Information About Covid-19 Coronavirus in Lancaster County, PA

Drive-through Covid-19 test site logs 800+ patients

Drive-through Covid-19 test site logs 800+ patients

Cars line up to enter the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center drive-through Covid-19 test site on its opening day, Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. (Image: Kyle Gamble) The drive-through Covid-19 testing site at the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center had an active first few days, according to Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, the lead

Presentation explores MLK’s legacy by looking past the myth (video)

Presentation explores MLK’s legacy by looking past the myth (video)

Kevin Ressler, inset, discusses the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during a webinar on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was more radical and more controversial in his day than most people realize, Kevin Ressler told his online audience Friday. King’s message has been softened and sanitized

High-capacity drive-through Covid-19 test site planned at Penn State Hershey

High-capacity drive-through Covid-19 test site planned at Penn State Hershey

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. (Source: Penn State Health) Penn State Health’s Hershey Medical Center in Dauphin County will host a high-volume drive-through site for Covid-19 testing, acting Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Keara Klinepeter said Thursday. The facility will be able to serve about 1,000 people a day, Klinepeter said. It will be

News: Friday, Jan. 21

News: Friday, Jan. 21

A promotional image for a 2018 Meat Loaf appearance at Rhode Island Comic Con. Headlines: • Willow Valley pre-selling ‘Mosaic’ high-rise units before beginning construction: The senior-housing provider wants to secure commitments on 70% of the apartments before starting to build the complex. It is to sit just north of the renovated Southern Market, which

Nonprofits invited to apply for WellSpan community health grants

Nonprofits invited to apply for WellSpan community health grants

(Source: WellSpan Health) WellSpan Health has opened its first application period for 2022 community grants. The grants provide direct funding to organizations to address social barriers to positive health outcomes. There are three levels: Imagine Grants: $50,000 to $150,000 per year; renewable for up to three years. Projects must address food insecurity issues to improve

Design finalized for public art at Ewell Plaza

Design finalized for public art at Ewell Plaza

A rendering of Ewell Plaza and the Christian Street Garage, showing R&R Studios’ “New Lancaster Rainbow” facade concept. (Source: City of Lancaster) Officials with Lancaster city and the Lancaster Parking Authority say they have accepted the final “concept design” for the public art on the facade of the Christian Street parking garage overlooking Ewell Plaza.

Lancaster County is 100% signed up for opioid settlement

Lancaster County is 100% signed up for opioid settlement

(Source: USDA.gov) All 17 municipalities that Lancaster County was asking to sign onto the national opioid settlement have done so, Solicitor Jacqueline Pfursich told the county commissioners this week. That means the county will get the maximum amount of money it’s eligible for, assuming the settlement moves forward. To receive a share of the payouts,

News: Thursday, Jan. 20

News: Thursday, Jan. 20

WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital (Source: WellSpan Health) Headlines: • Bar Association seeks county court candidates: The Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas will have two vacancies to fill with the retirement Donald Totaro and Howard Knisely. (Source: LNP) • Elanco School District to go virtual: Today and Friday are virtual due to bus driver and

Dana Hamp Gulick launches bid for state House

Dana Hamp Gulick launches bid for state House

Dana Hamp Gulick speaks to supporters outside the Stoner Grille on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022. (Source: Dana 4 PA) Dana Hamp Gulick officially launched her state House Democratic primary campaign this past weekend, saying she would bring a fresh perspective to Harrisburg and “bring help home now” to working families struggling amid the ongoing coronavirus

Free home Covid-19 tests available through COVIDtests.gov

Free home Covid-19 tests available through COVIDtests.gov

(Source: COVIDtests.gov) The U.S. government has launched its website for ordering free Covid-19 tests. The site, COVIDtests.gov, allows households to order four at-home tests. The first orders are expected to ship toward the end of the month; the website says orders “will usually ship in 7-12 days.” The Biden administration said Friday it would ship

We’re Pa. small city mayors. Fair legislative maps will aid our recovery (opinion)

We’re Pa. small city mayors. Fair legislative maps will aid our recovery (opinion)

(Photo: Tim Stuhldreher) Much has been written about the plight of Pennsylvania’s cities. Presidential candidates come through and hold events in front of old factories. They talk about days gone by and the need to invest in our communities. There are complicated, exclusionary programs meant to help, but we have not fundamentally addressed the problems

Nonprofits reimagine Southern Market as food hub, business incubator

Nonprofits reimagine Southern Market as food hub, business incubator

The food hall at Southern Market. (Source: Southern Market) “Cooking has always been my true passion,” Lauren Wyrick said. Wyrick is the proprietor of Made by Lolo, which offers tapas-style “small bites,” including seafood, meet and salads. She’s among the individual food vendors who will debut their wares when the renovated Southern Market in Lancaster reopens

News: Wednesday, Jan. 19

News: Wednesday, Jan. 19

Damaris Rau (Source: School District of Lancaster) Headlines: • Superintendent Damaris Rau announces retirement: The leader of the School District of Lancaster said she will step down July 5. (Source: LNP) • Congressional redistricting faces Jan. 30 deadline: Gov. Tom Wolf has said he opposes the draft map, which analysts say has a Republican lean.

First members approved for county Health Advisory Council (update)

First members approved for county Health Advisory Council (update)

Lancaster County Government Center, 150 N. Queen St. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher) Update: Lancaster County two commissioners on Wednesday approved the proposed nine-member slate for the county Health Advisory Council created last fall. As suggested during Tuesday’s work session, the four members representing health systems were appointed to two-year terms: Dr. David Gasperack (WellSpan Health), Dr.

News: Tuesday, Jan. 18

News: Tuesday, Jan. 18

The 2022 Pa. Farm Show butter sculpture. (Source: Pa. Dept. of Agriculture) Headlines: • Book burning push comes to Lancaster County: Challenges to reading material in Elizabethtown Area and Elanco school districts are part of a broader nationwide trend. (Source: LNP) • Farm Show butter sculpture recycled: The 1,000 pounds of butter are going into

MLK Day breakfast highlights ‘fierce urgency’ of anti-racism work, community involvement

MLK Day breakfast highlights ‘fierce urgency’ of anti-racism work, community involvement

Josh Hunter (second from right in gray) is seen in a video broadcast during Crispus Attucks Community Center’s 34th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. “This is the time to get uncomfortable,” said Joshua Hunter, director of Crispus Attucks Community Center. Hunter, as well as several other community

MLK Day reflections: Learning from setbacks builds resilience for success (opinion)

MLK Day reflections: Learning from setbacks builds resilience for success (opinion)

Martin Luther King Jr. waves to a crowd from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where he delivered his “I Have a Dream,” speech during the Aug. 28, 1963, March on Washington, D.C. (Source: Public domain) In thinking about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we appropriately lean towards celebrating his victories. Selma, Birmingham,

‘Grab a towel’: Speaker Robert Harvey urges selfless action in NAACP’s MLK commemoration

‘Grab a towel’: Speaker Robert Harvey urges selfless action in NAACP’s MLK commemoration

Robert Harvey speaks during the NAACP Lancaster’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, held online this year, on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022. Robert Harvey said he loved the PBS children’s show “Sesame Street” as a child. But when he watched it years later as an adult, something bothered him. Why, after all these years,