Information About Covid-19 Coronavirus in Lancaster County, PA

News: Friday, Oct. 16

News: Friday, Oct. 16

Lancaster Mayor Danene Sorace chats with volunteer Lori Pagan during a Census Emergency Day event at the corner of St. Joseph and New Dorwart streets in Lancaster on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher) Headlines: • Lancaster County ends 2020 Census tied for third highest Pa. response rate: Upon the close of the census

Watch: Mayor Sorace says differing visions led to Chief Berkihiser’s departure

Watch: Mayor Sorace says differing visions led to Chief Berkihiser’s departure

Lancaster Danene Sorace speaks about police Chief Jarrad Berkihiser’s retirement in this image taken from online video on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (Source: City of Lancaster) Lancaster Mayor Danene Sorace said Thursday that it was disagreements over policy — and by implication, not a social media post — that led her administration and police Chief

As census ends, concerns over its completeness remain

As census ends, concerns over its completeness remain

Volunteer Lori Pagan hands out Census materials at the corner of St. Joseph and New Dorwart streets in Lancaster on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher) Local officials are disappointed that the U.S. Census count is ending early, and say they’re worried about what that will mean down the road for funding that helps

News: Thursday, Oct. 15

News: Thursday, Oct. 15

The Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County partnered with Domestic Violence Services of Lancaster County for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. (Source: Community Action Partnership) Headlines: • Officials say Pa. is better prepared for Covid-19 uptick now than last spring: Between the continued use of contact tracing and 250,000 rapid antigen tests distributed across the state

Deadline is Friday for nonprofits to join Extraordinary Give

Deadline is Friday for nonprofits to join Extraordinary Give

(Source: Lancaster County Community Foundation) The final day for organizations to register to benefit from the Extraordinary Give is this Friday, Oct. 16. The annual fundraiser, hosted by the Lancaster County Community Foundation, aims to help local nonprofits get connected to donors for a day of charitable giving. It takes place the Friday before Thanksgiving;

DA: Deadly force justified in police shooting of Ricardo Munoz

DA: Deadly force justified in police shooting of Ricardo Munoz

Lancaster County District Attorney Heather Adams speaks about the shooting death of Ricardo Munoz at the County Courthouse on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher) There is “no question” the Lancaster police officer who shot and killed Ricardo Munoz on Sept. 13 was justified in using deadly force, Lancaster County District Attorney Heather Adams

News: Wednesday, Oct. 14

News: Wednesday, Oct. 14

Governor Wolf and Dr. Rachel Levine, the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health. (Source: State of Pennsylvania) Headlines: • Lancaster County District Attorney to release findings on police shooting: A press conference will be held at 11:30 a.m. today to announce whether or not the killing of Ricardo Muñoz on Sept. 13 was justified. (Source: WGAL) •

Lancaster honors Father Allan Wolfe, Carlos Graupera

Lancaster honors Father Allan Wolfe, Carlos Graupera

Father Allan Wolfe, left, and Carlos Graupera (Source: Provided) Two leaders of organizations that serve Lancaster’s Hispanic population were honored with lifetime achievement awards at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Carlos Graupera, the founder of the Spanish American Civic Association, known as SACA; and the Rev. Allan Wolfe, pastor of San Juan Bautista Catholic Church and

City Council, mayor pressed over police Chief Berkihiser’s ouster

City Council, mayor pressed over police Chief Berkihiser’s ouster

Chief Jarrad Berkihiser (Source Lancaster Bureau of Police) The president of Lancaster City Council on Tuesday denied an allegation that he was instrumental in orchestrating the unexpected retirement of city police Chief Jarrad Berkihiser. “I categorically reject the notion of that comment,” Ismail Smith-Wade-El told Manor Township resident Martha Raush. During council’s public comment period,

Lancaster County municipalities to still offer Halloween activities

Lancaster County municipalities to still offer Halloween activities

(Source: City of Lancaster) Trick-or-treating will proceed as scheduled in many major Lancaster County municipalities from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30. The date and time are based on a Lancaster Inter-Municipal Committee policy that moves trick-or-treating to the previous Friday when Halloween falls on a Saturday or Sunday. While traditional trick-or-treating will

Pa. rental, mortgage relief programs to let creditors seek repayment above $750 cap

Pa. rental, mortgage relief programs to let creditors seek repayment above $750 cap

Gov. Tom Wolf Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday announced Pennsylvania will lift the restriction on its Covid-19 rent and mortgage relief programs that requires landlords and mortgage holders to accept $750 per month as full payment. However, a local official who helps administer the program in Lancaster County said the change won’t fix the programs’

USDA extends Covid-19 childhood nutrition waivers

USDA extends Covid-19 childhood nutrition waivers

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, left, and Pa. First Lady Frances Wolf. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that it will be extending child nutrition waivers until June 30, 2021, the end of the 2020-21 academic year. The announcement was made Friday by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in Mount Wolf, York County. The extended

News: Tuesday, Oct. 13

News: Tuesday, Oct. 13

Gisele Fetterman Headlines: • Covid-19 case rates rise in central Pennsylvania: Weekly averages are up by 18% in Lancaster County, and by 72% in Lebanon County. (Source: LNP) • School District of Lancaster postpones return to in-person learning: Due to current Covid-19 case rates, students scheduled to return Oct. 19 are now tentatively scheduled to

Recovery Lancaster deadline for free PPE is Friday

Recovery Lancaster deadline for free PPE is Friday

(Source: Recovery Lancaster) This is the last week for businesses and nonprofits to apply for a free Covid-19 supply kit through Recovery Lancaster. The order portal will close at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, the organizations behind the initiative said in a statement. This is the second round of distribution. “Supplies are low, so if

African immigrant entrepreneurs thriving in Lancaster

African immigrant entrepreneurs thriving in Lancaster

Musa Mmugambi plans to earn his real estate brokerage license. (Photo: Provided) (Editor’s Note: This article was researched and written by Ron Mukuria as part of the Refugee Youth Journalism Project.) Musa Mmugambi has just started the process of earning his brokerage license. Mmugambi, an immigrant from Kenya who is in his late 40s, is

High Companies to host job fair

High Companies to host job fair

(Source: The High Companies) The High Companies organization is holding a job fair from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Calvin G. High Pavilion, 1823 William Penn Way, in High’s Greenfield Corporate Center. High is recruiting for a variety of positions. The company says its immediate openings include the following: Entry

Do the FAFSA: Completing aid form unlocks $$ for postsecondary education

Do the FAFSA: Completing aid form unlocks $$ for postsecondary education

(Source: School District of Lancaster) Would you pass up an 85% chance at college aid? That’s what 40% of Pennsylvania’s high school graduates do every year. Oct. 1 marked the first day to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly known as FAFSA. Let’s not pretend that completing the FAFSA is fun or

News: Monday, Oct. 12

News: Monday, Oct. 12

Judge Amy Coney Barrett Headlines: • Some in-person classes resume at School District of Lancaster: Pre-K and Phoenix Academy students begin today. Other students will return over the next four weeks. (Source: WGAL) • Search begins for Chief Berkihiser’s replacement: The Lancaster city police chief’s retirement was announced Oct. 2, reportedly because of online comments