TL;DR: The coronavirus has left election officials in Pennsylvania and New Jersey scrambling to prepare for short staffing, health hazards at the polls, and high demand for mail-in voting. Also, the Inquirer takes you inside Temple University Hospital’s COVID-19 facility.
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🛑 Dr. Anthony Fauci said a "rolling reentry” of the U.S. economy is possible for parts of the country in May, but said he couldn’t guarantee it will be safe to vote in person by the November election.
👐 Nursing home deaths from the coronavirus have surged from 450 nationwide to more than 2,600 in less than two weeks.
🏥 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was released from the hospital after battling COVID-19.
💰 A loss of revenue from fuel, tolls and other traffic-related fees could delay thousands of road and bridge projects around the nation.
⛪ Archbishop Nelson Pérez wrote a column asking Catholics to keep the faith, and “look to God with renewed hearts and minds.”
When Wisconsin’s primary election went forward as planned last week, resulting in long lines, masks and voters who were forced to weigh safety risks against their right to vote, it sent a vivid warning to local officials about what could go wrong in the primary elections still to come. Those hoping to avoid a repeat in Pennsylvania and New Jersey have much to do and little time.
States are increasingly turning to mail-in voting, but the shift isn’t easy. Changing habits, processing and counting mail-in ballots, while also keeping polling places open and safe, requires expensive equipment, training, and new staffing. It makes for a long to-do list, with not much time before Pa.'s rescheduled June 2 primary and New Jersey’s on July 7.
Less than two months ago, Temple University Hospital’s Esther K. Boyer Pavilion was an office building for departments like cardiology, neurology, and surgery, linked to the hospital building by a covered bridge. Last month Temple redeployed the building as its coronavirus hospital. “We’re doing a lot of things that we wouldn’t normally do before,” Claire Raab, associate chief medical officer, told reporter Lisa Gartner. “You never think you’re going to be FaceTiming people’s families to say goodbye."
🏈 Are the Eagles comfortable with Nate Sudfeld being an injury away from the starting QB job?
🏆 Remembering Phyllis Snider Foreman, who created the Flyers nickname and helped design the team logo.
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In Chestnut Hill, a church turned to bagpipes to reach those who were forced to stay inside on Easter. "I was just trying to find a way to say, ‘What can we possibly do?' We want to follow the rules, and keep people safe,” explained the Rev. Jarrett Kerbel, the rector at St. Martin-in-the-Fields. “And so I just thought, well, bagpipes! They’re loud. You can hear them inside your house.”