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30- March – News Talk 103.7 FM –Title 1 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is the Keeping American Workers Paid and Employed Act, which provides relief for small businesses and their employees who are adversely affected by the outbreak of COVID-19. The cornerstone provision is the “Paycheck Protection Program,” an emergency lending facility, administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA) under its 7(a) lending program, to provide small business loans on favorable terms to borrowers impacted by the current state of economic uncertainty. Click this link to learn more…Paycheck Protection Program FAQs for Small Businesses(1)

30- March – News Talk 103.7 FM – Washington County has 14 confirmed cases…For a count of confirmed cases, death, tests administered and test results received.

The Health Department is investigating these cases with the help of the of the Maryland Department of Health. Communicable Disease nurses will identify contacts and advise them of any necessary actions to take. Information will be released as soon as possible if any risk to the public is identified.

Maryland has 1,413 confirmed cases. At this time Maryland State and Washington County have declared a State of Emergency.

30- March – News Talk 103.7 FM –Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan issued a “stay-at-home” directive in response to the coronavirus pandemic effective Monday.

Hogan said the region around the nation’s capital, which includes Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, has reached “a critical turning point in the fight to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The stay-at-home order will be effective at 8 p.m. Monday.

“No Maryland resident should be leaving their home unless it is for an essential job or for an essential reason, such as obtaining food or medicine, seeking urgent medical attention or for other necessary purposes,” Hogan said at a news conference on the Maryland State House lawn.

 

30- March – News Talk 103.7 FM –Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday that all schools will remain closed indefinitely as Pennsylvania reported nearly 700 new cases of the coronavirus.

Wolf also extended his order to stay at home to more counties — Carbon, Cumberland, Dauphin and Schuylkill — and said the social distancing guidelines will be extended until April 30.

“We’re going to keep our schools and businesses closed as long as we need to keep them closed to keep Pennsylvania safe. Right now, it isn’t safe,” he said.

Under Wolf’s order, people in the 26 affected counties may leave their homes to work at a business that’s still open, go to the grocery store or pharmacy, visit a doctor, care for a relative, get outside to exercise or for several other reasons.

 29- March – News Talk 103.7 FM –The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania increased by more than 640 over the past day and four more people died, the state Health Department announced Sunday.

The state’s health secretary, Dr. Rachel Levine, said in a video news conference that 38 people in all have died in the state after being diagnosed with the coronavirus infection. In all, nearly 3,400 Pennsylvanians have tested positive, and infections have been confirmed in 58 of the 67 counties.

Most of the people who have died or required hospitalization in Pennsylvania have been 65 or older.

The medical director at a western Pennsylvania nursing home said 14 residents have become infected with the coronavirus and additional tests are pending.

Dr. Dave Thimons told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that staff are doing what they can to help those affected at the Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in Beaver.

Levine said there have been 64 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in nursing homes across Pennsylvania, and most of them are in the state’s southeastern region of Philadelphia and its suburbs.

Thirty-six of the state’s 695 nursing homes have confirmed cases. As of three days ago, there had been 33 confirmed COVID-19 cases in 17 Pennsylvania nursing homes, the Health Department said.

29 – March – News Talk 103.7 FM – The Pennsylvania Office of Administration said Sunday that about 2,500 state workers were out of a job as of Friday because of the coronavirus.

Agency spokesman Dan Egan said Sunday the job cuts were in response to a decline in state revenues in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Egan said the workers were either laid off or put into a leave-without-pay status. He described them as generally being temporary or seasonal employees, part-timers and interns. Most will qualify for unemployment benefits.

Pennsylvania’s governor says the state’s COVID-19 outbreak response would be helped by a federal major disaster declaration.

Gov. Tom Wolf made a formal request for the declaration on Sunday, saying it would provide additional help to governments responding to the crisis.

Wolf, a Democrat, signed a disaster emergency proclamation for Pennsylvania on March 6 and it remains in effect.

29- March – News Talk 103.7 FM –A resident of a Maryland nursing home died after contracting COVID-19 in an outbreak that has sickened dozens of the facility’s residents and strained a short-handed staff, health officials said Sunday.

A man in his 90s who was a resident at the Pleasant View Nursing Home in Mount Airy died Saturday night after testing positive for COVID-19, Carroll County Health Officer Ed Singer said at a news conference. Singer said 66 facility residents had tested positive and 11 had been hospitalized.


Outside the nursing home on Sunday, a sheriff’s deputy and state trooper parked their patrol vehicles and checked all incoming vehicles to make sure people were authorized to enter the premises. Signs saying “NO TRESPASSING” were staked to the ground, and a half-dozen or so vehicles that pulled up to the entrance turned around after the drivers apparently saw the signs.

29- March – News Talk 103.7 FM – Bracing the nation for a death toll that could exceed 100,000 people, President Donald Trump on Sunday extended restrictive social distancing guidelines through April, bowing to public-health experts who presented him with even more dire projections for the expanding coronavirus pandemic.

It was a stark shift in tone by the president, who only days ago mused about the country reopening in a few weeks. From the Rose Garden, he said his Easter revival hopes had only been “aspirational.”

The initial 15-day period of social distancing urged by the federal government expires Monday and Trump had expressed interest in relaxing the national guidelines at least in parts of the country less afflicted by the pandemic. He instead decided to extend them through April 30, a tacit acknowledgment he’d been too optimistic. Many states and local governments have stiffer controls in place on mobility and gatherings.

 29- March – News Talk 103.7 FM – This COVID-19 Emergency Relief $75M Loan Fund offers working capital to assist Maryland for-profit small businesses disrupted operations due to COVID-19. Loan assistance is intended to provide interim relief complementing actions with its bank, business interruption insurance, and financial partners.

GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • Loans up to $50,000 (not to exceed three months of cash operating expenses) open to Maryland businesses impacted by the COVID-19 with fewer than 50 employees.
  • 0% for the first 12 months, and 2% for the remaining 36 months.
  • Deferral of any payments for the first 12 months, and straight amortization beginning in the 13th month through the 36th month.
  • Business must be established prior to March 9, 2020 and in good standing.
  • Applicants must have employees on their payroll for whom they have had payroll taxes withheld (i.e. W-2 employees).
  • Two years of historical financial statements and most recent interim statement to benchmark revenue against (if available).
  • Six month pro forma of estimated lost revenue or other documented loss evidence.
  • Minimum personal credit score of 575.
  • No collateral requirements.
  • Eligible uses include: working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses, or other similar expenses that occur in the ordinary course of operations.
 
The business must demonstrate financial stress or disrupted operations, which may include but are not limited to:
  • Notices from tenants closing operations and not paying rent caused by loss of income.
  • Notice of inability to pay rent or make loan payments due to reduced sales, suspended operations.
  • Increased cost related to COVID-19 prevention measures.
  • Notice of disrupted supply network leading to shortage of critical inventory or materials.
  • Other circumstances subject to review on a case by case basis.
 
If you have questions before applying, please review these Frequently Asked Questions.

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Click here to apply.

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This $5 million incentive program helps Maryland manufacturers to produce personal protective equipment and other items identified as Critical Needs Items by MEMA and DGS, that are urgently needed by the State of Maryland, Maryland-based hospitals and healthcare facilities, and emergency and first responders.

GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

  • Grants of up to $100,000 will be made available to manufacturers to 1) increase existing capacity to produce these critical need items or 2) quickly pivot operations to produce these critical need items.
  • Grant awards will vary based on the applicant’s total investment.
  • Applicants must be an established Maryland business and demonstrate experience, technical expertise and financial stability to implement the proposed project.
  • Eligible costs include but are not limited to capital expenses such as machinery and equipment, raw materials needed for production, and operating expenses associated with increased production.
  • Funding decisions will be made based on a variety of evaluation criteria, including but not limited to technical capability, operational experience, and the priority purchasing needs of the State of Maryland, with priority given to the product areas of greatest need within the Maryland healthcare system.
  • Funds will be disbursed as follows: 50% at notice of award, with remaining 50% paid upon completion with proof of expenses.
 
To be eligible an applicant must:
  • Currently be located, and plan to manufacture the products, in Maryland.
  • Be in good standing with the State of Maryland and with OSHA and MOSH regulations.
  • Demonstrate an ability to quickly implement the proposed project in order to meet the urgent needs resulting from the COVID-19 response.
 

29- March – News Talk 103.7 FM – AFT will award farmers with cash grants of up to $1,000 each to help them weather the current storm of market disruptions caused by the coronavirus crisis.

Eligible applicants include any small and mid-size direct-market producers. These are defined as producers with annual gross revenue of between $10,000 and $1 million from sales at farmers markets and/or direct sales to restaurants, caterers, schools, stores, or makers who use farm products as inputs.

USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Rural Development will keep our customers, partners, and stakeholders continuously updated as more actions are taken to better serve rural America.

Effective March 19, borrowers with USDA single-family housing Direct and Guaranteed loans are subject to a moratorium on foreclosure and eviction for a period of 60 days. This action applies to the initiation of foreclosures and evictions and to the completion of foreclosures and evictions in process.

Guaranteed Loan Program:

  • Guaranteed Loan borrowers who are in default or facing imminent default due to a documented hardship can have payments reduced or suspended by their lender for a period not to exceed 12 months delinquency. Once the hardship is resolved, the lender can modify the loan to cure the delinquency or make up the missed payments based on the borrower’s individual circumstances.
  • Guaranteed Loan servicing questions should be directed to: [email protected].

Direct Loan Program:

  • USDA has waived or relaxed certain parts of the application process for Single-Family Housing Direct Loans, including site assessments, and has extended the time period that certificates of eligibility are valid.
  • A Direct Loan borrower who is experiencing a reduction of income by more than 10 percent can request a Payment Assistance package to see if he/she is eligible for payment assistance or for more assistance than currently received.
  • Moratorium Assistance is available for Direct Loan borrowers experiencing medical bill expenses (not covered by insurance) or job loss because of COVID-19. Qualifying borrowers can receive a moratorium on house payments for a period of time, repaid at a later date.
  • Direct Loan questions should be directed to USDA’s Customer Service Center at 800-414-1226 (7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Eastern Time Monday-Friday) orhttps://www.rd.usda.gov/contact-us/loan-servicing. Call volume and wait times are high at this time.

Multi-Family Housing

Multi-Family Housing is taking several steps to help owners, management agents and tenants maintain quality housing during the COVID-19 outbreak. Specifically, three immediate steps are effective for Section 515 Multi-Family properties:

  • Tenant certifications due March 31, April 30 and May 31 for Multi-Family properties have been extended to June 30 with no late fees or overage charges, as allowed in Multi-Family guidance (HB-3-3560, Chapter 4, Section 4.11). This extension will allow for additional time to complete needed certifications while avoiding face-to-face meetings as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Late fees on Section 515 mortgages will be waived, subject to waiver authority in 7 CFR 3560.403 (c)(3).
  • Section 515 Annual Financial Statements due March 31 will be extended 30 days, as per Multi-Family guidance (HB-2-3560 Chapter 4, Section 4.16-H). USDA is exploring whether a longer extension is appropriate and will provide further guidance.
  • Current policy states that owners must process an interim re-certification at the tenant’s request if there is a change in income of $50 or more per month. The owner should already have this policy in writing and apply it consistently. To the maximum extent possible, we encourage all owners to work with all tenants with impacted income to adjust rent payments.
  • USDA encourages all owners to work with impacted residents and families to adjust rent payments, enter into forbearance agreements, and lessen the impact on affected residents. At this time, no additional subsidy funding has been made available. If borrowers are temporarily unable to make loan payments, the Agency may waive late fees and enter into an official workout plan.

Rural Utilities Service

  • On March 20, 2020, USDA extended for 60 days the deadline for Telecommunications and Electric Program borrowers and grantees to submit their annual CPA audit. In most cases, such audits are due to the agency by April 30, 2020.
  • USDA is waiving borrower covenant requirements for loan agreement financial ratios for the period from Jan. 1, 2020, through Dec. 31, 2020. Additionally, USDA is waiving all financial reporting requirements associated with existing Rural Utilities Service (RUS) loan and grant covenants beginning Jan. 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020.
  • The RUS Administrator has delegated authority to the RUS Telecommunications, Electric, and Water and Environmental Programs to consider requests to waive certain site inspection requirements during the current COVID-19 National Emergency.
  • Applicants will be able to use alternative methods to notify the public, such as through video conferences, teleconferences and public notices on websites and in local newspapers, as a substitute for the public meeting notification requirement for water and waste projects.
  • On a case-by-case basis, USDA will help Electric Program borrowers gain access to obligated funds more quickly at current low interest rates by considering extensions of loan terms (within statutory limits); considering requests to move obligated funds between the Electric Program’s six budget purposes where the new purpose has cleared environmental review; and by considering Temporary Normal Inventory (TNI) requests.
  • For assistance, please contact:
  • Electric Program: Christopher McLean, [email protected], 202-407-2986
  • Telecommunications Program: Laurel Leverrier, [email protected], 202-495-9142
  • Water and Environmental Programs: Edna Primrose, [email protected], 202-494-5610

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28- March – News Talk 103.7 FM – President Donald Trump floated the idea of a quarantine as early as Saturday affecting residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut for a short time to stop the spread of coronavirus from reaching states with fewer infections.

Trump told reporters at the White House that he had spoken with Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, among others, and that “a lot of the states that are infected but don’t have a big problem, they’ve asked me if I’ll look at it so we’re going to look at it.”

28- March – News Talk 103.7 FM – Maryland Governor, Larry Hogan, used Twitter to provide an update on the state’s total number of cases.

28- March – News Talk 103.7 FM – The Baxter Group’s, Jocelyn Melton, discusses disinfecting your home, work, and personal space amid the coronavirus pandemic. Listen now, ON-DEMAND!

28- March – News Talk 103.7 FM – Dr, Wayne Myers from Norland Pharmacy in Chambersburg, appeared on “The Drive” to discuss the coronavirus. Listen now, ON-DEMAND!

28- March – News Talk 103.7 FM – Below, you’ll find updated information on operating hours, procedures for Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown.

Drive-Thru Screening Center – hours of operation will change effective Friday, March 27. The new hours for this screening center will be 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., daily. New screening restrictions implemented on March 26 will remain in place.

Due to limited testing supplies nationwide, new guidelines for COVID-19 testing were released by the state of Maryland on March 24. Screening centers run by Meritus Health now have new criteria for COVID-19 testing. Click here for the new guidelines

Walk-Thru Screening Center – Surrey School location will close effective Monday, March 30. Patients should use the Walk-Thru Screening Center located at 24 N. Walnut Street which will remain open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

28- March – News Talk 103.7 FM – Gov. Tom Wolf is expanding his order for residents to stay at home in most circumstances to almost one-third of Pennsylvania’s counties amid an increase in cases and a dozen more deaths that brought the total to 34.

The number of new cases in the state stands at 533, the total stands at 2,751, according to Wolf.

The governor’s office said Saturday that Wolf was expanding the order to Beaver, Centre and Washington Counties, making a total of 22 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties included. The order already covered three-fourths of the state’s 12.8 million residents.

The order restricts movement to certain health or safety-related travel, or travel to a job at an employer designated by Wolf’s administration as “life-sustaining.” The measures are designed to slow the spread of the virus and give the state’s hospitals time to increase staffing, equipment and bed space.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death.

28- March – News Talk 103.7 FM –People most at risk of contracting COVID-19 are those who have traveled to places where person-to-person transmission of the virus is occurring, and/or those who have been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

If you believe you have been exposed to the coronavirus and have no symptoms, you may contact your doctor for advice. Practice routine precautions such as social distancing.

If you have flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath, you may call your primary care doctor to schedule a video visit or use UPMC AnywhereCare. A video visit from home limits the spread of infection, and if needed, UPMC can guide you safely to the next care site.

If you are experiencing severe symptoms such as trouble breathing, you should visit an emergency department in your community for immediate care. If you can, call ahead of time so they may prepare for your arrival and prevent the spread of any illness, but do not delay if you have severe breathing problems.

Please note that UPMC Urgent Care locations and Primary Care Walk-In Centers are not able to test for or treat patients with COVID-19. They are open to treat minor illnesses and injuries.

27- March – News Talk 103.7 FM  – Congressman John Joyce, M.D. (PA-13) released the following statement on the House passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which will provide immediate relief for American families, workers, small businesses, and health care workers affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

“As our nation fights a war against an invisible enemy, it is more important than ever for Congress to support the American families, workers, small businesses, and frontline health care workers bearing the brunt of this public health crisis. We cannot allow the coronavirus to shut down the American Dream. The CARES Act will deliver compassionate, targeted relief for the American people as we battle coronavirus, as well as safeguard our economy.

“This legislation will provide immediate income for American families in the face of this crisis. It also will sustain small businesses during this unprecedented pause by helping them make payroll and keep their workers employed.

“America’s health care workers are fighting an invisible adversary. By passing the CARES Act, Congress is standing with the doctors, nurses, and all health care workers on the frontlines of this war.

“As a staunch fiscal conservative, I recognize that this legislation is far from perfect. However, it is the only path forward for our nation. Families are hurting, workers are hurting, small businesses are hurting, frontline health care workers are hurting – this is no time for playing political football. This is a time to act.

