COVID Closes James Gettys Elementary

Gettysburg Area School District’s James Gettys Elementary School has closed and moved to remote learning following two confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the school. All extra-curricular activities are also cancelled. In-person instruction for the school is currently expected to resume on Wednesday, Dec. 16. The district said anyone who has been in “close contact” with

FASD Votes to Keep Secondary Grades Online Until January 28

After a lengthy, careful, and detailed discussion, the Fairfield Area School District (FASD) Board of Directors voted Monday to keep its fifth through twelfth grade students in a 100 percent online environment until January 28. The motion, which passed on a 5 to 4 vote, followed the recommendations of the school administration to keep students

Wellspan Health Adapts as COVID-19 Cases Surge in the Region

The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Adams and nearby counties has soared over the past two weeks, forcing the Wellspan Health system to close clinics and relocate staff to cope with the influx. Please See our Coronavirus Update Page for Local Conditions In Adams, there were 510 new COVID cases in the past two

National, State, and Local Health Agencies Urge People to Stay Home and Practice Health Safety on Thanksgiving

Noting the urgency of the health crisis, the following statement have been made in recent days by federal, state and local agencies. The Wellspan Health statement about the surge of cases in Gettysburg Hospital is particularly concerning: The U.S. Center for Disease Control: More than 1 million COVID-19 cases were reported in the United States

Download the New COVID Alert PA App

On Tuesday, the PA Department of Health launched COVID Alert PA, a new exposure notification smartphone app. This free app uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology and the Exposure Notification System developed by Apple and Google. Features include: Interactive COVID-19 symptom checker Opt-in for alerts for potential exposures to the virus Updates on the latest

Gettysburg High School and James Gettys Elementary School Closed Due to COVID-19

Over the past two days, two of the five Gettysburg Area School District (GASD) schools have been temporarily closed due to active COVID-19 cases in students or staff members. James Gettys Elementary The GASD website announced the district was notified on Wednesday afternoon by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) that there were two confirmed

Gettysburg High School and James Gettys Elementary School Closed Due to COVID-19

Over the past two days, two of the five Gettysburg Area School District (GASD) schools have been temporarily closed due to active COVID-19 cases in students or staff members. James Gettys Elementary The GASD website announced the district was notified on Wednesday afternoon by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) that there were two confirmed

Gettysburg College Confronts Fallout from Its Abbreviated In-Person Learning Experiment

Acknowledging the decision to send students in its sophomore, junior, and senior classes home had “created unwelcome tension on campus, among students, and with the college as a whole,” college president Bob Iuliano announced today that students who were not remaining on campus would receive a ten percent reduction in their tuition and that 80

As COVID-19 Continues to Spread on Campus, Most Gettysburg College Students to Go Home

Gettysburg College today gave up its hope of providing a residential learning experience for all of its students, announcing that only first-year students, transfer students, international students, and select other students who are unable to return home due to personal or academic reasons will be allowed to stay in on campus. This will be a

Gettysburg College Reports 33 New Cases of COVID-19, Citing a “Concerning Pattern Shift”

[An update to this story is available here] Gettysburg College has reported on its website that at 33 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified among students as a result of the second round of testing completed Monday through Wednesday last week. Associate Director of Communications Mike Baker confirmed that some students who have tested

Staying Calm During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Wellspan Health has proposed the following techniques that may be helpful to you if you are feeling stressed or anxious. Plan ahead. Make sure you have adequate supplies at home and plans for childcare and working from home, if that is what you are doing. Establish routines and schedules. Do you have kids who are

Governor Orders Mask-Wearing in All Public Places

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf today announced an order that provides new regulations for mask-wearing in the state. With this order, signed under Health Secretary Levine’s authority under the Disease Prevention and Control Act, masks must be worn whenever anyone leaves home. The order takes effect immediately. “This mask-wearing order is essential to stopping the recent

​Adams County Community Foundation Awards First Grants For COVID-19 Relief & Recovery

 The Adams County Community Foundation has awarded the first round of grants from its COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund. The Fund was established to direct charitable grants to area nonprofits struggling to meet the extraordinary needs of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic downturn. Through the COVID-19 Fund, the Community Foundation will

Coronavirus Updates: What is Open at Gettysburg Military National Park?

