Coronavirus Information

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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