“Today, the U.S. House of Representatives did our part to come together and deliver tangible relief for Americans in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation. This crisis has reaffirmed what we already know – Americans are resilient and we are stronger when we are united.”

27- March – News Talk 103.7 FM – Beginning at the end of the day on Friday, March 27, 2020, all childcare programs are to be closed. During this State of Emergency, childcare programs have been established by the State to serve only designated essential personnel.

These programs are at no cost to designated essential personnel. Eligible programs may be found on the MSDE website at earlychildhood.marylandpublicschools.org or by using the LOCATE: Child Care resource, a telephone service that is available by phone Monday – Friday at 877-261-0060 between 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM.

Please see the list of designated essential personnel identified in the Governor’s March 25, 2020 Executive Order.

The children of essential personnel attending the State-funded child care programs will be kept at an appropriate distance from each other with ratios of one teacher to nine children and smaller class sizes for younger children.

Parents/guardians are strongly urged to keep children at home as the first and best option to protect them from the virus; it should be noted in the Governor’s March 13, 2020 Executive Order, licensing regulations were relaxed to allow for Family, Friend and Neighbor care for five or fewer students.

27- March – News Talk 103.7 FM – The Washington County Board of County Commissioners delivers a message to the community regarding COVID-19.

The Board of County Commissioners meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 31, 2020 has been canceled. All evening meetings with municipalities are canceled until further notice.

 27- March – News Talk 103.7 FM -The Washington County MD. Chamber’s homepage is constantly being updated with additional resources, with the more important information still remaining: Assistance with Maryland’s Small Business disaster relief programs, SBA information, Layoff Aversion Funding, information on how to file for unemployment insurance claims in bulk (and why it’s encouraged), and so much more. We’ve also got a nice feature that easily breaks down The CARES Act!

Our latest addition is our “Members Here to Help” page, which will be continuously updated with information that other members are sharing, including ways they can offer assistance to fellow members experiencing some confusion and hardship.

The U.S. Small Business Administration launched the Express Bridge Loan (EBL) Pilot Program on March 25 to help existing small businesses obtain financing if they already have a relationship with an SBA approved lender.

The EBL Pilot Program is designed to supplement the SBA’s direct disaster loan capabilities and authorizes SBA Express Lenders to provide expedited SBA-guaranteed bridge loan financing on an emergency basis in amounts up to $25,000 for disaster-related purposes to small businesses located in communities affected by the coronavirus emergency. The loans will help small businesses that are waiting for long-term financing, including through the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. For more details go to the Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program PROGRAM GUIDE . 

27- March – News Talk 103.7 FM – Below is a message from Washington County Health Officer Earl Stoner, as he provides an update regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

27- March – News Talk 103.7 FM – Congressman John Joyce shared his thoughts on the $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package hours before the House voted on it. Here what you missed, ON-DEMAND!

27- March – News Talk 103.7 FM– A massive bipartisan effort to provide relief to a U.S. economy on ice just leapt over its last major hurdle. On Friday, the House of Representatives passed a historic stimulus package known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or “CARES” act, which contains an unprecedented $2.2 trillion in total financial relief for businesses, public institutions and individuals hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The bill passed the House today after Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) took the unpopular step of blocking a voice vote that House members could conduct remotely. House lawmakers quickly returned to Washington to appear in person Friday, where they spread out in the galleries above the House floor for safety. The bill passed with a quorum of more than 216 members of the House present.

“The aid must be robust, rapid and resilient, just like its recipients,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said during proceedings Friday. “We are going to help Americans through this. We are going to do it together.”

Small businesses can expect some relief. The bill sets aside $350 billion for small business loans up to $10 million, with priority given to women-owned businesses, new businesses and those run by anyone “socially and economically disadvantaged.” A separate $10 billion in emergency small business grants of up to $10,000 is also set aside — an unprecedented measure from the Small Business Administration.

A separate $500 billion pool of money is set aside for bailing out larger businesses hurt by the crisis with emergency loans — a provision of the bill key to its Republican support. In recent days, Democrats were able to work in some oversight measures for how that money gets allocated, provisioning for an inspector general to oversee the process.

President Donald Trump is expected to sign the COVID-19 relief package in the Oval Office at 4 p.m. ET Friday.

The historic measure was passed by the House of Representatives earlier Friday afternoon.

The $2 trillion package, which the Senate passed on Wednesday, is the largest emergency aid package in U.S. history.

27 – March – News Talk 103.7 FM –An order that restricts people’s movement is being expanded to nine additional Pennsylvania counties, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Friday as his administration confirmed more coronavirus cases and deaths.

Wolf said in a statement that the expanded stay-at-home order, which starts Friday at 8 p.m. and will last until at least April 6, impacts a total of 19 counties. The new counties under the order are Berks, Butler, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Luzerne, Pike, Wayne, Westmoreland and York.

The stay-at-home order restricts movement to certain health or safety-related travel, or travel to a job at an employer designated by Wolf’s administration as “life-sustaining.”
26 – March – News Talk 103.7 FM – Waynesboro Chamber Of Commerce, Executive Director, Jackie Mowen, discuss how the chamber is collaborating with local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

26 – March – News Talk 103.7 FM – The Manufacturer’s Association appeared on The Drive to discuss the industry’s role in getting the economy moving in the midst of a pandemic.

26 – March – News Talk 103.7 FM – The West Virginia nursing home described as the epicenter of the state’s coronavirus caseload now has 28 positive cases as containment measures continue, officials said Thursday.

Sundale nursing home medical director Carl Shrader said 20 residents and eight staffers at the Morgantown facility have the virus, with four tests pending after an aggressive effort to screen nearly everyone at the center.


“What’s on all our minds is containing it where we have it and not letting it rage on if possible,” he told The Associated Press in a phone interview.

Gov. Jim Justice described it another way.

“It is the horror story that we absolutely didn’t want to have happen, at least from a nursing home standpoint because that’s a place, you know, that our elderly are at for sure,” Justice said at a news conference Thursday.

26 – March – News Talk 103.7 FM – After hearing from local business owners, construction workers and others, members of the House of Representatives from York, Adams and Cumberland counties joined to urge Gov. Tom Wolf to allow construction projects to be completed and to allow workers to return to sites.

Previously, Wolf included construction on the list of “non-essential” businesses, which put a halt to construction projects in Pennsylvania. In response, the members, who are House Appropriations Chair Stan Staylor (R-Red Lion) and Reps. Torren Ecker (R-Abbottstown), Dawn Keefer (R-Dillsburg), Kate Klurk (R-Hanover), Dan Moul (R-Gettysburg), Seth Grove (R-Dover), Keth Gillespie (R-Hellam), Barb Gleim (R-Carlisle), Greg Rothman (R-Camp Hill) and Mike Jones (R-York Township) issued the following statement.

“We understand the need to take measures to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic and to protect all Pennsylvanians. We also recognize the tough decisions the governor has had to make during the crisis. However, we believe the governor is wrong to shut down all construction in Pennsylvania.”

26 – March – News Talk 103.7 FM – A bill sponsored by Rep. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon), which would provide relief to businesses and their employees impacted by mitigation efforts to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, is now on its way to the governor’s desk.

Today, the House unanimously concurred on Senate amendments to House Bill 68, which would make temporary changes to Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Compensation (UC) law to ease requirements for both employers and their workers seeking unemployment relief.

“During the COVID-19 emergency, my bill would waive job search and registration waiting periods required of all claimants and relieve employers of charges they pay into the Unemployment Compensation Fund,” said Ryan. “This includes employers who pay UC taxes and nonprofits and public employers who choose to pay a solvency fee into the UC Trust Fund. The original intent of the bill is maintained to extend the 21-day appeal period from 15 days and provides automatic relief for benefit charges paid out during the emergency period.”

For employers who do not participate in the state’s UC program, Ryan’s bill expands the repayment period from 30 days to 120 days. An additional 60 days (interest free) may be granted to employers claiming a financial hardship. No interest would be charged on late payments nor would it accrue on unpaid balances until Jan. 1, 2021.

26 – March – News Talk 103.7 FM –The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania rose by 50% to more than 1,600 cases, while record numbers of state residents filed for unemployment compensation, Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration said Thursday.

The state Department of Health said five more people died over the past 24 hours, bringing the state’s grim death toll to 16.

Pennsylvanians have filed about 650,000 unemployment compensation claims over the past 11 days as the coronavirus has spread and thousands of businesses closed or laid off employees.

26 – March – News Talk 103.7 FMState Senator Doug Mastriano (R-33) intends to introduce legislation that would update Pennsylvania’s Disease Prevention and Control Law of 1955.

The proposal aims to revise restrictions that are preventing the state Department of Health from publicizing relevant data and details concerning the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Mastriano hopes the legislation enhances transparency that has been lacking in Pennsylvania.

“Currently, the law allows the Health Department to keep records and reports of contagious diseases strictly confidential,” said Mastriano. “Unfortunately, the Health Department has been using this outdated law to withhold life-saving information during the ongoing pandemic.  This change to the 1955 law only impacts information related to a pandemic.”

Mastriano circulated a co-sponsorship memo to Senate members Tuesday.

During the initial stages of the COVID-19 outbreak, state health officials were not providing the public with the total number of samples tested or the number of people quarantined after possible exposure.  The lack of information-sharing potentially exacerbated the crisis.

“It is disheartening that neighboring states have been more transparent about potential cases,” added Mastriano.

The state Senate commissioned a report on the Disease Prevention and Control Law in 2013, and several recommendations were suggested to lawmakers. Mastriano is seeking action on those recommendations.

26 – March – News Talk 103.7 FM –Two City of Hagerstown firefighters and three Community Rescue Service (CRS) providers were first    responders to a call for a person in need of critical medical attention on Friday, March 20, 2020 in the City of Hagerstown. Despite their efforts, they were unable to save the patient. It was later learned that the deceased tested positive for 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, both City of Hagerstown firefighters are at home in self-isolation. Two CRS providers remain to work with proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and the third CRS provider is at home in self-isolation.

One agency, out of an abundance of caution, chose to quarantine both of their exposed providers.

The other agency followed Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) guidelines, due to staffing needs. Those guidelines require the provider to be monitored and to wear a face mask while working. If any employee shows symptoms they are immediately sent home to self-isolate and contact a health care provider. The employee that was sent home developed a fever and is currently awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test. The provider remains in good spirits. All others involved have displayed no symptoms.

26 – March – News Talk 103.7 FM – The Health Department said there were 560 new cases, and the 1,680 total cases are in 48 of the state’s 67 counties.

Health Secretary Rachel Levine has said she expects a surge of patients in the coming weeks, with cases doubling every two to three days. The Wolf administration is putting a strong emphasis on buying time to help get the state’s health care system ready for that growing flood of patients, Levine said.

26 – March – News Talk 103.7 FM –Maryland will keep its public schools closed for another four weeks through April 24 in response to the new coronavirus, the state’s superintendent of schools announced Wednesday.

Karen Salmon said she made the decision with the state board of education after lengthy discussions with health experts. Salmon said she is working with all local school superintendents to provide continuity of learning throughout Maryland.


“More information will be available in the coming days as we work collaboratively on a statewide plan that maintains equitable standards and expectations for students,” Salmon said at a news conference with Gov. Larry Hogan.

The state health department said there have been at least 423 cases in Maryland. That’s an increase of 74 cases overnight, the largest increase in a single day yet in the state. Four deaths from coronavirus have been reported in the state.

25 – March – News Talk 103.7 FM – Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration reported more coronavirus-related deaths in Pennsylvania on Wednesday and ordered residents of Lehigh and Northampton counties to stay home, with few exceptions, as more of the state is put under the directive in an effort to slow the virus’ spread.

Wolf’s office said the order will take effect at 8 p.m. for the two counties, home to more than 670,000 people.

Before Wednesday, Wolf’s orders covered eight counties, including Philadelphia, Allegheny County and Philadelphia’s four heavily populated suburban counties. The 10 counties account for half of Pennsylvania’s 12.8 million residents and are home to nearly 80% of the state’s confirmed coronavirus cases, as of Wednesday.

25 – March – News Talk 103.7 FM – Due to limited testing supplies nationwide, new guidelines for COVID-19 testing were released by the state of Maryland March 24. Screening centers run by Meritus Health now have new criteria for COVID-19 testing.

Staff at the current screening centers run by Meritus Health will ask all those directed to the locations the following questions…

Are you 18 or older? Do you have a fever greater than 100.5 degrees and/or a dry cough or shortness of breath or a sore throat? People without symptoms do not qualify for testing. ? Are you a Meritus health care worker or a Washington County first responder? If not, are you age 65 or older? If not, do you have any underlying conditions, which include high-risk co-morbidities like chronic lung disease (asthma or COPD), long-term   steroid use, current chemotherapy treatment for cancer, hemodialysis and heart disease)?

Meritus Health currently has three screening centers open: The drive-thru screening center behind Meritus Medical Plaza, at 13620 Crayton
Blvd., is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day of the week. A downtown walk-thru screening center is open at 535 Summit Ave., the property
where the Surrey School/The Learning Center was once located. Open Monday thru Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A second walk-thru screening center is open at Meritus Family Medicine, 24 N. Walnut St. This is open Monday thru Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Covid testing supplies are in short supply nationwide. With new testing limitations in Maryland, please speak with your primary care physicians or a health care professional
answering the COVID-19 care line prior to arriving. The COVID-19 care line is 301-790- 9170.

25 – March – News Talk 103.7 FM – Dr. Joyce Joins Fox News to Talk Coronavirus Relief.

25 – March – News Talk 103.7 FM – Maryland’s public schools will be closed through at least April 24, and any Marylander or visitor who has recently spent time in New York quarantine in place for 14 days.

Gov. Larry Hogan and Maryland Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon made the announcements during a morning news conference Wednesday at the Maryland State House as they updated the state’s response to the coronavirus crisis.


Maryland now has 423 confirmed cases of COVID-19 infections, having added 74 since Tuesday. Hogan said this is the largest one-day increase since the crisis began.

24 – March – News Talk 103.7 FM – Pending any additional closures from the PA Department of Education, CASD students will return to schools on Tuesday, April 14. District staff will return to buildings on Thursday, April 9.

Please be aware that the third marking period has ended and teachers are submitting grades. These grades will be for work completed before the closure.

In addition, our staff are working hard to develop an educational enrichment project for all students, k-12. You will receive more information as it becomes available.

As this situation is changing daily, we want to remind you that updates will be provided to parents, guardians, and concerned community members via our COVID-19 website portal (https://www.casdonline.org/covid19), social media channels (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram), and with direct calls and e-mails home to families.

24 – March – News Talk 103.7 FM – PA Rep. Paul Schemel is encouraging residents to take a short survey regarding the state’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The following message was posted on his website.

To my friends in the business and non-profit community of Franklin County,

Gov. Wolf’s mandated closure of businesses and other activities is rightly intended to “flatten the curve” of the rate of COVID-19 infection. The governor has invoked his emergency powers under the law in order to enact these measures.

However, the disruption to commercial activity will also have a profound negative impact as businesses and the people they employ struggle to weather the financial storm. We know that this virus causes serious risks to health, but poverty brought about by continued business stoppage will also have serious health consequences. The state is going to have to make the decision as to when and how to permit businesses and schools to reopen, it is just a matter of when.

Your answers to these questions will assist me and other policy makers in weighing those competing risks. 

All answers will be confidential, you need not share the name of your business. 

This survey will remain open for answers through Thursday, March 26 at 5pm

Urgency is most important in completing these questions so we can consolidate the data to present to Harrisburg.

Take the survey. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfhnwQSAjxQMCmu6-2daX6u2f-byNo75u6WdJixFna0v0R7Og/viewform

24 – March – News Talk 103.7 FM – Organized by the Borough of Chambersburg, as of Tuesday, March 24, ten Chambersburg Area Churches have stepped forward to offer food supplies to any families that might become homebound because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “The Borough has had a Pandemic Response plan in place for about 10 years now,” said Assistant Borough Manager David Finch, who acts as Emergency Management Coordinator during local emergencies. “One very important aspect of the plan was to prepare for citizens who become too sick to feed themselves or care for their families. We will coordinate with local churches to provide the food they might need.” Requests for aid may be routed to Mr. Finch, at (717) 660-2702.

In other planning, the Borough is releasing a mailing to all 11,000 utility customers explaining their options for contacting the Borough during the health emergency. Chambersburg prohibited access to municipal buildings and facilities effective Monday, March 23, 2020. According to Borough Manager Jeffrey Stonehill, “for convenience and safety, we encourage the use of alternative methods of payment and communication to avoid physical in-person utility transactions whenever possible.

If you must make a payment by cash or check, please use the U.S. Mail (please do not mail cash), or use the Borough’s secure drop-box located to the right of the rear lobby entrance. If you would like a receipt, please include a note with your payment and one will be mailed to you. Billing communication, questions, or discussion is best via phone at (717) 264-5151, or by email at [email protected], which is for billing inquiries.” Stonehill added that he anticipates delays as customers attempt to use the single Drive-Thru Teller Window at City Hall.

