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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

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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

How many people in Pa. use cannabis for addiction? The Wolf admin won’t say.

The state Department of Health said it was unable to “share specifics regarding patient use,” despite doing so in the past.

By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA

Pa. is trying county fairs, texts and door-knocking to raise the vaccination rate. Success is slow coming.

Nearly 64% of Pennsylvania adults are fully vaccinated, a small increase compared to July and a worrying plateau as the delta variant surges across the country.

By Jamie Martines/Spotlight PA

Pa. health officials request $124 million in pandemic-related emergency contracts as GOP calls for oversight

In House and Senate hearings this week state lawmakers pushed for more oversight as health officials doubled down on its needs to secure emergency contracts for contact tracing and COVID-19 tests.

By Jamie Martines/Spotlight PA

Pennsylvania defends new, no-bid deal for contact tracing

Health Department officials said they had to move fast to get a new company in place to perform contact tracing in time for the beginning of the school year.

By Michael Rubinkam/Associated Press