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COVID-19: Where are State Police finding the open businesses that Wolf ordered to close?

BY: - March 24, 2020

The police are initially providing warnings, Evanchick said, to push for voluntary compliance. But stricter enforcement will follow as needed, he said.

Pa. health officials confirm 207 new COVID-19 cases, bringing statewide total to 851

BY: - March 24, 2020

The state also confirmed that the death toll from the virus has risen to seven, with fatalities now being reported in Allegheny, Lackawanna, Monroe, Montgomery and Northampton Counties. 

Lawmakers, Wolf admin., Pa. hospitals are negotiating COVID-19 emergency relief fund

BY: - March 24, 2020

A similar fund, already in place in Washington State, an epicenter of the outbreak, has already reached $200 million, an industry executive said.

COVID-19 in Philly: As cases climb, millions stay home, what the schools are doing

BY: - March 24, 2020

By Michael D’Onofrio PHILADELPHIA — The Kenney administration will provide updates at its daily briefing at 1 p.m. about the city’s response to the coronavirus. Tuesday marked the second day the city’s stay-at-home order was in place, which prohibits non-essential business and activity. For a full rundown of the essential activities allowed under the order, […]

In Philly, hospital workers’ union demands OT for prison medical workers

BY: - March 24, 2020

Local health workers who work in the city’s jails say they are not currently receiving the same overtime pay as other city employees who have been deemed "essential."

Student loan agency’s meeting amid COVID-19 outbreak sets ‘double standard,’ transparency advocates say

BY: - March 24, 2020

Amidst a statewide shutdown that saw many Pennsylvanians confined to home, the state’s taxpayer-supported student financial aid agency voted last week to relax grant requirements for students whose degree programs stand to be affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. According to transparency advocates, however, the agency didn’t do enough to make its proceedings open to the […]

COVID-19 in Pa.: Gov. Tom Wolf orders residents in seven hard-hit counties to stay at home

BY: - March 23, 2020

The Democratic governor's order, which takes effect at 8 p.m. on Monday, applies to the four counties around Philadelphia: Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties, as well as Allegheny and Monroe counties. All have been hard hit by the virus.

Sent back to work, state human service workers say their offices aren’t prepared for the coronavirus

BY: - March 23, 2020

Workers sent back to work included employees working in four southeast counties that Wolf had previously shut down over coronavirus concerns, according to internal emails viewed by the Capital-Star.

For those battling alcoholism, COVID-19 shuttered state stores are an added danger

BY: - March 23, 2020

For a person with significant alcohol dependence, what happens when the well runs dry and the tap is shut off?

Pa. health officials confirm 165 new COVID-19 cases, bringing statewide total to 644

BY: - March 23, 2020

The state confirmed three deaths statewide from the illness. On Monday, the Morning Call of Allentown reported a fourth death in East Stroudsburg, Monroe County. 

COVID-19 in Philly: Mayor Kenney’s stay at home order takes effect, how many people are sick, free meals for kids

BY: - March 23, 2020

On Sunday, 11 new individuals tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total cases to 96. Sixteen of the 96 are healthcare workers.

COVID-19 outbreak: This 60 seconds of sidewalk art in Camp Hill, Pa. is pure joy

BY: - March 22, 2020

People across the country have been spreading messages of hope with sidewalk chalk over the last few days. I happened across this one on the way home from a run on Sunday morning.