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How to watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve in Times Square without cable - PennLive
The show will be hosted by Ryan Seacrest starting at 8 p.m. Dec. 31 on ABC.
Lots of us will be ringing in the new year at home this year - and slamming the door on 2020. While there wont be large crowds in Times Square in New York City the ball will still drop and you can watch it on TV, from the comfort of your couch (like some of us already do.) It would be best we not attend parties in order to limit the spread of COVID-19, so instead you can tune in to various outlets that will be broadcasting live. Dick Clarks Rockin New Years Eve with Ryan Seacrest
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Second stimulus check update: Trump signs massive funding bill that includes $600 payments - PennLive
After earlier telling lawmakers to send him a package with bigger relief payments for families, the president relented and signed the bill.
Story by Jill Colvin, Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) President Donald Trump has signed a $900 billion pandemic relief package that will deliver long-sought cash to businesses and individuals. It also averts a government shutdown. Trump announced the signing in a statement Sunday night. The massive bill includes $1.4 trillion to fund government agencies through September and contains other end-of-session priorities such as money for cash-starved transit systems and an increase in food stamp benefits. Democrats are promising more aid to come once President-elect Joe Biden takes office, but Republicans are signaling a wait-and-see approach. The news came Sunday as millions lost unemployment aid, the government barreled toward a mid-pandemic shutdown and lawmakers implored President Donald Trump to act. Trump blindsided members of both parties and upended months of negotiations when he demanded last week that the package already passed the House and Senate by large margins and believed to have Trumps support be revised to include larger relief checks and scaled-back spending. The federal government was slated to run out of money at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday while he spends the holidays golfing in Florida. Earlier Sunday evening, Trump offered the vaguest of updates, tweeting, Good news on Covid Relief Bill. Information to follow! The White House did not respond to questions about what he meant. In the face of growing economic hardship and spreading disease, lawmakers urged Trump on Sunday to sign the legislation immediately, then have Congress follow up with additional aid. Aside from unemployment benefits and relief payments to families, money for vaccine distribution, businesses, cash-starved public transit systems and more is on the line. Protections against evictions also hang in the balance. What the president is doing right now is unbelievably cruel, said Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. So many people are hurting. ... It is really insane and this president has got to finally ... do the right thing for the American people and stop worrying about his ego. Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania said he understood that Trump wants to be remembered for advocating for big checks, but the danger is hell be remembered for chaos and misery and erratic behavior if he allows this to expire. Toomey added: So I think the best thing to do, as I said, sign this and then make the case for subsequent legislation. The same point was echoed by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican whos criticized Trumps pandemic response and his efforts to undo the election results. I just gave up guessing what he might do next, he said. Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois said too much is at stake for Trump to play this old switcheroo game. I dont get the point, he said. I dont understand whats being done, why, unless its just to create chaos and show power and be upset because you lost the election. Trump, who spent much of Sunday at his West Palm Beach golf course, has given no indication that he plans to sign the bill as he spends the last days of his presidency in a rage. Indeed, his dissatisfaction with the legislation seems only to have grown in recent days as he has criticized it both privately to club members and publicly on Twitter. Days ago, Democrats said they would call House lawmakers back to Washington for a vote Monday on Trumps proposal to send out $2,000 relief checks, instead of the $600 approved by Congress. But the idea is likely to die in the Republican-controlled Senate, as it did among Republicans in the House during a rare Christmas Eve session. Democrats were also considering a vote Monday on a stopgap measure aimed at keeping the government running until President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated Jan. 20. Washington has been reeling since Trump turned on the deal, without warning, after it had won sweeping approval in both houses of Congress and after the White House had assured Republican leaders that Trump would support it. Instead, he assailed the bills plan to provide $600 COVID-19 relief checks to most Americans insisting it should be $2,000 and took issue with spending included in an attached $1.4 trillion government funding bill to keep the federal government operating through September. And already, his opposition has had consequences, as two federal programs providing unemployment aid expired Saturday. Lauren Bauer of the Brookings Institution had calculated that at least 11 million people would lose aid immediately as a result of Trumps failure to sign the legislation; millions more would exhaust other unemployment benefits within weeks. How and when people are affected by the lapse depends on the state they live in, the program they are relying on and when they applied for benefits. In some states, people on regular unemployment insurance will continue to receive payments under a program that extends benefits when the jobless rate surpassed a certain threshold, said Andrew Stettner, an unemployment insurance expert and senior fellow at the Century Foundation think tank. About 9.5 million people, however, had been relying on the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program that expired altogether Saturday. That program made unemployment insurance available to freelancers, gig workers and others normally not eligible. After receiving their last checks, those recipients will not be able to file for more aid, Stettner said. Fingers have been pointing at administration officials, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, as lawmakers try to understand whether they were misled about Trumps position. Now to be put in a lurch, after the presidents own person negotiated something that the president doesnt want, its just its surprising, Kinzinger said. But we will have to find a way out. Kinzinger spoke on CNNs State of the Union, and Hogan and Sanders on ABCs This Week. ___ Associated Press writer Alexandra Olson in New York contributed to this report.
