A fire at a Florida airport destroyed more than 3,500 rental cars

A fire that spread through a grassy area of Southwest Florida International Airport has destroyed thousands of rental cars, fire department officials said.

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LIVE: White House coronavirus task force gives updates as US approaches 10,000 deaths

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to a hospital with the coronavirus 10 days after testing positive.

Source: LIVE: White House coronavirus task force gives updates as US approaches 10,000 deaths

Westmoreland County company turns out vital parts for coronavirus test kits | TribLIVE.com

The front-line fighters against the coronavirus in Westmoreland County most certainly include medical professionals, first responders and other health care workers treating patients.

But workers at Latrobe-based Carclo Technical Plastics are quietly supporting their efforts through the manufacturing of tiny plastic collection tubes used across the globe in coronavirus testing kits.

Carclo operates two plants in the county, one in Latrobe and a small factory in Export. About 250 employees work 12-hour daily shifts to churn out the vital parts needed for the coronavirus testing kits as well as other needed medical supplies.

“For the run-of-the-mill customer, nine out of 10 people don’t see our product in the real world, so this has definitely given us an increased awareness and exposure to what we do,” said Rob Stutzman, the company’s divisional chief operating officer.

Source: Westmoreland County company turns out vital parts for coronavirus test kits | TribLIVE.com

Crews Respond To Water Main Break In North Oakland – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Crews were called out early Sunday morning to a water main break in North Oakland.

The break was called in around 4:30 a.m. in the 3400 block of Forbes Avenue.

According to crews at the scene, it is a six inch line that was involved, and one building in the area is affected by the break.

Source: Crews Respond To Water Main Break In North Oakland – CBS Pittsburgh

Trump tells Americans to take unproven malaria drug to prevent Covid-19 | World news | The Guardian

Donald Trump has directly urged Americans worried about Covid-19 to take a little-studied anti-malaria drug for the disease, despite potentially serious side effects and a lack of data on safety and efficacy in treatment of the pandemic virus.

At a lengthy, rambling and combative briefing on Saturday afternoon, the president also sought to discredit media reports of his administration’s failures and called some outlets in the White House press corps “fake news”.

Media reports about shortages of ventilators and personal protective equipment, he claimed, relied on state governors asking for more supplies than they needed.

According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, by Saturday evening more than 305,000 cases of Covid-19 had been confirmed in the US, resulting in more than 8,000 deaths. New York is by far the state worst hit.

Scientists around the world are looking for potential treatments but so far have not found a success. The drug repeatedly pushed by Trump, hydroxychloroquine, has only shown anecdotal promise.

The drug is used to treat malaria, arthritis and lupus. Reports of its potential have driven up sales and made it difficult for Americans who rely on the drug to fill prescriptions.

He also said he “may take it” himself, though he would “have to ask my doctors about that”.

Source: Trump tells Americans to take unproven malaria drug to prevent Covid-19 | World news | The Guardian

A $2.3 trillion question after stimulus bill: What more is needed for Pittsburgh? | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

WASHINGTON — Last month, Capitol Hill was a remarkable scene of solidarity: All 99 senators voted to pass the largest stimulus package in U.S. history, and, two days later, the House followed suit with fast-tracked approval.

And so came the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, a $2.3 trillion economic spending package signed by President Donald Trump on March 27, providing loans to businesses, cash payments to most Americans and support to hospitals and health care research.

Source: A $2.3 trillion question after stimulus bill: What more is needed for Pittsburgh? | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Top White House health official warns Americans NOT to go to the grocery store if it’s not essential | Daily Mail Online

  • Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, said the next two weeks are essential to breaking through the outbreak
  • Residents in Pennsylvania, Colorado and Washington, D.C. in particular are told that they must stay in place to prevent the outbreak from worsening
  • She warned even grocery stores and pharmacies must be avoided if possible 
  • Dr. Birx said that hotspots may hit their peak in the next six to seven days
  • New York, Louisiana, and Detroit are hoped to be reaching the peak of their curve
  • Models predict there may be over 850 daily deaths in New York before then
  • The national model predicts the peak in daily deaths in 12 days

Source: Top White House health official warns Americans NOT to go to the grocery store if it’s not essential | Daily Mail Online

Gov. Wolf, religious leaders encourage alternate forms of religious gatherings

“I know that we’re nearing several holidays, including major religious holidays like Easter and Passover,” Gov. Wolf said. “I am encouraging religious leaders hosting a holiday celebration to consider an alternative that does not bring people together in-person.

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Second Port Authority employee tests positive for COVID-19

Officials said the bus driver, who works out of the West Mifflin garage, has been in medically-directed self-quarantine since April 1, and has not been to work since March 21.

