Information About Covid-19 Coronavirus in Lancaster County, PA

Tec Centro Berks, modeled on Lancaster program, opens in Reading

Tec Centro Berks, modeled on Lancaster program, opens in Reading

The entrance of Tec Centro Berks at 442 S. 6th St., Reading. (Photo: Provided) A career center for Latinos modeled on Lancaster’s Tec Centro opened on Monday in Reading, and more such projects are on the way. Berks Latino Workforce Development Corp. is known as “Tec Centro Berks” for short, according to its executive director, Darleen

YWCA takes stand against overturning Roe v. Wade

YWCA takes stand against overturning Roe v. Wade

(Source: YWCA.org) YWCA Lancaster is supporting its national counterpart, YWCA USA, as the latter steps up its involvement in the battle over reproductive rights. YWCA USA on Monday filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The brief argues that the law at issue, a Mississippi statute

News: Monday, Sept. 20

News: Monday, Sept. 20

This chartered bus carrying LCBC Church volunteers crashed in the woods after veering off Interstate 81 on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021. (Source: WBRE) Headlines: • More than 30 hospitalized after LCBC bus crash:  A chartered bus carrying volunteers from LCBC Church in Lancaster County lost control on Interstate 81 and went off the road in

On ‘Welcoming Week,’ Lancaster city reaffirms commitment to refugees, immigrants

On ‘Welcoming Week,’ Lancaster city reaffirms commitment to refugees, immigrants

Ahmed Ahmed speaks to Lancaster City Council about welcoming immigrants and refugees on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher) “Growing up, I always was fascinated by welcoming,” former refugee and community activist Ahmed Ahmed told City Council this week. The designation attests that Lancaster has met Welcoming America’s “Welcoming Standard,” with policies and initiatives

By the numbers: Local Covid-19 case counts up; pediatric vaccinations may be near

By the numbers: Local Covid-19 case counts up; pediatric vaccinations may be near

The curve is flatter, but Covid-19 cases continue to increase in Lancaster County, as do hospitalizations. Meanwhile, new projections from PolicyLab, the research center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, indicate the county’s surge will continue. The county recorded 1,288 new Covid-19 cases over the most recent seven days, according to the state’s update today to

Central PA Food Bank reflects on pandemic’s lessons, ongoing challenges (video)

Central PA Food Bank reflects on pandemic’s lessons, ongoing challenges (video)

Food Boxes are packed at the Central PA Food Bank’s headquarters in Harrisburg. (Source: Central PA Food Bank) “Covid tested us all,” Joe Arthur, executive director of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, said Thursday. Arthur’s remark came during the Food Bank’s virtual Town Hall. Held during September’s Hunger Action Month, the event was intended both

News: Friday, Sept. 17

News: Friday, Sept. 17

A 20-pound mini butter sculpture of the 2022 Harvesting More logo, sculpted by Garret McCall, winner of the 2021 Butter Up! competition held during the virtual 2021 PA Farm Show, is pictured at a press conference announcing plans for the 2022 Farm Show, at Vale Wood Farms in Loretto on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. (Source:

City site rezoned to permit housing as part of redevelopment

City site rezoned to permit housing as part of redevelopment

301-341 E. Liberty St. (Source: Google Street View) A plan to add housing on Lancaster’s north side took its first formal step forward this week. Businessman Larry DeMarco is seeking to redevelop the former industrial property he owns at 301-341 E. Liberty St., renovating the collection of brick and concrete structures there to add roughly

News: Thursday, Sept. 16

News: Thursday, Sept. 16

A billboard protesting President Joe Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan overlooks Interstate 83. Headlines: • Report: Food insecurity affects 2 million Pennsylvanians:  The number of individuals without consistent reliable access to nutritious meals during the pandemic includes 630,000 children, according to advocacy group Feeding America, the organization behind September’s Hunger Action Month. (Source: Capital Star) •