Pa. senators head to White House for pre-holiday lunch with President Trump - PennLive
But some senators are declining the invitation to a luncheon orchestrated by Sen. Doug Mastriano, a Trump loyalist, due to prior commitments and the last-minute notice.
In the midst of making decisions about who to grant pardons to and pressuring Congress to provide more relief in a negotiated coronavirus relief package, President Donald Trump will take time out on Wednesday to have lunch with some Pennsylvania senators. Four senators confirmed that Sen. Doug Mastriano invited fellow members of the Senate Republican Caucus to have lunch at the White House with the president. Attempts to contact Mastriano on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning for comment were unsuccessful. The point of contact at the White House identified on the invitation, William Crozer, special assistant to the President and deputy director of White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, referred questions to the White House press staff who didnt immediately respond. Aside from an opportunity to take in the America the Beautiful-themed holiday decorations at the White House, the senators said they had been given no clue as to the purpose of the gathering. Nothing in the invitation gave any indication of the purpose, said Sen. Lisa Baker, R-Luzerne County, who didnt plan to attend due to a prior commitment for today. Three other senators Sens. Camera Bartolotta, R-Washington County; Mike Regan, R-Cumberland/York counties; and Ryan Aument, R-Lancaster County said they also are declining the invitation. Bartolotta said the invitation came at short notice and she was traveling. Regan said he has a family gathering planned. Aument said hes too busy between making preparations for the work that lies ahead for a special committee he was appointed to charged with reviewing the 2020 election and returning constituent phone calls, mostly about the election and COVID-19-related issues. I cant take a day and go down [to Washington, D.C.]. And it seems to me I dont know that theres much to come out of that conversation, frankly, Aument said. Interim Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman, R-Centre County, also will not be attending, said spokeswoman Jenn Kocher. Spokesmen for House Speaker Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster County, and House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre County, said they did not receive invitations to the luncheon. Attempts to speak with other senators Tuesday evening and/or Wednesday morning including among others, Sens. John DiSanto R-Dauphin/Perry counties, and Kristen Phillips-Hill, R-York County, were not successful. The invitation to the luncheon from the White House via Mastriano arrived in the senators email inboxes on Monday evening or Tuesday morning. It began: You are cordially invited to join President Donald J. Trump at the White House for a luncheon on Wednesday, December 23 at 12:30 p.m. Eastern. Please find pertinent registration information and other details below, including COVID-19 arrival and testing protocols. Note that this invitation is non-transferable, and we are unable to accommodate additional guests, family members, or staff. Here is a screenshot of the top portion of the invitation that Pennsylvania's Republican senators received to attend a Dec. 23 luncheon at the White House with President Donald Trump. It went on to outline other required procedures, including COVID-19 testing. Per CDC guidance, we ask that you please wear a mask upon arrival. If you have been exposed or are experiencing symptoms, we ask that you please decline from attending, the invitation said. This invitation comes as Trump is awaiting the U.S. Supreme Court to act on a petition filed by his campaign to reverse three Pennsylvania Supreme Court decisions dealing with mail-in ballots. The campaign is asking the court to overturn the states certified election results that declared President-elect Joe Biden as the winner and to allow the Pennsylvania General Assembly to pick the states slate of electors. Biden won Pennsylvania by more than 80,000 votes but Trump and his supporters have launched a series of unsuccessful legal challenges here and in other states. Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, certified the states results on Nov. 24. In keeping with the states tradition of the popular vote winner in the presidential contest choosing the electors, the electoral college met last week and voted unanimously to give Pennsylvanias 20 electoral votes to Biden. All 50 states and the District of Columbia have certified their results and submitted their electoral votes. On Jan. 6, Congress formally counts the electoral votes. Earlier this month, a group of Pennsylvania Republicans gathered to cast conditional electoral votes for Trump in the event that the long-shot legal challenges to the election are successful. This is the second time in a month that Pennsylvania lawmakers were invited to the White House to meet with Trump. The last time it was an evening gathering that followed a nearly four hourlong Senate GOP Policy Committee meeting that featured Trumps lawyers - Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Wise - who called witnesses made claims discrediting the integrity of Pennsylvanias election. It was at that White House meeting when Mastriano learned he tested positive for COVID-19 through the White House screening of visitors. * This story was updated to include Sen. Mike Regans response that arrived moments after publishing. Jan Murphy may be reached at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @JanMurphy.
