John Kopp

John Kopp

John Kopp is the Chief Health Reporter/Assistant Editor at PhillyVoice.com. He joined the newsroom after spending five years reporting for the Delaware County Daily Times. He spent the prior year covering state and local politics, including a $4 million Pennsylvania state Senate race. He previously covered Chester city government, the Chester Upland School District and high-school sports. A Temple University graduate, John enjoys long-distance running, watching baseball and exploring new places.

john@phillyvoice.com

March 31, 2020

Illness

Drive-thru coronavirus testing site opening in Camden

A drive-thru COVID-19 testing site is opening at Cooper's Poynt Park in Camden, New Jersey. The testing site is open to county residents who display coronavirus symptoms and have obtained a referral from a medical provider.

March 31, 2020

Prevention

The CDC may advise Americans to wear masks in public after all

Wearing face masks have been discouraged by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the coronavirus pandemic. But it is now considering advising Americans to wear non-medical masks in public, because they can prevent the spread of COVID-19 when worn by people who are ill – particularly those who aren't displaying symptoms.

March 30, 2020

Health News

Pennsylvania schools, businesses must remain closed indefinitely, Gov. Wolf says

All Pennsylvania schools and non-life-sustaining business must remain closed indefinitely, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday, March 30. He also extended the stay-at-home order affecting 26 counties, including Philadelphia, through April 30. That falls in line with social distancing guidelines announced Sunday by President Donald Trump.

March 26, 2020

Illness

Penn microbiologist explains why some coronaviruses are more deadly than others

Susan Weiss, co-director of the University of Pennsylvania's new coronavirus research center, explains why some coronaviruses are more deadly, why SARS went away but MERS persists, and whether a future outbreak is likely.

March 26, 2020

Health News

Pennsylvania allocates $50 million for medical equipment to help hospitals weather coronavirus storm

As the coronavirus crises worsens in Pennsylvania, state officials are setting aside $50 million to purchase medical equipment and supplies, including beds, ventilators and personal protective gear. Gov. Tom Wolf announced the re-allocated funds as the state's COVID-19 cases increased to 1,687 on Thursday, March 26, 2020.

March 25, 2020

Illness

Pennsylvania officials expect surge in coronavirus cases

Coronavirus cases are expected surge in Pennsylvania in the coming weeks, Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said on Wednesday. If the rate of new infections does not slow, officials fear the state's health system could become overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients.

March 24, 2020

Education

Philly school year could end with an 'asterisk' if coronavirus pandemic persists, Superintendent Hite says

The School District of Philadelphia is working to provide computers and internet access to all students as the coronavirus pandemic threatens the school year. All Pennsylvania schools are closed through at least April 6, but Superintendent William Hite said district officials are preparing to be out much longer.

March 23, 2020

Health News

First coronavirus deaths reported in the Philly region

The first deaths caused by coronavirus in the Philadelphia region were reported Sunday, March 22, 2020. A Montgomery County man is the first to die of COVID-19 in Southeastern Pennsylvania while a Camden County woman is the first to die in South Jersey.

March 23, 2020

Health News

Philly suburbs ordered to stay in place due to expanding coronavirus threat

Suburban Philadelphia residents are ordered to stay-in-place as the coronavirus threat expands in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Gov. Tom Wolf issued the order to affect six counties, including Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery. The goal is to prevent the state's health systems from becoming overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients.

March 20, 2020

Illness

Philly opens drive-thru coronavirus testing site for residents older than 50

Philadelphia is opening a public, drive-thru coronavirus testing site outside Citizens Bank Park. It will not require people to have a doctor's referral, but is restricting testing to people who are older than 50 or health care providers. Everyone seeking testing must be displaying COVID-19 symptoms.

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