Information About Covid-19 Coronavirus in Lancaster County, PA

Commissioner Lehman: Lancaster County ready to reopen

Commissioner Lehman: Lancaster County ready to reopen

County Commissioner Craig Lehman speaks at a news conference on Covid-19 at the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center on Thursday, May 21, 2020. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher) Commissioner Craig Lehman said Thursday that he deems Lancaster County “prepared and ready” to begin reopening on Friday. As of then, he said, countywide comprehensive testing and contact

Researcher tracking county-level Covid-19 data says Lancaster County could cautiously reopen

Researcher tracking county-level Covid-19 data says Lancaster County could cautiously reopen

This map is color coded to show Covid-19 rates per 100,000 people. (Source: “Mapping Covid-19 in Your Community,” PolicyLab, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Covid-19 projections by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s PolicyLab indicate that Lancaster County can safely reopen its economy, provided it does so cautiously and incrementally,  the lab’s director told OneUnitedLancaster. “I would

News: Thursday, May 21

News: Thursday, May 21

(Source: Deborah Jackson | Pixabay) Covid-19 headlines for Thursday, May 21, 2020: • Covid-19 tamps down Memorial Day plans: Parades and other events have been canceled or turned virtual. Beaches that are open in neighboring states will be subject to social distancing guidelines. (Source: LNP) • Veto override fails: State House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler

Why Some Who Have Likely Died from Coronavirus Aren’t Counted

Why Some Who Have Likely Died from Coronavirus Aren’t Counted

The issue of counting the number of deaths from COVID-19 has been become a hot topic recently, many times being argued along political divides. This article from fivethirtyeight.com explains why the issue of how deaths are reported is so complex, with many variables, and why deaths are probably being under-reported.

Staying Connected Through Compassion

Staying Connected Through Compassion

The level of loss, fear, and even anger that we are experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic can leave us with tremendous distress. Significant changes playing out in our personal lives, our communities, and the world in general seem to be arising so rapidly that it is hard to absorb the reality. Mary Shelley wrote in

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: State to Distribute $51 million in CARES Funding to Support Child Care Providers” : https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-state-to-distribute-51-million-in-cares-funding-to-support-child-care-providers/ “Governor Wolf: PA Food Distributors Receive $50 Million for Farmers to Families Food Boxes”

At Last, PA Health Dept. Reveals Extent of Sick and Dying in Long-Term Care Homes

At Last, PA Health Dept. Reveals Extent of Sick and Dying in Long-Term Care Homes

LGH PATIENT COUNT DROPS; SO DO FATALITIES The state Health Department, giving in to pressure, has published a list of COVID-19 cases and deaths at all nursing homes and personal care homes in the Commonwealth. The list provides the first comprehensive look at the scope of virus infection among residents and staff of long-term care

News: Wednesday, May 20

News: Wednesday, May 20

Conestoga View Nursing & Rehabilitation (Source: Conestoga VIew) Covid-19 headlines for Wednesday, May 20, 2020: • Pa. releases nursing home Covid-19 data: The release indicates 34 nursing homes in Lancaster County have at least 821 cases and 145 deaths. LNP reports on a discrepancy between state and local data for the county’s Conestoga View facility:

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, Treasurer Torsella Announce Property Tax/Rent Rebates Arriving Early to Help Seniors, Others During COVID-19 Pandemic” : https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-treasurer-torsella-announce-property-tax-rent-rebates-arriving-early-to-help-seniors-others-during-covid-19-pandemic/   State Government: General COVID resources: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/   Dept. of Health: “Wolf

Together-ing with Melissa Ressler

The Elderly Population And Covid In Lancaster PA — A Perspective

Melissa Ressler works among the elderly population in Lancaster PA in her roles as Executive Director of Lancaster Downtowners and Residence Manager at Steeple View Lofts. She shares how the people in her communities are adjusting and dealing with the coronavirus situation. Melissa talks about how folks are staying healthy and about how people can

2020 United States Census Response Rates

2020 United States Census Response Rates

The 2020 Census is underway. You can keep tabs on how many households in your community have responded with this map of self-response rates from across the country. Why does it matter? The census affects our community every day. The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in

News: Tuesday, May 19

News: Tuesday, May 19

Penn Cinema will debut drive-in movies over Memorial Day weekend. (Source: Penn Cinema) Covid-19 headlines for Tuesday, May 19, 2020: • County prepares for primary, with precautions: Plans include Plexiglas barriers, masks and hand sanitizer. The Board of Elections has sent out 47,000 mail-in ballots. (Source: LNP) • Nursing home Covid-19 data coming today: Until

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