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 Responders Bill, Other Legislation” : https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-signs-first-responders-bill-other-legislation/
- “PENNVEST Announces Contract Awards for Lead Testing and Center for Water Quality Excellence” : https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/pennvest-announces-contract-awards-for-lead-testing-and-center-for-water-quality-excellence/
General CoVid resources: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/
Dept of Human Services:
- “Human Services Shares Latest Public-Assistance Enrollment Data, Reminds Pennsylvanians that Safety Net Programs are Available” : https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/DHS_details.aspx?newsid=572
Dept of Health:
- “Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 962 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 104,358” : https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health-Details.aspx?newsid=926
- 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: 5,190 cases
- Confirmed: 5,078
- Probable: 112
- Negative: 42,438
- Cases per 100,000: 954.80
- On Wednesday, when the United States reported its highest number of coronavirus-related deaths since late May, President Trump painted a rosy and wishful view of his administration's response to the pandemic, in which the patients who are flooding hospitals can be cured by existing treatments, all schools will safely reopen, and the soaring caseloads are limited to a handful of states. Trump's assessment, though, is undermined by the alarming reality: The United States has now reported more 4 million total cases after the number of confirmed infections doubled in just six weeks, and by nearly every metric it is losing badly in its fight against the virus.
- With no coherent national plan to bring the coronavirus under control, Trump has trained his eyes on school issues as the key to his reelection, making reopening in the fall one of his top priorities. But the White House pressure is being ignored by school districts across the country, and polling shows that most parents would rather delay sending their children back to school than risk spreading the infection. That's not to say it's an easy choice, though; many weary parents aren't looking forward to more virtual schooling. The burden is falling especially hard on those who cannot work from home, or have children with learning disabilities.
- As the surging pandemic drives more and more Americans out of work, the Trump administration and Republican lawmakers agree that another stimulus package is necessary to stem the economic fallout, but they diverge on key elements of the future bill. Senate Republicans killed Trump’s payroll tax cut proposal Thursday, and continued to disagree with the White House on what should be included. If a bill is not introduced Thursday, its release will slip to Monday and give lawmakers only a few days before enhanced unemployment benefits expire for more than 20 million Americans.
- Trump is escalating attacks on mail-in ballots and refused again this week to say that he would abide by the voters' will if he isn't reelected, which forces the question: What would happen if the president refused to accept a loss? As of now, nearly 180 million Americans who are eligible to vote will be able to do so by mail this year, and 22 million of those will be permitted to use fear of the coronavirus as a reason to cast mail-in ballots. The pandemic is set to change the way millions of Americans can vote in November, as states expand access to mail-in voting as a safer alternative to in-person voting. See where mail-in voting is being expanded and which states need an excuse beyond the pandemic to do so.
- An epidemic of misinformation on social media spread alongside the coronavirus this year, and major social media companies like Twitter and Facebook came under mounting pressure to fix the problem. Now they are all ramping up efforts to control the spread of misinformation, but those efforts could have inadvertent consequences, activists say. Researchers who study the spread of information online and monitor conflicts and human rights abuses are finding fewer reports and less evidence to go on, as accounts get swept up in new content moderation.
Other important news
- Analysis: Concern about a coronavirus infection is driven more by partisanship than by knowing someone who was infected.
- Fact Checker: Betsy DeVos’s claim that children are ‘stoppers’ of covid-19
- Brazil reports a record number of infections as coronavirus spreads to all regions of the country.
- As many as 1 million families in North Carolina have fallen behind on their utility bills because of the pandemic, driving families and cities to the financial brink.
- ‘A month of tragedy’: Coronavirus ravaged a convent near Detroit, claiming the lives of 13 religious sisters.
- The Tokyo Olympics were supposed to open Friday. Instead, the city is facing a spike in coronavirus cases.
- 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/.
- Lancaster Cares COVID grants are still being accepted!