WEATHER: Philadelphia: mostly cloudy, high of 94; Harrisburg: mostly cloudy, high of 94; Pittsburgh: cloudy, high of 86.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* A contact-tracing app for mobile phones is being piloted and could go live in Pennsylvania in the coming weeks as part of an effort to more quickly contain coronavirus outbreaks by notifying people who may have been exposed, a state Health Department official said Wednesday, the AP reports.
* A predictable downturn in the mood of Pennsylvania voters amid the coronavirus pandemic and a slumping economy spells trouble for President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign, according to a new poll, the Inquirer reports.
* That same poll found that nearly one in three Pennsylvania voters say that COVID-19 is the biggest issue facing the state and fear getting very sick and possibly dying if they contract the disease, but that Democrats are more likely than Republicans to know someone who’s been diagnosed with COVID-19 and to change their behaviors to limit its spread in their communities, the Capital-Star reports.
* Every Philadelphia School District student will have the tools to access digital learning in September, Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said Wednesday, pledging to connect the thousands of families who lacked internet access this spring when schools first went remote, the Inquirer reports.
* What do state lawmakers - at least those attending session at the state Capitol in Harrisburg - have more in common with National Basketball Association stars and Major league Baseball players than you? Access to a fast turnaround on their coronavirus tests, PennLive reports.
* Mayor Jim Kenney has selected Tumar Alexander to become acting managing director, entrusting a widely respected City Hall veteran with Philadelphia’s top non-elected position as the city confronts the coronavirus pandemic and ongoing protests against systemic racism, the Inquirer reports.
* After a lawsuit and quick naturalizations, 2,200 Philly-area immigrants can vote in November, the Inquirer reports.
* Philadelphia-area licensed liquor establishments have received the most compliance checks by state police, to date, who are ensuring that restaurants and bars are following the state’s COVID-19 requirements. On Monday and Tuesday, Pennsylvania State Police Liquor Control Enforcement Officers visited 1,650 licensed liquor establishments. Twenty-six warnings were issued statewide and one notice of violation for failing to follow state COVID-19 requirements was administered in the Philadelphia area, PennLive reports.
* The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 834 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday. This brings the statewide total to 110,218. Along with the new cases, Pennsylvania is also reporting 16 new deaths. The statewide total coronavirus fatalities now stands at 7,162. Of the total deaths, 4,883 have occurred in nursing homes or personal care facilities, PennLive reports.
* Amid criticism from the teachers’ union, a fellow board member, and residents, Neshaminy School Board President Steve Pirritano is defending a comment he posted to Facebook that calls the Black Lives Matter organization “Marxist, anti family, anti American (sic),” WHYY reports.
* The Citizen has an op-ed by Philadelphia City Councilmember Maria Quiñones-Sánchez, who issues a call to action for city business leaders to demonstrate a commitment to meaningful reform in the “new normal” brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
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1 p.m. - Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine will visit the Millersville branch of Lancaster EMS, a nationally accredited ambulance service that serves a diverse emergency response district with over 260,000 residents in 21 municipalities. They will be joined by administrators and staff from Lancaster EMS to discuss the vital role front-line emergency workers play in our health care and emergency response systems, and the challenges these workers face while fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. 100 E. Charlotte Street, Millersville.
1 p.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will join Health Commissioner Dr. Farley and Managing Director Brian Abernathy to provide an update on the City’s response to the COVID-19 coronavirus in Philadelphia. These updates will continue to be live-streamed to the public via the Department of Public Health’s Twitter (@PHLPublicHealth) and Facebook accounts, and broadcast on PHLGovTV, Comcast channels 64 and 1164, and Verizon channels 40 and 41.
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KICKER: “They’re elated. They’re thrilled. They’re so happy to be U.S. citizens.” – Lawyer Trina Realmuto of the National Immigration Litigation Alliance. From the Inquirer.