As the spread of the coronavirus continued Thursday, Gov. Tom Wolf made another effort to slow it down. He ordered all Pennsylvania businesses that aren’t “life-sustaining” to close — allowing for just a select group to remain open. Meanwhile, experts are warning people not to expect things to return to “normal” any time soon. Their recommendation: think of the fight against coronavirus in terms of months, not weeks.
And normalcy has been elusive for Lower Merion basketball coach Gregg Downer. He hasn’t been able to feel whole since the death of his beloved friend Kobe Bryant.
On Thursday, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that he would extend his shutdown order to all businesses in Pennsylvania except those that are “life-sustaining.” It marks the state’s latest effort to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Wolf previously asked nonessential businesses to close. Now, he plans to enforce the order and will only allow physical operations for a selected group of businesses, which includes gas stations, farms, health-care facilities, and transit systems.
And for hospitals across the state, health researchers project that if the coronavirus outbreak peaks quickly over six months, Pennsylvania’s intensive care units will need many more beds than they can likely make available.
Public officials have called for a two- or three-week hiatus before reassessing the situation posed by the spread of the coronavirus. But experts have been running computer simulations and are now offering a reality check.
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Since the death of Kobe Bryant, Lower Merion coach Gregg Downer has struggled to get used to his new reality. In fact, for the first time in 30 years of coaching, Downer missed several practices and skipped watching film before a game. He had to attend the memorial services for Bryant and his daughter Gianna in Los Angeles.
Downer has seen a lot of amazing sports moments, but none stacks up to what he witnessed over 20 years from Bryant — the man he regards as his idol and hero.
My colleague Mike Sielski touched base with Downer to give him an outlet to open up about his “beloved Kobe.” He now feels he has a game plan for his life off the court thanks to lessons Bryant taught him.
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