Information About Covid-19 Coronavirus in Lancaster County, PA

April is Second Chance Month for re-entering citizens (opinion)

April is Second Chance Month for re-entering citizens (opinion)

(Source: Prison Foundation | Cor.pa.gov | OUL) By Vanessa Philbert, CEO, Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County; and Carrie Kurtz, Coordinator, Lancaster County Reentry Coalition   Reentry (n): The action or process of reentering something or the action of retaking or repossession.   Many reentrants – those individuals returning to the community following incarceration –

News: Monday, Apr. 12

News: Monday, Apr. 12

A patient receives a Covid-19 vaccine shot at a South Asian Association of Lancaster clinic at the Wyndham Resort in East Lampeter Township. (Source: SAAL) Headlines: • Pa. Covid-19 vaccine rollout moves to Phase 1C: The new phase began Monday morning and includes public service professions such as government, transportation, sanitation and more. (Source: WGAL)

PolicyLab: Keep masking, distancing until vaccination is further along

PolicyLab: Keep masking, distancing until vaccination is further along

Lancaster County’s daily Covid-19 case counts (solid line) and projections (dotted line) as of Monday, April 5, 2021. (Source: PolicyLab) Americans need to recommit to wearing masks and practicing social distancing for just a little longer, say researchers tracking the Covid-19 pandemic at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Recent increases in case loads are concerning, and

By the numbers: Local Covid-19 stats trend lower in March, but rise possible in April

By the numbers: Local Covid-19 stats trend lower in March, but rise possible in April

Lancaster County saw a major reduction in the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic throughout most of March. But a jump in cases that began at the end of the month has raised the prospect of a new surge in April. First, a big-picture look at the positive trends of this year: • Since December, the

Health Dept.: Don’t miss your vaccine appointment; cancel your duplicate registrations

Health Dept.: Don’t miss your vaccine appointment; cancel your duplicate registrations

Vaccinate Lancaster staff welcome patients to the community vaccination center at Park City Center on its first day of operations, Wednesday, March 10, 2021. (Photo: Provided) Pennsylvanians should make every effort to keep their Covid-19 vaccine appointments, and individuals who registered with multiple providers should cancel any registrations they no longer need, the state Department

Human Services secretary warns of risk to food aid if Pa. ends disaster declaration

Human Services secretary warns of risk to food aid if Pa. ends disaster declaration

Huge flows of federal food aid to Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable residents would be at risk if the state legislature were to win new constitutional power and use it to end Gov. Tom Wolf’s ongoing disaster declaration, Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller warned on Thursday. Since Wolf’s March 2020 declaration of a disaster emergency due to

News: Friday, Apr. 9

News: Friday, Apr. 9

State Sen. Ryan Aument, R-Lancaster, speaks during an online media briefing on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Headlines: • Doctors discuss the factors behind Pa.’s fourth Covid-19 case spike: Officials are pointing toward the rise of new Covid-19 variants and influx of young people testing positive for the virus as potential causes. (Source: WGAL) • Pa.

Pa. will transition to new Unemployment Compensation system in June

Pa. will transition to new Unemployment Compensation system in June

(Source: Pa.gov | OUL) The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry will launch a new computer system for unemployment compensation on Tuesday, June 8.   “The new system will be easy to use, provide access to important information, and streamline the unemployment claim filing process for workers, employers, unemployment program staff, and third-party administrators,” said Jennifer

Pa. Pardon Board secretary outlines changes, explains pardon process  during NAACP Lancaster event

Pa. Pardon Board secretary outlines changes, explains pardon process during NAACP Lancaster event

From top left, clockwise: Brandon Flood; Cedrick Kazadi, Millersville University chapter of the NAACP; and Blanding Watson, NAACP Lancaster. (Source: Screenshot) Brandon Flood, secretary of the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons, broke down the process of applying for a pardon, covered recent changes and answered questions from the community Wednesday evening in an NAACP Lancaster webinar.

