Borough of Carlisle COVID-19 Information

 



Borough Operations

Current Status (Updated 8/03/20):
Borough Hall: Open with limited access. Visitors must enter through side entrance.  
Stuart Community Center: 
The Community Center is open for Parks & Recreation business only on weekdays from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM.
Parking Enforcement: Short-term & residential parking enforcement has resumed. Parking at the gold, long-term meters and the Pomfret Street Parking Garage remain free until further notice. 
Parks & Trails: Playground equipment and splash pads now open. 
Carlisle Community Pool: Closed for the season.
Trash & Recycling: On schedule. 
Compost Facility: Open regular hours

  • Cumberland County is currently under GREEN status. More information about the phased reopening of Pennsylvania can be found here. 

The Borough of Carlisle continues to monitor closely the COVID-19 situation.  To minimize risk and exposure, the Borough has initiated a continuity plan that ensures the constant delivery of essential services to businesses and residents. As the situation continues to evolve, the Borough continues to make adjustments as necessary to ensure the health and safety of our residents and employees.

You can subscribe to receive notifications when this page is updated. Visit www.carlislepa.org/enotify and subscribe to the COVID-19 page.

UPDATE 07/31/20
Beginning Monday, August 31, Waste Connections will only accept recycling that is placed curbside in either the 35-gallon toters or the 18-gallon bins that were distributed to residents earlier this year. The contract between the Borough of Carlisle and Waste Connections requires recycling materials to be placed in the designated toter or bin. The deadline for the changeover was originally April 1 but was extended due to COVID-19. Additional containers can be purchased online and over the phone. Read more.


UPDATE 07/24/2020
Residential Parking Enforcement will resume on Monday, August 3. Read more.

UPDATE 07/15/2020
The Stuart Community Center will reopen to the public for Parks & Recreation business only from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Beginning July 27, the Community Center will be available for rentals with limited capacities.  Rental hours are available from 5:00 PM-11:00 PM, Monday –Friday, Saturday 8:00 AM-11:00 PM and Sunday Noon-11:00 PM. Regular rentals will resume on August 21.


UPDATE 07/02/2020
Updated information on the mandatory mask-wearing order and enforcement.

On Wednesday, July 1, Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine signed an order making masks mandatory in all public spaces in Pennsylvania. Read the order here.

UPDATE 06/24/2020
Enforcement of silver, short-term meters resumes on Monday, July 6. Read more.

UPDATE 06/15/2020
Borough Hall is now open to the public with limited access.  Visitors must enter through the side entrance doors and will only have access to the main floor. Social distancing and face masks are encouraged; we will also have hand sanitizer available for public use. The dropbox outside of Borough Hall is still available for things like utility bills and tax payments. The Stuart Community Center remains closed to the public until further notice.

UPDATE 06/11/2020
On Friday, June 12, 2020, Cumberland County will reach the green phase of the Governor’s Re-Opening Plan. Restrictions and precautionary measures continue in the green phase. Parks and Recreation staff has closely examined which parks, facilities and amenities may be safely opened to the public. For more information, please contact Parks and Recreation Department, 717-242-3318, or parksandrec@carlislepa.org. Read more.

As Cumberland County enters the "Green" phase on Friday, June 12, construction activities on several Borough projects are set to resume. Read more.

UPDATE 06/09/2020
While Cumberland County will reach the “green phase” on Friday, June 12, 2020, the continued restrictions under the Governor’s Re-Opening Plan have weighed heavily in the conclusion and announcement that the Carlisle Community Pool will remain closed for the summer season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.

UPDATE 06/08/2020
The June Borough Council Meeting will be held virtually. Read more.

UPDATE 06/06/2020
The suspension of residential parking enforcement extends through Friday, June 12. Borough streets will then be assessed for litter and debris accumulation. Residents will be notified via the Borough’s website and social media if enforcement will resume after June 12.  When possible, residents and their neighbors are encouraged to move their vehicles on their designated street sweeping days. This will allow the street sweeper to clear as much litter and debris as possible. Residents can also help by safely picking up any litter they may find on the streets and disposing of it properly. Metered enforcement remains suspended until further notice. 

UPDATE 06/02/2020
Message from Comcast: Comcast is committed to supporting households throughout the COVID-19 epidemic. 

