Here are media highlights from recent COVID-19 stories in the Philadelphia community.

September 2021

  • Dr. Daniel A. Salerno, Director of RICU (Critical Care Services) at Temple University Hospital, joined Telemundo62 to discuss how the vast majority of the current COVID hospitalizations at Temple University Hospital are occurring in non-vaccinated patients. Watch on Telemundo62.com.
  • Jason C. Gallagher, PharmD, FCCP, FIDP, FIDSA, BCPS, Clinical Pharmacist Specialist in Infectious Diseases at Temple University Hospital, offered USA Today insight about Pfizer and German partner BioNTech’s clinical trial data that showed that their COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective for children ages 5 to 11 at one-third of the dose given to adolescents and adults. Read at USAToday.com.
  • Dominic Marano, MSN, CRNP, Nurse Practitioner at Temple University Hospital, offered insight to CBS3 about the FDA’s decision to reject Pfizer’s booster shot request for the majority of Americans. Watch on Philadelphia.CBSLocal.com.
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer interviewed Delana Wardlaw, MD, who practices at Temple Physicians, Inc. at Nicetown, about how patients can get back on track with their preventive care, screenings and immunizations during the pandemic. Read at Inquirer.com.

August 2021

  • A Philadelphia magazine article about what fully vaccinated individuals should consider with regards to the Delta variant included data from Temple University Hospital that only 5% of those hospitalized at TUH with COVID are fully vaccinated. Read at PhillyMag.com.
  • CBS3 interviewed Tony S. Reed, MD, MBA, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Temple University Health System, about Philadelphia’s new mask mandates and the city’s move into a high level of community spread on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 transmission map. Watch on Philadelphia.CBSLocal.com.
  • Dr. Tony Reed also joined 6ABC to discuss COVID-19 booster shots, including what the difference is between a traditional booster shot versus a third dose for immunocompromised individuals, and how exactly a booster shot works. Read at 6ABC.com.
  • Stephen Aronoff, MD, MBA, Waldo E. Nelson Chair and Professor of Pediatrics at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, spoke with NBC10 about safety measures, including wearing masks and social distancing, as children return to school. Read at NBCPhiladelphia.com.
  • Delana Wardlaw, MD, who practices at Temple Physicians, Inc. at Nicetown, and her identical twin sister Dr. Elana McDonald, joined 6ABC anchor Sharrie Williams and Acting Philadelphia Health Commissioner Cheryl Bettigole for a live chat on Facebook to answer questions and address concerns about the COVID-19 vaccines. Watch on 6ABC.com.
  • Natasha Foneska, MD, FACC, emphasized the importance of maintaining communication with your doctors during the COVID-19 pandemic and doing your best to keep your pre-existing conditions in check for an article with the Chestnut Hill Local. Read at ChestnutHillLocal.com.

July 2021

  • COVID-19 vaccination rates among Philadelphia’s Latino population have increased faster than those of any other race or ethnicity demographic across the city in recent weeks. Temple’s focus on the community and partnership with Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha were featured in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about the topic. Read at Inquirer.com.
  • Tony S. Reed, MD, MBA, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Temple University Health System, spoke to NBC10 for two segments about the CDC’s recommendation to wear masks again indoors in areas where there is higher transmission of the coronavirus.
  • Thomas Fekete, MD, MACP, Thomas Durant Chair and Professor in the Department of Medicine and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, joined area healthcare colleagues for a Q&A with the Philadelphia Inquirer about what those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 should keep in mind during this next phase of the pandemic. Read at Inquirer.com.
  • Dr. Thomas Fekete also joined 6ABC to discuss coronavirus variants (including delta) and to emphasize the importance of receiving a coronavirus vaccination. Read at 6ABC.com.
  • Delana Wardlaw, MD, who practices at Temple Physicians, Inc. at Nicetown, spoke with WHYY about the delta variant and addressed concerns about the effectiveness of the vaccines against it. Read at WHYY.org.
  • Dr. Wardlaw also joined Matt O’Donnell on 6ABC’s Inside Story to address vaccine hesitancy and joined 6ABC reporter Jaclyn Lee to discuss the benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

