Rob covers the media and national stories that have interest in Philly. he also draws sports cartoons.

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COVID-19 deaths remain high in Pa. and N.J. as new cases drop; next round of Pa. vaccines going to essential workers, people over 75; some Philly restrictions to continue

Even as the rate of new cases declines, Pa. reported more than 200 coronavirus deaths for the seventh time in nine days as health officials fear another post-holiday spike.

Philly to extend ban on indoor dining as Pa. issues closure orders to 40 restaurants for defying rules; stimulus payments could start being sent next week

The coronavirus surge in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey has begun to flatten, a welcome sign that health experts warn could change quickly if people gather in groups this holiday season.

Spike in new cases shows signs of slowing in Pa. and N.J.; Biden receives his first vaccine dose; when you can expect to receive new stimulus check

While daily COVID-19 case counts continue to rise in Pennsylvania, the pace of the surge has slowed over the past week as we move further away from Thanksgiving.

Opinion

Cartoon: So much for the ‘Wentz Wagon’

Sorry Carson Wentz, but it’s the Jalen Hurts show now.

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U.S. approves 2nd COVID vaccine; Congress approves 2-day funding measure to avoid shutdown; New Jersey to open 6 ‘megasites’ for administering vaccine

Pennsylvania continues to be among the hardest-hit states as COVID-19 continues to spread across the commonwealth, driving hospitalizations and deaths to record levels.

COVID-19 hospitalizations, deaths climbing in Pa.; stimulus checks added as deal nears on relief; U.S. health-care worker hospitalized after allergic reaction to vaccine

Despite the excitement over the coronavirus vaccine, hospitalizations and deaths in Pennsylvania continue to climb with little sign of slowing.

Hospitals fill in Pa. as cases surge; Philly teachers will be prioritized for immunization; Pa. officials say storm won’t disrupt vaccine distribution

New Jersey and Delaware administered their first doses of the Pfizer vaccine Tuesday, with health-care workers starting to receive their initial shots in the two-dose regimen.

U.S. surpasses 300,000 coronavirus deaths; cases continue to soar in Pa. and N.J.; public will likely need to wait until spring to get immunized

“It is going to take a significant period of time to roll out the vaccine through the three phases and to immunize the public," said Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine.

FDA approves U.S. use of Pfizer vaccine; new Pa. restrictions on indoor dining and gatherings begin Saturday as cases and hospitalizations soar

The measures, which go into effect Saturday and end Jan. 4, and are the strictest restrictions Pennsylvania has seen since the first wave of COVID-19 cases in the spring.

Opinion

Cartoon: Canceling Christmas

Are you dreading making the call to your parents to cancel Christmas this year? I know I was.