Cumberland County/Investigative Reporter
Reporter for The Sentinel.
Businesses enter an unpredictable winter without much of the economic assistance that they had in the spring. That assistance was fueled by the federal CARES Act, the multitrillion dollar stimulus package the government passed in March and which has since largely been exhausted or expired.
Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine has continued to stress that limiting the spread of the virus in the community outside nursing homes is critical to limiting the spread inside.
Although national media often conceptualizes the urban-suburban-rural divide by county, a precinct-level analysis by The Sentinel reveals an unmistakable divide within Cumberland County itself.
Elections bureau director Bethany Salzarulo thanked her staff and all of the county employees from other departments who had pitched in to assist with the process, particularly with regard to the unprecedented number of mail-in and absentee ballots in this year’s election.
The county commissioners have said they do not see a path forward for Claremont to be financially viable as a county-owned, standalone facility, amidst rising healthcare costs, troubles filling vacant beds, and stagnant Medicaid reimbursement rates.
With the first part of the renovation complete, the Carlisle YMCA plans to launch right into the second part next month, which will involve remodeling the antiquated central part of the building.
In recent weeks, the commissioners have made the clearest case yet that they don’t see a financial path forward for Claremont as an independent, publicly owned entity.
Some of Cumberland County’s legislators have waded into the claims of voting improprieties being made by Pennsylvania Republicans, allegations that are in-line with President Donald Trump’s strategy.
Claremont began another round of mass testing last week, which had revealed 23 cases of COVID-19 among residents through Monday.