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TIMELINE: Pennsylvania coronavirus updates May 21

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Boy Scouts of America cancel local summer camp

UPDATE 4:30 p.m.: The Cub Scout resident program and the Scouts BSA resident camp programs at Heritage Reservation are both cancelled.

Volunteer-led Cub Scout day camp programs for the 2020 summer camp season are also cancelled.

If you have already signed up for camp, these are your options:

  • Registrants for Cub Scout Day Camp will receive a full refund of all fees paid.
  • Registrants for Resident Camp programs at Camp Independence will receive a full refund of all fees paid.
  • All registrants are encouraged to consider donating a portion of their camp fees to the Laurel Highlands Council to help offset expected operational deficits. Summer camp makes up the largest portion of camp revenue, which pays for year-round costs to operate and maintain camp facilities. All donations are greatly appreciated.
  • Registrants for Resident Camp programs at Camps Liberty and Freedom will have two options
    • Receive a full refund of all fees paid.
    • Use $200 of the fees paid for 2020 to reserve their spot (same week and same campsite) for summer 2021. All remaining charges will be refunded.

Dear Scouting Family, First and foremost, we hope that this finds you and your family well. It goes without saying that...

Posted by Boy Scouts of America, Laurel Highlands Council on Thursday, May 21, 2020

Port Authority resuming front-door boarding and fare collection

UPDATE 3:35 p.m.: People can start boarding buses by using the front doors starting on June 1.

Regular fare collection will start a week later on June 8.

Port Authority is also installing hand sanitizer dispensers, of which already 50 have been placed throughout the system.

$9.6 million going to help state’s charitable food system

UPDATE 2:35 p.m.: The money will help organizations in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Indiana, Venango, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

The recipients of the 145 awards across the state include food banks, soup kitchens and churches.

There has been increased demand in those areas because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The money will be used for things like box trucks, refrigerators, pallets and dollies.

Police and PennDOT highlight traffic safety as all western Pa. counties move to ‘yellow’ phase

UPDATE 1:30 p.m.: Those agencies are working with local police departments as part of a statewide “Click It or Ticket” campaign.

“While social distancing is still encouraged, when you do travel please drive safely,” said Acting PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian. “We urge all Pennsylvanians to always wear their seat belts, adhere to speed limits, and never drive impaired or distracted.”

Coronavirus cases in western Pennsylvania surpass 3,500

UPDATE 12:00 p.m.: Pennsylvania has more than 65,392 positive cases of coronavirus, according to the Department of Health. There are 980 additional positive cases.

There have been an additional 102 deaths in Pennsylvania. The total number of people who have died of COVID-19 across the state to 4,869. To date, 303,514 tests have come back negative.

Locally there are 3,506 cases in western Pennsylvania. Here is the break down by county:

  • Allegheny Co.: 1,718 cases
  • Armstrong Co.: 58 cases
  • Beaver Co.: 539 cases
  • Butler Co.: 209 cases
  • Clarion Co.: 25 cases
  • Fayette Co.: 93 cases
  • Forest Co.: 7 cases
  • Greene Co.: 27 cases
  • Indiana Co.: 88 cases
  • Lawrence Co.: 73 cases
  • Mercer Co.: 97 cases
  • Venango Co.: 8 cases
  • Washington Co.: 130 cases
  • Westmoreland Co.: 434 cases

Limited services will be available at Beaver Falls DMV starting Friday

UPDATE 11:35 a.m.: The Beaver Falls Driver and Photo License Center on Constitution Boulevard will reopen Friday as Beaver County moves into the yellow phase.

It will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. will be a designated time for customers 60 years or older.

Here’s what’s available:

  • Commercial Driver License (CDL) transactions, including renewals, replacements, Medical Examiner’s Certificates (MECs), date of proof transactions, Hazardous Material Recertifications, and related transactions;
  • Initial issuance transactions, including out-of-state transfers, permit testing, ID card issuance, and related transactions;
  • Photo license services;
  • Driver license restoration services that cannot be completed online or via mail;
  • Medical-related testing; and
  • Non-U.S. citizen transaction processing.

City Files Legal Brief in Support of Eviction Protections by Governor and Attorney General

UPDATE 11:30 a.m.: The City of Pittsburgh Law Department filed an amicus brief yesterday with the state Supreme Court in support of an executive order from Governor Tom Wolf and Attorney General Josh Shapiro protecting Pennsylvanians from evictions or foreclosures through July 10, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wolf and Shapiro announced the order May 7, extending eviction protections for an extra 60 days past an original stay that was set to expire May 11.

Landlords challenged their order in a King’s Bench petition filed with the Supreme Court.

Rejection of the eviction and foreclosure projections would hurt the City budget, force residents into homelessness, and compromise efforts to fight the coronavirus, the City’s brief argues.

31 new coronavirus cases in Allegheny Co., no additional deaths

UPDATE 11:00 a.m.: The Allegheny County Health Department reported since March 14, there are now 1,718 cases as of Thursday. That’s an increase of 31 coronavirus cases over Wednesday. This breaks down to 1,623 positive confirmed cases and 95 probable cases.

