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  • ’What if I have asthma?’ and other questions about Pa.‘s order to wear masks

    07/03/2020 1:42:07 PM PDT · by lightman · 99 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 3 July A.D. 2020 | Teresa Bonner
    Gov. Wolf issued a reminder Friday that masks are mandatory, even as the state Department of Health issued answers to some of the most common questions about what, exactly, the state is requiring. “Especially as we are beginning a long Fourth of July weekend, it’s critical that everyone remember that masks are mandatory and must be worn when leaving your home,” Wolf said in a news release. “This virus is not gone, and mask-wearing is a required mitigation effort that we know works to stop its spread.” Here are some answers to frequently asked question as they were provided by...
  • Dr. Cyril Wecht Calls Mandatory Mask Order By Dr. Rachel Levine 'Totally Absurd'

    07/02/2020 8:00:42 PM PDT · by NImerc · 57 replies
    KDKA ^ | July 1, 2020 | Jeff Oravitz
    On Wednesday, Pennsylvania Heath Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine made the wearing masks when you leave your home mandatory for all Pennsylvanians - an expansion of the Secretary's order that people must wear a mask when visiting businesses. Dr. Cyril Wecht told KDKA Radio's Wendy Bell that Levine's order is "totally, totally absurd."
  • Wolf and Levine want it ‘socially unacceptable’ to be caught without a face mask

    07/02/2020 7:16:15 PM PDT · by lightman · 42 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 2 July A.D. 2020 | David Wenner
    Having people look at you, knowing they consider you a lawbreaker and a health threat. Looking at yourself, knowing you risked passing a disease that could kill someone’s grandparent or chronically-ill spouse. Those apparently are the harshest punishments Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine hope to impose on violators of their new order to wear face masks in most indoor and outdoor public settings to help block the spread of COVID-19. They were pressed this week on exactly what penalties apply to those who violate the order, such as someone entering a store without a mask...
  • Kids should wear masks for youth sports, Pa. health secretary says, and futher explains expanded order

    07/02/2020 11:21:44 AM PDT · by lightman · 71 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 2 July A.D. 2020 | Greg Pickel
    Pennsylvania Health Department Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine took to Pittsburgh’s KDKA NewsRadio on Thursday morning to further explain the expanded mask-wearing order she signed on Wednesday. Levine hit on a number of familiar talking points. She repeated her familiar refrain: “my mask protects you and your mask protects me.” And she said that the order, which says citizens should wear a face-covering anytime they leave their home and will be around other people unless they’re under the age of two or have a medical or work-related reason not to, is not political. Rather, it’s meant to help prevent an outburst...
  • ‘Overreach’ or life-saver? Gov. Wolf’s enhanced mask-wearing order draws mixed opinions

    07/01/2020 8:16:36 PM PDT · by lightman · 22 replies
    pennlive ^ | 1 July A.D. 2020 | Nolan Simmons
    Gov. Tom Wolf and Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine Wolf tightens Pa. mask-wearing order, saying they are now required outdoors, effective immediately now mandating that Pennsylvanians wear masks whenever they leave their home, effective immediately. This order comes during an upturn in positive COVID-19 cases statewide, including in the Harrisburg region, where Dauphin County is registering the second-highest rate of new cases in the state. The order has been received by mixed opinions. Hypocrisy, thy name is Tom Wolf. You mean like how you didnÂ’t wear a mask when you marched arm in arm with protestors (and didnÂ’t social distance)?...
  • Pennsylvania State Senato Doug Mastriano Speaks on Masks and other issues - Vanity - sort of...

    07/02/2020 7:50:48 AM PDT · by ManHunter · 6 replies
    Rose Unplugged ^ | 7 July 2020 | N/A
    This is an interview of Pennsylvania State Senator Doug Mastriano by Rose Soma-Tennent, a Pittsburgh radio personality and occasional stand-in for Sean Hannity. Sen. Mastriano is a retired, 30-year Army veteran (Colonel), with a Phd and four Master's Degrees. He's also an unapologetic conservative, a Christian, and will be running for governor in 2022.
  • Wolf tightens Pa. mask-wearing order, saying they are now required outdoors, effective immediately