Trump’s long-shot bid to overturn Pa. election results not likely to bear fruit - PennLive
Despite pressuring from President Donald Trump's lawyers to not accept the state's certified presidential election results declaring Joe Biden the winner, Republican legislative leaders showed no movement in doing that or changing the way presidential elector…
President Donald Trumps lawyers in a desperate plea to overturn the election results urged Pennsylvania lawmakers to change the way its presidential electors are chosen or consider calling a special election. Trumps personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and his legal adviser Jenna Ellis pushed those options at Wednesdays Senate Republican Policy Committee hearing. But those pleas appear to have fallen on deaf ears, according to the offices of Republican legislative leaders. We have been clear from the beginning: the General Assembly has no role to play in the selection of electors, said Jason Gottesman, spokesman for the House Republican majority following the hearing. He further noted that the House GOP leaders have no intention of calling House members back before the Nov. 30 end of the 2019-20 legislative session. Senate GOP spokeswoman Jenn Kocher said Senate Republican leaders, who have the majority in that chamber, also dont plan to call senators back to Harrisburg. Sen. Doug Mastriano (R., Franklin), organized Wednesdays committee hearing. However, Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin County, a Trump supporter who requested the hearing to examine election issues, said its time for decisive action. Theres two things that need to happen, Mastriano said as the three-and-a-half hour hearing drew to a close. First off, we need to make sure the real winner is sent forth for the presidential election, he said, drawing rousing applause from a roomful of people gathered at the Wyndham Hotel in Gettysburg. And number two , we need to fix this so it never happens again. State and local election officials have repeatedly said there is no evidence of widespread fraud in Pennsylvanias election. On Tuesday, Gov. Tom Wolf certified the election results showing President-elect Joe Biden won the state by more than 81,000 votes. A Pennsylvania judge ordered state officials on Wednesday to halt any further steps toward certifying election results; the Wolf administration filed notice to appeal the decision. Trumps repeated legal attempts to overturn the election have been swatted down by state and federal judges. Throughout the hearing, Republican lawmakers heard a litany of voter fraud and election rigging allegations from more than a dozen Trump poll watchers, voters and others who cast doubt on the general elections legitimacy. Among them was a Philadelphia poll watcher who claimed he was denied entry into a polling place. Trump observers in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh complained of being kept too far away from ballot canvassing to ensure it was being done properly. An 80-year-old voter said she cast a vote for Trump but it didnt appear on the paper ballot that the voting machine produced. A computer expert who said the voting machines can be manipulated in how they allocate votes, claims which the voting machine manufacturer called unfounded and baseless. One participant in the hearing appeared via telephone: the president. Trump ditched plans to attend in person but called in and spoke for 11 minutes. When Ellis interrupted saying she had a special guest and held her phone up to the microphone, Trump said, Let them finish their testimony, its fantastic. He said he had been listening. Trump then repeated accusations that Democrats had cheated and declared, This was an election that we won easily. The Pennsylvania Department of State, which oversees elections, denounced Trumps falsehoods. The tired conspiracy theories repeated today in Gettysburg have been debunked and dismissed by the courts. Continuing to repeat these falsehoods in front of the cameras only harms the democracy that so many Americans have died to protect, said Pennsylvania Department of State spokeswoman Ellen Lyon. The facts are clear: Pennsylvania had a free, fair, and secure election. Millions of Pennsylvanians followed the rules and voted. Democratic lawmakers criticized the nearly three dozen House and Senate Republican lawmakers who participated in the hearing, either in person or via Zoom, for using taxpayer dollars for what they considered to support a partisan event. If Senate Republicans want to entertain conspiracy theories from Rudy Giuliani and rally with defeated presidential candidate Donald Trump, they should do so on their own time and dime not the taxpayers, said Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa of Allegheny County in a statement. Our process was secure and our count is accurate: a count that was certified this week, making todays hearing even more inappropriate. Sen. Maria Collett, D-Montgomery County, said all pretense that the Republican committee hearing was a legislative hearing evaporated when Trumps lawyers suggested a special election on behalf of our client. Giuliani also asked for the state to un-certify the election results and then not count the votes that were not properly inspected. When I say properly inspected, they werent inspected at all, he said. You could almost consider them hidden votes counted in backroom where everybody was smoking cigars. One option should not be to ignore it and to certify a corrupted irredeemably corrupt election, Ellis said. Ellis also suggested another option. She insisted the Legislature constitutionally has the power to change the manner in which presidential electors are chosen and that they are not required to appoint electors