Pa. Health Dept. adds new free COVID-19 testing sites | Thursday Morning Coffee
The new sites in Greene and Pike counties complement existing free testing sites across the commonwealth.
From Oregon to Pennsylvania, legislatures across country split on pandemic protocols | Analysis
In many states, as voting sessions resume for 2022, you’d hardly know that the U.S. is entering the third year of a pandemic
Pitt disenrolls unvaccinated students as W.Pa. universities grapple with COVID requirements
Disenrolled students may apply for a tuition refund, and, if they choose to get vaccinated, will be allowed to re-enroll, according to a published report.
Show medical workers you care: Wear a mask, get vaccinated, be unselfish | Roger Chesley
Exhausted by the pandemic, the health-care sector has lost nearly half a million workers since February 2020.
The Syringe in the Stone | Editorial Cartoon
What will it take to convince skeptics to finally get vaccinated? Who will get us there?
Federal judge blocks Biden vaccine mandate for Head Start workers in 24 states
A Louisiana federal judge has put a hold on President Joe Biden’s mandate that Head Start workers be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Hope and resilience: How the Navajo Nation is waging its battle against COVID-19
Although the infection rate remains high, tribal leaders continue to practice mitigation efforts while many parts of the U.S. have relaxed restrictions.
Tech has been central to U.S. pandemic response. But social behaviors matter just as much | Opinion
While technology has greatly improved U.S. pandemic response, broader societal ills continue to impede the nation’s ability to control COVID-19.
Science backs mask mandates. But in many states they’re politically toxic | Analysis
Studies have repeatedly found mandates encourage mask use and slow COVID spread. Politics and lawsuits make them unattractive to policymakers.
Booster mandates are a tough call for states, businesses | Analysis
Until the feds offer more hints about their booster approach, states and businesses will be on their own to determine what’s best for their workers.
An epidemiologist answers 6 questions about vaccines and the omicron variant | Analysis
Initial data reinforces that a third dose would help boost immune response and protection against omicron, with estimates of 70%-75% effectiveness.
Despite no plans for one, Pa. Senate approves bill prohibiting COVID-19 vaccine mandate for K-12 students
The Wolf administration has no plans to implement a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for K-12 schools, Elizabeth Rementer, a spokesperson for Wolf, told the Capital-Star in an email.