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COVID-19

Biden toughens vaccination rules for federal gov’t

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday announced sweeping new pandemic requirements for millions of federal workers as he denounced an “American tragedy” of rising-yet-preventable deaths among unvaccinated U.S. employees and others. Federal workers will be required to attest ...

State to text people who missed second shot

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s Department of Health will carry out a text messaging campaign to encourage roughly 254,000 people in the state to follow through and get the second shot of the two-shot COVID-19 vaccine that they never received, officials said Thursday. The campaign will begin ...

CDC changes course on indoor mask guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed course Tuesday on some masking guidelines, recommending that even vaccinated people return to wearing masks indoors in parts of the U.S. where the delta variant of the coronavirus is fueling infection surges. Citing new information about ...

No mask mandate, but state urged to follow guidance

HARRISBURG (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday that he is not considering a statewide mask mandate as coronavirus cases surge in Pennsylvania and across the country, while his administration said it is not requiring masks in schools. Wolf, speaking on KDKA-AM in Pittsburgh, said his strategy ...

Unvaccinated snow leopard diagnosed with COVID-19

SAN DIEGO — An unvaccinated snow leopard at the San Diego Zoo has contracted COVID-19. Caretakers noticed that Ramil, a 9-year-old male snow leopard, had a cough and runny nose on Thursday. Later, two separate tests of his stool confirmed the presence of the coronavirus, the zoo said in a ...

COVID-19 statistics slightly worse in area

The COVID-19 situation in six local counties seems to be worsening a bit, although it is nowhere near as critical as it was several months ago. For a majority of the local counties, the numbers are worse this week in new cases and test positivity. The number of new cases were up in four of ...