In an attempt to encourage social distancing, the Borough will suspend house-to-house meter reading on a temporary basis. As a result, utility bills sent in April 2020 will be “estimated” based on an account’s historic usage. A reconciliation of “estimated” to “actual” usage will happen at the end of the crisis; or, when a customer closes out their utility account. This will lessen the need for Borough employees to read meters.

On Monday, March 23, Chambersburg installed digital information signs at the entrances to the town. According to Stonehill, the Borough added the signs so that “we have another means to disseminate public information. At this time, we still are unsure whether Governor Wolf will order stricter restrictions. We want to keep in touch with citizens and businesses and provide them with good information. The digital signs are another way to communicate.”

Finally, Deputy Borough Manager Phil Wolgemuth is coordinating with food service retailers on enforcement of the restriction on eat-in dining establishments. According to Mr. Wolgemuth, “most licensees have been very cooperative, adjusting their business practices, and complying with the directions issued by the Governor. We know that these are challenging times for our community’s small businesses, and we want to thank Sam Thrush and Downtown Chambersburg, Inc., for getting information out there as to how to support our local businesses.” The Downtown Chambersburg, Inc., website is www.downtownchambersburgpa.com . “Chambersburg is proud to protect the health and safety of our residents and businesses,” added Borough Manager Jeffrey Stonehill. “When Town Council gathers next, they will discuss our temporary actions to address this crisis and whether more actions are available for their approval. We stand by to support our
residents and businesses during this difficult time.”

24 – March – News Talk 103.7 FM – Hagerstown Police Chief, Paul Kifer, joined “The Drive” to discuss local enforcement of Governor Larry Hogan’s order to close all non-essential businesses.

24 – March – News Talk 103.7 FM – West Virginia from Gov. Jim Justice as his order for residents to stay inside and close all nonessential businesses takes effect Tuesday night to stem the spread of the coronavirus.


The order goes into effect at 8 p.m.

24 – March – News Talk 103.7 FM State Senator Doug Mastriano (R-33) is reminding older Pennsylvanians and their caretakers that a number of steps have been taken over recent days to protect seniors during statewide efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging recently issued guidance to help older adult day centers, adult protective services, and senior centers continue to meet the needs of older adults while coronavirus mitigation measures remain in effect.

Some of the guidance addresses temporary senior center and adult day center closings, congregate meal alternatives, and processes that can temporarily be completed via telephone rather than in person. These guidelines are available here.

“We all have an obligation to work together during this crisis to protect the people we are elected to serve,” said Mastriano. “I remain willing to work with Governor Wolf and his administration, as well as my colleagues in the General Assembly, to respond to this crisis strongly and intelligently.”

The department is also relaxing restrictions in the PACE prescription assistance program that require a person to use 75 percent of their medication before seeking a refill. Enrollees who wish to receive an exception must have their pharmacy provider contact PACE at 1-800-835-8040.

All enrollees should be able to receive free home delivery of medications from their pharmacy. Enrollees who have difficulty obtaining their refills can call Cardholder Services at 1-800-225-7223.

Additionally, the deadline for older Pennsylvanians and disabled state residents to apply for the Property Tax Rent Rebate Program has been extended from June 30 until December 31. The program provides rebates of up to $975 for eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.

The Online Customer Service Center remains open for applicants who have questions about the program.

24 – March – News Talk 103.7FM Update- The nation’s governors kept pressing the federal government for supplies and economic aid to battle the new coronavirus in a conference call with the White House on Monday without getting the assurances they were hoping to hear.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, the chairman of the National Governors Association, said the governors are seeking more testing, ventilators and personal protective equipment like masks for health care providers. The call with Vice President Mike Pence lasted about an hour and 15 minutes.


“There aren’t enough of all of these items, and we’re pushing to get our supply wherever we can, and we’re pushing the federal government to produce more of them, distribute more of them, and hopefully we’ll get some progress,” Hogan said earlier in the day. “There’s been a little bit of progress, but not nearly enough and not fast enough.”

23 – March – News Talk 103.7FM Update – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Monday issued a statewide stay-home directive and ordered nonessential businesses to close as confirmed coronavirus cases reached at least 16.

The order, which allows people to go out for food, medicine and other important items, goes into effect at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Justice said in a news conference. He didn’t set an end date.

23 – March – News Talk 103.7FM Update – Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine issued “Stay at Home” orders to Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Monroe, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties, as the state seeks relief to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19.

This order takes effect at 8:00 PM on Monday, March 23, 2020, and will continue until April 6, 2020.

All schools statewide will also remain closed through at least April 6, 2020.

“I remain deeply concerned about this public health crisis and we must continue to take careful but critical steps now to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” Gov. Wolf said. “We are issuing these orders because Pennsylvanians’ health and safety remains our highest priority.”

“The number of cases continues to grow and so we must take further steps to stop the spread of this contagious and dangerous novel virus to protect the public’s health and mitigate the risk to our hospital system,” Dr. Levine said. “There is one way to make sure people don’t need to be hospitalized and we don’t strain our health care system: Stay calm. Stay home. Stay safe.”

23 – March – News Talk 103.7FM Update – Chambersburg Mayor Walt Bietsch appeared on First News to discuss how local law enforcement will begin enforcing business closings.

23 – March – News Talk 103.7FM Update – Maryland has authorized $130 million in loan and grant funding for small businesses and manufacturers that have been negatively impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This emergency assistance provides interim relief and proceeds that can be used to pay cash operating expenses including payroll, suppliers, rent, fixed debt payments and other mission critical cash operating costs.

If you are a Maryland-based business impacted by the Coronavirus with under 50 full- and part-time employees, or a Maryland manufacturer, check out the programs below to see if you qualify for assistance.

Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Loan Fund – This $75 million loan fund (for for-profit businesses only) offers no interest or principal payments due for the first 12 months, then converts to a Maryland COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund Programs for Businesses.

Maryland has authorized $130 million in loan and grant funding for small businesses and manufacturers that have been negatively impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This emergency assistance provides interim relief and proceeds that can be used to pay cash operating expenses including payroll, suppliers, rent, fixed debt payments and other mission critical cash operating costs.

If you are a Maryland-based business impacted by the Coronavirus with under 50 full- and part-time employees, or a Maryland manufacturer, check out the programs below to see if you qualify for assistance.

• Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Loan Fund – This $75 million loan fund (for for-profit businesses only) offers no interest or principal payments due for the first 12 months, then converts to a 36-month term loan of principal and interest payments, with an interest rate at 2% per annum. Learn more.

• Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund – This $50 million grant program for businesses and non-profits offers grant amounts up to $10,000, not to exceed 3 months of demonstrated cash operating expenses for the first quarter of 2020. Learn more.

Maryland COVID-19 Emergency Relief Manufacturing Fund – This $5 million incentive program helps Maryland manufacturers to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) that is urgently needed by hospitals and health-care workers across the country. More details are expected to be announced by Friday, March 27, 2020.

Maryland COVID-19 Emergency Relief Manufacturing Fund – This $5 million incentive program helps Maryland manufacturers to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) that is urgently needed by hospitals and health-care workers across the country. More details are expected to be announced by Friday, March 27, 2020.

23 – March – News Talk 103.7FM Update – The Pennsylvania State Department of Health confirmed 165 new cases of COVID-19, the largest one-day increase since the coronavirus pandemic started, bringing the state’s total number of cases to 644. 

Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine has urged Pennsylvania residents to stay home so the virus can’t spread. The governor also issued a stay-at-home order for Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs.

Cases have now been identified in more than half of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. All of the people who have tested positive for the coronavirus are either in isolation at home or being treated at a hospital, the health department said.

23 – March – News Talk 103.7FM Update – Governor Larry Hogan ordered all non essential businesses to close at 5:00 p.m. today. 

“Let me repeat, once again as strongly as I possibly can: if you are engaged in this activity, you are breaking the law and you are literally endangering the lives of your family friends and fellow citizens,” Hogan said.

“We are all in this together. Together we will get through this,” he said.

22 – March – News Talk 103.7FM Update – The White House Coronavirus Task Force met with reporters on Sunday evening.


22 – March – News Talk 103.7FM Update – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf giving an update on the state’s  response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

22 – March – News Talk 103.7FM Update – Washington County, MD is aware of a second positive Coronavirus patient from Montgomery County, MD who was visiting Washington County, MD. The patient subsequently has passed away. This is the third death attributed to COVID-19 in the State of Maryland. The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) reported two deaths earlier this week. The Washington County Health Department is working with MDH to identify possible exposures and to conduct tracing processes.

STAY INFORMED

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can cause mild to more severe respiratory illness. Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person. COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. If symptoms develop, please contact your health care provider and describe the situation.

To lower the risk of transmission, the Health Department recommends the following:

  • Avoid non-essential travel and public gatherings, especially if you are an individual who is at increased risk for severe illness, including pregnant women, older adults and persons of any age with underlying health conditions.
  • Avoid travel to all areas where there are outbreaks of COVID-19.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you are mildly sick with a fever, stay home except to get medical care.
  • Those with high risk factors and who have fever or new or worsening cough, should consider contacting their providers earlier when they are sick. Call ahead to let them know of your symptoms.

This is not a time to fear but to be aware, prepared, and informed. Please do not accept or share information unless it is from a credible source. Please follow https://www.washco-md.net/coronavirus-info/ for updates related

22 – March – News Talk 103.7FM Update – The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., March 22, that there are 108 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 479 in 33 counties. County-specific information and a statewide map are available here. All people are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital.

“Our notable increase in cases over the last few days indicate we need everyone to take COVID-19 seriously,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Pennsylvanians have a very important job right now: stay calm, stay home and stay safe. We have seen case counts continue to increase and the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home.”

Statewide, there are 479 cases of COVID-19 reported from commercial, hospital and state labs. There are 4,964 patients who have tested negative, and two total deaths. With commercial labs being the primary testing option for most Pennsylvanians, data is not available on the total number of tests pending.

22 – March – News Talk 103.7FM Update- In compliance with Governor Wolf’s orders and officially effective 12:01 AM, Saturday, March 21, the Borough Recreation Office and specific park and recreation facilities are closed until further notice. In an attempt to answer most questions regarding current program postponements and other Recreation Department-related functions and facilities, please read this entire document. 

Recreation Center and Areas Within Parks: 

  • The Recreation Department staff is working, but the Borough Recreation Center is closed for in- person business transactions, rentals, meeting, open gyms, or other gatherings. Staff will continue to work during normal business hours to answer phones and respond to emails Monday-Friday 8 AM-5 PM. The office phone number is 717-261-3275 and general email received by all administrative and program personnel is [email protected]
  • Borough Parks are open but certain amenities and areas within each park are closed. These closed locations to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 are as follows: 

– Playgrounds 

– Basketball Courts 

– Tennis/Pickleball Courts 

– Pavilions 

– Open fields for group pick-up games bringing people in close contact 

Park Security will be roaming to visit each location and strongly urging people to comply with these recent mandates. Gated areas will be locked. 

However, parks are still inherently considered safe and healthy locations for passive recreation, i.e. nature observation, and other forms of more individual, active recreation such as walking, jogging, hiking, biking, and other activities that do not encourage personal connectivity. In fact, these activities are highly encouraged as physical movement supports a stronger immune system. Please remember to exercise the CDC’s best practices by maintaining the recommended distance of 6 feet between people and practicing good hygiene. 

Programs Currently Postponed: 

Staff will communicate any revised plans as soon as new and clear directives are provided. Please anticipate receiving this in the form of an email or phone call no later than next Thursday, March 26

22 – March – News Talk 103.7FM Update – West Virginia Governor is drawing criticism for comparing the coronavirus to a “scary movie.”

“If we don’t act and we don’t act as strongly as possible right now we’re going to lose lives and lots of lives,” the Republican governor said, just minutes after he said he wasn’t ordering a a widespread shutdown similar to those in New York, California and Illinois.

 March 22 – News Talk 103.7FM Update – Special guest tomorrow morning on First News.

22 – March – News Talk 103.7FM Update – Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, who ordered last week a statewide reduction in the number of people allowed to congregate from 50 to 10, said those not heeding the warnings are “endangering not only yourselves but your fellow citizens.”

“We’ve got to get people off the streets and out of these crowds. It’s absolutely essential,” Hogan said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Failing to heed the limit on assemblies is a violation of state law.

22 – March – News Talk 103.7FM Update – The global coronavirus outbreak that first emerged in Wuhan, China, late last year is changing life in the D.C. area.

The leaders of the District, Maryland and Virginia have all declared states of emergency and announced several other actions to curb the spread of the disease, such as prohibiting large gatherings of people and closing bars, restaurants, theaters and gyms.

Globally, more than  242,000 people have been infected with the virus and more than 9,800 have died.

In the U.S., there have been more than 13,000 cases as of Thursday morning — an increase of more than 5,000 since Wednesday evening — and the numbers continue to climb as testing ramps up

22 – March – News Talk 103.7FM Update- Pennsylvania’s coronavirus death toll rose by one on Saturday as lawyers for Gov. Tom Wolf asked a court to dismiss a lawsuit challenging his authority to shutter “non-life-sustaining” businesses, declaring that unprecedented action is needed to combat a global pandemic they called “perhaps the biggest catastrophe of our lifetimes.”

More than 370 coronavirus cases and two deaths have been reported in Pennsylvania. Health Secretary Rachel Levine said the state is seeing a spike in cases because more people are getting infected, not because testing has expanded. She also revealed Saturday that Wolf’s administration is considering a “shelter in place” order to ensure people stay at home.

In a legal filing late Friday, the state attorney general’s office said Wolf is empowered by the state’s Emergency Management Services Code to shutter businesses and to restrict people’s movements in a disaster.

“COVID-19 presents an extraordinary challenge that requires extraordinary measures to combat. The governor was empowered by law to combat precisely this challenge,” the filing said.

22 – March – News Talk 103.7FM Update- In response to numerous concerns expressed by statewide business leaders and lawmakers, enforcement of Governor Wolf’s order for all non-life-sustaining businesses to close has been delayed until Monday, according to State Senator Doug Mastriano (R-33)

The delay in enforcement will provide additional time for the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to review the high volume of waiver requests that have been submitted by businesses previously ordered to close their physical locations on March 19.

“Thanks to considerable feedback from local residents and businesses, the Governor backtracked on his hasty and haphazard decision,” said Mastriano. “I am encouraging all area businesses that are unsure about their status to complete a timely waiver application. We are all in this together and when it ends, we will be stronger than ever.”

Business owners can get clarification on whether their business is defined as life-sustaining by emailing DCED at [email protected] or calling 1-877-724-3258. An online waiver application for businesses that believe they should be considered life-sustaining is available here

Additionally, the list of businesses that are considered to be life-sustaining was expanded to include more critical industries. A number of industries that are essential to medical and manufacturing supply chains were initially excluded. The updated list is available here.

Mastriano is also reminding businesses and non-profits who have been affected financially by the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak to consider applying for low-interest loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Information is available by contacting SBA’s disaster assistance customer service center by calling 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mailing [email protected].

Additional funding for impacted businesses will also be available from DCED at a later date. 

The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry also has a webpage dedicated to helping businesses deal with coronavirus concerns at www.pachamber.org/coronavirus.

22 – March – News Talk 103.7FM Update – Local authorities said they have learned of a second COVID-19 patient in Washington County who has since died.

The individual was from Montgomery County and was visiting Washington County, according to a news release sent Sunday from the county’s COVID-19 Joint Information Center.

22 – March – News Talk 103.7FM Update – The Franklin County Board of Commissioners wants to reassure residents that they,along with state and local emergency service and healthcare partners, are ready to address the health,safety and welfare needs of the community.

“Public and workforce safety is our number one priority. By limiting foot traffic to our buildings, we are minimizing exposure to COVID-19. Our goal is to flatten the curve while doing our best to provide continued services,” said Commissioner Chairman Dave Keller.

As a result of the spread of COVID-19 into the county, Franklin County Commissioners and Administration will modify operations, effective Monday, March 23, 2020. Services are still available to the public, but are adjusted to protect the health of employees and the community by limiting person-to-person contact and restricting walk-in visits.

22 – March – News Talk 103.7FM Update – The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., March 21, that there are 103 additional positive cases of COVID-19 and one additional death in Allegheny County, bringing the statewide total to 371 in 28 counties. County-specific information and a statewide map are available here. All people are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital.

“Our notable increase in cases over the last few days indicate we need everyone to take COVID-19 seriously,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Pennsylvanians have a very important job right now: stay calm, stay home and stay safe. We have seen case counts continue to increase and the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home.”

Statewide, there are 371 cases of COVID-19 reported from commercial, hospital and state labs. There are 3,766 patients who have tested negative, and two total deaths. With commercial labs being the primary testing option for most Pennsylvanians, data is not available on the total number of tests pending.

21 – March – News Talk 103.7FM Update – Washington County, MD officials confirmed a case of COVID-19 Saturday during a press conference live streamed on our Facebook page.

21 – March – News Talk 103.7FM Update – In a statement Saturday night, the Maryland Department of Health confirmed the death of a woman from Montgomery County.

21 March – News Talk 103.7FM Update – The mayor of Maryland’s most popular beach destination wants vacationers to postpone their trips as the state attempts to combat the spread of the new coronavirus.

