Photos: Life during COVID-19 in the Pittsburgh area

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Life during COVID-19 has changed our day-to-day far more than anyone anticipated. Amid government-mandated shutdowns of nonessential business and the evacuation of schools and college campuses, social distancing has left many at home wondering what is going on outside of their doors.

Others still venture into the world dawning masks for protection, passing “take-out only” signs that flutter in restaurant windows along empty sidewalks. Throughout this pandemic, our photographers have captured Pittsburgh’s climate in this difficult time.

Animal Friends held a no contact drive-thru emergency pet food distribution on April 11. Individuals were asked to stay in their cars as food was loaded into their vehicle by staff members and volunteers wearing gloves and face masks. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

Animal Friends held a no contact drive-thru emergency pet food distribution on April 11. Individuals were asked to stay in their cars as food was loaded into their vehicle by staff members and volunteers wearing gloves and face masks. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

A person wears a full face respirator and gloves in the Strip District on April 11. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

A person wears a full face respirator and gloves in the Strip District on April 11. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

People follow the CDC's recommendation to wear face masks in public with mixed results at the Strip District on April 11. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

People follow the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation to wear face masks in public with mixed results at the Strip District on April 11. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

Pennsylvania National Guard members hold bags of food to distribute at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank emergency drive-up food distribution in Duquesne on April 6. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

Pennsylvania National Guard members hold bags of food to distribute at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank emergency drive-up food distribution in Duquesne on April 6. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

Charlese McKinney gives instructions to a group of volunteers at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank's emergency drive-up food distribution in Duquesne on April 6. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

Charlese McKinney gives instructions to a group of volunteers at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank's emergency drive-up food distribution in Duquesne on April 6. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

Volunteers in face masks wait for cars to arrive amid the boxes of food they will distribute to cars at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank's emergency drive-up food distribution in Duquesne on April 6. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

Volunteers in face masks wait for cars to arrive amid the boxes of food they will distribute to cars at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank's emergency drive-up food distribution in Duquesne on April 6. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

A volunteer waits amid boxes of food during the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank emergency drive-up food distribution in Duquesne on April 6. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

A volunteer waits amid boxes of food during the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank emergency drive-up food distribution in Duquesne on April 6. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

A pedestrian in Oakland wears a face mask on April 6. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

A pedestrian in Oakland wears a face mask on April 6. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

People waiting in traffic for their rations of donated food from the Great Pittsburgh Community Food Bank in Duquesne on April 7. Wait times were around 2 hours while members of the Pennsylvania National Guard assisted food pantry staff. (Photo by Nick Childers/PublicSource)

People waiting in traffic for their rations of donated food from the Great Pittsburgh Community Food Bank in Duquesne on April 7. Wait times were around 2 hours while members of the Pennsylvania National Guard assisted food pantry staff. (Photo by Nick Childers/PublicSource)

Closed signs and police barricades at a park in Ingram, PA. (Photo by Jay Manning/PublicSource)

Closed signs and police tape blocking off a park in Ingram. (Photo by Jay Manning/PublicSource)

The sculpture of Seneca leader Guyasuta and George Washington on Pittsburgh's Mt. Washington don masks amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

The sculpture of Seneca leader Guyasuta and George Washington on Pittsburgh's Mt. Washington don masks amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

A man waits for the bus along Murray Avenue in Squirrel Hill on March 27. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

A man waits for the bus along Murray Avenue in Squirrel Hill on March 27. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

People exercising — considered an allowable activity under Governor Tom Wolf's stay at home order — along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail in the North Shore on March 27. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

People exercising — considered an allowable activity under Gov. Tom Wolf's stay-at-home order — along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail in the North Shore on March 27. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

People carry their takeout food beneath the windows of the Smith Brothers Agency in the North Shore. The windows read "Yinz Got This, #Together Apart". (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

People carry their takeout food below the windows of the Smith Brothers Agency in the North Shore. The windows read "Yinz Got This, #Together Apart". (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

The marquee on The Byham Theater downtown Pittsburgh. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

The marquee on The Byham Theater in downtown Pittsburgh. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

A man walks on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University on March 27. In response to COVID-19, CMU has switched to remote learning for the remainder of the semester and encouraged all students to leave on campus housing if they're able to. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

A man walks on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University on March 27. In response to COVID-19, CMU has switched to remote learning for the remainder of the semester and encouraged all students to leave on-campus housing if they're able to. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

Trader Joe's shoppers at McCandless Crossing practice social distancing while waiting in line to enter the store on March 29. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

Trader Joe's shoppers at McCandless Crossing practice social distancing while waiting in line to enter the store on March 29. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

A woman at Trader Joe's gets ready to grocery shop by putting on store-provided gloves after disinfecting the handle of her shopping cart on March 29. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

A woman at Trader Joe's gets ready to grocery shop by putting on store-provided gloves after disinfecting the handle of her shopping cart on March 29. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

The Roberto Clemente Bridge sits empty shortly after Governor Wolf's stay at home order went into effect on March 23. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

The Roberto Clemente Bridge sits empty shortly after Governor Wolf's stay at home order went into effect on March 23. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