Gettysburg National Military Park is following national and state guidelines as the state of Pennsylvania uses a phase approach to reopen businesses, organizations, and events, Here is the latest information we are aware of (Please leave a comment for questions, updates, or clarifications) Park grounds, roads, trails, and parking areas: OPEN Licensed Battlefield Guides: OPEN

Battlefield Guides Go Back to Work but Visitor Center Remains Closed

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Gettysburg National Military Park is increasing access and services. The National Park Service (NPS) is working service-wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased

Wellspan Pharmacy Team Donates Customized Face Masks to Fairfield Area High School Seniors

Looking for a way of supporting senior students at nearby Fairfield Area High School during the COVID-19 pandemic, the WellSpan Pharmacy in Fairfield has donated customized face masks to members of this year’s class for their upcoming graduation ceremony. Maddi Holmberg, an officer of Fairfield Area High School’s 2020 senior class, models the custom face

Adams County Will Move to Yellow Stage Next Friday, Allowing Hundreds of Stores and Businesses to Reopen

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced today that 12 more counties would be moved to the yellow phase of the state’s reopening plan beginning Friday, May 22. Adams county was included in the list.   General changes that will begin next Friday include: The stay-at-home order will be lifted, but people are still encouraged to wear

Pennyslvania State Publishes List of Exempted Businesses, Updates the List, and Provides an Explanation

The Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) has provided a list of the 56 Adams County businesses that were granted exceptions and placed on the state’s list of life sustaining businesses. The DCED also explained the procedure used to classify businesses. According to DCED, all Pennsylvania businesses were initially classified using industry sectors

Republican Legislators Ask Governor Wolf to Reopen Adams County

Adams County Republican politicians wrote Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf yesterday asking him to immediately move Adams County from a red to a yellow stage designation. The change, which has already been made for 37 other counties, would allow some non-essential businesses to reopen. The letter, posted on Mastriano’s Facebook page, was signed by state representatives

Governor Opens 13 More Counties but Adams is Not Included

Pennsylvania Governor Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine today moved 13 more Pennsylvania’s counties from “red” to “yellow” status, allowing businesses with in-person operations and childcare facilities to reopen on May 15. Adams was not included in the list. The counties to be opened are in western Pennsylvania, including the Pittsburgh region. Allegheny,

County Emergency Management Vehicles Converge on the Hospital to Support Essential Workers

Vehicles from about 30 local Emergency Management System (EMS) units drove by the Wellspan Gettysburg Hospital yesterday to show thanks for essential hospital workers. Over 90 hospital workers greeted the parade of fire trucks, ambulances, and police cruisers by clapping, cheering, and sometimes crying as they rolled by. “When we were pulling in the amount

Governor Wolf Announces Reopening of Limited Outdoor Recreational Activities on Friday

To ensure that Pennsylvanians have opportunities to safely enjoy outdoor recreation as a way to maintain positive physical and mental health, and in keeping with the commonwealth’s stay-at-home orders to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the Wolf Administration is lifting some restrictions on businesses related to certain outdoor activities.

Unemployment Claims in Adams County Soar Due to COVID-19

The Adams County workforce has been significantly impacted by the coronavirus shutdown with almost ten times as many workers receiving unemployment benefits now than before the health crisis began. Statistics gathered by the Pennsylvania State Center for Workforce Information and Analysis show that in early March, 599 people (about 1% of the total county labor

Gov. Wolf Announces Nearly $16 Million in Funding for Pennsylvania Food Banks

Governor Tom Wolf today announced nearly $16 million in funding for Pennsylvania food banks, which are providing critical assistance to Pennsylvanians during the COVID-19 health crisis. “COVID-19 has caused severe economic stress for many Pennsylvanians, and as a result our food banks have been working in overdrive with unprecedented demand,” Wolf said. “We’re proud of

Adams County Court System Operating Under Emergency Procedures

The Fifty-first Pennsylvania Judicial District, which includes Adams County, is operating under emergency court orders, at least until May 1, 2020. The guidelines have created many procedural changes and are leading to fewer cases being heard in the county. Most hearings originally scheduled for April have been moved until May or June. District Court Administrator

PA Health Secretary Requires Workers and Customers at Essential Businesses to Wear Face Masks

Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine today required all employees and customers at essential businesses to wear face masks, and also created other protections for employees. Levine also ordered meetings for essential businesses to be conducted online and that appropriate social distancing and hygiene measures be enforced. “This order provides critical protections for the workers

