Each day a summary of news and information that has been gathered from community partners and credible news sites will be posted.
- “Gov. Wolf Signs First Two Law Enforcement Reform Bills” : https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-signs-first-two-law-enforcement-reform-bills/
- “Governor Wolf Announces Millions of Dollars in Funding for 12 Projects in 8 Counties” : https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/governor-wolf-announces-millions-of-dollars-in-funding-for-12-projects-in-8-counties/
General CoVid resources: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/
Dept of Human Services:
- “Department of Human Services Announces Health Systems and Academic Medical Centers Selected for Regional Response Health Collaboration Program” : https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/DHS_details.aspx?newsid=569
Dept of Health:
- “Wolf Administration Warns of Dangers of Not Protecting Against COVID-19” : https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health-Details.aspx?newsid=909
- “Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 929 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 96,671” : https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health-Details.aspx?newsid=910
- 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: 4,876 cases
- Confirmed: 4,771
- Probable: 105
- Negative: 37,266
- Cases per 100,000: 897.10
- After the discovery of HIV in 1984, Health and Human Services Secretary Margaret Heckler vowed that a vaccine would be ready for testing within two years. Of course, that never happened. But the unsuccessful effort is leading to even greater confidence in the search for a coronavirus vaccine, even from some of the same researchers who have spent decades working on a cure for AIDS.
- Though the most optimistic timeline for vaccine readiness is early next year, treatments for covid-19 could come much sooner. “Vaccines are the permanent hope for controlling this outbreak, but even with success, some people may not respond to vaccines and some may not get vaccinated, so we are always going to need therapeutics,” said Janet Woodcock, who is leading the therapeutics effort under Operation Warp Speed. But if the pandemic continues to rage on as it has, the demand for treatments could outstrip supply.
- Morgues in the South and West are bracing for a surge in covid-19 deaths by arranging for refrigerated vehicles, underscoring local and state officials’ concerns that those regions are headed in the direction of the country’s early epicenter, New York City. Multiple counties in Texas are procuring refrigerated trucks and trailers. The medical examiner’s office in Maricopa County, Ariz., is working to acquire coolers.
- The Trump administration agreed in court Tuesday to rescind its rule requiring international college students to take classes in person during the pandemic. The Immigrations and Customs Enforcement ruling was seen as an effort to pressure schools into opening in the fall and had faced a wide variety of lawsuits.
- Trump and the White House continue to undermine their own administration's health experts, adding even more confusion to what has been an ineffective response to the pandemic. On Monday, Trump retweeted a message from game-show host Chuck Woolery that accused the CDC of “lying” to the American public about the virus. And a White House campaign to discredit Anthony S. Fauci has come under harsh criticism, as health experts and politicians argue it is dangerous for to disparage a highly respected infectious-disease expert as the coronavirus is infecting tens of thousands of Americans and killing hundreds per day. (See below for a piece co-written by four former CDC directors.)
- In less than two weeks, the coronavirus program that provides enhanced unemployment benefits is set to expire. More than 30 million people are collecting those as the pandemic reaches new levels in the United States. For months, President Trump has argued the $600-per-week unemployment bonus is a disincentive to work and should be scrapped. Now, his administration is signaling openness to compromise as the deadline looms.
Other important news
- Opinion: Need some good news about covid-19? Here are six reasons for optimism.
- Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan warns of “flagrant” violations of restrictions as coronavirus cases are ticking upward in the D.C. region.
- The Trump administration plans to recommend the National Guard as an option to help hospitals report coronavirus data.
- Doctors are worried the latest pandemic surge is undermining their efforts to persuade fearful people to get essential medical care, which could lead to more lives lost from preventable causes, like cancer and heart disease.
- The recession triggered by the pandemic will be deeper and longer than initially expected, according to three big banks that reported significant decreases in quarterly profits.
- Rent Relief Program Update
- Aimee Tyson , Program Manager - Planning & Compliance at Lancaster County Redevelopment Authority, will provide an explanation of the Rent Relief program, including qualifications and timelines, and offer time for Q&A. This session is intended for housing professionals, social workers, and navigators.
- Date: Thu, July 16, 2020
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EDT
- 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
- 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?
Eviction Prevention Network
- Rental assistance and eviction prevention services are available across the county through the Eviction Prevention Network in partnership with the city and county government and county redevelopment authority. There are two pathways for landlords and tenants to get help, detailed at http://www.lchra.com/rental-homeowner-assistance/.