A sign at the Giant Eagle in Aspinwall encourages customers to only take what they need on March 12, when shoppers started a run on stores. (Photo by Nicole C. Brambila/PublicSource)

Pittsburgh-area grocers implement purchase limits on hard-to-find items and new disinfecting routines amid coronavirus shopping rush

Editor’s note: A reader wrote in to PublicSource about what local grocers are doing to restock and stay safe. Below we have some information from two of the area’s largest grocers and we will update if we get additional information. Email nicole@publicsource.org with new questions. That hard-to-find case of water or package of toilet paper is getting restocked on shelves locally. But you might be limited to the number of packages you can snag on your next trip to the grocery store.

A resident walks near a polling place in East Liberty on May 21, 2019. Voting has changed dramatically in the wake of the coronavirus. (Photo by Ryan Loew/PublicSource)

Allegheny County’s $20 million deal for a new voting system moves forward, but plans on installing and training are still in the works

Update (1/24/2020): The Allegheny County Board of Elections will meet at 2 p.m. on Feb. 11 to discuss the rollout of new voting machines and training for poll workers for the April 28 primary election. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held in Conference Room 1 in the Allegheny County Courthouse at 436 Grant St. Allegheny County voters who head to the polls in three months for the primary election will cast their votes on a new $13.4 million system that largely relies on hand-marked paper ballots. 

The change from electronic machines, in place since 2006, includes an additional $6.6 million for software, updates and training. Many security experts consider paper ballots to be more secure because they create a paper trail and voters don’t have to rely on a computer to accurately reflect their votes.