Department-of-health

With a rise in overdose deaths, how is Pa. combating the opioid epidemic?

BY: - July 27, 2021

Preliminary data from the state Department of Health show a 14 percent increase in overdose deaths in 2020, compared to 4,458 deaths the year before.

After more than a year, Pa’s mask mandate ends Monday

BY: - June 25, 2021

As of Friday afternoon, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccine tracker confirmed that 75 percent of adult Pennsylvanians had received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 59.5 percent of adult Pennsylvanians are fully vaccinated, according to CDC data. 

Senate advances ‘vaccine passport’ bill with new measure to restrict health secretary; Wolf will veto

BY: - June 9, 2021

Three weeks after voters limited the emergency powers of Gov. Tom Wolf and his successors, the Pennsylvania state Senate has moved to impose similar restrictions on the state health secretary. The GOP-controlled chamber voted 29-20 on Wednesday to approve legislation that prohibits the Keystone State’s top public health official from mandating stay-at-home orders, imposing masking […]

Despite update to CDC masking rule, Pa. businesses, schools can require masks

BY: - May 17, 2021

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. 

Fully vaxxed Pennsylvanians can go mask-free, state health officials confirm

BY: - May 13, 2021

The announcement comes just hours after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance on mask wearing.

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

BY: and - April 29, 2021

(*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 trace COVID-19 cases in the commonwealth ignored security protocols and established an unauthorized database with the personal information of tens […]

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

BY: - April 27, 2021

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. 

Amended health order aims to get vaccines to homebound Pennsylvanians

BY: - April 26, 2021

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.

Pa. extends Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause after Pa. woman, five others experience blood clots

BY: - April 15, 2021

The halt was first announced Tuesday, after federal health officials recommended states stop administering the vaccine until the Centers for Disease Control and Food and Drug Administration could review six reports of blood clots in vaccine recipients, all of whom identified as women.

All Pennsylvanians eligible for COVID-19 vaccine beginning April 13

BY: - April 12, 2021

The announcement that COVID-19 vaccines would be available to the general public beginning April 13 is about a week ahead of the timetable issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Health on March 31. 

Pa. COVID-19 testing down even as cases increase, state health officials say

BY: - April 6, 2021

In a briefing with reporters, Department of Health Senior Advisor on COVID-19 Response Lindsey Mauldin confirmed that the department has continued to record an uptick in COVID-19 cases across Pennsylvania. 

What’s in a name? Seven top state officials lead under ‘acting’ label; await Senate confirmation

BY: - April 4, 2021

In order to remove the “acting” label from their titles, the seven state officials will need to be confirmed by the state Senate by  a two-thirds majority.