Looking for a Covid-19 vaccine? These Lancaster County providers have appointments

Looking for a Covid-19 vaccine? These Lancaster County providers have appointments

A patient receives a Covid-19 vaccine shot at a South Asian Association of Lancaster clinic at the Wyndham Resort in East Lampeter Township. (Source: SAAL) With shipments of Covid-19 vaccines continuing to increase, some providers in Lancaster County are relaxing eligibility requirements and reaching out to patients seeking appointments. Statewide, Pennsylvania has accelerated the phases

News: Thursday, Apr. 8

News: Thursday, Apr. 8

Lancaster County Prison (Source: Lancaster County) Headlines: • Local health officials fear fourth Covid-19 surge as hospitalizations rise: Staff at the Vaccinate Lancaster community vaccination center are working to fill appointments, but suspect many people don’t realize that they are eligible now that the state is in Phase 1B of the vaccine rollout. (Source: LNP)

SDL encourages Covid-19 vaccine for teens age 16-18

SDL encourages Covid-19 vaccine for teens age 16-18

Left: Dr. Pia Fenimore, chief of pediatrics, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health. Right: Damaris Rau, superintendent, School District of Lancaster. The School District of Lancaster is encouraging students aged 16 to 18 to get their Covid-19 vaccine. On Tuesday, SDL Superintendent Damaris Rau and Dr. Pia Fenimore, chief of pediatrics at Penn Medicine Lancaster General

Pa. health, education officials discusses latest guidelines for schools

Pa. health, education officials discusses latest guidelines for schools

Noe Ortega, acting Pa. Education Secretary, speaks about updated Covid-19 guidance for schools during an online media briefing on Wednesday, March 7, 2021. (Source: Pa.gov) Pennsylvania Department of Health officials affirmed the department’s recent updates to Covid-19 health guidelines for schools during a media conference on Wednesday, but stressed that districts have the freedom to

In Lancaster, head of Pa. Human Services lauds early childhood educators’ efforts during Covid-19 (video)

In Lancaster, head of Pa. Human Services lauds early childhood educators’ efforts during Covid-19 (video)

Teresa Miller, Pa. Human Services Secretary, speaks about early childhood education at Grace Lutheran Church in Lancaster on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher) Secretary of Human Services Teresa Miller heaped praise on early childhood education and child care providers during an appearance in Lancaster on Wednesday. “We owe early childhood educators a debt

Sturla plans bill to require county health departments

Sturla plans bill to require county health departments

State Rep. Mike Sturla says Pennsylvania should have a statewide network of county-level health departments. The coronavirus pandemic has made the need for local health care infrastructure and expertise abundantly clear, the Lancaster County Democrat said. Future pandemics are coming, he said, so it’s important to put a framework in place soon. Accordingly, Sturla plans

Apex Advertising donates PPE to Aaron’s Acres, with assistance from United Way of Lancaster County (Video)

Apex Advertising donates PPE to Aaron’s Acres, with assistance from United Way of Lancaster County (Video)

PPE drop off at Aaron’s Acres. (Left to Right) Cindi Moses (United Way of Lancaster County), Ron Weaver (Apex Advertising), Elaine Burnett (Aaron’s Acres). Source: Kyle Gamble During the ongoing pandemic, organizations are doing their best to keep their staff and guests safe. Last week, Apex Advertising made a large donation of personal protective equipment

News: Wednesday, Apr. 7

News: Wednesday, Apr. 7

(Source: CHI St. Joseph’s Children’s Health) Headlines: • Pa. health department to release new Covid-19 recommendations for schools: Counties in the “moderate spread” category may move to full in-person learning instead of hybrid learning, while counties in the “substantial spread” category, like Lancaster, can move to hybrid learning from fully remote. (Source: WGAL) • St.

Let’s build health equity and equality (opinion)

Let’s build health equity and equality (opinion)

(Source: World Health Organization) Today is World Health Day, and as the World Health Organization so accurately spotlighted, “Our world is an unequal one … this is not only unfair: it’s preventable.” But they won’t be easy to achieve. We need all hands on deck to help turn localized ripples of equity and equality into