When certain scenarios predict that potentially 100,000 to 240,000 Americans could die as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, one has to wonder about the priorities — nay, the mental state — of a president who brags about his “press conferences” (actually, they’re mini-MAGA rallies) beating out “The Bachelor” for TV ratings.
During a mad-dash, early-morning run last weekend through Clarks Summit’s Weis grocery store, I came to appreciate the work being done by the clerks and shelf-stockers there. One young fellow who looked and sounded seriously sleep-deprived cheerfully helped fetch an item that was on our list. During these pandemic-panicked times, it’s good to have folks like these making sure society’s basic needs are met.
Hampered by pandemic-driven social distancing and self-quarantining, both the Scranton City Council and School Board turned to the Internet and meeting app Zoom to arrange legal, open-to-the-public forums. Problems quickly arose though when unidentified hackers and trolls interrupted the proceedings by scrawling obscenities and racial slurs across the computer screens.
Donald Trump thinks the coronavirus-stalled U.S. economy will be ready to restart by Easter. Wiser heads are calling that wishful — and even dangerous — thinking.
The COVID-19 pandemic is being felt everywhere, even in the bucolic reaches of northeastern Pennsylvania. Residents there are openly fearful of the disease being imported by New Yorkers and New Jerseyans seeking refuge in their second homes.
Like his peers in other states, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is playing a high-stakes balancing act, juggling public health with economic reality.
Like numerous other athletic events, the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo will be forced to ride the pine due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the name of public health, it’s the right call.
As the state’s public school students sit at home while riding out the COVID-19 outbreak, there are lots of unanswered questions regarding the plausibility of online lessons (unlikely, given that not all kids have equal access to the internet at home), and changing the standards for graduating seniors and allowing younger students to repeat their grade. As yet, matters seem to be up in the air.
Individuals with underlying health issues or compromised immune systems are particularly susceptible to the COVID-19 outbreak. The city’s long-distressed pension fund also falls under this category.