COVID-19 Update - March 6, 2020

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Upper Darby Township

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update March 6, 2020

Local, County, State, and Federal officials are coordinating their response to COVID-19, the illness caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus. Upper Darby Township's Mayor and high level officials have been in direct communication with Delaware County, Delaware County Director of Emergency Services, and the Secretary of the PA Department of Health.

This morning Gov. Wolf announced that there are two presumptive cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania; one of which is an adult in Delaware County. This afternoon Delaware County held a press conference where they noted that the case in Delaware County is not community spread. The individual had traveled to an area in the United States where COVID-19 is present and came in direct contact with the virus. The individual is currently in their home in isolation. The PA Health Department is conducting aggressive contact tracing to determine who the individual may have come in contact with. The Health Department is contacting those individuals and no further information about the individual is available at this time.

The best way you can help to stop the spread of viruses, from seasonal flu to coronavirus, is by washing your hands, covering your mouth with your sleeve during coughs and sneezes, cleaning surfaces and staying home if you are sick.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Individuals most at risk for severe symptoms include seniors and those with pre-existing conditions.

We encourage residents to take common sense precautions to avoid the spread germs. The State and the CDC do NOT recommend that the general public wear masks. Masks are not recommended to protect the general public from the virus. Masks are recommended for health care professionals and first responders who are in direct contact with those who are infected.

General Precautions & for anyone who does not feel well:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover any coughs or sneezes with their elbow, not their hands.
  • Clean surfaces frequently, such as countertops, light switches, cell phones, and other frequently touched areas.
  • Contain - if someone is sick, they should stay home until they are feeling better.

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