How to Make a CDC-Approved Face Mask: Sew and No-sew patterns

The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help

Gettysburg Rising Kicks off $2,500 Campaign for Help Those in Need Due to COVID-19

Dear Friends, Leon Reed did an outstanding job at Gettysburg Rising’s April meeting informing us about the struggles of people who are economically disadvantaged in Adams county and highlighting how the problem is being magnified during the coronivirus pandemic. After his presentation, we had a group brainstorm about ways we can help. Please click here

WellSpan Health Asks Patients and Visitors to Wear Face Coverings

Following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, WellSpan requests that patients and visitors wear a protective face covering when visiting any WellSpan facility. Hand-made fabric masks and other face coverings can help slow the spread of COVID-19. By covering your face, you help to stop

Salvation Army Makes Food Delivery to SCCAP

The Salvation Army today sent a truck with eleven pallets of canned goods from Philadelphia to help restock SCCAP’s food pantry. PHOTO COURTESY OF MARY SMITH According to Gettysburg Area Salvation Army chair Amy Smith, there were eleven pallets on the truck, with foods including peanut butter, cereal, dry pasta, canned fruit, canned soups, cookies,

WellSpan Health joins 100 Million Mask Challenge

    WellSpan Health today announced it is joining the 100 Million Mask Challenge, an initiative launched by the American Hospital Association to help meet growing demand for masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. “As we prepare for the expected increase in COVID-19 patients in our community and hospitals, the safety of our caregivers is critically

Governor Wolf Outlines Likely Next Steps in the Coronavirus Crisis and Thanks Pennsylvanians for Their Sacrifices

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf updated the public on Pennsylvania’s response to the 2019 novel coronavirus today. The following are his prepared remarks: “My fellow Pennsylvanians, thank you for joining me. I want to talk with you about where we are with this pandemic and where we hope to be. “Each day we face a new

Unemployment Benefits Begin Next Week; Eligible Claimants To Get an Extra $600

Governor Tom Wolf announced today the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) is implementing new federal unemployment compensation benefits provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The COVID-19 relief package temporarily provides an additional $600 per week, makes self-employed, independent contractors and gig workers eligible for benefits and extends unemployment compensation

Adams County Prison Remains Vigilant and Virus Free

Because the possibilities for social distancing are limited in a prison, officials at the Adams County Adult Correctional Facility are being vigilant to avoid a COVID-19 contamination. The effort is being led by prison Warden Katy Hileman. “So far we do not have any presumed positive or confirmed positive staff members or inmates,” said Hileman.

PA Department of Corrections Establishes Temporary Program to Reprieve Sentences of Incarceration

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf today ordered Department of Corrections officials to establish a Temporary Program to Reprieve Sentences of Incarceration to help aid the department in the transfer of qualifying individuals to community corrections facilities or home confinement amid the COVID-19 pandemic.   The Wolf Administration continues to take every possible action – and asks

SCCAP Struggles to Find Food for its Food Pantry

South Central Pennsylvania Community Action Programs (SCCAP) CEO Megan Shreve reported yesterday that the organization was having trouble getting enough food for its pantry.   . “On Tuesday when we went to place our order through the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank they were short on food,” said Shreve. “The order we typically get is significantly

Adams County Reports First Coronavirus Death

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported today there has now been one death from COVID-19 in Adams County. According to Adams County Coroner Pat Felix the death occurred in a nursing home and the deceased was an elderly male with underlying medical conditions. It is unknown at this point if there are currently any COVID-19

WellSpan’s Non-Emergency Care COVID-19 Clinic in Gettysburg Has Moved to N. Fifth Street

Wellspan Health announced today a new non-emergency health treatment location for patients who are either confirmed or suspected by a healthcare provider to have COVID-19. The new location is at the WellSpan Digestive Health practice at 37 N. Fifth Street in Gettysburg. The previous clinic location at the WellSpan Adams Health Center on V-Twin Drive

Governor Wolf Orders Flags to Half-Staff to Honor COVID-19 Victims

As the number of Pennsylvania COVID-19 deaths increased 240, Governor Tom Wolf ordered commonwealth flags on all commonwealth facilities, public buildings and grounds fly at half-staff until further notice to honor the victims of the 2019 novel coronavirus pandemic. “Too many Pennsylvanians have lost their lives to COVID-19, and, unfortunately, many more will die,” said

