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Stop the Spread

Let’s help ourselves and each other stay safe by following the health and safety measures we know stop the spread of COVID-19. We have the power to protect ourselves, our families, businesses, neighbors, and communities from COVID-19 through our individual actions and choices. To view the current status of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, visit the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania website.

COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures

  • Wear a mask when you leave your home.
  • Stay six feet away from others.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.
  • Wash your hands, frequently, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces often.
  • Limit gatherings and avoid crowds.
  • Stay home if you feel sick.
  • Contact your healthcare provider if you think you might have COVID-19.

Wearing Masks

Remember, your mask protects me. My mask protects you. Masks help keep us from sharing illnesses. COVID-19 spreads through the natural moisture (respiratory droplets) we breathe out when we talk, cough, or sneeze.

In Pennsylvania, you must wear a mask whenever you leave your home. You must wear a mask to go into a business.

You don’t have to wear a mask if you have a disability, medical, or mental health condition that does not allow you to do so. Children 2 years-old (or younger) don’t have to wear a mask.

There is a right way to wear a mask.

  • Wash your hands before putting on and after taking off your mask.
  • When putting on or wearing your mask, don’t touch the front of it. Be sure you can breathe through it.
  • To remove your mask, don’t touch the front. Take it off by unhooking your earpieces or untying the straps from the back. 
  • Make sure your mask covers your nose and mouth. It should not block your vision. Don’t take it off to talk, cough, or sneeze.
  • Wash fabric or cloth masks between each wear. You can wash your mask with your regular laundry. 
  • Your mask should be dry when you put it on. A wet or damp mask can make it harder to breathe and might be carrying germs.

Masking FAQs

Making or Buying Masks

If you’re not in healthcare or a first responder, a fabric or cloth mask is enough.

Making a mask is easy. The PA Department of Health’s mask guidance tells you how. Look for 100% cotton masks. Ideally, you should not be able to see through the fabric. If you aren’t making your own mask, consider buying one from a local small business.

If you are a business, the demand for masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) can make it hard to find. To help, we have a list of PPE manufacturers and suppliers that have PPE available.

Social Distancing

You can be social. But stay six feet apart and wear a mask.

Socializing with family and friends is important for our mental and emotional well-being. But if you don’t live together, stay six feet apart and wear masks. Think about ways of staying connected that don’t require you to be in-person. Some ideas include video chats, phone calls, email, and even regular mail.

If you travel outside of Pennsylvania, please self-quarantine for 14 days when you get home. This will help reduce the risk of spreading the virus to others.    

Hand Washing

Just like there is a right way to wear a mask, there is also a right way to wash your hands.

  • Wash your hands often, using soap and water.
  • Make sure you wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Sing “Happy Birthday” twice.
  • Scrub between your fingers, your palms, backs of your hands, and under your nails.
  • Use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.

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