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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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November 24, 2020

Exercise

MLK Jr. Drive to remain closed to vehicles through next spring

Martin Luther King Jr. Drive will only remain open to pedestrians through Spring 2021, giving Philly residents an additional few months to enjoy the over four-mile-long roadway. In the meantime, the road will be resurfaced, and upgrades will be made to the accompanying Schuylkill River Trail.

November 24, 2020

Children's Health

Children who contract COVID-19 tend to show only mild symptoms, CHOP study finds

A new study conducted by the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia found found that only 4% of more than 135,000 pediatric patients tested positive for COVID-19. Of the roughly 5,000 children from the study who tested positive for the virus, only about 7% developed severe respiratory, cardiovascular, or other COVID-19-related symptoms and required hospitalization. However, patients from minority backgrounds, adolescents, those with a history of being covered by public health insurance, and those with underlying health conditions were more likely to contract the coronavirus.

November 24, 2020

Identification

New Jersey residents to receive driver’s licenses via mail as added security measure

Starting on Tuesday, New Jersey driver’s licenses will now be delivered via mail to state residents, the Motor Vehicle Commission announced. When residents do visit a DMV agency location to renew their driver’s license, they will now be issued a temporary license until the official one arrives in the mail. The initiative to shift issuing of driver’s licenses to the mail is part of a long-planned security improvement that was delayed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

November 23, 2020

Prevention

AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine found to be up to 90% effective in clinical trials

AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine candidate was highly effective in preventing COVID-19, the company says, based on data from late-stage clinical trials conducted in the United Kingdom and Brazil. The vaccine was administered in two different dosing regimens to the trial participants. One method proved to be 90% effective the drugmaker said Monday. People who received that dosing regimen group were initially given a half dose of the vaccine followed by a full dose about a month later.

November 23, 2020

Babies

Bryce Harper, wife Kayla welcome second child, Brooklyn Elizabeth

Bryce Harper and his wife Kayla made a huge offseason addition to their family on Sunday when the couple officially welcomed their second child to the world, a daughter named Brooklyn Elizabeth. The Phillies right fielder and his wife each took to social media over the weekend to announce the big news. The couple now has both a daughter and a son named Krew Aaron.

November 23, 2020

Government

New Jersey hopes to receive as many as 360,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses by the end of 2020

New Jersey is hoping to receive as many as 360,000 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of December, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday. The first tranche of 130,000 doses would likely arrive by the third week of December, followed by another shipment of 130,000 doses the following week. A final delivery of roughly 100,000 doses could arrive before the calendar flips to January 2021. This timeline, however, will depend upon how soon the FDA grants an emergency use authorization to the manufacturers who have developed a potential COVID-19 vaccine, Murphy said.

November 22, 2020

Lawsuits

Judge dismisses Trump campaign lawsuit seeking to overturn Pennsylvania election results

A federal judge has tossed out a Trump campaign legal challenge that was seeking to invalidate millions of mail-in ballots legally cast in Pennsylvania during the 2020 election. U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Brann wrote in his ruling on Saturday that claims made by President Donald Trump’s campaign of widespread voter fraud in Pennsylvania were not backed by any evidence or proof.

November 22, 2020

Museums

Independence Hall, Liberty Bell Center to close for remainder of 2020 due to Philly’s latest COVID-19 restrictions

In the wake of new COVID-19 restrictions implemented by Philadelphia on Friday, Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center will temporarily shut down for the remainder of 2020. All Independence National Historical Park indoor sites, including the Independence Visitor Center, will be closed until at least Jan. 1, 2021, the Independence Visitor Center Corp. announced.

November 22, 2020

Prevention

FDA grants emergency use authorization to Regeneron COVID-19 antibody cocktail

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued an emergency use authorization for Regeneron’s COVID-19 antibody cocktail that was taken by President Donald Trump in October after being diagnosed with the coronavirus. The FDA’s authorization allows for casirivimab and imdevimab to be administered together via an IV in order to treat mild or moderate COVID-19 cases in adults and children, the government agency announced. Recipients of the monoclonal antibodies must be 12 years of age or older, weigh at least 88 lbs., and be at high risk of progressing to a severe case of COVID-19. Individuals ages 65 and older or who have underlying health conditions qualify as well.

November 19, 2020

Education

Bishop McDevitt, Hallahan Catholic high schools to close, Philly archdiocese says

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is closing John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls' High School and Bishop McDevitt High School at the end of the 2020-21 academic year. The Archdiocese cited declining enrollment and increasing financial deficits. The historic Hallahan was the first diocesan all-girls school in the United States.

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