Information About Covid-19 Coronavirus in Lancaster County, PA

Gov. Wolf outlines plan for reopening Pa.

Gov. Wolf outlines plan for reopening Pa.

Gov. Tom Wolf went on television Friday to lay out a plan for reopening Pennsylvania after the shutdown he ordered due to coronavirus. As outlined in Wolf’s speech and on the governor’s website, the plan incorporates six key standards: Our approach will be data driven and reliant upon quantifiable criteria to drive a targeted, evidence-based,

Food pantries are coping with Covid-19, but wonder what lies ahead

Food pantries are coping with Covid-19, but wonder what lies ahead

Dietician Laura Sahd wears a mask at the Lancaster County Food Hub. Sahd, of Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, is community dietician for Food Farmacy, a nutrition counseling pilot program for at-risk individuals. (Photo provided by Lancaster County Food Hub) Lancaster County food pantries and food banks say they’re seeing a lot of new faces

News: Friday, April 17

News: Friday, April 17

The Red Rose Transit Authority’s Queen Street Station in Lancaster. (Source: Dough4872 | Wikimedia Commons) Covid-19 headlines for Friday, April 17, 2020: • Penn State Hershey joins Covid-19 study: Penn State Hershey Medical Center will participate in clinical trials of remdesivir, a potential Covid-19 treatment. It is one of 75 institutions taking part worldwide. Penn

How the New Charitable Deduction Works

How the New Charitable Deduction Works

As more and more nonprofits struggle to meet the increased demand of people affected by COVID-19, there is a new financial incentive for Americans to give generously to qualifying charities, including United Way of Lancaster County and many of our community partners. The new universal tax break for charitable donations was included in the final

Site update: New links on finance, federal aid

Site update: New links on finance, federal aid

OneUnitedLancaster has added two links to the Resources for Nonprofits page that may be helpful to organizations’ leadership teams and financial professionals: • Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Coronavirus (Covid-19) Resources & Updates: See in particular PICPA’s material on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and CARES Act, which includes recommendations for applying and and

News: Thursday, April 16

News: Thursday, April 16

Armed protesters on the steps of Michigan’s Capitol on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Covid-19 headlines for Thursday, April 16, 2020: • Masks mandatory for customers, employees: Gov. Tom Wolf signed an order Wednesday imposing new public health requirements on businesses. Customers without face coverings are to be denied entry. The rule takes effect Sunday evening.

Resources for individuals

Resources for individuals

Need help? Call 211 For information on local social services and help accessing them, dial 211. The service is free, confidential and available 24/7. Navigating Covid-19 Guide Tabor Community Services and the Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership (LHOP) have compiled a Covid-19 handbook for local individuals and families. It’s available in PDF form:  Click here for

Call volume grows for United Way’s 211 helpline

Call volume grows for United Way’s 211 helpline

(Source: WGAL) The United Way’s 211 helpline is proving to be a crucial resource for individuals and families affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Available 24/7, the free, confidential service connects people to the social services they need. This week, WGAL-TV News 8 highlighted the program’s work locally. As WGAL reports, the number of calls in

News: Wednesday, April 15

News: Wednesday, April 15

This stage set for Taylor Swift’s “Big Reputation” tour was created by Lititz-based Tait. Covid-19 headlines for Wednesday, April 15, 2020: • Easing the backlog: Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor & Industry says it has added 200 employees to the 600-some already working in its service centers to handle the surge of unemployment claims due to

Local officials ask public to stay the course on Covid-19

Local officials ask public to stay the course on Covid-19

Local government and medical officials urged Lancaster County residents on Tuesday to stay the course and continue their social distancing in order to limit the spread of coronavirus.

“Your efforts are beginning to make a difference,” …

News: Tuesday, April 14

News: Tuesday, April 14

Covid-19 headlines for Tuesday, April 14, 2020: • Infections slowing?: The number of new Covid-19 cases per day in Lancaster County is decreasing. But officials say they will need to see more data over the next couple of weeks to know ofr sure if the virus is being contained.  (Source: LNP) • Enhanced unemployment benefits:

Small Business Opportunities During Coronavirus Shutdown

Looking for Small Business Opportunities During Coronavirus Shutdown

Lancaster County businessman Jason Hurst, President of Integrous Fences and Decks, talks about opportunities for small businesses to provide leadership and growth activities to their employees during the coronavirus shutdown. He talks about the importance of making the best of this situation and how he is encouraging his employees to learn and improve. Jason says,

Pennsylvania Launches COVID-19 Job Hiring Portal

Pennsylvania Launches COVID-19 Job Hiring Portal

Pennsylvanians looking for work can now find life-sustaining businesses that are hiring through a new online COVID-19 job portal the Department of Labor & Industry is launching today. “Many life-sustaining businesses across Pennsylvania are hiring and this new portal will help connect them with people looking for a job,” said L&I Secretary Jerry Oleksiak. “A top priority of L&I

SACA: A day in the life

SACA: A day in the life

SACA Executive Director Jacqueline Fisher Across Lancaster County, nonprofit staff and volunteers are going above and beyond in response to the coronavirus crisis. In an email sent to stakeholders Monday, Spanish American Civic Association President Carlos Graupera highlighted one example: the busy schedule of SACA’s executive director, Jacqueline Fisher. Here’s an excerpt: Dear Members, Friends,

News: Monday, April 13

News: Monday, April 13

Covid-19 headlines for Monday, April 13, 2020: • Coronavirus recovery site eyed: Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health says it is considering opening a “step-down” facility for patients recovering from coronavirus, allowing them to be transferred from the main hospital and freeing up acute-care beds. Its possible location and other details were not disclosed. (Source: WGAL)

WITF’s Smart Talk on the Lancaster Cares Fund

WITF’s Smart Talk on the Lancaster Cares Fund

Sam Bressi, President & CEO of the Lancaster County Community Foundation was a guest on WITF’s Smart Talk on April 10. Host Scott LaMar and Sam discussed the Lancaster Cares Fund and how it is impacting Lancaster County’s most vulnerable individuals and families. Click below to hear the interview. Segment begins at approximately 15:20 and

Health information

Health information

8 Ways to keep your Loved Ones from Catching your Virus Let’s say you’ve come down with the COVID-19 virus.  You either assume you have it because of your symptoms – persistent fever, an annoying cough and it hurts to take a big breath, or you’ve actually tested positive. Please follow these suggestions, but follow

News: Friday, April 10

News: Friday, April 10

Covid-19 headlines for Friday, April 10, 2020: • School’s out: Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday ordered Pennsylvania schools closed for the remainder of the academic year. The order extends to private, parochial and cyberschools. Colleges and universities have suspended in-person instruction. (Source: WGAL) • Breakfast program at risk: Anchorage, the nonprofit that offers free weekday