Information About Covid-19 Coronavirus in Lancaster County, PA

Mayor Danene Sorace sworn in, outlines priorities for 2nd term

Mayor Danene Sorace sworn in, outlines priorities for 2nd term

Lancaster Mayor Danene Sorace delivers her State of the City 2022 address at the Ware Center on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher) “It’s been an honor to serve as your mayor,” Danene Sorace told the citizens of Lancaster Monday night. And, she added: “It’s been the hardest thing I’ve ever done.” A few

By the numbers: Lancaster County Covid-19 cases jump nearly 50%, hospitalizations hit record

By the numbers: Lancaster County Covid-19 cases jump nearly 50%, hospitalizations hit record

Covid-19 is spreading rapidly in Lancaster County and sending an increasing number of patients to the hospital, according to the latest statistics. New infections jumped nearly 50% last week, to 3,471 from 2,334 the week before, according to Friday’s update of the state’s Covid-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard. The county’s incidence rate now stands

Pandemic help available for low-income households to pay water, sewer bills

Pandemic help available for low-income households to pay water, sewer bills

(Source: Pa. Dept. of Human Services) Pennsylvania is launching a temporary assistance program to help low-income households with their water and sewer bills. The Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program, or LIHWAP, will accept applications beginning Tuesday, Jan. 4. It will provide grants to families with past-due water bills, had service terminated, or were notified of

PA 211 phone service restored after outage [update]

PA 211 phone service restored after outage [update]

Update: As of Monday evening, the 211 phone system was back in service and fully operational in Lancaster County and the other counties where it had been offline, administrators said. The 211 social services referral hotline was temporarily unavailable in Lancaster County as of Monday morning. United Way staff are working to resolve the issue

News: Monday, Jan. 3

News: Monday, Jan. 3

Radar shows a snowstorm moving across the Washington, D.C., region on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. (Source: National Weather Service) Headlines: • School District of Lancaster closed today: The extra day off is being taken as a precaution due to high local Covid-19 case counts. Teachers and staff are on site, and students are reporting the

A Q&A with Lancaster Mayor Danene Sorace

A Q&A with Lancaster Mayor Danene Sorace

Lancaster Mayor Danene Sorace (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher) On Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, Danene Sorace will be sworn in for her second term as mayor of Lancaster city. She will then deliver her annual State of the City address. The event will take place at The Ware Center, 42 N. Prince St., and will be livestreamed.

Nonprofit leaders share their New Year’s reflections

Nonprofit leaders share their New Year’s reflections

(Source: One United Lancaster | City of Lancaster) As we exit 2021 – a year marked, like its predecessor, by political division, economic stress and a historic pandemic – we asked leaders of local nonprofits and other community organizations to share their reflections on the past 12 months and their hopes for 2022. We hope

Happy Holidays! See you in ’22!

Happy Holidays! See you in ’22!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Lancaster County! We wish you and your family health and happiness during this holiday season. One United Lancaster is on hiatus through the rest of the 2021 to give our staff a holiday break. Our regular Saturday morning email will go out as usual on Jan. 1, with special

By the numbers: Lancaster County at cusp of 100 December Covid-19 deaths

By the numbers: Lancaster County at cusp of 100 December Covid-19 deaths

Lancaster County looks likely to record its 100th Covid-19 death of December this week, and new state statistics indicate the pandemic is on the upswing here. As of Friday morning, the county coroner had recorded 99 Covid-19 deaths from Dec. 1 through this past Wednesday. At least one person has died from the disease every

Struggling to pay your mortgage due to Covid-19? Pa. has readied $350 million in aid, pending federal OK

Struggling to pay your mortgage due to Covid-19? Pa. has readied $350 million in aid, pending federal OK

(Source: Pa. Housing Finance Agency) Pennsylvania’s Housing Finance Agency is awaiting federal approval to launch a $350 million mortgage assistance program to help homeowners who have fallen behind on payments due to the Covid-19 pandemic avoid foreclosure, reports Pittsburgh NPR station WESA. The agency says it hopes to open the program at the start of

News: Friday, Dec. 24

News: Friday, Dec. 24

Lancaster police Sgt. Steve Reich poses as an “Elf on the Shelf” outside the police station on Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021. (Source: Lancaster Bureau of Police) Headlines: • Pa. Supreme Court releases reasoning on nixing mask mandate: The court said Republican legislators’ action to terminate Gov. Wolf’s COVID-19 emergency disaster declaration eliminated the mandate’s legal

New leadership, new department as Lanc Co MyHome transitions to redevelopment authority

New leadership, new department as Lanc Co MyHome transitions to redevelopment authority

From left: Justin Eby, Deb Jones and Jennifer Koppel. (Source: Provided) Changes in leadership and organization are accompanying the transition of Lanc Co MyHome, the county homelessness coalition, to the Lancaster County Redevelopment Authority. The authority announced Thursday it is creating a new Department of Human Services to supervise grants and programs related to homelessness

Spotlight PA offers analysis of Pa. redistricting maps

Spotlight PA offers analysis of Pa. redistricting maps

Proposed Pa. House redistricting. Click to enlarge. (Source: redistricting.state.pa.us) Proposed Pa. Senate redistricting. Click to enlarge. (Source: redistricting.state.pa.us) If you’re curious about how Pennsylvania’s proposed state House and Senate redistricting would change the political landscape, two recent articles from Spotlight PA provide some insight. In this piece, the nonprofit watchdog publication evaluates the draft state

‘This is so central to who I am’: Q&A with YWCA Lancaster CEO Stacie Blake

‘This is so central to who I am’: Q&A with YWCA Lancaster CEO Stacie Blake

Stacie Blake (Source: YWCA Lancaster) Stacie Blake became CEO of YWCA Lancaster in September 2019, just half a year before Pennsylvania went under lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. The YWCA’s mission is to eliminate racism and empower women. Last fall, responding to Black Lives Matter protests and calls for social justice here and worldwide

News: Thursday, Dec. 23

News: Thursday, Dec. 23

Customers line up for pulled pork, milkshakes and other offerings at the PennAg Industries Association food booth at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in January 2019. (Source: PennAg Industries Association) Headlines: • Wolf vetoes GOP bill requiring schools to post curriculum online: The governor said the measure was a political ploy, and that it was redundant,

Lanc Co MyHome: Resources available for those sleeping outside

Lanc Co MyHome: Resources available for those sleeping outside

The common room at the Elizabethtown winter emergency shelter. (Photo: Kyle Gamble) Many of you have been wondering about our neighbors who you see sheltering outside during this time of year. While we always want to respect an individual’s right and want to be outside, we also need to make sure there are resources available

Lancaster City Council approves budget, opioid settlement

Lancaster City Council approves budget, opioid settlement

(Photo: Tim Stuhldreher) City Council unanimously approved Lancaster’s 2022 budget Tuesday evening, as well as a resolution signing the city onto the National Opioid Settlement. The budget, introduced last month, leaves the city’s property tax rate unchanged at 11.7 mills. One mill equals $1 per $1,000 of assessed property value. General fund spending is up

A decade ago, Lancaster County balked at becoming Class 2A. How about now?

A decade ago, Lancaster County balked at becoming Class 2A. How about now?

Lancaster County Government Center, 150 N. Queen St. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher) It looks likely that Lancaster County’s commissioners will sign off on it becoming a “Class 2A” county, but they want to see more due diligence beforehand on what the change would mean. Pennsylvania divides its 67 counties into nine classes by population size. The