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
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.
- Shortness of breath
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.
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