Health Care

COVID-19 pandemic contributes to increase in overdose deaths, state health officials say

Since the creation of the Opioid Command Center in January 2018 during the height of the opioid crisis, drug overdose-related deaths have fallen by nearly 20 percent in Pennsylvania, according to Barishansky. However, the trend has been flatlining since the middle of last year, continuing into 2020 and coinciding with the spread of COVID-19  -- data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that overdose deaths increased by nearly 6 percent from April 2019 to April 2020.

Uniontown’s East End United Community Center strives for unity and outreach | Helping the...

The East End United Community Center has not stopped trying to make people in the community come together and prosper, even during COVID-19.

COVID-19 in Pa.: Pennsylvania charts highest one-day total at 11,406 cases of COVID-19

Amid an already record-shattering fall surge, Pennsylvania charted its highest, one-day total of new COVID-19 cases to date on Thursday, with 11,406 additional cases, the state Health Department said in a statement. The agency...

Pa. Planned Parenthood boss resigns over hostile workplace culture claims | Wednesday Morning Coffee

Leadership at the abortion rights organization says it's committed to building a culture of inclusion and to fighting structural racism 'at all levels.'

COVID-19 in Pa.: Health Dept. confirms 5,676 new cases, 180 new deaths

Nearly 1,000 people are in hospital intensive care units statewide as Pennsylvania's fall surge of COVID-19 cases continues seemingly unabated, according to new state data. As of midday Tuesday, the state Health Department confirmed 5,676...

Older people take longer to heal. This is why — and why it’s important...

Healing is a complicated process. As people age, higher rates of disease and the fact that old cells lose the ability to divide slow this process down.

Holidays are stressful enough, let alone in a pandemic. Here are some tips on...

The spirit of community and service to the community is a holiday tradition for many Pennsylvanians.

Pa. has a State Plan on Aging? Here’s what you need to know about...

Every state is required to produce such a blueprint in order to receive millions of dollars of funding from the federal Older Americans Act.

COVID-19 in Pa.: Health Dept. announces 6,669 new cases; 81 new deaths

A day after the Wolf administration imposed a "stay at home advisory" for the entire state, COVID-19 cases continued unabated across Pennsylvania. State health officials confirmed 6,669 new cases as of midday on Tuesday, with...

As COVID-19 cases surge, Black Philadelphians remain vulnerable

Eight months after the first COVID-19 case was reported in Philadelphia, Black residents face the same health care-related challenges that led to the virus hitting them hardest.