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Coalition Updates: Health Care

As the economy reopens, business leaders ask U.S. Senate for protections

Representatives of retail, food and fuel, higher education and tourism were among the business leaders asking the U.S. Senate to provide liability protections as the nation restarts the economy. At a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, they asked for temporary protection against litigation. As the nation moves toward reopening its economy, there are real…

PCCJR Member, St. Luke’s University Health Network, Collaborates on Lifesaving Invention

Among stories of hope, generosity and togetherness, the COVID-19 pandemic has also given rise to an incredible feat of ingenuity. A collaboration between PCCJR member St. Luke’s and Lehigh University led to the invention of the “Bug Zapper” to sterilize masks. Using a UV-C light, the team developed a high-throughput sterilization system to decontaminate 200…

Still Waiting for Safe Harbor for COVID-19 Heroes

We may not know the full scope or impact of the COVID-19 pandemic yet, but what we do know is that the consequences of the decisions, deployed resources, and plans to save lives will be with us for years to come. Health care practitioners and businesses working to meet increased demand for Personal Protective Equipment…

PCCJR Members Take on the Coronavirus Challenge

At UPMC, researchers are reporting progress on potential COVID-19 vaccine that has shown early promise in tests on mice. Another group of UPMC researches say they are close to completing a blood test to determine immunity against the virus. Companies like Shell have helped keep the supply lines flowing for soaps and hand sanitizer and…

COVID-19 Heroes Deserve Immunity

Pennsylvania is facing new and unexpected challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Health care providers and businesses large and small are incurring risk to provided life-saving care, equipment, and goods to get us all through this public health crisis. They deserve our gratitude and support. Yet, this week the legislature went home without…