COVID-19

Third-party contact tracer left Pennsylvanians’ personal health data unsecured, Wolf admin says

(*This story was updated at 4:55 p.m. on Thursday, 4/29/21 with comment from Insight Global, state Rep. Jason Ortitay, and the Wolf administration)  A private vendor that the Pennsylvania Department of Health hired to contact...

Pa. opioid deaths increased during COVID-19 pandemic, officials say

Pennsylvania recorded 4,880 opioid deaths in 2020, an increase of 422 deaths from the 2019 tally of 4,458. The increase offsets the progress the Wolf administration’s Opioid Operational Command Center had made between 2018 and 2020, which saw a 20 percent decrease in opioid deaths. 

La orden de salud enmendada tiene como objetivo obtener vacunas para residentes de Pa....

Durante una aparición en Reading el lunes por la mañana, Wolf, junto con funcionarios de la administración y legisladores locales, dijo que la administración había enmendado su orden de administración de vacunas para permitir que los proveedores de vacunas se asocien con entidades locales para administrar  las vacunas en todo el estado.

Pa. House, Senate bills would mandate protections, sick leave for meatpacking, food processing workers

Like hundreds of thousands of Americans, Carmen Dominguez has seen the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic up close. A union steward at a JBS beef plant in Souderton, Montgomery County, Dominguez saw two of her...

People ‘feel like life is worth living again’: Pa. biz owners look to promises,...

As President Joe Biden's administration hits the 100-day mark, two Pa. business owners are allowing themselves to hope again. But challenges remain.

Allentown’s Bradbury-Sullivan LGBTQ Community Center provides comfort via pop-up vaccine clinics

More and more LGBT community centers are holding vaccine clinics to get shots into the arms of people in marginalized communities.

With an eye toward improving vaccine equity, Pa. Health Dept. rolls out expanded vaccine...

The update, announced last week, follows the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s push to make the commonwealth’s vaccination efforts more equitable. Acting state Health Secretary Alison Beam said it will help the department monitor the progress of “equitable distribution” across the commonwealth. 

No mask needed outdoors if you’re vaccinated, except among crowds, CDC says

WASHINGTON — Fully vaccinated Americans do not need to wear a mask outdoors except in crowded settings, federal health officials said Tuesday as they updated recommendations for how vaccinated individuals can safely resume normal activities. Those who...

Amended health order aims to get vaccines to homebound Pennsylvanians

During an appearance in Reading on Monday morning, Wolf, joined by administration officials and local lawmakers, said the administration had amended its vaccine administration order to allow vaccine providers to partner with local entities to administer vaccines statewide.

Of fake vaccine cards and the cult of American selfishness | Dick Polman

There is much to admire in the American creed, as we who love this country can attest. But the pandemic continues to expose the worst of us.