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Articles from the March 17, 2020 edition

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Grab & Go Lunches for school children available on the Hilltop

The City of Pittsburgh and Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh are providing Grab and Go Lunch for Pittsburgh school children at the following South Pittsburgh locations: • St. Paul AME Church, 400 Orchard Place ... — Updated 3/24/2020


South Side Community Council cancels March 23 General Meeting

The South Side Community Council General Meeting on March 23 has been cancelled. In response to directives about social gatherings in light of the COVID-19 crisis, it has been... — Updated 3/20/2020


AHN temporarily suspends all visitation at affiliated facilities

Allegheny Health Network (AHN) announced it is suspending all patient visitation at its affiliated hospitals, outpatient clinics and ambulatory surgery centers until further notice. The new policy goes into effect at 7 p.m. on... — Updated 3/19/2020


Four centers will offer meals for city school children

Four city and Salvation Army centers around the city will be offering grab-and-go meals for city school children starting Thursday, March 19, in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Public Schools. The Department of Parks and... — Updated 3/19/2020


Port Authority adopts Social Distancing Policy

The Port Authority of Allegheny County is implementing a temporary Social Distancing Policy on all vehicles effective immediately. Signage will be posted on all vehicles reminding customers to maintain a safe distance of at least s... — Updated 3/18/2020


PWSA extends, expands shut off moratorium in response to COVID-19

As part of the regional response to the spread of COVID-19 Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority (PWSA) is extending the authority's Shut Off Moratorium until May 31 and waiving... — Updated 3/18/2020


Mayor William Peduto declares State of Emergency due to COVID-19

Mayor William Peduto has declared a State of Emergency in the City of Pittsburgh and signed an Executive Order prohibiting all public gatherings of more than 50 people. "As the coro... — Updated 3/18/2020


City of Pittsburgh moves to Level 2 emergency operations in response to COVID-19

The City of Pittsburgh is moving to further restrict face-to-face interactions between city personnel and residents, while preserving core city services in response to the spread of... — Updated 3/18/2020


Concerns expressed about Airbnbs on the Slopes

The South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA) has a new board member following the organization's March 10 general meeting. The new member is Lucia Sanchez, who has lived i... — Updated 3/18/2020


City-County Building closed to visitors

Beginning today at noon, access to the City-County Building is limited to help protect visitors and employees from the COVID-19 virus. The Grant Street entrance to the building will be closed and only the Ross Street entrance will... — Updated 3/17/2020


Effective March 17, 2020, Social Security offices will only offer phone service

All local Social Security offices will be closed to the public for in-person service. This decision protects the population they serve—older Americans and people with underlying medical conditions—and employees during the Coron... — Updated 3/17/2020


Project Prom gown giveaway days canceled

This year’s Project Prom Gown Giveaway Days have been canceled. Project Prom is a partnership between the Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) and the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) to provide free prom at... — Updated 3/17/2020


Grandma's Dog Daycare receives 2020 Best of Pittsburgh Award

Grandma's Dog Daycare, 431 Cabot Way in South Side Flats, has been selected for the 2020 Best of Pittsburgh Award in the Dog Daycare category by the Pittsburgh Award Program. Grandma's has been in business since March 2011. Each... — Updated 3/17/2020


Wolf Administration updates businesses on guidance for COVID-19 mitigation efforts

The Wolf Administration strongly urged non-essential businesses across the state to close for at least 14 days to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The governor’s request protects employees, customers, and suppliers and... — Updated 3/17/2020


PennDOT closes all Driver, Photo License Centers, extends expiration dates and suspends construction in response to COVID-19

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is implementing the following operational changes in response to Governor Tom Wolf’s mitigation guidance regarding COVID-19. All Driver License Centers and Photo License... — Updated 3/17/2020


Pennsylvania workers affected by COVID-19 may be eligible for unemployment and workers' compensation benefits

Workers in Pennsylvania who are impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible for Unemployment and Workers’ Compensation benefits, according to Pennsylvania Secretary of Labor & Industry (L&I) Jerry Oleksiak. Unemployment compensation... — Updated 3/17/2020


UPMC Develops New COVID-19 test, offers testing to select patients

UPMC has developed a test for the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes COVID-19 — and will use this test to diagnose select, symptomatic cases. The health system plans to rapidly increase capacity at its... — Updated 3/17/2020


City of Pittsburgh announces operational changes due to COVID-19

The City of Pittsburgh will continue to deliver essential city services to residents throughout the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, though some services will be curtailed to protect employee and resident health. Non-emergency... — Updated 3/17/2020


Little Wings of Hope postpones pasta dinner fundraiser

Little Wings of Hope has decided to postpone its March 21st Annual Pasta Dinner Fundraiser Event at the Sokol Club. In light of the ongoing public health concern and out of an abundance of caution organizers decided to take... — Updated 3/17/2020


Community updated at South Side Planning Forum meeting

A city update by Councilman Bruce Kraus and city nighttime economy coordinator Allison Harnden kicked off the March 10 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. Block by Block, or the Clean Team retained to keep the E. Carson St. c... — Updated 3/17/2020


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