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Coronavirus in Pennsylvania

The Latest Guidance

The following counties will move to the yellow phase on May 29:
Dauphin, Franklin, Huntingdon, Lebanon, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, and
Schuylkill. 17 counties will move to green on May 29: Bradford, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Montour, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Venango and Warren.



Counties currently in yellow include: Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Cumberland, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Potter, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington, Westmoreland, Wyoming, Wayne, and York.

Pennsylvania is utilizing a three-phase matrix to determine when counties and/or regions are ready to begin easing some restrictions on work, congregate settings, and social interactions. View Governor’s Wolf’s
phased reopening plan for Pennsylvania. View
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Pennsylvania car dealers get limited opening for sales during coronavirus restrictions

People who have been shut out the past month from buying a car will be able to now that Gov. Tom Wolf has lifted some restrictions on dealerships.

“We’ve got permission for online sales, but the showroom still will be locked down. We’re not allowed to have people coming in (the showroom) and kicking the tires,” said Jeff Smail, general manager of the family-owned Smail Automotive Group on Route 30, east of Greensburg. Showroom visits are by appointment only, Smail noted.

Wolf signed an order Monday permitting the electronic notarization of documents needed for closing real estate property sales and for buying a vehicle. Dealerships had been closed for sales since mid-March, when the governor ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses to shut down, making Pennsylvania one of three states to clamp down

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Trek Bicycle National Study Reveals New & Emerging U.S. Cycling Behaviors During Coronavirus Pandemic

WATERLOO, Wis., April 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — As many Americans across the country are facing extended social distancing orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic, consumers are turning to cycling as an alternate means of essential transportation, for mental and physical health, and to keep the kids busy. Today, Trek Bicycle released new results from a nationally representative survey of over 1,000 American adults 18-years-old and over, conducted in partnership with research firm Engine Insights. The study explores how cycling behaviors and attitudes are shifting amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, with results revealing that bike riding is perceived as a “safer” activity and mode of transportation compared to public transit, and more people are biking than before.

(PRNewsfoto/Trek Bicycle Corporation)

Of Americans who own a bike, 21% of them have been riding more since the COVID-19 pandemic. This can be traced back to a need for less public and crowded forms of transportation, a

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A WHO driver was killed when his vehicle carrying coronavirus test samples was attacked in Myanmar

A World Health Organisation vehicle carrying coronavirus test samples came under fire in Myanmar, in an attack that killed the driver and seriously injured a government official, the UN said Tuesday.

The attack happened on Monday in Minbya, in the country’s northwestern Rakhine state, where the military has been fighting with the Buddhist insurgent group Arakan Army.

The UN’s Myanmar mission named the driver as Pyae Sone Win Maung, saying it was “deeply saddened” to confirm his death.

Driver killed in attack on WHO vehicle carrying coronavirus samples in Myanmar
Pyae Sone Win Maung was driving a World Health Organisation vehicle carrying coronavirus test samples when it came under fire in Myanmar. (Supplied by Pyae Sone Win Maung’s family.)
“The WHO colleague was driving a marked UN vehicle from Sittwe to Yangon transporting COVID19 surveillance samples in support of the Ministry of Health and Sports. The United Nations is seeking further information on the circumstances of the incident,” the mission said in
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Coronavirus: Shelter in place speeds up several major Bay Area transportation projects

Nearly everyone in the Bay Area is sticking close to home during the coronavirus shelter in place, which has left the region’s roadways unusually empty and sped up typically congested commutes for the relatively few people still on the road.

Caltrans is also taking advantage of the empty lanes, accelerating everything from guardrail installation and pothole plugging to big projects that typically tie up traffic for weeks or months. BART, which is stopping its trains hours early each night, is also taking advantage of the shelter-in-place slowdown by speeding up work to revitalize the region’s rail system.

The goal for these agencies is to get construction work done before the Bay Area reopens and congestion starts to return.

