General Information

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) is a respiratory disease caused by a virus named SARS-CoV-2. It causes symptoms that can make you feel like you have a cold, the flu, or pneumonia. Some people who get COVID-19 become every ill.

Symptoms include

  • Fever or Chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue or Weakness
  • Muscle or Body aches
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore Throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Latest Updates and Frequently Asked Questions

Vaccination and Boosters

The benefit of vaccination and boosters is that it helps the body prevent severe illness and lessens the likelihood of needing hospitalization.


Community members, vaccinated or unvaccinated, are advised to get tested for COVID-19 if they have been exposed to anyone who has COVID-19 even if they do not develop symptoms or if they have symptoms such as sore throat, coughing, difficulty breathing, fever or chills, muscle or body aches, vomiting or diarrhea, or loss of taste or smell. Testing results can help determine appropriate care and treatment if needed.

Test Kits

For updates on test kits, visit

  • For questions or guidance on how to use test kits, call 814-451-6700.

If you are a residents of Erie County and you would like to voluntarily report positive results of test kits



Ask your healthcare provider about treatments.
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Preventing the spread of COVID-19

Guidance on Quarantine and Isolation

For questions or additional guidance, call 814-451-6700.



Guidance on Masks

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The use of masks help slow the spread of COVID-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Masks help prevent the spread of COVID-19 when worn consistently and correctly. This includes:
    • Cloth Masks
    • Surgical Masks
    • High Filtration Masks
  • Any mask is better than no mask.
  • Wear the most protective mask you can that fits well and that you will wear consistently.
  • Choose a mask with the best fit, protection, and comfort for you.

Here is more information from the CDC:


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