“We’re not encouraging people to come,” Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan told WBAL-TV on Saturday. “We don’t want them to be here and contract anything while they were down here in Ocean City, even if that’s possible.”

Gov. Larry Hogan has reduced the permissible number of people statewide at gatherings from 50 to 10. He said this week that some people were still holding parties and cookouts and large gatherings, in violation of state law.

21 March – News Talk 103.7FM Update – Beginning Saturday, March 21, no visitors will be permitted in Meritus Health facilities except under these specific circumstances:  End-of-life care or end-of-life decision making. For these situations, two visitors will be permitted to be with the patient. One parent or caregiver of a child in the special care nursery  ~ One parent or caregiver of pediatric patients as long as that parent/caregiver is not symptomatic ~ One visitor inclusive of a professional support person or postpartum helper of a patient in the labor and delivery and postpartum units ~ One visitor to accompany a patient for hospital discharge ~ One visitor for a patient undergoing emergency surgery ~ A visitor who has been asked by the patient’s care team to be a part of scheduled family training for a patient with rehabilitation needs ~ One visitor will be permitted to accompany a patient to facilitate care or treatment such as an ambulatory visit, procedure or same-day surgery including scheduled surgery.

In any of these circumstances, the visitor should be in touch with the patient’s primary provider or a member of his/her health care team prior to coming to Meritus Medical Center.  This policy applies to all patients in all Meritus Health facilities.  The decision aligns with other hospitals in Maryland, including Johns Hopkins Medicine and the University of Maryland system and is consistent with approaches taken by other leading health care institutions nationwide.  Liberalized family presence in hospital settings could lead to potential spread to patients and staff by those with asymptomatic or mild infection.

21 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – On March 19, 2020, the Governor Tom Wolf ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania to close their physical locations. Enforcement actions against businesses that do not close physical locations will begin at 8:00 a.m. Monday, March 23. Businesses seeking waivers and exemptions to the closure order can use our Business Exemption Form for assistance.

21 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Friday closed lodges and the famous Hatfield–McCoy Trails as the state’s confirmed coronavirus cases rose to eight.


20 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Franklin County reports its first case of COVID-19 coronavirus as the Department of Health confirms 83 New Positives Bring Statewide Total to 268.The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., March 20, that there are 83 additional positive cases of COVID-19 reported, bringing the statewide total to 268. County-specific information and a statewide map are available here. All people are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital.

Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine speaks during a press conference, announcing the 133rd presumptive positive case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Pennsylvania, inside PEMA headquarters on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

 
“Our notable increase in cases over the last few days indicate we need everyone to take COVID-19 seriously,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Pennsylvanians have a very important job right now: stay calm, stay home and stay safe. We have seen case counts continue to increase and the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home.”
 
Statewide, there are 268 cases of COVID-19 reported from commercial, hospital and state labs. There are 2,574 patients who have tested negative, and one death. With commercial labs being the primary testing option for most Pennsylvanians, data is not available on the total number of tests pending.
 
20 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Chambersburg, Pennsylvania – Effective at 5:01 p.m. today, Friday, March 20, 2020, and for the balance of the State of Emergency, City Hall and the Utility Department Addition are closed to all members of the public unless a staff member escorts them. While Borough workers will continue to come and go to our facilities, access to the customer service functions would only be:
 Via telephone at either 717-264-5151 or the 24/7 Utility Customer Service Center at 717-263-4111
 Via email at either [email protected], or the 24/7 Utility Customer Service Center
at [email protected]
 By accessing the Customer Service Department through the Drive-Thru Teller Window at City Hall;
which will remain open during regular business hours
 By accessing the Police Department: call 911 for all emergencies, or the Police Non-Emergency number at (717)
263-1611 for non-emergencies
 By visiting the Police Department vestibule on S. Second Street and picking up the black emergency access
phone, which is available 24/7
 By accessing Borough employees by their personal email addresses or direct dial phone numbers; available on
our website https://www.chambersburg.org/
 
Photo: Ryan Hedrick | News Talk 103.7 FM
Further, beginning Saturday, March 21, the 24/7 Utility Customer Service Center will be closed to unescorted public visitors. Contractor and visitors can access the Center by phone and email. If you visit the 24/7 Utility Customer Service Center, you can communicate with the on-duty employee via their intercom system.
 
Please attempt to contact the Borough as much as possible by phone and email. Also, please consider U.S. Mail, our online payment options, or drop off to pay your utility bills rather than visiting as the inside teller windows are inaccessible. Anticipate delays as we serve customers through our single Drive-Thru Teller Window. Further, while public parks are open for passive recreation, please be conscious of social distancing and respect that all “in-park” facilities (tennis courts, picnic pavilions, basketball courts, athletic fields, the Recreation Center, etc.) are closed to the public effective 12:01 am on Saturday, March 21. Park Guards will be dispatched to remind visitors.
 
All other Borough buildings are closed entirely to the public (unless you are an approved contractor or supplier) effective at 5:01 pm today.
 
Finally, please be mindful of our Federal, State, and Local lawful directives and adjust your lifestyle. We encourage social distancing and good hygiene to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
 
Beginning today, Chambersburg utility workers will be asking a prepared set of simple questions about household health before entering into a private, confined space to address utility repairs. We ask that the public cooperate with this new protocol.
 
Finally, the Borough is asking our utility workers to take extra precautions to keep themselves safe. Borough services: water, electric service, natural gas, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, municipal solid waste, and recycling are not impacted by these changes. Our utility workers will continue to respond to our customer needs. “Chambersburg is proud to protect the health and safety of our residents and businesses,” added Borough Manager Jeffrey Stonehill. “When Town Council next gathers they will discuss our temporary actions to address this crisis and whether more actions are available for their adoption. We stand by to support our residents and utility customers
 
20 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Yesterday, Governor Wolf ordered the closure of all non-life essential businesses. He also invoked his authority to use state and local resources, to enforce this order.

Below are two important links: A copy of the Governor’s business closure order, the order from the PA Dept. of Health.

https://www.governor.pa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/20200319-TWW-COVID-19-business-closure-order.pdf

A list of businesses, which currently can and cannot be open.

https://www.governor.pa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/20200319-Order-of-Secetary-of-PA-DOH-Closure-of-All-Businesses-That-Are-Not-Life-Sustaining.pdf

This order went into effect last evening at 20:00 hrs, but enforcement of that order is authorized at 00:01 hrs Saturday, March 21st. The men and women of the Chambersburg Police Department understand that the current crisis is unprecedented and evolving; patience and understanding during this time is key.

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.

If the owners want to appeal their businesses placement on the non-life essential list, here are two email addresses where that request can be sent: [email protected] or [email protected].

The submission of an appeal does not circumvent the enforcement of the order. I want assure all members of the Greater Chambersburg community that the officers of the Chambersburg Police Department will continue to be professional, maintain their composure, educate the public, and carry out the business of law enforcement in the Borough.

20 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Due to the Corona Virus (COVID-19) the Washington Township Supervisors have made the decision for staff to keep working but close the office to the public until further notice. This decision was made at their March 16th, 2020 meeting.

All of Washington Township Parks including Red Run Park, Pine Hill Park, Rolando Park and the Rouzerville Community Center and Park are CLOSED until further notice NO bathrooms will be availble for use at any of the parks.

We are concerned for your health as well as our employees. So, we are taking advantage of the resources that we have. We are available by telephone, fax, and email and we as well as the public can utilize our drop box.

We apologize for any inconvenience, but we are trying to keep everyone safe.Thank you for your understanding. Washington Township Personnel

20 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – President Donald Trump has invoked the Defense Production Act to get needed medical supplies on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak and the private sector mobilized against it.

 
20 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – The income tax filing date has been pushed back from April 15 to July 15, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.

Mnuchin announced the decision in a tweet Friday saying that at President Donald Trump’s direction “we are moving Tax Day from April 15 to July 15. All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties.”

The administration had announced earlier in the week that it would delay the payments, a move that Mnuchin said would leave $300 billion in the economy at a critical time.

20 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Meritus Health will now be offering electronic visits. These visits will allow citizens to speak directly with a primary care provider to discuss your health concerns.

Telehealth visits are available from 8:00am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday. To request a telehealth visit please complete the form below.

Meritus has activated several COVID-19 testing locations for those who are experiencing symptoms. Only patients who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, as outlined by the CDC, will be tested. It is preferable to be referred by a physician for COVID-19 screening or who have been directed to one of the screening centers by a health care professional answering the COVID-19 care line will receive this screening. The COVID-19 care line is 301-790-9170.

Drive-thru Center: COVID-19 screening is now available behind Meritus Medical Plaza, at 13620 Crayton Boulevard. The drive-thru screening center is open Monday – Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Walk-thru Center: COVID-19 screening will be available at the former Surrey School parking lot. Entrance is located in the 500 block of Virginia Avenue. The walk-thru screening center is open Monday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Meritus Health continues to provide a hotline for those who have questions about symptoms directly related to COVID-19. Questions from the public may be directed to [email protected] or by calling 2-1-1 or 301-790-9170.

WASHINGTON COUNTY TRANSIT
Washington County Transit (WCT) is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. In conjunction with Governor Hogan’s latest order regarding transit services across the state, WCT announces the following service changes effective Friday, March 20, 2020:

WCT will operate on a weekday only schedule with no Saturday service
Transit service operating hours are limited to 6:15 AM – 5:45 PM, Monday – Friday

This decision was not taken lightly as WCT is the primary mode of transportation for many of our passengers. Transit should only be used as a last resort and limited to essential travel only. In light of the recommendations from state and local health officials, we believe this decision is in the best interests of our passengers, employees and the entire community. We will continue to monitor the situation and update the schedule as events dictate. We regret the inconvenience or hardship this may cause to our riders.

For more information regarding WCT’s operations, please call 240-313-2750, or visit www.washco-md.net/transit.

PLANNING COMMISSION
In accordance with State and Locally mandated emergency protocols implemented to combat the spread of COVID-19, the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for April 6, 2020 is cancelled. We are continuing to monitor workload to determine the best method of action for future meetings and will continue to work with the COOP Leadership Team on alternative methods for workflow processes and meeting requirements.

BUSINESS RESOURCES
The state of Maryland received U.S. Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Declaration, which means small businesses and private non-profit organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can apply directly to SBA for low-interest federal disaster loans.

This assistance is crucial and can help businesses pay bills, payroll, and accounts payable during this difficult time.

PARKS AND RECREATION
Actions taken to control COVID-19 have resulted in the closure of gymnasiums, sports leagues, recreational programming, and events. Despite these necessary actions, Washington County parks and open spaces can continue to be used in a safe manner that allows people to enjoy the mental and physical health benefits these spaces provide. If you plan to use parks and open spaces there are some restrictions and rules to follow:

Refrain from using parks if you are exhibiting symptoms
Prepare for limited access to public restrooms or water fountains
Limit groups to 10 people or less
Observe minimum recommended social distances of 6’ from other persons

We recognize that parks provide an opportunity for physical activity which can reduce stress and improve mental health, and our Parks and Recreation Staff are working hard to maintain these spaces and keep them safe and accessible during this time.
CITY OF HAGERSTOWN

The City of Hagerstown is now offering free parking in downtown. This includes all metered parking on-street and in the parking lots as well as the parking decks. Please be courteous to others and only use the free on-street parking for curb side pickups or quick stops. Longer term parking is available in both parking decks and the parking lots. Parking will remain free until further notice.

WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is taking additional steps to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The Sheriff’s Office will be handling calls which do not require a deputy on scene by telephone. If you are calling to file a police report, you may be told that a deputy will call you back to take the information for your report. Visitors are discouraged at the Sheriff’s Office and would prefer contact by telephone at 240-313-2100.

20 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Maryland has reported its first case of COVID-19 involving a teenager and an infant.

19 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Governor Tom Wolf today ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania to close their physical locations as of 8 p.m. today, March 19, to slow the spread of COVID-19. Enforcement actions against businesses that do not close physical locations will begin at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 21.

Here’s a list of businesses that can/can’t continue to operate under this new order. Click here for the link. 20200319-Life-Sustaining-Business

“To protect the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians, we need to take more aggressive mitigation actions,” said Gov. Wolf. “This virus is an invisible danger that could be present everywhere. We need to act with the strength we use against any other severe threat. And,
we need to act now before the illness spreads more widely.”

Private businesses, local organizations and other non compliant entities that fail or refuse to comply with the governor’s orders that protect the lives and health of Pennsylvanians will forfeit their ability to receive any applicable disaster relief and/or may be subject to other
appropriate administrative action. Such action may include termination of state loan or grant funding, including Redevelopment Assistance Capital Project (RACP) grant funding and/or suspension or revocation of licensure for violation of the law.

19 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Hagerstown City Communications Officer, Wes Decker, joined “First News” today to discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the local economy.

19 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Maryland Governor Larry Hogan ordered shopping malls and entertainment venues closed effective at 5:00 p.m.

  Hogan has ordered that Baltimore Washington International Airport to close its doors to anyone other than ticketed passengers, those       assisting disabled passengers and airport staff. 

The governor also placed restrictions on public travel.

“No one, no one should get on a MARC train, Metro, Amtrak train or bus or any of our transportation assets unless you are an emergency personnel, a front line health care provider or your job is essential the supply chain,” Hogan said.

The governor also lowered the number of mass gatherings to 10 people.

19 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – The Board of Commissioners approved changing the time and place of future board meetings.  In January, commissioners directed staff to consider the logistics of moving meetings from twice a week to once a week.  They decided to make the change now in order to minimize exposure to COVID-19 and practice social distancing. The meetings will be held on Wednesdays at the Administration Annex Building in the back conference room.

County Administrator Carrie Gray recommended the weekly meetings be held on Wednesdays in order to maintain vendor payment expectations and provide adequate time for the payroll processing.

Meetings will begin at 11:00 a.m. with a workshop and review then, after a brief recess, will reconvene at 1:00 p.m. to finalize board actions and approve or reject the actions before the board.

The next Board of Commissioners meeting will be held on March 25,2020 at the Administration Annex at 218 N Second Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201 beginning at 11:00 a.m.

19 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Effective immediately, the Borough of Chambersburg will voluntarily suspend utility disconnections.

Chambersburg is unique in that it is the only municipality in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to operate most public utilities including electricity, water, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, natural gas, and sanitation. “No other Borough is as heavily involved in the delivery of utilities as the Borough of Chambersburg,” explained Stonehill. “During this crisis, it was imperative that the Borough make plans to address the needs and challenges of the community.”

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic.

According to a proclamation issued by Mayor Walter Bietsch on March 18, 2020, “the COVID-19 virus has the potential to endanger the health, safety, and welfare of a substantial number of persons residing in the Borough of Chambersburg, and threatens to create problems greater in scope than the Borough of Chambersburg may be able to resolve through traditional measures.”

19 March – News Talk 103.7 FM UpdateThe Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., March 19, that there are 52 additional positive cases of COVID-19 reported, bringing the statewide total to 185. The state also reported one death, an adult from Northampton County. County-specific information and a statewide map are available here. All people are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital.

“Our notable increase in cases over the last few days and our first death in Pennsylvania indicate we need everyone to take COVID-19 seriously,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Pennsylvanians have a very important job right now: stay calm, stay home and stay safe. We have seen case counts continue to increase and the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home.”

19 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update –In Pennsylvania, more than 70,000 people filed for unemployment in a single day, according John Dodds, director of the nonprofit Philadelphia Unemployment Project.

“We’ve been getting flooded with calls,” said Dodds. “It’s going to be a big mess.”


President Donald Trump’s administration is proposing an economic stimulus package to help Americans pay for groceries, bills, mortgage and rent.

19 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – At the current time, County services will remain available with the following modifications and recommendations to help ensure the health and safety of our residents and workforce:

Senior Activity Centers – closed to the public until further notice.

Adult Probation – administering temperature checks to individuals reporting.

Franklin County Jail

All social and contact professional visits are suspended for 30 days.

All non-essential meetings, volunteer programs, and contractor visits are cancelled.

All those entering the facility will be administered temperature checks. The work release program is on hold until further notice.

Inmate trips into the community are restricted.

Weekender program participants are not to report to the jail for two weeks.

County operations

Staff is encouraged to work remotely if able and practice social distancing.

Non-essential meetings and gatherings have been canceled or postponed.

In a separate action, President Judge Shawn Meyers declared a judicial emergency, effective March 18th – April 3, with the potential to extend if deemed necessary. Please see http://bit.ly/FranklinCountyCourts for more information.

19 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Due to concerns regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), and the increasing likelihood of the virus spreading to Franklin County, the Franklin County Commissioners declared a disaster emergency, effective March 17th, 2020.  The declaration allows staff to expedite activities related to emergency response and readies the county for federal funding for costs related to COVID-19.

In addition, commissioners led a discussion of the pandemic preparation with leaders from healthcare, government and emergency services.

At the current time, County services will remain available with the following modifications and recommendations to help ensure the health and safety of our residents and workforce:

19 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Fulton County, PA has released a list of changes due to COVID-19. As always, if you have something to share with our members call the office at 717-485-4064 or email [email protected].  The office is currently closed unless you have scheduled an appointment.