June 2021

  • Jason Gallagher, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Infectious Diseases at Temple University Hospital, offered insight to Verywell Health about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recent emergency use authorization of tocilizumab (Actemra) for patients who are hospitalized with COVID-19 and in what instances it is best utilized. Read at VeryWellHealth.com.
  • Dr. Delana Wardlaw, who practices at Temple Physicians, Inc. at Nicetown, and her identical twin sister Dr. Elana McDonald, were featured in the “In Our Words” documentary series sponsored by Walgreens. The series focuses on the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines and aims to encourage vaccination, particularly in communities of color, by sharing stories of trusted voices in the community. Watch on Youtube.
  • Dr. Gerard Criner, Director of the Temple Lung Center, offered expert insight to TIME on some treatment options for patients with COVID-19 long-haul symptoms. Read at Time.com.
  • Tony S. Reed, MD, MBA, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Temple University Health System and Temple University Hospital, joined Tamala Edwards on 6ABC’s Inside Story to discuss topics including the coronavirus vaccines, social gatherings indoors and outdoors, masking up, and COVID-19 safety considerations for young children. Watch on 6ABC.com.
  • Dr. Thomas Fekete of Temple Health spoke with NBC10 about how to approach masking up as restrictions ease in many places. Read at NBCPhiladelphia.com.

May 15-31, 2021

  • A Facebook Live panel discussion about the COVID-19 vaccines and their effect on children was hosted by the Pennsylvania Commission for Women. “Vax Facts for Parents and Guardians” is the first in a series aimed at providing Pennsylvania communities with relevant and accurate information about the COVID-19 vaccines and addressing questions from citizens. Watch the panel discussion on PACast.com.
  • Dr. Sameep Sehgal of Temple Health participated in two Q&As with Mid-Day.com, an Indian newspaper. In the first Q&A, Dr. Sehgal answered questions related to COVID-19 symptoms, treatments, testing and vaccination. In the second Q&A, he spoke more in depth about COVID-19 vaccines, including whether those who are pregnant and/or breastfeeding, children, and those who have had COVID-19 should receive the vaccine, as well as the dosing schedule.

April 24-May 14, 2021

  • 6ABC interviewed Dr. Thomas Fekete to discuss new guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that those who are fully vaccinated can now refrain from wearing masks and social distancing in many situations. Watch the 6ABC video segment.
  • Dr. Margot Savoy provided perspective to Healio Primary Care for an article about an Annals of Internal Medicine study on COVID-19 inequities across multiple racial and ethnic groups. Read at Helio.com.
  • Dr. Tony S. Reed, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Temple University Health System and Temple University Hospital, spoke with the Temple News for an article about Temple’s vaccination sites. Read at The Temple News.
  • Dr. Natalia Ortiz-Torrent participated in a bilingual virtual forum about the COVID-19 vaccines. The forum was moderated by Telemundo62 and featured experts from the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Departments of Health. It can be viewed on Telemundo62’s website and Facebook page.

April 17-23, 2021

April 10-16, 2021

  • PHA president and CEO Kelvin A. Jeremiah talks about the partnership with Temple University’s College of Public Health to vaccinate Philadelphia residents. Listen to the podcast on iHeart.com.

April 3-9, 2021

  • About 37% of senior citizens in Philly have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Dr. Tony S. Reed, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Temple University Health System and Temple University Hospital, sat down with The Philadelphia Inquirer to discuss vaccination efforts among the City’s senior population. Read at Inquirer.com.
  • Dr. Margot Savoy spoke with The Philadelphia Inquirer for an article about the importance of resuming wellness check-ups and preventive care during the pandemic. Read at Inquirer.com.

March 27-April 2, 2021

  • Researchers have found that Vitamin D may lower the risk of COVID-19, particularly for Black people. Dr. Anuradha Paranjape offered insight to WHYY about a study published in JAMA Network Open examining the relationship between vitamin D levels and the likelihood of testing positive for COVID-19. Read at WHYY.org.
  • Dr. Tony Reed, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Temple University Health System and Temple University Hospital, joined 6ABC to discuss the rollout of the coronavirus vaccines in Pennsylvania. Watch the segment on 6ABC.com.

March 20-26, 2021

  • Dr. Gerard Criner of Temple Health joined 6ABC to discuss patients who have long-haul COVID-19 symptoms. Watch the segment on 6ABC.com.
  • The Philadelphia Housing Authority is partnering with Temple University to address coronavirus vaccine hesitancy and ensure that seniors at PHA’s senior living locations have access to the vaccine. Read at PhillyTrib.com.

