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In total, these layoffs represent more than 15,300 jobs lost throughout the Pittsburgh-area, with many of them listed as being permanently terminated. The largest sectors hit include the hotel and greater hospitality industry in general as well as construction and manufacturing.
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The 18th annual City of Pittsburgh Office of Special Events’ annual Gingerbread House Competition and Display returns in an online format.
Though the temperatures only get colder, there are plenty of ways to bundle up and stay warm outdoors, a way officials are recommending in order to lower COVID numbers.
Health & Care
As COVID-19 cases spike across Pennsylvania, the state Department of Health says members of the public are increasingly reluctant to cooperate with contact tracers – and local public health workers say they are also encountering greater push back.
A serious coronavirus outbreak is unfolding inside the Pennsylvania prison facility for medically vulnerable inmates diagnosed with cancer or other health problems.
“Our state’s human services safety net relies heavily upon this part of the nonprofit sector to function,” Lisa Schroeder, president and CEO of The Pittsburgh Foundation, said in a prepared statement. “The increase in vulnerability for those nonprofits alone is significant, but the survey findings on the nonprofit sector overall should sound four alarms about the threat to the state’s economy and general quality of life.”
The state House of Representatives canceled its voting session Thursday after a Republican lawmaker tested positive for the coronavirus, delaying a crucial vote to extend a rent relief program that has just expired.
The district would like to take advantage of technology updates, administrators said, and are asking the board of directors to pass a policy revision requiring suspended students to do online assignments despite being prohibited from physically attending class.
The University of Pittsburgh has issued a shelter-in-place order effective midnight Sunday for students at the Oakland campus.
“The facility’s potential closure is the result of the convergence of three factors: a significant gap between Medicaid funding and the cost of caring for Medicaid clients; a trend toward at-home care for the elderly; and the financial impact of the coronavirus crisis, including a marked decrease in short-term rehabilitation patients due to the reduction of elective surgeries.”
Although many business are shutting down due to COVID, at least two new businesses are slated to open before the end of the year in downtown Elizabeth.
This study hopes to follow Pittsburgh-area children for two decades. How has COVID-19 changed the plan?
A Pittsburgh study set to start in 2020 and follow over 20,000 thousand children for over 20 years must adapt to COVID-19.
As the weather gets colder and coronavirus cases continue to climb, Allegheny County’s top public health official says people must change their behavior. Personal gatherings, restaurant capacities and many other events will have to better regulate the amount of people in attendance.