Ellie Silverman covers breaking news and general assignment stories in the Philadelphia region.

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‘Look at us now’: Philly women, and especially Black women, celebrate Kamala Harris’ election to America’s second-highest office

Many women celebrating in Philadelphia said this projected win means they can finally see themselves represented in the White House.

Philly is in ‘possibly the worst period of the entire epidemic’ | Coronavirus Newsletter

Nightly coronavirus updates from The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Pa., NJ see biggest one-day increase in COVID-19 cases | Coronavirus Newsletter

Nightly coronavirus updates from The Philadelphia Inquirer.

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Pa. and N.J. double over past month; N.J. tweaks restrictions on malls and stadiums; Friendly’s to sell locations, file for bankruptcy

Pennsylvania reported more than 15,000 new COVID-19 cases last week, the most of any week during the pandemic and over 3,600 more cases than the previous week.

Rising percentages of people testing positive in Philly, Pa., and N.J., but amid COVID-19 surge, ‘it is safe to vote’ in person

People in quarantine for COVID-19 can receive assistance with voting, Pennsylvania Health Secretary Levine said. New Jersey officials asked people not to travel for Thanksgiving.

Pa. voters who plan to turn over mail ballots and vote in-person add to concerns about Election Day waits

These voters want their ballots tallied Tuesday, not later this week. But officials worry this move could make lines at the polls longer.

Election-related anxiety is real and rising for Philadelphians, regardless of political affiliation

Nearly 70% of U.S. adults reported the 2020 presidential election to be a significant source of stress in their life — an increase from the 52% that said the same about the 2016 election.

Philly church’s leader doesn’t want fire to be used ‘as a weapon on the political battlefield’

Preliminary findings indicate the fire was accidental, despite reports from conservative media sites blaming protests following the police killing of Walter Wallace Jr.

Philly families worry classrooms won’t be safe for students | Coronavirus Newsletter

Nightly coronavirus updates from The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Philadelphia is under curfew amid unrest following police killing of Walter Wallace Jr.; protests draw divergent responses from Trump and Biden

Police shot and killed the 27-year-old Black man in West Philadelphia on Monday, prompting days of protests, as well as vandalism and break-ins.