Hannah McDonald

Hannah McDonald

Wolf announces $51M in assistance to child care providers

By: - May 20, 2020

The funds, designated for eligible, licensed providers, are intended to cover costs associated with reopening as counties move into the yellow phase of COVID-19 mitigation. 

Wolf signs bill allowing for early release of property tax/rent rebates

By: - May 19, 2020

The Democratic governor said he’d signed a House bill allowing for the release rebates of up to $975 six weeks ahead of schedule

‘It never should have closed’: In Erie, residents take tentative, first steps out of quarantine

By: - May 8, 2020

Erie County was one of 24 northwestern and north-central Pennsylvania counties to move into the “yellow” phase of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 mitigation effort.

Erie among 24 counties reopening on Friday: Here’s how the locals are getting ready

By: - May 7, 2020

In the yellow phase, the stay-at-home order is lifted, but social gatherings of more than 25 persons are still prohibited. Included in the administration’s guidance is “specific information on cleaning and disinfecting premises, limiting the number of employees in common areas and customers on premises, providing masks and sanitizing supplies for employees, installing shields or other barriers at registers and checkout areas to physically separate cashiers and customers, and creating a plan in case a business is exposed to a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19,” according to a written statement made Monday.

A flyover by U.S. Air Force aircraft salutes Erie Co. healthcare workers during Week 7 of lockdown

By: - May 4, 2020

The planes flew over Erie in a planned tour of hospital flyovers in Cleveland, Akron and other Ohio locations in salute to front-line workers.

State Board of Ed. adds Erie community college discussion to agenda; Supporters ask for more

By: - April 29, 2020

Erie County Council President Andre Horton said that a vote is more important now as “COVID-19 has illuminated the lack of equity, particularly in technology in the Erie School District.” 

Erie Co. community college supporters calling on state Board of Ed. to hold virtual vote on delayed application

By: - April 28, 2020

The agenda for that online session hasn’t been “finalized yet,” and is “[expected] it to be done later this week,” the state Dept. of Education said.

Plan to turn Erie nursing home into COVID-19 recovery center is now on hold

By: - April 27, 2020

Guardian Elder Care, which operates Twinbrook Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center announced last week it was turning the facility into a recovery center.

Erie’s Crime Victim Center faces technological challenges while providing community resources during pandemic

By: - April 26, 2020

Should federal lawmakers be successful in their push for increased domestic violence prevention funding in the CARES Act, the center’s director, Paul Lukach hopes to make “our technology even better than it is.”

A state liquor store front in Harrisburg (Capital-Star photo by Elizabeth Hardison).

Busy signals and no booze: Pa. liquor curbside sales have a bumpy first day

By: - April 20, 2020

All told, 176 out of the more than 600 state-owned liquor and wine stores opened for curbside service Monday. More could be opened soon.

Pa. started enforcing its mask rules on Sunday: Here’s what businesses, consumers need to know

By: - April 20, 2020

On Sunday night, the state Department of Health started enforcing its order requiring employees and customers of life-sustaining businesses statewide to wear masks.

Pa. Health Secretary Levine reports significant COVID-19 death increase as result of data reconciliation efforts

By: - April 19, 2020

Since the first COVID-19 case was reported on March 6, a total of 1,112 Pennsylvanians have died in the pandemic, state Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said during an online briefing on Sunday.