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WESA Daily Briefing: August 26, 2020

News on the coronavirus pandemic, protests, 2020 election and more from around Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and southwestern Pennsylvania. 

Find all of the WESA Daily Briefing posts here. 

Editor’s note: This post will be frequently updated with the latest news.


9:54 a.m. – Dick’s reports boost in sales due to at-home exercise equipment

Shares of Pittsburgh-based Dick’s Sporting Goods rose nearly 16 percent in pre-market trading this morning.  The company is reporting a 194-percent jump in online sales during the second quarter of 2020.  Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Edward Stack said in a statement the gains are due to customer demand for at-home exercise equipment during the pandemic.  Stack also said the company is seeing slower sales of back-to-school supplies because of uncertainty over the timing of a return to school and fall team sports. 

8:01 a.m. – PA launching first statewide mobile testing unit

The state Health Department is launching the nation’s first statewide COVID-19 mobile testing unit.

CATE, which stands for Community-Accessible Testing & Education, is a 40-foot long RV that’ll focus on testing and education for historically underserved communities.

Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine says tests will be conducted on a first-come, first-serve basis, free of charge

“Bringing testing communities that otherwise would not receive it is a way that we continue the fight against this dangerous virus,” Levine said.

The department has planned more than 30 stops in churches, YMCAs or community centers around the commonwealth between now and the end of next month – including stops in York, Lancaster and Lebanon.

Test’s from the mobile unit will be sent to the state’s facility in Exton and should produce results within two days. 

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