In Downtown Pittsburgh, a beat cop checks the doors of businesses along Penn Avenue. The streets are empty except for the occasional person waiting at a bus stop. Market Square has an eerie feeling; eateries remain open for takeout, but few people pass through.
On quiet Grant Street, an Allegheny County Sheriff’s Department vehicle passes by. Nothing’s happening on Carson Street. In the Strip District, the sidewalks and parking lots are vacant. And in Oakland, the Pitt students are gone, and the usually bustling Forbes avenue is asleep. Only a flurry of activity near the hospitals reminds a visitor that care for the sick is on high alert, that this is Pittsburgh in the time of the coronavirus.