COVID-19

CDC updates COVID-19 vaccine booster guidance as case counts rise

BY: - May 24, 2022

In a statement issued last week, the CDC expanded second booster eligibility for individuals 12 or older who are immunocompromised and those ages 50 and older. The agency cited a nationwide increase in COVID-19 cases as the reason for the update to the eligibility guidelines. 

Eligible Pa. families to see relief after COVID-19 disrupted school meal programs

BY: - May 11, 2022

The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the P-EBT plan for the 2021-22 school year, the state Department of Human Services announced Wednesday. 

COMMENTARY

Should you wear a mask on a plane, bus or train? 4 essential reads to help you decide | Analysis

BY: - April 24, 2022

When he was asked whether people should wear masks on planes, President Joe Biden replied: 'That’s up to them.'

Businesses react to return of Philadelphia’s mask mandate

BY: - April 19, 2022

But while some are supportive, several businesses and residents have filed suit in state court in Pennsylvania seeking to overturn Philadelphia’s renewed indoor mask mandate.

Biden administration details new research plan on ‘long COVID’ illness

BY: - April 5, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration announced plans Tuesday to create a national research action plan that could provide answers to public health officials trying to diagnose and treat so-called long COVID-19. The illness that lasts for months and possibly even years has so far confounded doctors trying to figure out exactly why some people are […]

5 questions answered about COVID-19 funding for states that’s still stuck in D.C.

BY: - April 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — Congress remains undecided over how exactly to provide billions more to fight the COVID-19 pandemic as a new variant spreads throughout states and public health officials caution the virus doesn’t show signs of fading away. Negotiators were close to an agreement for about $10 billion in federal spending, but as of Friday, several […]

Wolf signs bill to extending waivers of some state regulations until at least June 30

BY: - April 1, 2022

Gov. Tom Wolf once again signed into law this week an extension of the suspension of more than 240 state regulations. The bill, which passed the General Assembly unanimously, will keep in place waivers that govern everything from professional licensing to unemployment hearings until June 30, 2022. This is the third regulatory suspension approved by […]

The pandemic prompted people to move, but many didn’t go far | Analysis

BY: - March 25, 2022

In the year after the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020, moves out of city centers increased from the year before, as did moves into rural and suburban areas, according to a Stateline analysis of postal change-of-address forms. But the trend slowed considerably during the second year of the pandemic.

COMMENTARY

How COVID-19 changed the way our health system ‘learns’ and saved lives | Opinion

BY: - March 20, 2022

While this pandemic is not over, we’re already looking ahead to what’s next for our learning health system.

‘The stats are unacceptable:’ Philly panel explores improving Black community health

BY: - March 19, 2022

By Ayana Jones PHILADELPHIA — A panel of public health leaders gathered virtually this week to address the myriad of issues impacting Philadelphia’s community health. The town hall put on by the Urban Affairs Coalition explored how the pandemic has revealed the urgency of addressing health disparities and what makes a healthy community. “We are […]

Republicans in Congress file suit to end mask mandate for air travel

BY: - March 15, 2022

The mandate illegally restricts the lawmakers’ freedom and is not backed by legal authority, they said in the suit filed Monday.

With COVID funding stuck in Congress, White House raises alarms about shortfall

BY: - March 15, 2022

Without the $22.5B the White House has requested, there will be a drop-off in the government’s ability to buy tests, treatments and vaccines.