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Wolf renews COVID-19 disaster declaration nearly a year into pandemic

Gov. Tom Wolf signed his fourth renewal of the state’s 90-day Proclamation of Disaster Emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic nearly a year after he signed the first.

The disaster proclamation renewal allows the commonwealth to continue its response and support efforts as it pursues testing, contact tracing and vaccinations, Wolf said in a statement.

“COVID-19 vaccinations have begun, but we are still in the early stages of vaccine administration,” said Wolf. “We will continue to prioritize a safe, efficient and equitable distribution process, and expect vaccinations to increase as the federal government makes more vaccines available to states.

Wolf signed the state’s first disaster proclamation for the pandemic on March 6, 2020.

The declarations allow the state to increase its support to state agencies involved in the continued response to the virus and for expedited supply procurement and lifts certain regulations to allow for better mitigation.

Some examples include the waiving of one-week waiting periods to receive unemployment compensation and certification and licensure renewals for health care professionals, child care workers more.

Under the declaration, the state can also increase the number of vaccines providers and improve vaccine distribution.

Ioannis Pashakis
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