    07/01/2020 3:51:07 PM PDT · by lightman · 53 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 1 July A.D. 2020 | David Wenner
    Gov. Tom Wolf and health secretary Dr. Rachel Levine on Wednesday expanded on their previous order that everyone must wear masks inside businesses, saying masks are now required whenever anyone leaves home. It takes effect immediately. “This mask-wearing order is essential to stopping the recent increase in COVID-19 cases we have seen in Pennsylvania,” Wolf said. “Those hot spots can be traced to situations where Pennsylvanians were not wearing masks or practicing social distancing – two practices that must be adhered to if we want to maintain the freedoms we have in place under our reopening.” Wolf cited the Disease...
  • VIDEO: Joe Biden Hit by Freeze Frame Disaster in Lancaster PA

    06/25/2020 3:44:03 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 86 replies
    YouTube ^ | June 25, 2020 | DUmmie FUnnies
    VIDEO What is it about Joe Biden and live streaming? Is he surrounded by some sort of force field that plays havoc with the electrons used in broadcasting signals? As you can see, there is almost no difference in the "active" Joe Biden and the freeze frame Joe Biden. After over a half hour of existing in the freeze frame Phantom Zone, Biden stirs back to life, barely, at an indoor rally with a tremendous crowd of enthusiastic supporters. In fact, are there any crowd control experts out there who can estimate to the closest thousand just how large...
  • Republicans say requiring nursing homes to accept COVID-19 patients may have killed ‘thousands’

    07/01/2020 9:39:26 AM PDT · by lightman · 31 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 1 July A.D. 2029 | Davis Wenner
    Republican members of a U.S. House committee want to know “the science and information” the Gov. Tom Wolf administration used in requiring long term care facilities to accept people who have been hospitalized with COVID-19 or otherwise potentially exposed. Pennsylvania “forced the nursing homes to take seniors who are COVID positive from the hospital back into thed nursing home, even knowing they couldn’t properly take care of them. It was a death sentence for thousands of Pennsylvania seniors,” U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana said Tuesday. However, U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, who hosted a briefing on the subject Tuesday, said...
  • Naked gardening complaint leads to Harrisburg official’s suspension

    06/30/2020 3:33:14 PM PDT · by lightman · 63 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 30 June A.D. 2020 | Christine Vendel
    Harrisburg’s finance director has been suspended after a neighbor snapped a photo of him gardening in the nude and called police to complain. Bruce Weber is suspended pending the outcome of a police investigation. The neighbor, ShaVonne Moon, posted a photo Friday on Facebook of her naked neighbor, bent over, pulling weeds in his backyard garden on Boas Street . She complained on her social media post that she’s “sick of it,” and had to keep her young sons away from her home’s windows and backyard to avoid seeing the naked man outside. Weber confirmed Sunday that it was him...
  • Pennsylvania Conservative comes out swinging against far left incumbent in congressional race.

    See for yourself. I like this guy...
  • Health officials failed to safeguard trust in Pa.'s coronavirus data, sowing confusion

    06/17/2020 4:10:11 PM PDT · by lightman · 9 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 17 June A.D. 2020 | Sara Simon
    HARRISBURG — Data is difficult. At its best, it’s a tool for sound policy. Data can cut through noise to help spot trends, like new clusters of the coronavirus. It can prove which communities face the most risk and where supplies are most needed. At its worst, though, data brings trouble. Without context, it can seem to tell a story that might not be true. A county’s case count on its own is misleading without information about tests. A death toll might be declining, but it won’t account for reporting delays. Since March, data about the coronavirus has played a...
  • Trump Campaign Sues Pennsylvania over mail-in voting irregularities

    06/30/2020 9:58:48 AM PDT · by Ikemeister · 15 replies
    The Franklin County Journal ^ | 30 June 2020 | Dwight D. Weidman
    The Trump re-election campaign, Republican National Committee, and other parties, including 13th District Congressman John Joyce have filed a lawsuit against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and all 67 county election boards, including Franklin County, over mail-in voting.
  • Pandemic Blues: Pennsylvania Democrat Gov. Wolf Suffers 43 Percent Swing Against Approval Rating

    06/29/2020 7:40:06 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 29, 2020 | Matthew Boyle
    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, has suffered a significant drop in his approval rating during his continued slow-walking of the reopening of his state as the coronavirus pandemic recedes. The 43-percent swing against Wolf’s approval rating comes in just a couple months. Back in April he was riding high as the pandemic raged through his state and across the country, but Pennsylvanians have turned against him in a big way since then. While Wolf is still at a 49 percent approval rating now, according to the latest survey from Susquehanna Polling and Research in conjunction with local Fox affiliate...
  • Lebanon County, the lone yellow county in Pa., will move to green phase July 3