 Fishing Season Changes

Responding to concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is consolidating the 2020 trout season schedule into a single, statewide schedule for all Pennsylvania counties.  A single Mentored Youth Trout Day will occur on Saturday, April 11, and a Statewide Opening Day of trout season will take place on Saturday, April 18.  These changes are intended to protect the safety of the public and staff, while preserving the opportunity to enjoy the fun and recreational health benefits of fishing. Learn more at  https://bit.ly/394ImCB.

F&M Trust Announces Lobby Closures

Customers can still access the bank’s drive-up services during normal banking hours, with offices providing access to safe deposit boxes and banking services that require an in-person meeting by appointment only.F&M Trust customers can also access their accounts online, via the F&M Trust mobile app, by ATM or by phone. Additionally, F&M Trust offers customer service support after normal business hours, including weekends, at (717) 264-6116 or toll-free at (888) 264-6116.

FirstEnergy Provides Energy Assistance Information

For more information about any of these programs or to find out if you qualify, visit FirstEnergyCorp.com/BillAssist and click on
“Search Assistance Programs.” You can also call us Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the number listed below.

Penelec and Met-Ed: 1-800-545-7741
Penn Power: 1-800-720-3600
West Penn Power: 1-800-686-0021

Employer COVID-19 FAQs

Update for businesses:  Relief from Charges

Labor & Industry is proposing to the legislature a change in the law to specifically allow relief to be granted for employers who have to reduce or close operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information or additional questions please visit the following link

https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/Pages/Employer-COVID19-FAQs.aspx?fbclid=IwAR16mP__4Y4NmJmzXEPcgI8b0mu42QupZisOmh9-BpUefoF9GqYrAc_6F9Q

Business Hours in McConnellsburg

Main Street McConnellsburg has provided the following list of restaurants and other businesses still operating in mcConnellsburg.  This is not an all inclusive list but does provide information on some of the businesses that have changed their hours or process of deliveries.

18 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Pennsylvania’s Department of Health is working on a plan to open public testing sites for the coronavirus, as more services shut down and the state sees a spike in people filing for unemployment compensation.

The Department of Labor and Industry said unemployment compensation claims exceeded 50,000 on Monday, and Tuesday’s filings were on course to exceed that number. In the entire first week of March, the state received barely 12,000 claims, according to federal data.

The Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency are in the process of organizing public testing sites, one in Philadelphia and one in Montgomery County, in hard-hit southeastern Pennsylvania.

The model will follow federal guidance with a drive-through concept with tests reserved for people who meet certain criteria, officials said.

“The goal of those two sites is really to test folks that fall within a certain symptom range,” Randy Padfield, director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, said during a news conference Tuesday at his agency’s headquarters.

18 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update- Pennsylvania announced its first death related the COVID-19.  Here’s the governor’s announcement.

18 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update- Maryland announced its first death related the COVID-19.  Here’s the governor’s announcement.

18 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Nathan Neil from LaunchUX, shares his story of tireless dedication of assisting local businesses transition to teleworking.

18 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Members of the Coronavirus Task Force brief reporters at the White House on the latest developments and the administration’s response.

18 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update-Senator Doug Mastriano recently sent a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf about the statewide closure of rest stops. Read the letter below.

The Honorable Governor Tom Wolf
225 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Dear Governor Wolf:

March 18.2020

I am keeping you in my prayers in these days that try our souls.
You have many significant and consequential decisions to make during this tumultuous time that the Commonwealth faces. One of the chief concerns that I share with you is ensuring nothing disrupts the flow of food and other necessary commodities. There are two areas of concern that I wish to communicate to you that could be disruptive the provisions of food and commodities in the Commonwealth.

1. Commonwealth bakeries, food processors, snack companies, canneries and food providers. Their services must continue unabated during this national emergency.Nothing should prevent them from providing vital food to our state and nation.My concern is that when an employee in any of these declared essential businesses tests positive for COVID-19, well-intentioned bureaucrats from our Departments of Health and
Agriculture will disrupt and even close the facilities. Suchan outcome would be disastrous, especially for largecities such as Philadelphia. 1
suggest that instead of responding with draconian action that disrupts the provision and supply of food, that the Health and Agriculture Departments issue guidance now, before there is a COVID-19 case, for each of these essential food producers/facilities. The guidance
would help food producers develop their own remediation andtreatment plans to ensure food safety (sanitizing potentially contaminated areas), while having little disruption to the food supply.

In this national crisis we must not become part of the problem. Food disruption by Department of Health/Agriculture officials would be catastrophic. Therefore, let’s work with our food companies and not against them.

2. Your decision to close rest stops on our major highways was ill-advised and may have the indirect correlation of disrupting our food supplies by making our roadways unfriendly to truckers. I ask for immediate reversal of this decision. Having truck rest stops closed is also a public safety issue, with trucks now parking on the side of the highways, as well as forcing some truckers to drive beyond their required rest
periods. The preponderance of our food items are transported by these great people. As a matter of public safety, and good order, I request that you immediately reopen the rest stops.

18 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update -For all non-emergency incidents, the Waynesboro Police Department has launched an Online Reporting System.

By utilizing Online Reporting, you can… Contact the Waynesboro Police Department, maintain social distance, and help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19/CORONAVIRUS Receive an automated e-mail receipt and reference number Be contacted by a police officer regarding your submission

You may also contact our office at (717) 762-2132 during normal business hours 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and after hours (717) 762-213.

18 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update -The state Senate took an important step today to continue its operations safely by passing a resolution allowing members to vote remotely, according to Senator Doug Mastriano (R-33).

The temporary emergency rules included in Senate Resolution 318 will ensure the Senate can continue voting even when lawmakers cannot be physically present at the Capitol Building in Harrisburg due to coronavirus mitigation efforts that are ongoing statewide.

“Senators were elected to serve the people and that’s what I continue to do during this unprecedented situation,” said Mastriano. “Public outreach and transparency are very important to me – – – I have conducted daily Facebook Live updates as well as a district-wide email regarding the latest COVID-19 information disseminated by federal, state and county agencies. We will get through this time by working together.”

18 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – A Waynesboro woman, living in Italy, is quarantined and living near the “red zone” of a worldwide pandemic. Hear the her story by clicking on the link below.

18 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update –The Borough of Chambersburg declared a health emergency because of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Wednesday.

The declaration allows the borough to access federal funds as a result of the spread of the coronavirus.

Pennsylvania confirmed 37 new coronavirus cases, the state Department of Health said Wednesday. The total number of cases now stands at 133. There have not been any reported cases in Franklin County.

No fatalities have been reported in Pennsylvania.

18 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – The Franklin County Courthouse will remain open with limited access. All court hearings are basically cancelled for the foreseeable future. Here’s what Court Administrator, Mark Singer, told the Franklin County Commissioners during Tuesday’s meeting.

17 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update- Wilson College said they will transition to temporary remote instruction and learning, the school announced in a release

“There are no positive COVID-19 cases in our community at this time, but the college is increasingly concerned about the ways that our friends, families, and loved ones may be affected by the coronavirus,” the school said.

Resident halls will remain open for residential students for whom returning home would pose a hardship. Students are encouraged to check their college emails frequently for updates.

17 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – The Wolf administration mandated that non-essential businesses across the state close for at least 14 days to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine speaks during a press conference, announcing the 96th presumptive positive case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Pennsylvania, inside PEMA headquarters on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

“We strongly urge non-essential businesses across the commonwealth to do their part by temporarily closing as we work to flatten the curve and protect the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians,” said DCED Secretary Dennis Davin.

Non-essential businesses include public-facing industries such as entertainment, hospitality, and recreation facilities, including but not limited to community and recreation centers; gyms, including yoga, barre and spin facilities; hair salons and barber shops, nail salons and spas; casinos; concert venues; theaters; sporting event venues and golf courses; retail facilities, including shopping malls except for pharmacy or other health care facilities within retail operation.

Essential services and sectors include but are not limited to food processing, agriculture, industrial manufacturing, feed mills, construction, trash collection, grocery and household goods (including convenience stores), home repair/hardware and auto repair, pharmacy and other medical facilities, biomedical and healthcare, post offices and shipping outlets, insurance, banks, gas stations, laundromats, veterinary clinics and pet stores, warehousing, storage, and distribution, public transportation, and hotel and commercial lodging.

17 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – The Franklin County Commissioners declared a disaster emergency for the COVID-19 virus allowing the county to seek any federal or state funds that may be available during the pandemic.

“It is a disaster declaration which opens up the door for funds whether it be the state or federal level,” said Commissioner John Flannery. “At least we’ll be able to qualify under those guidelines.”

COVID-19 screening is now available at the drive-thru center established by Meritus Health behind Meritus Medical Plaza, at 13620 Crayton Blvd. The drive-thru screening center is open from 7:00 a.m.  – 7:00 p.m. daily.

Only patients who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, as outlined by the CDC, will be tested. It is preferable to be referred by a physician for COVID-19 screening or to be directed to the drive-thru screening center by a health care professional answering the COVID-19 care line. That number is 301-790-9170.

17 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – The Office of the Mayor of Chambersburg issued a statement to clarify the Wolf Administration’s COVID-19 disaster declaration order which ordered the closure of dine-in restaurants and bars.

“He (Wolf) can not mandate closures of private businesses in the Commonwealth,” the statement read. “My advice to all businesses is to evaluate the impact on the community and your employees.”

You can read the full statement here

17 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced Tuesday that the state would delay its elections scheduled for April 28 until June 2 amid the coronavirus pandemic. The state is now the fifth to delay primary elections, following Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana and Ohio.

According to the State Board of Elections, early voting for the primary will now run May 21-28. Voters will also be able to vote absentee. The new deadline to request an absentee ballot for the primary by mail is May 26, or May 29 for those who wish to receive the ballot electronically. Returned ballots must then be postmarked on or before June 2.

17 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – The Washington County Department of Business Development would like to share the following information and resources to assist businesses during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Please send us an email with a description of the economic impact you are experiencing. If you have interest in applying for a low-interest loan through SBA for COVID-19 related financial issues, please click here to complete the Estimated Disaster Economic Injury Worksheet for Businesses. Send information and completed forms to [email protected].

US Small Business Administration

The SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses recover from declared disasters. The Hogan Administration and the Commerce Department are applying for the U.S. SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Application requires the Governor to request an SBA Economic Injury Declaration by certifying at least five (5) businesses in the disaster area suffered substantial economic injury as a result of the incident. SBA will be working through the governors’ office for each of the states to determine the amount of disruption by area before loans will be available to businesses in those impacted areas.

17 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Rep. Jesse Topper (R-Bedford/Franklin/Fulton) announced new procedures have been put in place at his district offices in Bedford, McConnellsburg and Mercersburg.

“Though my offices are closed, my staff continues to assist residents via phone and email communications,” Topper said. “The closure of my offices is temporary and I hope to have them reopened in the near future.”

Though the offices are closed, staff remains available to handle phone and email inquiries. Topper’s office can be reached at 814-623-9097. Residents can also contact Topper and his staff through his website, www.RepTopper.com.

Residents can stay up-to-date on this very fluid situation by going to Toppers’ website or his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RepTopper.

17 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – The Franklin County Jail is taking action to minimize the risk of bringing coronavirus into its facility.

The Franklin County Jail is suspending all social and contact professional visits for at least 30 days. All non-essential meetings, volunteer programs, and contractor visits are cancelled. In addition, all those entering the facility will undergo temperature checks prior to entering the facility.

17 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – All Franklin County Senior Activity Centers will be closed to the public beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020 until further notice.This includes all activities, congregate meals, scheduled tax days, and other programming to prevent and reduce the possibility of coronavirus (COVID-19) exposure.

Franklin County Senior Activity Center staff will be in contact with participants two times per week to offer available assistance and inquire about potential needs.

Staff will be updating the Senior Activity Center Hotline at 717-660-2678 to provide information as it becomes available.

Home Delivered Meals (HDM) consumers will continue to receive meals on Monday and Wednesdays only and will receive a total of 5 meals per week. Consumers receiving frozen meals bi-monthly will continue to receive their normal delivery.

17 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – The 39th annual Waynesboro Area Gala Cancer Auction is postponed from April 4th and rescheduled for July 25th at Green Grove Gardens. All updates will be their Facebook page “WAGCA” and on the website www.wagca.org

All Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores and licensee service centers across the state, including Franklin County, close indefinitely at 9 p.m. today. Online store sales ended at 5 p.m. yesterday.

17 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – The. Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce closed its offices to the public this week but is still available by phone and email. The office number is 717-264-7101 or email [email protected].

In light of recent events, and to keep the best interests of its members as top priority, the Chamber also cancelled Thursday’s Lunch & Learn session with Penn State Mont Alto. Plans to reschedule are in the works.

17 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – The Capitol Theatre Center closed this week, cancelling or postponing all events at the Center through May 3.

During this closure, management will clean and disinfect the venue using guidelines given by health officials.

Check Capitol Theatre’s website or Facebook page for updates. Anyone with questions can call the theater’s Box Office at (717) 263-0202.

17 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) today announced that his district offices in Chambersburg and Shippensburg will not be providing walk-in service until further notice.

Kauffman’s staff will still be available to assist residents over the telephone or online with any state government-related matter.

“Due to the most recent suggestions from health care professionals urging ‘social distancing,’ we have decided it is in the best interest to suspend face-to-face service at this time,” said Kauffman. “Those in need of assistance are encouraged to reach out to my offices via the phone, email or through my website.”

17 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – F&M Trust said they are carefully following guidelines and recommendations issued by the CDC and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, as such our Cumberland County com We are carefully following guidelines and recommendations issued by the CDC and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, as such our Cumberland County community offices will now be drive-up only. As things continue to unfold, please visit https://fmtrust.bank/covid-19 for updates on hours of operation and accessibility of our banking offices. community offices will now be drive-up only. As things continue to unfold, please visit https://fmtrust.bank/covid-19 for updates on hours of operation and accessibility of our banking offices.

17 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – The Antrim Township Administrative offices will have restricted access for the next two weeks. All staff will be working and services will continue. The public is asked to utilize the telephone, email, and fax for communications with Township staff. Contact information can be obtained on the Township’s website at www.twp.antrim.pa.us or by calling 717-597-3818. Payments can be made utilizing the drop-box at the main entrance. Announcements will be made regarding the status of public meetings.

17 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Senator Judy Ward is closing her offices to contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and protect public health and safetssistance is still available at https://www.senatorjudyward.com or by email at [email protected] or phone in Hollidaysburg at 814-695-8386, McConnellsburg at 717-485-3616 or Harrisburg at 717-787-5490 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

16 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Washington County Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director, Paul Frey, discussed Gov. Larry Hogan’s decision to close bars, restaurants, and clubs.

16 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update  – PA Senator Doug Mastriano joined “The Drive” to discuss what ramifications the governor’s order  to shutter businesses could have on the local economy.

16 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update  – Rep. Rob Kauffman jouined “The Drive” to to discuss what ramifications the governor’s order to shutter businesses could have on the local economy.

16 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update  – Frederick County Executive, Jan Gardner, announced Tuesday morning the first positive coronavirus case in the county. The resident is a 30-year-old woman who had contact with people who had traveled to places with community transmission.

16 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update  – Washington County Government announces a Local State of Emergency declaration in Washington County as well as disclosing new restrictions for Washington County Government buildings. All actions are precautionary to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

16 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update  – Effective immediately, a Local State of Emergency has been declared for Washington County, running parallel with the State. The declaration will remain in effect for the duration of the State’s State of Emergency.

Also, effective immediately and until further notice, Washington County Government will implement the following restrictions:

Washington County Board of County Commissioners regular scheduled meeting for Tuesday, March 17, 2020 is cancelled and future meetings will be assessed on a week-by-week basis thereafter;

Visitor access to some county office buildings will be by appointment only. A directory of departments with phone numbers is also available on the county website. Signs are posted at all entrances. This includes deliveries at the following locations:

Administration Building – 100 W Washington St, Annex Building – 80 W Baltimore St, Highways – 601 Northern Ave, Environmental  Management & Emergency Services – 16232 Elliott Parkway, Emergency Support Services – 17556 York Rd, Agricultural Education Center – 7313 Sharpsburg Pike

Visitors destined for the Treasurer’s Office require an appointment. Call to schedule an appointment at 240-313-2110.

Any residents needing to visit any county office building should call the county’s main phone number at 240-313-2776 for referral to the appropriate department to receive more information or to schedule an appointment. All visitors or those seeking appointments will be asked the following questions on the phone or prior to going beyond the Administration Building’s Information Desk area:

Are you or others you have had close contact with, suspected of having coronavirus (COVID-19)? Have you recently traveled to or from another country? Do you have any of the following symptoms?

Fever, Cough, Shortness of breath, Washington County Commission on Aging’s Senior Center remains closed.

Starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020, following the State Board of Elections instruction, the Washington County Board of Elections office will be operating by appointment only.

All county meetings are cancelled unless attendees are notified by county staff. Teleconferencing will be used when possible. Any exceptions to this protocol will be communicated by the managing department. This includes Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals.

