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Pennsylvania isn’t likely to see more local health departments anytime soon. We found out why.

Pennsylvania’s public health system has been the focus of plenty of discussion but little change, even as the pandemic created new challenges for local leaders.

By Jamie Martines/Spotlight PA

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Pennsylvania’s acting health secretary to step down

Alison Beam, who had previously served as Wolf’s deputy chief of staff, guided the state’s COVID-19 pandemic response over the past year.

By The Associated Press

26% of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Pennsylvania are breakthrough cases — but don’t panic

It’s important to understand how Pennsylvania’s vaccinated and unvaccinated populations differ.

By Sarah Boden/WESA

Updated: September 15, 2021 | 11:32 am

Vaccines are preventing COVID-19 among most who receive them in Pa.

New data shows fewer than six percent of people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 have contracted the virus.

By Sam Dunklau

Pennsylvania targeting doctors over blanket mask exemptions

In Lebanon County, Dr. Joel Yeager put a stock, four-page exemption letter on the homepage of his practice’s website. The site invited people to “print your own copy.”

By Michael Rubinkam/Associated Press

Wolf stumps for school mask mandate in Norristown visit, downplays critics

Wolf and Secretary of Education Noe Ortega said they have seen mostly “good behavior” and compliance with the mask mandate from districts and parents across the state.

By Emily Rizzo/WHYY

Updated: August 31, 2021 | 6:16 pm

Pennsylvania mandates masks in K-12 schools, day cares

The Department of Health order will take effect Tuesday, Sept. 7 and will require students, teachers and staff to wear masks when inside.

By Marc Levy/The Associated Press, Michael Rubinkam/Associated Press and Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Updated: August 16, 2021 | 5:58 pm

Aiming to keep fall infections low, Wolf administration offers free COVID-19 testing for schools

Schools are trying to keep students safe from rising infection rates in many counties, especially since those under 12 can’t receive a vaccine.

By Sam Dunklau
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