The health and welfare of Franklin County residents, businesses, employees, and visitors is our primary concern. Because of this, we are working together with federal, state and local healthcare experts and emergency service providers to minimize the potential impact of COVID-19 within our communities.


FRANKLIN COUNTY UPDATE ON COVID-19, as of 3/17/2020 at 9:30 a.m.



Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH)

Center for Disease Control and Prevention



President's Coronavirus Guidelines for America

Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation



3.21.2020 County Modified Operations in Response to COVID-19, Maintains Services

3.19.2020 Board of Commissioner Meetings Move to Once a Week

3.18.2020 County and Courts Declare an Emergency in Preparation for COVID-19

3.17.2020 Declaration of Disaster Emergency

3.17.2020 Senior Activity Centers closed to the public beginning March 17

3.16.2020 Franklin County Jail Take Steps To Prevent COVID-19 Exposure

3.16.2020 Senior Activity Centers Closed to Public Beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020 

3.13.2020 COVID-19 - 39th Judicial District

3.10.2020 Franklin County Prepares for Coronavirus



Chambersburg Area School District is providing free lunch meals to all area children (from 0-18) beginning Tuesday, March 17th. Lunches are available on weekdays at the times and locations listed below:

10:45 AM - 11:20 AM - Franklin County housing parking lot (440 W Washington St)

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM - Second Street Park (448 S 2nd St)

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Ben Chambers Elementary School parking lot (481 N Franklin St)

Waynesboro Area School District  is offering free Grab-and-Go breakfast and lunch meals for children 18 years of age and younger starting Wednesday, March 18, 2020 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m, weekdays only. Pick up locations are Fairview Elementary, Mowrey Elementary, and Summitview Elementary.

Shippensburg School District: is offering To-go lunch bags for children 18 and under at James Burd Elementary and the Senior High School; pick up between 7:00am-12:00pm. Children must be present in vehicle.

Tuscarora Area School District: Meals will be served at St. Thomas and Mercersburg. All meals are grab and go; kids 18 and under will eat for free. Adults will be charged $2 for breakfast and $3 for lunch. 

Breakfast 8:30-9:30

Lunch 11:30-1:00

Please follow these guidelines:

Stay home if sick. If you or your child is sick, please do not visit these locations.

Do not gather. Please follow social distancing protocols by avoiding close contact with others, even if not exhibiting any symptoms.

One meal per day. Children are permitted to receive a lunch at any location, but are limited to one meal per day.


Franklin County is reminding residents to follow recommendations from the PADOH and local healthcare providers:

  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (say the Pledge of Allegiance twice or sing “Happy Birthday” twice).
  • Use an alcohol- based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.
  • Clean surfaces frequently, such as countertops, light switches, cell phones and other frequently touched areas.
  • Stay home if you are sick.


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