  • Internet Essentials: New customers who enroll before June 30 will receive 60 days of complimentary service. Internet Essentials is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month. Visit www.internetessentials.com for more information.
  • No Disconnects and Waiving Late Fees: We will not disconnect a customer's Xfinity Internet, Mobile, or Voice service, and we will waive late fees if they contact us and let us know they can't pay their bills during this period. Our care teams are available to offer flexible payment options or help find other solutions.
  • Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots in business and outdoor locations across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free-including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi.

UPDATE 05/29/2020
The suspension of residential parking enforcement extends through Friday, June 5. Borough streets will then be assessed for litter and debris accumulation. Residents will be notified via the Borough’s website and social media if enforcement will resume after June 5. When possible, residents and their neighbors are encouraged to move their vehicles on their designated street sweeping days. This will allow the street sweeper to clear as much litter and debris as possible. Residents can also help by safely picking up any litter they may find on the streets and disposing of it properly. Metered enforcement remains suspended until further notice. 

UPDATE 05/28/2020
Waste Connections will resume bulk item pick-up on Monday, June 1.

UPDATE 05/24/2020

The suspension of residential parking enforcement extends through Friday, May 29. Borough streets will then be assessed for litter and debris accumulation. Residents will be notified via the Borough’s website and social media if enforcement will resume after May 29. When possible, residents and their neighbors are encouraged to move their vehicles on their designated street sweeping days. This will allow the street sweeper to clear as much litter and debris as possible. Residents can also help by safely picking up any litter they may find on the streets and disposing of it properly. Metered enforcement remains suspended until further notice. 

UPDATE 05/22/2020
Carlisle Parks and Recreation has a phased reopening for their facilities and programs. Tennis, pickleball, and basketball courts are reopened as of May 22 with the following rules:
Tennis and Pickleball Courts

  • Players and spectators must maintain 6 feet of physical distance
  • No more than 25 people may assemble in the court area at one time
  • Use hand sanitizer and avoid touching your face

Basketball Courts

  • "No Contact Rule" NO GAME PLAYING-available for individual play only
  • No more than 4 people on the pad at once
  • Players and spectators must remain 6 feet apart
  • No more than 25 people may assemble in the area of the basketball pad at one time
  • Use hand sanitizer frequently

Read more about Parks and Recreation's reopening plan.

The May Planning Commission Meeting will be held virtually. Read more.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Carlisle Joint Veterans Council will still be having their annual Memorial Day Ceremony. Rather than a parade, the Council has produced a virtual remembrance ceremony. The video ceremony will follow the format of prior years' ceremonies. You can watch the program beginning Monday, May 25 at 9:00 AM on our website, www.carlislepa.org/memorialday. The video will be available through Friday, May 29.


UPDATE 05/15/2020
The suspension of residential parking enforcement extends through Friday, May 22. Borough streets will then be assessed for litter and debris accumulation. Residents will be notified via the Borough’s website and social media if enforcement will resume after May 22. When possible, residents and their neighbors are encouraged to move their vehicles on their designated street sweeping days. This will allow the street sweeper to clear as much litter and debris as possible. Residents can also help by safely picking up any litter they may find on the streets and disposing of it properly. Metered enforcement remains suspended until further notice. 

Consistent with actions taken by Cumberland County, Borough Council passed a resolution last night pushing back the real estate tax penalty deadline from July 1, 2020 to November 1, 2020. Individuals may pay their real estate taxes at the face value until October 31, 2020. Payments made after this date will be subject to the penalty rate.

Video of May's Borough Council Meeting

UPDATE 05/11/2020
The May Borough Council Meeting will be held virtually. Read more.

UPDATE 05/08/2020
The suspension of residential parking enforcement extends through Friday, May 15. Borough streets will then be assessed for litter and debris accumulation. Residents will be notified via the Borough’s website and social media if enforcement will resume after May 15. 

UPDATE O5/07/2020
Video of Wednesday's Borough Council Workshop Meeting


UPDATE 05/05/2020
The May Borough Council Workshop Meeting will be held virtually. Read more.

