Information About Covid-19 Coronavirus in Lancaster County, PA

Pa. sees huge changeover to mail-in voting

Pa. sees huge changeover to mail-in voting

(Source: One United Lancaster) Pennsylvanians are continuing to embrace mail-in balloting in record-shattering numbers, Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said Friday. Related: Return mail-in ballots ASAP, top Pa. election official advises The state has approved more than 2.9 million ballots to date, she said, a number that’s just under one-third of all registered voters. All

Return mail-in ballots ASAP, top Pa. election official advises

Return mail-in ballots ASAP, top Pa. election official advises

In this image taken from online video, Kathy Boockvar speaks during a Zoom call with reporters on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. If you are casting a ballot sent to you by mail, make sure election officials have it in hand by Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, Pennsylvania Secretary of State Boockvar said Friday. Related: Pa.

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Video: Getting Your Flu Shot is Important

It’s important to get your flu shot each year because it helps to prevent disease. Thousands of people die from the flu each year, according to Dr. Sharee Livingston of UPMC Pinnacle Lititz. Dr. Livingston said, “If we have a vaccine available that helps prevent death, I think everyone should take advantage of it.” With

News: Friday, Oct. 23

News: Friday, Oct. 23

One of Church World Service’s newly arrived refugee families gets their photo taken. (Source: Church World Service) Headlines: • Lancaster County residents could run out of time to apply for rent assistance funds: If state legislation extending and strengthening the mortgage and rent assistance program doesn’t pass, millions of dollars could go unallocated to Pennsylvanians,

City police: No wrongdoing by officer in shooting of Ricardo Munoz

City police: No wrongdoing by officer in shooting of Ricardo Munoz

Ricardo Munoz is seen in an undated family photo. The Lancaster city police officer who shot and killed Ricardo Munoz on Sept. 13 in the 300 block of Laurel Street did not violate any departmental polices or standards, the Lancaster City Bureau of Police said Thursday. In a brief statement, the department said it has

PolicyLab director sounds alarm over Covid-19 fall resurgence in Lancaster County

PolicyLab director sounds alarm over Covid-19 fall resurgence in Lancaster County

This chart, released Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2020, shows daily case counts and projections for Lancaster County. (Source: PolicyLab, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) Pennsylvania is facing a rebound of Covid-19, and Dr. David Rubin says Lancaster County is one of the areas he worries about the most. Rubin is the director of the PolicyLab research center

News: Thursday, Oct. 22

News: Thursday, Oct. 22

Headlines: • Health officials brace for ‘twin-demic’ as flu and Covid-19 converge: With the two viruses being “impossible to tell apart clinically,” health officials are concerned about how they will interact during the winter. Members of the public are urged to get early flu vaccines and continue to follow mitigation practices. (Source: LNP) • More

Pa. to offer online Q&A on unemployment system, job searches

Pa. to offer online Q&A on unemployment system, job searches

Pennsylvanians are invited to ask questions about job searches and unemployment compensation to an expert from the state Department of Labor & Industry during a virtual town hall from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. To participate, visit https://access.live/PAlabor. Individuals can also call 1-833-380-0719; however, phone lines are limited, so online access is recommended.

News: Wednesday, Oct. 21

News: Wednesday, Oct. 21

(Source: The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office) Headlines: • Lancaster sheriff’s department asks county for body cameras for the first time: Sheriff Chris Leppler requested funding for 20 cameras for deputies being “generally assigned out on the street.” The decision comes after encouragement from County Commissioner Craig Lehman to buy cameras following George Floyd’s death earlier

Report shows scale of Covid-19 impact on Pa. nonprofits

Report shows scale of Covid-19 impact on Pa. nonprofits

The coronavirus pandemic is putting unprecedented stress on Pennsylvania’s nonprofits, according to a new report. Conducted by consulting firm Fourth Economy on behalf of the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations and several other organizations, the study, “Impacts of Covid-19 on Pennsylvania Nonprofits,” reflects survey responses from 808 organizations, and is the most comprehensive research effort

News: Tuesday, Oct. 20

News: Tuesday, Oct. 20

The sitting judges of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. (Source: The State of Pennsylvania) Headlines: • U.S. Supreme Court rules that Pa. ballots can arrive up to three days after Nov. 3: The court divided 4-4 on the issue, thus letting stand the Pa. Supreme Court’s ruling to allow election officials to receive and count ballots

County to distribute remaining CARES Act money

County to distribute remaining CARES Act money

County Commissioner Ray D’Agostino speaks during a news briefing at the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center on Friday, May 29, 2020. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher) On Tuesday morning, Lancaster County leaders will consider a plan to allocate — or reallocate — nearly $36 million in federal CARES Act coronavirus relief funds. Among other things, the

Officials outline Lancaster’s plan for election security

Officials outline Lancaster’s plan for election security

William McSwain, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pa., discusses election security during a briefing at the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher) Federal law enforcement will be ready to step in if there is civil unrest here during Election Day or its aftermath, U.S. Attorney

Voter registration deadline is today

Voter registration deadline is today

(Source: VotesPA.com) Today, Monday, Oct. 19, is the final day for Pennsylvanians to register to vote in the Nov. 3 general election. Related: Officials outline Lancaster’s plan for election security To register online, Lancaster County residents can visit the Lancaster Votes, Lancaster County Board of Elections or PA Votes websites. Information about mail-in ballots, in-person

Single mothers in the African immigrant community: ‘We need to be listened to’

Single mothers in the African immigrant community: ‘We need to be listened to’

Clockwise from top center: Bobbie Kemoi, her brothers Benjamin and Bethwell, mother Hannah, and sister Bella are seen in an undated family photo. (Source: Provided) (Editor’s Note: This article was researched and written by Bobbie Kemoi as part of the Refugee Youth Journalism Project.) Seven years ago, Kenyan immigrant Hannah Kemoi’s husband, Peter, died in

News: Monday, Oct. 19

News: Monday, Oct. 19

Bhutanese Community in Harrisburg voter registration. (Source: Bhutanese Community in Harrisburg) Headlines: • Pa. mortgage, rent relief reform plan may get another chance to pass: Less than two weeks before the program is scheduled to stop accepting applications, a bill to amend it is receiving another chance for consideration in a legislative session this week.

YWCAs to host pre-election virtual town hall

YWCAs to host pre-election virtual town hall

The YWCA USA and the YWCAs of Pennsylvania will host a virtual town hall via Zoom from noon to 1:30 p.m. this coming Tuesday, Oct. 20. To register, click here. National, state, and local guest speakers, experts in the field, and YWCA representatives will explore the economic, childcare, and racial justice issues that matter most

Hazel Jackson honored with ‘The Hate U Give’ book giveaway; Here’s how to sign up

Hazel Jackson honored with ‘The Hate U Give’ book giveaway; Here’s how to sign up

Copies of “The Hate U Give” are being given out in honor of educator Hazel I. Jackson, right. (Source: Provided) In honor of the birthday of a local Black icon, advocates are organizing a giveaway of an award-winning young adult novel. The family of Hazel I. Jackson and the Lancaster branch of the NAACP plan