Hancock News

Washington County sees large jump in COVID-19 cases

by Geoff Fox Hancock News On Tuesday, March 31, Washington County had a total of 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders. There were also seven cases of non-county residents who tested positive. By Wednesday, April 1, that number had jumped to 27 cases in Washington County.The number of cases of non-county residents rose to 12.…

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War Memorial staff trained for safety, prepped for patient surge

by Kate Shunney Morgan County’s hospital has taken multiple steps to protect their healthcare workers and prepare for a potential surge of patient cases, said Valley Health system officials this week. Tom Kluge, President of War Memorial Hospital, said all employees of Valley Health hospitals have had “a lot of training” in the appropriate use…

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Spice of Life: Life is still full

by Jody Stottlemyer Do you worry? My mother did. If people could be paid for worrying, my mother would’ve been filthy rich. Since the pandemic situation interrupted our normal routines, I’ve found myself thinking of Mom and, to be honest, feeling somewhat relieved that she didn’t have to deal with it all. For starters, she…

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Distance yourself

Hancock Mayor Ralph Salvagno has installed signs at the Western Maryland Rail Trail parking lot entrance to the C&O Canal towpath to remind those who are using the trails to keep their social distancing to six feet between them. Photo by Ralph Salvagno

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Thomas Cathcart “Tim” Potter

Thomas Cathcart “Tim” Potter Thomas Cathcart “Tim” Potter, age 83, of Fulton County, Pa., passed away Friday, March 20, 2020 at his home. Tim loved his family, farming, politics and yard sales; not necessarily in that order. He was originally from the Philadelphia, Pa. area. He graduated from Penn State University with a Dairy Technology…

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Local woman making masks to fill gap in medical supply

by Geoff Fox Since last Friday, Tina Crawford has been making masks that could help people protect themselves against coronavirus. So far, Crawford has delivered about 40 masks and has another 30 waiting for elastic and is still sewing. Some have been made with ties as wells. The masks are made from tightly woven cotton,…

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Maryland health insurance plans open under special enrollment period

In an effort to prioritize health and safety and in response to coronavirus, Maryland Health Connection opened an emergency special enrollment period for uninsured Marylanders. Maryland residents can enroll in a health plan now through Wednesday, April 15. Coverage will begin April 1, 2020, regardless of when a health plan is selected during that time…

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Jerry L. Unger

Jerry L. Unger 1951-2020 Jerry Lynn Unger, 68, of Warfordsburg, Pa., died Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at his home. Born October 10, 1951, he was the son of Lawrence Unger and the late Marcella (McCusker) Unger of Warfordsburg and the husband of Pamela (Bauer) Unger. He grew up in Waterford, Michigan and spent summers in…

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