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‘You’ve got to do something’: Pa. rehabs buckle, begin to close under COVID-19 strain

Providers and state officials say facilities could begin closing at an alarming rate, even as overdose deaths rise and the need for treatment is expected to grow.

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A decades-old law is shielding the Wolf administration from scrutiny of its coronavirus response

Officials are routinely citing the law to deny public records requests, but legal experts say the state can be more transparent — if it wants.

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Inside some Pennsylvania rehabs, ‘it’s like COVID doesn’t exist’

When treatment facilities ignore coronavirus protocols, patients are forced to choose between recovery and safety.

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Pa.'s public universities recruit students of color but fail them on campus

At best, many students of color said they feel unwelcome and ill-supported. At worst, they feel unsafe and targeted.

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Citing ‘overwhelming’ spread, Pa. moves to add staff, app to trace the coronavirus

There are currently 661 contact tracers across the state. The health department wants to add potentially thousands more.

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Parts of Pa. reopened without robust coronavirus contact tracing to keep residents safe

Health experts say the shortcoming is of critical concern because tracing is most needed as reopening begins, when the disease’s spread becomes more complex.

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Thousands of deaths later, Pa. finally mandates universal testing in nursing homes, but not for another month

The Wolf administration in May touted widespread testing, but its plan fell short and, as of early June, only 75 of about 1,900 facilities had done it.

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From confusion to threats, some Pa. nursing home residents aren’t getting their coronavirus stimulus checks

The reasons vary from apparent misunderstandings to facilities wrongly holding onto the $1,200 or, in one extreme case, threatening to evict residents unless they turned over the funds.

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Pa. sold nursing home testing plan as ‘universal’ and ‘radical’, but advocates say it’s optional and insufficient

State officials opted against making testing mandatory, and some fear certain facilities won’t follow their suggestions.

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Pa. had an early plan to protect nursing home residents from the coronavirus, but never fully implemented it

Similar measures to those envisioned were later put in place, but only after widespread outbreaks were already underway.