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Pennsylvania coronavirus updates March 26

Cases of the novel coronavirus in Pennsylvania have grown to more than 1,600. Keep checking back for the latest COVID-19 updates throughout the day.

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UPDATE 8:55 p.m.: Port Authority confirmed one of its employees has tested positive for coronavirus.

Officials said that employee, a bus operator, is under medical supervision at a local hospital. Based on current information, the employee was exposed outside of work.


Below is part of the statement issued by Port Authority:

“Upon learning of the employee’s diagnosis, Port Authority followed all of the protocols recommended and advised by the Centers for Disease Control and the Allegheny County Health Department, including holding the employee out of work when they first reported they were self-quarantining due to potential exposure, disinfecting areas where they may have been, and closely monitoring their coworkers."

“First and foremost, we want to wish our employee a speedy recovery,” said Port Authority CEO Katharine Kelleman. “The health and safety of our employees is our top priority now more than ever, and while this case hits close to home, it will not deter us from continuing to provide bus, rail and ACCESS service during this difficult time. We’re in this together and we will get through it together.”

UPDATE 7:47 p.m.: The Diocese of Pittsburgh has launched an online collection to help local parishes get through the coronavirus stay-at-home order.

According to a release, the diocese is working with local parishes to set up individual donations sections on their own websites.

To learn more, visit www.diopitt.org/help

UPDATE 5:45 p.m.: REAL ID has been extended for a year, and will not be required for travel until October of 2021.

The federal, state and local response to the spread of the coronavirus here in the United States necessitates a delay in this deadline," acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said Thursday in a statement.

“States across the country are temporarily closing or restricting access to DMVs. This action will preclude millions of people from applying for and receiving their REAL ID. Extending the deadline will also allow the Department to work with Congress to implement needed changes to expedite the issuance of REAL IDs once the current health crisis concludes.”

UPDATE 5:00 p.m.: Fifteen public safety employees in Pittsburgh have are in self-isolation over concerns about coronavirus.

Channel 11 has learned that three EMS workers were possible exposed while on the job.

Twelve firefighters are also self quarantining. Eight were told to stay home as a precaution after getting sick. Three had recently traveled overseas and one firefighter may have been exposed outside of work. That last firefighter is awaiting test results.

“His was off duty exposure, but there was a day he was at work, so there’s anxiety there,” Pittsburgh Firefighters Union representative Ralph Sicuro said.

Separately, two Pittsburgh police firefighters were tested Press Release Distribution Services In Pennsylvania after possible exposure, but their results were negative. No other officers are self-isolating.

City first responders and now getting health checks twice a day.

“It’s temperature, its questions. If anyone of them gets flagged there are follow up questions,” Sicuro said.

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