March 13-19, 2021

  • The American Geriatrics Society News highlighted the Temple Pen Pal program, a student-run pen pal program that collaborates with Lewis Katz School of Medicine students to match them with older North Philadelphia residents to exchange letters and combat social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read at AmericanGeriatrics.org [PDF].
  • Dr. Delana Wardlaw who practices at Temple Physicians, Inc. at Nicetown, and her identical twin sister Dr. Elana McDonald, joined FOX29’s “Vax Facts” segment to discuss topics including side effects from the coronavirus vaccines, myths about the vaccines, and vaccine equity and access. Watch the segment on Fox29.com.
  • Dr. Thomas Fekete from Temple Health provided perspective for a PhillyVoice article about the dramatic decline in flu activity during the 2020-2021 flu season thus far and how that decline relates to the coronavirus pandemic. Read at PhillyVoice.com.

March 6-12, 2021

  • NBC10 is showcasing stories of Philadelphia-area women who are making a difference during Women’s History Month in March. A recent segment featured Marissa Pietrolungo, a nurse in Temple Health’s cardiac intensive care unit who volunteered to work in the COVID-19 ICU. Marissa shared her experience over the past year helping patients say goodbye to loved ones, as well as celebrating those who recovered from the coronavirus. Watch the segment on NBCPhiladelphia.com.
  • Angie Cleghorn, a nurse in the intensive care unit at Temple University Hospital-Jeanes Campus, reflected on what it’s been like working through the COVID-19 pandemic and what gives her hope going forward in a Philadelphia Inquirer article marking one year on the front lines. Read at Inquirer.com.

February 27-March 5, 2021

  • Beverley Zuccarello, a Physician Assistant in the Gastroenterology Department at Temple University Hospital, shared her COVID-19 vaccination experience with WHYY and how ongoing conversations about the topic convinced her parents to receive the vaccine from the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium 24-hour clinic at Temple’s Liacouras Center. Read at WHYY.org.
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer interviewed Dr. Nina Gentile from Temple Health about the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine and how it compares to those from Pfizer and Moderna. Dr. Gentile led the Temple University Hospital site of Johnson & Johnson’s Phase 3 clinical research study. Read at Inquirer.com.
  • Jessica Jackson, MD, from Temple Health joined 6ABC in two segments to discuss the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and put it in perspective compared to those from Pfizer and Moderna. Dr. Jackson helped oversee the trial at Temple University Hospital. Watch the first 6ABC segment and the second 6ABC segment.

February 20-26, 2021

  • Dr. Whitney V. Cabey from Temple Health joined Melany Nelson on La Salle TV’s “The Power of One” show to discuss the benefits of receiving the coronavirus vaccine as well as the side effects, to explain how mRNA vaccines work, and to address vaccine hesitancy. Watch the segment on Youtube.

February 13-19, 2021

  • Tony S. Reed, MD, MBA, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Temple University Health System and Temple University Hospital, spoke with Healthcare Innovation about COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy, community vaccination sites, and the COVID-19 vaccine scheduling process. Read at HCInnovationGroup.com.
  • A new side effect of enlarged lymph nodes from getting the vaccine has been reported, which is common. Dr. Andrea Porpiglia from Temple Health spoke with CBS3 and Fox29’s “Good Day Philadelphia” advising women to get their screening mammogram before they receive the COVID-19 vaccine or 4 to 6 weeks afterward to avoid undergoing any unnecessary biopsies or imaging. Read at CBS3 and Fox29.

February 6-12, 2021

  • ABC’s “Good Morning America” and NBC10 featured Dr. Delana Wardlaw, who practices at Temple Physicians, Inc. at Nicetown, and her identical twin sister Dr. Elana McDonald, about their experience receiving both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and the history behind vaccine hesitancy in the African-American community. Watch the segment on Good Morning America and NBCPhiladelphia.com.

January 22-29, 2021

  • Dr. Margot Savoy from Temple Health answered 6 of the bigger questions patients currently have about the coronavirus vaccines. Dr. Savoy also offered insight on the timeframe between receiving the two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Read at 6abc.com.
  • Minister Carl Morrow shared his experience with COVID-19 and what it was like receiving care in the COVID unit at Temple University Hospital with 6ABC. He also encouraged viewers to get the coronavirus vaccine once they are eligible. Read at 6abc.com.

January 22-29, 2021

January 9-15, 2021

December 24, 2020-January 8, 2021