COVID holidays inspire united behaviors, expectations for life in 2021

by Mary Firestone
Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Staff Writer

For many Pennsylvanians, the late fall and early winter holiday seasons hold memories of coming together with friends and loved ones; a time of happiness and unity.  Unity can be defined as many things: the state of being brought together, the quality of not being divided, a condition of harmony.  In 2020, as a direct effect of the COVID-19 pandemic and related mandates, the physical aspect of unity has changed.  Interestingly, unity is the word used by Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine as she calls on citizens to do their respective parts in taming the resurgence of the virus. “Clearly we’re in the middle of our fall increase, but we are not at the peak,” said Levine. “The increases that we are seeing now are directly in response to, and a part of, those that are being experienced across the


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