Information About Covid-19 Coronavirus in Lancaster County, PA

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

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