TL;DR: President Donald Trump blasted Pennsylvania today for its slow reopening as reports circulate that he may visit the commonwealth later this week. Meanwhile, Gov. Tom Wolf threatened to pull funding from counties or municipalities that defy his shutdown order. And Southeastern Pennsylvania nursing homes are treating coronavirus patients with the unproven malaria drug Trump touted — sometimes with the consent of patients or their families.
📓 Pennsylvania’s top education official says he expects students to return to in-person learning in the fall.
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⚕️Chester County has become the first in Pennsylvania to undertake antibody testing. Watch how they do it here.
✈️ The New Jersey Air National Guard will do a flyover around the Garden State tomorrow. Here’s the start time, flight path, and how to watch.
📸 Photos: How is Philly coping more than two months into the pandemic?
📈The coronavirus has swept across the Philadelphia region and cases continue to mount. The Inquirer and Spotlight PA are compiling geographic data on tests conducted, cases confirmed, and deaths caused by the virus. Track the spread here.
President Donald Trump blasted Pennsylvania today for its slow reopening, as reports swirl that he may visit the commonwealth later this week. Meanwhile, a growing number of county leaders are pressuring Gov. Tom Wolf to lift the stay-at-home order or provide a timeline for when they can plan to reopen. In response, Wolf threatened to pull funding from counties or municipalities that defy his shutdown order. Here’s how low Philly’s case count has to be for the state to consider reopening Southeastern Pa.
Pennsylvania nursing homes have treated coronavirus patients with the unproven malaria drug Trump touted, hydroxychloroquine, and sometimes without consent, my colleagues Vinny Vella, Jeremy Roebuck, and William Bender reported. One nursing home in Beaver County, outside of Pittsburgh, dosed most of its roughly 590 residents with the drug. A lawsuit seeking class-action status in Philadelphia elaborates on these claims and argues that this treatment is equivalent to “biomedical research” forced upon nursing-home residents.
For birthdays, parents have organized drive-by social distancing celebrations, where their children’s friends drive by their houses in cars decorated with balloons and posters. Teachers have driven through their students’ neighborhoods to wave and inspire kids gathered on doorsteps and sidewalks. And there have been other “wave parades” for healthcare workers and graduating seniors. Read more here.
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🍹 When will Philly bars be able to sell drinks to-go? The Pennsylvania Senate just made some progress.
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