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Pa. needs another 1,000 to 1,400 ventilators, governor says. Here’s how the state is trying to find them.

As of Thursday, 130 COVID-19 patients in Pennsylvania had required treatment with a ventilator, though that number is expected to rise as cases increase.
By Brett Sholtis


Pa. small businesses scramble for assistance as shutdown order is questioned

State's small biz loan fund overwhelmed with applications
By Ed Mahon

12 percent of Pa. workers submitted unemployment claims in second half of March

State leads nation in percentage of workforce seeking benefits
By Emily Previti

Pa.’s closure of its liquor stores sends ‘tsunami’ of business across state lines

Pennsylvania is an outlier in its decision to close liquor stores, which have remained open as “essential businesses” in all of the states that ring our borders: New York, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, West Virginia and Delaware.

By Charles Thompson/PennLive

Here’s where children can find meals during the coronavirus shutdown

Schools are closed across Pennsylvania because of the coronavirus, but many schools are still supplying meals to students who rely on their district for food.

By Staff

Coronavirus brings Pennsylvania’s construction industry to a near standstill

“It’s going to be a whole new world on how we’re going to man a job here...until this virus is completely behind us."
By Daniel Urie/PennLive

Pa. prison system mulls releasing hundreds to prevent coronavirus spread

Pennsylvania has 25 state prisons housing roughly 45,000 people, all of whom have been under quarantine since late Sunday, with their movements restricted and meals served inside cells.

By Aaron Moselle/WHYY
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