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COVID-19

Plan allows students to repeat year

HARRISBURG (AP) — Lawmakers made a final vote Thursday to approve a bill to let parents decide whether to have their children repeat a year of school, a measure designed to help children catch up after a year of schooling disrupted by the pandemic. The Senate voted 50-0 for the proposal, ...

Workers looking to advance

Editor’s note: This is the second of two stories about the area’s shortage of employees. The “perceived” labor shortage that businesses blame on COVID-related expansion of unemployment compensation is due to various causes — and it also reflects an ongoing major reevaluation of the ...

COVID-19 Q&A: Why do some get vaccine side effects

Temporary side effects including headache, fatigue and fever are signs the immune system is revving up — a normal response to vaccines. And they’re common. Here’s what’s happening: The immune system has two main arms, and the first kicks in as soon as the body detects a foreign ...

Area’s COVID-19 stats continue to improve

The COVID-19 situation continues to improve in the region, as the number of new cases in the past week, the number of new cases per 100,000 residents — the incidence rate — and the test positivity rate all went down in all six counties, according to Friday’s update from the state’s ...

COVID numbers improve

The COVID-19 status of the six local counties continues to improve, according to Friday’s update of the state Department of Health’s early warning dashboard. The improvements are especially definitive for new case numbers and incidence rates — the number of new cases per 100,000 ...

State dropping legal action against defiant restaurants

HARRISBURG (AP) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health has dropped its legal action against more than 40 restaurants that were accused of defying state orders to close indoor dining and maintain social-distancing protocols. The Health Department had filed two separate complaints alleging ...