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Pa. jobless claims pass 1 million since outbreak

HARRISBURG (AP) — More than 1 million Pennsylvania residents have filed unemployment compensation claims since the coronavirus began taking a severe toll on the economy in mid-March, according to data released Monday, as the state reported more virus cases and deaths. The state exceeded ...

Vaccine showing promise

Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh, where Jonas Salk developed the polio vaccine, used the school’s 2003 research into SARS-CoV to come up with a COVID-19 vaccine that is showing promise. “We knew exactly where to fight this new virus,” said Andrea Gambotto, a physician and ...

Wolf recommends wearing masks when out in public

Pennsylvania residents should wear face coverings in public to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, the governor said Friday as the state recorded another single-day high in new cases and surpassed 100 deaths Gov. Tom Wolf urged Pennsylvanians to make their own cloth masks and put them on ...

Deadline looms for Pennsylvania virus-shutdown waivers

Pennsylvania businesses are running out of time if they want an exemption from Gov. Tom Wolf’s shutdown order as state health officials on Thursday reported more than 1,200 new cases of COVID-19. Wolf ordered all “non-life-sustaining” businesses to shutter their physical locations until ...

All of Pa. now under orders to stay home

All Pennsylvania residents must stay home as much as possible over the coming month to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Tom Wolf said Wednesday as he expanded the footprint of the quarantine to include the entire state. The Democratic governor added 34 counties to his existing ...

Fears, infection wreak havoc on Beaver nursing home

A Pennsylvania nursing home where two dementia patients died over the weekend after contracting COVID-19 has struggled to contain the spread, with staff thinned by suspected infection and fears for their own safety. Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in Beaver released a statement ...

Wolf extends license to carry gun permits

The Pennsylvania State Police announced today that Governor Tom Wolf has granted an extension to license to carry firearms permits. Permits expired on March 19, 2020 or later have been extended to May 30, 2020. The extension is necessary due to the closure of some county courthouses and ...

PSP alters response plan for non-emergency calls during virus outbreak

HARRISBURG - Colonel Robert Evanchick, commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police, announced today a temporary change to the way troopers respond to select non-emergency incidents. With the goal of limiting in-person contact and mitigating the spread of COVID-19, the department has ...

Wolf places 7 more counties under the stay-home order

HARRISBURG (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf added seven more counties Tuesday to his order to stay at home as the new virus expanded its reach and Pennsylvania reported another big jump in confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths. Wolf told residents of Lebanon, Franklin, Somerset, Lawrence, Cameron, ...

Wolf closes schools, businesses indefinitely

HARRISBURG (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday that all schools and nonessential businesses will remain closed indefinitely as Pennsylvania reported nearly 700 new cases of the coronavirus. Wolf also added four more counties — Carbon, Cumberland, Dauphin and Schuylkill — to a separate ...