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Pennsylvania to text people who missed second vaccine shot

Roughly 254,000 people in the state did not get the second shot of a two-shot COVID-19 vaccine.

By The Associated Press

‘Don’t hold back any doses’: How a conference call with the Pa. Health Department led to vaccine delays

Health systems believed they were following state orders when they used vaccines that were supposed to be set aside for people awaiting their second doses.
By Brett Sholtis

Latino leaders in Pa. work to build trust in vaccines.

People are trying to normalize taking the COVID-19 vaccine in a community that has been disproportionately affected by the disease.

By Anthony Orozco

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Pa. to distribute 4 million antigen tests, help counties with contact tracing

The state employs 1,600 contact tracers who can support municipalities and counties struggling to keep up with surging case numbers.

By Kiley Koscinski/WESA

Pa. COVID-19 hospitalizations jump as fall resurgence ramps up

The state is in the midst of a spike in COVID-19 infections. Last Friday was the state’s highest one day case load ever reported at 2,219.

By Julia Agos

Updated: October 26, 2020 | 5:15 pm

Fewer virus patients aiding Pennsylvania case investigators

Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said 71% of people interviewed from Oct. 11-17 did not completely answer questions as to whether they frequented a business or attended a mass gathering in the 14 days before their symptoms showed up.

By Marc Levy/The Associated Press

Amid resurgence of COVID-19, Wolf says now is ‘the time to double down on our efforts’

Colder weather, school and complacency are all playing a role in the uptick in cases.

By Brett Sholtis

Pennsylvania sees most virus cases in 6 months amid testing increase

On Thursday, Gov. Tom Wolf said he was “very concerned” about the rising numbers but added that the state was in a much better position to handle the virus than it was at the outset of the pandemic.

By The Associated Press

Pa.’s failure to mandate quicker death reporting before the coronavirus fueled wild data fluctuations, mistrust

An investigation found state health officials abandoned their urgency in implementing a faster process, leaving them ill-prepared to accurately report death data when the pandemic arrived.

By Sara Simon/Spotlight PA, Ryan Briggs/WHYY and Nina Feldman/WHYY