Local health officials, orgs educate communities on Monkeypox emergency | Friday Morning Coffee
Good Friday morning, all. ICYMI: The Biden administration declared a public health emergency for Monkeypox on Thursday afternoon as the U.S. recorded more than 6,600 cases nationwide. The declaration comes nearly two weeks after the World Health Organization declared the virus an “emergency of international concern.” Federal officials report that a formal emergency declaration will allow the administration to expand testing and vaccine access. Department of Health and Human Services […]
The state of abortion, infant, and maternal care in Pa. | The Numbers Racket
Using the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Capital-Star compiled statistics on abortion, and maternal and infant care in Pennsylvania.
CDC updates COVID-19 vaccine booster guidance as case counts rise
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.
DOH cancer screening program offers free services to low, moderate-income patients
Known as The Pennsylvania Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (PA-BCCEDP), the screening program offers free breast and cervical cancer detection services through the Pennsylvania Department of Health and is funded using grant money from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
National Park Service renews mask mandate for all visitors
In May, the agency said it would require only unvaccinated people to wear masks. Recently, as the delta variant of the coronavirus has led to a spike in cases throughout the country, the NPS also required people from areas of high transmission to mask up, consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.
Feds order new eviction ban in counties with highest COVID-19 infection rates
Tuesday’s announcement from the CDC also followed intense public pressure by some progressive Democrats, including Missouri Rep. Cori Bush, who has camped out on the Capitol steps since Friday in protest of Congress not extending protections for vulnerable tenants.
Despite update to CDC masking rule, Pa. businesses, schools can require masks
The reminder, issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, says that while fully vaccinated individuals are free to go maskless most of the time, they must wear a face covering if a business, school or other organization in the commonwealth requires it.
Federal judge puts ruling on hold invalidating CDC’s nationwide eviction ban
In his ruling U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich, of the U.S. District Court for the District Columbia, said the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention didn’t have the power to impose a moratorium that kept millions of Americans in their homes as the pandemic raged across the nation.
Federal health regulators urge states to restart use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine
The advisory panel’s 10-4 decision comes as the U.S. is facing new challenges in the vaccination effort.
Starting next week, Pa. school kids can be 3 feet, not 6 feet apart, under updated social distancing guidelines
On a call with reporters Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Department of Education updated the commonwealth’s COVID-19 guidance for schools effective April 5.
CDC issues detailed strategy for safely reopening K-12 schools
The agency said it cannot force schools to reopen but can only stress that steps such as wearing masks and physical distancing of at least 6 feet are key to mitigating the spread of coronavirus.
As COVID cases trend downward, Levine urges Pennsylvanians ‘not to be complacent’
Pennsylvania is one of three states (Montana and Hawaii are the others) to show a downward trajectory of COVID-19 cases over the past 42 days.