🔒 As state officials prepare to lift some coronavirus-related restrictions for 13 counties in the Pittsburgh region, Gov. Tom Wolf has extended the stay-at-home order for the Philadelphia region to June 4.
☑️ Facing an unprecedented worker shortage for the upcoming election, Philadelphia wants the state to cut a lot of polling places — or send the National Guard to help.
🏥 An aide to Vice President Mike Pence has the coronavirus, the second person in the White House complex known to have tested positive this week.
📈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.
After weeks of operating on a bare-bones “lifeline” schedule, SEPTA will restore most transit services beginning May 17. The transportation authority also will bring back front-door boarding and fare collection on buses and trolleys. But don’t expect everything to go back to normal yet: SEPTA will keep up social distancing measures, including rider limits, and bus and trolley riders can expect seats to be marked off to promote social distancing. Some routes will continue running on a reduced schedule; others will remain suspended.
“This should not be interpreted as SEPTA’s ready to run full speed ahead,” said assistant general manager of operations Scott Sauer.
Healthcare workers know that PPE protects them, wrote Patrick J. Connolly, a clinical associate of neurosurgery at Penn Medicine, but faced with a new virus, some wonder if it is enough. Still, Connolly said his colleagues have shown courage and optimism. “Some media reports characterize health workers as scared or frightened,” he wrote. “Everyone I’ve encountered in our hospital has been intrepid and professional in a challenging work environment.”
Experts say you should try to keep some extra food on hand in case you become ill and can’t go to the store. So if you’re healthy and you already ate your emergency food stash, here are some reasons why now might be a good time to think about building it back up.
👐 If you feel your parents aren’t taking social distancing guidelines seriously, you’re not alone.
☮️ Feeling stress from the pandemic? Here are some easy techniques for breathing through it.
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