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Franklin County added to Wolf’s stay at home list

Franklin County residents are now under orders to stay at home, as of 8 p.m. tonight. But local police won’t arrest anyone, just remind them of the state’s social distancing rules. And there are lots of exemptions to the rule.

COVID-19 numbers keep rising

Although COVID-19 cases reported in Franklin County rose from 12 to 19 overnight, the county still lags behind neighboring Cumberland County.

Federal stimulus check scams could be coming

AG Josh Shapiro issued a warning this week about potential scammers who want to profit from residents federal stimulus checks.

WellSpan offers remote visits, urges people to stay home

Remote visits can be a video meeting that allows the provider to assess a patient utilizing smartphone or laptop cameras. If patients do not have access to video technology at home, many visits can be completed over the phone.

Four new Coronavirus cases reported in county

As the Coronavirus pandemic rages around us, rural Fulton County is one of few to escape. There were four new cases reported in Franklin County overnight. Numbers in Adams County, to the east, and Cumberland County to the north are for the moment stable with 8 and 22 cases respectively.

Coronavirus related postponements, cancelations

A lot of events and public gathering around Franklin County have been postponed instead of cancelled. Keepin mind that the new dates could. Change also, depending on the fluid Coronavirus situation.

Open letter from local boys and girls clubs

The Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs of Chambersburg and Shippensburg are taking proactive steps to continue to serve the kids who need them during the COVID-19 pandemic, online if necessary.

COVID-19 cases continue to rise,12 new deaths

Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine again today urged Pennsylvanians to stay calm and stay home in light of The continued rise in confirmed cases across the state.

United Way of Franklin County Activates Crisis Fund for COVID-19 relief

During times of uncertainty, people have always come together to help and support each other. Coronavirus is a new test of the community’s strength.

Pennsylvania liquor stores ‘Soft open’ uncertain, for now

Pennsylvania is the only state to close its liquor stores during the coronavirus pandemic. The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States said the situation underscores flaws in the current state-run system. The Council urged the governor to consider alternatives to a complete shutdown.

Pennsylvania Unemployment claims soar amid coronavirus shutdown

Federal data shows Pennsylvania’s claims represent one-fifth of the 3.3 million Americans requesting unemployment benefits nationwide as governors enact strict limits on public life, shuttering most businesses and closing public schools indefinitely.

COVID-19 update: 560 new positives, state totals 1,687

Coronavirus cases soared yesterday across the state as deaths rose to 16 statewide. In Franklin County, cases remain at five. Businesses across the county are closed unless the are on the “life sustaining“ list.

Senate approves COVID-19 response measures

State legislators are working remotely to pass Coronavirus-related legislation this week. The senate passed four bills yesterday.

Shapiro to online businesses: Stop sellers price gouging

“Ripping off consumers by jacking up prices in the middle of a public emergency is against the law. Online resellers like Amazon must join in this fight,” Shapiro said in his letter.

State’s COVID-19 Cases Rise to 644 in 34 Counties, One More...

As of 12 a.m. today, Pennsylvania had 165 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the state’s total to 644. There are no new reported cases in Franklin County.

Wolf Administration Provides Information to Prevent Food Insecurity

Grocery stores, food processors and food banks remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf reminded Pennsylvanians Sunday.

March 23: COVID-19 Cancellations, Postponements, Changes

Today's list of new changes, cancellations, and closures prompted by the Coronavirus health crisis around Franklin County.

COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise, No New Cases in Franklin County

Pennsylvania now has 479 COVID-19 cases, 108 more than yesterday, most of them clustered around the state’s two biggest counties.

Shippensburg Task Force Monitoring COVID-19 Impact on Community

Municipal leaders, first responders, and community organizations are monitoring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Shippensburg area.

March 22 COVID-19 Cancellations, Closures and Changes

Local hospitals are restricting visitors until further notice as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. With schools closed and any type of pubic event or gathering now prohibited

PA Distilleries Pumping out Hand Sanitizer Amid State Shutdown

Pennsylvania distilleries began pumping out hand sanitizer this month to combat price gouging and depleted store shelves as fear of the coronavirus pandemic spreads.

Resources Available to Help Those Impacted by Coronavirus Crisis

Mastriano lists sources of help for the unemployed, those isolated because of Coronavirus.

March 21: COVID-19 Cases Rise to 371, No New Cases Locally

Dr. Rachel Levin, Sec. of Health, said State residents have a very important job right now, she said. She urged people to stay calm, stay home and stay safe.

Chambersburg Police Will Enforce Business Closures

The Chambersburg Police Department will be educating those business that defy the order with a goal of getting compliance. If enforcement is warranted, citations can be issued.

March 21 Closures, Cancellations and Changes

Notices of closures and cancellations have slowed down, mostly because local organizations quickly took proactive action as the Coronavirus began to spread earlier this month.

Keystone Health Begins Using COVID-19 Screening Tents

Keystone Health begins screening patients for COVID-19 in outdoor tents Monday at 111 Chambers Hill Drive and 830 Fifth Avenue in Chambersburg.

NY, NJ, PA, CT, Jointly Announce More Business Closures

A coalition of four Northeast states is once again acting in concert to issue restrictions designed to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Resources Available for Employees, Families Impacted by COVID-19

State Senator Doug Mastriano (R-33) is reminding community residents that resources are available to help employees and families who have been impacted by the state’s coronavirus mitigation efforts.

Franklin County Resident Tests Positive for Coronavirus

One person has tested positive for the Coronavirus in Franklin County, the Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed this morning.

March 20 COVID-19 Cancellations, Postponements and Changes

Here is the current list of new closures and cancellations as of March 20. Also included are events with altered hours and/or rules for participation.

Returning Shippensburg Students Test Positive For COVID-19

Two Shippensburg students returning to the U.S. after spending spring break in Europe tested positive for COVID-19 this week.

Emergency Food Assistance Available Locally

Agency partners of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank are providing groceries, take-out meals and a dose of hope this week.

Franklin County Revises, Explains Disaster Emergency

The declaration allows staff to expedite activities related to emergency response and readies the county for federal funding for costs related to COVID-19.

PA Reports First COVID-19 Death With 52 New Positive Cases

Pennsylvanians need to take the Coronavirus threat seriously, Secretary of Health warns. The state saw its 1st death from the virus yesterday.

March 19 COVID-19 Related Closures and Cancellations

Most banks have closed their lobbies but are still open for business at their drive-throughs as the Coronavirus crisis deepens.

Elyse Fisler named Chief Nursing Officer for WellSpan Waynesboro, Chambersburg Hospitals

A local nursing leader and advocate for children with Autism has been named Chief Nursing Officer for WellSpan Waynesboro and Chambersburg Hospitals

Chambersburg, Franklin County Declare State of Emergencies

Mayor Walt Bietsch declared a health emergency in Chambersburg Wednesday following the announcement that President Donald Trump had declared a national emergency in connection with the COVID-19 outbreak.

Senate Adopts Temporary Rules for Coronavirus Pandemic

The state Senate took steps today to continue its operations safely by passing a resolution allowing members to vote remotely, according to Senator Doug Mastriano (R-33).

Wednesday’s COVID-19 Cases Up to 133, With 2 in York County...

As of noon today there are 37 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, bringing the statewide total to 133. Those infected are either in isolation at home or being treated at a hospital.

Pennsylvania’s Shutdown Request Going Unenforced, for Now

While businesses across Pennsylvania heed the governor’s warning to shut down for two weeks as the coronavirus outbreak worsens, some may carry on as usual – with few, if any, repercussions from the state.

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