Lisa Scales has worked in food banks for nearly 25 years. She was involved in food distribution efforts in response to Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and to the 9/11 attacks in New York.
She has never experienced anything like the need associated with the coronavirus pandemic.
“I have never seen a spike in need to this degree,” said Scales, president and CEO of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. “I have never seen need like we’ve seen in the past several weeks in the Pittsburgh region and frankly across the country.”
Scales is facing a harsh reality that the current need for food is greater than the food bank’s supply can meet.
So far, the food bank has held four large-scale, drive-up distributions and served boxes of food to over 5,000 cars. It has more distributions planned and is developing other methods of getting food into the community. But Scales believes that in the midst of the covid-19 crisis, the food bank has met its match.
“It’s hard for me to say this, but the need is so significant that, despite our best efforts, I know that we will not be able to meet all of the need that’s in the community throughout the entirety of the crisis,” Scales said.
Dr. Manny explains whether you should be taking zinc supplements to help prevent COVID-19.
Dear. Dr. Manny,
I’ve read that zinc supplements may help protect me against COVID-19. Is there any truth to that?
Thanks for your question.
Right now, the most important measure that you can take to protect yourself from the novel coronavirus is social distancing, washing your hands, not touching your face and following the guidelines that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has put out for self-quarantine.
The pastor of Lousiana megachurch was arrested on misdemeanor charges for holding Sunday services for hundreds of followers in the face of a state-wide coronavirus large gathering ban.
The criminal action against Pastor Tony Spell comes a day after Rev. Rodney Howard-Browne, the pastor of another megachurch, River at Tampa Bay Church in Florida, was arrested and charged with violating a local coronavirus stay-at-home order when he held services over the weekend that drew large crowds.
Spell’s service Sunday drew an estimated 500 people of all ages to Life Tabernacle Church in Central.
On Tuesday Central police charged Spell with six counts of violating the Louisiana governor’s ban on large gatherings that was enacted to contain the sometimes-deadly coronavirus.
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Allegheny County Health Department says there are 25 new cases of COVID-19 in the county, bringing the total to 290 active cases.
Of those patients, 38 have been or are hospitalized.
The death toll remains at two. Both of those patients were adults.
Allegheny County Health Department@HealthAllegheny
This is the COVID-19 Daily Update from ACHD for March 30, 2020. A map which shows where residents with confirmed COVID-19 live is available: http://bit.ly/ACHDcovid-19. ACHD is working on making other information available publicly.
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The department continues to trace the contacts of people who have confirmed COVID-19 and is recommending self-quarantine when needed. We strongly urge all people in Allegheny County to stay at home to slow the spread of the virus in our community.
The city of Pittsburgh announced additional restrictions Monday morning to enforce social distancing rules that aim to fight the spread of the coronavirus.
Public Works crews are removing basketball rims from the courts at parks. The Mount Washington overlooks are also being closed.
“While Pittsburgh residents have largely been following directives to stay at least six feet from others to stop the spread of the virus, others have not, especially in city parks,” a press release from Mayor Bill Peduto’s office said.
The press release from the mayor’s office said the areas were commonly filled over the weekend with residents who were not practicing social distancing.
“Park rangers and police will be out to remind people to observe social distancing,” Public Safety spokesman Chris Togneri said. “We think that Pittsburghers are going to basically self-police and get the word and change the activity, because this weekend was sort of a step back, but we don’t think that’s going to be a problem moving forward.”
Johnson & Johnson said Monday human testing of its experimental vaccine for the coronavirus would begin by September and that it could be available for emergency use authorization in early 2021.
Shares of Johnson & Johnson rose more than 4% in premarket trading.
The company said it is also increasing its manufacturing capacity with a new site in the U.S. and additions to previously existing sites in other countries to produce and distribute the potential vaccine quickly.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – KCRG-TV9’s i9 Investigative Team is checking rumors and speculation circulating about the Coronavirus.
One rumor a couple viewers asked us was whether blood type made you more or less susceptible to contracting the coronavirus.
The preliminary evidence suggests this is TRUE.
A study awaiting publication in medical journals looked at blood types of COVID-19 patients in China. It found people with type A blood are about 20-percent more likely to contract Coronavirus than other blood types. Meanwhile, people with type O blood had about a 30-percent lower chance of getting the virus.
The study did not look at whether those cases are more or less severe based on blood type. It’s important to note that these results are very preliminary because of how new this virus is.
(CNN)President Donald Trump said Saturday that he’s considering a short-term quarantine of “hot spots” in parts of the tri-state area — New York, New Jersey and Connecticut — where cases of coronavirus continue to rise.
