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The latest

  • A new study shows that widespread use of face masks could push transmission of the virus to a manageable level and prevent a “second wave” of infections. Researchers found that wearing a face mask in public at all times is twice as effective in curbing the spread of the virus as wearing a mask only after symptoms appear. The study's authors wrote: “These analyses may explain why some countries, where adoption of face mask use by the public is around 100%, have experienced significantly lower rates of COVID-19 spread and associated deaths.” (More mask guidance is below in the Q&A)
  • COVID-19 hospitalizations in at least nine states have been on the rise since Memorial Day, disproving the notion that spikes in cases are solely because of the continued increase in testing. Texas, for example — which was one of the first states to relax stay-at-home orders — reported record-breaking hospitalizations Monday and Tuesday.
  • Months into the pandemic, states are still wrestling with how to expand testing. The federal government has offered little guidance on how to test more people, leaving state officials with difficult questions about how to measure the spread and make decisions about reopening their economies.
  • Voting day in Georgia was chaos. Lines snaked out the doors, poll workers struggled with new machines and voters furiously demanded to know why so much had gone wrong. It could be a preview of how the pandemic and new voting technology could affect the presidential election in November, at a time of deepening partisanship around voting, with President Trump and his GOP allies inaccurately attacking mail-in voting as prone to fraud.
  • Vaccine researchers have a new problem: Outbreaks in former hot spots such as New York City, China and Britain are getting too small to quickly test whether a vaccine works. The decline in cases in those regions is good news, of course, but developers need enough numbers of infected people, with and without symptoms, to test whether the vaccine protects volunteers when they are exposed. If the volunteers don't have a high enough chance of being exposed to the virus, researchers might have to chase down new outbreaks, which would delay a vaccine.

Other important news


Recurring Resources:

    • United Way of Lancaster County has launched a new website, This digital source of information for our community works in tandem with United Way's 2-1-1 resources to connect people and resources during this time of upheaval.
    • The Asset Map is a county-wide resource for all to utilize. If you need to add/update/delete information please follow the link here:


  • Lancaster Chamber:
    • Website updated daily:
    • “Moving Forward to Yellow Phase” :
      • Workplace Considerations & Compliance
        This webinar featured Steve Matzura and Austin Wolfe of McNees Wallace & Nurick as they discussed workplace safety measures, employer mandates related to building safety, cleaning measures and employee requirements, and OSHA guidance and compliance.
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      • Workplace Considerations: Practical Strategies for your Workplace and Workforce
        Learn more about change management, how to create new norms, develop effective communication strategies, tips & tricks for outfitting your space and workforce and how to navigate new realities and challenges of the workplace in alignment with CDC and State guidelines as Pennsylvania prepares to reopen.
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      • Maintaining A Compliant Workplace & Workforce Under COVID-19 Restrictions
        This webinar will cover steps employers are taking to comply with the Governor's orders and the implications to the workplace and workforce. It will specifically address: 1) what do employers need to do to maintain a safe working environment; 2) what are the OSHA, whistleblower, and workers' compensation considerations; and 3) what are the employees rights from a non-union and union perspective (e.g. protected concerted activity)
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  • Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health: