Information About Covid-19 Coronavirus in Lancaster County, PA

United Way of Lancaster County launches Share Our Stimulus initiative

United Way of Lancaster County launches Share Our Stimulus initiative

(Source: United Way of Lancaster County) The United Way of Lancaster County on Monday launched an initiative encouraging financially secure households to donate part or all of their federal stimulus checks to help individuals in need in Lancaster County during the coronavirus pandemic. The program, Share Our Stimulus, is inspired by Share the Stimulus, a

As Covid-19 numbers climb anew, Levine says next phase of vaccine rollout will start soon

As Covid-19 numbers climb anew, Levine says next phase of vaccine rollout will start soon

Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine speaks at a virtual media briefing on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. (Photo: PA.gov) Pennsylvania plans to move to the second phase of its Covid-19 vaccination plan “soon,” Health Secretary Rachel Levine said Monday. Phase 1B would expand the coronavirus vaccine rollout to individuals aged 75 and older and

By the numbers: Covid-19 cases, deaths decline after Christmas

By the numbers: Covid-19 cases, deaths decline after Christmas

Call it a Christmas miracle. An analysis of COVID-19 tests, hospitalizations and deaths for the two-week period following Christmas has shown a surprising trend. Contrary to widespread projections, all three measures of the pandemic’s harm have fallen when compared to the two-week period before the holiday. In the 14 days after Christmas, compared to the

MLK Day events planned for Sunday, Monday

MLK Day events planned for Sunday, Monday

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Source: Whitehouse.gov) Local nonprofits are moving their Martin Luther King Day events programs online this year, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The holiday honoring the slain civil rights icon falls on Monday, Jan. 18. Among the announced events are the following: NAACP Lancaster The 41st annual Rev Dr. Martin

News: Monday, Jan. 11

News: Monday, Jan. 11

(Source: NAACP Lancaster branch) Headlines: • Pa. to roll out additional $300 unemployment benefit payments: The Department of Labor and Industry announced Friday that about 127,000 people in the Unemployment Compensation and Extended Benefits programs will automatically get an additional $300 as early as Tuesday. The money comes from an extension of the Federal Pandemic

An inside look at LGH vaccine plans, long-range screening

An inside look at LGH vaccine plans, long-range screening

On Tuesday evening, Jan Bergen, outgoing president of Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, gave community supporters a wide-ranging overview of the hospital’s current efforts in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Todd Wood, chief of cardiology, followed with announcement of a new program to track long-range effects of the virus among recovered patients. Here is

Wolf: Hold Mastriano ‘accountable’

Wolf: Hold Mastriano ‘accountable’

Gov. Tom Wolf speaks during an online media briefing on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. State Sen. Doug Mastriano should be “held accountable” by voters for taking part in Wednesday’s pro-Trump rally that culminated in a violent takeover of the U.S. Capitol, Gov. Tom Wolf said, but the governor stopped short of calling for Mastriano’s resignation.

LG Health Covid-19 test site moves outside city

LG Health Covid-19 test site moves outside city

Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center (Source: Strunk-Albert Engineering) Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health is moving its community Covid-19 testing out of downtown Lancaster to the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center in East Hempfield Township. The center is at 101 Champ Blvd., near the Salunga exit of Route 283. It will open this coming

Hope Within bolsters telehealth, pharmacy with Lancaster Cares grant

Hope Within bolsters telehealth, pharmacy with Lancaster Cares grant

The Hope Within Ministries medical office in Elizabethtown. (Source: Olivia Smucker) As a medical office that offers free primary care to those who don’t have medical insurance, Hope Within saw a rapid influx in the number of clients coming to its office in Elizabethtown because of the pandemic. The medical center already had a tight

Pa. updates Covid-19 vaccine plan

Pa. updates Covid-19 vaccine plan

Gov. Tom Wolf and Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine discuss Pennsylvania’s Covid-19 vaccination plan during an online media briefing on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. Pennsylvania has released the fourth version of its Covid-19 vaccination plan, Gov. Tom Wolf and Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said Friday. The new version contains multiple updates that Levine said

County court extends eviction moratorium through Feb. 12

County court extends eviction moratorium through Feb. 12

Lancaster County’s court system has extended its Covid-19 eviction moratorium by two weeks to Friday, Feb. 12, LNP newspaper reported Friday. The order issued by President Judge David Ashworth applies to tenants seeking protection from eviction for nonpayment of rent due to financial hardship, under the terms provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control

Pop-up Covid-19 test site to open at Park City

Pop-up Covid-19 test site to open at Park City

(Source: AMI) A pop-up Covid-19 testing clinic will open at the Park City Center mall next week, the state Department of Health said Friday. The test site will be the old Sears Auto Center, 142 Park City Center, the department said. It will offer free tests to drive-through and walk-in patients from 9 a.m. to

News: Friday, Jan. 8

News: Friday, Jan. 8

In this image taken from social media, Pa. state Sen. Doug Mastriano, left, joins former state Rep. Rick Saccone, right, during a pro-Trump rally in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. Headlines: • Hempfield school district social worker dies of Covid-19: Candice Highfield, 47, died in November, according to a letter posted online Thursday

‘That’s why we’re here’: DHS Secretary says SNAP, Medicaid help struggling Pa. families get through pandemic

‘That’s why we’re here’: DHS Secretary says SNAP, Medicaid help struggling Pa. families get through pandemic

Volunteers from the Harrisburg Rotary Club fill food boxes at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s flagship distribution center in December 2020. (Source: Central PA Food Bank) The head of Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services is continuing to urge individuals and families who need help during the coronavirus pandemic to take advantage of the state’s safety

Pa. changes policy, advises in-person school for elementary students

Pa. changes policy, advises in-person school for elementary students

Pa. Acting Education Secretary Noe Ortega speaks during an online media briefing Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. Pennsylvania’s top health and education officials on Thursday recommended that school districts offer in-person education for elementary-school students “as local conditions permit.” Younger students, especially, benefit from being physically present in classrooms, Acting Education Secretary Noe Ortega said during

LG Health names new CEO

LG Health names new CEO

John Herman New Orleans-based hospital executive John Herman will succeed Jan Bergen as CEO of Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, the health system announced today. Herman, 52, will take over March 1, LG Health said. Bergen, who announced her retirement in August, will remain until March 30 to help facilitate a smooth leadership transition. Herman

Pa. Health Department announces first confirmed case of Covid-19 variant

Pa. Health Department announces first confirmed case of Covid-19 variant

A technician works at a state health laboratory in Exton in this undated file photo. (Source: PA Dept. of Health) Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine announced this morning that the first case of the Covid-19 variant, SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.7, has been confirmed in Pennsylvania. The confirmed case is in Dauphin County and is the same

News: Thursday, Jan. 7

News: Thursday, Jan. 7

Pro-Trump rioters swarm the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. (Sources: Reuters, AFP) Headlines: • Biden win confirmed after pro-Trump mob storms Capitol: The unprecedented day of unrest,  stoked by weeks of unproven allegations of election fraud by President Trump and his loyalists, prompted shocked condemnation worldwide. One woman was shot and killed and