The Pittsburgh native rose to serve two terms as Pennsylvania’s 41st governor, from 1979 to 1987.
A formal announcement by the administration is expected Wednesday afternoon.
Staff is “running out of gas” at Torrance State Hospital, where federal inspectors said short-staffing created safety risks in 2018 and 2019.
Still, at least two Republican lawmakers said Gov. Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 diagnosis was proof masks and other mitigation efforts don’t work.
Voters could request a mail ballot just seven days before the Nov. 3 election, making it difficult for county offices to send them out and receive them back by the deadline.
Hundreds of thousands of families across Pennsylvania could lose their homes in January, after emergency unemployment benefits and federal eviction protections expire and as the state grapples with record numbers of new coronavirus cases.
The pandemic and a new vote-by-mail system overwhelmed already overworked election offices, but some tapped federal pandemic stimulus money to help cover costs.
The 4 p.m. announcement comes as confirmed coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania continue to break records, and hospitals struggle with rising admissions and a potential staffing crisis.
A yearlong investigation by PennLive and Spotlight PA found huge variations in workloads among Pennsylvania’s more than 500 local judges, despite good salaries and benefits paid by taxpayers.
A yearlong investigation by PennLive and Spotlight PA included a detailed analysis of more than 3.8 million case events, as well as more than 40 interviews.
“During a routine test yesterday, I tested positive for COVID-19,” Wolf said in a Wednesday statement.
GOP lawmakers sent a letter to the state’s U.S. representatives and senators Friday, claiming that Gov. Tom Wolf and the secretary of the commonwealth “undermined” the state’s new vote-by-mail law and the certification of its Electoral College delegation.
While many lawmakers agree changes are needed, finding common ground in the current hyper-partisan climate might be impossible.
At least a third of the hospitals in the southwest and south-central part of the state expect shortages in the next week, state data shows. Some rural facilities are already in crisis.
Breaking his silence, top GOP Sen. Jake Corman said his office is reviewing how the hearing was organized and executed.