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Chambersburg, Franklin County Declare State of Emergencies

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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.

March 23: COVID-19 Cancellations, Postponements, Changes

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

March 21 Closures, Cancellations and Changes

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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.

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

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

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.

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

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

New COVID-19 Cases: 16 Positives, Two More in Cumberland County

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The state’s health department today confirmed 16 new COVID-19 cases, including two new cases in Cumberland County.

Franklin County Prepares for Coronavirus

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When COVID-19 comes to town, Franklin County governments, school districts, health care providers and faith-based organizations will be ready.

Lunches for Kids During COVID-1 Crisis

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There has been an outpouring of support for the children and families in the Chambersburg Area School District, according to Supt. Dion Betts.

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.”

Pennsylvania Shuts Down as Coronavirus Outbreak Escalates

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf recommended all nonessential businesses shut down across the state Monday as the coronavirus outbreak escalates.

Coronavirus Related Cancellations in and Around Franklin County

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All area school districts have announced schools will be closed for the next two weeks. The Franklin County Library System is also closing, as well as Results Fitness and several WellSpan mini care facilities around the county.

Keystone Health Begins Using COVID-19 Screening Tents

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

Shippensburg Task Force Monitoring COVID-19 Impact on Community

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

Hunger strike at FCP over, warden claims

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Some inmates in one of the jail’s eight housing units went on a hunger strike Monday. They are protesting new rules instituted in recent weeks as COVID-19 spread across Pennsylvania.

Coronavirus Related Closures and Cancellations

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During this pandemic it’s recommendation is to avoid crowds. A number of local cancellations have been announced, and more are coming in daily. Even more are taking place state-wide and nationally.

COVID-19 numbers rose sharply again

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Locally, Franklin County saw 30 cases Sunday, up four from Friday. Two cases were reported Saturday and another two Sunday. Adams County cases rose to 22, up three over Friday’s figures.

Pennsylvania liquor stores ‘Soft open’ uncertain, for now

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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.

How many deaths from COVID-19?

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State Rep. Rob Kauffman questioned the totals after talking to Franklin County Coroner Jeff Conner who reported the County’s first confirmed COVID-19 death

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...

Wolf: New COVID-19 Cases Bring PA Total to 4

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Governor Tom Wolf confirmed two new presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania on Saturday. Both individuals from Montgomery County have mild symptoms, are in isolation at home and were exposed in area of the US where COVID-19 is present.

Chambersburg Hospital Nurse Uses Her Passion for Cardiology to Support Community

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A nursing student who suffered sudden heart failure now helps other survivors through a support group at Chambersburg Hos[ital.

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.

COVID-19 patient goes home

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Douglas Doty’s care team never gave up despite the challenges, and celebrated every milestone along the way with him. Caregivers gave him a big send off, cheering as he left the hospital Tuesday afternoon.

Dr. Crim Returns to Family Medicine With WellSpan Convenient Care

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WellSpan Health welcomes Dr. Ryan Crim to its newest WellSpan Convenient Care location in Carlisle.

Greencastle Doctor Reflects On Living, Working In Greencastle

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Dr. Carter Davidson grew up in a western-Pennsylvania town not much different from Greencastle.

COVID-19 Comes to Cumberland County: State Total Now at 45

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The COVID-19 virus reached Cumberland County yesterday, with three cases listed in a state health department report at 4:30 p.m. As of noon today, the total number of cases across the state reached 45.

Franklin County’s COVID-19 death count corrected

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Franklin County’s COVID-19 death count dropped from the 10 deaths the state’s Department of Health reported Tuesday to just one today. That...

Dr. Doug Martzluf Reflects on Time Spent With Patients and Community

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Almost four decades later, Dr. Martzluf is still enchanted by the community where he practiced medicine and he and his wife raised four children.

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.

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.

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.

Local Doctors Recognized as Top Physicians Under 40

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Dr. Joshua Dunklebarger and Dr. Kanika Shanker were recently honored by the Pennsylvania Medical Society for their achievements in medicine during their early careers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Returning Shippensburg Students Test Positive For COVID-19

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

Cancellations Due to the Coronavirus Scare

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During an epidemic, or a pandemic as the World Health Organization is now calling the rapid spread of COVID-19, the recommendation is to avoid crowds.

PA COVID-19 Infections Rise to 96, Five New Cases in Cumberland...

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COVID-19 is spreading, with 20 new cases reported by 5 p.m. Tuesday. The new cases bring Pennsylvania’s total to 96, most concentrated in eastern Pennsylvania.

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