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.