Stories tagged: "COVID"


A health worker shows a negative COVID-19 antigen test result. (AP Photo/Andre Penner0
Insurers to Start Covering Home COVID Tests

Americans will be able to either purchase home testing kits for free under their insurance or submit receipts for the tests for reimbursement.

President Joe Biden talks to reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, in Washington. The Biden administration is increasing federal support for COVID-19 testing for schools in a bid to keep them open amid the omicron surge. The White House said Wednesday the administration is making a dedicated stream of 5 million rapid tests and 5 million lab-based PCR tests available to schools starting this month. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Biden Redoubling Focus on Testing Amid Shortages, Confusion

The White House announced Wednesday that a dedicated stream of 5 million rapid tests and 5 million lab-based PCR tests will be made available to schools starting this month to ease supply shortages and promote the safe reopening of schools.

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2020, file photo, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf speaks during a news conference in Harrisburg. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
Wolf: Strategy to Fight COVID-19 Is Vaccines, Not Shutdowns

The Health Department is pushing more residents to get vaccinated and taking steps to support hospitals hit by severe staffing shortages and a growing tide of COVID-19 patients.

At Wilson High School in West Lawn, students in the audience listen as former NBA basketball player Chris Herren speaks on April 13, 2021. (Photo by Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images)
Lack of Emergency Order or Regulation Doomed PA School Mask Mandate

Justices said that Pennsylvania law gives the Department of Health broad authority to protect public health, but it doesn't permit the department "to act by whim in all matters concerning disease" without specific regulations that empower a mask mandate.

People wait at a COVID-19 mobile testing site run by the Department of Public Health in Philadelphia, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Pennsylvania Asks FEMA For Help With COVID Surge

The Wolf administration requested Federal Emergency Management Agency "strike teams" for hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and ambulance companies in the hardest-hit areas of the state.

Angelina DeChristopher, a ninth grade student, works with art teacher Jennilee Miller at Brandywine Heights High School in Longswamp Township, March 1, 2021. (Photo by Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images)
Pennsylvania High Court Throws Out Mask Mandate For Schools

The justices announced their decision to invalidate the Wolf administration's statewide mandate for masks inside K-12 school buildings and child care facilities but did not issue a written opinion that explains their reasoning.

FILE: One of Geisinger's facilities in Danville. (Shutterstock)
COVID Surge: Central and Northeastern Pennsylvania Hospital Chain Runs Out of Beds

Geisinger is running at 110% capacity across its nine hospitals — overrun with largely unvaccinated COVID-19 patients who represent a quarter to well over half of all admissions.