Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Everyday Precautions; wash hands, don't touch face, avoid sick people

Vaccine Information

The Federal Government, with the assistance of the Pennsylvania Department of Health and its providers will continue to issue information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed to Cumberland County residents in a phased approach developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

The Department of Public Safety has partnered with Quality Care, Holly and Big Spring Pharmacies to help eligible residents get vaccinated. Vaccinations are given by appointment only at the U-Haul Moving & Storage (formerly Kmart), 1180 Walnut Bottom Road, Carlisle. Residents interested in making an appointment should continue checking www.qcpharmacy.com as it will be updated when appointments and additional vaccine becomes available.

Find additional vaccine information on our COVID-19 Vaccine page

What is COVID-19?

According to the PA Department of Health, the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

How Can I Help Stop The Spread?

Wear A Mask - In Pennsylvania, masks must be worn indoors and outdoors when outside of the home. 

An amendment to the mask order now allows fully vaccinated people to resume the following activities:

  • Visiting with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing;
  • Visiting with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing; and
  • Refraining from quarantine and testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic.

It is important that fully vaccinated people continue to take precautions in public like wearing a mask and practicing physical distancing; avoid medium and large-sized in-person gatherings; get tested if they experience COVID-19 symptoms; follow guidance issued by employers; and follow travel requirements and recommendations.

Members of the public should wear cloth or fabric masks and save surgical masks and N95 respirators for health care workers and first responders. 

Wash Your Hands - Washing your hands is one of the most important steps you can take in staying healthy. When you wash, make sure you: 

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap. 
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. 
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. 
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water. 
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.

Practice Social Distancing - It's important to keep a safe space between yourself and other people who are not from your household. To practice social or physical distancing, stay at least 6 feet from other people who are not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces.

Avoid Touching Your Face - Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

Clean Surfaces - Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces - especially when someone is ill.

How should I talk to my kids about COVID-19?

Tips for caregivers, parents, and teachers during infectious disease outbreaks from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Stay Safe Cumberland County