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  • Dr. Rachel Levine: A ‘fall resurgence’ of coronavirus has arrived in Pennsylvania

    10/14/2020 12:05:01 PM PDT · by lightman · 77 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 14 October A.D. 2020 | Sue Gleiter
    Health Department Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine cautioned on Wednesday Pennsylvania is facing a fall resurgence of coronavirus. “It’s very hard to predict what the future will bring, but we have been talking for months that we were concerned that as we entered the fall season, as the weather started to change, that we would see a resurgence in terms of the numbers of COVID-19,” she said during a news conference at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency offices. Over the past nine days, Pennsylvania has reported more than 1,000 daily new cases after its latest update said that there were 1,276...
  • Giant, Karns drop Taste of Sicily restaurant family member’s Gumbas sauces

    09/22/2020 10:22:14 AM PDT · by lightman · 30 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 22 September A.D. 2020 | Sue Gleiter
    By | At least three central Pennsylvania grocery chains have stopped selling Gumbas sauces and salsas. Karns Foods, Giant and Stauffers of Kissel Hill pulled the products made by Michael Mangano, a family spokesman for the Taste of Sicily restaurant in Palmyra, according to LebTown, a media organization. Mangano has been an outspoken critic of Gov. Tom Wolf’s coronavirus restrictions on restaurants and businesses and has personally attacked Health Secretary Rachael Levine, who is a transgender woman. Mangano, who writes on the Gumbas Facebook page that he is not against the LGBTQ community, refers to Levine as “Richard.” “These...
  • 'A return to normalcy might be on the horizon’; Pa. House GOP leaders react to court’s reversal of Wolf’s COVID-19 response orders

    09/14/2020 1:12:06 PM PDT · by lightman · 25 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 14 September A.D. 2020 | Jan Murphy
    House Republican legislative leaders say “a return to normalcy might be on the horizon” after reviewing U.S. Western District Judge William Stickman IV’s ruling that found Gov. Tom Wolf’s restrictions imposed to control the spread of COVID-19 to be unconstitutional. In a ruling issued on Monday, the federal judge ruled Gov. Tom Wolf’s and Health Secretary Rachel Levine’s congregate gathering, stay-at-home and business shutdown orders violated the First and Fourteenth amendments. In their reaction, House Speaker Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster County, and House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre County, cited an excerpt from the judge’s opinion that highlight that a response...
  • What needs to happen for Pa. to consider allowing fans at Eagles, Steelers games this fall?

    09/11/2020 5:09:48 PM PDT · by lightman · 29 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 11 September A.D. 2020 | Greg Pickel
    The Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles will both start their respective NFL schedules without fans in the stands when they play at Heinz Field and Lincoln Financial Field, respectively. What will it take for that to change? Health Department Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine weighed in on Friday, just days before both teams play their season openers on the road and two weeks before each plays a home game amid the coronavirus pandemic. Both franchises have said that they won’t have fans in attendance until at least the end of September, but each said in emails to their season ticket holders...
  • Pennsylvania Health Secretary Made Secret Agreement To Allow Car Show Against State’s Gathering Limit

    08/21/2020 5:32:13 PM PDT · by Libloather · 38 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8/20/20 | Marlo Safi
    Pennsylvania’s Health Secretary made a secret deal to allow a car show to open for a multi-day event although it would violate the state’s coronavirus gathering restrictions, WPXI reported. Dr. Rachel Levine made the confidential settlement agreement with the Carlisle Car Show, a huge, outdoor event near Harrisburg that let 20,000 people in per day despite the state-wide 250 person outdoor gathering limit, documents reviewed by WPXI showed. The secret agreement showed that Levine reportedly allowed the car show to take place for four days. Lawmakers around the state say they had no idea of such agreement, and that it...
  • Social distancing no substitute for mask-wearing in schools, Pa. health secretary says; schools must adjust, again

    08/18/2020 2:22:12 PM PDT · by lightman · 30 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 18 August A.D. 2020 | Jan Murphy
    Desks sitting six feet apart will not allow students to skirt the universal mask or face shield mandate ordered by the state Department of Health, according to guidance that was issued on Monday to school officials. Pennsylvania’s Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said on Tuesday this guidance is a clarification, rather than a change, in rules that were sent out to schools in July that drew a lot of questions. “What we heard is some of the language isn’t as clear as it could be so we wanted to make sure that we were as clear as possible,” Levine said...
  • Students will have to wear masks all day in school with few exceptions: Pa. Health Department

    08/18/2020 5:51:43 AM PDT · by lightman · 45 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 18 August A.D. 2020 | Jenna Wise
    Students over the age of 2 will be required to wear face coverings for nearly the entire school day under Pennsylvania’s universal mask order, according to a Department of Education memo released this week. There will be a limited number of instances in which students will be allowed to remove their face coverings, according to the memo. These include while eating or drinking, or during an activity that makes mask-wearing unsafe. Students can also take their masks off during 10-minute “face-covering breaks.” “For the safety of students, staff and families and to avoid community spread of COVID-19, students and staff...
  • Tweet by Trump campaign official continues transphobic attacks on Pa. health secretary Levine

