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Bern Township, PA - January 29: A photo of the Berks County Heim. At the Berks Heim Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Bern Township Friday morning January 29, 2021 where residents of the home, and staff are being vaccinated against COVID-19 / Coronavirus with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. (Photo by Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images)
COVID-Era Nursing Home Staff Crunch Hurting Hospitals, Too

The workforce crunch at skilled nursing homes and personal care facilities in Pennsylvania is having a spillover effect on hospitals, which are under strain from a 55% increase in COVID-19 patients since mid-November.

Sarah Laurel with her brother, Adam Al-Asad, who serves as the director of operations for Savage Sisters, in one of their South Philadelphia recovery houses. (Courtesy Sarah Laurel/Savage Sisters)
Once Left For Dead, This Philadelphia Woman is Helping Those Battling Addiction

Sarah Laurel was a thriving professional who hit rock bottom due to addiction. Having turned her life around, she’s now working on behalf of those in recovery and on the streets with Savage Sisters.

The Bayada Home Health Care office on North Wyomissing Blvd. in Wyomissing. (Getty Images)
Advocates Protest Over Pennsylvania’s Problematic Home Care Program

Low pay and high turnover have long been the reality for the ranks of direct care workers in home care settings and nursing homes. The pandemic has made it worse.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf speaks during a rally to raise the state minimum wage Friday, July 9, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Majority-GOP State Legislature Allows Opioid Emergency Declaration to Lapse

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf first issued a disaster declaration in January 2018 after Pennsylvania set a record for opioid deaths, then renewed it more than a dozen times as the state battled an epidemic that has worsened during the coronavirus pandemic.

Two proposed amendments that voters will face deal with limiting the power of governors like Tom Wolf during disasters.
Wolf Signs 15th Opioid Disaster Declaration; Asks Legislature To Act

Gov. Tom Wolf has extended Pennsylvania’s opioid disaster declaration for a 15th time. To extend the declaration further, the legislature will have to come back from recess.

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What to Do If You Get Denied the COVID Vaccine Because You’re Undocumented

“Stay there, and ask for an explanation,” Graciela Araujo said. “People have to speak up and fight for their rights because we do have rights here. The vaccine is available for everyone—for everyone.”

People receive the Covid vaccine at Manhattan’s Javits Center which recently opened as a COVID vaccination site on January 13, 2021 in New York City. The Javits, which had previously functioned as a field hospital last spring when New York City was the epicenter of the pandemic, will now serve as a massive vaccine distribution center. Appointments will be required and only first responders, the elderly and select groups are eligible at this time.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Mass Vaccination Sites Finally Start Opening Throughout the Country

Thousands of people are expected to get vaccinated every day in each location.