CDC billboard don't touch face

An electronic billboard on Clipper Magazine Stadium 650 N. Queen St. in Lancaster city has messages from Centers of Disease Control and Prevention to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Posted at 11:34 p.m.

Lancaster Family YMCA announced changes to its offerings in response to the outbreak.

Beginning Sunday, March 15, its associated facilities will operate on a limited schedule. They will open at their regular times but close at 5 p.m. on weekends and 8 p.m. on weekdays. ChildWatch babysitting service is suspended. All programs and activities are postponed for at least two weeks. Wellness centers will be closed from 1 to 2 p.m. daily for extensive cleaning. For other changes, go to lancasterymca.org.

Posted at 5:58 p.m.

Pet Pantry of Lancaster said all non-essential and elective surgeries will be postponed for two weeks, including “TNR” surgeries. Pet owners will be notified to reschedule.

Starting on Monday, March 16, Pet Pantry will be closed to the public, but staff will still be there for urgent and emergency situations. All volunteers are asked to stay home for two weeks. 

Posted 5:50 p.m.

Lancaster Bureau of Police instituted new precautions amid the coronavirus outbreak. The department is suspending employment fingerprints, will be handling more reports over the phone and may ask people to step outside of homes or businesses when responding.

“Please do not be offended if responders arrive wearing personal protective equipment,” the department said.

Posted 3:34 p.m.

Starting March 14, visitation at Lancaster County prison has been suspended until further notice.

Legal visitation will not be affected at this time, said Lancaster County commissioner Josh Parsons.


Posted 3:13 p.m.

Following recent orders from Gov. Wolf, which called for all non-essential public spaces in Bucks and Chester counties to close to encourage social distancing, King of Prussia Mall closed Saturday afternoon, according to media reports.

Simon, the company that owns the mall, posted on its website: "We expect that all non-essential tenants of King of Prussia adhere to and comply with Gov. Wolf's recommendation effective immediately."


Posted 2:04 p.m.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced two more presumed positive cases of coronavirus in the state.

Dr. Rachel Levine, during a press conference Saturday afternoon, said two cases are presumed positive in Allegheny County.

This brings the total count in the state to 47 cases.

Additionally, in the press conference, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Chester and Bucks counties would shut down for the next two weeks to enforce social distancing. 

This announcement comes on the coattails of orders to temporarily close down Montgomery and Delaware counties.


Posted 1:00 p.m.

The Humane Pennsylvania announced it would be "dramatically scaling back operations," according to a press release.

All animals in the care of a Humane facility will still be taken care of, but there will be fewer staff members available. Volunteer members will be asked to stay home.

Adoptions will not be available until March 30, according to the press release.

This will affect the Humane League of Lancaster County, at 2195 Lincoln Highway East in East Lampeter Township.

"Like most of what we do, we rely on science and the advice of experts in their fields. Health experts are telling us that social distance is what we should be practicing and non-essential activities should be curtailed. We can hope that in a couple of weeks this will have seemed like overkill," said President of Humane Pennsylvania Karel Minor.


Posted 12:45 p.m.

Manheim Township Police Department announced all parks and recreation-related activities will be canceled until April 1, because of the threat of coronavirus.

Lancaster County does not yet have any confirmed cases of the virus as of Saturday afternoon, according to the Pa. Dept. of Health.


Posted 12:28 p.m.

Allegheny County announced it has its first suspected cases of coronavirus, and will be holding a press conference at 2 p.m. today, media reports say.

Additionally, UPMC announced it is able to create coronavirus tests that could have results ready within 24 hours.


Posted 12:02 p.m.

The Pa. Dept of Health has announced four new cases of the coronavirus in Pennsylvania, bringing the overall total to 45.

The new cases were reported in Chester County (1), Montgomery County (2) and Philadelphia (1).


Posted 10:28 a.m.

Lancaster County libraries have announced they will be closed until March 29 as a means of preventing the spread of coronavirus. 

There is not yet confirmation from the governor's office that says this is a statewide initiative. 

All electronic library resources are available on the county library's website.


Posted 9:24 a.m.

Until further notice, all 24-hour Giant grocery stores will close from midnight to 6 a.m. to handle sanitization and stocking, the company said in a press release.

In Lancaster County, this affects the Giant at 1605 Lititz Pike in Manheim Township.


Posted 9:19 a.m.

The West Earl Fire Company mud sale, scheduled for March 21, has been postponed to a yet-to-be-determined date, according to president of the fire station, Kristopher Pursel.

"This decision was not made lightly," Pursel said in a press release.


Posted 8:50 a.m.

PennDOT announced drivers license centers will be closed for two weeks in Montgomery and Delaware counties, out of an abundance of caution for mitigating the spread of coronavirus. 

In addition, PennDOT will also stop issuing Real IDs in several Pennsylvania counties, including Lancaster County, until March 28, to slow the flow of occupants at the DMV.


Friday recap

- Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf announced that all schools across the state would be closed for two weeks as a means of halting the spread of coronavirus.

- Wolf and Dr. Rachel Levine, secretary of the Pa. Health Dept., announced that the state is up to 41 cases of coronavirus. The first pediatric case of coronavirus was reported in Monroe County.

- The Pa. capitol has halted all public tours of the building.

- Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards pushed back the state's primaries from April 4 to June 20 for fear of coronavirus outbreak.

- Middle Creek Management Area announced it would be closing its visitor center through the end of March, though the public recreation and trails are still open for the time being.

- Several churches are not holding service tomorrow because of fear of the coronavirus.


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