Wellspan Prepares for Increases in COVID-19 Cases Through Testing, Technology, and Increased Hospital Capacity

As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 increased to 25 in Adams County and 12,980 in the state, Wellspan Health today announced plans to double the number of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds at its acute care hospitals in anticipation of a significant increase in COVID-19 patients in the coming weeks. “WellSpan is leading

Ag Center Buildings and Grounds Remain Closed; Summer Community Gardens in Doubt

The Adams County Conservation District has closed the Adams County Agricultural and Natural Resources Center (Ag Center) and grounds to the public until at least April 10.   USDA customers are by appointment only. The District is still answering phones and emails, receiving plans, and processing permits, but the staff is operating remotely.  Community gardening, native

Adams County COVID-19 Cases Double in Two Days: New Count is 18

Adams County saw another large jump in COVID-19 cases today, increasing to 18. Just two days ago, on Tuesday, the count was only nine. COVID-19 Testing Station at Gettysburg Hospital The Pennsylvania state total again increased by 20 percent to 7,016. Residents in the state remain under a stay-at-home order that will continue until at

Gettysburg Borough Launches COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency Taskforce: First Meeting to be Held Tomorrow

Gettysburg Borough has launched an aggressive effort to manage current challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The taskforce will also work to anticipate and plan for future threats of the pandemic. “In this time of uncertainty, Gettysburg Borough has assembled local and county leaders to address the needs and concerns of the Borough’s residents”, said

Pennsylvania Reports Almost 700 More Confirmed COVID-19 Cases; Governor Closes Schools Indefinitely

Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine announced today that all Pennsylvania schools will remain closed until further notice. This announcement comes as the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PDOH) confirmed 693 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 4,087. The increase was the largest since coronavirus cases have been reported

WellSpan Health Opens Two COVID-19 Treatment Locations in Adams County

WellSpan Health announced it has opened care locations across southcentral Pennsylvania dedicated solely to providing non-emergency care for COVID-19 patients. Patients in Adams County who have no emergent health needs and are either confirmed or suspected by a healthcare provider to have COVID-19 can visit either: WellSpan Adams Health Center, 40 V-Twin Drive, Gettysburg. This

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Pass 300 Statewide; Over Half Are Between 19 and 49

The Pennsylvania Department of Health (PDOH) today confirmed 643 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 3,394. The department also reported four new deaths.   PDOH said over half of the coronavirus cases have been among young and middle-aged Pennsylvanians, giving the following age breakdown of those who have tested positive: Less than

County Emergency Management Center Moves to Level 3 and Prepares for Coronavirus

Adams County Emergency Services Center Director Warren Bladen said the system is now at Level 3. Level 3 is a “situational awareness posture where we gather information on COVID-19 and communicate with agencies such as the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the county’s first

Adams County Organizations Work Together To Combat Coronavirus

A community conference call on Tuesday brought a dozen Adams County for-profit and non-profit organizations together to share their activities during the coronavirus era. The call was representative of many ways the county is serving the community. The call was initiated by Ralph M. Serpe, representing the Adams County Community Foundation. “We are grateful to

Governor Wolf Announces Financial Assistance for Small Businesses

Governor Tom Wolf has announced that new funding is available to help small businesses impacted by the coronavirus through a new program under the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority’s (PIDA) Small Business First Fund, the COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA).   The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) recently authorized the transfer of $40 million to the Small

Gettysburg Hospital Responds to Questions about Coronavirus Preparedness

Gettysburg Connection recently asked Will Lavery, Manager of Public Relations and Communications at WellSpan Health, to comment on Gettysburg Hospital’s readiness for an expected increase in coronavirus cases in the county. Lavery took time out of his busy schedule to answer them for us. Here are his responses. Lavery asked us to remind the community

Kennie’s Market Adds Senior Hours and Keeps Stocks up

Kennie’s Gettysburg Store Manager, Nathaniel Brusby, said Kennie’s markets have added a senior hour every day between 7:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. “The time is for seniors, but we’re not policing,” said Brusby. “We’re pretty good in terms of stock. We’re working to maintain our supplies. We have limits on a few items, but we’re

Adams County Libraries to Remain Closed until April 6, but Offer a Wealth of Online Materials: And You Can Get a Library Card Online

Following the Pennsylvania K-12 school schedule, the Office of Commonwealth Libraries has extended the closure of all Pennsylvania public libraries until least April 6, 2020. All library materials have an extended due date of April 16th and this date will be moved as necessary.  Nothing is due during the closure and no fees will accumulate. 

