Each weekend, read a curated summary of the work produced by the members of the Pittsburgh Media Partnership.
No personal visitors, hardly any time for inmates outside of their cells and chronic vacancies in mental health and health staff raise concerns that the mental health of Allegheny County Jail [ACJ] inmates is deteriorating.
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Life under quarantine
Last month, 90.5 WESA reported that local museums were struggling to draw visitors as they reopen. City Paper reporter Amanda Waltz documents what it’s like to visit the Mattress Factory and the Carnegie Museums in these strange times.
Fatal shootings by police are so routine that, even during a national pandemic, with far fewer people traveling outside of their homes and police departments reducing contact with the public so as not to spread the virus, police have continued to fatally shoot people at the same rate so far in 2020 as they did in the same period from 2015 to 2019, a new ACLU report says.
Health & Care
University of Pittsburgh and UPMC researchers plan to start human trials early next year for an antibody therapy that might both prevent and treat COVID-19.
COVID-19 exposed long-existing disparities in health care. Here’s how Pittsburgh’s medical community is responding.
One of the key turning points in Pittsburgh’s response to Covid-19 has been the establishment of the Black Covid-19 Equity Coalition, which brought together public health experts, businesspeople, foundations and elected officials to not only tackle the pandemic and its withering effects, but also connect existing services and gaps.
The coronavirus crisis has forced companies across Pennsylvania to cut workers’ hours. But thanks to a little-known program called “shared work,” some of those businesses have kept their staff off the unemployment line.
Being unemployed can be incredibly stressful no matter the situation, but for the millions of Americans faced with unemployment during the coronavirus pandemic, it can seem like an even more difficult time than ever before to navigate the job field. That’s why Pittsburgh City Paper has put together this guide to help make things a little less overwhelming.
The traditional red carpet welcome looked slightly different at Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy in Aspinwall, but staff at the private elementary school said spirits are high and students are excited to be back in class.
Pittsburgh Quarterly asked the leaders of numerous secondary schools: “How are you approaching the coming school year differently and what opportunities do you expect will accompany the new challenges?”
The global pandemic has crippled in-person shopping for months and dealt another blow to already-struggling businesses large and small, from department stores to restaurants to neighborhood yoga studios. Referring to the pandemic-chastened environment as the “mask economy,” Coresight Research is projecting there will be 20,000 to 25,000 retail store closures in 2020.
A small group of new farmers have seeded a movement to change the local food industry. Will COVID-19’s impact on the local economy set them back? Or will it — and the growing push for social justice — help?
Jackie Stebler has made more than 1,000 face masks for family, friends and people in need.
As the world continues to grapple with the consequences of the coronavirus crisis, Jewish communities face unprecedented challenges in finding ways to safely observe the High Holiday season.