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  • GOP lawmakers say Pa. Gov. Wolf is out of bounds in calling for no high school sports until 2021

    08/06/2020 2:30:52 PM PDT · by lightman · 14 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 6 August A.D. 2020 | Ron Southwick
    After Gov. Tom Wolf recommended schools hold off on sports until 2021, Republican lawmakers characterized the governor’s decision as out of bounds. The governor offered his recommendation on high school sports at the end of a news conference Thursday about efforts to increase testing for the coronavirus. The Wolf administration said Thursday afternoon it is a strong recommendation but not an order or mandate. Local school boards could make the final call on sports, the administration said Thursday afternoon. Last week, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, the governing body of high school sports, said fall sports could proceed but without...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Metcalfe Calls on Wolf to Resign or Face Impeachment

    07/18/2020 9:43:58 AM PDT · by lightman · 27 replies ^ | 16 July A.D. 2020 | Rep. Daryl Metcalfe
    HARRISBURG – Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) sent the following open letter today offering Gov. Tom Wolf the opportunity to resign or face impeachment and potential removal from office: “With each passing day the General Assembly and those we represent are gaining further momentum in pursuing your impeachment through House Resolution 915. Following the shame and struggles you have placed upon the state, we ask that you save us further strife by resigning on your own accord. Your further authoritarian dictates, as of yesterday, have only strengthened our resolve. “On behalf of our shared constituents, shuttered businesses, and the families who...
  • Pa. names counties to watch for coronavirus cases, including some in central Pa.

    07/17/2020 4:44:33 PM PDT · by lightman · 15 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 17 July A.D. 2020 | Ron Southwick
    As coronavirus cases have been climbing in Pennsylvania, some counties are drawing attention from Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration. The Wolf administration is monitoring counties that are seeing a higher percentage of positive cases over the past week. In a news release Friday, the administration focused on several counties where more than 5 percent of those being tested are positive, a benchmark that health professionals have cited as a sign of trouble. Overall, the statewide positivity rate is 4.4 percent. But several counties have topped 5 percent, including some in central Pennsylvania. Southwestern Pennsylvania, which has seen an uptick of cases,...
  • Cemtral Pa/ restaurant owners to petition Gov. Wolf's latest COVID-19 restrictions

    07/17/2020 1:07:12 PM PDT · by lightman · 43 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 17 July A.D. 2020 | Sue Gleiter
    Frustrated by Gov. Tom. Wolf’s latest COVID-19 restrictions on the food service industry, restaurant owners in central Pennsylvania are armed for a fight. Representatives from dozens of establishments gathered earlier today at Bonefish Grille in Lower Allen Township to express their dissatisfaction with the governor and his recent mandates. In the coming days, they plan to spread word about a petition demanding change. “How can one person have this much power? How can one person go across our constitution, stomp on it and never look back? And there’s nothing we can do? He has too much power,” said organizer Matt...
  • Gov. Wolf’s refusal to release Lebanon County’s CARES money is an ‘incredible insult,’ GOP foes contend

    07/17/2020 9:47:39 AM PDT · by lightman · 18 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 17 July A.D. 2020 | Matt Miller
    Gov. Tom Wolf’s refusal to release federal CARES Act aid to Lebanon County over a decision by its commissioners to defy his COVID-19 restrictions is an “incredible insult” to its residents, the county’s Republican state legislators contended Friday. Sen. Dave Arnold and Reps. Sue Helm, Russ Diamond and Frank Ryan characterized Wolf as a “petty tyrant” a day after the governor admitted to withholding the CARES funds over the county commissioners’ rebellion. State Rep. Stan Saylor, R-York, joined their ranks in an independent statement. Lebanon is the only one of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties that has not received its CARES allotment,...
  • Lebanon County excluded from CARES funds; rules should have been followed: Gov. Wolf

    07/16/2020 1:10:04 PM PDT · by lightman · 28 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 16 July A.D. 2020 | Jana Benscoter
    The two out of three Lebanon County Commissioners who voted to reopen the county during the coronavirus pandemic before they got the directive from the state should have listened to the rules, Gov. Tom Wolf said at a press conference on Thursday. The county is losing out on $13 million in federal funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, known as the CARES Act, according to a letter written by Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Karen Groh. Approved by Congress in March, the act was passed to help ease the looming financial burden of...
  • Wolf willing to 'pull the plug' on school reopening if new COVID surge can't be stopped

    07/15/2020 5:16:01 PM PDT · by lightman · 37 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 15 July A.D. 2020 | David Wenner
    Gov. Tom Wolf said Wednesday he’s willing to “pull the plug” on school reopening if a new surge of COVID-19 infections continues to grow. Yet it might be irrelevant, he said, because fear of catching the disease would likely keep teachers and students away anyway. Wolf and others cited that potential as a major factor in the decision to impose the new restrictions on restaurants, bars and indoor gatherings announced Wednesday. With only about six weeks remaining before the start of school, it’s critical to bring the surge under control now, they stressed. “If we do not get community disease...
  • Pa. drops Delaware from its coronavirus quarantine travel list after just a 4-day stay: Reports

