COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have climbed to an average of more than 1,900 a day for the first time since early March, with experts saying the virus is preying largely on a distinct group: 71 million unvaccinated Americans.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is betting on millions more rapid, at-home tests to help curb the latest deadly wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is overloading hospitals and threatening to shutter classrooms around the country.
The Crawford County Sheriff's Office is reporting new positive cases of COVID-19 among staff members — this time it's within its security officer ranks.
Crawford County added 113 new cases of COVID-19 and one coronavirus-related death since Friday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. said Monday it will ease airline restrictions this fall on travel to the country for people who have vaccination proof and a negative COVID-19 test, replacing a hodgepodge of rules that had kept out many non-citizens and irritated allies in Europe and beyond where …
HARRISBURG — Both chambers of the General Assembly are returning to the Capitol Monday for an early start to the fall legislative session. Responding to Gov. Tom Wolf’s school mask mandate will likely be on their agenda, though legislative leaders are stopping short of saying exactly how they plan to respond.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Just one month ago, President Joe Biden and his health advisers announced big plans to soon deliver a booster shot of the coronavirus vaccine to all Americans. But after campaigning for the White House on a pledge to “follow the science,” Biden found himself uncharacteristi…
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Belgian town of Aarschot has a vaccination rate of 94% of all adults, but Mayor Gwendolyn Rutten worries her town is too close for comfort to the capital of Brussels, where the rate stands at 63%. But there’s not much she can do about it.
COVID-19 vaccine refusal rates may be high among white evangelical Christians, but the International Mission Board — which deploys thousands of missionaries — is not hesitant about the shot.
LINESVILLE — Two Conneaut School District buildings closed this week because of increasing COVID-19 cases will reopen on Monday and transportation delays that affected the district’s high school students will end as well, the district announced Friday afternoon.
WASHINGTON (AP) — An influential federal advisory panel has overwhelmingly rejected a plan to give Pfizer booster shots against COVID-19 to most Americans, but it endorsed the extra shots for those who are 65 or older or run a high risk of severe disease.
Crawford County added 39 new cases of COVID-19 and one coronavirus-related death Friday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden entered the White House promising to stop the twin health and economic crises caused by COVID-19, but $1.9 trillion and countless initiatives later he’s confronting the limits of what Washington can achieve when some state and local governments are unwil…
Gov. Ron DeSantis lambasted the federal government’s decision to control the distribution of monoclonal antibody treatments for COVID-19, replacing the system under which a small number of states — including Florida — were gobbling up large shares of the supply.
HOUSTON — Two dozen Republican attorneys general are warning the White House of impending legal action if a proposed coronavirus vaccine requirement for as many as 100 million Americans goes into effect.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Within his first week back at school after a year and a half, 7-year-old Ben Medlin was exposed to a classmate with COVID-19, and he was sent home, along with 7,000 other students in the district, for 14 days of quarantine.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits moved up last week to 332,000 from a pandemic low, a sign that the spread of the delta variant may have slightly increased layoffs.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Influential government advisers will debate Friday if there's enough proof that a booster dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective — the first step toward deciding which Americans need one and when.
About 3,000 Los Angeles Police Department employees are citing religious objections to try to get out of the required COVID-19 vaccination. In Washington state, thousands of state workers are seeking similar exemptions.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden met Wednesday with the CEOs of Walt Disney and Columbia Sportswear, and other business executives and leaders, to discuss his recently announced vaccine requirement for companies that employ at least 100 people.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — As a new semester begins amid a resurgence of the coronavirus, 26 of the 50 largest public university campuses in the U.S. are not mandating that students be vaccinated, according to an analysis by The Associated Press.
The House Health committee has asked an obscure state committee to weigh in on whether Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam has the authority to order schools to mandate masks to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Democrats dismissed the move as “political theater” attacking a necessary public health measure.
Pennsylvania residents who are unvaccinated against the coronavirus were far more likely to contract COVID-19, become hospitalized and die than those who got the shot, health officials said Tuesday in the first public release of data on so-called “breakthrough" infections in the state.
COVID-19 deaths and cases in the U.S. have climbed back to where they were over the winter, wiping out months of progress and potentially bolstering President Joe Biden’s argument for his sweeping new vaccination requirements.
GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization and its partners said they hope to provide Africa with about 30% of the COVID-19 vaccines the continent needs by February, badly missing the 60% vaccination coverage goal that African leaders had once hoped for this year.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Massive government relief passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic moved millions of Americans out of poverty last year, even as the official poverty rate increased slightly, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin entered self-isolation after people in his inner circle became infected with the coronavirus, the Kremlin said Tuesday, adding that the leader himself tested negative for COVID-19.
With cases rising, health-care professionals are urging the legislature to extend the regulatory changes to maximize the number of workers in hospitals and long-term care facilities.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The union that represents corrections officers in Pennsylvania prisons wants a state court to intervene over the governor's recent mandate that they all get coronavirus vaccines or submit to weekly testing.
NEW YORK (AP) — Downtown businesses in the U.S. and abroad once took for granted that nearby offices would provide a steady clientele looking for breakfast, lunch, everyday goods and services and last-minute gifts. As the resilient coronavirus keeps offices closed and workers at home, some a…
NEW YORK (AP) — About a million New York City public school students went back to school Monday in the nation's largest experiment of in-person learning during the coronavirus pandemic.
Meadville Medical Center is reminding the public to comply to its code of conduct for masking and other requirements when entering any of its facilities.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden called some Republican governors “cavalier” on Friday for resisting his call for far-reaching new federal coronavirus vaccine requirements he hopes will curb the surging delta variant.
Some Pennsylvania physicians are offering stock doctor's notes for use by parents wishing to have their children exempted from wearing masks in school, according to state health officials who say they have referred the matter for possible disciplinary action.
Larger U.S. businesses now won't have to decide whether to require their employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Doing so is now federal policy.
The Conneaut School District is currently allowing parents and students to use publicly available, non-specific medical exemptions to allow students to attend Conneaut schools without wearing a face mask.
WASHINGTON (AP) — In his most forceful pandemic actions and words, President Joe Biden on Thursday announced sweeping new federal vaccine requirements affecting as many as 100 million Americans in an all-out effort to increase COVID-19 vaccinations and curb the surging delta variant.
CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS — An outbreak of COVID-19 has forced Cambridge Springs Junior-Senior High to close until Tuesday, according to a letter to families posted today on the PENNCREST School District website.
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Thursday announced an extension of a coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and 18 other areas until the end of September, saying healthcare systems remain under severe strain, and that the continuing challenges of fighting the virus ha…
Months after people began sharing their stories online of experiencing abnormal menstruation following a COVID-19 vaccination, clinical research into a potential link is set to begin.
This Week's Circulars
Debra A. (Kuntz) Bartlett, 64, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away on September 2, 2021, after a long illness. She was born on June 25, 1957, in Meadville, PA, to Ronald C. and Maxine M. (Gongaware) Kuntz. She was a 1975 graduate of Saegertown High School. She retired from the State Correc…
Richard Lee Riley, 65, of Saegertown passed away at his residence on September 17, 2021. Richard was born in Meadville on December 28, 1955, the son of Richard James Riley and Martha Louise Sherman Riley. On July 24, 1982, he married Eva Marie Riley and she preceded him in death on October 2…
Ruth M. Bailey, 93, of Cochranton, died September 18, 2021, at Marquette Hospice House. Friends will be received Tuesday at DICKSON FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, Cochranton, from 4-6pm. A Celebration of Life begins at 6pm at the funeral home.