    06/26/2020 10:00:22 AM PDT · by lightman · 13 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 26 June A.D. 2020 | Ron Southwick
    At long last, Lebanon County has been given approval to move to the green phase. Gov. Tom Wolf said Friday that Lebanon County can move to the green phase on July 3. Lebanon County is now the only county in Pennsylvania in the yellow phase of the governor’s color-coded plan to reopen Pennsylvania. Earlier today, 12 counties, including the Philadelphia region, moved to the green phase. Lebanon County leaders fumed last week when the Wolf administration announced Lebanon would be the only remaining county in the yellow phase. “We will soon have all of our counties in green,” Wolf said...
  • Gov. Wolf predicts COVID-19 resurgence in fall, offers hope it won’t force new round of school and business closings

    06/24/2020 3:39:00 PM PDT · by lightman · 45 replies
    Penn ^ | 24 June A.D. 2020 | David Wenner
    Gov. Tom Wolf said Wednesday he expects COVID-19 to surge again in Pennsylvania this fall. But he said preparations and lessons learned during months when the state was shut down may enable us to weather it without a repeat of the shut down. The advantages if faced with a second wave include increased hospital preparedness and capacity, expanded testing and expanding contact tracing to find and isolate people who have been exposed. Wolf said Pennsylvania now has capacity for 16,000 tests per day -- more than the total tested in March -- and has nearly 600 contact tracers, with plans...
  • Lebanon County officials, business people seeing red over staying yellow in state’s reopening plan

    06/19/2020 5:57:44 PM PDT · by lightman · 7 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 19 June A.D. 2020 | Charles Thompson
    Lebanon County officials were sputtering mad Friday at the Wolf Administration’s decision to leave it as the only one of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties that is not taking at least a partial step toward the green, or least restrictive, phase of the state’s coronavirus reopening plan next week. The county’s four-member legislative delegation - which helped stoke the county commissioner’s decision to break out of the state’s reopening schedule last month - issued an open letter to county residents condemning Gov. Tom Wolf and his Health Secretary, Dr. Rachel Levine, for punishing the county. “If there was ever any doubt that...
  • Lebanon County Republicans call Gov. Wolf 'dictator,' 'loser' after not moving to green phase

    06/19/2020 2:40:40 PM PDT · by lightman · 17 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 19 June A.D. 2020 | Julia Hatmaker
    Calling Governor Tom Wolf an ‘illustrious dictator,’ Lebanon County Republicans lashed out on Facebook over the county’s reopening status. Lebanon County will be the only county still in the yellow phase of reopening on June 26, according to Pa. Health Secretary Dr. Levine. The state said that was because of an increase in cases of COVID-19 in the county. Levine put the blame on the politics of the county. “Lebanon County’s partisan, politically driven decision to ignore public health experts and reopen prematurely is having severe consequences for the health and safety of county residents,” she said in a press...
  • Only one Pa. county is not given approval for green phase: Lebanon County

    06/19/2020 10:24:37 AM PDT · by lightman · 16 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 19 June A.D. 2020 | Ron Southwick
    Lebanon County is the only county in Pennsylvania that is not being given approval from Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration to move to the green phase. The Wolf administration said Friday 12 more counties will move next week to the green phase, the least restrictive in the governor’s plan to reopen Pennsylvania amid the coronavirus pandemic. Those counties include Philadelphia and all of its suburbs. Earlier Friday, eight counties, including Dauphin, moved into the green phase. As of Friday, 54 counties are now in the green phase, with 12 more headed there next Friday. On June 26, Lebanon County will stand...
  • Which Pa. counties will go green next? Our picks for who Wolf could announce in the next round Friday: Analysis

    06/18/2020 4:34:23 PM PDT · by lightman · 22 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 18 June A.D. 2020 | Greg Pickel
    Eight more Pa. counties moved to the green phase of Gov. Tom Wolf’s coronavirus reopening plan on Friday, June 19, leaving just 13 of the state’s 67 counties still in the yellow phase. Who could be designated to move to green next Friday, June 26? We’re expecting an announcement from Wolf and his administration this Friday, based on how things have gone in the past. Typically, they will declare a certain number of counties to move from one phase to another the Friday before it happens. For example, the ones that advanced today, Dauphin, Franklin, Huntingdon, Luzerne, Monroe, Perry, Pike,...