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3 Sixers organization members test positive for the coronavirus; which Pa. businesses must close

During coronavirus outbreak, telemedicine is an answer — if you’re covered

To its advocates, telemedicine is the perfect remedy for a pandemic.
They see it as the ideal way to literally bridge the gap between providing the sick with treatment for coronavirus as well as other ailments — and the long-term need to keep doctors and nurses physically apart from potentially infectious patients.
While the Trump administration this week lifted national restrictions on the use of telemedicine by Medicare, the new policy did not apply to care provided by community health centers, which serve 81,000 elderly residents in Pennsylvania.

es, trout season will go on - but with a catch

Because anglers generally stand far apart, socially-distancing themselves in streams, Pennsylvania plans to proceed with a single-statewide opening day of trout season on April 18 despite the coronavirus pandemic.
But the Fish and Boat Commission will scrap other scheduled earlier special regional and youth openings, as well as prohibit the public from helping with stocking, an event that usually draws some crowds. It will, however, open a single, statewide Mentored Youth Trout Day on Saturday, April 11.
As a result, the commission will continue to stock thousands of trout. On Friday, it will stock Pennypack Creek in Philadelphia and Montgomery counties. Community volunteers will not be allowed to help as in previous years.

Atlantic City resorts donate more than 41,000 pounds of food to local charities

Two casino resorts along the Jersey Shore, ordered closed amid the coronavirus outbreak, have distributed a combined 41,498 pounds of food to local charities to help families struggling through the massive economic impacts of the virus’ spread.
The Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa has distributed more than 35,000 pounds of fresh food — valued at more than $50,000 — to local charities like the The Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City and The Community Food Bank of New Jersey. More than 1,000 were served, the hotel said in a press release.
Ocean Casino Resort also donated over 6,000 pounds of food to the Community Food Bank.

Daniel Dae Kim, TV star and Haverford College grad, tests positive for the coronavirus

TV star Daniel Dae Kim, an Easton native and Haverford College grad, announced Thursday that he had tested positive for COVID-19.
Best known for his roles on Lost and Hawaii Five-O, and most recently on The Good Doctor, Kim posted a video on Instagram describing what he has gone through and used the opportunity to decry acts of racism against people of Asian descent in connection with the coronavirus pandemic.
Kim, who also has served as an executive producer on The Good Doctor, said in the video recorded at his home in Hawaii:
"Please, please stop the prejudiced and senseless violence against Asian people. Randomly beating elderly, sometimes homeless Asian Americans is cowardly, heartbreaking, and it's inexcusable," he said.
Kim, who was born in South Korea and graduated from Bethlehem’s Freedom High School, said he got the infection in New York City while shooting for the show New Amsterdam.


Pa. prisons working on video conferencing for inmates and families amid worry about coronavirus spread

Pennsylvania’s prisons are working to set up video conferences between inmates and family members now that visits have been suspended in an effort to keep the coronavirus from spreading to people inside the institutions. Corrections Secretary John Wetzel said the service should be available soon to family members in their homes.
It had been available previously between Pennsylvania state prisons, allowing family members who wanted to connect with a relative incarcerated at an institution hours away to head to a nearby prison for a video conference and avoid long travel. But now, families will be able to sign up for 45-minute time slots and use their devices in their homes to video chat with an incarcerated family member.
Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration suspended all prison visits last Friday for at least two weeks and stepped up screening of employees and vendors, including taking temperatures and asking a series of questions.
Anyone with flu-like symptoms or a temperature of 100.4 degrees is not being allowed in. Wetzel said high-traffic areas are being cleaned constantly and crews are cleaning prisons three times in each eight-hour shift, up from once.
There are no confirmed cases in state prisons. Should an inmate test positive or require quarantine, Wetzel said, each prison has a plan to set aside a housing block and limit the number of staff who can enter.

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