First day of spring

A port-a-potty is seen in Buchanan Park on the first day of spring, Thursday, March 19, 2020, one day after Lancaster County's first case of coronavirus was reported positive.

Editor's note: This story will be updated, so be sure to check back for more new information.


Posted 3:04 p.m.

The respiratory therapy program at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences has donated all six of its ventilators to Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital in light of the nationwide ventilator shortage expected because of COVID-19.

"This contribution is a small but powerful thing we could do to support our community and specifically our fellow health care workers," said program chair Jim Christie. "My biggest hope is they aren’t needed, but if they are, I’m glad they’re in a place where they can be put to good use.”

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The respiratory therapy program at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences donated these six ventilators -- its entire stock -- to Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital to help it prepare for COVID-19 patients.


Posted 2:55 p.m.

Gov. Tom Wolf and Dr. Rachel Levine's daily COVID-19 press conference:


Posted 2:25 p.m.

Per state Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, so far no one who lives or works in a nursing home or assisted living facility in Pennsylvania has tested positive for COVID-19.


Posted 1:11 p.m. 

Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health reported stricter visitor restrictions went into effect Thursday, March 19, 2020, for inpatient and outpatient facilities. Under it, no inpatient visitors will be permitted except in certain special circumstances. 


Posted 12:41 p.m.

Are you having money troubles because of the COVID-19 outbreak?

Here's a list of places where you can get help, compiled by the state Department of Banking and Securities.

Posted 12:10 p.m.

In its noon update, the Department of Health indicated the total number of COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania has climbed to 268.

Friday's number is up from the 185 reported on Thursday.

Posted 11:52 a.m.

A Turkey Hill Minit Markets convenience store in Lancaster city was temporarily closed after a team member reported testing positive for COVID-19, according to a statement from the company.

Posted 11:48 a.m. 

Erie School District announced that it is closing all of its schools indefinitely, the Erie Times-News reports. 

The school district will still have daily distribution of means. 

The school district serves 11,000 students. 

Posted 11:40 a.m. 

Northern Lancaster County Regional Police said that due to Gov. Tom Wolf's order to shutdown all non-life-sustaining businesses, they will be wearing new uniforms. 

The department said that because dry-cleaning facilities will be shutdown, a new alternate uniform will be worn

The new uniform is a black polo shirt with "Regional police" written on the back. 

Posted 11:22 a.m.

After Gov. Tom Wolf ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses to close beginning on March 21, a lot of businesses are wondering, "what's next?" 

The administration said that businesses who aren't sure whether they should close or not could email ra-dcedcs@pa.gov

A list of what the administration does and does not consider life-staining can be found here. 

Waivers and exemptions regarding the closure order can be sought by emailing ra-dcexemption@pa.gov

Information about working capitol loans for businesses impacted can be found at http://dced.pa.gov/resources.

Posted 8:44 a.m.

Because the forecast includes high winds, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health's swab tents at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences will close at noon Friday, March 20, and reopen at 7 a.m. Saturday, March 21, the system said. 

The tents are only for people who have completed a screening and have a doctor's order for a COVID-19 test.


Posted 6:46 a.m.

The state health department released the new case count for Pennsylvania. There are 185 positive cases of coronavirus in the state including two in Lancaster County.

The case count goes as follows:

Adams: 1

Allegheny: 16

Beaver: 2 ​

​Berks: ​1

Bucks: 12

Chester: 10

Cumberland: 11

Delaware: 14 ​

​Lackawanna: 2

​Lancaster: 2

​Lebanon: 1

Lehigh: 1 ​

Luzerne: 1 ​

Monroe: 15

Montgomery: 47

Northampton: 5

Philadelphia: 33

Pike: 3

Washington: 3

Wayne: 1

​Westmoreland: 2

​York: 2


What to know for today

- Yesterday, Gov. Wolf ordered all businesses that are not life sustaining to close temporarily amid the coronavirus outbreak in Pennsylvania. Here's what constitutes a life-sustaining business

- Lancaster County could be short on hospital beds, depending how many patients the coronavirus brings

- PSSAs are canceled for this year

- During times of isolation and loneliness, many people are finding solace in the outdoors in Lancaster County


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