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COVID-19 (coronavirus)
Overview

​​​COVID-19

For the most up-to-date information, check the websites for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH).

Patients 
1. Be prepared for stricter guidelines when you or your loved one is hospitalized. To keep everyone safe, in-person visitation will likely continue to be restricted into the foreseeable future.
2. Ask how to communicate with your loved ones and the healthcare team if you can’t visit in-person. The facility may have virtual visitation options like FaceTime or Zoom.
3. Be healthy. Exercising, eating right, and getting enough sleep all boost your immune system and will help your body fight COVID-19.
4. Maintain your preventive care (including oral health) by reaching out to your primary care provider when you are due for an appointment/immunization. Telehealth services are more widely available than ever.
5. Discuss scheduling previously postponed elective procedures with your healthcare provider.  Consider both the risks and benefits for your situation and make the best decision for you.
6. Care for your mind. It’s perfectly natural to be feeling anxious, worried, or stressed. Recognize that and take advantage of mental telehealth services.
7. Remain vigilant. Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should. Continue to take advantage of delivery and take out services, maintain social distancing, and protect those around you by wearing a mask when social distancing isn’t possible. We are still very much at risk for contracting or spreading COVID-19.
8. Protect yourself and your pet. Pets are an important part of life for many of us. However, a small number of pets, including cats and dogs, have tested positive for COVID-19. Learn more about how to keep them and yourself safe.
9. Follow CDC guidelines which are updated regularly.

COVID-19 Information for Pennsylvania 

For more information about the coronavirus (COVID-19), call 1-877-724-3258 or visit the                                                       Pennsylvania Department of Health's website

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What is an incubation period and how long is it for coronavirus?

What is an incubation period? 

    • An incubation period is how long after you are exposed to an illness before you start showing symptoms. For coronavirus, it's still too early to tell, but experts think it may be between 2-14 days. That means, you may have been infected, and may be able to infect others, for up to two weeks before you start feeling sick. 
  • Practice Social Distancing
    • Stay home as much as you can
    • Avoid public spaces
    • Keep at least 6 feet between you and others if you must go out
    • Don't attend or host large gatherings
    • Avoid using mass transit

 Travel Guidelines

        For the most current travel reccomendations, visit the CDC'S travel website:      

        https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

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Resources for Healthcare Professionals Caring for COVID-19 Patients

Key Data and Statistics
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