who support the winner of the states popular vote. Pennsylvanias Republican legislative leaders have shown no inclination of taking such steps. Senate Majority Leader and incoming Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman, R-Centre County, said earlier this month, while the Legislature can provide oversight of the elections and call the process into question, lawmakers certainly want to stay with the tradition of the popular vote winner getting the electors. Going forward, Ellis suggested lawmakers look at the issues that testifiers raised, the security of voting machines, and rein in the executive branchs control over the elections. House and Senate Republican lawmakers, mostly unmasked and not socially distant, participated in a Senate hearing on election issues that focused on President Trump's legal team's allegations about improprieties in the state's elections that courts have determined to be mostly unfounded. Nov. 25, 2020 Screenshot from Pa. Senate website Senate Majority Committee Chairman Dave Argall, R-Schuylkill County, said, There is no doubt in my mind we will pass legislation in the House and the Senate based on what we have learned today. The hotel where the hearing was held is about a mile from the scene of Picketts Charge, where Union troops repelled a desperate Confederate attack in July 1863. It helped turn the tide of the American Civil War against the slave-owning South. Former Gov. Tom Ridge, a Republican who publicly pronounced his support for Biden, took note of Gettysburgs historic significance when he criticized Trump for trying to overturn the election. In a post on Twitter, Ridge wrote, History will record the shameful irony that a president who lied to avoid military service staged a bogus event on the hallowed grounds of Gettysburg in a brazen attempt to undermine the Republic for which scores of real patriots had fought & died to preserve since its founding. Jan Murphy may be reached at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @JanMurphy. More from PennLive Pa. Sen. Toomey congratulates President-elect Joe Biden, calls on Trump to begin transition
Car-sized asteroid flew within 2,000 miles of Earth, the closest ever recorded, and NASA missed it - PennLive
The space agency didn't see it until after it happened.
On Aug. 16, a space rock the size of a car zipped past Earth at a distance too close for comfort - approximately 1,830 miles. Whats even more disconcerting is that NASA never saw it until after it had happened. A report by Business Insider cited, it was the closest ever recorded, according to asteroid trackers and a catalog compiled by Sormano Astronomical Observatory in Italy. The report said the space rock, because of its size, most likely wouldnt have posed any danger to people on the ground had it struck our planet. But it noted that the close call is worrisome nonetheless, since astronomers had no idea the asteroid existed until after it passed by. The asteroid approached undetected from the direction of the sun, Paul Chodas, the director of NASAs Center for Near Earth Object Studies, told Business Insider. We didnt see it coming. The space rock was first detected, about six hours after it flew by Earth, by the Palomar Observatory in California. The record-breaking nature of the event was confirmed by Chodas: Yesterdays close approach is closest on record, if you discount a few known asteroids that have actually impacted our planet, the report quoted. According to the report, NASA is aware of only a fraction of near-Earth objects (NEOs) like this one, as many do not cross any telescopes line of sight, and in recent years, several potentially dangerous asteroids have snuck up on scientists. If the wrong one slipped through the gaps in our NEO-surveillance systems, it could kill tens of thousands of people, the report noted. This recent near-Earth asteroid, initially called ZTF0DxQ, is now formally known to astronomers as 2020 QG. The Business Insider report said it first learned about it from the creator of the website orbitsimulator.com, Tony Dunn. Dunn tweeted on Monday: Newly-discovered asteroid ZTF0DxQ passed less than 1/4 Earth diameter yesterday, making it the closest-known flyby that didnt hit our planet, the report quoted. Business Insider reported that early observations suggest the space rock flew over the Southern Hemisphere just after 4 a.m. Universal Time (midnight ET) on Sunday. The report said, however, that the International Astronomical Unions Minor Planet Center calculated a slightly different trajectory, suggesting the asteroid flew over the Pacific Ocean hundreds of miles east of Australia. Not dangerous, but it is unnerving. According to the report, 2020 QG wasnt too dangerous, as far as space rocks are concerned. Telescope observations suggest the object is between 6 feet (2 meters) and 18 feet (5.5 meters) wide - somewhere between the size of a small car and an extended-cab pickup truck, the report said. According to the Impact Earth simulator from Purdue University and Imperial College London, even if it was on the largest end of that spectrum and made of dense iron, as most asteroids are rocky, only small pieces of such an asteroid may have reached the ground, the Business Insider report cited. Such an asteroid would have exploded in the atmosphere. According to the report, an asteroid such as this one, would have exploded in the atmosphere, creating a brilliant fireball. The airburst unleashed would have been equivalent to detonating a couple dozen kilotons of TNT, or about the same as one of the atomic bombs the U.S. dropped on Japan in 1945. However, to people on the ground, the airburst, which would have happened about 2 or 3 miles above the ground, wouldnt have sounded any louder than