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Coronavirus

VA says it won’t stop use of unproven drug on vets for now

May 22, 2020

By Hope Yen ASSOCIATED PRESS  WASHINGTON  — Facing growing criticism, the Department of Veterans Affairs said last Friday that it will not halt use of an unproven malaria drug on veterans with COVID-19 but that fewer of its patients are now taking it. In responses provided to Congress and obtained by The Associated Press, the…

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Philadelphia Department of Prisons Announces Testing of All Incarcerated Individuals

May 20, 2020

City of Philadelphia–As part of the Philadelphia Department of Health’s (PDPH) expanded testing criteria for congregate settings, the Philadelphia Department of Prisons (PDP) announced that it will begin testing all incarcerated individuals for COVID-19 coronavirus. The process will begin tomorrow, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, and is expected to take up to two weeks to test…

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City and Independence Blue Cross launch #MindPHL Together campaign to connect public to mental health resources

May 15, 2020

Campaign aims to reduce stigma, encourage Philadelphians to seek help Mayor Jim Kenney recently announced the launch of a new public awareness campaign which builds on national Mental Health Awareness Month. The #mindPHL Together campaign, sponsored by the City of Philadelphia and Independence Blue Cross, aims to: •  Bring an improved community understanding of mental…

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Finding peace in the pandemic

May 15, 2020

By Laura Vega, DSW, LCSW In these times of intense stress, it is most difficult to find our peace and balance. We are experiencing unprecedented times with daily increases in the number of COVID-19 positive cases and the number of deaths. Color-coded tracking maps magnify the power of the virus’ transmission across our counties, states,…

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City of Philadelphia launches COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program

May 13, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program: The City of Philadelphia launched an emergency rental assistance program today that is expected to keep at least 3,000 families in their homes. The COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program will make rent payments for people who have lost income because of COVID-19. “Unprecedented job losses have placed financial pressure on…

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Women, minorities shoulder front-line work during pandemic

May 8, 2020

By Mae Anderson, Alexandra Olson and Angeliki Kastanis associated press NEW YORK — As America tentatively emerges from weeks of lockdowns, it is becoming clear that the pandemic has taken its toll on workers who have been on the front lines all along. They have been packing and delivering supplies, caring for the sick and…

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Governors disregarding White House guidelines on reopening

May 7, 2020

By MICHELLE R. SMITH, NICKY FORSTER and CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY Many governors across the U.S. are disregarding or creatively interpreting White House guidelines in easing their states’ lockdowns and letting businesses reopen, an Associated Press analysis found. The AP found that 17 states do not appear to meet one of the key benchmarks set by…

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City now recommending COVID-19 coronavirus testing for anyone regardless of age

May 4, 2020

PHILADELPHIA–The Philadelphia Department of Public Health is now recommending COVID-19 coronavirus testing for anyone regardless of age who has a new cough, is experiencing new shortness of breath, or two of the following symptoms: fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, headache, new loss of taste or smell. The expansion of testing recommendations comes as a…

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