public-health-issues

Philly Mayor Kenney won’t mandate COVID vaccine for city workers – but won’t rule it out

BY: - July 28, 2021

“We will continue to assess the need to implement a vaccination mandate for our city workers and may make this a requirement at a future date," a spokesperson said

Wolf admin. officials push for tick-borne illness awareness

BY: - July 27, 2021

“This summer, don’t let a tick make you sick,” acting Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson said Tuesday.

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States and schools should reinstate mask mandates | Trish Zornio

BY: - July 27, 2021

If we don’t act now, masks could become a long-term fashion accessory.

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Should fully immunized people wear masks indoors? An infectious disease expert explains | Analysis

BY: - July 27, 2021

There is clear and mounting evidence that – though rare – breakthrough COVID-19 infections can occur, even in the fully vaccinated.

In Philly, community orgs continue COVID-19 vaccine push

BY: - July 24, 2021

By Sebastian Fortino PHILADELPHIA — Nearly 900,000 Philadelphians have been vaccinated for COVID-19 according to data gathered by city health officials, but local organizations are continuing to go into neighborhoods and provide grassroots level education and administer vaccines. Philadelphia FIGHT is one such organization who is going into communities where access and education regarding the […]

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Delta Variant 101: What you need to know to protect yourself | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - July 22, 2021

Here's how the rapidly spreading Delta variant might change your behavior.

How are Pa. Health officials planning to increase accountability, privacy with new contact tracer?

BY: - July 21, 2021

It’s believed that an unauthorized document with the health information of 76,000 Pennsylvanians has been scrubbed from the internet, the state’s top health official told a legislative panel on Wednesday.

Wolf admin. announces its first round of fixes to Pa.’s nursing home regs

BY: - July 21, 2021

The first package of proposed regulations will be published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin by July 31. This will begin a 30-day public comment period

To protect kids under 12 this summer, ‘get vaccinated’ state Physician General says

BY: - July 21, 2021

“We have the power to stop the spread of this virus and keep ourselves, our children, friends and family safe by getting vaccinated,” an official said.

Pgh City Council approves plan to spend $335M in federal COVID-19 aid

BY: - July 20, 2021

The city will earmark $7 million for an initiative aimed at strengthening Black businesses and neighborhoods.

As Congress tries to regulate ‘forever chemicals,’ local water systems push back

BY: - July 20, 2021

Local water utilities worried about getting hit with lawsuits and high cleanup costs are stepping up their lobbying of Congress as lawmakers move to regulate toxic chemicals found in drinking water.

Philly sees ‘small but real increase’ in COVID-19 cases, city’s top doc says

BY: - July 20, 2021

Philadelphia is averaging 56 new cases of COVID-19 per day over the last two weeks, according to city health officials.