All Washington County Parks & Recreation sponsored programs and events are canceled through March 29, regardless of their location. In accordance with Governor Hogan’s Executive Order, all events and gatherings of groups larger than 50 people are cancelled. Washington County park facilities are seasonally closed, however, outdoor areas remain open for public use. Black Rock Golf Course remains open, but the restaurant will be closed.

16 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update  – Gov. Tom Wolf has announced that Pennsylvania has ordered a shutdown of non-essential stores, as well as bars and restaurants except for takeout and delivery as of midnight. He anticipates it to continue for two weeks.

Governor Tom Wolf answers questions submitted by reporters. Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine provided an update on the coronavirus known as COVID-19 and outline ongoing efforts to mitigate the virus in Pennsylvania. The Department of Health anticipates that there will be more Pennsylvanians who test positive for COVID-19 in the coming days and weeks and it is important for residents to know the commonwealth is prepared and to be prepared themselves. People have a higher chance of testing positive for COVID-19 if they have traveled to a country or state with known community outbreaks or have come in contact with someone who has the virus. The Wolf Administration is working with the health care community across Pennsylvania to keep them informed, consult on patient testing, and ensure they have the resources they need to care for patients.
March 16, 2020 – Harrisburg Pa

Non-essential businesses include community and recreation centers; gyms; hair and nail salons, along with spas; casinos; concert venues; theaters; sporting event venues and golf courses; and retail facilities, including shopping malls.

The number of medical professionals getting infected with the fast-spreading COVID-19 in Pennsylvania is growing. St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia closed its trauma department after a doctor became ill and tested positive.

Meanwhile, Gov. Tom Wolf, in a new front to slow the spread of the new coronavirus in Pennsylvania, ordered all restaurants and bars to close their dine-in facilities starting Monday in five heavily populated counties, including Allegheny County, home to Pittsburgh, and the four counties ringing Philadelphia.

The number of cases continued growing Monday, exceeding 75, according to the state Department of Health.

15 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – The government’s top infectious disease expert said Sunday he would like to see aggressive measures such as a 14-day national shutdown that would require Americans to hunker down even more to help slow spread of the coronavirus.

Still, Dr. Anthony Fauc i said travel restrictions within the United States, such as to and from hard-hit Washington state and California, probably will not be needed anytime soon.

15 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said his office has fielded more than 300 reports of price gouging as the coronavirus continues to spread across the state.

Since the beginning of March, Shapiro has been posting updates about his office’s progress in processing these scam claims. As of Saturday, the office has 373 reports of price gouging, and the office itself has issued 24 cease and desist letters.

 
15 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Pennsylvania health officials confirmed 16 additional cases of COVID-19. The total number of cases now stands at 63.

446 patients to date have been tested or are in the process of being tested. There are 205 who have tested negative; 63 confirmed cases; and 183 patient samples are either at the lab for testing or on their way to the lab.

15 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Maryland Governor Larry Hogan closes all casinos and race tracks over coronavirus concerns. The closings will start on Monday and last indefinitely.

The state has 31 confirmed cases. Most of the cases are in suburban Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

14 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – President Trump said during a news conference on Saturday afternoon that he has been tested for the novel coronavirus Friday night, but did not reveal the results and said he did not know when he would get them.

14 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update -As of today – March 13th at 530pm the Funeral for Firefighter Jerome S. Guise has been changed to a closed service. The family and Departments that responded to the scene on the first alarm will be the only ones in attendance at the church. Following the Federal, State and Local Government recommendations with regard to the Coronavirus Pandemic, and out of an abundance of caution, it was felt that this was the best possible option. Fire Departments still wishing to attend the reception at the Citizen’s Fire Company in Mount Holly Springs are encouraged to attend. Plan on being at the station – 100 Chestnut Street by 12 noon. Mount Holly Police Department has requested all personnel traveling to Mount Holly please travel Route 34 (Baltimore Rd) to West Pine Street to Chestnut Street where police department and fire police staff will give further instructions for parking. We encourage you to support the families by donating to the Memorial Fund that has been established. Donations can be made in cash or check, made payable to “Jerome Guise Memorial Fund” and can be mailed to F&M Trust 3 East First Street, Boiling Springs, PA 17007. Questions can be directed to the bank office at 717-241-4131.

14 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – President Trump Tweeted that he will be spending his Saturday at the White House attending coronavirus meetings.

Meanwhile, Apple plans to temporarily close all of its retail stores to help control the spread of coronavirus. The company announced the plan on Friday to close all stores outside of Greater China until March 27.

14 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Maryland has identified nine new cases of coronavirus with the total now standing at 26, the health department announced Saturday.

There have been no deaths in the state and no children have been infected, state officials said.

The Governor’s office also announced that according to Montgomery County health officials, the first 3 Maryland Coronavirus cases have recovered and cleared self-quarantine, saying the development serves as a reminder that “the vast majority of people will recover from this infection, and this disease can be properly managed.”

14 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Now in Pennsylvania, the spread of the novel coronavirus has reached western Pennsylvania, with a presumptive case of the virus announced Friday in Washington County.

Saturday, four news cases were reported in the state bringing the total to 45. Those cases involve adults in Montgomery, Philadelphia, and Delaware counties.

State and local leaders are urging people to take extra precautions and has led to the cancellation of events and Gov. Tom Wolf announcing the closure of Pennsylvania’s public schools for 10 days. Keep checking back for the latest COVID-19 updates throughout the day.

14 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update –Frederick county and Montgomery county offering free “to-go” meals to children ALL ages during the closure

•    Ballenger Creek Elementary
•    Crestwood Middle School
•    Frederick High School
•    Hillcrest Elementary School
•    Lincoln Elementary School
•    Monocacy Elementary School
•    North Frederick Elementary School
•    Waverley Elementary School
 
School Meals:
FCPS will be serving FREE breakfast and lunch to all children 18 years and younger and adults older than 18 years old who are enrolled in an education program for persons with disabilities at the following schools Monday through Friday from March 16-27, 2020.
Breakfast: 8:30-9:30 AM
Lunch: 11:30 AM-12:30 PM
 
In addition to meals served at the schools listed, FCPS will deliver cold “to go” lunches to numerous community sites, Wednesday, March 18-Friday, March 27. Sandwich options will include turkey/cheese, ham/cheese, Italian combo, and Wow butter. We will share details about sites and times as soon as they are determined.
 
All children 18 years old and younger and adults older than 18 years old who are enrolled in an education program for persons with disabilities are eligible to participate.
•    Children do NOT have to live in Frederick County to receive free meals.
•    Children do NOT have to be Frederick County Public School students receive free meals.
•    Children do NOT have to be students at the participating school to receive free meals.
•    Children will be allowed to take their meals to go. Participating schools will have containers and bags for children to transport their meals.
 
If you have questions, please call the FCPS food and nutrition services office at 301-644-5061.

13 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – WellSpan Health announced today that the health system will waive all out-of-pocket costs for anyone who needs COVID-19 testing or treatment during the coronavirus outbreak.

For patients who have insurance or are covered by Medicare or Medicaid, WellSpan will collect the individual’s coverage information, but will not bill or collect any deductible, co-insurance, or any other payment for the screening, testing and treatment of COVID-19. WellSpan will also not charge individuals who do not currently have health insurance for testing or treatment of COVID-19 coronavirus.

“We recognize the need for prompt care for anyone impacted by this crisis and we want to remove any barriers people may face to receiving testing or appropriate care,” said R. Hal Baker, M.D., senior vice president of WellSpan Health, and co-leader of the health system’s COVID-19 incident command response.

13 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update –The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed five additional presumptive positive cases of COVID-19, in addition to the cases released in the morning update – one resident from Delaware County, one resident from Chester County, two residents from Philadelphia County and one pediatric patient from Monroe County. All are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital. This brings the statewide total to 33 cases; 27 of the cases are presumptive positive and six cases, one in Delaware County, one in Wayne County and four in Montgomery County have been confirmed by the CDC.

“While we anticipate that there will be more Pennsylvanians with COVID-19 in the coming days and weeks, it is important for residents to know the commonwealth is prepared and to be prepared themselves,” Dr. Levine said. “Right now, you have a higher chance of testing positive for COVID-19 if you have traveled to a country or state with known community outbreaks or have come in contact with someone who has the virus. We are working with the health care community across Pennsylvania to keep them informed, consult on patient testing and ensuring they have the resources they need to care for patients.”

13 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Governor Tom Wolf announced that all K-12 Pennsylvania schools will be closed for 10 business days effective Monday, March 16.

“We understand that these are trying times and recognize the impact of the coronavirus on our students and communities,” said Gov. Wolf.  “First and foremost, my top priority as governor – and that of our education leaders – must be to ensure the health and safety of our students and school communities.”

The administration has been working with school districts as well as state and local officials to gather input on this decision. The Wolf Administration will continue to monitor Covid-19 in the commonwealth, and at the end of 10 days will reevaluate and decide whether continued closure is needed.

13 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Maryland is closing all public schools in response to the coronavirus. State Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon said schools will be closed from Monday through March 27.

13 March – News Talk 103.7FM Update -The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced today that effective Friday, March 13, 2020, all public events scheduled for March at the PA Farm Show Complex & Expo Center would be canceled in response to COVID-19. Private meetings with 250 or more in attendance will also be prohibited.

13 March – News Talk 103.7FM Update – The Waynesboro Area School District is closing all its schools through the end of the month due to concerns about the coronavirus, according to the district’s website.

Meanwhile, other districts are starting to follow suit. Red Lion School District, York Suburban School District, the Northern York, Dallastown, Northeastern, and York Country Day School districts all announced closings. In Cumberland County, Mechanicsburg and Big Spring Schools are closed for two weeks.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has not ordered schools to close.

13 March – News Talk 1037FM Update – West Virginia is closing on public schools beginning Monday, according to a statement released by the governor’s office Friday.

“We’ll close the schools as long as we have to close schools,” Gov. Jim Justice said at a news conference today at the capital. “Tough decision. Tough, tough decision.”

Twelve West Virginians have tested positive for coronavirus with 11 negative results and one still pending, officials said this morning.

13 March – News Talk 1037FM Update –The Chambersburg Area School District is closing all of its schools for the next two weeks due to concerns about the coronavirus. “Out of an abundance of caution for our students and staff, and with a sincere desire to keep our community safe, CASD will close all schools from March 17th through March 27th,” the district Tweeted Friday. Schools are scheduled to open again on March 30th.

12 March -NEWS TALK 1037FM Update —  The Cumberland Valley Christian School Administration has been closely monitoring the developing concerns with the Coronavirus.  The health and welfare of our students and faculty is top priority of our School Board and Administration. Mrs. Garvin has been receiving daily updates and communication from the local, state and federal agencies as they are keeping School Principals informed. I feel that it is important that you as parents receive the latest information on how to keep yourself and loved ones safe. As this situation is evolving rapidly, I am also including links below to the CDC and PA Dept. of Health webpage for advice and local guidance during this time.   Effective immediately the School Administration is implementing several sanitation plans within our campus.  All of our buildings will continue getting a cleaning each night as well as additional deep cleaning over the weekend. Daily sanitation of touch points on campus and within our transportation department has been implemented. These sanitation procedures will be repeated regularly throughout the school day. Sanitation staff as well as faculty are being diligent to ensure our campus is sanitized. Teachers will continue to encourage the students to practice good hygiene habits, which include proper hand washing during the day. We are encouraging all students to bring in a personal water bottle that can be refilled on campus to avoid drinking directly from the water fountains. In the event that your child becomes ill for any reason, please keep the child home until the child is symptom free for 48 hours (2 days). 

 

As your students may have mentioned, CVCS will be receiving several international students next week. All students were vetted by the United States government and have been cleared of the coronavirus prior to arriving to the United States in February. As precaution, the students have been in quarantine since arriving and have been receiving continued medical screenings to monitor their health. The agency is constantly updating us with information about these students, and if any health concerns were to arise, the students will not be allowed to attend CVCS.  I will continue to keep on top of the developments pertaining to the Coronavirus in the coming days. If a school closure or class/athletic activity requires cancellation due to mandated guidelines, we will notify you as soon as possible. I appreciate and am thankful for your prayers and support as we navigate the remainder of the school year. 

 CDC Information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html 

PA Dept. of Health: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx 

Pastor Mike Sanders — CVCS President

 

12 March – NEWSTALK 1037FM Update — WellSpan Health has been working continuously to prepare for the COVID-19 coronavirus issue, as Pennsylvania continues to see an increase in confirmed cases.  “As part of our continued preparation for the COVID-19 coronavirus, we are planning for the potential of a larger-scale response to this issue,” said R. Hal Baker, M.D., senior vice president of WellSpan Health, and co-leader of the health system’s COVID-19 incident command response. This includes developing a temporary outdoor patient screening and testing area for patients, who may have been exposed to the COVID-19 coronavirus.  “Doing screening and testing in an open-air setting limits the potential spread of the disease and will help us preserve our negative airflow rooms in our hospitals,” he added.  Temporary screening areas are currently being validated by staff at WellSpan Waynesboro Hospital, WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital, WellSpan York Hospital and WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital. Other hospitals within WellSpan Health will have similar validation in the coming days.  “

Prevention and Treatment   —  “Information is key, but we are asking our patients to do their part too. Remember, the best way to prevent from getting sick is to wash your hands, try to not touch your face, and avoid contact with people who are sick,” Baker said.  He also noted that people should remember to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing. In addition, it’s important to clean surfaces frequently, including countertops, light switches, cell phones and other frequently touched items. Lastly, if you are sick, stay home and avoid contact with others.  WellSpan encourages patients to consider the following guidelines for assessment and treatment: If you have recently traveled to impacted countries or areas, or had contact with someone known to have tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, and you are experiencing respiratory symptoms, we recommend you contact your healthcare provider before going to the doctor’s office or hospital. This will allow you to coordinate your care with your provider while minimizing risk to others. Patients can also use a new automated chat feature available on WellSpan.org, to help determine whether they may or may not be at risk for the virus.

12 March NEWS TALK 1037FM Update —  Although no COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Washington County, as the situation continues to evolve in Maryland and surrounding areas, Meritus Health has begun cancelling large community events we planned to host. We are committed to providing excellent care and are proactively assessing visitation policies and community events held at Meritus Health properties, including Meritus Medical Center and Robinwood Professional Center. This is an effort to reduce the chance of spreading germs during large gatherings and support social distancing. Events at these properties will be reassessed one month in advance of happening.

 

 

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Click here – Maryland Department of Health

Click here – PA Department of Health

Click here- W VA Department of Health

19 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Governor Tom Wolf today ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania to close their physical locations as of 8 p.m. today, March 19, to slow the spread of COVID-19. Enforcement actions against businesses that do not close physical locations will begin at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 21.

Here’s a list of businesses that can/can’t continue to operate under this new order. Click here for the link. 20200319-Life-Sustaining-Business

“To protect the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians, we need to take more aggressive mitigation actions,” said Gov. Wolf. “This virus is an invisible danger that could be present everywhere. We need to act with the strength we use against any other severe threat. And,
we need to act now before the illness spreads more widely.”

Private businesses, local organizations and other non compliant entities that fail or refuse to comply with the governor’s orders that protect the lives and health of Pennsylvanians will forfeit their ability to receive any applicable disaster relief and/or may be subject to other
appropriate administrative action. Such action may include termination of state loan or grant funding, including Redevelopment Assistance Capital Project (RACP) grant funding and/or suspension or revocation of licensure for violation of the law.

19 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Hagerstown City Communications Officer, Wes Decker, joined “First News” today to discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the local economy.

19 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Maryland Governor Larry Hogan ordered shopping malls and entertainment venues closed effective at 5:00 p.m.

  Hogan has ordered that Baltimore Washington International Airport to close its doors to anyone other than ticketed passengers, those       assisting disabled passengers and airport staff. 

The governor also placed restrictions on public travel.

“No one, no one should get on a MARC train, Metro, Amtrak train or bus or any of our transportation assets unless you are an emergency personnel, a front line health care provider or your job is essential the supply chain,” Hogan said.

The governor also lowered the number of mass gatherings to 10 people.

19 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – The Board of Commissioners approved changing the time and place of future board meetings.  In January, commissioners directed staff to consider the logistics of moving meetings from twice a week to once a week.  They decided to make the change now in order to minimize exposure to COVID-19 and practice social distancing. The meetings will be held on Wednesdays at the Administration Annex Building in the back conference room. 

County Administrator Carrie Gray recommended the weekly meetings be held on Wednesdays in order to maintain vendor payment expectations and provide adequate time for the payroll processing.

Meetings will begin at 11:00 a.m. with a workshop and review then, after a brief recess, will reconvene at 1:00 p.m. to finalize board actions and approve or reject the actions before the board.

The next Board of Commissioners meeting will be held on March 25,2020 at the Administration Annex at 218 N Second Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201 beginning at 11:00 a.m.

19 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Effective immediately, the Borough of Chambersburg will voluntarily suspend utility disconnections.

Chambersburg is unique in that it is the only municipality in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to operate most public utilities including electricity, water, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, natural gas, and sanitation. “No other Borough is as heavily involved in the delivery of utilities as the Borough of Chambersburg,” explained Stonehill. “During this crisis, it was imperative that the Borough make plans to address the needs and challenges of the community.”