UPDATE 05/01/2020
The suspension of residential parking enforcement extends through Friday, May 8. Borough streets will then be assessed for litter and debris accumulation. Residents will be notified via the Borough’s website and social media if enforcement will resume after May 8. When possible, residents and their neighbors are encouraged to move their vehicles on their designated street sweeping days. This will allow the street sweeper to clear as much litter and debris as possible. Residents can also help by safely picking up any litter they may find on the streets and disposing of it properly. Metered enforcement remains suspended until further notice. 

UPDATE 04/30/2020
The May meetings of the Historical Architectural Review Board, Human Relations Commission, and Zoning Hearing Board will be held virtually. More information is available on the Agendas & Minutes page of our website.

UPDATE 04/24/2020
The suspension of residential parking enforcement extends through Friday, May 1. Borough streets will then be assessed for litter and debris accumulation. Residents will be notified via the Borough’s website, social media, and The Sentinel if enforcement will resume after May 1. When possible, residents and their neighbors are encouraged to move their vehicles on their designated street sweeping days. This will allow the street sweeper to clear as much litter and debris as possible. Residents can also help by safely picking up any litter they may find on the streets and disposing of it properly. Metered enforcement remains suspended until further notice. 

Spring brush collection will begin on Monday, May 4 and continue through Friday, May 15. In previous years, brush collection lasted one week. With Governor Wolf’s Stay at Home Order in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we realize that more people are home performing gardening and yard maintenance. Extending the program to two weeks gives those residents who cannot transport materials to the compost site additional opportunities to dispose of brush. Read more.

UPDATE 04/23/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry has launched a COVID-19 Job Portal for those seeking employment in life-sustaining businesses that are hiring. Access the job portal here.

UPDATE 04/21/2020
The Carlisle Joint Veterans Council has canceled this year's Memorial Day parade. Read more.

UPDATE 04/17/2020
The suspension of residential parking enforcement extends through Friday, April 24, 2020. Borough streets will then be assessed for litter and debris accumulation. Residents will be notified via the Borough’s website, social media, and The Sentinel if enforcement will resume after April 24. When possible, residents and their neighbors are encouraged to move their vehicles on their designated street sweeping days. This will allow the street sweeper to clear as much litter and debris as possible. Residents can also help by safely picking up any litter they may find on the streets and disposing of it properly.

Effective April 27, Waste Connections will be suspended bulk item collection until further notice. Read more.

UPDATE 04/16/2020
All Carlisle Parks & Recreation programs for May have been canceled. We will provide an update in the coming weeks regarding May reservations, upcoming summer camps and programs, sports leagues, and updates on the Carlisle Community Pool.

Parks and trails remain open to anyone following the guidelines on social distancing, but playgrounds are CLOSED. Summer registrations, reservations, and pool membership sales are paused until further notice.

UPDATE 04/15/2020
PPL has provided information for customers, including payment assistant options. Read more here.

UPDATE 04/13/2020
The Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General released a guide to unemployment rights and resources during COVID-19. You can access this guide here.

UPDATE 04/11/2020
Video of Thursday's Borough Council Meeting


UPDATE 04/10/2020
Carlisle Borough and Community CARES announced this week that the Stuart Community Center located at 415 Franklin Street has officially transitioned into a temporary shelter operation. Read more.

UPDATE 04/08/2020
To comply with Governor Wolf's Stay at Home Order and to encourage social distancing, Thursday's Borough Council Meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. We will also be providing a livestream to YouTube. Information on viewing and participating in the meeting can be found on the meeting's Agenda page.

UPDATE 04/04/2020
The moratorium on residential parking enforcement has been extended until April 17, at which time, the conditions of Borough streets will be assessed for trash and debris accumulation. Residents will then be informed via the Borough’s website (www.carlislepa.org), social media, and The Sentinel on whether this moratorium will be lifted, or remain in effect after April 17.

UPDATE 04/03/2020
We are now offering the purchase and delivery of Borough bags via phone and online to allow residents to continue social distancing and avoid making unnecessary trips to retail establishments while Cumberland County is under the Stay-at-Home Order from Governor Tom Wolf.

