Community Call to Action: We Will Work Together to Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19.

 

Franklin County is in crisis.

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

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

Think this isn’t happening in our community? It is:

  • 160 have died of COVID-19 in Franklin County (as of December 12, 2020)
  • Of those people, 108 have died since November 1. That’s 108 people in 43 days.
  • 1,181 people in Franklin County tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week (December 6-12) compared to 58 people who tested positive in a one-week span two months ago (October 4-10)
  • Of those, 244 people tested positive in one day on December 7 - the most in any single day to date (as of December 12, 2020)
  • 118 patients with COVID-19 are currently being treated at Chambersburg and Waynesboro Hospitals (as of December 13, 2020)

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

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

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

To do this:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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