Monthly Archives: April 2020

Indiana County and the infodemic

Coronavirus Diary By David Loomis INDIANA – A second front in the commander-in-chief’s “war” on the “invisible enemy” of COVID-19 is an “infodemic” — a global tsunami of misinformation. The infodemic comes in various sizes and shapes, from the president’s … Continue reading

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Woolslayer v. Driscoll

Coronavirus Diary By David Loomis INDIANA —  Administrators come and go at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Sometimes they go by defenestration. A recent such exit is Donald E. Woolslayer, who until March 31 served four years as campus facilities director. … Continue reading

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Memo to Mr. Overman, et al.

Coronavirus Diary By David Loomis INDIANA – State health department officials recorded Indiana County’s first fatality from the COVID-19 pandemic at noon on Wednesday, April 15. But social-media followers of county Commissioner Sherene Hess got the news from her a … Continue reading

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Pandemic economics, politics along Philadelphia Street

Coronavirus Diary  By David Loomis INDIANA – In Washington, the president asserted “total” authority over how and when to restart a flattened U.S. economy flirting with Great Depression-scale unemployment.  In state capitals, gubernatorial scoffing was gratifyingly bipartisan. In Pennsylvania, U.S. senators … Continue reading

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Domestic violence in quarantine

By Sara Stewart INDIANA — On Sunday, an Indiana Gazette story cited a crime drop in recent weeks as the community largely stayed at home during the coronavirus shutdown. “Reports of domestic disputes rose from 20 in early March to … Continue reading

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Indiana County’s COVID-19 expertise

Coronavirus diary By David Loomis INDIANA – The county’s pandemic response plan adopted last month states on Page 13 that external communication is a “critical” issue during the three or four waves of viral infection projected to wash over the … Continue reading

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Pandemic priorities, rights, responsibilities

Coronavirus diary By David Loomis INDIANA – Amid a global pandemic minimized by the president and people in his base, the Republican members of the Indiana County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday expressed their priorities: No social distancing can be … Continue reading

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The pandemic pathogen of propaganda

Coronavirus diary  By David Loomis INDIANA — A friend posted something on Facebook that pushed a button. It was a familiar refrain about “media”: They are The Problem. Some media may be a problem, including some news mediums. But not … Continue reading

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The public in community public health

Coronavirus diary By David Loomis INDIANA –  Indiana County officials took to the web and local airways last week to cheer citizens confronting the COVID-19 pandemic. With one exception, officials attempted a Fireside Chat approach, encouraging residents of a blue … Continue reading

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COVID-19 and the HIPAA dodge

Coronavirus diary By David Loomis INDIANA – “How much should the public know about who has the Coronavirus?” The headline in the March 28 edition of The New York Times foreshadowed questions of local elected officials interviewed March 31 during … Continue reading

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