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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.

Historic tree preserved at Chambersburg Hospital

The white oak tree, which stands at an estimated 90-feet tall with a girth of four feet, is assumed to be between 200 and 300 years old.

Franklin County Prepares for Coronavirus

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

Sharing Culture and Henna Designs

Health care providers are often known for their healing hands but through a delicate web of intricate design, one WellSpan Summit Health provider showed her artistic hand, while lending a hand to her co-workers.

Local Mother Defeats Breast Cancer

When Tracy Fuqua was just 33 years old, she scratched an itch, felt a lump and experienced a fluke discovery that lead to a whirlwind breast cancer diagnosis and started the fight of her life.

Longtime Waynesboro Nurse, Barb Bock, Receives Lifetime DAISY Award

When an employee retires, they typically get cards, kind words from their colleagues and maybe some cake.

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.

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.

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.

A ‘Sign’ of the Times at WellSpan Waynesboro Hospital

Signs going up at WellSpan Waynesboro Hospital literally point to continued high-quality health care from familiar faces at the 57-bed facility, according to hospital officials.

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.

Pennsylvania Insurers Agree to Pay for COVID-19 Testing, Treatment

The Wolf administration announced this week the state’s major health insurers will cover medically appropriate COVID-19 diagnostic testing and associated treatment for consumers.

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.

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.

WellSpan Touts It’s Community Involvement: ‘It’s What Neighbors Do’

WellSpan Health provided more than $221 million in community benefits to southcentral Pennsylvania last year. That's according to the health provider's 2019 Community Benefit Report.

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).

Briefs: Virtual meetings, penpals and gratitude

Chambersburg Area School District is going virtual for its. Next meeting later this month. The Area Agency n Aging is asking for letters for seniors and CPD has been receiving lots of support for its officers from the community.

WellSpan offers free access to health club for your mind app

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

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.

March 17 COVID-19 Cancellations, Closures and Postponed Events

Here is the current list of new closures and cancellations as of March 17. During this pandemic it’s recommendation is to avoid crowds.

Attendance Grows at Second Annual Wellspan Women’s Wellness Day

WellSpan Health regularly offers sessions to provide information and tools to help community members live healthier lives. For an upcoming session near you, click here.

Take a hike: Flocking to the wilderness

This summer it is more important than ever to reinforce safety with a higher volume of foot traffic on trails as well as people trying new outdoor activities for the first time.

Premie is First 2020 Baby in Franklin County

A little boy, born at 8:14 p.m. on New Year’s Day, was the first bundle of joy at WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital in 2020.

Maranatha Spearheads ‘Faith Feeding’ for the Hungry During COVID-19 Emergency

It will feature a cookout in the ministry’s parking lot, but will not encourage the public to congregate there for the meal. Instead, the prepared food will be packaged for take out or delivery from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.

Hospice Physician’s Cross-State Bike Ride Spreads Urgent Message

An Emmaus doctor biking across Pennsylvania brought his “Don’t Wait” message to Franklin County last week.

Health Fair Will Honor the Late Jeff Carty

WellSpan Waynesboro Hospital hosts its 37th annual Waynesboro Hospital Health Fair from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Mar. 7 at Waynesboro Area Senior High School.

Shapiro Creates Consumer Tool to Combat Coronavirus Price Gouging

Attorney General Josh Shapiro sent a message to Pennsylvania residents and businesses this week: The public is protected from price gouging as the new Coronavirus crisis spreads.

Keystone CEO Finds Relief From Vertigo at WellSpan Center

Keystone Health President and CEO Joanne Cochran has struggled with vertigo sporadically since she was a young adult.

Everyone Loves Rosie: Midwife Klinepeter Retires

“Everyone loves Rosie. She’s a joy to be around.” That’s what both coworkers and patients say about Certified Nurse Midwife Rosie Klinepeter.

PA Department of Health Ramping up in Case Coronavirus Reaches State

While no cases of the novel coronavirus that is currently roiling China and various other nations have yet shown up in Pennsylvania, the state Department of Health is nonetheless working on implementing plans in anticipation of its arrival.

Hunger strike at FCP over, warden claims

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.

Franklin County goes green next Friday

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.

DEP to Track Ticks as Part of Study

The Department of Environmental Protection is beginning a five-year environmental surveillance of ticks to assess the risk of tickborne illnesses across Pennsylvania.

Mastriano Wants HIPPA Suspended During COVID-19 Outbreak

As a result of the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak, State Senator Doug Mastriano (R-33) is introducing a measure calling upon the federal government to temporarily suspend the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

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.

Lunches for Kids During COVID-1 Crisis

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

Lyme Disease Awareness Month

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by the bite of a tick. Pennsylvania is ranked number one in reported cases of Lyme disease in the US for the 8th year running.

A Frozen Grief Journey Helps Children Process Feelings About Death

Grieving children and their families are invited to join the Drew Michael Taylor Foundation for A Frozen Grief Journey.

Greencastle Doctor Reflects On Living, Working In Greencastle

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

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

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

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