heavy traffic, the report said. It doesnt take a huge rock to create a big problem. However, the report noted that it does not take a huge space rock to create a big problem. In February 2013, a roughly 66-foot-wide asteroid exploded without warning over Chelyabinsk, Russia, creating a superbolide event, which unleashed an airburst equivalent to 500 kilotons of TNT - about 30 Hiroshima nuclear bombs worth of energy, the report said. The explosion, which began about 12 miles above Earth, triggered a blast wave, shattering windows in six Russian cities and injuring about 1,500 people. What is considered a potentially hazardous NEO? Potentially hazardous NEOs are defined as space objects that come within 0.05 astronomical units and measure more than 460 feet in diameter, according to NASA. NASA is actively scanning the skies for such threats, which Congress has required it to do since 2005. However, the report said the agency is mandated to detect only 90% of city killer space rocks larger than about 460 feet (140 meters) in diameter. In May 2019, NASA said it had found less than half of the estimated 25,000 objects of that size or larger, the report cited. Objects that come from the direction of the sun, meanwhile - like 2020 QG - are notoriously difficult to spot, the report said. Theres not much we can do about detecting inbound asteroids coming from the sunward direction, as asteroids are detected using optical telescopes only (like ZTF), and we can only search for them in the night sky, Chodas said. The idea is that we discover them on one of their prior passages by our planet, and then make predictions years and decades in advance to see whether they have any possibility of impacting, the report quoted Chodas. NASA has a plan. According to the Business Insider report, NASA has a plan to address these gaps in its asteroid-hunting program, and is in the early stages of developing a space telescope able to detect asteroids and comets coming from the suns direction. Nearly $36 million has been allotted in NASAs 2020 budget for that telescope, called the Near-Earth Object Surveillance Mission. 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Pa. reports more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases for first time in 2 months - PennLive
State officials are concerned about the recent uptick in cases, particularly among young adults.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 1,009 new coronavirus cases Friday, marking the first time in two months the state has topped 1,000 new cases in a single day. The health department last reported more than 1,000 new cases in a day on May 10. The new report raises the statewide total of COVID-19 cases to 93,876. The health department said 175 of the total cases reported Friday did not occur within the past 24 hours. Those new positive cases are the result of an influx of private lab results, the department said. Over the last seven days, the state has reported an average of 733 new cases per day. While the numbers of new cases and hospitalizations remain below the peaks in the spring, health officials have said they are concerned about the recent uptick of infections, particularly among young adults. State officials have been tracking the rise in cases in southwestern Pennsylvania. Across Pennsylvania, 6,880 deaths have been tied to COVID-19, including 32 new fatalities reported Friday, the health department said. More than two-thirds of the states deaths have occurred in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes. The health department data shows the recent rise in cases over the past few weeks. June 20-26: 3,608 new cases, an average of 515 per day June 27-July 3: 4371 new cases, an average of 624 per day July 4-10: 5,135 new cases, an average of 733 per day In the spring, the health department regularly reported more than 1,000 coronavirus cases in a day. The peak came April 9, when the state reported 1,989 new cases that day. With a spike in new cases, Allegheny County officials added a two-week extension to an order barring indoor dining at bars and restaurants, although outdoor dining, takeout and delivery will be allowed. Allegheny County has seen hundreds of new infections over the past week, with the median age of the new cases ranging from 26 to 31, health officials have said. The countys health department reported 180 new cases Friday. While officials are tracking the spike in cases in southwestern Pennsylvania, health officials say they are worried about the increase in cases among adults between 19 and 24 years old all across the state. Statewide, about 650 coronavirus patients are being treated in hospitals, which reflects an increase in recent days. A week ago, just under 600 patients were hospitalized. The current numbers remain well below what many hospitals saw in April and May. For perspective, about 2,800 patients were treated in hospitals at the peak earlier this spring. About 77 percent of the states COVID-19 patients have recovered, the health department estimates. The department considers patients to be recovered when they are more than 30 days past the point of their initial diagnosis or the onset of symptoms. More from PennLive School districts race against the clock, coronavirus and Trumps tweets to plan reopening Getting tested for coronavirus in Pa. is becoming more difficult amid wave of new infections Gov. Wolf extends protection from foreclosure or eviction through Aug. 31 Coronavirus in Pa.: 719 new cases reported July 9, statewide total rises to 92,867
Allegheny County bans on-site alcohol consumption amid spike in coronavirus cases: ‘We’re going in the wrong - PennLive
The order will restrict on-site alcohol consumption at any business in the county, according to the release.
