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Thursday, May 28, 2020
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.”

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...

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

Hundreds rally in Harrisburg

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Local residents and small business owners joined a rally Monday morning in front of the state capitol in Harrisburg, objecting Gov. Tom Wolf’s shutdown of businesses across the state in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Briefs: Virtual meetings, penpals and gratitude

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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.

Unemployment soars, shutdown continues

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Claims have been running much higher than historical numbers since Gov. Tom Wolf ordered non-essential businesses shuttered.

Join the 100 Million Mask Challenge

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Join the 100 Million Mask Challenge, WellSpan Health is urging its local communities. The challenge is an initiative launched by the American Hospital...

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.

Beware COVID-19 scams lurking

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COVID-19 Scammers are coming out of the woodwork as people anticipate getting a little help from the government during the Coronavirus pandemic crisis,

Adapting to pandemic restrictions

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WCHS wanted to continue its century-old mission to meet local residents’ human and health needs by providing food, baby supplies, emergency financial assistance and nursing services, while keeping its clients, volunteers and staff safe.

A day in the life of a nurse practitioner battling COVID-19

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“It’s not a perfect system. And it’s, you know, it’s not a reflection of my own organization — which is doing the absolute best they can — or even my community, which has stepped up and donated as much as they can to our supplies. It’s unfortunately just an impact of this this whole outbreak that our system was not prepared for,”

COVID-19 cases grow by almost 2,000

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Franklin County now reports 52 confirmed cases since March 19. Cumberland County has had 88 reported cases and two deaths. Adam’s County’s case numbers stand at 38 cases. It reported its first Coronavirus-related death yesterday.

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.

Inmate hunger strike alleged at FCJ

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Three family members of inmates also said their loved one told them a corrections officer threatened to infect the inmate population in an attempt to kill them.

Pandemic recovery task force proposed

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Senate Bill 327 passed along party lines on a vote of 108-93 after Democrats levied, at times, hostile criticism against the majority party for congregating lawmakers in pursuit of what they called a partisan and unnecessary bill.

COVID-19 numbers level out, for now

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Across the state, the numbers dropped slightly for the second day in a row. Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania Department of Health secretary, warned about becoming complacent, however.

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.

Community Generosity: Keep the Cup Half Full

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Like most, physicians, nurses and other healthcare employees enjoy coffee in the morning, to start their day. It’s also a nice way to stay on the up-and-up throughout the day as energy levels wane.

$100M coronavirus small business relief program exhausted

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Nearly 900 applicants have requested over $75 million to their small businesses survive the Coronavirus shutdown.

Wear homemade masks in public, governor says

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Officials encouraged residents to begin wearing homemade masks when in public to help limit the spread of COVID-19 as the state’s death toll rises to 102.

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