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Coronavirus

US health officials call for booster shots against COVID-19

August 20, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: An information sign regarding COVID-19 vaccines is seen outside of a CVS store in Chicago, Ill., Friday, Aug. 13, 2021. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave final approval Friday to start administering Covid-19 booster shots to Pfizer and Moderna vaccine recipients hours after a key panel unanimously voted to endorse third…

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Philadelphia: Colleges, health care workers must get vaccine

August 20, 2021

ASSOCIATED PRESS  PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia health care workers, college students and higher education employees will be required to be vaccinated by mid-October under new mandates announced by the city’s Public Health Department last Friday. The mandates were passed last Thursday night by the Board of Health, which provides guidance to the city’s health department, said…

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Weary US businesses confront new round of mask mandates

August 12, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: A sign advises shoppers to wear masks outside of a story Monday, July 19, 2021, in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles. Los Angeles County has reinstated an indoor mask mandate due to rising COVID-19 cases. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) By Dee-Ann Durbin ASSOCIATED PRESS  Businesses large and small, from McDonald’s and Home…

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Study: Vaccinated people can carry as much virus as others

August 6, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: A person holds a mask while walking outside in Philadelphia. New evidence showing the delta variant is as contagious as chickenpox has prompted U.S. health officials to consider changing advice on how the nation fights the coronavirus. Recommending masks for everyone and requiring vaccines for doctors and other health care providers are among…

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Updated mask recommendations due to the COVID delta variant

July 30, 2021

James Garrow  Board of Health Department of Public Health  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…

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US virus cases nearly triple in 2 weeks amid misinformation

July 30, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Nurses and doctors in the CoxHealth Emergency Department in Springfield, Mo., don personal protective equipment to treat patients with COVID-19. Across the U.S., the seven-day rolling average for daily new cases in the U.S. rose over the past two weeks on Tuesday, July 21. (Nathan Papes/The Springfield News-Leader via AP) By Heather Hollingsworth…

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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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