    08/10/2020 1:18:41 PM PDT · by lightman · 76 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 10 August A.D. 2020 | David Wenner
    Jenna Ellis, an advisor for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, referred to Pennsylvania health secretary Dr. Rachel Levine as “this guy” in a Tweet on Monday. The Tweet states “This guy is making decisions about your health” while linking to a PennLive story about a news briefing in May where a Pittsburgh radio host repeatedly referred to Levine as “sir.” Levine objected to being misgendered, and the host later apologized, saying he was distracted. The Tweet by Ellis prompted a response from the Washington, D.C.-based Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ rights organization. “Jenna Ellis is a bigot and...
  • Gov. Wolf has never been tested for COVID-19 — he and Dr. Rachel Levine relying mostly on social distancing

    08/07/2020 10:05:48 AM PDT · by lightman · 30 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 7 August A.D. 2020 | David Wenner
    Gov. Tom Wolf said this week he’s never been tested for COVID-19. He said so in an offhand remark at a news briefing for reporters and didn’t elaborate. That’s much different than the level of testing for officials such as President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, who reportedly are tested daily and sometimes multiple times per day. Their staffers are also tested daily, and people who meet with Trump and Pence are tested in advance. “The Wolf Administration is following the same guidance that we offer to Pennsylvanians on a regular basis. If you are sick, and feel...
  • Russ Diamond: Instead of censuring me over mask statement, Gov. Wolf and secretary Levine should leave

    07/30/2020 10:24:03 AM PDT · by lightman · 21 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 30 July A.D. 2020 | Jan Murphy
    Pennsylvania Rep. Russ Diamond didn’t take long to respond to Gov. Tom Wolf’s call on the House of Representatives to censure Diamond for his “thinly veiled attack on the LGBTQ community.” The Lebanon County Republican returned fire two hours later by issuing a statement calling on Wolf to resign but not before removing Dr. Rachel Levine as state health secretary. Diamond has been critical of Wolf’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as Levine’s response. Nearly parroting the words that Wolf used to describe Diamond’s defense of those who don’t wear a mask, Diamond’s statement begins: “Abhorrent, unlawful, political...
  • Lawmaker says his ant-mask statement wasn't mocking Levine's anti-discrimination plea

    07/30/2020 9:46:11 AM PDT · by lightman · 20 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 30 July A.D. 2020 | Cynthia Fernandez
    HARRISBURG — One day after Pennsylvania’s top health official forcefully denounced transphobic attacks against her, a Republican lawmaker co-opted her call for acceptance to address “hateful and intolerant comments directed towards the unmasked community.” Rep. Russ Diamond of Lebanon County released a statement Wednesday that mimicked remarks Health Secretary Rachel Levine made in response to recent “demonstrations of harassment” against her. Diamond has been one of the loudest opponents of Levine’s order requiring most people, barring a health issue, to wear a mask while in public. “Your actions perpetuate a spirit of intolerance and discrimination against unmasked individuals and specifically...
  • Dr. Rachel Levine: Transphobic incidents are ‘hurting the thousands of LGBTQ Pennsylvanians’

    07/29/2020 1:30:18 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 72 replies
    The Patriot-News (PA) ^ | July 28, 2020 | Greg Pickel
    Pa. Health Department Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine started her daily coronavirus response briefing Tuesday with a response to the “multiple incidents of LGBTQ harassment, and specifically transphobia directed at me, that have been reported in the press.” A Tioga county tavern recently apologized for a menu item that mocked Levine, who is a transgender woman, while a Facebook post about a fundraiser at the Bloomsburg Fair featured a male wearing a woman’s dress and a wig. The post suggested that it was a Levine impersonation.
  • How long will it be before residents of Pa. nursing homes can have visitors again?

    07/28/2020 3:26:24 PM PDT · by lightman · 35 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 28 July A.D. 2020 | David Wenner
    Every skilled nursing home in Pennsylvania has met the July 24 deadline for testing all residents and employees for COVID-19, the state said Tuesday. Completing that round of tests is a key part of the plan for allowing in-person visits to nursing homes — something that hasn’t happened in Pennsylvania since early March, and which experts say has grave medical consequences of its own. If a facility has zero infections among residents and staff, it can move into the first stage of a three-stage plan for resuming visits. It takes one or more additional two-week periods of no infections before...
  • Pa. tavern apologizes for menu item mocking Secretary of Health Rachel Levine

