The order requiring universal face coverings was lifted statewide at 12:01 am on Monday, June 28. We continue to urge Pennsylvanians to follow CDC guidance for wearing a mask where required by law, rule, and regulations, including healthcare, local business and workplace guidance.
Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure and can include:
- Shortness of breath
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.
It is a top priority to ensure that all people in Pennsylvania who are
experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or who have been exposed to someone
with COVID-19 have access to diagnostic testing.
You need to get tested, regardless of the presence of symptoms.
Close contacts are people who have been within 6 feet of a person with a confirmed COVID-19 infection for at least 15 minutes.
You will need to quarantine for 10 days after your last exposure to an infected person or a seven-day quarantine with a negative test on or after Day 5 of quarantine.
If you have symptoms, self-isolate in your home until each of the following conditions are met:
- It has been at least ten days since your symptoms first appeared AND
- It has been at least one day since you have not had a fever (without using fever-reducing medications) and your respiratory symptoms are improving
If you do not develop symptoms, self-isolate in your home until it has been at least 10 days since the day your test specimen was collected.
Monitor your symptoms. If they get worse, contact your physician or a nearby urgent care center.
Notify your close contacts and let them know they will need to quarantine at home. This includes your family members. Close contacts should monitor their health for any symptoms for the full 14 days after exposure.
Keep a phone nearby so that you can answer the call and participate fully in your confidential case investigation for contact tracing.
If you develop emergency symptoms (trouble breathing, chest pain, bluish lips, new confusion) seek immediate care by calling 911.
More post-testing guidance.
All Pennsylvania adults are eligible to be vaccinated. Adolescents ages 12-15 can received the Pfizer vaccine.
Check for a location near you and connect with your provider of choice to set up an appointment.
Pennsylvania has in place several resources for those struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic — including Unemployment Compensation, financial assistance, food help, mental health tools, and more.
It’s normal to feel anxiety around the COVID pandemic, but if you feel like these feelings are interfering with everyday life, it might be time to seek out help.
Report price gouging to the Attorney General via the price gouging complaint form.
Call 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258) for assistance if you have other questions or concerns.