Source: Second Port Authority employee tests positive for COVID-19

Diocese of Greensburg closes churches, limits funerals, baptisms, confessions

The Diocese of Greensburg has announced that it is closing all church buildings until further notice, with a few exemptions during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Bishop Edward C. Malesic said baptisms and weddings should be delayed if possible and all funerals should take place at the cemetery with a memorial mass scheduled for a later date.

In addition to all previous directives, the following guidelines and mandates apply to all parishes, parish priests, parish administrators and deacons, parish churches and all public chapels:

•All parish churches and public chapels are to be closed until further notice, except in those cases listed below.

•The Sacrament of Reconciliation should be limited to those in serious need. Confessions should be arranged by appointment.

•Baptisms are to be delayed, if possible. However, should baptism be required, no more than 10 people, including clergy, are permitted to be present, taking extreme caution to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

•Weddings should be delayed, if possible. However, should a wedding occur during this time of threat, no more than 10 people, including clergy, are permitted to be present. Proper social distancing must be maintained.

Bishop Edward C. Malesic said baptisms and weddings should be delayed if possible and all funerals should take place at the cemetery with a memorial mass scheduled for a later date.

Source: Diocese of Greensburg closes churches, limits funerals, baptisms, confessions

Celebrity Kids Who Look Like Their Parent In Stunning Fashion – Don’t Think That These Are Throwback Photos – Better Health Post

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree! These celebrity parents, like Cindy Crawford, Jennifer Garner, and Tom Hanks, all share striking similarities — and features! — with their cute kids. Click through to see these stars

Source: Celebrity Kids Who Look Like Their Parent In Stunning Fashion – Don’t Think That These Are Throwback Photos – Better Health Post

Pa. Supreme Court rejects request for large, expedient reduction of county jail populations | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

Today, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejected an emergency request to dramatically reduce jail populations by allowing the blanket release of certain inmates.

On April 1, the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania filed an emergency request on behalf of five inmates as a plea to reduce county jail populations across the commonwealth. The goal was to stem the spread of coronavirus within jails and among people in contact with current and former inmates.

Source: Pa. Supreme Court rejects request for large, expedient reduction of county jail populations | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

Bernie Sanders calls for $2G monthly payments, rent freeze in next stimulus package | Fox News

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Sen. Bernie Sanders is renewing his push for a $2,000 per month “emergency payment” for every American until the coronavirus outbreak “has passed.”

The monthly payments — as well as a freeze on monthly rent and mortgage payments — are part of a list of wide-ranging priorities the progressive senator from Vermont on Friday highlighted that he would like to see in a potential fourth coronavirus relief package that Congress is considering.

BIDEN PUSHES FOR ANOTHER STIMULUS PACKAGE AMID DEVASTATING JOBS REPORT

President Trump signed into law a week ago a massive $2 trillion stimulus package known as the CARES Act that was overwhelmingly passed in a bipartisan vote by Congress.

Source: Bernie Sanders calls for $2G monthly payments, rent freeze in next stimulus package | Fox News

Hobby Lobby to Close All Stores, Furlough Employees With No Pay After Claiming To Be ‘Essential Business’

Hobby Lobby had attempted to remain open by labeling itself as an essential business, and therefore not under the prohibitions of the stay-at-home orders. Stores in Texas, Colorado, Ohio and Michigan were reopened despite the mandates.

“Hobby Lobby properly closed its stores during Ohio’s stay-home order,” tweeted Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost on Wednesday. “Now they’re open again — what’s changed? Neither the order, nor the seriousness of the health threat, for sure. I sent a cease & desist letter to their general counsel.”

Dave Yost

@Yost4Ohio

Hobby Lobby properly closed its stores during Ohio’s stay-home order.

Now they’re open again — what’s changed? Neither the order, nor the seriousness of the health threat, for sure.

I sent a cease & desist letter to their general counsel. https://images.app.goo.gl/qJmT2PL7nmehyPzQ6 

“We encourage furloughed employees to file their claims with their State’s unemployment commissions as soon as possible,” read a statement by Hobby Lobby on Friday.

Source: Hobby Lobby to Close All Stores, Furlough Employees With No Pay After Claiming To Be ‘Essential Business’

Pittsburgh closes playgrounds, could close parks if social distancing wanes | TribLIVE.com

Pittsburgh officials have not ruled out closing city parks if residents fail to heed social distancing guidelines as they did last weekend.

The city has already closed all playgrounds effective Friday, and basketball courts and the Mt. Washington overlooks have been closed since early this week.

Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich said residents have, for the most part, done well at keeping their distance from one another.

“But last weekend was an exception within our city parks and public places,” Hissrich said Friday at an outdoor news conference on the North Shore. “They were packed, and there was no social distancing.”

He said now is a crucial time in the pandemic, and “we have to remain vigilant.”

