Time for the weekly pandemic update. Nearly 5 million residents of Pennsylvania have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and that figure includes more than half of all adults in the state. More than 11 million vaccine doses have been administered, the majority of which are the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine which is approved for use in children as young as 12 years old and Moderna is seeking similar approval from the FDA. Between June 3rd and June 9th the state confirmed 3,155 new cases of COVID-19, so far comparable to June of 2020, but this time more people are recovering and less are dying or becoming seriously ill. 1,207,495 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed since the disease was first found in Pennsylvania; it’s caused 27,438 deaths statewide.
Thursday June 10th marked graduation day for most of the region’s high schools and we wish congratulations to all the graduates for the successful completion of high school, your futures are in your hands now.
It’s been a troubled first three days for Pennsylvania’s new Unemployment Compensation computer system, an outcome not surprising to anyone familiar with going live with a new system. Despite hiccups like users having problems logging in or being flagged as ineligible for benefits when they are, the acting Labor and Industry Secretary Jenniffer Berrier says that the system has successfully handled more than 168,000 transactions without any problems since it first came online and that the issues are being addressed.
Governor Tom Wolf is already prepared to use his veto power against a Republican plan to expand voter ID laws and decrease the window where someone can register to vote. He called those measures which were proposed in a bill called ‘The Voting Rights Act’ the actions of fringe politicians trying to create barriers to voting.