Information About Covid-19 Coronavirus in Lancaster County, PA

‘We can do better’: Forum considers health equity (video)

‘We can do better’: Forum considers health equity (video)

Panelists discuss health equity in Lancaster during a Zoom forum on Thursday, June 10, 2021. Top row: Moderator Susan Baldrige, Dr. Sharee Livingston, Beth Riley. Bottom row: Dr. Cherise Hamblin, Karen Foley, Sandra Valdez. (Source: United Way of Lancaster County) On Thursday, Drs. Sharee Livingston and Cherise Hamblin succinctly expressed the dominant theme of the

United Way of PA’s 2nd Covid-19 impact survey shows ongoing housing, mental health concerns

United Way of PA’s 2nd Covid-19 impact survey shows ongoing housing, mental health concerns

(Source: United Way of PA) As Pennsylvania’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic winds down, nearly two-thirds of low- and middle-income respondents to a United Way of Pennsylvania poll say they are worried about paying their rent or mortgage. And more individuals across the income spectrum are reporting mental health issues as one of their top

News: Friday, June 11

News: Friday, June 11

Pa. Acting Labor & Industry Secretary Jennifer Berrier speaks during an online media briefing about the changeover of the state’s unemployment compensation system on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Source: Pa.gov) Headlines: • Department of Labor & Industry working to resolve issues with new unemployment system: Acting Labor & Industry Secretary Jennifer Berrier said the department

Legislature ends Pa.’s Covid-19 disaster emergency declaration

Legislature ends Pa.’s Covid-19 disaster emergency declaration

Pa. House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff Pennsylvania’s legislature voted Thursday to end Gov. Tom Wolf’s Covid-19 disaster emergency declaration, using authority voters granted to them in last month’s election. The votes were largely along party lines in the state’s Republican-majority chambers: 30-20 in the Senate, and 121-81 in the House. Most of the Wolf administration’s

Pa. Republicans introduce ‘Voting Rights Protection Act’

Pa. Republicans introduce ‘Voting Rights Protection Act’

State Rep. Seth Grove Pennsylvania House Republicans on Thursday unveiled a package of proposed changes to Pennsylvania’s election law. The Voting Rights Protection Act, House Bill 1300, “addresses several serious fatal flaws in the Commonwealth’s Election Code,” the caucus said in a statement. The caucus has posted a summary of the bill online. The bill

Community Foundation’s ‘Lancaster Snapshot’ initiative encourages reconnection

Community Foundation’s ‘Lancaster Snapshot’ initiative encourages reconnection

(Source: Lancaster County Community Foundation) As the mandates of the Covid-19 pandemic slowly decrease, opportunities increase for reconnection with those outside of our “pandemic bubble.” But even with face-to-face contact returning, it can still be hard to reach out and relate to neighbors from different backgrounds and municipalities within Lancaster County. Thus Lancaster Snapshot from

Decades supporting United Way via Covid-19 vaccination stickers

Decades supporting United Way via Covid-19 vaccination stickers

(Source: Decades) The Decades entertainment venue is supporting the United Way of Lancaster County’s efforts to help individuals and families in need. Decades is offering $1 stickers to patrons attesting that they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. The $1 goes to the United Way. After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Pennsylvania lifted

News: Thursday, June 10

News: Thursday, June 10

Lancaster City Council members and city officials discuss police and fire promotion policy during City Council’s online meeting on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. (Source: City of Lancster) Headlines: • Gov. Wolf, Senate GOP negotiating over emergency waivers: On Tuesday, the state House passed a bill to end the state’s emergency declaration, putting in jeopardy the

Gov. Wolf pledges to defend voting rights

Gov. Wolf pledges to defend voting rights

State Rep. Joanna McClinton, House Democratic Caucus Leader, speaks about voting rights during a press conference at the Camp Curtin YMCA in Harrisburg on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. She is flanked by, from left, state Sen. Sharif Street; Gov. Tom Wolf; acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid and state Rep. Margo Davidson. Street and Davidson are