Here is a breakdown of cases by age group:

  • 0-4 years: 7 (less than 1%)
  • 5-12 years: 8 (less than 1%)
  • 13-18 years: 19 (1%)
  • 19-24 years: 112 (7%)
  • 25-49 years: 568 (33%)
  • 50-64 years: 472 (28%)
  • 65+ years: 532 (31%)

There are 313 past or present hospitalizations related to COVID-19.

There has not been any additional coronavirus deaths, bringing the total number to 144. Of reported deaths, 133 are confirmed or had a positive test and 11 are probable.

50 more Fine Wine & Good Spirits will open to limited in-store public access in yellow phase counties Friday

UPDATE 10:30 a.m.: The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board announced Thursday that 50 more Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores in counties designated in the yellow phase of COVID-19 mitigation efforts will resume limited in-store public access starting Friday, May 22.

Nine of those stores are in Beaver County.

The following mitigation efforts will be in place as these stores resume limited in-store public access:

  • Stores will limit the number of customers in a store at any time, allowing no more than 25 people in any location and further restricting numbers of customers in smaller stores.
  • The first hour each store is open each day will be reserved for customers at high risk for COVID-19, including those 65 years of age and older.
  • Customers and employees will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing, guided by signage throughout the stores.
  • Signage will also direct customers to follow one-way patterns to avoid cross-traffic and encourage them to refrain from touching products unless they intend to buy them.
  • Store employees will perform enhanced and frequent cleaning and disinfecting.
  • All sales are final, and no returns will be accepted until further notice.

Effective Friday, a total of 283 Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores in 48 counties will allow limited in-store public access. You can find the full list of stores on their website.

Gov. Wolf grants second extension to license to carry firearm permits

UPDATE 9:30 a.m.: The Pennsylvania State Police announced Thursday that Gov. Tom Wolf has granted an additional extension to license to carry firearms permits.

Permits, which expired on March 19, 2020 or later, have now been extended to July 31, 2020. The previous extension was set to expire on May 30.

The extension of license to carry permit expiration dates is necessary due to the closure of some county courthouses and sheriff’s offices, as well as other ongoing COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

CVS Health to opens 8 additional drive-thru test sites in Pittsburgh area

UPDATE 8:30 a.m.: CVS Health announced Thursday they are opening 8 additional COVID-19 testing sites at CVS Pharmacy drive-thru in the Pittsburgh area May 22.

People who meet certain criteria can register to take the self-swab test at CVS Pharmacy locations at these new locations:

  • CVS Pharmacy, 1181 Freedom Road, Cranberry Township, PA 16066
  • CVS Pharmacy, 2501 Warren Road, Indiana, PA 15701
  • CVS Pharmacy, 5703 Steubenville Pike, McKees Rocks, PA 15136
  • CVS Pharmacy, 3893 William Penn Highway, Monroeville, PA 15146
  • CVS Pharmacy, 328 Cochran Road, Mt. Lebanon, PA 15228
  • CVS Pharmacy, 734 East Washington Street, New Castle, PA 16101
  • CVS Pharmacy, 1740 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15241
  • CVS Pharmacy, 4664 Browns Hill Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

These locations are in addition to the 2 Pittsburgh locations that opened on May 15. A complete list of CVS Pharmacy drive-thru test sites can be found here.

The self-swab tests will be available to people who register to have an appointment and who meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria. Patients will need to stay inside their cars and will be directed to the pharmacy drive through and given a test kit.

The results should be available in three days.

IUP plans to offer face-to-face instruction, residential living in fall

UPDATE 8:15 a.m.: Indiana University of Pennsylvania announced Thursday to students that they are planning to welcome students back to campus for face-to-face instruction and residential living in the fall.

IUP officials said even though students are returning to campus, there will be some changes because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Classes will be formatted to maintain social-distancing. Classes will be divided into teams of students, where each team would physically attend class on specific days, and would participate virtually on other days.

All students who live in residence halls will have a private bedroom. Some students will also have a private bathroom; some bathrooms will be shared, but if a bathroom is shared, it will be shared by no more than two students.

All shared living-learning areas in the residence halls will be cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis.

Coronavirus in Pennsylvania: Thursday morning

UPDATE 4:30 a.m.: As of Wednesday, Pennsylvania had 64,412 cases of the coronavirus and 4,767 deaths statewide, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. There have been 293,244 people who tested negative for the virus.

In Allegheny County, there are 1,687 confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases and 144 deaths.

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Allegheny County moved into the “yellow” phase of Pennsylvania’s reopening plan last Friday, and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald believes the state should consider reopening restaurants, gyms and barbershops. He said many of them already have safety plans in place.

Fitzgerald suspects the state is considering the move and he expects to hear something in the next couple of weeks.

He’s hoping they’ll be reopened by mid-June.