Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has ordered all schools in the state to remain closed through the rest of the academic year due to the coronavirus. While students and teachers stay home, a Kensington pastor is educating her daughter while continuing to preach from her living room. Separate from the pandemic, children of color are facing rising diagnoses of a chronic condition: type 1 diabetes.

This weekend, you can check out Coachella on YouTube and a game of HORSE on ESPN. But you probably shouldn’t leave Pennsylvania to buy alcohol in New Jersey.

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Gov. Tom Wolf orders Pennsylvania schools closed through rest of academic year

On Thursday, Gov. Wolf ordered Pennsylvania schools to stay closed for the rest of the year due to the coronavirus outbreak. The order applies to all public K-12 schools, charter schools, private and parochial schools, and others. Pennsylvania high school sports also are done for the year.

A growing number of states had already shut down schools for the year, and school leaders said the order wasn’t unexpected. Schools have been closed since March 13. Since then, educators have been working on how to instruct remotely. Some districts began remote learning immediately after schools were closed, but others haven’t launched formal online instruction yet.

How a Philadelphia pastor is steering her flock and family through the uncertainty of the coronavirus

The Rev. Leslie D. Callahan recalls thinking weeks ago that the hardest part about this year’s Lenten season would be sticking to her fast. Now, a month into the pandemic, she’s navigating how this crisis is transforming worship for her membership at St. Paul’s Baptist Church in Philadelphia. In March, the church held its first coronavirus-era service on the video-conferencing application Zoom. Callahan solicited prayer requests through text messages and email.

But Callahan is also like other working parents, trying to educate her 7-year-old first grader, Bella, at the kitchen table along with writing sermons, meeting with deacons, and holding prayer calls. “I feel like, as a black woman, we just do what we’ve got to do,” she said. “Who has time to think about how I feel about this?”

This article is part of a series, “Portraits of a Pandemic,” that is a co-production between The Philadelphia Inquirer and the 19th News, a nonprofit newsroom covering gender, politics, and policy. The work is supported by the Pulitzer Center and the Lenfest Institute for Journalism.

The new faces of Type 1 diabetes

Philadelphia families are grappling with a medical mystery. Type 1 diabetes, considered a rare autoimmune condition, is rising in children of color. The disease is most common among white people. But as diagnoses rise across the board, some children of color as young as 15 months are falling prey to it.

Type 1 diabetes is a brutal disease for people of any age or race, but research shows that children of color fare far worse than white children, suffering serious complications such as vision loss, kidney failure, and severe circulatory problems. And the disparity can’t be fully explained by poverty or level of education, factors that have been linked to poor health.

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“Our country is not only fighting this virus. We are in a full-on battle for our nation’s soul. The care of my daughter and the millions of Americans with intellectual disabilities reflect our society’s level of empathy and compassion. It defies logic to think that any doctor, nurse, ethical expert, or government bureaucrat is qualified to put a price tag on that.”writes Lainey Moseley, a mother, freelance news producer for NBC News, and founder of Little Acorn House, on how coronavirus triage guidelines punish disability.

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You’re not imagining it. People really are putting up holiday decorations. People are restless while they’re stuck at home and looking for levity during the pandemic. So, they’re digging out their holiday lights and inflatables to set them up to bring some merriment to their neighborhoods. “I mean, everybody is so depressed right now. We need a little bit of cheer," said Kim Lorich of North Tonawanda, N.Y., north of Buffalo.