Braver Angels, Put People First! PA announce events

Braver Angels, Put People First! PA announce events

Janson Park in Columbia (left) | Pavilion 3, Long’s Park, Lancaster (right) (Source: Google Street View) Two events sponsored by local activist organizations are taking place this coming Sunday. Put People First! PA The Put People First! PA Lancaster Healthcare Rights Committee will hold a “story-sharing” event on Sunday in Columbia. It is part of

County, city observe Hispanic Heritage Month

County, city observe Hispanic Heritage Month

Lancaster County Commissioners issue a proclamation recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month at their Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, meeting. From left: County Commissioner Craig Lehman, Edwin Segarro, the Rev. Manuel Roman, Deborah Gonzalez, Norman Bristol Colon, Commissioners Josh Parsons and Ray D’Agostino, Brian Garcia and Jennie Dallas. (Source: co.lancaster.pa.us) National Hispanic Heritage Month begins today, an occasion

News: Wednesday, Sept. 15

News: Wednesday, Sept. 15

(Source: U.S. Census) Headlines: • Eight Lancaster County senior living communities make staff vaccination mandatory:  Willow Valley Communities issued the joint announcement on behalf of itself and the other institutions. (Source: Local 21) • Pa. House committee wants review of school mask mandate: The House Health Committee vote was along party lines. It asks the

Health Secretary Beam: School mask mandate essential, legitimate (video)

Health Secretary Beam: School mask mandate essential, legitimate (video)

Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam speaks at the Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health Suburban Pavilion on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher) Universal masking is essential to preserve safe in-person schooling, acting Pennsylvania Health Secretary Alison Beam said Tuesday, adding that she is confident she has the authority to mandate it. “In-person learning is

Pa. data shows ‘breakthrough’ Covid-19 cases relatively rare (video)

Pa. data shows ‘breakthrough’ Covid-19 cases relatively rare (video)

Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam speaks at the Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health Suburban Pavilion on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher) Covid-19 breakthrough cases have been rare in Pennsylvania, and unvaccinated Pennsylvanians are far more likely than their vaccinated peers to test positive for Covid-19, require hospital admission or die from the disease,

Gov. Wolf announces redistricting portal, advisory committee

Gov. Wolf announces redistricting portal, advisory committee

A map showing detailed results from Pennsylvania’s 2018 gubernatorial election, available through the state’s Redistricting Public Comment Portal. (Source: districtr.org/PA/) Gov. Tom Wolf has announced the appointment of an expert committee to guide Pennsylvania’s legislative redistricting process as well as a portal for members of the public to submit comments and proposed maps. “We must

Need help applying for rental, utility assistance? Attend an ERAP ‘Community Day’

Need help applying for rental, utility assistance? Attend an ERAP ‘Community Day’

Individuals wait outside Clipper Magazine Stadium for help applying for rental & utility assistance on Friday, July 23, 2021. (Source: Lancaster County Redevelopment Authority) The organizations administering Lancaster County’s pandemic rental and utility assistance program are holding their second “Community Day” this Thursday, with two more to follow. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program, or ERAP,

News: Tuesday, Sept. 14

News: Tuesday, Sept. 14

Veronica Degraffenreid (Source: Pa.gov) Headlines: • Defiant parents demand school boards ignore mask mandate:  Parents crowded board meetings in Solanco and Ephrata Area to insist masks remain optional. (Source: LNP) • Nurses association calls for extending state Covid-19 emergency waivers: Otherwise, staffing shortages will worsen at hospitals and nursing homes, the association said. (Source: WGAL)

Weigh in on how Lancaster city should spend $39.5 million in Covid aid

Weigh in on how Lancaster city should spend $39.5 million in Covid aid

(Photo: Tim Stuhldreher) Lancaster city is inviting public input as the administration figures out how best to spend $39.5 million, its allotment from the federal American Rescue Plan. “This once-in-a-generation investment must be made with great care and thought about what is most needed in our specific community, with transparency and through engagement with the community about