    07/15/2020 4:26:57 PM PDT · by lightman · 17 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 15 July A.D. 2020 | Greg Pickel
    Pennsylvanians traveling to Delaware are no longer being asked to voluntarily quarantine for 14 days upon returning to the Keystone State. Multiple media outlets, including abc27, noted that the Pa. Department of Health has removed Delaware from its travel quarantine list after just a four-day stay on it. It was not immediately clear what prompted the quick turnaround, but WHYY says Delaware Gov. John Carney thanked his counterparts in both Pa. and New Jersey after the Garden State made a similar decision to the one Gov. Tom Wolf apparently made. Officials in Pennsylvania are recommending, and not actually enforcing, the...
  • GOP lawmakers denounce Gov. Tom Wolf’s new coronavirus restrictions on restaurants and bars

    07/15/2020 4:00:16 PM PDT · by lightman · 21 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 15 July A.D. 2020 | Ron Southwick
    Republican lawmakers assailed Gov. Tom Wolf’s new restrictions on bars, restaurants and other businesses, saying they will kill some small businesses struggling to survive during the coronavirus pandemic. Citing a spike in COVID-19 cases, Wolf announced a new executive order limiting bars and restaurants to 25-percent of occupancy limits - down from 50 percent. And he said restaurants and bars could only serve alcohol with meals or for takeout. Clubs and bars that don’t serve food won’t be allowed to open. The governor also is directing businesses to allow employees to work remotely if all possible, unless work can only...
  • See all the new coronavirus restrictions in Pa. as Gov. Tom Wolf says a "new surge is in the offing"

    07/15/2020 1:05:19 PM PDT · by lightman · 50 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 15 July A.D. 2020 | Greg Pickel
    Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf has announced new coronavirus mitigation restrictions that mainly target bars and restaurants. An order released Wednesday that will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on July 16 reduces indoor dining capacity at businesses in the retail foodservice industry from the current 50 percent to just 25 percent. It also forces bars to close unless they are serving sit-down, dine-in meals, and mandates that alcohol can only be served if it is within the same transaction as a meal or if it is for offsite consumption. Additionally, bar service is prohibited, even outdoors, but the state’s outdoor dining...
  • Pa. state police to conduct more COVID-19 compliance checks at bars, restaurants over the weekend

    07/10/2020 5:31:54 PM PDT · by lightman · 53 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 10 July A.D. 2020 | Jana Benscoter
    Licensed liquor establishments throughout the Commonwealth should expect more visits from Pennsylvania State Police Liquor Control Enforcement Officers over the weekend. Officers are checking to make sure customers and employees are abiding by social distancing, masking, and other health and safety requirements. From July 1 to July 5, officers conducted compliance checks at 2,189 licensed-liquor establishments and issued 21 warnings for failing to follow COVID-19 requirements. “We have a tremendous working relationship with licensees and the overwhelming majority of our interactions throughout the pandemic have been positive,” said Major Jeffrey Fisher, director of the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor...
  • Gov Wolf (PA) Masl mandate could be until there's a vaccine.

    07/07/2020 8:38:01 AM PDT · by mikelets456 · 26 replies
    Fox 43 ^ | 7/6/2020 | Fox 43
    HARRISBURG, Pa. — Governor Tom Wolf said at a press conference Monday that mask wearing could continue until a COVID-19 vaccine is developed. “I’m sort of thinking this [mask wearing] is until we get a vaccine," said Gov. Wolf. "But I don’t have any real formal goal there." On July 1, Governor Tom Wolf announced an order, signed by Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, requiring masks to be worn whenever anyone leaves home when social distancing is not possible. Studies have shown wearing a mask can help reduce the spread of the virus.
  • Mask order in Pa. could last until there is a coronavirus vaccine, Wolf says, and he’s ‘concerned’ about new ‘breakouts'

    07/06/2020 12:21:37 PM PDT · by lightman · 83 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 6 July A.D. 2020 | Greg Pickel
    Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf said Monday that an expanded mask-wearing order signed by his Health Sectary last week could be in place until there is a coronavirus vaccine. Speaking at an event at the PSECU Child Care Center Playground where new means of funding and support for child care centers was discussed, Wolf later fielded a question regarding how long the mask-wearing order would be in place and if there were any indicators that he was watching for regarding possibly ending it sooner rather than later. “I’m sort of thinking this is until we get a vaccine, but I don’t...
  • ’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 · 107 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 · 58 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...