Crispus Attucks to debut video series, art workshops for Juneteenth

Crispus Attucks to debut video series, art workshops for Juneteenth

(Source: CAP Lancaster) Crispus Attucks Community Center will be hosting several events in honor of Juneteenth, the day that marks the official end of slavery in the United States, starting in 1865. Two of the larger events are the debut of a video series titled “Sincerely, Crispus Attucks” on Sunday, June 13, and three art

Disability activist to conclude Tenfold’s series on housing policy

Disability activist to conclude Tenfold’s series on housing policy

Allie Cannington (Source: thekelsey.org) The third and final speaker in Tenfold’s online series, “Housing Access and Affordability,” is an advocate for housing policy that accommodates individuals with disabilities. Allie Cannington is a disability rights activist from the San Francisco Bay area. Her talk, “Disability-Forward Housing: Embedding Inclusion & Equity From the Start,” will take place

‘Color of Law’ author Rothstein calls for new civil rights push to remedy housing segregation (video)

‘Color of Law’ author Rothstein calls for new civil rights push to remedy housing segregation (video)

Richard Rothstein speaks on “The Color of Law” as part of Tenfold’s Housing Access and Affordability series on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. Americans do not realize the extent to which today’s segregated residential patterns are the result of explicitly racist, unconstitutional government policy, author Richard Rothstein told his online audience Tuesday. Rothstein, a scholar at

Volunteer tutors sought for ZTutors summer session

Volunteer tutors sought for ZTutors summer session

(Source: ZTutors) The ZTutors intergenerational tutoring program is seeking volunteers for its summer session. ZTutors is an initiative launched by Age-Friendly Lancaster City in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. When schools shifted to virtual and hybrid learning, senior volunteers began connecting online via Zoom with School District of Lancaster elementary students to practice reading skills

News: Wednesday, June 9

News: Wednesday, June 9

Lancaster General Health gives its first Covid-19 vaccinations to staff members on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2020. (Source: LGH) Headlines: • LGH employees push back over mandatory Covid-19 vaccine requirement: An attorney said a petition requesting the rollback of the vaccination rule has gathered thousands of signatures. (Source: LNP) • Pa. House votes to end pandemic

Local project to restore healthy streams receives $7.4M federal grant

Local project to restore healthy streams receives $7.4M federal grant

Tubes protect freshly planted trees along a stream running through Oregon Dairy Farm in Lititz, in this file photo. In 2015, the farm was named a U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award winner. (Photo: Will Parson | Chesapeake Bay Program) As the Lancaster Conservancy marks its fifth annual Lancaster Water Week this week, local conservationists are excited

It’s official: Lancaster vaccine site to close June 30

It’s official: Lancaster vaccine site to close June 30

The banner on the south facade of the Vaccinate Lancaster community vaccination center at Park City Mall. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher) The mass vaccination center at Park City mall will close permanently on Wednesday, June 30, as planned, the Vaccinate Lancaster Coalition confirmed Tuesday. That means that recipients of the Pfizer vaccine who get their first

New Pa. unemployment system launched; staff resolving glitches, L&I head says

New Pa. unemployment system launched; staff resolving glitches, L&I head says

Pa. Acting Labor & Industry Secretary Jennifer Berrier speaks during an online media briefing about the changeover of the state’s unemployment compensation system on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. (Source: Pa.gov) Pennsylvania’s launch of its new IT system for unemployment compensation has gone largely as planned, first-day glitches and complaints notwithstanding, acting Labor & Industry Secretary

Scott Martin to explore running for governor

Scott Martin to explore running for governor

State Sen. Scott Martin State Sen. Scott Martin announced Tuesday he is forming an exploratory committee for a possible gubernatorial campaign. The Lancaster County Republican characterized himself as a strong conservative committed to Republican principles, including pro-business regulation, gun rights and limiting abortion. He said his goal, were he to win the 2022 election, would