“This is getting a lot of talk in Caltrans and BART and other agencies as well,” said Randy Rentschler, spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. “They want to get as much work

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Coronavirus: Morgan Hill bicycle company sources and donates masks to healthcare workers

MORGAN HILL, Calif. (KGO) — Face masks are hard to come by, even for health care workers. So, Morgan Hill-based bike company, Specialized, has been using its worldwide contacts, calling in favors, and spending millions of dollars to get face masks to medical workers.

Specialized CEO Mike Sinyard told me healthcare workers are the heroes of this pandemic.

He knows he is fortunate to have the wherewithal to secure so many masks, but encourages all of us to lend a helping hand to healthcare workers.

“How could you help them?” he asks. “Can you help them by preparing food, can you help them by taking care of their kids, because the kids will be home. Everything helps.”

Mask shipments have begun arriving at the company’s Morgan Hill headquarters, and among the first to get masks are local hospitals, including Watsonville Community Hospital.

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Coronavirus: Doctor finds bicycle stolen after night shift

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Dan Harvey discovered his bicycle had been stolen after a shift treating coronavirus patients

A hospital consultant treating patients with coronavirus says he has been overwhelmed with offers to replace his stolen bicycle.

Dan Harvey noticed his transport home was missing when he finished a nine-hour night shift on an intensive care unit in Nottingham.

It had been locked in a staff area of the Queen’s Medical Centre.

After sharing details of the theft on social media, Mr Harvey had dozens of offers to replace the bicycle.

Mr Harvey, 44, said he finished his shift at 02:00 GMT on Thursday and soon realised the bicycle he used for commuting had been taken.

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It had been secured with a combination padlock in a bicycle park that required a hospital staff ID to access.

“There were many bikes

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Ford’s first-quarter China vehicle sales down 35% as coronavirus hits demand

FILE PHOTO: The Chinese national flag flies on the roof of a Ford car dealership in Beijing, China October 11, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

BEIJING (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co (F.N) said on Thursday that its China vehicle sales in the first three months this year fell 34.9% from a year earlier to 88,770 units, as the novel coronavirus epidemic hit demand in the world’s biggest auto market.

The Dearborn, Michigan-based company said, however, all its dealers in China had resumed work and its sales in March had returned to 75% of the same period last year.

In China, Ford makes cars through Jiangling Motors Corp Ltd (JMC) (000550.SZ), in which it has a stake, and a joint venture with Chongqing Changan Automobile Co Ltd (000625.SZ).

Ford has been trying to revive sales in China after its business began slumping in late 2017. Sales sank

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Auto industry: China is giving cash to car buyers to revive sales crushed by coronavirus

Car sales declined 42% in the first quarter of 2020 compared to last year, according to data released late last week by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM). While that is largely because of a whopping 79% plunge in February — when the country of 1.4 billion people recorded just 310,000 sales — the market remains very weak. Only 1.43 million vehicles were sold in China last month, a 43% decline over March 2019.

The auto industry plays a crucial role in China’s economy. More than 40 million people in the country rely on the sector for jobs, either directly or indirectly. The industry generates more than $1 trillion in revenue each year, roughly 10% of China’s manufacturing output.

A healthy Chinese car market is also important to the rest of the world. Global automakers like Volkswagen (VLKAF) and General Motors (GM) sell millions of
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Iron Horse Bicycle Classic postponed because of coronavirus

Memorial Day weekend in Durango is synonymous with the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic. It’s the symbolic start of summer tourism season, as thousands of cyclists line up in a 47-mile road race from Durango to Silverton to try to beat a locomotive from the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

It’s been that way for 48 years, but not this year.

As the new coronavirus pandemic has continued to bring the world to a halt in all walks of life, the famed cycling event wasn’t spared. In uncertain times with no clear picture of when the COVID-19 outbreak will slow down or be controlled, the IHBC was forced to announce a postponement Thursday in an email to all registered riders.

“We just want everyone to understand this is based on obvious safety concerns. We don’t want to be part of the problem,” said IHBC Race Director Gaige Sippy. “We hope

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