  • Borough residents can purchase bags by calling Borough Hall at 717-249-4422 during normal business hours (M-F, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). Residents will be required to provide their credit card information and mailing/delivery address. Callers will not incur credit card fees for this service.
  • Borough residents can also purchase Borough bags by accessing the Borough of Carlisle Parks & Recreation's secure online payment site at https://apm.activecommunities.com/carlislerec and searching for "trash bags". Online orders are for purchases of three or more bags. Note: The Borough's online credit card service provider, ActiveNet, charges a convenience fee for this service.
DELIVERY: Those who order no more than two bags per week will receive their bags via U.S. Mail. Those ordering three bags or more will receive their bags via home delivery performed by a designated Borough staff members carrying Borough identification.


UPDATE 04/02/20
Town Hall will remain closed to the public for the required monthly Borough Council meeting. This measure is being taken to comply with Governor Wolf’s stay at home order and to practice proper social distancing guidelines.  

Information on calling into the meeting and submitting questions and/or comments can be found on the agenda page.

UPDATE 04/01/20
Due to the uncertainty concerning COVID-19, the Carlisle Borough Parks and Recreation Department is pausing summer program registration; Stuart Community Center, Shaffer Cabin, and Pavilion reservations; and Carlisle Community Pool season passes.

The department will continue to monitor the situation and will reopen registration as soon as it seems feasible. Please check back in May for an update.

UPDATE 03/31/20
Waste Connections has suspended the collection of bulk items containing Freon until further notice. Items include refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers. and water coolers. Regular bulk items are still permitted at this time.

UPDATE 03/30/20
Cumberland County will be under a "Stay at Home" order beginning Monday, March 30 at 8:00 PM and continuing until April 30. These measures are being taken to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Please read the full press release from the Governor's Office for more information about this order.


UPDATE #2 03/27/20
The Stuart Community Center’s closure will remain in effect until further notice. At this time, staff is on-site during normal business hours (Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).  All business shall be handled via e-mail, telephone, and/or U.S. Mail.  Questions regarding the programming may be directed to 717-243-3318 or e-mail: parksandrec@carlislepa.org.

The Borough Council Workshop Meeting originally scheduled for April 1 has been canceled. The Zoning Hearing Board meeting originally scheduled for April 2 has been rescheduled for May 7, 2020.  

UPDATE 03/27/20

Waste Connections, the Borough's solid waste and recycling hauler, requests that Borough bags be secured at the top and have no loose trash spilling out of the top. Bags that are unsecured and overflowing will not be picked up. This will help keep their employees safe while they continue to perform this essential service.

Thank you for your help with this issue.

UPDATE #2 03/26/20
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and the measures that have been taken to minimize the risk of exposure to Borough residents, employees, and stakeholders, the Borough is delaying action on the enactment of the rental housing ordinance amendment.  The delay will allow more time for interested parties to provide in-person feedback on the proposed ordinance.

The earliest date that Borough Council may consider enacting this ordinance amendment is May 14, 2020.

UPDATE 03/26/20
Mayor Tim Scott, Deputy Mayor Sean Shultz, Borough Manager Susan Armstrong, and Fire Chief Jeffrey Snyder participated in a live discussion with the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues regarding the Borough's response to the coronavirus pandemic. You can watch the entire discussion below.


UPDATE 03/25/2020

Parks and Recreation, 415 Franklin Street:  The Stuart Community Center is currently closed to the public. Staff will be on-site and business hours will continue to be 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, until further notice. All business will be handled via e-mail, telephone, and/or U.S. Mail. Call (717) 243-3318 or email parksandrec@carlislepa.org. Applications are being accepted for summer employment. Follow Carlisle Parks and Recreation on Facebook for updates.

The Borough's Compost Facility will open for the season today, as scheduled. While visiting the Compost Facility, please follow the CDC's recommendations for social distancing and personal hygiene to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Keep at least six feet between yourself and others at the site and practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette. If you are feeling ill, please stay home.

UPDATE 3/23/20
The HARB meeting scheduled for March 30, 2020, has been canceled.

