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COVID-19

Jobs report likely points to deeper losses

WASHINGTON — A grim snapshot of the U.S. job market’s sudden collapse emerged Friday with a report that employers shed hundreds of thousands of jobs last month because of the viral outbreak that’s brought the economy to a near-standstill. The loss of 701,000 jobs, reported by the Labor ...

Wolf to residents: Mask up in public

Until a few days ago, the state Department of Health, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, didn’t recommend that apparently healthy people wear masks in public as a protection against the coronavirus. Then came rumblings from the CDC that guidance for wearing masks in ...

Patient blood may have answers

NEW YORK — Tiffany Pinckney remembers the fear when COVID-19 stole her breath. So when she recovered, the New York City mother became one of the country’s first survivors to donate her blood to help treat other seriously ill patients. “It is definitely overwhelming to know that in my ...

State posts single-day high in new COVID-19 cases

Pennsylvania residents should wear cloth masks in public to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, the governor said Friday as the state recorded another single-day high in new cases and surpassed 100 deaths. Gov. Tom Wolf, noting the federal government is readying guidance about wearing ...

Giant Eagle adds special hours just for first responders

PITTSBURGH — Giant Eagle has announced it will provide special hours at its stores for first responders. The chain will launch a dedicated shopping hour for first responders in all of its supermarkets at 6 a.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. On these two days each week, the company will open ...

Foundation distributes grants

The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, which serves Bedford, Cambria, Indiana and Somerset counties, distributed $85,825 in COVID-19 Rapid Relief Fund grants to 16 organizations the week of March 30. Among the recipients were United Way of Bedford County, which received $6,000, and ...

Food booth canceled on first day of trout fishing due to coronavirus

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Due to Gov. Tom Wolf’s stay-at-home order, the annual Canoe Creek Brethren In Christ Church Food Booth Fundraiser, normally set up in the church parking lot on the opening day of trout season, has been canceled. Donations for the Youth Group’s summer mission trip would ...

Residents can send cookies to those on the front line

Girl Scouts launch online ordering service during virus Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania launched a new Girl Scout Cookie donation initiative to provide recognition to front-line workers who must continue to work to maintain the safety and health of others during the ongoing COVID-19 ...

Pitt-UPMC creates possible COVID vaccine

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has developed a potential vaccine for COVID-19 that has worked on mice, and it has applied to regulatory agencies for permission to begin trials on human beings. While testing in people typically requires at least a year, because of the gravity ...

PSU vowing to save season

Penn State Athletic Director Sandy Barbour doesn’t know exactly when the next college football season will begin, but she sounded confident there will indeed be a season, even if that means delaying it until next spring because of the coronavirus. “We’re going to do everything we ...

Pa. looks to past for response to present crisis

During her daily report on the coronavirus Thursday, state Health Secretary Rachel Levine reached back 102 years for evidence that the state’s mitigation efforts — business and school closures, a stay-home order and general social distancing — should work. Asked whether the Spanish flu ...

Experts offer anxiety coping advice

Uncertainty, disrupted routines, and being housebound are among the many reasons why many people may be experiencing anxiety, but mental health experts offer practical coping tips for these days of COVID-19. “It’s a very uncertain time. Nobody has the answers to how long this will last and ...

Seeking health care workers

The Mirror invites local health care workers to share their experiences during the corona­virus pandemic. Interested parties can email Bill Kibler at bkibler@altoonamirror.com.

Outbreak cuts income for half of workers

WASHINGTON — About half of all working Americans report some kind of income loss affecting themselves or a member of their household due to the coronavirus pandemic, with low-income Americans and those without college degrees especially likely to have lost a job, according to a new poll from ...

Reserve spending for critical

No doubt some members of Congress had to hold their noses while they were voting for the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. CARES includes a ton of money for initiatives that have nothing to do with COVID-19. Why on earth did anyone think it was important to ...

Trump mismanaging crisis he helped create

The grossly inadequate response of the Trump administration to the deadly corona­virus is just one more stellar example of how out of his depth this president is. He has no earthly concept of what he is dealing with. He blames the prior administration for his failure. Instead of stepping up ...

Democrats delay convention

Democrats announced Thursday that they were postponing their presidential nominating convention until August, an unprecedented move that shows how the coronavirus is reshaping the battle for the White House. The party had hoped that a mid-July convention would give them more time to rally ...

Broader use of face masks promoted

WASHINGTON — Two weeks ago, the Pentagon promised to make as many as 2,000 military ventilators available as the federal government strains to contend with the coronavirus pandemic. As of Wednesday, less than half had been allocated, despite a desperate need across the country. At FEMA, the ...

States demand ventilators

WASHINGTON — Two weeks ago, the Pentagon promised to make as many as 2,000 military ventilators available as the federal government strains to contend with the coronavirus pandemic. As of Wednesday, less than half had been allocated, despite a desperate need across the country. At FEMA, the ...

Residents snitch amid shutdown

OAK PARK, Illinois — One Tulsa, Oklahoma, bar owner said more than a dozen motorcyclists showed up unannounced, but he served them a round of shots anyway to celebrate a birthday. Another live-streamed a drag queen show on Facebook while up to 20 people drank inside the locked bar, ignoring ...