TL;DR: There are school districts starting the year with all-virtual learning, yet allowing child care providers to operate from their buildings, providing full-day programs for a limited number of children. And some parents are upset. Curious how long you’d have to wait for a COVID-19 test result? Read about the average wait times here.

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🏈 Penn State athletics has suspended team activities for several programs after a sharp rise in positive COVID-19 tests.

🍽️ Indoor dining in Philadelphia resumed Tuesday with restrictions. Here are 10 spots to eat. Movie theaters and performance venues were also permitted to reopen.

🚇 SEPTA riders say they feel unsafe and mask enforcement could be better, a COVID-19 travel survey finds. Transportation is also another pandemic hurdle for those seeking treatment.

🏥 Penn Nursing students are seeking a partial refund of tuition, saying virtual clinical training isn’t worth the full cost.

🏈 The NFL is confident its COVID-19 protocols will allow for a full season. And, the Phillies' playoff fate rests on their pitching, health, and whether they can beat the Marlins.

😷 From doctor to decorator: The pandemic spurred her to make a change of a lifetime.

📰 What’s going on in your county? We organized recent coverage of the coronavirus pandemic by local counties mentioned in the stories to make it easier for you to find the info you care about.

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Parents ask why public schools are closed for class but open to private child care providers

There are school districts starting the year with all-virtual learning, yet allowing child care providers to operate from their buildings, providing full-day programs for a limited number of children whose parents may be working or unable to watch their children while they tune into online class. And some parents are upset. “It’s absurd,” Daniel Finnegan, a Montgomery County father of a third and first grader, told my colleague Maddie Hanna. Read more here.

COVID-19 test result wait times drag on

If you need a COVID-19 test in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, you’ll have to wait three days and two days, respectively, for results, according to a new survey conducted by researchers at Rutgers University and others. The national wait time was three days. Yet, experts say any waiting time beyond 24 hours makes contact tracing almost irrelevant. Here’s why.

Helpful resources

You got this: How long are you contagious?

“With new information about the coronavirus coming out every week, it can be hard to keep track of the details you need to keep your family safe,” my colleague Sarah Gants writes. Questions remain about how long the virus is contagious and whether it’s possible to be reinfected. Read more here.

🏠 Tenants' rights guide: What to know about eviction notices and the eviction moratorium.

🎶 Fringe Fest 2020 is a little bit live, a lot of tech, and one show you get to sleep through.

🧘🏾 Yoga exercises for kids can keep them focused during the day.

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