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COVID-19

Pennsylvania high court upholds shutdown

HARRISBURG — 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 sent to ...

Extra $600 coronavirus aid ending soon

The state Department of Labor & Industry has distributed $10 billion in federal funds to Pennsylvanians entitled to unemployment compensation since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, at $600 a week under the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program. But those ...

Pennsylvania 30 Day Fund gives $1M in loans

PHILADELPHIA — The Pennsylvania 30 Day Fund has now provided $1 million in forgivable loans to more than 335 small businesses across the commonwealth. This comes less than 60 days after the nonprofit organization was founded on May 6. More than 40 percent of the businesses funded are ...

Dems: Delay in virus response devastated nursing homes

WASHINGTON — 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 among ...

Grant will fund PPE for service providers

NANTY GLO — An $874,674 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will help provide personal protective equipment to 67 fire and emergency medical service providers in 14 central and western Pennsylvania counties. The grant was announced by U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and it will ...

As cases spike, states back off opening

PHOENIX — California closed bars, theaters and indoor restaurant dining all over again across most of the state Wednesday, and Arizona’s outbreak grew more severe by nearly every measure as the surging coronavirus crisis across the South and West sent a shudder through the country. The ...

Pa. eviction ban nears end while aid still in pipeline

HARRISBURG — Federal emergency aid for renters in Pennsylvania hit hard financially during the pandemic is still in the pipeline as Gov. Tom Wolf’s ban on foreclosures and evictions nears an expiration. The application period for aid begins Monday to the Pennsylvania Housing Finance ...

Reopening plans stall as virus spikes

HARRISBURG — Philadelphia is bringing a halt to its plans to allow indoor dining, bars, gyms and fitness centers to reopen, with officials saying Tuesday that the city is seeing rising case COVID-19 counts and could be affected by a growing epidemic elsewhere in the country. The city’s ...

Giant Eagle to respond to lawsuit

Giant Eagle Inc., a Pittsburgh-based corporation with grocery stores throughout western Pennsylvania and in other states, has been given a deadline of July 27 to answer a federal lawsuit filed by 37 customers who contend the company has violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by refusing ...

Lakemont Park reopening coasters, attractions

Lakemont Park is reopening the Skyliner and Leap-the-Dips roller coasters, alongside various other attractions, on Friday. “It’s a local favorite. Leap-the-Dips has been a part of this community for people’s entire lives — more than 100 years — so being able to let everyone come ...

Waldameer set to open

ERIE — Waldameer Park and Water World will open for the 2020 season on Friday. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the park will be limited to 50% capacity, so there will be no free admission except for children under 1 year old. All guests must purchase admission tickets in advance online at ...

Performing Arts shows canceled

UNIVERSITY PARK — Due to state and university limitations on large group gatherings, plus requirements for physical distancing and challenges faced by touring artists, the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State has decided to not present public performances by artists on campus during ...

Atlantic City bans booze

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Atlantic City tried Prohibition once before. It worked so well that Nucky Johnson, the legendary politician and racketeer, built a Boardwalk empire immortalized on HBO nearly a century later. It also tried banning smoking, too. That lasted for 20 days as smokers stayed ...

Care facilities need more help with COVID-19

HARRISBURG — In a state Senate committee hearing last week about COVID-19 and long-term care, representatives from long-term care facilities expressed the need for more collaboration with state agencies, specifically in administering tests and streamlining data. The state Senate Aging and ...

Fauci: US ‘going in wrong direction’

The U.S. is “going in the wrong direction” with the coronavirus surging badly enough that Dr. Anthony Fauci told senators Tuesday some regions are putting the entire country at risk — just as schools and colleges are wrestling with how to safely reopen. With about 40,000 new cases being ...

Area states open up recreational activities

With the Fourth of July just a few days away, there is an extra emphasis on outdoor activities in the age of COVID-19 due to the open air as well as the ability to easily social distance. As such, a number of state parks have already opened while others plan to do so later this week. Jeffrey ...

GOP now push mask-wearing

WASHINGTON — In Republican circles — with the notable exception of the man who leads the party — the debate about masks is over: It’s time to put one on. As a surge of infections hammers the South and West, GOP officials are pushing back against the notion that masks are about ...

‘Pooled testing’ promising

WASHINGTON — The nation’s top health officials are banking on a new approach to dramatically boost U.S. screening for the coronavirus: combining test samples in batches instead of running them one by one. The potential benefits include stretching laboratory supplies, reducing costs and ...

Striking shipbuilders lose coverage

PORTLAND, Maine — The stakes are growing in a strike against Navy shipbuilder Bath Iron Works during a global pandemic as company-provided health insurance is running out for 4,300 shipbuilders who’ve left their jobs. Striking workers from Machinists Union Local S6 will be responsible for ...

Business grants available

HARRISBURG — Pennsyl­vania small businesses can apply for grants to offset lost revenue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting shutdown order. “In unprecedented times, like those we are currently facing, collaboration is imperative to getting help to those who need it most, as ...