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The Week that Was: News and features around Harrisburg

Dave Houseal as a Harrisburg firefighter, 1985.

The coronavirus pandemic continued to dominate news coverage for yet another week. What made our headlines? We have all of our coverage for the week listed and linked below for your reading convenience.

Art in the Wild demonstrated that the show must go on, as it debuted for the season
in Wildwood Park. The outdoor exhibit is now on display along the 3.1-mile trail, which prompted a blog feature from our arts writer.

Artsfest is going virtual this weekend, as the pandemic scrubbed the annual live arts and entertainment event. Harrisburg is trying to make the event as close as possible to the riverfront festival. Get the details from our online story.

COVID-19 cases continued to grow in PA this week, though the rate of growth has been declining. At the same time, fatality data remained high. Each day, we wrote an update, and the most recent can be found here.

COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating toll on the commonwealth’s elderly and ill. The state began issuing data this week breaking down coronavirus cases by age and pre-existing conditions. Our online story showed the grim results of this analysis.

Dauphin County is slated to enter the “yellow phase” of reopening next Friday, May 29, joining much of the rest of south-central PA. What does that mean? Our online story offers the latest on the commonwealth’s phased reopening plan.

Dave Houseal has been a fixture around the Harrisburg Fire Bureau for decades and now is the department’s resident historian. What makes him such a fount of firefighting facts? Our magazine profile shows that it’s all in the blood.

Friends of TheBurg turns a month old this weekend, so our editor wanted to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to community members for their tremendous response. His blog post explains what has happened over the past month as the community rallied around TheBurg by joining our new membership program.

Harrisburg school district is debuting a new cyber option for students, the Harrisburg Virtual Learning Academy. Our online story explains why it was started and when it will be available.

Harrisburg University officials know that we are living in an important historical period. To capture this unique time, they’ve launched a history project to show how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all aspects of university life. Our online feature details what they’re up to.

PA Department of Health released long-awaited data on COVID-19 cases in the state’s nursing homes, including for the Harrisburg area. Our online story reflected this sobering report, which showed the devastation within these congregant care facilities.

Pride of the Susquehanna is appealing for donations as the COVID-19 pandemic has wiped out its early sailing season. Even when it finally takes to the water, the iconic Harrisburg riverboat will face other problematic issues, as our online story explains.

Sara Bozich is still at home, but that hasn’t stopped her usual list of things to do over the long weekend. Check out her suggested options for virtual activities, accompanied by some takeout.

School district receiver Janet Samuels approved a preliminary budget for the 2020-21 academic year that contains a large budget deficit but does not raise taxes. Our online story explains the district’s situation, which has been impacted by the pandemic.

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