    07/27/2020 6:57:37 PM PDT · by lightman · 43 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 27 July A.D. 2020 | Steve Marroni
    On the heels of the Bloomsburg Fair drawing public outcry over images of a man in a dunk tank impersonating Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine, a Tioga County tavern is apologizing for a menu item that mocked Levine, a transgender woman. Some Tioga County residents posted a photo of the menu page of the Crossroad Tavern in Morris Township on social media, at least one to denounce it. The menu said one of the items, “Levine balls,” was named after the health secretary and referenced a part of the male anatomy. Over the weekend, the Crossroads Tavern posted an...
  • Dr. Rachel Levine remains ‘positive and optimistic’ [PA] children will return to schools next month

    07/23/2020 1:59:36 PM PDT · by lightman · 24 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 23 July A.D. 2020 | David Wenner
    Pennsylvania’s health secretary said Thursday she expects students will return to classrooms in August. However, Dr. Rachel Levine also said school reopening is closely tied to success in quelling the recent resurgence of cases, which is highly dependent on state residents wearing face masks and following other steps intended to slow the spread of COVID-19. She said “it’s critical to drive the case counts down now … in order for schools to reopen. If we don’t do that now, we put [school reopening] in jeopardy.” Levine noted that some school districts are planning a combination of classroom and online education....
  • Gov. Tom Wolf responds to mocking of Dr. Rachel Levine in Bloomsburg Fair social media post

    07/22/2020 2:24:58 PM PDT · by lightman · 77 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 22 July A.D. 2020 | Ron Southwick
    Gov. Tom Wolf spoke out in defense of Dr. Rachel Levine Wednesday and assailed the Bloomsburg Fair fundraising event that mocked Pennsylvania’s health secretary. Levine, a transgender woman, has been a target of slurs in recent months as she’s gained increasing visibility in the Wolf Administration’s efforts to combat the coronavirus. The governor denounced the “hate and transphobia” that has emerged in recent months. The latest controversy emerged after photos were shared from at a fundraiser held at the Bloomsburg Fair. The fundraiser, which was organized to raise money for area fire companies, included a dunk tank where a man...
  • Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf explains why bars, restaurants are focus of targeted coronavirus mitigation efforts

    07/21/2020 1:56:23 PM PDT · by lightman · 54 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 21 July A.D. 2020 | Greg Pickel
    Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday that the state has evidence indicating a recent rise in the number of daily confirmed coronavirus cases in Pa. can, at least in part, be traced back to places people are drinking alcohol. It’s part of the reason why Wolf, in conjunction with Health Department Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, ordered all bars that cannot serve a meal to close while also mandating that alcohol can only be consumed on a business’ premise if it is sold within a meal transaction. A meal is defined by the state’s Liquor Control Board as food that is prepared...
  • Pa. targeted mitigation order FAQs: What counts as a meal at a bar? How it applies to weddings, schools, more

    07/21/2020 7:01:57 AM PDT · by lightman · 28 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 21 July A.D. 2020 | Greg Pickel
    Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration has released a list of answers to frequently asked questions about his administration’s recently-announced targeted coronavirus mitigation order. The new restrictions that were announced last week put gathering limitations back in place -- only 25 people can be at an inside event and 250 outside -- and also prohibits bar service. Additionally, customers can only consume alcohol at a bar, restaurant, or food service business on-site if they purchase a meal. Music and night clubs must close, as well. “We know what will happen if we wait until cases rise exponentially before taking action,” Health Department...
  • Bloomsburg [PA] Fair fundraiser dunk tank targeting Rachel Levine criticized as ‘transphobic’

    07/20/2020 5:36:56 PM PDT · by lightman · 31 replies
    Penn ^ | 20 July A.d. 2020 | Sean Adams
    Photos of a dunk tank posted to the Bloomsburg Fair’s Facebook page have drawn criticism for transphobia, even after they have been removed. The dunk tank, according to the initial post made by the fair, was part of an effort to raise money for fire companies in the Bloomsburg area. The post included photos of someone in a dunk tank wearing a dress and wig, meant to resemble Dr. Rachel Levine, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health. “Dr. Levine? Thank you. You were a hit and raised a lot of money for the local fire companies,” the post read....
  • New COVID-19 restrictions in Pa. will last ‘until further notice’ — behavior, numbers will dictate now long

    07/16/2020 12:42:27 PM PDT · by lightman · 48 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 16 July A.D. 2020 | David Wenner
    There’s no estimated end to the new restrictions imposed on Pennsylvania restaurants, bars and gatherings in response to a new wave of COVID-19 infections. “While this step may feel like a move back toward the yellow phase, we need individuals to see the seriousness of the situation and to take personal action,” state health department spokesman Nate Wardle said. Gov. Tom Wolf offered no estimated duration on Thursday afternoon. “We’re trying to shut this down in a short, focused way so that all of us can get back to work as quickly as possible,” he said. “If we do nothing,...