- Pennsylvania Department of Health
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Cumberland County Commissioners Issue Declaration of Disaster Emergency
- Cumberland County Commissioners Close County Offices Until Further Notice
What is COVID-19?
The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Symptoms of COVID-19 can include:
- Shortness of breath
The symptoms may appear in as few as two day or as long as 14 days after exposure.
How can COVID-19 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.
What should I do if I’m sick?
Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.
Use the CDC online tool to help you make decisions and seek appropriate medical care.
Should I cancel my trip to a country with a level 3 travel advisory?
The CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel to countries with a level 3 travel advisory at this time. For more travel information, visit the CDC travelers page.
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).