Each day a summary of news and information that has been gathered from community partners and credible news sites will be posted.
- “Wolf Administration Announces Targeted Mitigation Efforts in Response to Recent COVID Case Increases” : https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/wolf-administration-announces-targeted-mitigation-efforts-in-response-to-recent-covid-case-increases/ (IMPORTANT!)
- “Wolf Administration: Poland-Based Manufacturer to Establish Aluminum Can Manufacturing Facility and North American Center of Excellence in Lackawanna County, Create Over 400 Jobs” : https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/wolf-administration-poland-based-manufacturer-to-establish-aluminum-can-manufacturing-facility-and-north-american-center-of-excellence-in-lackawanna-county-create-over-400-jobs/
General CoVid resources: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/
Dept of Ag:
- “Wolf Administration: Farmers Market Nutrition Program Connects Hungry Pennsylvanians with Fresh, Local Food” : https://www.media.pa.gov/pages/Agriculture_details.aspx?newsid=944
Dept of Health:
- “Department of Health: 349 Nursing Homes have Completed Universal COVID-19 Testing, Others to Complete by July 24” : https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health-Details.aspx?newsid=912
- “Department of Health Highlights June 2020 Nursing Home Inspection, Sanction Information Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic” : https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health-Details.aspx?newsid=913
- “Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 994 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 97,665” : https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health-Details.aspx?newsid=911
- 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: 4,906 cases
- Confirmed: 4,798
- Probable: 108
- Negative: 37,857
- Cases per 100,000: 902.60
- Canada's handling of the pandemic has not been perfect, but it has fared far better than the United States. Though Quebec and Ontario had big outbreaks and the military had to be enlisted to help hard-hit areas, our northern neighbor was able to flatten the curve in the spring, and new cases have plummeted since. On the other hand, the outbreak has been so bad in the United States that Canada and Mexico appear to be happy to let the borders stay closed until America gets its spread under control. Here's what analysts say led to Canada's relative success.
- In the United States, coronavirus cases are spiking from coast to coast, and health experts fear that there will be an even worse resurgence in the fall. The global surge in infections is being driven by the developing world — and the United States, which leads in new cases.
- The White House is distancing itself from an extraordinary op-ed in USA Today in which Peter Navarro, President Trump’s trade adviser, railed against top infectious-disease expert, Anthony S. Fauci, over the coronavirus crisis. Navarro's complaints mirrored a list of instances the White House circulated to media earlier in the week. On Wednesday, Trump told reporters that Navarro was wrong to write it.
- In response to the op-ed, Fauci told the Atlantic that the country needs to “stop this nonsense” and focus on the surging virus rather than political games. “I cannot figure out in my wildest dreams why they would want to do that,” Fauci said. “I think they realize now that that was not a prudent thing to do, because it’s only reflecting negatively on them.”
- President Trump has yet to present a plan for how to get the pandemic under control. He has said that schools must reopen in the fall without a plan to do it safely and has boasted that the United States has the best testing in the world without a national testing plan. With no clear strategy, the Trump administration has offered only a patchwork of solutions, often in reaction to outbreaks as they occur.
- Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) said he tested positive for the coronavirus but feels “fine” and will be isolating. He's the first governor to announce an infection, though others have self-quarantined or gotten tested after potential exposure. Stitt has also been among the most cavalier state leaders during the pandemic, encouraging people to dine out, supporting and attending Trump's Tulsa rally, and leaving it up to residents to decide if they should wear masks.
- Walmart and Sam's Club announced Wednesday that they will require all customers to wear masks while in their U.S. stores. In the announcement, Walmart cited the resurgence in cases and a need for consistency across locations. Only a handful of other national retailers, including Costco, Apple and Best Buy, require masks. The world’s largest retail trade group was pleased by Walmart's decision and expressed hope it would be a “tipping point” for the industry.
Other important news
- The D.C. region recorded its highest daily coronavirus caseload in weeks Wednesday, as the District lost more ground in its fight to quell the pandemic.
- Are nearly 1 in 4 teachers really at greater risk of serious illness from the coronavirus? We walk through a new report.
- Coronavirus baby boom or bust? How the pandemic is affecting birthrates worldwide.
- The White House tells 18 million unemployed workers to “Find Something New” in an ad campaign widely criticized as “tone-deaf” and “clueless.”
- Scattered problems with mail-in ballots this year signal potential November election challenges for the Postal Service.
- Street artist Banksy sprayed coronavirus art on the London Underground. It was swiftly removed, but you can still see it.
- 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/.