East Stroudsburg Univ. is the latest PA school to roll out fall semester plans

06.17.20 | Traci Lynn Woolsey, Brandon Dickson

New and returning students will be back on campus at the university when classes begin in mid-August. New COVID-19 safety measures will be in place including smaller class sizes and mandatory mask-wearing.   Meanwhile, more than 1,000...

Officials in the Keystone State give the go-ahead for in-person schooling

06.03.20 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

PA Education Secretary Pedro Rivera has announced today that elementary and secondary schools in the yellow and green phases of re-opening will be able to return to in-person instruction starting July 1st. He says districts in those counties...

The testing spotlight shines on nursing homes in the Keystone State

05.13.20 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine announced the "robust, universal testing strategy" for nursing home staff and residents on Tuesday. After 8-weeks of dealing with COVID-19, why the testing push now? Levine says the Department of Health now...

Several commonwealth counties plan to reopen before Gov. Wolf's OK

05.11.20 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

A third of all Pennsylvania counties entered the state's initial phase of reopening May 8, and at least six others aim to emerge from stay-at-home orders without the "go-ahead" from the governor. Part of Senator Dave Argall's district includes...

Gov. Wolf is offering some "rent reprieve" for folks in Pennsylvania

05.08.20 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

The Democratic governor signed an executive order Thursday that extends foreclosures and evictions through July 10. He says the move goes 60 days beyond the state Supreme Court's order. While punishment is delayed, Wolf notes "rent and mortgage...

Gov. Cuomo extends NY eviction suspensions through August 20th

05.08.20 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

The chief New York executive says the move also allows landlords to use the security deposit as payment. Mr. Cuomo says that down payment can be paid back to landlords "over a period of time." Additionally, the Empire State is banning fees for...

Some encouraging numbers in the Keystone State

05.06.20 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine says "a number of days in a row with less than a thousand cases is positive news." Levine insists the most important metric is to look at trends over time. Pennsylvania is using those metrics to reopen the...

Two commonwealth congressmen call for more Bureau of Prisons oversight

05.04.20 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

Representatives Fred Keller and Glenn Thompson have teamed up to sponsor a measure that would require the federal Bureau of Prisons director be approved by the U.S. Senate. The Federal Prisons Accountability Act is companion legislation to a...

Gov. Cuomo signs order allowing elective surgeries in parts of NY

04.30.20 | Traci Lynn Woolsey, Brandon Dickson

The governor says elective surgeries will be allowed in regions "that don't have a fear of a COVID surge." Cuomo noting 35 Upstate counties are included. Erie, Monroe, and Onondaga counties are not among that list.

Pennsylvania could be past the pandemic peak

04.29.20 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine says the numbers continue to decline as the state looks at multi-day trends. Levine cautions that outbreaks will need to be dealt with "very, very quickly" as the state transitions from its red to yellow...

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