As of noon Sunday, there are 63 confirmed cases of coronavirus COVID-19 in Pennsylvania. There are 24 cases in Montgomery County and 6 in Philadelphia County. There has been an increase in reported cases in neighboring Bucks, Chester and Delaware counties, leading to more closings and reminders of the need for social distancing.
Senator Hughes recognizes this is a difficult time and is working with local and state officials to ensure people have what they need as the effects of the pandemic unfold. As for immediate needs, Montgomery County officials have complied a list of resources on how to get food if you are in need, how employers should deal with closings and more.
We encourage everyone to remain calm and follow the recommendations of the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control. We will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.
Again, here are some reminders about preventing spread of the disease:
Best practices to plan, prepare for and respond to the coronavirus COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
Symptoms of the COVID-19 can include:
- 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.
What to do if you think you have coronavirus COVID-19, according to the CDC:
- Stay home except to get medical care
- Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
- Call ahead before visiting your doctor
- Wear a facemask if you are sick
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Clean your hands often
- Avoid sharing personal household items
- Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday
For more details on what to do prevent coronavirus COVID-19 spread, visit the CDCs full list of recommendations.