Information About Covid-19 Coronavirus in Lancaster County, PA

News: Friday, May 29

News: Friday, May 29

As of May 29, eight Pennsylvania counties (light yellow) will join other yellow-phase counties (dark yellow) and 17 counties will turn green. The red counties are to enter the yellow phase June 5. Covid-19 headlines for Friday, May 29, 2020: • More counties around Lancaster turn yellow: The designation allows limited in-person retail and other

Daily Policy Update

Daily Policy Update

Each day a summary of news and information that has been gathered from community partners and credible news sites will be posted.   Governor: “Wolf Administration Distributes Testing Supplies to Hospitals, More Than 67,000 Patients Tested Since March” : https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/wolf-administration-distributes-testing-supplies-to-hospitals-more-than-67000-patients-tested-since-march/   State Government: General COVID resources: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-COVID-19/   Dept. of Human Services: “Department of Human

Sight-impaired voters win accessible balloting option for June 2, but must act quickly

Sight-impaired voters win accessible balloting option for June 2, but must act quickly

Judge Jennifer P. Wilson Responding to a federal court order, Pennsylvania will provide an at-home method of voting accessible to blind individuals for the June 2 primary election. To take advantage of it, however, and avoid the risk of voting in person during the Covid-19 pandemic, sight-impaired voters face a tight deadline. To be eligible,

News: Thursday, May 28

News: Thursday, May 28

Lancaster General Hospital Covid-19 headlines for Thursday, May 28, 2020: • LG Health loses $50M from coronavirus: The health system is suspending raises and putting building projects, including its emergency room expansion, on hold. (Source: LNP) • New rules for restaurants: Eateries in Pennsylvania’s “yellow” phase counties may offer outdoor dining. Those in “green” phase

Counselors Discuss Ways to Manage COVID-19 Anxiety and Anger, and How We Move Forward

Counselors Discuss Ways to Manage COVID-19 Anxiety and Anger, and How We Move Forward

While many of us have finally settled into a routine after the disruption of the coronavirus pandemic, the anxiety of what lies ahead has not abated as our uncertainty of the future continues. LNP’s Jenelle Janci recently spoke to local mental health professionals, including Samaritan Counseling Center, about the anxiety that persists, how it has

Daily Policy Update

Daily Policy Update

Each day a summary of news and information that has been gathered from community partners and credible news sites will be posted.   Governor: “Gov. Wolf Issues Green Phase Order, Guidance on Dining and Professional Sports” : https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-issues-updated-green-phase-order-guidance-on-dining-and-professional-sports/ “Gov. Wolf Highlights PA Businesses Rising to Meet COVID-19 Needs” : https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-highlights-pa-businesses-rising-to-meet-COVID-19-needs/   State Government: General COVID

County approves business recovery measures

County approves business recovery measures

From left, Lancaster County Commissioners Craig Lehman, Josh Parsons and Ray D’Agostino. The Lancaster County commissioners on Wednesday approved a plan for distributing $25 million in federal CARES Act money to help county businesses. The arrangement formalizes the Memorandum of Understanding, or MOU, with the Lancaster Chamber and the Lancaster County Economic Development Company that

Flatten the Other Curve

Flatten the Other Curve

During this coronavirus pandemic, we are all using public health language that that is new to us. Recommendations to physically distance, avoiding touching the face, and wear masks in public are all intended to “flatten the curve” of the pandemic so that hospitals can handle the number of patients seeking care, and are not overwhelmed.

Managing Anxiety with Mindful Awareness

Managing Anxiety with Mindful Awareness

On Friday, May 29, noon-1 pm, Community Services Group will offer Managing Anxiety with Mindful Awareness, a session on building awareness of anxiety symptoms and developing simple, practical skills to manage them. Kory Anderson, MA, LPC, an Outpatient Therapist and Clinical Coordinator for CSG, will guide you through how to tap into mindfulness practices to

These sites let you follow states as they reopen

These sites let you follow states as they reopen

The MultiState reopening guide: The lighter the shade, the more open the state. (Source: MultiState.us) As states reopen their economies following their Covid-19 lockdowns, they are taking a variety of approaches. As of mid-May all 50 states had taken at least some steps to reopen. National media outlets are tracking their policies on online state-by-state

News: Wednesday, May 27

News: Wednesday, May 27

The Pennsylvania State Capitol. (Source: Wikimedia Commons) Covid-19 headlines for Wednesday, May 27, 2020: • State enforces business-closure orders: Two York County diners have had their operating licenses suspended for opening in violation of Gov. Wolf’s stay-at-home order. Two gyms in eastern Pennsylvania have been cited for opening. (Source: CBS 21) • Stopgap budget passes

Daily Policy Update

Daily Policy Update

Each day a summary of news and information that has been gathered from community partners and credible news sites will be posted.   Governor: “Gov. Wolf Thanks Pennsylvanians for Their Part to Slow the Spread of COVID-19, Centre County to Move to Green” : https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-thanks-pennsylvanians-for-continuing-to-do-their-part-to-slow-the-spread-of-covid-19/   State Government: General COVID resources: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/   Dept. of

Helping Kids Cope

Helping Kids Cope

Someone recently came to me asking for advice on how to talk to their child about the pandemic and social distancing. Their 6-year old daughter had been managing well, but last week had a “meltdown”, not understanding why she couldn’t go back to school, visit her friends, etc. That is so hard!  Adults are struggling

Help Needed for Polo Match, Meals on Wheels, Science Center

Help Needed for Polo Match, Meals on Wheels, Science Center

Just over two months ago, our community was rocked by the news that COVID-19 had reached Pennsylvania. There were new rules about where we could go, what we could do and who we could spend time with. Although abiding by all of these new guidelines seemed strange at first, people adjusted to the new standards

News: Tuesday, May 26

News: Tuesday, May 26

This frame from an online video shows a pool party at Backwater Jack’s Bar and Grill in Lake of the Ozarks over the Memorial Day weekend. (Source: Scott Passmore via Twitter) Covid-19 headlines for Tuesday, May 26, 2020: • Vote-by-mail deadline is today: Pennsylvania’s primary is Tuesday, June 2, and today, May 26, is the

A Hidden Danger of Lockdown: Child and Domestic Abuse Reports Dropped in First Weeks of Pandemic

A Hidden Danger of Lockdown: Child and Domestic Abuse Reports Dropped in First Weeks of Pandemic

WILL THE END OF STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS BRING A SURGE OF CRIMINAL CHARGES? Avid readers of the LNP police log today could see a disturbing pattern: A 30-year-old man was charged with harassment after he slapped a person holding a child. A 26-year-old man was charged with strangulation after he attacked a juvenile girl and choked

Daily Policy Update

Daily Policy Update

Each day a summary of news and information that has been gathered from community partners and credible news sites will be posted.   Governor: “Gov. Wolf Adds Eight Counties to Yellow and 17 to Green on May 29, Remainder to Yellow on June 5” : https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-adds-eight-counties-to-yellow-and-17-to-green-on-may-29-remainder-to-yellow-on-june-5/ “Wolf Administration Releases Summer Camp and Recreation Guidance” :

Volunteers keep Meals on Wheels delivering during Covid-19

Volunteers keep Meals on Wheels delivering during Covid-19

Volunteer Darin Viergutz slices a cake while preparing desserts at Meals on Wheels of Lancaster on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Hunger drains you, and it doesn’t care who you are, Darin Viergutz says, pausing a second as he works in the Meals on Wheels of Lancaster kitchen on Manheim Pike. “When you feed somebody, it’s