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Local man praises use of convalescent plasma

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A local man who recovered from COVID-19 praises the use of convalescent plasma in his treatment while a patient at Chambersburg Hospital...

Rainbow flags fly higher

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Protecting the rights of the LGBTQ+community isn’t only a professional commitment for Kim Brister. It has personal meaning to her as well.

WellSpan offers free access to health club for your mind app

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The app is a unique tool to help community residents deal with the stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic

Traumatic injuries needed instant help

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COVID-19 has changed many things the last few months, but a local orthopedic specialist has been able to continue helping patients.

Franklin County goes green next Friday

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Meanwhile, the state legislature is waiting on a court decision its latest effort to end the governor’s emergency declaration that brought local commerce to almost a standstill while dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic.

Walking to the moon and back

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Walking to the moon and back sounds like an ambitious if not insurmountable task. Transforming Health wants the community to collectively prove...

Inside a Pennsylvania Prison’s Hunger Strike

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After weeks of frustration and complaining about the need to be more vigilant in cleaning and protecting themselves, the prisoners on the F block said they felt they had only one recourse: to engage in collective action.

Lawmaker reveals COVID-19 diagnosis

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ep. Andrew Lewis, R-Dauphin, said he received the results on May 20 that indicated his flu-like symptoms were actually that of the novel coronavirus.

Nursing home data shows Levine unfit

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Pennsylvania far surpassed most of our neighbors in the number of deaths at nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

Making masks, a heartfelt job

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You would expect to hear the beeps and rings of heart monitors and medical equipment in the lab. However, these days you’ll also hear the buzzing of six sewing machines working to make handmade masks.

Privacy: Freely given, or not?

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Privacy is often freely given up for either fear or convince. For COVID-19 big tech companies are teaming up to help trace who individuals come into contact with.

Super heroes come in all sizes

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Super heroes are all around us. They can be found in hospitals, or even on playgrounds and in kindergarten classrooms.

Nurse Tammy Sullivan saved by special team

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The last thing nurse Tammy Sullivan remembers was lying in her hospital bed, staring blankly at the call bell in her room at WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital.

Franklin remains red

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Wolf announced Friday that 12 more Pennsylvania counties will move to yellow May 22, including the rest of Franklin’s neighbors. Franklin was not on that list.

UW fund benefits neighbors

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“This is the work United Way was built for. We are here to mobilize the community to help our neighbors,” said local United way Executive Director Amy Hicks.

COVID-19 numbers decline

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As of Wednesday afternoon Conner reported 16 COVID-19 deaths. Nine were nursing home residents. Conner reported six deaths of Cumberland County residents. Those deaths will go on Cumberland County’s death tally.

WellSpan Health top PA health system

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WellSpan is the first Pennsylvania health system to receive the prestigious Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award in 15 years.

Universal testing for nursing homes

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In Franklin County, as of Monday, 9 of the county’s 15 COVID-19 deaths were nursing home residents. Most of those were at one facility, according to one local source.

Local partnership solves a big problem

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There was no script or plan etched in stone that had simple answers or even protocol as potential supply shortages loomed ahead of WellSpan Health’s COVID-19 journey.

Born during a COVID-19 pandemic

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Note: This is a first-person account of a WellSpan York Hospital mother's delivery of a baby during COVID-19. By...

Coronavirus cancellations

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The July 4th Summer Jubilee Celebration in Waynesboro -- an iconic event for 24 years -- won't take place this year, along with many other summer events.

County legislators rebel

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Franklin County has met the requirement of Wolf’s original ”Stay-at-Home” order, and should get to move to “yellow” status.

Beating COVID-19: A 90-year-old survivor

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Don Garling is an amazing man. When he celebrates his birthday later this month, he can add COVID-19 survivor to his list of lifetime accomplishments.

COVID-19 deaths hit 12 in Franklin County

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Exactly half were nursing home patients, but below the state average of 69% of deaths happening at nursing homes or long term care facilities.

Celebrating Nurses and the work they do

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Local nurses have made a difference in the lives of our patients and their families during one of the scariest times in our history, the Coronavirus pandemic

County’s COVID-19 death toll at 10

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DOH says 41 residents in five Franklin County nursing homes infected with the Coronavirus. Five nursing home employees have also tested positive to the virus, according to DOH charts.

Counting coronavirus deaths

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COVID-19 kills people in a specific and measurable way, and there are specific guidelines for determining whether it was the cause of death.

Don Reigart, special volunteer

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Don says it not only gives him a sense of purpose, but also a glimpse into how the doctors, nurses and all the staff at WellSpan York Hospital go above and beyond in caring for patients.

Local doctors share experiences

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A key instinct for any physician is to bring a patient back to good health. As WellSpan continued through...

WellSpan: Don’t ignore symptoms

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Data from large health systems across the country show COVID-19 patients in their 30s and 40s may be having strokes at a higher rate than non-COVID-19 patients in their age group.

Sharp rise in COVID-19 deaths tied to reporting lags

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Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said the 479 additional fatalities occurred over the last 10 days and added to the state’s tally from the electronic death-reporting system only this week.

Golf courses, private campgrounds reopen Friday

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The announcement follows last week’s guidance that construction sites also will resume operations Friday as the state looks toward loosening pandemic restrictions in less affected counties in the coming weeks.

County’s COVID-19 deaths at 6

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Coroner Jeff Conner is keeping an accurate record of Coronavirus related deaths in Franklin County. His count tallies with figures reported by WellSpan Health in its COVID-19 Information Dashboard on its website.

100 Million Mask Challenge

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WellSpan Health and Mennonite Disaster Services (MDS) today announced they are joining forces to meet the 100 Million Mask Challenge, an initiative launched...

Latest COVID-19 numbers fall

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New cases leveled off last week, ranging between 1,200 and arouNd 1,500 a day. Today’s official numbers (885) from the state represent about a 40% drop in new cases.

New treatment for COVID-19 patients

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To date, WellSpan Health physicians have used this investigational treatment for some of the sickest COVID-19 patients at Good Samaritan, Chambersburg And York Hospitals. Only those who are critically ill and hospitalized qualify for convalescent plasma treatment.

Franklin County’s COVID-19 death toll at 5

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According to WellSpan, the health provider has tested 14,846 patients in the six-county area. Of those, 1,460 (about 10%) have tested positive since the testing began in March.

Comforting COVID-19 patients

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Comforting COVID-19 patients requires a special type of touch. When patients are scared or loved ones are worried,...

Franklin County COVID-19 deaths hit 3

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Two more Franklin County residents have died as a result of COVID-19 infections as of this afternoon, according to Franklin County Coroner...

Local doctor deploys to NYC

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“People were hanging out of their windows, on their balconies, just cheering for us because we were there to help them,” DeCort said. “It was pretty amazing. That was very touching.”

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