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Tech has been central to U.S. pandemic response. But social behaviors matter just as much | Opinion

BY: - December 31, 2021

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

BY: - December 26, 2021

Studies have repeatedly found mandates encourage mask use and slow COVID spread. Politics and lawsuits make them unattractive to policymakers.

‘The alarm bell went off:’ Biden admin. announces relief efforts amid omicron surge

BY: - December 21, 2021

Pennsylvania first detected the variant on Dec. 3 in Philadelphia. Penn State University also confirmed omicron on its largest campus Monday night.

Booster mandates are a tough call for states, businesses | Analysis

BY: - December 20, 2021

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.

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An epidemiologist answers 6 questions about vaccines and the omicron variant | Analysis

BY: - December 19, 2021

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

BY: - December 13, 2021

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.

State Rep. Joe Hohenstein and staffer test positive for COVID-19

BY: - December 13, 2021

'My team and I will continue to offer services to constituents, both over the phone and by email,' the lawmaker said in a statement.

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25 states, including Pa., report omicron variant; delta still big threat | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - December 13, 2021

Of the initial, confirmed omicron cases,  more than half were among people aged 18-39, according to the CDC.

Pa. Supreme Court tosses Wolf admin.’s K-12 mask mandate

BY: - December 10, 2021

(*This story was updated at 4:34 p.m. on Friday, 12/10/21 to include comment from Philadelphia attorney Kevin M. Levy, who has tracked the Wolf administration’s pandemic management policies. And at 5:22 p.m. to include comment from House Republican leadership. It was further updated at 7:26 a.m. on Saturday 12/11/21 to include comment from the Wolf […]

GOP leaders call on Wolf to reconvene bipartisan COVID-19 task force; Wolf says it never stopped working

BY: - December 10, 2021

Republican leaders in the General Assembly have called on Gov. Tom Wolf to reconvene a bipartisan pandemic task force. But the Democratic administration says it never stopped working. On Friday morning, Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman, R-Centre; House Speaker Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster; Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward, R-Westmoreland, and House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff, […]

Biden vows to veto resolutions blocking employer vaccine mandate; Pa.’s Keller leads House fight

BY: - December 9, 2021

The Senate's rebuke on Wednesday was the latest blow for the president’s proposed vaccine requirements, which have faced a slew of legal challenges.

Pa. Supreme Court hears arguments over Wolf administration’s K-12 mask mandate

BY: - December 8, 2021

Gov. Tom Wolf announced last month that local school districts — but not child care facilities — would have power over masking policies, beginning Jan. 17.