UPDATE 3/21/20
As we focus on delivery of essential services and protection of our residents and employees, we continue to evaluate the situation and latest developments through fact-based sources including the Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization, State Department of Health and Cumberland County. Part of the Borough’s ongoing monitoring effort includes evaluating policies, programs, and procedures and amending (as deemed necessary) to ensure the health and safety of our residents and employees. Following are the latest amendments made to programs, policies and procedures:
  • Town Hall, 53 West South Street:  Effective Monday, March 23, 2020 Town Hall will be closed to the public. Staff will be on-site and business hours will continue to be 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, until further notice. All business will be handled via e-mail, telephone, and/or U.S. Mail. Business that may require an in-person appointment must call 717-249-4422. Residents are encouraged to utilize the Borough’s website electronic pay option, or U.S. Mail for utility bills and parking ticket payments.  A drop-off box is also located outside of Borough Hall.
  • Utility Bills in Arrears:  As a reminder, a temporary moratorium has been placed on water/sewer utility terminations in order to provide all residents the means to address hygiene and to limit the spread of the virus.  The Borough will also refrain from assessing penalties on those utility bills with due dates after March 28, 2020 until further notice.  
  • Residential Parking Enforcement:  Effective Monday, March 23, 2020 a two-week moratorium has been placed on residential parking enforcement in order to provide residents additional on-street parking options.  The moratorium will last through April 3 at which time, the conditions of Borough streets will be assessed for trash and debris accumulation. Residents will then be informed via the Borough’s website (www.carlislepa.org), social media, and The Sentinel on whether this moratorium will be lifted, or remain in effect after April 3.

UPDATE 3/20/20
Due to the growing impact of COVID-19, Carlisle Borough is taking precautionary measures with respect to playground equipment within its public paks. The Center for Disease Control indicates that the virus can live on specific surfaces for several hours (for example: plastics and stainless steel 72 hours). Thus, in order to help reduce possible transmission of the virus, the Borough will be posting signs requiring non-use of the playground equipment until further notice. The Borough will continue to monitor the situation and will re-open the equipment for public use once the COVID-19 epidemic curve begins to flatten.

Carlisle Borough’s parks, bike and pedestrian trails network continue to remain open and residents may enjoy these areas while practicing the CDC’s recommendations for social distancing and personal hygiene before and after visiting. 

The National Recreation and Park Association has offered a number of specific recommendations for ways to keep safe social distancing when in parks or on trails. 

  • Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to a park or trail-wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, do not use parks if you have symptoms, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, etc. 
  • Observe at all times CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people.  Practice it and know what it looks like.  Keep it as you walk, bike or hike.
  • If on a bike or walking trail, warn other trail users of your presence.  As you pass, allow proper distance and step off trails to allow others to pass, keeping minimum recommended distances at all times.  Signal your presence with your voice, bell or horn.
  • Restrooms may be closed. Prepare before you leave home and time outings so that you are not dependent on public restrooms.
  • Bring water or drinks.
  • Bring a suitable trash bag.  Leave no trash. Take your trash with you to protect park workers. 

UPDATE  3/18/20
Beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020, enforcement of both short-term and long-term gold meters located in downtown Carlisle is suspended until further notice. Residents and visitors parking at a metered space may do so free of charge. Convenient off-street parking is available at the Pomfret Street Parking Garage, which will be free until further notice. Located at 35 West Pomfret Street, the Garage features security cameras and is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

Street sweeping remains on schedule in order to promote public health and safety. Therefore, residential parking enforcement remains in effect. Residents and visitors are strongly encouraged to observe the "No Parking" signage on the designated days and times in order to provide street sweeping access.

UPDATE 3/16/20
The Borough of Carlisle is closely monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation in order to support and manage the risk to Borough residents.  To minimize the risk of exposure, the Borough has initiated a continuity plan that will ensure the constant delivery of essential services to businesses and residents.

As we focus on delivery of essential services and protection of our residents and employees, we continue to evaluate the situation and latest developments through fact-based sources including the Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization, State Department of Health and Cumberland County. Part of the Borough’s ongoing monitoring effort includes evaluating policies, programs, and procedures and amending (as deemed necessary) to ensure the health and safety of our residents and employees. The following modifications have been put into effect today:

  • Town Hall, 53 West South Street, will remain open to the public with limited access. All business will be conducted on the main floor’s lobby/reception area.  Residents are encouraged to utilize the Borough’s website electronic pay option, or U.S. Mail for utility bills and parking ticket payments.  A drop-off box is also located outside of Borough Hall.
  • Utility Bills in Arrears:  A temporary moratorium has been placed on water/sewer utility terminations in order to provide all residents the means to address hygiene and to limit the spread of the virus.   
  • Recreation Programs:  Consistent with the State’s guidance regarding recreational areas and activities, the Borough’s Stuart Community Center will cancel all classes and programs through March 30.  Staff has begun working on the process for refunds of those programs that have been impacted by this closure.

