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Cynthia Fernandez/Spotlight PA

Cynthia Fernandez covers the most important news and events from the Capitol and state legislature. She is a member of the second class of Lenfest Fellows, a program of the Lenfest Institute for Journalism and supported by the Independence Public Media Foundation. Cynthia joined Spotlight PA from Boston, where she recently completed an undergraduate degree in journalism, with a concentration in computer science, from Boston University. She has interned at several news organizations, including Muck Rock, WBUR, and Boston Magazine. Most recently, she was a part-time breaking news reporter at the Boston Globe and a research assistant for their Spotlight team. A Cuban immigrant and Miami native, Cynthia is particularly interested in reporting on marginalized communities and how they interface with institutional and governmental systems.

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Hundreds could be released from Pa. state prisons under draft plans to help prevent a coronavirus outbreak

The proposal under discussion would prioritize non-violent, low-level offenders who are deemed medically "vulnerable."
By Cynthia Fernandez/Spotlight PA and Matt McKinney/Spotlight PA

Pennsylvania is now streaming its daily coronavirus briefings with Spanish captions

The administration had been criticized by a coalition of Latinx advocacy groups in the Philadelphia area, which said the absence of captions deprived thousands of residents of basic information needed during a fast-moving crisis.
By Cynthia Fernandez/Spotlight PA

Pa. Latinx groups slam Wolf administration for not providing daily coronavirus updates in Spanish

They say daily updates on the pandemic must be captioned in Spanish, and more translations are needed of news releases and other written information.
By Cynthia Fernandez/Spotlight PA

Long-term care workers demand more protection as Pa. reports first coronavirus cases at nursing homes

In a letter sent Monday, groups that represent the state’s nursing and long-term care centers asked Gov. Tom Wolf for $290 million in emergency funding.
By Cynthia Fernandez/Spotlight PA

Advocates call on state to reduce inmate population amid coronavirus outbreak

The virus’s spread, they say, poses unique challenges for correctional facilities
By Cynthia Fernandez/Spotlight PA and Joseph Darius Jaafari

Everything you need to know about the Pennsylvania coronavirus shutdown

On March 16, Gov. Tom Wolf ordered a statewide shutdown, urging nonessential businesses to close for two weeks to help slow the spread of the coronavirus in Pennsylvania.
By Cynthia Fernandez/Spotlight PA

Pennsylvania’s health department is keeping coronavirus details from local officials

Delaware County lawmakers and officials say they have pressed the state department for the exact municipality where the county’s infected person lives
By Cynthia Fernandez/Spotlight PA

Updated: March 11, 2020 | 1:18 pm

Pennsylvania isn’t releasing details on coronavirus cases because of a decades-old law

Health Secretary Rachel Levine has not provided the public with the total number of samples tested, the number of people quarantined after possible exposure, or the exact ages of infected persons
By Cynthia Fernandez/Spotlight PA

Pa. officials warn CBD still largely unregulated despite popularity of creams, oils, candies, and more

While proponents claim CBD derived from hemp can help ease chronic pain and anxiety, the federal government says there is little research into its benefits or potential harms
By Cynthia Fernandez/Spotlight PA

Pa. state lab can now test for coronavirus, but its capability is limited

The lab can handle just six tests a day at present
By Cynthia Fernandez/Spotlight PA
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