Stories tagged: "COVID-19"


In this photo from May 13, 2020, bags of garbage sit along the street before being picked up in Philadelphia's Ogontz section. Households are generating more trash as people stay home during the coronavirus pandemic. The city's 311 complaint line has received 9,753 calls about trash and recycling as of July 29 compared to 1,873 in February. (Tim Tai/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
Philly’s Trash Problem Is Getting Out of Hand, Residents Say

Faced with social distancing restrictions, residents are staying home and generating more trash than ever before—about a 30% increase in residential trash collections, said Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams.

AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar
Bars and Restaurants Push Back on New Coronavirus Restrictions as Virus Cases Surge

Gov. Tom Wolf cited rising infection rates in some hot spots when he imposed a new round of restrictions on bars and restaurants two weeks ago.

School buses are parked at a depot Thursday, April 9, 2020, in Zelienople, Pa. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said Thursday that schools will remain shuttered for the rest of the academic year because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
‘The Clock’s Running Out’: Pennsylvania School Leaders Ask for More Help

Gov. Wolf's administration has largely shunned a one-size-fits-all approach in a sprawling state where the coronavirus has wreaked havoc in some heavily populated counties while barely touching others.

In this May 29, 2020, file photo, Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, meets with the media at The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) headquarters in Harrisburg, Pa.  As a transgender woman, Levine has been subject to an endless stream of mockery and abuse on social media and elsewhere. (Joe Hermitt/The Patriot-News via AP)
Pennsylvania’s Top Health Official Is Battling ‘Vile’ and ‘Toxic’ Transphobia

Dr. Rachel Levine, a pediatrician who became state health secretary in 2017, is one of the few transgender people nationwide serving in either elective office or as a high-ranking government appointee.

Image via Shutterstock
USDA Is Denying Food Assistance to PA Families Who Need It Most, Lawsuit Says

“It was very hard to get by even before the pandemic hit, but it is even harder now."

Image via Shutterstock
Nearly 1 Million Jobs Will Be Lost if Congress Doesn’t Approve More Money for Schools, Report Says

The report says an additional $116.5 billion is needed "for personal protective equipment, health staffing, cleaning support and resources to address students' needs."

Image via screengrab
Gov. Wolf Issues New Coronavirus Restrictions So PA Doesn’t ‘Become Florida’

“We did everything we should’ve done, we were responsible, and yet we’re paying the price right now,” the governor said Wednesday.