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Emergency Sick Leave Expiration Leaves Many Facing Hard Choices as COVID Cases Continue to Rise

Kimberly Paynter
FrontlinFrontline grocery store employees and their supporters demanding more protective measures against spreading the coronavirus and hazard pay for those working through the crisis.

Omicron has pushed COVID cases in Pennsylvania to their highest peak since the start of the pandemic, but one of the key early tools, emergency sick leave, has expired. WHYY's Laura Benshoff reports that’s forcing hard choices.

(Original air-date: 1/18/22)

Laura Benshoff covers stories of statewide interest for Keystone Crossroads and WHYY, with a focus on immigration. She previously reported on the suburbs, public education, and mental health. Her work has aired nationally on NPR, Marketplace and Reveal/CIR. Prior to becoming a journalist, she worked for the City of Philadelphia’s Commerce Department. Laura attended McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She diligently works at speaking Spanish and knows a little French.