WellSpan Announces Restrictions on Hospital Visitors

Effective Thursday, March 19, the Wellspan health system has made the following access changes: Prohibiting all visitation, with certain clinical exceptions (noted below) Suspending all volunteer activities Allowing on-site visits only from approved and screened third-party vendors Restricting deliveries of food, flowers only if they can be left with staff at the main entrances outside

Gettysburg Borough Details Enforcement of State’s Non-Essential Business Closure Order

Borough Manager Charles Gable announced today the borough’s police department and other enforcement officials will make the enforcement of the governor’s order closing all non-life sustaining businesses a high priority. The order does not pertain to retail food establishments, which are still permitted to serve food via take-out, delivery, and curbside pickup. Retail food establishments

Adams County Community Foundation to Host Public Conference Call about Coronavirus Actions on Tuesday

  Please join us the Adams County Community Foundation for a Community Call-In on Tuesday March 24 at 2:15 pm to hear updates and Questions and Answers from leaders of: Adams County Community Foundation Adams Economic Alliance The Chamber, Gettysburg & Adams County County of Adams Gettysburg Times Pennsylvania Interfaith Community Programs, Inc. South Central

Gettysburg Borough Council Extends Disaster Emergency at Outdoor Meeting

Birds chirped in the background and the council members wore coats as the Gettysburg Borough Council held a special meeting in the amphitheater at the Gettysburg Recreational Park Thursday morning.     At the short meeting the council ratified and extended of the Declaration of Disaster Emergency initially issued by Mayor Theodore H. Streeter on

Adams County Now Has Four COVID-19 Cases

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has confirmed there are now four cases of COVID-19 in the county. The Department of Health will not be releasing further information about the individuals out of respect for their privacy and in line with the requirements of the 1955 Disease Prevention and Control Law.

Gettysburg Times Changes Print Schedule

The Gettysburg Times published today a letter from publisher Harry Hartman that explained the paper would be reducing its print schedule to a Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday schedule. The Times also said that its coronavirus-related stories will remain free for all to read without a subscription on their website. “This reduction of print days is

Governor Wolf Orders Non Life-Sustaining Businesses to Close with Enforcement to Follow

Reminding the public that the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have declared COVID-19 a public health emergency of international concern, that the U.S. Department of Health has declared COVID-19 creates a public health emergency, and that he has already proclaimed the existence of a disaster emergency throughout the Commonwealth,

Gettysburg Borough Updates Policy on Restaurants and Food Trucks During State of Emergency

Gettysburg Borough has updated policies regarding brick and mortar restaurants and food trucks during the state of emergency. Brick and Mortar Restaurants To encourage take-out food service from the Borough’s brick and mortar restaurants, portions of the Borough’s Chapter 15 Parking Ordinance have been waived. Effectively immediately, any restaurant who operates take-out food service may

Governor Wolf Reports on First COVID-19 Death in Pennsylvania

The following are excerpts from Governor Wolf’s statement this afternoon: I come to you with a heavy heart. Earlier today the Department of Health confirmed that a person in Northampton county passed away from COVID-19. This is the first death from the novel coronavirus in Pennsylvania. For the sake of the family’s privacy we will

Local Restaurants Provide Pickup, Drive-through, or Delivery Service During State of Emergency

Although the Gettysburg Borough has reserved parking spaces in Lincoln Square for food trucks*, these are not the only sources of takeout food available during the COVID-19 emergency. Local Restaurants, as well as food trucks, are providing meals during the emergency Local brick and mortar restaurants have followed governor Wolf’s recommendation to close indoor service

Giant Stores Modify Hours and Limit Product Purchases

Giant food stores has announced changes in store hours and placed limits on paper goods and disinfectants. Beginning Thursday, March 19, store hours will be 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The hours of 6:00 to 7:00 a.m. will be reserved for customers who are age 60 and older. Beginning immediately, there will be a limit

Pennsylvania Defines “Essential” Businesses

The Wolf Administration continues to strongly urge non-essential businesses across the state to close for at least 14 days to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The governor’s request protects employees, customers, and suppliers and limits the spread of the virus through personal contact and surfaces “We strongly urge non-essential businesses across the commonwealth to