Pittsburgh: A Local Look at COVID-19 Pandemic in Photos

As the Pittsburgh region responds to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus outbreak, our neighbors are responding in a variety of ways. The Post-Gazette photographers are out looking for the helpers, here’s a look at what they’re seeing.


Nora Peters, left, of Millvale a volunteer with the Northern Area Boys and Girls Club, gives out lunches to sisters Amber, 10, center, and Justice Long, 6, second from right, along with Sylas Schivins, 9, all of Shaler, provided by the Shaler Area school district, Tuesday, March, 17, 2020, at Holy Spirit Parish in Millvale. The Shaler Area school district will provide free grab-and-go breakfast to any Shaler Area student age 18 and younger each weekday due to the closing of the schools because of COVID-19. (Michael M. Santiago/Post-Gazette)
Pastor Donna Giver-Johnston preaches to an empty sanctuary and an online audience at Community Presbyterian Church in Ben Avon on Sunday, March 15, 2020. Concerned about the spread of COVID-19, church leaders told members of the congregation not to gather at the church but to join the service via livestream. CPCBA has been livestreaming its services for the past two years. Giver-Johnston urged listeners to check on those most vulnerable to the virus and the disruptions caused the its spread. ÒTogether, we can get through this,Ó she said. At right is the pastorÕs spouse, Brian Johnston. (Steve Mellon/Post-Gazette)
Tom Green, an employee of The Shooter’s Bench, a gun store in Russellton, does paperwork Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Gun and ammunition sales surged throughout the week, with Mr. Green and his co-workers estimating The Shooter’s Bench alone sold at least 8,000 rounds of ammunition Tuesday. Mr. Green said the store will likely be unable to restock much of its inventory due to supply chain disruptions and increased national demand. The Shooter’s Bench does not plan to close as part of Governor Tom Wolf’s statewide shutdown announced Monday. (Christian Snyder/Post-Gazette)
Hear Corp’s Maddy Lafferty, of Mount Washington, Sarah Platt, of Lawrenceville, Dave Bjornson, of Scenery Hill, and Miles Levrio, of the Strip District, prepare to coordinate a live-streamed concert of the band Bastard Bearded Irishmen, performing in a basement studio off-site, to kick off the 25 Pandemic Series, a live-streamed variety show that will feature 25 local artists, one each Tuesday through Saturday through April 18, to raise money for local artists impacted by cancelations due to the spread of COVID-19, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at 25 Carrick in Carrick. (Alexandra Wimley/Post-Gazette)
Peter Soergel, a City of Pittsburgh firefighter in Northview Heights, plays bagpipe on the steps of the City-County Building in Downtown Tuesday, March 17, 2020, to honor Pittsburgh’s long St. Patrick’s Day history. “It’s fun,” Mr. Soergel said of playing to an empty crowd due to government recommendations to avoid groups of 10 or more people, “but it’s not as much fun as being in a bar.” (Christian Snyder/Post-Gazette)
Tim Bright, of Shaler, says bye to Lindsey Navickas, a bartender and assistant manager at Grist House Craft Beer, after buying beer from the Grist HouseÕs beer trailer behind their brewery and taproom on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Millvale. (Emily Matthews/Post-Gazette)
Amy Tournay of Collier shop for herself and others Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at the Giant Eagle Market District in Robinson. (Nate Guidry/Post-Gazette) #pgcovid19
Jaila Hatcher, a Freshman at the University of Pittsburgh, tries to find a spot for her box to go in the car with grandmother, Perrise Saluhdin,helping to fit everything in the car for their trip home in Harrisburg, Pa., Tuesday, March 17, 2020, on the Oakland campus in Pittsburgh. Jaila is a Biology & Medical Anthropology major at Pitt. This was in response to COVID-19. Students were also moving out Duquesne University. (Bill Schankner reporting) (Darrell Sapp/Post-Gazette)
The sign is moved into place for the closing of the Grant Street Entrance to the City-County Building, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Downtown. The Ross Street entrance will remain open during regular business hours. COVID 19 (Darrell Sapp/Post-Gazette)
Staff wait for an approaching patient at the UPMC Mercy South Side Emergency entrance, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in the Southside. The emergency portion of the hospital was set up to screen patients for COVID-19. (Darrell Sapp/Post-Gazette)


