Williamsport -- The Lycoming County Commissioners and Department of Public Safety have been notified by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Lycoming County.
Health care partners with the support of Lycoming County are following their pandemic plans and doing everything possible to fight the spread of the virus. The Lycoming County Department of Public Safety is asking the public to follow Governor Wolf's guidelines and stay home as much as possible. Only travel if you must for life sustaining needs and avoid other people.
Individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 and/or experiencing symptoms are instructed to self-quarantine in their own residence while staying in touch and following the instructions of their medical provider. Stay away from others as much as possible using separate rooms in the residence. If you must be around family, wear a face mask and avoid sharing household items. Clean, disinfect and wash hands often. Monitor your symptoms and call ahead before visiting your medical provider.
The Department of Public Safety said they are aware of earlier unconfirmed reports being shared on social media. The department staff are in contact with state agencies 24/7 and will share any confirmed information as soon as it becomes available. They are asking the public to please stop the spread of rumors and only share confirmed information, which can be found at health.pa.gov or cdc.gov.
In Pennsylvania, seven counties were issued a “Stay at Home” order from the Governor and Secretary of Health earlier this week, including Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Monroe. Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. Erie County was added to the order on Tuesday, March 24. The "Stay at Home" order is in effect until April 6.
As of March 25, there was a reported 1,127 cases statewide and 11 deaths. Montgomery and Philadelphia counties reported the highest number of cases, with 172 and 257 respectively.
According to CNN.com, 40% of Americans have now been ordered to stay at home.
Specific actions within a “Stay at Home” mandate mean residents should NOT
go to their workplace unless they have been deemed “essential,”
visit close friends or family if it’s not urgent
Be any closer than 6 feet when outside of their home
Gather in groups of more than 10 people
Visit loved ones in hospitals, nursing homes, or other residential care facilities
Residents are permitted to:
Go to the grocery store or pharmacy
Go to medical appointments (after first checking with a healthcare provider)
Go to restaurants for take-out or drive through service
Care for a family member or friend who needs care
Go outside, staying 6 feet away from others when outdoors
All schools statewide will also remain closed through at least April 6, 2020.
"I remain deeply concerned about this public health crisis and we must continue to take careful but critical steps now to mitigate the spread of COVID-19," Gov. Wolf said. "We are issuing these orders because Pennsylvanians' health and safety remains our highest priority."
"The number of cases continues to grow and so we must take further steps to stop the spread of this contagious and dangerous novel virus to protect the public's health and mitigate the risk to our hospital system," Dr. Levine said.
"There is one way to make sure people don't need to be hospitalized and we don't strain our health care system: Stay calm. Stay home. Stay safe."