Each day a summary of news and information that has been gathered from community partners and credible news sites will be posted.
- “Gov. Wolf: Sec. of Health Signs Expanded Mask-Wearing Order” : https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-sec-of-health-signs-expanded-mask-wearing-order/ (Hi! This Is Very Important To Read!)
- “More Than 310,000 Pennsylvanians Receive Rebates Early to Provide Support During COVID-19 Pandemic” : https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/more-than-310000-pennsylvanians-receive-rebates-early-to-provide-support-during-covid-19-pandemic/
- “Pennsylvania Restaurants and Bars Required to Protect Workers and Patrons During COVID-19” : https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/pennsylvania-restaurants-and-bars-required-to-protect-workers-and-patrons-during-covid-19/
- “Gov. Wolf Signs Bipartisan Bill to Remove Barriers to Work for People with Criminal Convictions” : https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-signs-bipartisan-bill-to-remove-barriers-to-work-for-people-with-criminal-convictions/
General CoVid resources: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/
Dept of Health:
- “Department of Health Distributes Sixth Shipment of Drug to Help Treat COVID-19 Patients in Hospitals” : https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health-Details.aspx?newsid=891
- “Department of Health: Wear Sunscreen, Take Precautions to Protect Yourself in Extreme Summer Weather” : https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health-Details.aspx?newsid=890
- “Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 636 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 87,242” : https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health-Details.aspx?newsid=889
- Link to Statewide map of testing sites: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Symptoms-Testing.aspx?fbclid=IwAR0q72qATsxBX9zL0KMErYO_OQZutSgVMY1I4fEEa8-3zcHN_7WixZ-VFAY
- COVID-19 Data: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Cases.aspx
- Lancaster Stats: (According to DOH website- updated today at 12:00pm)
- Total Cases: 4,464 cases
- Confirmed: 4,371
- Probable: 93
- Negative: 30,382
- Cases per 100,000: 821.30
- June was a pivot point for coronavirus in the United States. As cases in the Northeast fell, they surged in the South and West. More than 800,000 new infections were reported over the course of the month — led by Florida, Arizona, Texas and California — bringing the nation’s confirmed total to just over 2.6 million. Now health officials are nervous that the Fourth of July weekend will exacerbate the already growing number of infections and the strain on hospitals. This afternoon, California became the latest state to partially shut back down and Pennsylvania ordered masks to be worn in public.
- Medical experts say autopsies are becoming a critical source of information on coronavirus as scientists race to understand it. Autopsies have confirmed that the virus does attack the lungs with the most ferocity. But the pathogen was also found in the kidneys, liver and the brain, where some damage could be permanent in survivors. Dissecting 38 brains, 87 lungs and 42 hearts of people who died from covid-19 revealed surprising and alarming results.
- Lines at free testing sites can stretch for miles in the Sunbelt states. Testing supply issues that plagued the first months of the pandemic in the U.S. have not yet been resolved, and some people are waiting more than a week for results. Medical workers are standing outside in blazing temperatures in full-body protective gear, and must rotate shifts more often to avoid heat stroke. Here's what testing looks like in the Southern states where infections are sky rocketing.
- Many U.S. airlines have recently implemented new policies that all travelers must wear masks when flying. But can they actually enforce the rule, legally or realistically? It's complicated, and this piece breaks it down. Meanwhile, Alaska Airlines announced it will issue “yellow cards” to passengers who refuse.
- To salvage much-needed tourism revenue, Myrtle Beach opened in May. Without a mask requirement or enforcement of social-distancing guidelines, bare-faced travelers have packed the beaches, turning the South Carolina vacation spot into a coronavirus hot zone. Residents and visitors alike are wondering if the city reopened too quickly, but it's not a unique challenge: tourist destinations across the country are balancing local economic health with the physical health of residents and visitors.
- Twice as many workers have had to take pay cuts during the pandemic as in the Great Recession. The cuts are growing rapidly in white-collar industries, payroll processor ADP reports, which suggests this recession will be deep and the economic turnaround slow. In minutes released this afternoon from a June meeting, Federal Reserve officials raised concerns that the nation could enter a much worse recession later this year if coronavirus cases continued to spike.
Other important news
- Drug overdoses are soaring during the coronavirus pandemic. Emerging evidence suggests the surge is fueled by isolation, economic devastation and disruptions to the drug trade.
- Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is reporting encouraging (but early) covid-19 vaccine data.
- Republican leaders now say everyone should wear a mask — even as President Trump refuses and has mocked some who do. The president, in an interview with Fox Business Network, denied that he is anti-mask and said he would wear one if he was “in a tight situation” with others.
