Pennsylvania is including in its official count not only viral tests that reveal who currently has COVID-19, but also antibody tests that show whether a person was previously infected.
Pa. health officials quietly alter erroneous nursing home case, death counts as providers cry foul
Provider associations said publishing erroneous data has sewn panic and anger among family members, distrust among nursing home staff, and frustration for providers.
Pa. officials allow scaled-back real estate operations to resume statewide
Gov. Tom Wolf on the same day vetoed a bill to restart the real estate industry, angering Republicans in the legislature.
Rebate checks may arrive earlier for some Pennsylvania homeowners and renters
The rebate program is aimed at low-income seniors and people with disabilities.
FULL LIST: Pa. releases names of nursing homes with coronavirus cases, deaths
As the number of deaths inside Pennsylvania’s long-term care facilities grew, lawmakers and advocates for seniors called on the state and federal government to release the list.
Pa. sold nursing home testing plan as ‘universal’ and ‘radical’, but advocates say it’s optional and insufficient
State officials opted against making testing mandatory, and some fear certain facilities won’t follow their suggestions.
Pa.’s largest nurses’ union accuses hospitals of misinforming state officials about protective equipment
The union says health systems are sitting on stockpiles of N95 respirators, leaving nurses without needed protection, as some hospitals restart elective procedures.
With thousands of Pa. prisoners in near-solitary confinement, how long can coronavirus lockdown last?
Advocates have widely praised the department’s efforts, but are concerned about potential harms to inmate mental health.
Pa. counties abandon plans to buck Wolf, as GOP lawmakers continue pushing doomed reopening bills
The GOP-controlled state Senate approved a bill that would give counties the power to opt out of Gov. Tom Wolf’s business closure and stay-at-home orders.
Pa. officials revoked business waivers the night before publishing list of recipients
The Department of Community and Economic Development, which oversees the process, said it was part of ongoing “quality control.”
In major reversal, Gov. Tom Wolf says Pa. will begin weekly testing of nursing home residents, employees
The announcement is a reversal for the administration, which for weeks has said it has done everything possible to protect nursing homes and maintained that only people with symptoms should be tested, despite the known spread of the disease from carriers with no signs of illness.
Pa. GOP takes Gov. Tom Wolf to court as it seeks records on controversial business waiver process
The Wolf administration rejected the request on Friday, though it did for the first time release a list of more than 5,000 businesses that were granted waivers.
Gov. Tom Wolf denounces Pa. counties reopening without his approval as ‘cowardly,’ ‘selfish’
The Democratic governor said counties that do so are risking federal stimulus dollars for coronavirus response.
Workers in Pennsylvania with preexisting health conditions fear a call to return to work
They are particularly at risk of serious complications or death if they get the coronavirus, but if they refuse to work, they could lose their job and unemployment.
Some Pa. counties push to exclude nursing home cases from reopening formula, but experts caution against it
Reopening too soon could exacerbate the already devastating death toll in long-term care facilities, experts say.