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Coronavirus

Trump pushes state, local leaders to reopen schools

President Donald Trump on Tuesday launched an all-out effort pressing state and local officials to reopen schools this fall, arguing that some are keeping schools closed not because of the risks from the coronavirus pandemic but for political reasons. “They think it’s going to be good for ...

Cancellations and postponements

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Rising infections in southwest Pennsylvania prompt concern

HARRISBURG (AP) — Renewed pandemic restrictions appeared possible in southwestern Pennsylvania on Tuesday as virus infections in Pittsburgh and its border counties surged, driven in part by people frequenting bars and restaurants, according to health officials. Already, Allegheny County, ...

State leaders mull how to combat COVID-19 comeback as cases rise

After consistently moving toward flattening the curve, positive cases of COVID-19 have been climbing in the last two weeks across several states. Florida had the most dramatic increase of cases, jumping from 3,235 daily new cases per 100,000 people on June 22 to 9,019 daily new cases June 27, ...

Pittsburgh’s spread helps drive up state COVID-19 infections

HARRISBURG (AP) — The rising number of COVID-19 infections in the Pittsburgh area helped drive Pennsylvania’s number of confirmed new cases to 667, the state Health Department said Friday. Pennsylvania’s death toll from the coronavirus pandemic rose by 34 to more than 6,700 since the ...

Mask order inflames partisan COVID fight

HARRISBURG (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf’s more expansive mask order issued this week as the coronavirus shows new signs of life in Pennsylvania and the July Fourth holiday starts has been met with hostility from Republicans objecting to the Democrat’s use of power or even to wearing a mask ...

Cancellations and postponements

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Mask wearing mandatory

LEWISTOWN — Gov. Tom Wolf and state Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine released an expanded mask-wearing order Wednesday, effective immediately, requiring people to wear a face covering in any public space in Pennsylvania in which physical distancing cannot be practiced or maintained. The ...

Pa. court rejects bid to end shutdown

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania’s high court on Wednesday ruled against an effort by Republican state lawmakers to end Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s pandemic shutdown orders. A divided court ruled that a resolution passed with mostly GOP votes was a “legal nullity” because it was not ...

Dems: Gov.’s ‘deadly delay’ devastated nursing homes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration was slow to comprehend the scale of COVID-19’s impact on nursing homes and a disjointed federal response has only compounded the devastating toll, according to a report from Senate Democrats. Wednesday’s report finds a lack of coordination ...