Trump Judge: COVID Business Closures Violate Employers’ Constitutional Rights (Slate)

Slate: Trump Judge: COVID Business Closures Violate Employers’ Constitutional Rights. “On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge William S. Stickman IV, a Donald Trump appointee, blocked Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 restrictions by relying on a combination of conservative dissents, bad precedent, and his own scientific acumen. Stickman appears to be on a mission to forcibly reopen the state—prematurely, in the view of its elected governor—by any means necessary.”

Reuters: Judge rules Pennsylvania governor’s COVID-19 restrictions unconstitutional

Reuters: Judge rules Pennsylvania governor’s COVID-19 restrictions unconstitutional. “A U.S. federal judge on Monday ruled as unconstitutional some of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s orders to control the coronavirus outbreak, including limits on crowd sizes, requirements that people stay home, and the closing of non-essential businesses.”

Gov. Wolf: Restaurants Can Increase Occupancy To 50%, But First Must Register With New Database (CBS Pittsburgh)

CBS Pittsburgh: Gov. Wolf: Restaurants Can Increase Occupancy To 50%, But First Must Register With New Database. “Gov. Tom Wolf says restaurants in Pennsylvania may begin increasing their indoor occupancy to 50% starting later this month, but first they must go through a self-certification process. The occupancy increase can start on Sept. 21.”

Pocono Record: Pa. unveils new tool in reaching minority communities impacted by COVID-19

Pocono Record: Pa. unveils new tool in reaching minority communities impacted by COVID-19. “She is not the average community health educator. She is as wide as the deep end of an in-ground swimming pool, a little taller than a one-story building and she knows everything about COVID-19. Her name is CATE and she may be headed to an underserved Pennsylvania community near you soon. CATE stands for Community-Accessible Testing & Education. It’s the first-in-the-nation COVID-19 Mobile Response Unit, which was unveiled outside PEMA headquarters in Harrisburg on [August 25]”.

Beaver County Times: State launches database to track, reduce firearm deaths

Beaver County Times: State launches database to track, reduce firearm deaths. “A new state database sheds light on the more than 1,600 Pennsylvanians who died by firearm in 2018 to help local policymakers reduce gun violence. Pennsylvania’s Department of Health on Monday launched a violence data dashboard to collect information on populations affected by gun violence following Gov. Tom Wolf’s executive order last year. The portal examines the number of gun violence victims by both homicide and suicide, rates at which violence occurs in locations, frequency and factors such as gender, race and age.”

New York Times: Pittsburgh Seemed Like a Virus Success Story. Now Cases Are Surging.

New York Times: Pittsburgh Seemed Like a Virus Success Story. Now Cases Are Surging.. “A little more than three weeks ago, officials in Pittsburgh announced a milestone enviable for almost any major city in America: A day had gone by without a single new confirmed case of the coronavirus. It was good news for a city that had seen only a modest outbreak all along, even as the virus raged through places like Philadelphia and New York. That was then.”

Philadelphia Business Journal: Visit Philadelphia launches regional database of open tourism and hospitality jobs

Philadelphia Business Journal: Visit Philadelphia launches regional database of open tourism and hospitality jobs. “Visit Philadelphia has launched an online platform centralizing open jobs in Greater Philadelphia’s tourism and hospitality industry to help people get back to work as the region navigates its Covid-19 recovery. The resource out of the tourism marketing organization features two databases, one for work opportunities at nearby hotels and the other specifically for restaurants. The page will soon expand to include jobs at museums and tourist attractions, creating a comprehensive guide for those looking for employment in the industry and streamlining the application process.”

Penn State Daily Collegian: Penn State researchers map how vulnerable PA populations are impacted by coronavirus

Penn State Daily Collegian: Penn State researchers map how vulnerable PA populations are impacted by coronavirus . “The coronavirus has impacted certain communities, like lower income households and people of color, more than others — something acknowledged as a vital aspect of understanding the virus’s impact. But up until recently, it hadn’t been explored at the state level. That’s why researchers from Penn State’s Center for Economic and Community Development in the College of Agricultural Sciences have developed a new online interactive tool to help facilitate discussion on how to address Pennsylvania’s more vulnerable populations amid the coronavirus pandemic.”

The American Independent: Pennsylvania becomes first state to collect data on LGBTQ coronavirus cases

The American Independent: Pennsylvania becomes first state to collect data on LGBTQ coronavirus cases. “Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf will become the first governor to include the LGBTQ community in data the state collects on COVID-19, he announced this week. Wolf said in a press release that the Department of Health has asked for a system modification from the data collection platform it works with, Sara Alert, that would include information on gender identity and sexual orientation.”

State of Pennsylvania: Gov. Wolf Outlines Plans to Create Commonwealth Civilian Coronavirus Corps to Support Fall COVID-19 Recovery Efforts

State of Pennsylvania: Gov. Wolf Outlines Plans to Create Commonwealth Civilian Coronavirus Corps to Support Fall COVID-19 Recovery Efforts. “As Pennsylvania plans to safely reopen the economy and recover from COVID-19, Governor Tom Wolf announced the creation of the Commonwealth Civilian Coronavirus Corps, a public service initiative that will support efforts this fall to increase testing and contact tracing and provide critical new job opportunities in the public health sector.”

Axios: Cuomo announces 7-state consortium for buying PPE

Axios: Cuomo announces 7-state consortium for buying PPE. “New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Delaware are forming a regional consortium to reduce competition when purchasing personal protection equipment (PPE).”

WJAC: PA launches ‘Pandemic Unemployment Assistance’ site for self-employed, independent workers

WJAC: PA launches ‘Pandemic Unemployment Assistance’ site for self-employed, independent workers. ” Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor and Industry announced Saturday the launch of a new website for individuals to to file for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, according to a release. State officials say this will allow those who are self-employed, independent contractors, gig workers, etc to receive the unemployment benefits they deserve.”

Times News Online: Pa. database shows beds, ventilators available, in use

Times News Online: Pa. database shows beds, ventilators available, in use. “On Wednesday, Gov. Tom Wolf signed an order which allows the state to take personal protective equipment and ventilators from any facility in the state and allocate it to areas where they feel it is needed…. Along with the order, the Department of Health has unveiled an interactive map which shows cases, available ICU beds and ventilator usage.”

Governor Tom Wolf (Pennsylvania): Governor Wolf Announces Financial Assistance Available to Small Businesses

Governor Tom Wolf (Pennsylvania): Governor Wolf Announces Financial Assistance Available to Small Businesses. “The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) recently authorized the transfer of $40 million to the Small Business First Fund for CWCA. PIDA authorized making $60 million available to provide loans of $100,000 or less to for-profit businesses with 100 or fewer full-time employees. Funds are expected to become available this week.”