In a Sunday press release, Allegheny County officials announced new mitigation measures in response to the countys recent increase in new coronavirus cases. The measures include additional mask guidelines and the inability for customers to consume alcohol on-site at bars, restaurants and similar facilities. Allegheny County Health Department officials said they are finalizing an order which will take effect at 5 p.m. June 30. The order will restrict on-site alcohol consumption at any business in the county, according to the release. (Click here if you cannot see the graphic below) The order also requires the wearing of masks in all businesses, consistent with state guidelines. However, the county additionally ordered the use of masks even when seated. Customers may only remove the mask when eating or drinking, according to the release. Officials said any reported violations will be investigated. Businesses found to be in violation will be ordered to be closed for a minimum of a week. According to the release, restaurants will also need to enforce physical distancing while prioritizing outdoor seating and limit occupancy to 50 percent of the stated fire code maximum. County executive Rich Fitzgerald said Allegheny County led Pennsylvania in new COVID-19 cases on Sunday for the first time since cases were confirmed in the state. Were going the wrong direction, Fitzgerald said. While most resident and businesses have been following the rules, these requirements and mitigation measures address the hot spots that have been identified during case investigations. These are severe steps, but we have to take steps now to limit the community spread that endangers those who are older, high-risk or otherwise immunocompromised. TribLive reported that officials said the recent surge has been attributed to reports of county residents traveling across the country included Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Houston, Nashville and multiple cities in Florida. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf voiced his support for Allegheny health officials in a press release Sunday afternoon. This was the right move to work to stop the recent spike of COVID-19 cases in its tracks and to remind all residents and businesses that the best defense we have in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and keeping Pennsylvanians safe is to continue to follow the mask-wearing requirement, practice social distancing, and follow safety guidelines even and especially during the green phase of reopening, Wolf said. We cannot become complacent in practicing the measures we know can protect everyone from the spread of this very contagious virus. Allegheny County Health Department Director Dr. Debera Bogen gave the following recommendations to residents:
- Consider rescheduling, changing or postponing travel and vacation plans.
- Avoid crowded locations and close contact with others.
- Wear a mask even if not required.
- Frequently wash hands and use hand sanitizer, especially when in public places or before eating or drinking.
Victoria’s Secret to close 250 stores, Bath & Body Works to close 50 locations: reports - PennLive
Owner also will close some Bath & Body Works stores.
The owner of Victorias Secret will close about 250 stores in the U.S. and Canada in the coming year, according to USA Today. L Brands Inc. also owns Bath & Body Works and expects to close about 50 of those stores. The locations of the stores that will be closing was not disclosed. According to USA Today, the information was included in information the company posted yesterday as part of its quarterly earnings, which indicated sales were down 37 percent in the quarter that ended May 2. USA Today reported almost all of the companys stores have been closed since March 17 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Victorias Secret in its earnings statement said it had furloughed most store associates as of April 5 and reduced top management salaries by 20 percent. According to CNBC, The company announced Wednesday, in a separate securities filing, that current COO Charles McGuigan is stepping down. READ MORE A shopper leaves Bath & Body Works Monday, Dec. 24, 2012 at Bel Air Mall in Mobile, Ala. Owner L Brands Inc. expects to close about 50 of its stores in 2020. (Bill Starling/[email protected]) MO Thanks for visiting PennLive. Quality local journalism has never been more important. We need your support. Not a subscriber yet? Please consider supporting our work.