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How many deaths from COVID-19?

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

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.

Hundreds rally in Harrisburg

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

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

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

Local distilleries make hand sanitizer

The World Health Organization and the Food and Drug Administration recently eased restrictions for hand sanitizer and provided a formula make it from alcohol used by distilleries.

Join the 100 Million Mask Challenge

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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 crisis in 20th century triggered need for hospital

The Waynesboro community has a long history of coming together in times of need. For WellSpan Waynesboro Hospital, that history spans all the way to its founding a century ago in response to the Spanish flu pandemic.

Pandemic recovery task force proposed

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

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

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

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

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

Wear homemade masks in public, governor says

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.

Utilities can’t be shut off during Coronavirus emergency

Seasonal restrictions on service terminations typically end April 1. The PUC last month issued an emergency order that halts service shut-offs for as long as Gov. Wolf’s emergency declaration remains in effect.

Pennsylvania ends business waiver requests

The controversial waiver process has been plagued with criticism since Gov. Tom Wolf opened it last month as a way for nonessential businesses forced to close by his shutdown order to plead their case.

Numbers keep growing (groan): Stay home, stay safe

While the numbers on COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Franklin, Cumberland and Adams, the numbers are growing faster in the southeastern part of the state around Philadelphia and the northwestern side where Pittsburgh is located.

Stop panic buying and hoarding, Wolf pleads

The state's food supply can outlast the restrictions on public life caused by the pandemic, officials said.

COVID-19 numbers up, locally and statewide

COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Franklin, Cumberland and Adams Counties. Statewide, there are now officially 5,805 confirmed cases, up 962 from yesterday.

43.8% of adults in Pennsylvania face elevated coronavirus risk

The share of adults over age 60 out of the total at-risk adult population is 74.2 percent. The share of adults age 18 to 60 who are at risk is 16.7 percent.

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.

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