Grace Williams, 10, and Marcus Stuckey, 10, both of Friendship, help clear weeds in the Octopus Garden during an event organized by the community garden’s owner to allow neighbors to “take a break from the news” and check in on each other, Sunday, March 15, 2020, in Friendship. (Alexandra Wimley/Post-Gazette)
Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich gives remarks as the city declares a state of emergency amid the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday, March 13, 2020, at the City-County Building, Downtown. (Steph Chambers/Post-Gazette)
Stephen Eggar, a service person of interiors for the Port Authority, cleans a bus with germicidal disinfectant during the COVID-19 pandemic on Thursday, March 12, 2020, at the Port Authority’s maintenance garage in Collier. (Steph Chambers/Post-Gazette)
Nathia Carmargo gives a bottle of hand sanitizer to her son Elijah Brown, 12, to put away after unpacking it from shopping bags after a trip to Walmart, Thursday, March 12, 2020, in her home in Braddock. Elijah attends Woodland Hills Intermediate School, which closed due to fears over COVID-19 exposure. (Alexandra Wimley/Post-Gazette)
Dr. Stacy Lane, center, screens motorists at a drive-by testing site for COVID-19 on Anderson Street on the North Side Monday, March 16, 2020. The screening and testing was offered by Central Outreach Wellness Center and Quest Diagnostics. At right is Sarah Miller, certified registered nurse practitioner. (Steve Mellon/Post-Gazette)
People walk on Forbes Ave in Downtown Pittsburgh on the first business day after Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf ordered all restaurants and bars in Allegheny and four other counties to close their dine-in facilities for 14 days on Monday, March 16, 2019. The restrictions were declared to to help stop the COVID-19 coronavirusÕ spread. (Andrew Rush/Post-Gazette)
Gabby Kyle washes her hands at a sanitation station, Saturday, March, 14, 2020, on East Carson Street in the South Side of Pittsburgh. Despite the cancellation of the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade due to COVID-19, people packed businesses on East Carson street as they celebrated the holiday. (Michael M. Santiago/Post-Gazette)
Cole Kuczynski, 16, front, a student at Hempfield High School, and dozens of other volunteers prepare emergency food boxes Monday, March 16, 2020, at the Westmoreland County Food Bank in Delmont. Jennifer Miller, chief executive officer of the Westmoreland County Food Bank, said volunteers will be preparing boxes for approximately 1500 households as the COVID-19 pandemic impacts regional food security. (Nate Guidry/Post-Gazette)
Dr. Donald Yealy, UPMC’s chair of emergency medicine, gives a tour of UPMC Mercy’s South Side Outpatient Center, which will be used as a COVID-19 specimen collection site, on Saturday, March 14, 2020, in the South Side of Pittsburgh. UPMC will be directing patients with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 to the collection site, which is not open to the general public. (Steph Chambers/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)
Tammy Purcer, of Garfield, shops at the Fine Wine & Good Spirits store in East Liberty, Sunday, March 15, 2020. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has announced a “phased closure” of wine and spirit stores in four counties in eastern Pennsylvania to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, prompting some to stock up ahead of further closures. (Alexandra Wimley/Post-Gazette)
Tim Finnerty, the Grand Marshal of this year’s canceled St. Patrick’s Day Parade, leads congregants out of the Feast of St. Patrick Mass on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at Old Saint Patrick’s Church in the Strip District in Pittsburgh. “I’d rather be known as the grand marshal of the parade that was canceled rather than the grand marshall that maybe spread the coronavirus,” Finnerty said. The parade was cancelled by the city due to COVID-19 precautions. (Steph Chambers/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)
Patrick Adamus of Dublin, Ireland, dances and sings with his fellow Drimnagh Boxing Club members during an impromptu St. Patrick’s Day parade, on Saturday, March 14, 2020, in Downtown. The boxing club was in town for Donnybrook 2020, which was canceled, along with the parade, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Steph Chambers/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)
A Benedum employee rubs door handles with a disinfectant wipe during the COVID-19 pandemic on Thursday, March 12, 2020, at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts, Downtown. (Steph Chambers/Post-Gazette)
Homer Waugman, of Greensburg, prepares to eat a fish sandwich at the Saint Bruno’s fish fry, Friday, March, 13, 2020, at Saint Bruno Church in Greensburg. Due to COVID-19, starting Friday March 20, the fish fry at Saint Bruno’s will be take-out only. (Michael M. Santiago/Post-Gazette)
Lindsay Radzvin, director of food services at West View Elementary School, bags breakfast and lunch items for students who receive subsidized meals while the North Hills School District is closed due to COVID-19 precautions, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Westview. Lindsay said that the bags contain a breakfast item, sandwich, yogurt, milk and juice for the students. (Darrell Sapp/Post-Gazette)
A sign of hope from the Row House Cinema along Butler Street, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Lawrenceville. As Allegheny County encourages the closing of any non-essential businesses, the theater is closed “for the foreseeable future.” The theater’s sister store next door, Bierport, is offering Curb Side Service of popcorn, beer and candy to go. (Darrell Sapp/Post-Gazette)
Matt Dunn, a researcher for the Center for Vaccine Research at the University of Pittsburgh, holds dead samples of the coronavirus Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, at the Biomedical Science Tower 3 in Oakland. (Nate Guidry/ Post-Gazette)
Matthew Moore of the North Side took advantage of slow traffic on Liberty Avenue, Downtown, to pass a football to a friend on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Many businesses, schools and government offices closed or informed employees to work from home over concerns about COVID-19. (Steve Mellon/Post-Gazette)
A lone runner makes his way down Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh’s vacant Strip District on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Many businesses, schools and government offices closed or informed employees to work from home over concerns about COVID-19. (Steve Mellon/Post-Gazette)
Eat’n Park restaurant on Ohio River Boulevard in Bellevue was empty on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Many businesses, schools and government offices closed or informed employees to work from home over concerns about COVID-19. (Steve Mellon/Post-Gazette)
At the end of rush hour, passengers exit a bus on Liberty Avenue, Downtown, on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Many businesses, schools and government offices closed or informed employees to work from home over concerns about COVID-19. (Steve Mellon/Post-Gazette)