Coronavirus

UPDATES:  Click HERE for more updates that affect our region.

Governor Wolf has announced a three-phase color-coded plan to reopen PA.  Click HERE for more info.

Cambria, Somerset, Bedford, Blair, Armstrong and Westmoreland are among 13 counties now in the YELLOW phase, effective Friday, May 15th.  More info HERE.

All Pennsylvania counties in the RED remain on the STAY AT HOME list, effective through June 4th. The governor says the commonwealth will gradually reopen.  What does STAY AT HOME mean? Click HERE for more info.

Unemployed independent contractors, gig workers and self-employed workers can now apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. Click HERE for filing info.

All essential employees must wear masks while they work, effective Sunday, April 19th at 8pm. Read more HERE.

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings (non-medical masks) if you need to leave your home to go to the grocery store or pharmacy, where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

Anyone coming from New York City to PA is being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.  >Click HERE for more updates that affect our region.

 

What is coronavirus?

The 2019 novel coronavirus is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person to person.  There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus.

Preventative measures:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Do I need to wear a mask?

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings (non-medical masks) if you need to leave your home to go to the grocery store or pharmacy, where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

 

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

This list is not all possible symptoms. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. If you believe you are sick with the coronavirus, call your regular healthcare provider for their advice BEFORE going to their office or the emergency room.  Click HERE for additional advice from the CDC if you or a loved one suspect you have been exposed to the virus and/or show signs of illness.

Should I cancel my travel plans?

The CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel.

I still have questions. Where can I get more information?

The CDC has an FAQ page and there are other resource links below.

Information and updates about COVID-19 in Pennsylvania are available at https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx.

Additional information about COVID-19, including the latest CDC travel advisories, can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.

Get advice from the CDC on how to prepare your household.

 

***Information compiled from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the CDC.