The parking lot of The Block Northway in the North Hills is largely empty on March 20, as non-essential businesses have been ordered to close due to the pandemic. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

The parking lot of The Block Northway in the North Hills is largely empty on March 20, as non-essential businesses have been ordered to close due to the pandemic. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

The windows of the Rex Theater in the South Side promote posters of the March and April shows that have been either canceled or postponed due to the coronavirus. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

The windows of the Rex Theater in the South Side on March 20 promote posters of the March and April shows that have been either canceled or postponed due to the coronavirus. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

People demonstrate appropriate social distancing while getting some exercise around the lake at North Park on March 22. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

People demonstrate appropriate social distancing while getting some exercise around the lake at North Park on March 22. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

People take advantage of a sunny afternoon along a trail in North Park on March 22. Governor Wolf's stay at home order issued on March 23 still allows for the use of public parks, as long as social distancing is observed. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

People take advantage of a sunny afternoon along a trail in North Park on March 22. Governor Wolf's stay at home order issued on March 23 still allows for the use of public parks, as long as social distancing is observed. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

A solo fisherman sits along the bank of North Park Lake on March 22. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

A solo fisherman sits along the bank of North Park Lake on March 22. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

Four children play on an otherwise empty playground at North Park on March 20. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

Four children play on an otherwise empty playground at North Park on March 20. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

A woman jogs along East Carson Street in the South Side on March 20. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

A woman jogs along East Carson Street in the South Side on March 20. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

People play dek hockey at North Park on March 20. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

People play dek hockey at North Park on March 20. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

The marquee at the Rex Theater in the South Side on March 20 reminds everyone to wash their hands. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

The marquee at the Rex Theater in the South Side on March 20 reminds everyone to wash their hands. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

The sign at North Park Lounge in the North Hills on March 20 reads, “Stay positive we will get through this.” (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

The sign at North Park Lounge in the North Hills reads, “Stay positive we will get through this.” (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

Darryl Leeper plays music live in an empty Market Square on March 17, 2020. (Photo by Jay Manning/PublicSource)

Darryl Leeper plays music live in an empty Market Square on March 17. (Photo by Jay Manning/PublicSource)

People walk along Butler Street in Lawrenceville near Row House Cinema on March 18, where a marquee sign reads, "We will get through this Pittsburgh." (Photo by Ryan Loew/PublicSource)

People walk along Butler Street in Lawrenceville near Row House Cinema on March 18, where a marquee sign reads, “We will get through this Pittsburgh.” (Photo by Ryan Loew/PublicSource)

Medical staff at the Allegheny Health Network drive-thru clinic in Wexford, Pa., screen a person for COVID-19 on March 18. (Photo by Nick Childers/PublicSource)

Medical staff at the Allegheny Health Network drive-thru clinic in Wexford, Pa., screen a person for COVID-19 on March 18. (Photo by Nick Childers/PublicSource)

Patients wait in line on March 18 at the Allegheny Health Network drive-thru clinic in Wexford, Pa., to be tested for COVID-19. (Photo by Nick Childers/PublicSource)

Patients wait in line on March 18 at the Allegheny Health Network drive-thru clinic in Wexford, Pa., to be tested for COVID-19. (Photo by Nick Childers/PublicSource)

Medical staff at the Allegheny Health Network drive-thru clinic in Wexford, Pa. screen a person for COVID-19 on March 18. (Photo by Nick Childers/PublicSource)

Medical staff at the Allegheny Health Network drive-thru clinic in Wexford, Pa. screen a person for COVID-19 on March 18. (Photo by Nick Childers/PublicSource)

A sign posted in a window at Mario's East Side Saloon in Shadyside lets customers know they are temporarily closed. (Photo by Ryan Loew/PublicSource)

A sign posted in a window at Mario's East Side Saloon in Shadyside on March 18 lets customers know they are temporarily closed. (Photo by Ryan Loew/PublicSource)

People waiting along Fifth Avenue in Oakland on March 19. (Photo by Jay Manning/PublicSource)

People waiting along Fifth Avenue in Oakland on March 19. (Photo by Jay Manning/PublicSource)

A woman walks along Forbes Avenue on University of Pittsburgh's campus on March 19. (Photo by Jay Manning/PublicSource)

A woman walks along Forbes Avenue on University of Pittsburgh's campus on March 19. (Photo by Jay Manning/PublicSource)

A woman walks on the sidewalk with her luggage on Forbes Avenue in Oakland on March 19. (Photo by Jay Manning/PublicSource)

A woman walks on the sidewalk with her luggage on Forbes Avenue in Oakland on March 19. (Photo by Jay Manning/PublicSource)

Ryan Loew is a visual storyteller/producer for PublicSource. He can be reached at ryan@publicsource.org or on Twitter at @RyanLoew. Jay Manning is a visual storyteller and producer for PublicSource. He can be reached at jay@publicsource.org. Kimberly Rowen is a visuals intern for PublicSource. She can be reached at kim@publicsource.org. Nick Childers is a Pittsburgh-based photographer and filmmaker.

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