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10:37 PM / Wednesday November 25, 2020

Coronavirus

FDA allows 1st rapid virus test that gives results at home

November 20, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: (Photo/Shutterstock) By Matthew Perrone ASSOCIATED PRESS  WASHINGTON — U.S. regulators on Tuesday allowed emergency use of the first rapid coronavirus test that can be performed entirely at home and delivers results in 30 minutes. The announcement by the Food and Drug Administration represents an important step in U.S. efforts to expand testing options…

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Rep. Jordan Harris tests positive for COVID19

November 18, 2020

 (Photo: CFetterman/wikipedia) The Pennsylvania Capital Star has reported that House Minority Whip PA State Rep. Jordan Harris, has contracted COVID-19. Harris, who is the House Democrats’ second-in-command, says he was exposed to the coronavirus from a constituent. Rep. Harris said in a statement he is feeling well. Read story here at penncapital-star.com/blog/pa-rep-harris-houses-2nd-ranking-democrat-says-he-has-covid-19/#

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City announces new COVID19 restrictions beginning 11/20: indoor gatherings and indoor dining prohibited

November 16, 2020

From phila.gov: In response to rising COVID-19 cases in Philadelphia, the City and Department of Public Health have announced changes to restrictions on businesses, events and gatherings, and other activities to help flatten the epidemic curve, prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed, and reduce the number of COVID-19 deaths. The new “Safer at Home” restrictions are…

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Biden turns to coronavirus response, names advisory board

November 13, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Task force co-chair Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS  (Photo/yale.edu)  By Philip Marcelo ASSOCIATED PRESS  BOSTON  — As he begins his transition to the presidency, Joe Biden is pivoting from a bitter campaign battle to another, more pressing fight: reining in the pandemic that has hit the world’s most powerful nation harder than any…

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Pfizer says early data signals COVID-19 vaccine is effective

November 13, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: (Shutterstock) By Linda A. Johnson and Lauran Neergaard ASSOCIATED PRESS  Pfizer says an early peek at its vaccine data suggests the shots may be 90% effective at preventing COVID-19, indicating the company is on track later this month to file an emergency use application with U.S. regulators. Monday’s announcement doesn’t mean a vaccine…

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Ben Carson tests positive after Trump election party

November 9, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was supposed to be a scene of celebration. Instead, the Trump campaign’s election night watch party in the White House East Room — with few masks and no social distancing — is being eyed as a potential coronavirus super-spreading event and yet another symbol of President Donald Trump’s cavalier attitude toward…

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Much at stake as Supreme Court weighs future of ‘Obamacare,’ COVID19 could become pre-existing condition if overturned

November 9, 2020

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR WASHINGTON (AP) — When the Supreme Court weighs the fate of “Obamacare” on Tuesday, arguments will revolve around arcane points of law like severability — whether the justices can surgically snip out part of the law and leave the rest. But what’s at stake has real-world consequences for just about every American,…

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Biden selects coronavirus advisory board members, includes Philadelphia based doctor Ezekial Emanuel

November 9, 2020

BOSTON (AP) —Biden announced Monday that former Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. David Kessler and Yale University associate professor and associate dean Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith will serve as co-chairs of a coronavirus advisory board. According to 6abc, Philadelphia-based doctor Ezekiel Emanuel, who previously served on Biden’s Public Health…

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For Biden, how to help mangled economy is next obstacle

November 9, 2020

By JOSH BOAK BALTIMORE (AP) — Joe Biden will inherit a mangled U.S. economy — one that never fully healed from the coronavirus and could suffer again as new infections are climbing. The once robust recovery has shown signs of gasping after federal aid lapsed. Ten million remain jobless and more layoffs are becoming permanent….

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Biden, Harris win White House, vowing new direction for divided US

November 7, 2020

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and ZEKE MILLER WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States on Saturday, positioning himself to lead a nation gripped by historic pandemic and a confluence of economic and social turmoil. His victory came after more than three days of uncertainty…

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