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Bucks Health Officials Urge Compliance with State COVID-19 Precautions

March 14, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Larry R. King, 215-348-6413, lrking@buckscounty.org

The Bucks County Health Department today urged all county residents to follow the recommendations issued this week by Gov. Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine to help limit the spread of coronavirus.

“I strongly encourage the statewide suspension of large gatherings, events, conferences of 250 individuals or more and discourage people from traveling to recreational activities such as gyms, movie theaters and shopping malls,” Wolf said. “And while people are free to travel, I ask that everyone refrain from non-essential travel. Coronavirus wolf levine

“We all need to do our part to help stop the spread of the coronavirus,” the governor said. “The time to do this is now. We cannot wait.”

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: How many cases are there in Bucks County?

A: To date, there are 3 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bucks County. None involves community spread, meaning we know the source of each of these three cases.

Q: What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

A: Symptoms of the COVID-19 can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath 

Q: How can the coronavirus spread? 

A: Human coronaviruses spread just like the flu or a cold:

  • Through the air by coughing or sneezing
  • Through personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • Through touching an object or surface with the virus on it
  • Occasionally, through fecal contamination

Q: Should I cancel my international travel because of novel coronavirus?

A: The CDC recommends avoiding all nonessential travel to a country with a level 3 travel advisory. For updated Travel Advisories related to COVID-19 visit the CDC site here

Q: Should I cancel or postpone my event?

A: It is the decision of the planning organizer whether to cancel or postpone the event. As you make these decisions, the BCDH is available to offer support (phone: 215-345-3318). Please consider the following in your decision-making:

  • Request that people over 60 and/or those with compromised health not attend
  • Consider postponing gatherings of 50 or more people
  • Is the event indoors or outdoors?
  • Are people going to be contained in close quarters?
  • How is the air being circulated in the event space?

If you DO decide to hold your event, we recommend:

  • Prior to the event (preferable) and upon arrival to the event inquire into the health of attendees; those who are unwell, those over 60 and/or those with compromised health should be averted from attending
  • Have the following available and easily accessible: hand sanitizer, tissues for nose blowing, trash receptacles
  • Wash your hands according to CDC recommendations visit here
"This situation is quickly evolving, even for us here at the Department of Health," Levine said.

"It can be overwhelming and scary to hear that you should stay home," she said. "Aside from practicing good health habits, we want you to practice good self-care to ensure your body is getting the proper nutrients from fruits and vegetables, and getting enough sleep."

Levine said Pennsylvanians can actively help to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by:

  • Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer, if soap and water are not available
  • Covering any coughs or sneezes with your elbow. Do not use your hands!
  • Clean surfaces frequently, including countertops, light switches, cell phones, remotes, and other frequently touched items
  • If you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better
  • In addition, it is recommended that Pennsylvanians take time to prepare now. View the PA Emergency Preparedness Guide

TESTING FOR COVID-19

Call your healthcare provider for guidance if you feel you should be tested for COVID-19. Healthcare providers need to have the capacity to collect your specimen to be sent to their contracted lab, assuming you are approved for testing.  

 “As this situation evolves, we will continually update Pennsylvanians,” Levine said. “It’s important to remember that the most accurate and timely information regarding this outbreak is available through the Department of Health.”

HELPFUL CORONAVIRUS LINKS:

  • Pennsylvania Department of Health visit health.pa.gov
  • Pennsylvania Department of Health Coronavirus information visit here
  • Pennsylvania Department of Health Facebook page visit here
  • Pennsylvania Department of Health Twitter account visit here
  • For the daily COVID-19 Report, visit here
  • For all press releases regarding coronavirus, please visit here
  • Find the latest information on the coronavirus here

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