Allie Miller

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Allie Miller is a Web Curator for PhillyVoice.com, with interests ranging from music and art to social justice and environmental issues. She earned her degree in journalism from the College of Communications at Boston University, where she also studied English and art history. While in school, Allie wrote for The Bay State Banner, Music Week, The Deli Magazine, and other news organizations. She is originally from Orange County, California.

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April 10, 2020

Prisons

New Jersey releasing nonviolent prisoners with high risk of COVID-19

Some nonviolent inmates housed in New Jersey's state prison system will be temporarily released to home confinement, a move aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus in correctional facilities. An executive order signed by Gov. Phil Murphy applies to inmates who are older 60 or have high-risk medical conditions, among others.

April 10, 2020

Illness

Number of millennials diagnosed with hepatitis C has nearly quadrupled in 10 years

The number of people with hepatitis C has surged in the last 10 years among millennials, increasing as much as 400% among people in their 30s. Now the CDC recommends everyone older than 18 be tested for the disease at least once in their lifetimes.

April 9, 2020

Health News

Sewage could be used to track the spread of the coronavirus to new communities

Scientists may be able to use sewage to track where coronavirus has spread by looking for the presence of the virus in human waste collected at water treatment facilities. Dutch researchers published a study this week showing that they had found the genetic material of the coronavirus at a wastewater treatment plant in the Netherlands, Bloomberg reported. Scientists detected the virus in human waste collected from a city where no cases of COVID-19 had been reported.

April 9, 2020

Podcasts

Penn Medicine doctor co-hosting coronavirus podcast 'Making the Call'

Ezekiel J. Emanuel, a Penn Medicine doctor who helped craft the Affordable Care Act, is co-hosting a coronavirus podcast, "Making the Call," with a fellow Penn bioethicist Jonathan Moreno. The podcast, supported by Endeavor Content, delves into the ethical dilemmas caused by the COVID-19 crisis.

April 8, 2020

Government

White House's Dr. Deborah Birx says Philly becoming coronavirus hot spot, but city's data not showing it

Philadelphia could be one of the next coronavirus "hot spots" in the United States a top White House official said Wednesday. The metropolitan area was listed alongside Washington, D.C. ,and Baltimore as places of "concern" by Dr. Deborah Birx, leader of the coronavirus task force. But Philadelphia is reporting the rate of new case in the city is modestly declining.

April 7, 2020

Police

Officers use 1955 syphilis law to cite Pennsylvania woman who allegedly violated stay-at-home order

A 19-year-old Pennsylvania woman was issued a ticket for going for a drive during the state's coronavirus stay-at-home order. Pennsylvania State Police troopers said the driver violated the Disease Control and Prevention Act, which was enacted in 1955 to control a syphilis outbreak.

April 7, 2020

Government

Pennsylvania residents on SNAP can't buy groceries online, but those in some other states can

Pennsylvania and New Jersey residents on SNAP can't use their benefits to buy groceries online during the coronavirus pandemic, even while a small group of other states are allowing recipients to do so. SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, gives assistance by adding money to EBT (electronic benefit transfer) access cards.

April 4, 2020

Coronavirus

Philly secures refrigerated trucks to handle morgue overflow for growing number dead from coronavirus

The City of Philadelphia has secured refrigerated trucks for storage of those who died of coronavirus complications. While there may not be a huge spike in deaths in the near future, cases in the city quickly rose to over 3,000 as of Saturday, April 3. An decrease in public services mourning death could also place more pressure on morgues to store infected bodies.

April 4, 2020

Coronavirus

New Jersey, Philadelphia mourn coronavirus victims and lead prayers as communities battle disease

New Jersey is flying flags at half-staff and Philadelphia is leading prayers for citizens struggling with crisis and other mental and spiritual strains, amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Phil Murphy says flags will stay at half-staff indefinitely, and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will begin streaming "prayer pauses" for Philadelphia three times a week on Facebook Live.

April 4, 2020

Coronavirus

Delco travelers crossing border to buy alcohol at Delaware Total Wine stopped by state troopers

State troopers are stopping Pennsylvania residents traveling to Delaware against state restrictions to self-quarantine for 14 days after traveling from out of state. Shoppers from Delaware County, Pa are frequenting the Total Wine and Spirits in Claymont, De, to buy liquor since stores are closed due to coronavirus in their state.

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