Stories tagged: "COVID"


Travelers board an Amtrak train ahead of the Thanksgiving Day holiday at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Mask Off: SEPTA, Amtrak No Longer Requiring Masks on Vehicles, in Stations

Both SEPTA and Amtrak are no longer requiring passengers and employees to wear face coverings after a federal judge threw out the CDC’s nationwide mandate.

Travelers wearing protective masks as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus move about the a terminal at the Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Tuesday, April 19, 2022.  A federal judge's decision to strike down a national mask mandate was met with cheers on some airplanes but also concern about whether it's really time to end one of the most visible vestiges of the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Two Pennsylvania Airports, Two Different Masking Policies

A federal judge said masks are no longer required on planes, but the return of Philadelphia’s indoor mask mandate means passengers still need to mask up in the airport terminal.

FILE - A sign requiring masks as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus on a store front in Philadelphia, is seen Feb. 16, 2022. Philadelphia is reinstating its indoor mask mandate after reporting a sharp increase in coronavirus infections, Dr. Cheryl Bettigole, the city's top health official, announced Monday, April 11, 2022. Confirmed COVID-19 cases have risen more than 50% in 10 days, the threshold at which the city's guidelines call for people to wear masks indoors. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
COVID Won’t Leave Philly Alone: City Brings Back Indoor Mask Mandate

With confirmed COVID-19 cases doubling, Philadelphia is bringing back the indoor mask mandate.

Dr. Ala Stanford administers a COVID-19 swab test on Wade Jeffries in the parking lot of Pinn Memorial Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Stanford and other doctors formed the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium to offer testing and help address heath disparities in the African American community. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
USA Today Honors Dr. Ala Stanford For Serving Philadelphia’s Underserved Communities

Dr. Ala Stanford has helped to provide more than 100,000 COVID-19 tests and vaccinations to Philadelphia’s underserved communities.

Beth Pardo and her daughter Zoe Ko view a burial service for Winifred Pardo via video conference, in Orefield, Pa., in April 2020. When 91-year-old Pardo died, presumably from COVID-19, her family was in other states and couldn't attend the funeral because of the coronavirus pandemic. So a Brooklyn funeral director turned to people in her own neighborhood for help. And people responded. One woman did some embroidery for the casket. Others sent over lilacs and daffodils. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
If You Lost a Family Member to COVID, You Could Get Help With Funeral Costs

Families who lost loved ones to COVID-19 can get up to $9,000 to cover funeral costs through FEMA’s Funeral Assistance program.

Travelers boarding a train at Amtrak's Penn Station, Aug. 6, 2020, in New York. If Congress moves and approves President Joe Biden's plan to increase Amtrak funding, folks at Penn Station could one day board a train to Scranton. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Masking Requirements for Travel Extended Another Month

The TSA is extending the mask mandate on planes and public transportation through April 18, while taking steps that could lead to lifting the rule.

People receive vaccine's during a vaccination clinic at the Keystone First Wellness Center in Chester, Pa., Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Will It Ever Go Away? COVID-19 and Its Transition to an Endemic

COVID-19 was declared a pandemic two years ago, but the hospitalization and death rates have continued to drop recently and many believe the disease is transitioning to an endemic.