Information About Covid-19 Coronavirus in Lancaster County, PA

Listen: Local leaders discuss homelessness crisis amid Covid-19 on WITF’s Smart Talk

Listen: Local leaders discuss homelessness crisis amid Covid-19 on WITF’s Smart Talk

Mike McKenna and Jennifer Koppel Two Lancaster County nonprofit leaders appeared on WITF-FM’s public affairs program “Smart Talk” on Tuesday to discuss the crisis of homelessness that is playing out amid the coronavirus pandemic. Jennifer Koppel is executive director of LanCo MyHome, the Lancaster County Homeless Coalition, while Mike McKenna is president of Tabor Community

Covid-19 vaccination under way for Lancaster County EMTs

Covid-19 vaccination under way for Lancaster County EMTs

Lancaster city Fire Chief Scott Little, left, displays his “I Got My Covid-19 Vaccine” sign after his vaccination at the Lancaster Health Center on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2020. He is accompanied by James Reichenbach, the center’s chief mission advancement and community programs officer. (Photo: Provided) Lancaster County’s emergency medical technicians are starting to get their

News: Wednesday, Jan. 6

News: Wednesday, Jan. 6

Meals being distributed in front of St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital on Dec. 20. Headlines: • School District of Lancaster plans to offer three different learning options for spring: Superintendent Damaris Rau said Tuesday night that the district will welcome students back for full-day, in-person learning if they wish on Jan. 25. The two other options

By the numbers: Lancaster County sees record Covid-19 deaths in December

By the numbers: Lancaster County sees record Covid-19 deaths in December

At a glance: Covid-19 deaths at all-time high; 207 deaths in December neared total of past 6 months Hospital cases peaked 2 weeks after Thanksgiving, then fell; now Christmas surge has begun 5,400 vaccines in county, most for medical workers, few for county’s elderly New spikes in personal care and nursing home cases   The

State funding available for nonprofit security upgrades

State funding available for nonprofit security upgrades

Nonprofits serving populations that are the focus of hate crimes are being invited to apply to a state grant program to improve their security measures. The Nonprofit Security Grant Fund program is now accepting applications for awards of $5,000 to $150,000. The fund has $5 million available to disburse, allocated to it in the 2020-21

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Survey shows Covid-19’s impact in Lancaster County

(Source: “Economic & Social Impacts of Covid-19 in Lancaster County,” F&M Center for Sustained Engagement With Lancaster) Just under two-thirds of Lancaster County residents surveyed last fall said the Covid-19 pandemic was a “very serious” or “somewhat serious” problem for them – but only about half, 48%, said they would definitely get a vaccine if

News: Tuesday, Jan. 5

News: Tuesday, Jan. 5

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker speaks during a media briefing at the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher) Headlines: • Covid-19 cases push limits of hospital ICU capacity: Three times in the past month, Lancaster County’s number of available ICU beds has dipped to just 4. (Source: LNP)

Covid-19 trends, vaccine offer grounds for cautious optimism as 2021 begins

Covid-19 trends, vaccine offer grounds for cautious optimism as 2021 begins

Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine speaks at a virtual media briefing on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. (Photo: PA.gov) Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said Monday she is “very hopeful” as 2021 gets under way about the prospects for vaccinating Pennsylvanians against Covid-19 and bringing the coronavirus pandemic under control. Fresh shipments of the

Gratitude for the generosity of caring Lancaster residents

Gratitude for the generosity of caring Lancaster residents

(Photos: FosterJFoster Productions) By Sam Bressi, President & CEO, Lancaster County Community Foundation; and Kevin Ressler, President & CEO, United Way of Lancaster County: We have just turned the page on an unexpectedly long year. As we try to take a breath and reflect on the positives in the past 12 months, we come to

News: Monday, Jan. 4

News: Monday, Jan. 4

Governor Wolf and Dr. Rachel Levine, the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health. (Source: State of Pennsylvania) Headlines: • As Gov. Wolf’s indoor dining ban lifts, state departments crack down on noncompliance: Gov. Wolf’s short-term Covid-19 mitigation measures were lifted this morning, allowing in-person dining and school sports to resume. (Source: WGAL) Meanwhile, state officials are pursuing

Grant funds available for food, shelter programs

Grant funds available for food, shelter programs

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced that Lancaster County has been chosen to receive federal Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP) funds in the amount of $251,200 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs for fiscal year 2020 (Phase 38). The selection was made by a National Board, chaired by the U.S. Department of

Community First Fund plans launch of credit union, loan fund, policy center in 2021, with boost from $10M gift

Community First Fund plans launch of credit union, loan fund, policy center in 2021, with boost from $10M gift

Community FIrst Fund’s Lancaster headquarters, 51 S. Duke St. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher)   The timing “couldn’t be any better,” Dan Betancourt said. He was speaking of philanthropist MacKenzie Scott’s recent donation of $10 million to Community First Fund, the organization Betancourt leads as president and CEO. Founded in Lancaster in the early 1990s, Community First

News: Thursday, Dec. 31

News: Thursday, Dec. 31

(Source: City of Lancaster) Headlines: • New Year’s Eve celebrations reflect Covid-19 realities: In lieu of the Binns Park concerts of past years, Lancaster city will launch fireworks in the southeast and north while mobile DJs entertain on flatbed trucks. (Source: WGAL) • Pennsylvania has administered less than half its Covid-19 vaccine doses: Though allocated

Pa. launches Covid-19 vaccine dashboard

Pa. launches Covid-19 vaccine dashboard

A screenshot of the county map included in Pennsylvania’s Covid-19 vaccine dashboard, taken Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020. The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Wednesday added an online dashboard showing the progress of coronavirus vaccination to its Covid-19 vaccine information web page. The dashboard shows doses administered county by county, as well as breakdowns by age,

Wolf: Covid-19 rules imposed for holiday season will end Jan. 4

Wolf: Covid-19 rules imposed for holiday season will end Jan. 4

Gov. Tom Wolf speaks during an online media briefing on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020. Gov. Tom Wolf said Wednesday that he will allow the Covid-19 mitigation measures he imposed on Pennsylvania in mid_December to expire as planned at 8 a.m. Jan. 4. Making the announcement during an online news briefing, Wolf credited the measures –

Lancaster Cares grant to help centralize maternal drug recovery services

Lancaster Cares grant to help centralize maternal drug recovery services

Susan Baldrige and the location for Partnership for Public Health’s new centralized maternal services location. (Sources: Susan Baldrige, Lancaster Health Center) During the pandemic, the Partnership for Public Health realized it was more important than ever for mothers struggling with addiction to have a single all-in-one location to receive care for themselves, their pregnancies and

News: Wednesday, Dec. 30

News: Wednesday, Dec. 30

The Spanish American Civic Association plans to open Tec Centro Southwest in 2021 at this site, the former Carol B. Winters Family Advocacy Center at the corner of High and Laurel streets. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher) Headlines: • Lancaster projects get $12.9 million in state grants: The 10 projects receiving assistance through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital

‘Share the Love’ event continues through Jan. 4

‘Share the Love’ event continues through Jan. 4

(Source: Subaru) For a few more days, you can benefit a Lancaster County charity with a vehicle purchase. Through Jan. 4, 2021, as part of Subaru’s annual Share the Love event, Lancaster County Motors Subaru will donate $250 to one of two designated organizations for every new vehicle purchased or leased. This year’s recipients are