Information About Covid-19 Coronavirus in Lancaster County, PA

Living Alone During a Pandemic

Living Alone During a Pandemic

As a therapist, I have had many conversations with people about loneliness. My interest in this was piqued recently due to a confluence of circumstances—the pandemic with its isolation, a friend’s experience working with residents in an Assisted-Living facility, and listening to a Freakonomics podcast episode entitled Is There Really A “Loneliness Epidemic”? “Being alone”

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: Federal Funding Available for COVID-19 Testing and Treatment for Uninsured Patients” : https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-federal-funding-available-for-covid-19-testing-and-treatment-for-uninsured-patients/ “Gov. Wolf Stresses Roles of PA Emergency Management Agency, National Guard in Pandemic Response” : https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-stresses-roles-of-pa-emergency-management-agency-national-guard-in-pandemic-response/

Online exercise classes a hit for Bright Side wellness director

Online exercise classes a hit for Bright Side wellness director

Sally Winchell, wellness director at Bright Side Opportunities Center, conducts a Facebook Live fitness class on May 5, 2020. (Source: George Winchell) “Hey, everyone!” Sally Winchell exclaims. “Coming to you live!” As her class logs onto the Facebook Live stream by twos and threes, she looks into the camera and greets them by name. Meanwhile

Some Good News

Some Good News

Need something to make you feel good on a Monday? Maybe some good news in a sea of not-so-good news? Actor John Krasinski has been sharing some good news from around the world – everything from marriage proposals to graduations to proms. Even from the International Space Station! If you are looking for a break

Deaths in Long-Term Care Homes Traumatize Young Nurses

Deaths in Long-Term Care Homes Traumatize Young Nurses

COUNTY TEAM SKILLED IN TREATING PTSD IS PREPARING TO HELP THEM It’s a health issue brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic that has received little attention so far. But in the nursing and personal care homes across Pennsylvania, deep stress and trauma among nurses and other staff are real and present issues. In these homes,

News: Monday, May 18

News: Monday, May 18

A Lancaster General Health employees administer Covid-19 tests at a drive-through site. (Source: Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health) Covid-19 headlines for Monday, May 18, 2020: • Lancaster’s Covid-19 test rate is average: The county, which is poised to ramp up its testing and contact tracing, has so far tested 2.40% of its population, almost identical

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: “Governor Wolf Announces New Funding for Agriculture, Business Development Projects” : https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/governor-wolf-announces-new-funding-for-agriculture-business-development-projects/ “Gov. Wolf: 12 More Counties to Move to Yellow Phase on May 22” : https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-12-more-counties-to-move-to-yellow-phase-on-may-22/   State Government: General

Gov. Wolf adds 12 more counties to ‘yellow’ phase

Gov. Wolf adds 12 more counties to ‘yellow’ phase

Counties in dark yellow moved to Pennsylvania’s “yellow phase” of reopening on May 15, 2020, or before. The ones in bright yellow are scheduled to shift on May 22. Gov. Tom Wolf announced Friday that 12 more counties can move on May 22 from Pennsylvania’s “red” Covid-19 lockdown phase to the “yellow” phase that allows

Lancaster County Pandemic Report: Part 1 – What is Robust Testing?

Lancaster County Pandemic Report: Part 1 – What is Robust Testing?

What is Robust Testing? Are the County Commissioners doing it? When the Lancaster County Commissioners unveiled their plan to begin a partial reopening of business and community life, they emphasized the importance of “robust testing” performed throughout the county by Lancaster General Health and other hospitals. The phrase is used frequently. Dr. Rachel Levine, state

By the People, For the People, Accessible to the People

By the People, For the People, Accessible to the People

So often, it seems as if the government by the people, for the people cannot seem to align itself with the schedule of the people. Be it carving out time to attend government meetings in person to hear about the week-to-week issues or having to find childcare or work coverage to get out to the

HELPING RENTERS DURING THESE TOUGH TIMES

HELPING RENTERS DURING THESE TOUGH TIMES

The Northern Lancaster Hub, located in Ephrata, in conjunction with Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership (LHOP), Tabor Community Services and United Way of Lancaster County are sponsoring a county-wide forum designed to educate renters on the recent policies concerning rental properties and COVID-19, and to provide resources to  help them in all social service areas. Renters

Community Action Partnership LIFT Jobs Program

Community Action Partnership LIFT Jobs Program

Employers in Lancaster County are struggling to find qualified employees for open positions while under- or unemployed individuals are facing barriers to obtaining living-wage work. Community Action Partnership (CAP) of Lancaster County’s year-long LIFT Jobs program officially launched in February with a cohort of single moms! The goal is to walk with these moms on

News: Friday, May 15

News: Friday, May 15

Stars representing recovered Covid-19 inpatients adorn a window at Lancaster General Hospital. Yellow stars denote patients who were intubated. (Source: LGH) Covid-19 headlines for Friday, May 15, 2020: • Lancaster County reopens, sort of: Gov. Tom Wolf’s “red” phase stay-at-home order remains in force, but the county’s two Republican commissioners say businesses that follow CDC

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.   State Government: General COVID resources: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/   Dept. of Agriculture: “Wolf Administration Advocates for Senior Feeding Program Flexibilities, Congressional Action Needed to Protect Vulnerable Populations” : https://www.media.pa.gov/pages/Agriculture_details.aspx?newsid=923 “Department of Agriculture Outlines Order

Outdoor Volunteers, Mask Makers, Blood Donors Needed

Outdoor Volunteers, Mask Makers, Blood Donors Needed

Winter is finally coming to an end. As the temperature rises, so does the need for volunteers to help nonprofit organizations with outdoor updates and activities. Opportunities available to volunteers range from gardening and landscaping to maintenance needs and cleaning projects that may have been overlooked during the winter months. If you are excited about

Medical updates: County assists with PPE, safety reviews

Medical updates: County assists with PPE, safety reviews

Edwin Hurston, Lancaster County Public Health Emergency Adviser, speaks at a news conference at the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center on Thursday, May 14, 2020. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher) Lancaster County personnel are making swift strides to make sure first responders and elder-care facilities have what they need to deal with Covid-19, Edwin Hurston told

On eve of county ‘reopening,’ officials sum up their case for, against it

On eve of county ‘reopening,’ officials sum up their case for, against it

At a news conference Thursday, Lancaster County commissioners Josh Parsons and Ray D’Agostino stood by their opinion that Lancaster County is ready to begin easing its Covid-19 lockdown Friday and businesses are free to defy Gov. Tom Wolf’s order and reopen if they so choose. The two Republicans’ Democratic colleague, Commissioner Craig Lehman, said the

Commissioners Meet  While Stevie Wonder’s Livestream Provides Inspiration

Commissioners Meet While Stevie Wonder’s Livestream Provides Inspiration

From left, Lancaster County Commissioners Craig Lehman, Josh Parsons and Ray D’Agostino. There could have been much inspiration for constituents who joined the Commissioners’ livestream meeting on Wednesday, May 13. After all, it was Stevie Wonder’s seventieth birthday, and a livestream event was taking place all day on Instagram. Phrases like, “I’ll be your shelter