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The Week that Was: News and events around Harrisburg

Bottles of hand sanitizer are ready to ship from Gettysburg’s Mason Dixon Distillery.

You know the drill: the news was all coronavirus, all the time. So, let’s cut to the chase with the weekly recap of our coverage, all listed and linked below for your reading pleasure.

COVID-19 cases skyrocketed this past week in Pennsylvania. We summarized the increasingly grim numbers each day, and you can read our latest story from Saturday by clicking here.

Distilleries in our area have stepped up to convert their facilities to the manufacture of hand sanitizer. Our online feature describes how several craft distilleries are uniquely filling a niche during the health crisis.

Harrisburg has put a moratorium on residential evictions for the duration of the city’s emergency declaration. Our online story offers all the details.

Harrisburg University still has students in its residence halls, and they need to be fed. This week, the Central PA Food Bank showed up to offer supplies for these students, and we carried several pictures of the event.

Harristown and the Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District are teaming up to install temporary comfort stations near Market Street. They hope the portable toilets and basins will assist the area’s transient population and help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Click here for our online story.

Lancaster and York counties became the first midstate counties issued “stay at home” orders by Gov. Tom Wolf. What does that mean? We have a list of permissible and non-permissible activities in our online story.

Midtown Scholar Bookstore held its first virtual book talk this past week. Our writer sat in to see if technology could mimic the experience of a live author event. She shares her experience in our online story.

Parking in Harrisburg will remain free for the foreseeable future, as the city and its parking operator have extended their enforcement moratorium. Get the details from our online news story.

Pennsylvania’s primary election has been delayed about five weeks, to early June. This past week, Gov. Tom Wolf also signed significant bills regarding the school year and funding for medical supplies. We have the rundown in our online story.

Sara Bozich, like everyone else, is stuck at home, which may not be her natural way of doing things. Nonetheless, in her weekly column, she has some ideas on virtual events, as well as ways to support our community during this time.

School and state issues were in focus during Harrisburg’s second Facebook Live event, hosted by Mayor Eric Papenfuse. Click here to find out what he discussed with school district and elected officials.

Schools in PA were ordered to remain closed for at least two more weeks. The state Department of Education ordered schools to be shut down until at least April 6. Get the details from our online news story.

Small businesses are getting hit hard, as stores have been shut down and people mandated to stay home. To help, the state announced a new small business loan program with a zero-percent interest rate. Click here to find out more.

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