COVID-19 Health Guidance

COVID 19 Information

Total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases by county

Interactive map of confirmed COVID-19 cases

Getting Tested:

The Administration is Distributing At-Home, Rapid COVID-19 Tests to American Homes for Free: 

This program will ensure that Americans have at-home, rapid COVID-19 tests available in the weeks and months ahead—in addition to the number of other ways they can get tested. The Administration is quickly completing a contracting process for the unprecedented purchase of one billion at-home, rapid tests to distribute as part of this program. The Department of Defense, in coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services, has already awarded several of the contracts that will result from this process—with over 420 million tests already under contract. Given the incredible volume of tests being procured and the diversity of manufacturers, additional contracts will continue to be awarded over the coming weeks.

  • Ordering Process: Starting on January 19th, Americans will be able to order a test online at COVIDTests.gov. To ensure broad access, the program will limit the number of tests sent to each residential address to four tests. Tests will usually ship within 7-12 days of ordering. 
  • Distribution and Delivery Process: The Administration will partner with the United States Postal Service to package and deliver tests to Americans that want them. All orders in the continental United States will be sent through First Class Package Service, with shipments to Alaska, Hawaii, and the U.S. Territories and APO/FPO/DPO addresses sent through Priority Mail. 

Additionally, Montgomery County COVID-19 testing sites are open various hours each weekday at five locations across the County weather permitting. Testing is available to anyone who lives, works or goes to school in Montgomery County. Appointments are required and can be made up to four days in advance. Registration is open 24/7 online or starting at 8:30 a.m. by phone [(610) 970-2937]. 

COVID-19 Info and tips

Symptoms 
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. Symptoms can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. ?The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.?Individuals most at risk for severe symptoms include elderly and those with pre-existing conditions. 

To date, there are 189,633?cases and 2,860?deaths in the United States. 
 
Prevention? 
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. One way this is possible is through social distancing. Through social distancing, we can reduce contact and therefore prevent the spread of the virus.
 
 

There are simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:? 
 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. 

If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should: 
 

  • Stay home and self-quarantine 

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes 

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. 
     

Travel Warnings?
CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel. If travel is necessary, travelers should exercise good hygiene. If you plan to travel internationally, I encourage you to enroll in the?State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program?to receive important messages, alerts, updates, and travel advisories while you are there. 
 
Further Information? 
Experts have been working hard to understand this new strain of coronavirus. Because new information is coming out every day, please visit the sites below to stay up to date. 
 
The Centers for Disease Control provides updates on the virus and safety information for the public and healthcare professionals. 
 
The Pennsylvania Department of Health?provides information on the virus and safety precautions.? 
 
The State Department provides a list of travel advisories for those who are planning to fly outside of the United States. 
 
The safety of you and your loved ones is of the utmost importance. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call our district offices at (215) 884-4300 or (610) 382-1250. Our staff will be working remotely but will be checking voicemails daily.
 

Rep. Dean held two Town Halls related to COVID-19

March 11th, 2020 COVID-19 Town Hall
March 20th, 2020 COVID-19 Town Hall focused on Economic Impact

 

Additonal Resources on the COVID-19 outbreak and the economic fallout:

Summary of COVID-19 Emergency Package One: Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020

Summary of COVID-19 Emergency Package Two: Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Summary of COVID-19 Emergency Package Three: The CARES Act

SNAP Fact Sheet

USDA and Farm Resources

House Appropriations Committee's Summary of The CARES Act

Military and Veterans Guidance

Emergency and Paid Sick Leave Information

Summary of Congressional Oversight

Additional Small Business and Non-Profit Guidance

Direct Cash Payments FAQ

Additional Information on Health Provisions

Supplemental Information on Unemployment Compensation

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