Information About Covid-19 Coronavirus in Lancaster County, PA

‘We’re unique’: Hope Ministries aims to expand services at new location

‘We’re unique’: Hope Ministries aims to expand services at new location

Surrounded by colleagues and supporters, Executive Director Jose Oscar Vasquez, third from left, cuts a ribbon to dedicate Hope Ministries & Community Services new location on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher) A small, faith-based Latino nonprofit is settling into new offices and looking forward to expanding its services. “It’s been a blessing to

News: Tuesday, Sept. 7

News: Tuesday, Sept. 7

Children wear masks at Smith-Wade-El Elementary School in the School District of Lancaster. SDL was one of three districts in Lancaster County that required masks prior to the statewide mask mandate. (Source: School District of Lancaster) Headlines: • School mask mandate takes effect:  The order issued by acting Health Secretary Alison Beam requires students and

Happy Labor Day weekend!

Happy Labor Day weekend!

A vintage poster announces a Labor Day parade in New York City. (Source: Smithsonian Institution) Established as a federal holiday in 1894, Labor Day recognizes the contribution of workers in all trades and industries to American life, and of organized labor in securing laborers’ rights, including the 8-hour work day, the 5-day work week, minimum

New studies offer insight into child, teen Covid-19 risks

New studies offer insight into child, teen Covid-19 risks

(Source: CDC.gov) Two studies posted Friday on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention website shed new light on the risk to children from Covid-19. In one, researchers analyzed hospitalization rates for children and adolescents for Covid-19 as recorded in a database covering 99 counties in 14 states. They separated out admission rates by

Lancaster Composting Co-Ops opens third location, plans four more

Lancaster Composting Co-Ops opens third location, plans four more

The Lancaster Composting Co-Ops bin in Musser Park is seen in an undated photo. (Source: Lancaster Composting Co-Ops) A Lancaster city-based community composting initiative launched earlier this year is expanding. Lancaster Composting Co-Ops recently received a $15,000 grant through the “Healing the Planet” initiative, a collaboration between the Giant supermarket chain and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful,

News: Friday, Sept. 3

News: Friday, Sept. 3

A speed limit sign is submerged along North Conestoga Drive in the aftermath of the Ida storm system on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. (Photo: Dave Costarella) Headlines: • Region continues to clean up after Ida: The Conestoga River crested just shy of 18.5 feet, its third highest recorded reading. (Source: LNP)  The county emergency management

Ida cuts Lancaster water system’s capacity by 40%; city, suburban customers asked to reduce usage

Ida cuts Lancaster water system’s capacity by 40%; city, suburban customers asked to reduce usage

(Photo: Tim Stuhldreher) The more than 110,000 customers of Lancaster city’s water utility are being asked to conserve water for the next 48 hours as the Water Bureau contends with the aftermath of the Ida storm system. High levels of dirt and debris in the Conestoga and Susquehanna due to heavy rainfall has affected the

YWCA Lancaster announces 2021 Women of Achievement honorees

YWCA Lancaster announces 2021 Women of Achievement honorees

YWCA Lancaster this week announced the four honorees for its upcoming 5th Annual YWCA Lancaster’s Women of Achievement Awards. The four honorees are: • Starleisha Michelle Gingrich, Executive Director, Disrupt Theatre Co. • Dr. Cherise Hamblin, OB/GYN, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health; Founder & President, Patients R Waiting • Norma Vazquez, Certified Lactation Counselor, Penn

Children, schools and Covid: A Q&A with pediatric infectious disease expert Dr. Susan Coffin

Children, schools and Covid: A Q&A with pediatric infectious disease expert Dr. Susan Coffin

Children returned to school last week at Wickersham Elementary School in the School District of Lancaster. The district was one of three in Lancaster County to begin the 2021-22 school year with a universal mask mandate. (Source: School District of Lancaster) Last week, to learn more about how parents with young children should strategize to

News: Thursday, Sept. 2

News: Thursday, Sept. 2

Ducks swim in Lititz Spring Park in flood waters from Tropical Depression Ida on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. (Photo: Kyle Gamble) Headlines: • Ida’s aftermath: Multiple roads are closed in Lancaster County due to flooding, including Route 222 (Source: CBS 21) and Butter Road (Source: WGAL). A list of closings and delays is posted here.

Coalition launches ‘Career Ready Lancaster’ website (video)

Coalition launches ‘Career Ready Lancaster’ website (video)

(Source: Career Ready Lancaster) A new website that connects Lancastrians to career paths and opportunities has launched. Career Ready Lancaster (CRL) is a product of collaboration among local businesses, school districts, colleges, other educational organizations, and nonprofits. (Among the latter is United Way of Lancaster County, sponsor of One United Lancaster.) This collaboration is essential,

A pediatrician on the case for masks in schools

A pediatrician on the case for masks in schools

In less than a week [as of mid-August], schools across Lancaster County will begin opening their doors. Unfortunately, a time that is usually filled with excitement and eager anticipation is now overshadowed by anxiety and trepidation for families of young unvaccinated children. The main reason for this? Many of our local districts have elected to

LG Health tightens visitor guidelines

LG Health tightens visitor guidelines

Lancaster General Hospital Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health is tightening up its visitation protocols due to the resurgence of Covid-19. Under the new policy: One designated companion will be permitted in both inpatient and outpatient settings, except under special circumstances. Two visitors will be permitted for patients at the end of life. Clergy visitation will

Update: Commissioners approve bonuses for prison staff, new hires

Update: Commissioners approve bonuses for prison staff, new hires

Lancaster County Prison (Source: Lancaster County) UPDATE: At their Wednesday morning meeting, Lancaster County commissioners approved a plan to pay $7,500 bonuses to new hires at the County Prison and retention bonuses of $7,500 to 12,500, depending on seniority. The vote was 2-0, with one abstention. Commissioners Josh Parsons and Ray D’Agostino voted in favor.

First Thursday Latino to hold ribbon cutting, tours for new HOPE Ministries offices

First Thursday Latino to hold ribbon cutting, tours for new HOPE Ministries offices

This Thursday evening, Sept. 2, First Thursday Latino will celebrate the inauguration of new offices for HOPE Ministries and Community Services in Lancaster city. The offices are located at 524 E. King St., Lancaster, and will be open for free tours after a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Guests will

News: Wednesday, Sept. 1

News: Wednesday, Sept. 1

Samuel Lazar, foreground, is seen in an online video image during the U.S. Capitol riot on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. (Source: Justice.gov) Headlines: • As Ida arrives, schools close, activities are canceled: Many districts are closing early, due to the potential for heavy rain and flooding. For a full list, click here. Around 3 inches

Statewide mask mandate for schools, child care to begin Sept. 7

Statewide mask mandate for schools, child care to begin Sept. 7

Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam, left, and Gov. Tom Wolf discuss a statewide school mask mandate on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. (Source: Pa.gov) Pennsylvania will impose a statewide mask mandate, effective Sept. 7, on all public and private K-12 schools and licensed child care facilities, Gov. Tom Wolf and acting Health Secretary Alison Beam said

Covid-19 hospitalizations increase 35% in Lancaster County

Covid-19 hospitalizations increase 35% in Lancaster County

Coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths all continue to increase in Lancaster County. Average hospital Covid-19 inpatient numbers increased 35% last week, while new cases increased 28%, from 640 to 820. That put the county’s incidence rate at 150.3 per 100,000, well above the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s 100-per-100,000 threshold for “high” community transition.