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic.

According to a proclamation issued by Mayor Walter Bietsch on March 18, 2020, “the COVID-19 virus has the potential to endanger the health, safety, and welfare of a substantial number of persons residing in the Borough of Chambersburg, and threatens to create problems greater in scope than the Borough of Chambersburg may be able to resolve through traditional measures.”

19 March – News Talk 103.7 FM UpdateThe Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., March 19, that there are 52 additional positive cases of COVID-19 reported, bringing the statewide total to 185. The state also reported one death, an adult from Northampton County. County-specific information and a statewide map are available here. All people are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital.

“Our notable increase in cases over the last few days and our first death in Pennsylvania indicate we need everyone to take COVID-19 seriously,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Pennsylvanians have a very important job right now: stay calm, stay home and stay safe. We have seen case counts continue to increase and the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home.”

19 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update –In Pennsylvania, more than 70,000 people filed for unemployment in a single day, according John Dodds, director of the nonprofit Philadelphia Unemployment Project.

“We’ve been getting flooded with calls,” said Dodds. “It’s going to be a big mess.”


President Donald Trump’s administration is proposing an economic stimulus package to help Americans pay for groceries, bills, mortgage and rent.

19 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – At the current time, County services will remain available with the following modifications and recommendations to help ensure the health and safety of our residents and workforce:

Senior Activity Centers – closed to the public until further notice.

Adult Probation – administering temperature checks to individuals reporting.

Franklin County Jail

All social and contact professional visits are suspended for 30 days.

All non-essential meetings, volunteer programs, and contractor visits are cancelled.

All those entering the facility will be administered temperature checks. The work release program is on hold until further notice.

Inmate trips into the community are restricted.

Weekender program participants are not to report to the jail for two weeks.

County operations

Staff is encouraged to work remotely if able and practice social distancing.

Non-essential meetings and gatherings have been canceled or postponed.

In a separate action, President Judge Shawn Meyers declared a judicial emergency, effective March 18th – April 3, with the potential to extend if deemed necessary. Please see http://bit.ly/FranklinCountyCourts for more information.

19 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Due to concerns regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), and the increasing likelihood of the virus spreading to Franklin County, the Franklin County Commissioners declared a disaster emergency, effective March 17th, 2020.  The declaration allows staff to expedite activities related to emergency response and readies the county for federal funding for costs related to COVID-19.

In addition, commissioners led a discussion of the pandemic preparation with leaders from healthcare, government and emergency services.

At the current time, County services will remain available with the following modifications and recommendations to help ensure the health and safety of our residents and workforce:

19 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Fulton County, PA has released a list of changes due to COVID-19. As always, if you have something to share with our members call the office at 717-485-4064 or email [email protected].  The office is currently closed unless you have scheduled an appointment.

 Fishing Season Changes

Responding to concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is consolidating the 2020 trout season schedule into a single, statewide schedule for all Pennsylvania counties.  A single Mentored Youth Trout Day will occur on Saturday, April 11, and a Statewide Opening Day of trout season will take place on Saturday, April 18.  These changes are intended to protect the safety of the public and staff, while preserving the opportunity to enjoy the fun and recreational health benefits of fishing. Learn more at  https://bit.ly/394ImCB.

F&M Trust Announces Lobby Closures

Customers can still access the bank’s drive-up services during normal banking hours, with offices providing access to safe deposit boxes and banking services that require an in-person meeting by appointment only.F&M Trust customers can also access their accounts online, via the F&M Trust mobile app, by ATM or by phone. Additionally, F&M Trust offers customer service support after normal business hours, including weekends, at (717) 264-6116 or toll-free at (888) 264-6116.

FirstEnergy Provides Energy Assistance Information

For more information about any of these programs or to find out if you qualify, visit FirstEnergyCorp.com/BillAssist and click on
“Search Assistance Programs.” You can also call us Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the number listed below.

Penelec and Met-Ed: 1-800-545-7741
Penn Power: 1-800-720-3600
West Penn Power: 1-800-686-0021

Employer COVID-19 FAQs

Update for businesses:  Relief from Charges

Labor & Industry is proposing to the legislature a change in the law to specifically allow relief to be granted for employers who have to reduce or close operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information or additional questions please visit the following link

https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/Pages/Employer-COVID19-FAQs.aspx?fbclid=IwAR16mP__4Y4NmJmzXEPcgI8b0mu42QupZisOmh9-BpUefoF9GqYrAc_6F9Q

Business Hours in McConnellsburg

Main Street McConnellsburg has provided the following list of restaurants and other businesses still operating in mcConnellsburg.  This is not an all inclusive list but does provide information on some of the businesses that have changed their hours or process of deliveries.

18 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Pennsylvania’s Department of Health is working on a plan to open public testing sites for the coronavirus, as more services shut down and the state sees a spike in people filing for unemployment compensation.

The Department of Labor and Industry said unemployment compensation claims exceeded 50,000 on Monday, and Tuesday’s filings were on course to exceed that number. In the entire first week of March, the state received barely 12,000 claims, according to federal data.

The Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency are in the process of organizing public testing sites, one in Philadelphia and one in Montgomery County, in hard-hit southeastern Pennsylvania.

The model will follow federal guidance with a drive-through concept with tests reserved for people who meet certain criteria, officials said.

“The goal of those two sites is really to test folks that fall within a certain symptom range,” Randy Padfield, director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, said during a news conference Tuesday at his agency’s headquarters.

18 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update- Pennsylvania announced its first death related the COVID-19.  Here’s the governor’s announcement.

18 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update- Maryland announced its first death related the COVID-19.  Here’s the governor’s announcement.

18 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Nathan Neil from LaunchUX, shares his story of tireless dedication of assisting local businesses transition to teleworking.

18 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Members of the Coronavirus Task Force brief reporters at the White House on the latest developments and the administration’s response.

18 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update-Senator Doug Mastriano recently sent a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf about the statewide closure of rest stops. Read the letter below.

The Honorable Governor Tom Wolf
225 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Dear Governor Wolf:

March 18.2020

I am keeping you in my prayers in these days that try our souls.
You have many significant and consequential decisions to make during this tumultuous time that the Commonwealth faces. One of the chief concerns that I share with you is ensuring nothing disrupts the flow of food and other necessary commodities. There are two areas of concern that I wish to communicate to you that could be disruptive the provisions of food and commodities in the Commonwealth.

1. Commonwealth bakeries, food processors, snack companies, canneries and food providers. Their services must continue unabated during this national emergency.Nothing should prevent them from providing vital food to our state and nation.My concern is that when an employee in any of these declared essential businesses tests positive for COVID-19, well-intentioned bureaucrats from our Departments of Health and
Agriculture will disrupt and even close the facilities. Suchan outcome would be disastrous, especially for largecities such as Philadelphia. 1
suggest that instead of responding with draconian action that disrupts the provision and supply of food, that the Health and Agriculture Departments issue guidance now, before there is a COVID-19 case, for each of these essential food producers/facilities. The guidance
would help food producers develop their own remediation andtreatment plans to ensure food safety (sanitizing potentially contaminated areas), while having little disruption to the food supply.

In this national crisis we must not become part of the problem. Food disruption by Department of Health/Agriculture officials would be catastrophic. Therefore, let’s work with our food companies and not against them.

2. Your decision to close rest stops on our major highways was ill-advised and may have the indirect correlation of disrupting our food supplies by making our roadways unfriendly to truckers. I ask for immediate reversal of this decision. Having truck rest stops closed is also a public safety issue, with trucks now parking on the side of the highways, as well as forcing some truckers to drive beyond their required rest
periods. The preponderance of our food items are transported by these great people. As a matter of public safety, and good order, I request that you immediately reopen the rest stops.

18 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update -For all non-emergency incidents, the Waynesboro Police Department has launched an Online Reporting System.

By utilizing Online Reporting, you can… Contact the Waynesboro Police Department, maintain social distance, and help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19/CORONAVIRUS Receive an automated e-mail receipt and reference number Be contacted by a police officer regarding your submission

You may also contact our office at (717) 762-2132 during normal business hours 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and after hours (717) 762-213.

18 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update -The state Senate took an important step today to continue its operations safely by passing a resolution allowing members to vote remotely, according to Senator Doug Mastriano (R-33).

The temporary emergency rules included in Senate Resolution 318 will ensure the Senate can continue voting even when lawmakers cannot be physically present at the Capitol Building in Harrisburg due to coronavirus mitigation efforts that are ongoing statewide.

“Senators were elected to serve the people and that’s what I continue to do during this unprecedented situation,” said Mastriano. “Public outreach and transparency are very important to me – – – I have conducted daily Facebook Live updates as well as a district-wide email regarding the latest COVID-19 information disseminated by federal, state and county agencies. We will get through this time by working together.”

18 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – A Waynesboro woman, living in Italy, is quarantined and living near the “red zone” of a worldwide pandemic. Hear the her story by clicking on the link below.

18 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update –The Borough of Chambersburg declared a health emergency because of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Wednesday.

The declaration allows the borough to access federal funds as a result of the spread of the coronavirus.

Pennsylvania confirmed 37 new coronavirus cases, the state Department of Health said Wednesday. The total number of cases now stands at 133. There have not been any reported cases in Franklin County.

No fatalities have been reported in Pennsylvania.

18 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – The Franklin County Courthouse will remain open with limited access. All court hearings are basically cancelled for the foreseeable future. Here’s what Court Administrator, Mark Singer, told the Franklin County Commissioners during Tuesday’s meeting.

17 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update- Wilson College said they will transition to temporary remote instruction and learning, the school announced in a release

“There are no positive COVID-19 cases in our community at this time, but the college is increasingly concerned about the ways that our friends, families, and loved ones may be affected by the coronavirus,” the school said.

Resident halls will remain open for residential students for whom returning home would pose a hardship. Students are encouraged to check their college emails frequently for updates.

17 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – The Wolf administration mandated that non-essential businesses across the state close for at least 14 days to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine speaks during a press conference, announcing the 96th presumptive positive case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Pennsylvania, inside PEMA headquarters on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

“We strongly urge non-essential businesses across the commonwealth to do their part by temporarily closing as we work to flatten the curve and protect the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians,” said DCED Secretary Dennis Davin.

Non-essential businesses include public-facing industries such as entertainment, hospitality, and recreation facilities, including but not limited to community and recreation centers; gyms, including yoga, barre and spin facilities; hair salons and barber shops, nail salons and spas; casinos; concert venues; theaters; sporting event venues and golf courses; retail facilities, including shopping malls except for pharmacy or other health care facilities within retail operation.

Essential services and sectors include but are not limited to food processing, agriculture, industrial manufacturing, feed mills, construction, trash collection, grocery and household goods (including convenience stores), home repair/hardware and auto repair, pharmacy and other medical facilities, biomedical and healthcare, post offices and shipping outlets, insurance, banks, gas stations, laundromats, veterinary clinics and pet stores, warehousing, storage, and distribution, public transportation, and hotel and commercial lodging.

17 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – The Franklin County Commissioners declared a disaster emergency for the COVID-19 virus allowing the county to seek any federal or state funds that may be available during the pandemic.

“It is a disaster declaration which opens up the door for funds whether it be the state or federal level,” said Commissioner John Flannery. “At least we’ll be able to qualify under those guidelines.”

COVID-19 screening is now available at the drive-thru center established by Meritus Health behind Meritus Medical Plaza, at 13620 Crayton Blvd. The drive-thru screening center is open from 7:00 a.m.  – 7:00 p.m. daily.

Only patients who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, as outlined by the CDC, will be tested. It is preferable to be referred by a physician for COVID-19 screening or to be directed to the drive-thru screening center by a health care professional answering the COVID-19 care line. That number is 301-790-9170.

17 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – The Office of the Mayor of Chambersburg issued a statement to clarify the Wolf Administration’s COVID-19 disaster declaration order which ordered the closure of dine-in restaurants and bars.

“He (Wolf) can not mandate closures of private businesses in the Commonwealth,” the statement read. “My advice to all businesses is to evaluate the impact on the community and your employees.”

You can read the full statement here

17 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced Tuesday that the state would delay its elections scheduled for April 28 until June 2 amid the coronavirus pandemic. The state is now the fifth to delay primary elections, following Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana and Ohio.

According to the State Board of Elections, early voting for the primary will now run May 21-28. Voters will also be able to vote absentee. The new deadline to request an absentee ballot for the primary by mail is May 26, or May 29 for those who wish to receive the ballot electronically. Returned ballots must then be postmarked on or before June 2.

17 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – The Washington County Department of Business Development would like to share the following information and resources to assist businesses during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Please send us an email with a description of the economic impact you are experiencing. If you have interest in applying for a low-interest loan through SBA for COVID-19 related financial issues, please click here to complete the Estimated Disaster Economic Injury Worksheet for Businesses. Send information and completed forms to [email protected].

US Small Business Administration

The SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses recover from declared disasters. The Hogan Administration and the Commerce Department are applying for the U.S. SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Application requires the Governor to request an SBA Economic Injury Declaration by certifying at least five (5) businesses in the disaster area suffered substantial economic injury as a result of the incident. SBA will be working through the governors’ office for each of the states to determine the amount of disruption by area before loans will be available to businesses in those impacted areas.

17 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Rep. Jesse Topper (R-Bedford/Franklin/Fulton) announced new procedures have been put in place at his district offices in Bedford, McConnellsburg and Mercersburg.

“Though my offices are closed, my staff continues to assist residents via phone and email communications,” Topper said. “The closure of my offices is temporary and I hope to have them reopened in the near future.”

Though the offices are closed, staff remains available to handle phone and email inquiries. Topper’s office can be reached at 814-623-9097. Residents can also contact Topper and his staff through his website, www.RepTopper.com.

Residents can stay up-to-date on this very fluid situation by going to Toppers’ website or his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RepTopper.

17 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – The Franklin County Jail is taking action to minimize the risk of bringing coronavirus into its facility.

The Franklin County Jail is suspending all social and contact professional visits for at least 30 days. All non-essential meetings, volunteer programs, and contractor visits are cancelled. In addition, all those entering the facility will undergo temperature checks prior to entering the facility.

17 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – All Franklin County Senior Activity Centers will be closed to the public beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020 until further notice.This includes all activities, congregate meals, scheduled tax days, and other programming to prevent and reduce the possibility of coronavirus (COVID-19) exposure.

Franklin County Senior Activity Center staff will be in contact with participants two times per week to offer available assistance and inquire about potential needs.

Staff will be updating the Senior Activity Center Hotline at 717-660-2678 to provide information as it becomes available.

Home Delivered Meals (HDM) consumers will continue to receive meals on Monday and Wednesdays only and will receive a total of 5 meals per week. Consumers receiving frozen meals bi-monthly will continue to receive their normal delivery.

17 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – The 39th annual Waynesboro Area Gala Cancer Auction is postponed from April 4th and rescheduled for July 25th at Green Grove Gardens. All updates will be their Facebook page “WAGCA” and on the website www.wagca.org

All Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores and licensee service centers across the state, including Franklin County, close indefinitely at 9 p.m. today. Online store sales ended at 5 p.m. yesterday.

17 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – The. Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce closed its offices to the public this week but is still available by phone and email. The office number is 717-264-7101 or email [email protected].

In light of recent events, and to keep the best interests of its members as top priority, the Chamber also cancelled Thursday’s Lunch & Learn session with Penn State Mont Alto. Plans to reschedule are in the works.

17 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – The Capitol Theatre Center closed this week, cancelling or postponing all events at the Center through May 3.

During this closure, management will clean and disinfect the venue using guidelines given by health officials.

Check Capitol Theatre’s website or Facebook page for updates. Anyone with questions can call the theater’s Box Office at (717) 263-0202.

17 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) today announced that his district offices in Chambersburg and Shippensburg will not be providing walk-in service until further notice.

Kauffman’s staff will still be available to assist residents over the telephone or online with any state government-related matter.

“Due to the most recent suggestions from health care professionals urging ‘social distancing,’ we have decided it is in the best interest to suspend face-to-face service at this time,” said Kauffman. “Those in need of assistance are encouraged to reach out to my offices via the phone, email or through my website.”

17 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – F&M Trust said they are carefully following guidelines and recommendations issued by the CDC and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, as such our Cumberland County com We are carefully following guidelines and recommendations issued by the CDC and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, as such our Cumberland County community offices will now be drive-up only. As things continue to unfold, please visit https://fmtrust.bank/covid-19 for updates on hours of operation and accessibility of our banking offices. community offices will now be drive-up only. As things continue to unfold, please visit https://fmtrust.bank/covid-19 for updates on hours of operation and accessibility of our banking offices.

17 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – The Antrim Township Administrative offices will have restricted access for the next two weeks. All staff will be working and services will continue. The public is asked to utilize the telephone, email, and fax for communications with Township staff. Contact information can be obtained on the Township’s website at www.twp.antrim.pa.us or by calling 717-597-3818. Payments can be made utilizing the drop-box at the main entrance. Announcements will be made regarding the status of public meetings.

