The Philadelphia school district is requiring students and staff to wear face masks indoors again, starting Monday.
What's happening: The district reinstated its mask mandate due to rising COVID-19 cases in the region, superintendent William Hite said in a statement Friday.
Vaccines could have prevented nearly half of Pennsylvania's more than 28,000 COVID-19 deaths between January 2021 and last month, based on a new analysis of public health data from Brown University's School of Public Health.
Driving the news: Researchers crafted a model illustrating what could have happened if 100% of American adults were fully vaccinated and boosted once the shots became available.
Unionized workers employed by the city of Philadelphia now face a May 31 deadline to get fully vaccinated or face being placed on leave and potentially fired.
What's happening: An arbitration panel set the new deadline for Philly's long-delayed vaccination mandate after settling a challenge from the city's police union on Tuesday.
Philadelphia made the decision to end its mask mandate on Thursday night, just four days after reimposing it.
Why it matters: With the U-turn, Philly will no longer be the only major city in the country with such a mandate.
Philly's reinstated mask mandate takes effect Monday as a group of businesses and residents seeks to overturn it through a state lawsuit.
Driving the news: The lawsuit, filed in Commonwealth Court on Saturday, claims the city lacks the authority to impose a mask mandate, the Associated Press reports.
Pennsylvania swing voters were largely accepting and, in some cases, enthusiastic about Philadelphia's decision to reinstate its mask mandate — the first for a major American city post-Omicron — in our latest Axios Engagious/Schlesinger focus groups.
Why it matters: These voters are still dealing with the impacts of the pandemic, even if COVID isn't their top issue the way it was a few months ago.
Philadelphia announced Monday that it would reinstate its citywide mask mandate beginning April 18 due to rising COVID cases.
Why it matters: With the decision, the city will become one of the only major American localities to require masks in public.
Philadelphia is urging people to wear face masks in indoor public places again as new COVID-19 cases rise and the Omicron subvariant BA.2 spreads across the U.S.
Driving the news: City health commissioner Cheryl Bettigole issued the face mask recommendation Monday, which she says is based in part on concerns monitoring a spike in cases in Europe driven by the strain.
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