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The Week that Was: News and features around Harrisburg

The PA state Capitol. Photo by Dani Fresh

The coronavirus pandemic continues to dominate our lives, two months after the first case was diagnosed in Pennsylvania. Similarly, it again dominated the news, with basically all of our stories somehow tied to it. If you missed any of our coverage from the past week, we have it all listed and linked below.

COVID-19 pandemic appeared to ease a bit in Pennsylvania this past week, as most days had new cases below 1,000. However, the state twice raised the fatality rate significantly. We had an update each day, and here’s the latest.

Coronavirus pandemic has nearly everyone down, anxious and wondering what comes next. Our contributor, Karen Hendricks, shared her thoughts in a beautifully written blog post that surely reflects how others are feeling during this time.

Dauphin County reported 13 positive COVID-19 cases after a facility-wide testing of the county prison. More than 1,000 inmates and staff were tested, with a small percentage testing positive. Check out our online story for the details.

Harrisburg and Impact Harrisburg expect to more than double the grant money available through the Neighborhood Business Stabilization Program. The initial $1 million pot of money has already been exhausted, with much need left in the community. We covered the issue in an online story.

Harrisburg area likely will remain in the “red” category for at least another month. Gov. Tom Wolf revealed that the next counties to enter the “yellow” category of reopening would be in the southwest part of the state, as he extended his “stay-at-home” order for all red areas. We had the blow-by-blow in our online stories.

Healthy Steps Diaper Bank is teaming with Hamilton Health for a drive-through diaper distribution this weekend. Like many essentials, diapers are in great demand and low supply. Read our online story to find out the details and to make a donation.

Midtown Scholar Bookstore hosted a very timely book talk, featuring Catharine Arnold, author of “Pandemic 1918.” We sat in on the virtual event, seeing comparisons between the two pandemics, a century apart.

Nora Carreras is the newest member of the Harrisburg school board. Receiver Janet Samuels made the decision to fill the open seat following the recent death of board Director Gerald Welch. Find out more in our online story.

Nursing home residents constitute a huge number of positive COVID-19 cases, as well as the far majority of fatalities in PA. In an editorial, our editor questions why nursing home data is being lumped in with the general population data as the commonwealth makes decisions about re-openings.

Polling stations will change for several wards in Dauphin County for the June 2 primary, due to the pandemic. Our online story has the details on which ones will be affected.

Sara Bozich sometimes stares out the window and sometimes stares at her computer. In her weekly blog post, she has some great ideas for your own computer staring with virtual events and delicious takeout ideas.

TheBurg editor has some somber impressions of his empty city, as well as a few “wishes” for the Harrisburg area as we come out of the pandemic. This past week, we published his magazine column for our online readers.

TheBurg Podcast dropped on Friday, going into greater depth on stories from our May issue. Host Karen Hendricks interviews writers of several feature stories, including photographer Dani Fresh, whose photo story is certainly a highlight. You can subscribe to TheBurg Podcast or link to it here.

Wolf administration is planning a “Commonwealth Civilian Coronavirus Corps,” a workforce that would be deployed throughout PA to conduct testing and contact tracing. Read more in our online story.

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