Pennsylvania is seeing just a slight increase of more COVID-19 cases. The state Department of Health announced 162 new positive cases Tuesday. There are currently 341 people hospitalized with the coronavirus, and of those cases, 57 patients are being treated in the intensive care unit.
A heat advisory will remain in effect today as scorching temperatures are expected. Officials say temperatures are forecasted to reach the mid-90s again, and the advisory will last until 7pm however, following the extreme heat, cooler temperatures are forecasted for tomorrow and going into the weekend as much of the state could see showers and thunderstorms.
Cedar Beach Pool in Allentown will remain closed for at least another ten days so the pool can be drained, glass found in the water be cleaned up and then the pool can be re-filled. Glass was found in the pool Sunday and then more glass was found in the water Tuesday. Allentown's Mack Pool remains open.
Former Allentown police chief Glenn Granitz has started his new job as the police chief with the Borough of West Reading in Berks County. He says residents there should expect to see him. "I think that it's important that people see me and people get to know me and my family," Granitz says. Granitz spent the past two years as the Allentown police chief.
A new program is being launched by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to help fund schools and close the digital divide. The Emergency Connectivity Fund is a temporary program with more than $7 billion to help cover the costs for laptops, wi-fi hotspots, routers, tablets and more. Schools and libraries have until August 13th of this year to apply for these funds, and applications can be completed online at www.emergencyconnectivityfund.org.
Pennsylvania's Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward is recovering after having undergone a double mastectomy this week in Pittsburgh. Ward revealed back in May that she was being treated for breast cancer. On social media Tuesday, Ward announced that she had her surgery this week and offered thanks to her well-wishers and encouraged others to get their mammograms.
New Jersey's $46.4 billion budget now has Gov. Phil Murphy's signature on it. The 2022 spending plan was passed by lawmakers last week, even though both progressives and Republicans critiqued the speedy process. The deal puts more than $1.5 billion toward education along with money towards tax relief and small businesses.
The voice of the Philadelphia 76ers is retiring. Marc Zumoff announced his retirement Tuesday morning after serving 27 years as the play-by-play announcer for the team. Zumoff said in a statement that the 76ers became his first love back in 1964. He called it a privilege to come into the homes of Sixers fans over the years. The team has not announced who will step into his place.