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COVID-19

Mask guidance divides parents heading into new school year

HARTFORD, Conn.— With U.S. health officials recommending that children mask up in school this fall, parents and policy makers across the nation have been plunged anew into a debate over whether face coverings should be optional or a mandate. The delta variant of the coronavirus now ...

Fauci: More ‘pain and suffering’ ahead as COVID cases rise

Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Sunday that more “pain and suffering” is on the horizon as COVID-19 cases climb again and officials plead with unvaccinated Americans to get their shots. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, also said he doesn’t foresee additional lockdowns in ...

CDC team: ‘War has changed’ as delta variant dangers emerge

New evidence showing the delta variant is as contagious as chickenpox and may be more dangerous than other versions has prompted U.S. health officials to consider changing advice on how the nation fights the coronavirus, internal documents show. Recommending masks for everyone and requiring ...

Wolf, task force urge lawmakers to promote COVID vaccination

Gov. Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania’s coronavirus task force are asking state lawmakers to urge their constituents to get vaccinated, noting the rapid spread of the highly contagious delta variant. Wolf and the task force, which includes Democratic and Republican appointees from the House and ...

Walmart mandates vaccines for home office workers

NEW YORK — Walmart is requiring that all home office workers as well as management-level staff members who travel within the U.S. be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 4 as part of a series of sweeping measures it announced to help curb the spread of the virus and drive more of its workers ...

PA adds 1,088 cases of COVID-19

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania is seeing its highest number of COVID-19 cases since May as the Delta variant spreads, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. There were 1,088 positives on Thursday, bringing the number of statewide cases to 1,223,390. It was the first time ...