Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Levine speaks at a virtual press conference on Thursday, Nov 19, 2020.
Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Levine speaks at a virtual press conference on Thursday, Nov 19, 2020.

Headlines:

Biden taps Pa. Secretary of Health for assistant health secretary position: President-elect Joe Biden announced plans yesterday to nominate Dr. Rachel Levine as his assistant health secretary. This nomination poises Dr. Levine to be the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. (Source: AP)

Lancaster EMS administering Covid-19 vaccine: The emergency medical services staff received 200 doses of the Moderna vaccine this week. They are offering vaccinations to those who qualify for Phase 1A of the vaccine rollout. (Source: WGAL)

Two-day closure at John R. Bonfield Elementary School: The Warwick School District school will be closed today and Wednesday because of an “increase in case numbers of COVID-19”. The school will reopen on Thursday, Jan. 21. (Source: LNP)

Lancaster General Health installs new cancer-fighting device: The 220-ton cyclotron was lifted by crane into the hospital's proton therapy center, which is under construction and scheduled to open in 2022. The cyclotron will be used for advanced radiation treatment. (Source: ABC 27)

National roundup: Slate of events set for Biden-Harris inauguration Wednesday. (Source: UPI) Biden to propose eight-year citizenship track for immigrants. (Source: AP) U.S. expected to pass 400,000 total Covid-19 deaths today. (Source: UPI) Fired Florida Covid-19 whistleblower Rebekah Jones arrested. (Source: USA Today)

Olivia Smucker