Source: Pittsburgh closes playgrounds, could close parks if social distancing wanes | TribLIVE.com

Another Giant Eagle Employee Tests Positive For Coronavirus | Pittsburgh, PA Patch

PITTSBURGH, PA – A third Giant Eagle employee in the Pittsburgh area has tested positive for coronavirus, the grocery chain announced.

A worker at the Giant Eagle on Old William Penn Highway in Murrysville tested positive on April 1. The worker’s last day in the store was March 27. The store has been sanitized and remains open.

The other stores where an employee tested positive were on McKnight Road in McCandless and at Settler’s Ridge in Robinson. Those stores also were sanitized and remain open.

Source: Another Giant Eagle Employee Tests Positive For Coronavirus | Pittsburgh, PA Patch

Who’s Hiring: List Of Companies Currently Seeking Employees In Pennsylvania – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Thousands and thousands of Pennsylvanians are newly out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there are some places that are still hiring, mainly in essential services such as grocery stores and supply delivery.

We’ve been compiling a list of the places seeking applicants, and will continue to update the list as more places announce they’re hiring.

NOTE: If you have a business in Pennsylvania and you’re currently seeking employees, click here to fill out our form and we’ll work to add you to the list.

NOW HIRING:

  • Cedar Creek Design: We’re in immediate need of an experienced hardscape/landscape construction crew leader. Minimum 3-5 years experienced preferred in a similar leadership position. Crew leader should be knowledgeable in all aspects of residential hardscape and landscape construction, leading a crew of 3-4 people, working within a deadline, etc. Valid PA drivers license required – CDL Class A is a plus but otherwise will train. This is a temporary position that could lead to a permanent one. Pay will be based on experience.
  • Citizen Care, Inc.: We are hiring for Direct Support Professionals to work in our Residential Group Homes (intellectual and developmental disabilities). Full Time opportunities are available on days, evenings and overnights. Additional professional and management opportunities are also available. Learn more and apply at PFQ.org/Careers.
  • Civil and Environmental Consultants Inc.: Numerous positions for Pittsburgh [Robsinon Twp] office.
  • Delta T Group: Residential aide to work with adults that have intellectual, developmental disabilities and or mental health diagnoses in a residential/group home setting.
  • FedEx Ground: FedEx Ground is an essential business that needs people to help us support the economy, handling life-saving medications and other items that keep our communities as prepared as possible during these uncertain times. FedEx Ground is hiring part-time and full-time individuals to load and unload packages in our fast-paced warehouse environment.
  • Greater Pittsburgh Plumbing, Heating & Cooling: Registered service plumber.
  • IPC Services, LLC: Harmony, PA – Environmental Service provider in need of dedicated and reliable field technicians / laborers are first line responders trained to provide countless services to various industries. These services can include emergency response, remediation and oil and gas services.
  • Magna Service Agency: We Pilot the water trucks and sand trucks on the lease roads for the oil and gas industry. No CDL required. These are all new 2019 standard trucks. Just need a clean driving record and 3 years of driving experience.
  • Milestone Centers, Inc.: We are hiring for Direct Support Professionals to work in our Residential Group Homes (intellectual / developmental disabilities and Community Residential Rehabilitation). Full Time opportunities are available on evenings and overnights. Additional professional and management opportunities are also available. Learn more and apply at milestonepa.org/careers.
  • Murray Avenue Kosher: Prep cook, dishwasher, deli counter and customer counter to help enforce social distancing. Email: aryehm21@yahoo.com
  • Sanel Inc: Parcel delivery positions.
  • Sierra Experts: A provider of Remote Systems Management, Remote Monitoring, Data Center Hosting, Telephony, and Application Development services is seeking an aggressive, career-focused individual to join our expanding team for the position of Server Operations – Tier II. This individual is responsible for the systems support as it pertains to the current client base of the company. This position must support active clients and work with future clients by developing a thorough understanding of their business needs as they relate to their Technology needs. This opportunity is ideal for individuals that excel at systems support with the goal of professional growth and broadening skillsets.
  • Summit Academy: Summit Academy is seeking individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of our young men through counseling, training, athletics and education!
  • The Academy Schools: If you feel that you have the character to make a difference and change the direction of a student’s life, we invite you to learn more about our unique career opportunities that we offer.
  • ZTRIP TAXI: zTrip is currently hiring candidates interested in an Independent Contractor position that would require on demand taxi driving services.

Source: Who’s Hiring: List Of Companies Currently Seeking Employees In Pennsylvania – CBS Pittsburgh

Pa. residents should wear a mask when leaving home, Gov. Wolf says

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is asking Pennsylvania residents to wear a mask when leaving their homes to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Source: Pa. residents should wear a mask when leaving home, Gov. Wolf says