- Protests probably didn’t lead to coronavirus spikes, but it’s hard to know for sure.
- United Way of Lancaster County has launched a new website, OneUnitedLancaster.com. 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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/UWMAP20
- Lancaster Chamber:
- Website updated daily: https://www.lancasterchamber.com/Apps/Pages/coronavirusnews
- INFORMATIONAL WEBINARS/TRAINING:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- Workplace Considerations & Compliance
- “Let’s Go Strong Into Going Green” : https://www.lancasterchamber.com/Apps/Pages/page-slug-92504?formEntryId=22781
- Local Govt:
- Mayor Danene Sorace is hosting daily briefings on Facebook every night at 5pm
- The County has a COVID site to keep up to date with their response: https://co.lancaster.pa.us/1296/Coronavirus-Disease-COVID-19
- Penn Med/LGH:
- Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health COVID-19 Data: online dashboard with COVID-19 testing and patient data. The site is accessible from the LGHealth.org homepage (click “data” in the top red banner), or at the link below. Data is updated each morning.
- WellSpan Health System:
- Meals: Hunger Free Lancaster
- Hunger Free Lancaster County: https://hungerfreelancaster.org/resources/important-resources-during-covid-19/
- Resource to find childcare providers with waivers: https://www.dhs.pa.gov/providers/Providers/Pages/Coronavirus-Child-Care.aspx
- UPDATE: RecoveryLancaster.com Info
- RecoveryLancaster.com, a website stemming from the Economic Recovery Plan for Lancaster County by the Lancaster Chamber, the Economic Development Company of Lancaster County, and the County of Lancaster, is your hub for information to get your business back on track.
- Quick notes to keep you updated on this resource:
- Grant Opportunity Available Starting June 15 - Are You Prepared?
Are you a business with 20 employees or fewer? If so, you can apply for a grant starting next week. The grant is not first-come, first-serve. Grants are awarded based on a variety of criteria. Get the details and see what you have to do to prepare with our FAQ sheet and our What You Need To Know guide.
- Get Your FREE PPE KIT NOW!
Are You A Business With 100 Employees or Fewer? You can now sign up for a free kit that includes a mix of personal protective equipment, as well as some cleaning and disinfecting materials. The sign up is simple, easy, and you will get the kit delivered within days of your order!
GET YOUR KIT
- Best Practices Are Now Available
From restaurants to retail, to accommodations to construction, we are offering a variety of video and powerpoint resources to help walk through what your business needs right now to succeed.
EXPLORE THE HUB
- Grant Opportunity Available Starting June 15 - Are You Prepared?
Teachers Needed for Virtual Summer Program
- Online Learning - July 9, 2020 - August 7, 2020
- This summer learning enrichment program is designed to offer virtual academic skill-building in math and literacy to approximately 600 Lancaster County students PreK through Grade 8 using a high-quality curriculum and engaging instructional materials developed by BellXcel. This program, offered through the Lancaster Partnership for Learning Equity, is committed to providing learners with the digital access and support needed to prevent academic slide over the summer and to prepare them to participate fully in virtual learning opportunities in the future.
- There is a student registration link here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2020SLapp?fbclid=IwAR1GE2jsALuuNQrHr6XiaPXdgfMGV7vBWYRZjb4UMN5OWEUip7EsGF5hGK4
- And if a community organization wants to sign their summer camp or daycare program up, that registration is here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8CW7DN9
- PA211 has recently purchased a new software system. One of the advantages in this new software is the ability of any agency to go into the system and submit any changes/additions to their data at any time. No need to wait for that annual request anymore !
If you have not yet received your unique user ID and password, please email Trish Houser, our 211 East Database Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org
She will be happy to get that out to you and answer any questions you may have as well.
It is always our goal to provide the most current and accurate data as possible, however we do need your help to do this.
Church World Service
- Equitable access to human services funded by the federal government is a civil right, and everyone deserves to be treated equally!
- At Language Beyond Borders of CWS (LBB), we work diligently to ensure that language services are available to you when you need them. LBB partners with hospitals, nonprofits, school districts, legal service providers, and businesses to facilitate communication with everyone regardless of the language they speak.
- Supported by a grant from the Flore Foundation, LBB can provide a small number of community partners in PA with Free/Subsidized language services.
- Qualified entities may receive the following services:
- Phone and in-person interpretation
- Documents translation
- Staff Training in:
- Working effectively with interpreters
- Cultural awareness and unconscious bias
- Language access and language justice
- Refugees 101
- Complete this quick application, and an LBB staff member will contact you to address your needs. Accepting applications until 07.14.2020.