When the State Stopped: A look back at how Pennsylvania arrived at a new normal during the coronavirus pandemic

Written by on May 26, 2020

When the State Stopped: A look back at how Pennsylvania arrived at a new normal during the coronavirus pandemic

February 26th was the first time the state Health secretary uttered the word “coronavirus.”

Tim Lambert , WITF

May 26, 2020

Empty streets in downtown Hummelstown in Dauphin County on April 1, 2020.
Photo | Tim Lambert / WITF

On February 26th, the state health secretary uttered the word “coronavirus” for the first time publicly.

Over the next several weeks, Pennsylvanians experienced a series of unprecedented events.

Schools were closed for the year. Businesses were shut down. And people were ordered to stay home.

Drawing on reporting from WITF’s journalists and public radio stations across the state over the last two months, WITF has produced a documentary looking back at how it all unfolded.

Listen to the story below.


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