 The Borough of Carlisle wishes to remind residents to wash hands often and for a duration of at least 20 seconds, regularly clean frequently touched surfaces with disinfectant household cleaners, avoid contact with people who are sick, practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette, use hand sanitizer, and refrain from touching your eyes, nose and face area. 

The Borough also strongly encourages that residents practice social distancing, which helps reduce the spread of contagious diseases, like COVID-19. Per the CDC’s recommendation, social distancing involves remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings and maintaining distances.

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Information for Business Owners
The Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce is communicating with local community leaders, and state and federal representatives to compile the most up-to-date resources for businesses affected by COVID-19. Their website, along with the Downtown Carlisle Association and the Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation sites, will have the most current information for local business owners.




UPDATE 05/29/2020
Guidance from Governor Wolf's office for businesses in the restaurant industry permitted to operate during the COVID-19 disaster emergency.

UPDATE 05/26/2020
The Carlisle Area Chamber and the Downtown Carlisle Association are teaming up to ensure our businesses are prepared and ready for when we are given the go-ahead for businesses to re-open. You can now go on the Chamber's website and find the Open & Together Resource page that will assist businesses and industries with the necessary resources to get them back to work and functioning once again as we work through the Governor's Phases of Re-Opening. Please check this page often as it is updated regularly with new information as it becomes available.

UPDATE 05/20/20
Guidance for Reopening Buildings After Prolonged Shutdown or Reduced Operations

UPDATE 05/18/2020
The Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Carlisle Association released an "Open & Together Tool Kit." This document contains resources and guidelines for small business owners as Cumberland County prepares to move to the "yellow" phase on May 22, 2020. You can download a copy of the tool kit here.

UPDATE 03/31/20
Carlisle business owners are encouraged to fill out the following survey from the Borough, Downtown Carlisle Association, and the Chamber of Commerce. This information will  be used to lobby for additional aid packages if the need greatly outweighs the current relief funding levels.
Carlisle Relief Funding Research Survey

UPDATE 03/30/20
Frequently Asked Questions about the Paycheck Protection Program for Small Businesses

UPDATE 03/26/20
The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has information now posted on their website regarding the terms of the COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA). The terms are listed on the website. The program will provide critical working capital financing to small businesses located within the Commonwealth that are adversely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. All CWCA loan applications must be submitted through a Certified Economic Development Organization (CEDO).

Before you can apply, please review the loan terms at the DCED website.

For local funding sources and to see if your business would benefit from this aid, contact CADEC at 717-240-7189 or on their website.

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COVID-19 Information *These links are the most up-to-date sources for COVID-19 information.*

How to Get Tested for COVID-19
If you have mild symptoms: Please stay home. If you feel worse, contact your health care provider.

If you have severe symptoms: If you have a fever over 100 degrees, shortness of breath, and cough, CALL your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, CALL 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258). If you still need help, CALL your local emergency department.

The state public health laboratory is prioritizing the following people for testing:
  • People who are severely sick for unknown reasons
  • People in congregate care settings
  • People in contact with known cases of COVID-19
  • Health care providers
COVID-19 How to Get Tested

What is coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others circulating among animals, including camels, cats, and bats.
The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
Symptoms of the COVID-19 can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath 

The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying. 
COVID Symptoms

How can the coronavirus spread?
Human coronaviruses spread just like the flu or a cold:

  • Through the air by coughing or sneezing;
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it;
  • Occasionally, fecal contamination.

How can I help protect myself?

  • Cover coughs or sneezes with your elbow. Do not use your hands!
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Clean surfaces frequently, including countertops, light switches, cell phones, remotes, and other frequently touched items.
  • Contain: if you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better.
Coronavirus Prevention steps

In addition, it is recommended that Pennsylvanians take time to prepare now. View the PA Emergency Preparedness Guide.


Informational Flyers & Fact Sheets
Here are some flyers provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding COVID-19. For more up-to-date news and information, please visit the CDC's COVID-19 website.

What to do if you are sick with coronavirus disease

Sick with Coronavirus Fact Sheet

Stop the Spread of Germs
Stop the Spread of Germs

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