TL;DR: A growing number of Pennsylvania businesses, mostly restaurants and gyms, are openly defying the state’s recent orders. Read more here about how officials are responding. As hospital workers are getting their first COVID-19 vaccinations, home care providers are wondering when they will get their shots, too.
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Panico’s Neighborhood Grill & Sports Tavern is operating at 100% capacity, despite Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s order prohibiting indoor dining statewide. It is just one of a growing number of Pennsylvania businesses, mostly restaurants and gyms, that are openly defying the state’s recent orders, my colleague Anna Orso reports. Read more here about how officials are responding.
Hospital workers are getting their first COVID-19 vaccinations and home care providers are wondering when they will get their shots, too. “It’s still very much up in the air,” said Dave Totaro, chief government affairs officer for Bayada Home Health Care, which operates in 23 states. “We don’t know not only when but where. We don’t even know how we’re going to be notified.” Read more here.
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“If COVID-19 vaccines bring an end to the pandemic, America has immigrants to thank,” NPR reports.
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