17 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Senator Judy Ward is closing her offices to contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and protect public health and safetssistance is still available at https://www.senatorjudyward.com or by email at [email protected] or phone in Hollidaysburg at 814-695-8386, McConnellsburg at 717-485-3616 or Harrisburg at 717-787-5490 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

16 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Washington County Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director, Paul Frey, discussed Gov. Larry Hogan’s decision to close bars, restaurants, and clubs.

16 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update  – PA Senator Doug Mastriano joined “The Drive” to discuss what ramifications the governor’s order  to shutter businesses could have on the local economy.

16 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update  – Rep. Rob Kauffman jouined “The Drive” to to discuss what ramifications the governor’s order to shutter businesses could have on the local economy.

16 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update  – Frederick County Executive, Jan Gardner, announced Tuesday morning the first positive coronavirus case in the county. The resident is a 30-year-old woman who had contact with people who had traveled to places with community transmission.

16 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update  – Washington County Government announces a Local State of Emergency declaration in Washington County as well as disclosing new restrictions for Washington County Government buildings. All actions are precautionary to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

16 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update  – Effective immediately, a Local State of Emergency has been declared for Washington County, running parallel with the State. The declaration will remain in effect for the duration of the State’s State of Emergency.

Also, effective immediately and until further notice, Washington County Government will implement the following restrictions:

Washington County Board of County Commissioners regular scheduled meeting for Tuesday, March 17, 2020 is cancelled and future meetings will be assessed on a week-by-week basis thereafter;

Visitor access to some county office buildings will be by appointment only. A directory of departments with phone numbers is also available on the county website. Signs are posted at all entrances. This includes deliveries at the following locations:

Administration Building – 100 W Washington St, Annex Building – 80 W Baltimore St, Highways – 601 Northern Ave, Environmental  Management & Emergency Services – 16232 Elliott Parkway, Emergency Support Services – 17556 York Rd, Agricultural Education Center – 7313 Sharpsburg Pike

Visitors destined for the Treasurer’s Office require an appointment. Call to schedule an appointment at 240-313-2110.

Any residents needing to visit any county office building should call the county’s main phone number at 240-313-2776 for referral to the appropriate department to receive more information or to schedule an appointment. All visitors or those seeking appointments will be asked the following questions on the phone or prior to going beyond the Administration Building’s Information Desk area:

Are you or others you have had close contact with, suspected of having coronavirus (COVID-19)? Have you recently traveled to or from another country? Do you have any of the following symptoms?

Fever, Cough, Shortness of breath, Washington County Commission on Aging’s Senior Center remains closed.

Starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020, following the State Board of Elections instruction, the Washington County Board of Elections office will be operating by appointment only.

All county meetings are cancelled unless attendees are notified by county staff. Teleconferencing will be used when possible. Any exceptions to this protocol will be communicated by the managing department. This includes Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals.

All Washington County Parks & Recreation sponsored programs and events are canceled through March 29, regardless of their location. In accordance with Governor Hogan’s Executive Order, all events and gatherings of groups larger than 50 people are cancelled. Washington County park facilities are seasonally closed, however, outdoor areas remain open for public use. Black Rock Golf Course remains open, but the restaurant will be closed.

16 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update  – Gov. Tom Wolf has announced that Pennsylvania has ordered a shutdown of non-essential stores, as well as bars and restaurants except for takeout and delivery as of midnight. He anticipates it to continue for two weeks.

Governor Tom Wolf answers questions submitted by reporters. Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine provided an update on the coronavirus known as COVID-19 and outline ongoing efforts to mitigate the virus in Pennsylvania. The Department of Health anticipates that there will be more Pennsylvanians who test positive for COVID-19 in the coming days and weeks and it is important for residents to know the commonwealth is prepared and to be prepared themselves. People have a higher chance of testing positive for COVID-19 if they have traveled to a country or state with known community outbreaks or have come in contact with someone who has the virus. The Wolf Administration is working with the health care community across Pennsylvania to keep them informed, consult on patient testing, and ensure they have the resources they need to care for patients.
March 16, 2020 – Harrisburg Pa

Non-essential businesses include community and recreation centers; gyms; hair and nail salons, along with spas; casinos; concert venues; theaters; sporting event venues and golf courses; and retail facilities, including shopping malls.

The number of medical professionals getting infected with the fast-spreading COVID-19 in Pennsylvania is growing. St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia closed its trauma department after a doctor became ill and tested positive.

Meanwhile, Gov. Tom Wolf, in a new front to slow the spread of the new coronavirus in Pennsylvania, ordered all restaurants and bars to close their dine-in facilities starting Monday in five heavily populated counties, including Allegheny County, home to Pittsburgh, and the four counties ringing Philadelphia.

The number of cases continued growing Monday, exceeding 75, according to the state Department of Health.

15 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – The government’s top infectious disease expert said Sunday he would like to see aggressive measures such as a 14-day national shutdown that would require Americans to hunker down even more to help slow spread of the coronavirus.

Still, Dr. Anthony Fauc i said travel restrictions within the United States, such as to and from hard-hit Washington state and California, probably will not be needed anytime soon.

15 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said his office has fielded more than 300 reports of price gouging as the coronavirus continues to spread across the state.

Since the beginning of March, Shapiro has been posting updates about his office’s progress in processing these scam claims. As of Saturday, the office has 373 reports of price gouging, and the office itself has issued 24 cease and desist letters.

 
15 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Pennsylvania health officials confirmed 16 additional cases of COVID-19. The total number of cases now stands at 63.

446 patients to date have been tested or are in the process of being tested. There are 205 who have tested negative; 63 confirmed cases; and 183 patient samples are either at the lab for testing or on their way to the lab.

15 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Maryland Governor Larry Hogan closes all casinos and race tracks over coronavirus concerns. The closings will start on Monday and last indefinitely.

The state has 31 confirmed cases. Most of the cases are in suburban Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

14 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – President Trump said during a news conference on Saturday afternoon that he has been tested for the novel coronavirus Friday night, but did not reveal the results and said he did not know when he would get them.

14 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update -As of today – March 13th at 530pm the Funeral for Firefighter Jerome S. Guise has been changed to a closed service. The family and Departments that responded to the scene on the first alarm will be the only ones in attendance at the church. Following the Federal, State and Local Government recommendations with regard to the Coronavirus Pandemic, and out of an abundance of caution, it was felt that this was the best possible option. Fire Departments still wishing to attend the reception at the Citizen’s Fire Company in Mount Holly Springs are encouraged to attend. Plan on being at the station – 100 Chestnut Street by 12 noon. Mount Holly Police Department has requested all personnel traveling to Mount Holly please travel Route 34 (Baltimore Rd) to West Pine Street to Chestnut Street where police department and fire police staff will give further instructions for parking. We encourage you to support the families by donating to the Memorial Fund that has been established. Donations can be made in cash or check, made payable to “Jerome Guise Memorial Fund” and can be mailed to F&M Trust 3 East First Street, Boiling Springs, PA 17007. Questions can be directed to the bank office at 717-241-4131.

14 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – President Trump Tweeted that he will be spending his Saturday at the White House attending coronavirus meetings.

Meanwhile, Apple plans to temporarily close all of its retail stores to help control the spread of coronavirus. The company announced the plan on Friday to close all stores outside of Greater China until March 27.

14 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Maryland has identified nine new cases of coronavirus with the total now standing at 26, the health department announced Saturday.

There have been no deaths in the state and no children have been infected, state officials said.

The Governor’s office also announced that according to Montgomery County health officials, the first 3 Maryland Coronavirus cases have recovered and cleared self-quarantine, saying the development serves as a reminder that “the vast majority of people will recover from this infection, and this disease can be properly managed.”

14 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Now in Pennsylvania, the spread of the novel coronavirus has reached western Pennsylvania, with a presumptive case of the virus announced Friday in Washington County.

Saturday, four news cases were reported in the state bringing the total to 45. Those cases involve adults in Montgomery, Philadelphia, and Delaware counties.

State and local leaders are urging people to take extra precautions and has led to the cancellation of events and Gov. Tom Wolf announcing the closure of Pennsylvania’s public schools for 10 days. Keep checking back for the latest COVID-19 updates throughout the day.

14 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update –Frederick county and Montgomery county offering free “to-go” meals to children ALL ages during the closure

•    Ballenger Creek Elementary
•    Crestwood Middle School
•    Frederick High School
•    Hillcrest Elementary School
•    Lincoln Elementary School
•    Monocacy Elementary School
•    North Frederick Elementary School
•    Waverley Elementary School
 
School Meals:
FCPS will be serving FREE breakfast and lunch to all children 18 years and younger and adults older than 18 years old who are enrolled in an education program for persons with disabilities at the following schools Monday through Friday from March 16-27, 2020.
Breakfast: 8:30-9:30 AM
Lunch: 11:30 AM-12:30 PM
 
In addition to meals served at the schools listed, FCPS will deliver cold “to go” lunches to numerous community sites, Wednesday, March 18-Friday, March 27. Sandwich options will include turkey/cheese, ham/cheese, Italian combo, and Wow butter. We will share details about sites and times as soon as they are determined.
 
All children 18 years old and younger and adults older than 18 years old who are enrolled in an education program for persons with disabilities are eligible to participate.
•    Children do NOT have to live in Frederick County to receive free meals.
•    Children do NOT have to be Frederick County Public School students receive free meals.
•    Children do NOT have to be students at the participating school to receive free meals.
•    Children will be allowed to take their meals to go. Participating schools will have containers and bags for children to transport their meals.
 
If you have questions, please call the FCPS food and nutrition services office at 301-644-5061.

13 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – WellSpan Health announced today that the health system will waive all out-of-pocket costs for anyone who needs COVID-19 testing or treatment during the coronavirus outbreak.

For patients who have insurance or are covered by Medicare or Medicaid, WellSpan will collect the individual’s coverage information, but will not bill or collect any deductible, co-insurance, or any other payment for the screening, testing and treatment of COVID-19. WellSpan will also not charge individuals who do not currently have health insurance for testing or treatment of COVID-19 coronavirus.

“We recognize the need for prompt care for anyone impacted by this crisis and we want to remove any barriers people may face to receiving testing or appropriate care,” said R. Hal Baker, M.D., senior vice president of WellSpan Health, and co-leader of the health system’s COVID-19 incident command response.

13 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update –The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed five additional presumptive positive cases of COVID-19, in addition to the cases released in the morning update – one resident from Delaware County, one resident from Chester County, two residents from Philadelphia County and one pediatric patient from Monroe County. All are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital. This brings the statewide total to 33 cases; 27 of the cases are presumptive positive and six cases, one in Delaware County, one in Wayne County and four in Montgomery County have been confirmed by the CDC.

“While we anticipate that there will be more Pennsylvanians with COVID-19 in the coming days and weeks, it is important for residents to know the commonwealth is prepared and to be prepared themselves,” Dr. Levine said. “Right now, you have a higher chance of testing positive for COVID-19 if you have traveled to a country or state with known community outbreaks or have come in contact with someone who has the virus. We are working with the health care community across Pennsylvania to keep them informed, consult on patient testing and ensuring they have the resources they need to care for patients.”

13 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Governor Tom Wolf announced that all K-12 Pennsylvania schools will be closed for 10 business days effective Monday, March 16.

“We understand that these are trying times and recognize the impact of the coronavirus on our students and communities,” said Gov. Wolf.  “First and foremost, my top priority as governor – and that of our education leaders – must be to ensure the health and safety of our students and school communities.”

The administration has been working with school districts as well as state and local officials to gather input on this decision. The Wolf Administration will continue to monitor Covid-19 in the commonwealth, and at the end of 10 days will reevaluate and decide whether continued closure is needed.

13 March – News Talk 103.7 FM Update – Maryland is closing all public schools in response to the coronavirus. State Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon said schools will be closed from Monday through March 27.

13 March – News Talk 103.7FM Update -The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced today that effective Friday, March 13, 2020, all public events scheduled for March at the PA Farm Show Complex & Expo Center would be canceled in response to COVID-19. Private meetings with 250 or more in attendance will also be prohibited.

13 March – News Talk 103.7FM Update – The Waynesboro Area School District is closing all its schools through the end of the month due to concerns about the coronavirus, according to the district’s website.

Meanwhile, other districts are starting to follow suit. Red Lion School District, York Suburban School District, the Northern York, Dallastown, Northeastern, and York Country Day School districts all announced closings. In Cumberland County, Mechanicsburg and Big Spring Schools are closed for two weeks.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has not ordered schools to close.

13 March – News Talk 1037FM Update – West Virginia is closing on public schools beginning Monday, according to a statement released by the governor’s office Friday.

“We’ll close the schools as long as we have to close schools,” Gov. Jim Justice said at a news conference today at the capital. “Tough decision. Tough, tough decision.”

Twelve West Virginians have tested positive for coronavirus with 11 negative results and one still pending, officials said this morning.

13 March – News Talk 1037FM Update –The Chambersburg Area School District is closing all of its schools for the next two weeks due to concerns about the coronavirus. “Out of an abundance of caution for our students and staff, and with a sincere desire to keep our community safe, CASD will close all schools from March 17th through March 27th,” the district Tweeted Friday. Schools are scheduled to open again on March 30th.

12 March -NEWS TALK 1037FM Update —  The Cumberland Valley Christian School Administration has been closely monitoring the developing concerns with the Coronavirus.  The health and welfare of our students and faculty is top priority of our School Board and Administration. Mrs. Garvin has been receiving daily updates and communication from the local, state and federal agencies as they are keeping School Principals informed. I feel that it is important that you as parents receive the latest information on how to keep yourself and loved ones safe. As this situation is evolving rapidly, I am also including links below to the CDC and PA Dept. of Health webpage for advice and local guidance during this time.   Effective immediately the School Administration is implementing several sanitation plans within our campus.  All of our buildings will continue getting a cleaning each night as well as additional deep cleaning over the weekend. Daily sanitation of touch points on campus and within our transportation department has been implemented. These sanitation procedures will be repeated regularly throughout the school day. Sanitation staff as well as faculty are being diligent to ensure our campus is sanitized. Teachers will continue to encourage the students to practice good hygiene habits, which include proper hand washing during the day. We are encouraging all students to bring in a personal water bottle that can be refilled on campus to avoid drinking directly from the water fountains. In the event that your child becomes ill for any reason, please keep the child home until the child is symptom free for 48 hours (2 days). 

 

As your students may have mentioned, CVCS will be receiving several international students next week. All students were vetted by the United States government and have been cleared of the coronavirus prior to arriving to the United States in February. As precaution, the students have been in quarantine since arriving and have been receiving continued medical screenings to monitor their health. The agency is constantly updating us with information about these students, and if any health concerns were to arise, the students will not be allowed to attend CVCS.  I will continue to keep on top of the developments pertaining to the Coronavirus in the coming days. If a school closure or class/athletic activity requires cancellation due to mandated guidelines, we will notify you as soon as possible. I appreciate and am thankful for your prayers and support as we navigate the remainder of the school year. 

 CDC Information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html 

PA Dept. of Health: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx 

Pastor Mike Sanders — CVCS President

 

12 March – NEWSTALK 1037FM Update — WellSpan Health has been working continuously to prepare for the COVID-19 coronavirus issue, as Pennsylvania continues to see an increase in confirmed cases.  “As part of our continued preparation for the COVID-19 coronavirus, we are planning for the potential of a larger-scale response to this issue,” said R. Hal Baker, M.D., senior vice president of WellSpan Health, and co-leader of the health system’s COVID-19 incident command response. This includes developing a temporary outdoor patient screening and testing area for patients, who may have been exposed to the COVID-19 coronavirus.  “Doing screening and testing in an open-air setting limits the potential spread of the disease and will help us preserve our negative airflow rooms in our hospitals,” he added.  Temporary screening areas are currently being validated by staff at WellSpan Waynesboro Hospital, WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital, WellSpan York Hospital and WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital. Other hospitals within WellSpan Health will have similar validation in the coming days.  “

Prevention and Treatment   —  “Information is key, but we are asking our patients to do their part too. Remember, the best way to prevent from getting sick is to wash your hands, try to not touch your face, and avoid contact with people who are sick,” Baker said.  He also noted that people should remember to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing. In addition, it’s important to clean surfaces frequently, including countertops, light switches, cell phones and other frequently touched items. Lastly, if you are sick, stay home and avoid contact with others.  WellSpan encourages patients to consider the following guidelines for assessment and treatment: If you have recently traveled to impacted countries or areas, or had contact with someone known to have tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, and you are experiencing respiratory symptoms, we recommend you contact your healthcare provider before going to the doctor’s office or hospital. This will allow you to coordinate your care with your provider while minimizing risk to others. Patients can also use a new automated chat feature available on WellSpan.org, to help determine whether they may or may not be at risk for the virus.

12 March NEWS TALK 1037FM Update —  Although no COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Washington County, as the situation continues to evolve in Maryland and surrounding areas, Meritus Health has begun cancelling large community events we planned to host. We are committed to providing excellent care and are proactively assessing visitation policies and community events held at Meritus Health properties, including Meritus Medical Center and Robinwood Professional Center. This is an effort to reduce the chance of spreading germs during large gatherings and support social distancing. Events at these properties will be reassessed one month in advance of happening.

 

 

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