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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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