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Philly schools offer masking option for those who are exposed to COVID
- The School District of Philadelphia is offering an avenue for students to remain in class even if they are exposed to COVID-19. The Mask-To-Stay option allows for students who have been exposed to the virus but do not have symptoms to remain in the classroom as long as they mask up. The guidelines state that a student can mask for 10 days after exposure and test and isolate if symptoms arise.
Pennsylvania midterm primary on Tuesday
- Pennsylvania has seen a heavily contested primary race to take over the seat of retiring U.S. Senator Pat Toomey. The GOP side has been mired in an odd battle, as Trump-backed television personality Mehmet Oz is battling with hedge fund CEO David McCormick. In the race for governor, the Republicans are bristling at the idea that far-right candidate state Sen. Doug Mastriano may win the nomination to go up against state Attorney General Josh Shapiro.
Dem. Senate nominee has stroke ahead of primary
- Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman had a stroke on Friday and has stayed in the hospital over the weekend, only days before the state's primary election. In a statement, Fetterman said that he will recover and doctors told him that he did not suffer any cognitive damage. However, this health emergency throws an unusual wrench into Tuesday's election in which Fetterman was the Democratic frontrunner to secure the nomination.
Philly parents struggle with baby food shortage
- Parents in Philadelphia are struggling to find baby formula to feed their children due to a nationwide shortage. Some parents are asking family members in neighboring states to keep an eye out for baby food as supplies in the Philadelphia area remain low. The shortage can be traced back to an Abbott factory that was shut down in February due to a contamination problem that was linked to two infant deaths. The factory remains shut down and the lack of its production along with pandemic induced supply chain issues has created this storm of problems.