World Health Organization publishes news of a disease outbreak in Wuhan, China
WHO declares global health emergency. Travel restrictions follow.
II-VI shifts its manufacturing out of China.
Bantha Tea Bar in Bloomfield starts to experience stock shortages as tea imports from China and India delayed.
WHO declares COVID-19 a pandemic.
The region’s largest construction project, the Shell ethane cracker, falls quiet.
UPMC, PennDOT call off project work.
Gov. Wolf orders non-essential businesses to close, issues stay-at-home directive.
“This is our Apollo 13 moment.” — David Taylor, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association. Manufacturers retool to make personal protective equipment.
Telework becomes a sudden, new normal.
Walmart and Giant Eagle limit customers in their stores.
Westmoreland County furloughs 475 employees, CCAC furloughs 116, while 264 workers go part time.
A campaign to revitalize the image of Homewood’s historic business district is handicapped by the pandemic, as businesses struggle to stay afloat.
With schools ordered closed, dairy farmers that supply to school districts dump milk.
Allegheny Health Network to lay off 250 employees, Highmark Health to eliminate 63 positions.
With restaurants closed and Covid-19 spreading in meatpacking plants across the country, Giant Eagle and Shop ’n Save ration meat.
George Floyd is murdered by police in Minneapolis.
Dozens of downtown businesses are damaged, looted during protests for racial justice.
PNC pledges $1 billion to fight systemic racism. The bank’s board of directors also formed a special subcommittee on equity and racial inclusion, and gave employees up to 40 hours of paid time off a year to volunteer in support of racial justice causes.
One out of every two employers in southwestern Pennsylvania got federal stimulus loans, $3 billion in total.
Covestro joins a list of Pittsburgh companies cutting salaries for workers and announcing layoffs.
Lanxess launches task force against racism, injustice and social exclusion.
A group of Black executives launches the Executive Action & Response Network (EARN). “There is an emergency in Pittsburgh,” they write to corporate leaders to make the case for recruiting Black professionals for top executive roles.
As businesses adjust to restrictions, breweries now deliver and home remodeling goes virtual.
Jefferson Hospital, Giant Eagle, Amazon give bonuses or hazard pay to workers.
An eclectic mix of new businesses open in Pittsburgh, like Coop Chicken & Waffles on the North Side and pricey sneaker boutique Viral on the South Side.
Reed Smith creates task force to improve the wellbeing of Black employees, and to engage in pro bono work to further equity, criminal justice reform and voting rights.
Pittsburgh entertainment venues fold under the weight of the pandemic: Brillobox and the Rex Theater say goodbye.
“I thought I was necessary.” — Hair stylist Brandon Potts, Trending Styles Unisex Salon between 14th and 15th streets.
Pittsburgh Foundation announces a new Grantmaking for Racial Justice Fund.
“In many ways, COVID and social justice intersected and really completely compounded the sense of urgency.” — Lisa Schroeder, president and chief executive of the Pittsburgh Foundation.
Allegheny Health Network hires its first-ever chief clinical diversity and inclusion officer.
Comcast launches grants and technology resources program to help Black small businesses hit by COVID.
Wabtec says it will eliminate 150 positions, on top of an already planned 300 layoffs.
U.S. elects Joe Biden to replace Donald Trump as president.
First COVID vaccine is approved for emergency use in U.S.
Gov. Tom Wolf orders businesses shut down for three weeks as COVID-19 cases surge in Pennsylvania.