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COVID-19

State gets 40k increase in first dose allotment from federal government

HARRISBURG — The maximum allocation the state will be receiving for first doses this week is approximately 225,890, which is an over 40,000 jump from last week’s allocation of around 183,000. According to Barry Ciccocioppo, Department of Health Communications director, the snow delayed ...

COVID-related nursing home deaths in PA fuel blame

HARRISBURG — Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania on Thursday used a hearing to ask Gov. Tom Wolf’s top health official whether it was a mistake to order COVID-19 patients to be readmitted to nursing homes, although it is not clear the policy led to an outbreak or death. Since ...

Biden directive expands jobless aid to more unemployed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployed Americans who have turned down job offers because they feared their prospective employers weren’t providing sufficient protection from the coronavirus would qualify for jobless aid under a directive the Labor Department issued Thursday. The measure would also ...

GOP rallies solidly against Democrats’ virus relief package

WASHINGTON — Republicans are closing ranks against Democrats’ proposed $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, even as the White House seemed to rule out a procedural Senate power play to protect one provision most treasured by progressives: a minimum wage hike. Despite paper-thin ...

As hospital numbers fall, fatigued staff get relief at last

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — When COVID-19 patients inundated St. Louis hospitals, respiratory therapists arriving for yet another grueling shift with a dwindling supply of ventilators would often glance at their assignments and cry, heading into the locker room to collect themselves. “They were ...

US jobless claims at 730K, still high but fewest in three months

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell sharply last week in a sign that layoffs may have eased, though applications for aid remain at a historically high level. Jobless claims declined by 111,000 from the previous week to a seasonally adjusted 730,000, ...

More than 300 local residents get vaccine at Dunnstown clinic

DUNNSTOWN — Local folks have been waiting for weeks to get appointments for COVID-19 vaccines, frustrated that the shots weren’t coming to Clinton County fast enough and getting no answers as to when more doses of the much-wanted vaccinations might arrive. For more than 300 people, the ...

UPMC launches online public vaccine registry

UPMC launched a new website this week to allow those who are 75 and older to determine if they are eligible and then register to receive an appointment for a COVID vaccine shot. On the website, Vaccine.UPMC.com, there is a survey to determine eligibility for the vaccine including information ...

Health network allowed employees’ kin to skip vaccine line

One of Pennsylvania’s largest health networks allowed employees’ family members to skip the COVID-19 vaccine line, raising questions of fairness at a time of strong public demand and scarce supply. Geisinger’s decision to give special access to employees’ relatives earned a rebuke ...

FDA says single-dose shot from J&J prevents severe COVID

WASHINGTON (AP) — Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine offers strong protection against severe COVID-19, according to an analysis released Wednesday by U.S. regulators that sets the stage for a final decision on a new and easier-to-use shot to help tame the pandemic. The ...

States pass their own virus aid, not waiting on Washington

Not waiting for more federal help, states have been approving their own coronavirus aid packages, spending hundreds of millions of dollars to help residents and business owners devastated by the the pandemic’s economic fallout. Maryland and California recently moved forward with help for ...

Free COVID-19 testing site extended in Centre County

BELLEFONTE — As positive cases of COVID-19 continue to turn up in Centre County, the county commissioners agreed to extend a contract with AMI Expeditionary Healthcare to operate the walk-in testing clinic at the former Comcast/Xfinity facility down the road from the Nittany Mall. The ...

More info released on funds for county’s hospitality industry

LOCK HAVEN — Last week the Clinton County commissioners told the county’s local hospitality industry to “stay tuned” for more information about the $437,000 state funding coming their way. They kept their word and at Monday’s work session. Clinton County Planning Director Katie ...

Drug executives: Big jump in vaccine supply is coming soon

WASHINGTON (AP) — COVID-19 vaccine makers told Congress on Tuesday to expect a big jump in the delivery of doses over the coming month, and the companies insist they will be able to provide enough for most Americans to get inoculated by summer. By the end of March, Pfizer and Moderna expect ...

HHS pick says pandemic is top job, but agenda is broader

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health secretary nominee Xavier Becerra told senators Tuesday that confronting the coronavirus pandemic will be his first priority if confirmed, but he also pledged to expand health insurance, rein in prescription drug costs and reduce racial and ethnic disparities in ...

Nation hits 500k COVID related deaths

Soon, the nation will see what was once unfathomable to most, hitting 500,000 COVID-19 deaths in the United States. “The loss of a life is immense, so hitting a milestone like this is something that reminds us of how serious this virus is,” Dr. Rutul Dalal, MD, medical director of ...

US tops 500,000 virus deaths, matching the toll of three wars

The COVID-19 death toll in the U.S. topped 500,000 Monday, all but matching the number of Americans killed in World War II, Korea and Vietnam combined. The lives lost, as recorded by Johns Hopkins University, are about equal to the population of Kansas City, Missouri, and greater than that of ...

Biden to mourn 500,000 dead while balancing grief and hope

WASHINGTON (AP) — With sunset remarks and a national moment of silence, President Joe Biden is planning a head-on acknowledgement of the country’s once-unimaginable loss — half a million Americans in the COVID-19 pandemic — in striking contrast to the approach of his ...

UK data: COVID-19 vaccines sharply cut hospitalizations

LONDON (AP) — Two U.K. studies released Monday showed that COVID-19 vaccination programs are contributing to a sharp drop in hospitalizations, boosting hopes that the shots will work as well in the real world as they have in carefully controlled studies. Preliminary results from a study in ...

Mt. Nittany seeks volunteers to administer vaccine

STATE COLLEGE — Mount Nittany Health is looking for volunteers in our community, including active or retired licensed health care professionals such as nurses, pharmacists, paramedics, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), nursing students and medical students, to help administer COVID-19 ...