What You Should Know About COVID-19

Page last updated at 1:57 p.m. on 4-07-2020

Public Inquiries/Concerns related to COVID-19 in Erie County:
Please contact the Erie County Department of Health at ecdhinfo@eriecountypa.gov or 814-451-6700

PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY: If you do not personally hear from a public health nurse, you are not a close contact of an individual who has been confirmed to have COVID-19. No further action is required. Continue to practice social distancing, hand washing, and other precautionary measures.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2,” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, avoiding close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing, and staying home if you are ill.

Read more about COVID-19 on the CDC newsfeed

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