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.
Find out if you are eligible to receive the vaccine, where to get it, and 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.
Additionally, if you have people over who do not live with you, you must wear a mask.
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:
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- 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.
Information For Travelers
The Secretary of Health issued an order and an amended order requiring anyone who visits Pennsylvania from another state, including Pennsylvanians returning to the Commonwealth, must get tested within 72 hours prior to entering the Commonwealth. If an individual is unable to get a test prior to entering the Commonwealth, is waiting for test results, or chooses not to get a test, they must quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in our state or secure a negative test, whichever is first.
This does NOT apply to:
- Individuals travelling to and from PA for work;
- Individuals travelling to and from PA for medical reasons (including providing comfort and support to a patient);
- Military personnel travelling to PA by order or directive of a state or Federal military authority;
- Individuals in transit through PA to another destination, provided that the time spent in the Commonwealth is only the amount of time necessary to complete the transit, make use of travel services, such as a highway rest stop, or make necessary travel connections.
For more travel information, visit the PA Department of Health 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).