“We’re thinking about certain things. Some people would like to see New York quarantined because it’s a hotspot. … We might not have to do it, but there’s a possibility that sometime today we’ll do a quarantine, short-term, two weeks on New York. Probably New Jersey, certain parts of Connecticut,” he told reporters as he departed the White House for Norfolk Naval Station to send off a Navy hospital ship to New York.
Trump’s suggestion comes after the United States this week became the epicenter of the global pandemic, with at least 111,000 reported Covid-19 cases across the country, and more than 52,000 of them in New York state alone. Officials forecast that the apex of the pandemic there is still 14 to 21 days away. But overwhelmed hospitals, in New York as well as across the US, working to treat coronavirus patients and curb the spread of the virus are facing a shortage of supplies and ventilators, a key piece of equipment.
“I’d rather not do it, but we may need it,” said the President, who later tweeted that “decision will be made, one way or another, shortly.”
The fear is that one member — potentially GOP Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky — could prevent the House from approving the $2 trillion bill by voice vote, forcing them instead to cast a roll-call vote in person. That has angered many members, who are now forced to decide whether to skip a vote on the biggest rescue package in American history — or travel to Washington and risk their personal well-being.
On a conference call Thursday, many House Democrats expressed deep concerns about traveling, worried about contracting the virus and spreading it to their families, sources on the call said.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that if they are unable to pass the bill by voice vote, then they would have a roll call vote on final passage on Friday, according to three sources on the call.
Considered an essential business, AutoZone stores will stay open as other companies around the country are forced to shut their doors. Here’s what the company’s doing to keep people safe during the pandemic.
As a cautionary measure taken due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Memphis-based auto parts retailer is no longer allowing employees inside customers’ cars. Now, the customer is the one using an OBD (on-board diagnostics) reader to get an engine light reading, while the employee guides them through the process.
The step is one of the many AutoZone has taken in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, as part of an effort to protect both customers and employees. Considered an essential business, its stores will stay open as other companies around the country are forced to shut their doors.
“You know, it’s an extremely difficult time for everybody,” said David McKinney, VP of government and community relations for AutoZone. “As an essential business, we understand the role we must play during these tough times.”
In addition to keeping employees outside of customer vehicles, the company has adjusted hours for most stores — with the exception of hub stores and mega hub stores. Shops will open at either 7:30 a.m. or 8 a.m. — depending on the location — and close at 6:30 p.m.
Comparatively, stores typically close at 9 p.m. or 10 p.m.
Employees must now wear gloves at all times, and disinfect the store — especially shelves, parts, counter tops, and other areas that receive a lot of contact.
Only 10 people are allowed in the store at a time.
Sheetz officials announced menu changes Monday in response to the coronavirus.
The Altoona-based convenience store chain temporarily eliminated self-serve coffee and beverages along with bakery items like doughnuts and muffins to help stop the spread of covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The changes went into effect at 4 p.m. Monday.
As the COVID-19 health crisis continues, we are making some changes at our store locations in the interest of the health and well-being of our customers and employees. Click the link to read a letter from our President/COO Travis Sheetz. https://t.co/Aqi8pyXBR3pic.twitter.com/v8xFRPYICY
The mandatory lockdown in Wuhan, China — the city where the global coronavirus pandemic began — will be lifted starting on April 8, the government announced Tuesday. China barred people from leaving or entering Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, starting January 23 and expanded the order to most of the province in the days that followed.
While Wuhan itself still has two weeks of lockdown to go, some local operations are beginning to get back to business. Two car factories in the city started their production lines again on Monday, according to South China Morning Post.
WASHINGTON — An emergency stimulus package to bailout the U.S. economy amid the coronavirus pandemic will total $6 trillion — a quarter of the entire country’s GDP, the White House said Tuesday.
Trump administration economist Larry Kudlow said the package would include $4 trillion in lending power for the Federal Reserve as well as a $2 trillion aid package currently being hammered out by Congress.
“This package will be the single largest main street assistance program in the history of the United States,” Kudlow said at the White House coronavirus task force briefing on Tuesday evening.
Included in the package is Congress’ almost $2 trillion emergency bill which, when passed, will issue direct checks for American families, bailouts for the airline industry and a $350 billion loan program for struggling small businesses.
The other $4 trillion will allow the Federal Reserve to make huge emergency bailouts to whatever entity it chooses — a measure that was used to prop-up Wall Street firms from collapse during the 2008 financial crisis.