Health Advisory from York County
At this time Bell programs and office are operating as usual as we continue to monitor public health authority recommendations. The following item issued by York County contains important local information and links.
- Published on: 3/3/2020
York County is working with health agencies, schools and local governments to handle a potential COVID-19 outbreak.
There are multiple presumptive coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania, none of which are in York County. We are following this situation as it evolves and we will adjust our plans accordingly.
Below are recommendations for preventative measures, as well useful links with the best, timeliest information.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health is holding daily press briefings on COVID-19 at PEMA’s headquarters. Watch live each day at noon.
York County Office of Emergency Management has activated its emergency preparedness team. In the event of a pandemic response, the county would serve as a resource for agencies to effectively communicate and share information. Emergency planners are leaning heavily on public health agencies, including the state and city health departments.
It is important to note that in Pennsylvania, the county does not have the authority to compel school districts or other agencies and businesses to take actions. The county provides guidance and direction. In a public health emergency, the state Department of Health is the lead agency. The county has a pandemic plan and has had one for many years. Our main role in a health emergency is to provide resources and public information to support the incident. Ideally, the state health department will work through the other state agencies to ensure appropriate information is disseminated.
- Avoid contacts with sick individuals
- The best prevention for coronavirus, the flu and colds, is to practice proper respiratory etiquette.
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing – either with a tissue or your inner elbow. Throw the tissue away.
- Wash your hands frequently, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- If you have flu-like symptoms, wear a mask before entering a hospital or medical office.
- The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from COVID-19.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Clean and disinfect commonly touched items.
- If you have been to China, Iran, Italy, Japan or South Korea within the past 30 days and you’re experiencing flu-like symptoms, contact your healthcare provider before going to the doctor’s office or hospital.