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Pat is a Web Curator for PhillyVoice, where he writes about news, sports, culture, and health in the City of Brotherly Love and surrounding region. Originally from the Jersey Shore, Pat graduated from Villanova University with a bachelors degree in political science and communications and then earned his masters in journalism at Columbia University. Before making the move from New York City to Philadelphia, Pat previously worked for Golf.com/Golf Magazine, the New York Post, Sports Business Journal/Daily, and Business Insider. Follow him on Twitter @Pat_Ralph.

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September 22, 2020

Prevention

Pennsylvania's new coronavirus contact tracing app now available

The COVID Alert Pennsylvania app will notify users who come in close contact with people exposed to the coronavirus. The app, developed by Nearform Ltd., can be downloaded by smartphone users.

September 22, 2020

Government

Gov. Wolf vetoes bill giving school districts full control of sporting events

Pennsylvania lawmakers are seeking to override a veto by Gov. Tom Wolf to give school districts full authority to make decisions about sporting events, including whether to permit spectators. Wolf, a Democrat, said the state must maintain the authority to limit exposure to COVID-19. The Republican-controlled legislature passed the bill with veto-proof majorities.

September 17, 2020

Illness

CVS Health opening eight new COVID-19 testing sites in Philly region

CVS Health seeks to have 4,000 coronavirus testing sites at retail locations by mid-October. As part of that effort, it is opening eight new drive-thru testing sites Friday in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

September 17, 2020

Nursing Homes

Minimum wage requirements for staff among measures taken by New Jersey to help bolster nursing homes

After the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged long-term care facilities across the state, New Jersey has taken several steps to improve the resiliency and preparedness of the industry for future outbreaks. Those measures include minimum wage requirements for long-term care facility staff, the establishment of a task force to address issues facing nursing homes, and increased funding to help such facilities weather the financial burden of the public health crisis.

September 17, 2020

Television

Erin Coleman, Keith Jones move to NBC10 morning show as part of revamped lineup

The new "NBC10 News Today" lineup will feature Erin Coleman and Keith Jones on weekday mornings. The current hosts, Vai Sikahema and Tracy Davidson will be shifting to new roles with the network. Davidson will anchor the afternoon shows. Sikahema will take on special reports until retiring at the end of the year.

September 17, 2020

TV

Philly region's mail-in voting takes center stage in latest episode of 'The Circus'

Pennsylvania's push to make voting by mail easier for the 2020 election is the focal point of the latest episode of Showtime's 'The Circus.' The weekly political show examined how mail-in voting will be conducted across the Philadelphia region as the presidential election between Donald Trump and Joe Biden nears.

September 16, 2020

Education

Community College of Philadelphia to continue all-remote classes through end of spring semester

The Community College of Philadelphia’s suspension of in-person learning for the Fall 2020 semester will continue through the Spring 2021 term due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Coursework for the following semester will primarily be offered online “in order to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff,” Community College of Philadelphia President Dr. Donald Guy Generals wrote on the school’s website.

September 16, 2020

Prevention

Free COVID-19 vaccines could become available later this year, officials say

A limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines could be available by the end of the year, according to a distribution plan unveiled Wednesday b y federal officials. Health care workers and vulnerable populations would be first in line, with widespread distribution expected next summer. The immunizations will be covered by the federal government.

September 16, 2020

Schools

St. Joe’s Prep suspends in-person classes for a week due to positive COVID-19 tests

Just six days of classes into the new school year, St. Joe’s Prep has temporarily shifted to all-remote learning after two students tested positive for the coronavirus. Classes at the all-boys private Catholic school will be held entirely online until at least Thursday, Sept. 24. Additionally, all extracurricular activities, including sports, are halted through next Thursday, the school announced. Contract tracing is being done and students who came into contact with the infected individuals will be notified by the Philadelphia Department of Health, according to the school's student newspaper, the Hawkeye.

September 16, 2020

Politics

President Trump defends his COVID-19 response during Philly town hall event

President Donald Trump fielded questions from undecided voters during an ABC News town hall event at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. He defended his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, saying his administration "did a very good job." Democrat Joe Biden will participate in a similar town hall event Thursday in Scranton.

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