Information About Covid-19 Coronavirus in Lancaster County, PA

Pa. vaccine rollout: State debuts ‘Your Turn’ eligibility tool, but no central signup site

Pa. vaccine rollout: State debuts ‘Your Turn’ eligibility tool, but no central signup site

(Source: Health.pa.gov) Pennsylvania health officials on Tuesday unveiled an updated tool to help state residents figure out their place in line for Covid-19 vaccination, but reiterated that the state has no plans to set up a single consolidated site for people to register for the inoculations. A centralized signup system wouldn’t do anything to increase

Lancaster County’s mass vaccination site to be even bigger

Lancaster County’s mass vaccination site to be even bigger

Dr. Michael Ripchinski, chief clinical officer, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, left; and Phil Colvin, director, Lancaster County Emergency Management Agency, discuss a planned community vaccination center at a Lancaster County commissioners’ work session on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher) Lancaster County’s mass vaccination site will be even more massive, officials disclosed Tuesday.

Wolf administration announces expansion of SNAP eligibility to qualifying college students

Wolf administration announces expansion of SNAP eligibility to qualifying college students

Pennsylvania will temporarily expand eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), so that needy college students can qualify, the Wolf administration announced Monday. Under the federal Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, college students who are eligible for a state or federal work study program, regardless of whether they are actually participating, or students who

News: Tuesday, Feb. 9

News: Tuesday, Feb. 9

Mary Wilson, one of the co-founders of Motown group, The Supremes, passed away at 76. (Source: marywilson.com) Headlines: • Mother of Ricardo Muñoz sues for wrongful death, violation of civil rights: Attorneys for Miguelina Peña identified Lancaster police Officer Karson Arnold as Munoz’ shooter, naming him, former Chief Jarrad Berkihiser, the police department, Lancaster city

By the numbers: Lancaster County’s Covid-19 test positivity dips under 10%

By the numbers: Lancaster County’s Covid-19 test positivity dips under 10%

PolicyLab’s projections (dashed line) for Lancaster County as of Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. (Source: PolicyLab) The Covid-19 case data in Lancaster County and Pennsylvania continues to trend downward, according to the latest update to the state’s Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard. Lancaster County’s test positivity rate dipped below 10% last week for the first time

News: Monday, Feb. 8

News: Monday, Feb. 8

Quarterback Tom Brady hoists the Lombardi Trophy after leading the Tampa Buccanneers to a win over the Kansas City Chiefs, 31-9, in Super Bowl LV on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021. (Source: NFL.com) Headlines: • Pa.’s demographic data on Covid-19 vaccination is incomplete: The gaps may hinder efforts to ensure equity in vaccine distribution, advocates said.

Wolf signs $912 million Covid relief bill

Wolf signs $912 million Covid relief bill

Gov. Tom Wolf delivers his 2021 budget address online on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. (Source: PA.gov) Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday signed into law a Covid-19 relief package authorizing the distribution of more than $900 million in federal and state funding for schools, businesses, landlords and tenants. “I applaud the General Assembly for sending this

Lancaster County Food Hub met pandemic demand with shift to grab-n-go meals

Lancaster County Food Hub met pandemic demand with shift to grab-n-go meals

A volunteer packs a food box at the Lancaster County Food Hub. (Source: Provided) For the first time in more than seven decades of operation, takeout packaging has become necessary for the Lancaster County Food Hub to distribute meals safely – and a Lancaster Cares grant helped it do just that. The Food Hub does

Covid-19 vaccine survey: Respond by noon today

Covid-19 vaccine survey: Respond by noon today

Veronica DeJesus, a nurse at Lancaster Health Center, administers the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine to her colleague, patient access specialist Isamar Alvarez, early on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. (Source: Provided) Today is the last day to respond to a short survey regarding Covid-19 vaccination. It was developed by local leaders and community groups to gauge public

What employers need to know about Covid-19 vaccines

What employers need to know about Covid-19 vaccines

Eric Athey (Source: McNees Wallace & Nurick) As Covid-19 vaccines become more widely available, employers should be thinking about appropriate vaccination policies, a local attorney said. Eric Athey is co-chair of the Labor and Employment Group at McNees Wallace & McNurick. He made his comments during a webinar, “Vaccines in the Workplace,” sponsored by the

Lancaster officials offer more details of mass vaccination plan

Lancaster officials offer more details of mass vaccination plan

Lancaster County officials aren’t yet ready to disclose the location of the Covid-19 mass vaccination site they’re planning, but they’re close. When they do, people will think “oh, that makes sense,” Commissioner Ray D’Agostino said Thursday during a webinar on vaccination sponsored by the Lancaster Chamber. County commissioners said last week they intend to set

News: Friday, Feb. 5

News: Friday, Feb. 5

(Source: seed project) Headlines: • U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker against Rep. Greene’s committee removal: In a House vote on Thursday, almost all Republicans, including Smucker, voted against stripping GOP Rep. Margorie Taylor Greene from the Budget Committee and the Education and Labor Committee. The motion passed with unanimous Democratic support. (Source: LNP) • ‘seed project’

LG Health’s Dr. Ripchinski cites shortcomings in Pa. vaccine efforts at hearing

LG Health’s Dr. Ripchinski cites shortcomings in Pa. vaccine efforts at hearing

In this file photo, Dr. Michael Ripchinski of Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health speaks during a media briefing at the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher) Health systems and patients are frustrated by the slow pace of coronavirus vaccine distribution in Pennsylvania, and health systems weren’t prepared

News: Thursday, Feb. 4

News: Thursday, Feb. 4

A solider from the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 28th Infantry Division of the Pa. National Guard recieves a Covid-19 vaccine at Pittsburgh’s Crane Armory in this photo from Jan. 22. (Source: Pa. National Guard, Capt. Jacob Volpe) Headlines: • Potential lawsuit against The Gardens at Stevens: Philadelphia attorney Marty Kardon filed a motion Tuesday

PENNIE increases client base, extends enrollment period

PENNIE increases client base, extends enrollment period

(Source: Pennie) More than 75,000 new customers enrolled in 2020 in Pennie, Pennsylvania’s new state health insurance marketplace, officials said Wednesday.  They also announced a new special enrollment period, running from Feb. 15 to May 15. During that time, anyone impacted by Covid-19 is eligible to enroll in healthcare coverage through Pennie. Pennie is Pennsylvania’s

Here’s how Gov Wolf’s budget would change Lancaster County school funding

Here’s how Gov Wolf’s budget would change Lancaster County school funding

Several Lancaster County school districts’ state funding would increase dramatically under Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2021-22 budget proposal. The governor is calling for education dollars to be allocated according to the state’s Fair Funding Formula, which accounts for enrollment, student poverty, English proficiency and charter school enrollment. Under Wolf’s proposal, compared with 2019-20 and 2020-21 (state support

Gov. Wolf’s proposed budget would shift education spending, tax burdens

Gov. Wolf’s proposed budget would shift education spending, tax burdens

Gov. Tom Wolf delivers his 2021 budget address online on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. (Source: PA.gov) Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday unveiled a proposed 2021-22 budget for Pennsylvania that would dramatically reshape the state’s tax structure and its shift its spending priorities, redirecting millions of dollars to school districts that advocates say are being shortchanged

News: Wednesday, Feb. 3

News: Wednesday, Feb. 3

President Joe Biden salutes a member of the armed forces during his first visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Jan. 30. (Source: whitehouse.gov) Headlines: • Gov. Wolf to propose rebalancing education spending, raising income tax rate in 2021-22 budget: Gov. Wolf is proposing a “major overhaul of public school finance” directed at