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COVID-19

COVID-19 cases up in vaccinated

The proportion of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations among vaccinated Pennsylvania residents rose sharply last month, reflecting the fact that a higher percentage of the population has now gotten the shot but also likely that protection has waned somewhat, state health officials said ...

COVID-19: Transmission remains high

All six local counties remain in the high transmission category for COVID-19 this week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website on Friday. All six qualify for high transmission because their incidence rates — the number of new cases in the past week per 100,000 ...

Local CHIRP grant recipients named

The state Department of Community and Economic Development has released a list of Blair County entities selected to receive COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program grants. The county, which was allocated $1.35 million to help hospitality-related businesses affected by the ongoing ...

Fears linger for vaccinated adults

NEW YORK (AP) — Bronwyn Russell wears a mask anytime she leaves her Illinois home, though she wouldn't dream of going out to eat or to hear a band play, much less setting foot on a plane. In Virginia, Oliver Midgette rarely dons a mask, never lets COVID-19 rouse any worry and happily finds ...

Mask opt-out bill clears Senate panel

A bill that would allow parents in Pennsylvania to exempt their children from wearing a mask at school cleared a state Senate committee on Tuesday as Republican lawmakers started making good on their pledge to counter the governor’s statewide mask mandate. The legislation would hand the ...

COVID-19: Campus life gets back on track

Regional colleges and universities report they are making their way through the semester relatively smoothly despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Amid the challenges posed by positive cases, schools are making the best of it, officials reported, continuing to operate at a level as close to ...