Community call to action: County in crisis, Lets work together

Franklin County is in crisis.

We are grappling with the devastating impacts of a global pandemic–on our economy, on our basic needs and resources, on our healthcare systems, and on our lives.

Unfortunately, it’s going to get worse before it gets better. Data shows an alarming increase of COVID-19 cases in our community which are predicted to continue rising rapidly.

READ: Franklin County: COVID-19 surge in full swing

Think this isn’t happening in our community?

It is. Here are the facts:

  • 160 have died of COVID-19 in Franklin County (as of December 12, 2020)
  • Of those people, 108 have died since November 1. That’s 108 people in 43 days.
  • 1,181 people in Franklin County tested positive for COVID-19 in the week of December 6-12, compared to 58 people who tested positive in a one-week span two months ago (October 4-10)
  • Of those, 244 people tested positive in one day on December 7 – the most in any single day to date (as of December 12, 2020)
  • 109 patients with COVID-19 are currently being treated at Chambersburg and Waynesboro Hospitals (as of December 18, 2020)

With the rate of infections growing, more people we know will fall ill. Some will recover just fine, others will battle for weeks or months, and others won’t survive.

We still have time to prevent more cases and more deaths in our fellow community members, but we have to act  now.

Starting today, we need all of us to work together to slow the spread of this disease and help protect the health of our neighbors, friends, co-workers, and loved ones. We need to help prevent our healthcare systems from reaching maximum capacity.

We need to recognize fully that our county is in crisis and take steps to slow COVID-19’s spread.

  • Wear a mask, properly, whenever leaving home.
  • Wash our hands, often.
  • Stay home whenever possible. When unable to stay home, keep 6 feet apart from others.
  • If symptoms arise, get tested right away*.

To do this:

Each one of us here in Franklin County is affected by COVID-19**. It has a rippling impact on every aspect of our lives and we are all struggling with the constant challenges this pandemic presents.

READ: Frontline caregivers get vaccinated

We are in this together and we will get through this together, if we work together.

We stand in solidarity with this statement, with the Franklin County Commissioners, with our local healthcare heroes, and in our commitment to mitigate community spread of COVID-19.

Supporting the call

Leadership from emergency responders groups and organizations have agreed to support this call to action:

  • Franklin Forward
  • Borough of Chambersburg, Council President
  • Borough of Shippensburg
  • Businesses Who Care
  • Chambers’ Apothecary
  • Chambersburg Area School District
  • Chambersburg Cares
  • Chambersburg Hispanic American Center
  • Chambersburg Memorial YMCA
  • Children’s Aid Society – The Frances Leiter Center
  • Cindy Shoemaker Counseling and Consulting
  • Comunidad Hispana, Chambersburg PA
  • DiLoreto, Cosentino & Bolinger
  • First Start Partnerships for Children and Families
  • Franklin County Area Development Corporation
  • Franklin County Bar Association
  • Franklin County Career & Technology Center
  • Franklin County Career & Technology Center Practical Nursing Program
  • Franklin County Chiefs of Police
  • Franklin County Department of Emergency Services
  • Franklin County District Attorney’s Office
  • Franklin County Fire Chiefs Association
  • Franklin County Government
  • Franklin County Housing Authority
  • Franklin County Legal Services
  • Franklin County Library System
  • Franklin County Visitors Bureau
  • Healthy Communities Partnership of Greater Franklin County
  • Healthy Franklin County
  • Iglesia Central Rey de Reyes 
  • Keystone Health
  • Latinos of Chambersburg
  • Laurel Life Behavioral Health Services
  • LIU12 Franklin County Literacy Council
  • Luminest 
  • Mental Health Association of Franklin/Fulton Counties
  • NETwork Ministries
  • PennCaresPenn State Mont Alto
  • Pennsylvania Department of Health
  • Shippensburg Area School District
  • Shippensburg Fire Department
  • South Central Community Action Programs
  • United Way of Franklin County
  • Washington Township Police Department
  • Waynesboro Area School District Police Dept.
  • Waynesboro Community and Human Services
  • Waynesboro Police Department
  • WellSpan Health
  • WellSpan Behavioral Health
  • Wilson College

Help and resources

If you would like your organization/business to be added on to this call to action, please fill out this form.

* For COVID-19 healthcare information, contact one of our local healthcare providers or visit their online COVID dashboards: WellSpan and Keystone Health. Click here for local COVID-19 Testing information (document with local testing resources to be added soon).

** Information and Community Resources to help you get through this crisis:

With our county in crisis, we at Franklin County Free Press join our neighbors in supporting this Community Call to Action recently developed by the Franklin Forward Task Force.