CORONAVIRUS

WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others circulating among animals, including camels, cats and bats.

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS?

Symptoms of the COVID-19 can include:

• Fever
• Cough
• 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.

HOW CAN IT 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; and
  • Occasionally, fecal contamination.

See the CDC’s recommendations

HOW CAN I PROTECT MYSELF?

The CDC always recommends everyday prevention actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Do not use your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Stay informed – visit CDC’s website for current information – cdc.gov/COVID19

WHAT ARE WE DOING?

Dauphin County conducts regular exercises and prepares for emergencies, including an infectious disease outbreak. The county’s Department of Public Safety is taking steps to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and working with local, state and federal partners in public health preparedness.

The Dauphin County Commissioners declared the County of Dauphin a disaster emergency and have activated the Emergency Operations Center to coordinate resource requests and monitor the response.

CLOSURES AND CANCELLATIONS

Effective 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Dauphin County government offices were closed to the public until further notice. 

Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas and magisterial district court offices were closed to the public at 4:30 p.m. on March 17, 2020. Certain court proceedings will be handled according to Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas President Judge John F. Cherry’s order.

Dauphin County Commissioners Jeff Haste, Mike Pries and George P. Hartwick, III have canceled all public events and activities at the county’s various facilities and buildings until further notice. 

Due to an employee of the Northern Dauphin Human Services Center testing positive for COVID-19, the facility is currently closed and being properly cleaned and sanitized in accordance with CDC guidelines. Residents in need of assistance from the Northern Dauphin Human Services Center can call 717-905-2700 and leave a message.

Although Parks and Recreation programs are canceled until further notice and park restrooms and buildings are closed, all county parks/green space are open to the public. 

CHANGES TO VISITATION AT DAUPHIN COUNTY PRISON

To ensure the safety of staff and inmates from COVID-19, Dauphin County Prison has suspended all visits effective March 13, 2020. 

Only properly identified staff, vendors, attorneys, members of the PA Prison Society and contractors will be allowed to enter the Dauphin County Prison- pending the result of a non-invasive screening.

Because we realize the importance of family and friend’s visitation, we are attaching the link containing directions to our video visitation program.

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SENIOR CENTER CLOSINGS

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease have a higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19.

Senior centers have closed until further notice.

Critical services, such as congregate meals and Meals on Wheels, will continue.

ASSISTANCE FOR BUSINESSES

Centers for Disease Control Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html 

Loans available to businesses
The U.S. Small Business Adminitration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Pennsylvania small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19. Visit www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance. 

Governor's order to close non-life-sustaining businesses

Questions on the Governor's order on whether or not a business needs to close should be sent to ra-dcedcs@pa.gov.

Waivers and exemptions to the closure order can be sought through RA-dcexemption@pa.gov

Resources for more information

Up-to-date case information can be found at https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx

Information on the state response to COVID-19 with resources and guides for individuals, families, businesses and schools can be found at https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/.

Information for the business community from the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC https://www.harrisburgregionalchamber.org/coronavirus/

The latest information on the coronavirus in the U.S. and worldwide can be found on the CDC website www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html