Anna Orso covers breaking news in the Philadelphia region. She also writes about issues related to women, gender identity and sexuality.

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Is the grocery store even safe? In Philly region, it’s improving, but there are additional steps you can take

Supermarkets in the region have implemented new strategies to promote social distancing inside the stores.

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Pennsylvania plans to release racial data on coronavirus cases, but faces collection challenges

Other cities and states — such as Chicago, Louisiana, and Maryland — have seen more people of color impacted by COVID-19, even after those numbers are adjusted to the states’ particular demographics.

How the owner of Philly’s shuttered Hahnemann hospital became the internet’s coronavirus villain

It’s a widespread campaign to shame Joel Freedman, who owns an empty building that it’s not even clear could have been used in time to respond to the surge of COVID-19 patients.

People should wear a cloth mask or facial covering when in public, CDC now recommends

The CDC is revising its official guidelines after pressure from some health officials who argued there's some evidence covering the mouth and nose can slow the spread of the coronavirus when used in conjunction with social distancing.

Pregnant women need doctors, but want to avoid coronavirus. Penn is using robots to keep them home more.

Penn is distributing blood-pressure cuffs to pregnant women so they can monitor their own BP, potentially eliminating three in-person trips to the hospital or doctor prior to delivery.

The rent is due, and many can’t pay. Here’s what some Philadelphians are doing in the meantime.

The coronavirus has left thousands in the area jobless or with cut hours. They’re resorting to new tactics to make due for now.

Should you wear a mask in public? The narrative is shifting.

Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey is among the top officials pushing the CDC to revise its current guidance, which doesn't recommend all Americans wear a mask or facial covering while they are out in public.

Philly’s new moms can now get breastfeeding counseling via video chat during coronavirus pandemic

The service is thanks to a partnership between a telehealth company and the city, which accelerated the time line for unveiling the partnership to serve mothers under a stay-at-home order.

Coronavirus layoffs are hitting hotel, restaurant, and nonprofit workers hard: ‘It’s total annihilation’

Big employers in the Philadelphia region have announced more than 15 times as many layoffs so far this month than in all of March last year, a microcosm of the massive job losses that the coronavirus pandemic has visited upon the state and the nation.

Greater Philadelphia YMCA cuts 4,000 workers in Pa.’s largest mass layoff yet of coronavirus pandemic

In a letter to affected workers, the Y said the COVID-19 pandemic had a "severe and immediate impact" on its operations.