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(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: COVID-19 transmission rates in Lancaster and Berks Counties now rated as substantial as COVID-19 surge continues across the state. COVID-19 mitigation efforts return as cases increase. Palmyra man charged with rape of Lancaster County woman.   

>>COVID-19 Transmission Rate Continues To Surge In Lancaster, Berks Counties

(Lancaster, PA) -- State health officials say the transmission rate of COVID-19 in Berks County is now ranked as substantial, while Lancaster County briefly hit high levels this last week. Updated information from the CDC now shows the transmission rate in Lancaster County has fallen back to substantial levels, the second highest level of transmission under federal guidelines. The CDC recommends anyone living in an area with substantial risk levels should wear masks indoors no matter their vaccination status. 

>>Some COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts Return As Cases Increase

(Lancaster, PA) -- As COVID-19 cases increase, local mitigation efforts to help manage the pandemic are returning. The Lancaster Public Library is requiring anyone two-years old and older to wear masks inside the building. Millersville University has implemented universal masking indoors. State corrections officials say inmates are being assigned to housing units based on their vaccination status.

>>Weekend Fire In Ephrata Displaces 13 People, Cause Under Investigation

(Ephrata, PA) -- The cause of a weekend fire at a duplex in Ephrata remains under investigation. Meanwhile, 13 people who lived in the duplex on East Locust are looking for shelter after the blaze displaced them from their homes. The home had just been bought by Good Samaritan Services to be turned into affordable housing for the residents.  

>>Berks County Coroner Seeks Help In Locating Relatives Of West Reading Man

(Reading, PA) -- The Berks County coroner is seeking relatives of a man who passed away Sunday in his home. The man is identified as 67-year-old Robert Dimaio of West Reading. He passed away of natural causes. Anyone with information on Dimaio's relatives is asked to contact the coroner's office.  

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>>Palmyra Man Charged With Raping Lancaster County Woman

(Lancaster, PA) -- Lancaster County Police have charged a man from Palmyra with the rape of a woman in her West Hempfield Township home this summer. The suspect is identified as 32-year-old Hudson Ferreria-Santos. He's charged with rape, sexual assault and several other related offenses. The victim told police she had just moved into her home and had invited friends over one night in June. She had known Santos only a brief time. She says he sexually assaulted her after he showed up late that night and seemed intoxicated. 


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