Information About Covid-19 Coronavirus in Lancaster County, PA

Covid-19 herd immunity unlikely, but vaccination remains vital, experts say

Covid-19 herd immunity unlikely, but vaccination remains vital, experts say

A resident at St. Peter Apartments in Columbia receives a dose of the Covid-19 Vaccine on Wednesday, April 15, 2021. (Photo: Kyle Gamble) Covid-19 is never going away. That is the consensus among public health experts, who now say herd immunity in the U.S. – creating enough protection against the disease that it disappears altogether

NAACP Lancaster to host first-dose vaccine clinic, no appointment needed

NAACP Lancaster to host first-dose vaccine clinic, no appointment needed

(Source: NAACP Lancaster) NAACP Lancaster will be hosting Covid-19 vaccination pop-up clinic from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, May 7. The doses will be offered at Faith Tabernacle Church of God in Christ at 665 S. Ann St., Lancaster, courtesy of Penn State Health. No appointments are necessary to receive the first-dose Moderna vaccines.

County recognizes Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

County recognizes Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Lancaster County commissioners pose with members of the county’s Asian-American and Pacific Islander community following adoption of a resolution proclaiming AAPI Heritage Month on Wednesday, May 6, 2021. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher) The Lancaster County commissioners issued a proclamation Wednesday recognizing May as Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The month has been recognized in federal law

News: Thursday, May 6

News: Thursday, May 6

Manheim Township High School (Source: mtwp.net) Headlines: • Pa. state university system adopts anti-racism strategy: Following a group of students of color speaking out about feeling unsafe and overlooked at their college campuses, Pennsylvania’s public university system has agreed on a strategy to address racism on its campuses by building a more diverse staff and

Finding OUR way in a pandemic (opinion)

Finding OUR way in a pandemic (opinion)

(Source: United Way of Lancaster County) I have been in a reflective mood. This past month we marked one year of the One United Lancaster website. It’s been a learning curve, a growth opportunity, and a true labor of love. And, I’m proud that we can now say we are an award winning news publication.

County considers buying site for new prison for $3M

County considers buying site for new prison for $3M

Warden Cheryl Steberger, flanked at left by county director of facilities management Bob Devonshire, speaks about a proposed county prison site during a county commissioners meeting on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher) Lancaster County’s commissioners plan to vote later this month on a proposal to buy 75 acres of land just south of

By the numbers: County hit by surge in Covid-19 cases, but with 50% vaccinated, deaths do not climb

By the numbers: County hit by surge in Covid-19 cases, but with 50% vaccinated, deaths do not climb

Lancaster County saw mixed gains and a setback in its effort to quash the COVID-19 pandemic during April. On the positive side, more than half of county residents received at least one vaccination, putting the county in the top quarter of Pennsylvania counties (17th of 67) ranked by percentage of vaccinated residents. On the negative

Vaccine center to discontinue Sunday hours

Vaccine center to discontinue Sunday hours

The south facade of the Vaccinate Lancaster community vaccination center at Park City Center is seen on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher) The Lancaster County Community Vaccination Center will discontinue its Sunday hours, effective May 16, and will operate from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The new schedule is effective

News: Wednesday, May 5

News: Wednesday, May 5

A screenshot of of the Pa. Treasury portal where state residents can search to see if they are owned money from the state. (Source: Pennsylvania State Treasury) Headlines: • What the reduction in Covid-19 restrictions mean for Lancaster schools: With the exception of wearing masks, all other protocols in schools could shift, like the current

Updated: Lancaster General to launch pop-up vaccine clinics, no appointment needed

Updated: Lancaster General to launch pop-up vaccine clinics, no appointment needed

(Source: LG Health | OUL) If you want a Covid-19 vaccination but haven’t been able to make it to Lancaster County’s community vaccination center, there may be a pop-up vaccination center coming to your area this month. Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health is the lead medical partner in the Vaccinate Lancaster Coalition that operates the

County Covid-19 vaccination down by half; vaccine center stands pat on supply

County Covid-19 vaccination down by half; vaccine center stands pat on supply

The banner on the south facade of the Vaccinate Lancaster community vaccination center at Park City Mall. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher) With county Covid-19 vaccination rates down by half, the Vaccinate Lancaster community vaccination center has no need to order more doses from the state this week. It has “ample” existing inventory, enough to administer 12,000

Pa. to lift Covid-19 restrictions on Memorial Day, mask rules to remain until 70% vaccination

Pa. to lift Covid-19 restrictions on Memorial Day, mask rules to remain until 70% vaccination

PA Department of Health Acting Secretary Alison Beam speaks during a press conference outside Beacon Clinic in Harrisburg on Monday, April 12, 2021. (Source: Pa.gov) Pennsylvania’s mask order will remain in place, but all other mitigation orders to combat Covid-19 will be lifted on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration said Tuesday.

Pa. launches vaccine hotline for those with autism, mental disabilities

Pa. launches vaccine hotline for those with autism, mental disabilities

Meg Snead (Source: Pa.gov) The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services’ Office of Developmental Programs has set up a hotline aimed at helping individuals with intellectual disabilities or autism, along with their caregivers, to set up Covid-19 vaccine appointments tailored to their needs. The hotline, 1 (800) 424-4345, will operate from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

News: Tuesday, May 4

News: Tuesday, May 4

Mark Nordenberg (Source: University of Pittsburgh) Headlines: • Solanco parents protest mask mandates in schools: About 60 parents gathered on Monday night near Smith Middle School in Southern Lancaster County to protest the requirement that all students older than 2 years old wear a mask unless eating or during a mask break. (Source: LNP) • Restaurant Revitalization

Lancaster city video examines affordable housing

Lancaster city video examines affordable housing

A still image from “Affordable Housing in Lancaster & Beyond.” (Source: City of Lancaster) Lancaster’s city government has created an online video looking at housing affordability and inviting local residents to advocate on the issue. To be affordable, housing costs should eat up no more than 30% of a family’s income, the video says. But

One United Lancaster wins Keystone NewsMedia Award

One United Lancaster wins Keystone NewsMedia Award

In the inset, Lititz resident Andy Smith speaks about the importance of the franchise. Both images are from One United Lancaster’s Election Day video, “Why I Vote.” (Source: OUL) One United Lancaster has capped off its first year with its first Keystone Media Award. It went to videographer Kyle Gamble for “Election Day 2020: Why

SAAL raising money to help fight India’s Covid-19 surge

SAAL raising money to help fight India’s Covid-19 surge

(Source: SAAL) The South Asian Association of Lancaster has been helping thousands of Lancaster County residents receive Covid-19 vaccines through its weekly clinics at the Wyndham Resort on Lincoln Highway East. Now, SAAL is working to raise money to help stem the coronavirus pandemic in India, the homeland of many of its members. A wave

News: Monday, May 3

News: Monday, May 3

Bob May, executive director of Lancaster EMS, speaks with Fay Gemmill during a home Covid-19 vaccine visit on Friday, April 16, 2021. (Photo: Kyle Gamble) Headlines: • Lancaster EMS continues at-home Covid-19 vaccinations: The emergency service administered  more shots to homebound people across Lancaster County over the weekend, pushing its total to date to 2,000.