 things to know as L.A. coronavirus mask order becomes law

If you are going to a grocery store, pharmacy or doing other essential shopping in Los Angeles, you need to be wearing a mask or face covering.

Beginning Friday, a new city order requires both shoppers and workers to wear a face covering.

It’s the latest effort by the city to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. The stay-at-home order has already closed nonessential businesses as well as many beaches, trails and recreation centers.

Here are five things to bear in mind:

1. The idea is to protect both customers and workers

California has been under stay-at-home orders for several weeks, and that limits trips to essential business like food shopping, doctor’s appointments and pharmacy trips.

There has been concern about the potential exposure to coronavirus at retailers such as supermarkets. Many markets have limited how many people can enter and tried to impose social distancing measures in lines.

Read More

Law enforcement and politicians clash over coronavirus orders

Despite warnings from health officials that social distancing and the wearing of face coverings can help flatten the statistical curve of nationwide infections, from Texas to Washington state a handful of officers sworn to uphold the law have in recent weeks publicly expressed their opposition to government regulations aimed at keeping citizens from transmitting the virus to others.

The latest high-profile protest by law enforcement came on Wednesday from the head of a Houston police union, who penned an open letter forcefully taking issue with a new order requiring face coverings by anyone in public over 10 years of age, with some exceptions. The order carries a $1,000 fine for noncompliance.

The police union president said that while officers support the public wearing masks, police departments do not have the resources to enforce “draconian” face covering orders. He also took issue with the way he believes such enforcement could negatively

Read More

Pelosi hits back at Trump over coronavirus response: “Not a time for name-calling or playing politics”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi fired back at President Trump on Thursday after he called her “incompetent,” urging bipartisanship before calling his administration’s response to the coronavirus outbreak “opaque and often chaotic.”

“Lives are at stake,” Pelosi said during her weekly press conference. “This is not a time for name-calling or playing politics.”

The California Democrat said she and her fellow Democrats are working with Republicans to reach agreement on emergency funding to combat the spread of the deadly virus, which countries are racing to contain.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called for $8.5 billion in emergency funding Wednesday, while the White House outlined a $2.5 billion plan Monday that includes $1.25 billion in new funds. Mr. Trump, however, told reporters at the White House on Wednesday his administration would spend “whatever’s appropriate” to adequately fight the coronavirus outbreak.

Any emergency funding package approved by Congress must include entirely new money,

Read More

DOJ Wants to Suspend Constitutional Rights for Coronavirus Emergency

The Trump Department of Justice has asked Congress to craft legislation allowing chief judges to indefinitely hold people without trial and suspend other constitutionally protected rights during the coronavirus and other emergencies, according to a report by Politico’s Betsy Woodruff Swan.

While the asks from the Department of Justice will likely not come to fruition with a Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, they demonstrate how much this White House has a frightening disregard for rights enumerated in the Constitution.

The DOJ has requested that Congress allow any chief judge of a district court to pause court proceedings “whenever the district court is fully or partially closed by virtue of any natural disaster, civil disobedience, or other emergency situation,” according to draft language obtained by Politico. This would be applicable to “any statutes or rules of procedure otherwise affecting pre-arrest, post-arrest, pre-trial, trial, and post-trial procedures in criminal and juvenile proceedings and

Read More

Trump Administration Rejected WHO Coronavirus Test



The most consequential—and logically inexplicable—decision taken by this administration* in response to the current pandemic occurred in January, when German scientists developed the first test for COVID-19 and the World Health Organization offered the test to countries around the world and 60 countries accepted. We were not one of them. From Politico:

Why the United States declined to use the WHO test, even temporarily as a bridge until the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could produce its own test, remains a perplexing question and the key to the Trump administration’s failure to provide enough tests to identify the coronavirus infections before they could be passed on, according to POLITICO interviews with dozens of viral-disease experts, former officials and some officials within the administration’s health agencies.

The slowness of the testing regimen — which, administration officials acknowledged this week, is still not producing enough tests

Read More

Coronavirus Live Updates : NPR

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says there is “no reason” to waive main parts of the federal special education law.

Alex Brandon/AP

hide caption

toggle caption

Alex Brandon/AP

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says there is “no reason” to waive main parts of the federal special education law.

Alex Brandon/AP

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will not recommend that Congress waive the main requirements of three federal education laws, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, known as IDEA. The federal law ensures that children with disabilities have a right to a free, appropriate public education whenever and wherever schools are operating.

When Congress passed the coronavirus relief package, known as the CARES Act, they included a provision that allowed the secretary to request waivers to parts of the special education law during the pandemic. The concern was that holding strictly to IDEA and other laws could hinder schools in the urgency

Read More

Trump announces the US will use a 1950s-era law to ramp up production of masks and protective gear as coronavirus spreads

Associated Press

  • President Donald Trump announced Wednesday the US would invoke a 1950s-era law called the Defense Production Act.
  • It would allow the nation to ramp up the production of gear to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus. 
  • “It can do a lot of good things if we need it,” the president said at a news briefing on the respiratory illness COVID-19. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday the US would invoke a 1950s-era law that would allow the government to ramp up the production of gear to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

“It can do a lot of good things if we need it,” the president said at a news briefing on the respiratory illness COVID-19. 

The move marked the latest escalation in efforts by the Trump administration to contain the illness, which has killed more than 100 in the

Read More

Top health experts caution against reopening society before coronavirus testing capacity expands

The president of Harvard’s Institute of Medicine, Dr. Harvey V. Fineberg, said it’s not a choice between dealing with the disease or dealing with the economy. “We have to do both,” Fineberg told a symposium sponsored by Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the New England Journal of Medicine.
Different parts of the country are in different stages of the epidemic with New York well into the first wave and other places just beginning to see the impact of the disease. This matters, said Caroline Buckee, Harvard associate professor of epidemiology and the associate director of the university’s Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics.

Knowing where the virus is spreading is key to relaxing social distancing and returning to normalcy, Buckee said.

In addition to different parts of the country seeing different disease curves, there are “important epidemiological timelines here where when you become infected you’re spreading the virus, … Read More

Coronavirus Timeline: How President Trump Failed to Protect America

In the middle of a crisis, it can be difficult to comprehend the full scope of the failures that brought the nation to its knees. To reframe the coronavirus pandemic, and the Trump administration’s catastrophic response, Rolling Stone presents here a timeline.

It shows that the pandemic was not a “black swan” event — some unforeseeable tragedy. Rather, a global pandemic of this sort has been predicted for decades, and indeed previous administrations, both Republican and Democrat, had sought to prepare the country for just such an outbreak. Yet upon taking office, the Trump administration consistently sought to defund and disarm America’s preparedness against a mass outbreak of a viral respiratory illness.

When the outbreak hit, the administration dithered. Our once storied public health agencies fumbled the rollout of COVID-19 testing — causing bottlenecks and weeks of delay, as powerful resources sat idle. “We didn’t unleash our biomedical establishment to

Read More