Lower Southampton Township has been regularly monitoring information provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding COVID-2019 – coronavirus. COVID-2019 is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in humans and can spread from person-to-person. The most common symptoms are fever and cough, and sometimes difficulty breathing; however, these symptoms may also be caused by other illnesses.
The CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health both emphasize that the best way to prevent the spread of coronavirus is to practice these good health habits:
- Wash your hands with soap and water, or hand sanitizer frequently throughout the day, and particularly before you eat or touch your face, and after you sneeze, cough or blow your nose.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Avoid close contact, or prolonged visits, with people who are sick.
- Cover your sneeze or cough with a tissue or your elbow. Throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using household cleaning spray or disinfectant wipes.
For regular updates on the virus, please monitor the CDC’s website at www.CDC.gov.
March 6, 2020 UPDATE: As of today, March 6, 2020, there are two (2) presumptive positive cases in Pennsylvania for the latest coronavirus (COVID-19). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), based on what is currently known, COVID-19 is spread from person to person, similar to the common cold or influenza. The CDC website states that for the general American public — such as workers in non-healthcare settings and where it is unlikely that work tasks create an increased risk of exposure to COVID-19 — the immediate health risk is considered low. The severity of illness or how many people in the commonwealth or the U.S. will fall ill from COVID-19 is unknown at this time.
March 12, 2020 UPDATE: As of today, there are 21 presumptive positive cases in Pennsylvania – 2 in Bucks County. If you arrived in Pennsylvania from China or Iran anytime during the outbreaks there, you will be notified by the Pennsylvania Department of Health to stay home and practice social distancing for 14 days after travel. If you have returned from travel in Italy or South Korea within the past 14 days, we ask that you call 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258) to let the department know about your travel, and then stay home and practice social distancing for 14 days after travel.
March 19, 2020 UPDATE: As of today, there are 12 presumptive positive cases in Bucks County.
To keep up-to-date with important information regarding COVID-19, please see the following resources:
World Health Organization (WHO)
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Pennsylvania Department of Health Media Page
Bucks County Health Department