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Philadelphia now strongly recommending that everyone mask while indoors

July 22, 2021

City of Philadelphia–Countries around the globe, and states throughout the United States, are seeing the number of people infected with COVID rise as the Delta variant spreads. Even here in Philadelphia, we’re seeing more people test positive.  Because of the rapid increase in cases here and around the country, and because we are seeing hospitalizations rise among children in Philadelphia, we are now strongly recommending…

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Pfizer to discuss COVID-19 vaccine booster with US officials

July 16, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: In this March 2021 photo provided by Pfizer, vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are prepared for packaging at the company’s facility in Puurs, Belgium. Pfizer is about to seek U.S. authorization for a third dose of its COVID-19 vaccine, saying Thursday, July 8, 2021, that another shot within 12 months could dramatically…

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Mental health toll from isolation affecting kids on reentry

July 9, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: In this April 18, 2021 photo provided by Jennifer Sampson, her son Zach Sampson, 16, poses in his Florida yard. Sampson was hospitalized twice during the pandemic after feeling suicidal. Relentless months of social distancing, online schooling and other restrictions left many kids feeling the pandemic’s toll and now facing new challenges navigating…

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Africa battles new COVID-19 wave hitting faster and harder

July 2, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: A healthcare worker prepares to test patients for COVID-19 at the Lancet Laboratories in Johannesburg. Africa is facing a devastating resurgence of COVID-19 infections whose peak will surpass that of earlier waves as the continent’s countries struggle to vaccinate even a small percentage of the population, top health officials said Thursday June 24,…

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What should I know about the delta variant?

July 2, 2021

By Aniruddha Ghosal ASSOCIATED PRESS  What should I know about the delta variant? It’s a version of the coronavirus that has been found in more than 80 countries since it was first detected in India. It got its name from the World Health Organization, which names notable variants after letters of the Greek alphabet. Viruses…

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Controller: Philadelphia prisons at dangerous staffing level

June 29, 2021

By CLAUDIA LAUER PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia’s prisons are operating at below needed staffing levels, creating a dangerous situation for staff and prisoners, according to a report released by the city controller Tuesday. City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart called on the city “to hire over 300 correctional officers now” at a news conference releasing details of…

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‘A summer of freedom’: Vaccine gives new meaning to July 4th

June 24, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Fourth of July fireworks explode over the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol along the National Mall in Washington. President Joe Biden wants to imbue Independence Day with new meaning in 2021 by encouraging nationwide celebrations to mark the country’s effective return to normalcy after 16 months of pandemic disruption….

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CDC extends eviction moratorium a month, says it’s last time

June 24, 2021

By ASHRAF KHALIL WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has extended the nationwide ban on evictions for a month to help tenants who are unable to make rent payments during the coronavirus pandemic, but it said this is expected to be the last time it does so. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease…

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Another COVID side effect: Many kids head to summer school

June 11, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Aja Purnell-Mitchell, left, stands with her three children, Kyla, 13; Kyra, 15, and Cartier, 14, right, at a local food hub in Durham, N.C., on Friday, May 28, 2021, where they often help their mother. The teenagers have been learning remotely since last March but now plan to attend summer school after being…

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