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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Protecting yourself and your community

How to Protect Yourself

Everyone should follow these social distancing, hand washing, masking, and respiratory etiquette recommendations to slow the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for a full 20 seconds; hum happy birthday twice to make sure you're spending enough time at the sink.

  • Always wash after handling money, credit cards, gas pumps, items in a store, and public door, light switch, or cart handles. When on the go, use hand sanitizer with an alcohol content of 60% or higher.

  • Practice social distancing: stay six feet apart from others.

  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when interacting with people who do not live in your immediate household and in public settings like schools, supermarkets, stores, churches, and businesses. 

  • Avoid groups of 10 or more and crowded public transportation.

  • Stop unnecessary travel and reduce necessary travel wherever possible (e.g., weekly trips to the grocery store instead of daily, receiving medication by delivery).

  • Use technology like video chatting, texts, calls, and social media to stay connected with friends and family while keeping those most vulnerable safe. 

  • If you suspect you may have been exposed or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, always call ahead to your family doctor, clinic, or emergency room for guidance instead of simply walking in. This allows healthcare providers to prepare for your arrival and ensure you can safely receive care without exposing others. 
Stay home
Stay home


Wash your hands
Wash your hands


Cover coughs and sneezes
Cover coughs and sneezes


Clean and disinfect
Clean and disinfect


Make Time for Hand Hygiene

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not readily available. Rub your hands together thoroughly until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands as these are easy entry points for viruses.
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue, the crook of your elbow, or into your upper bicep NOT your hands.

Avoid Close Contact to Prevent Exposure

  • Put distance between yourself and other people through social distancing. Stay at least six feet apart when interacting with others, do not gather in large groups, and stay home when instructed to do so. This is especially important for people at higher risk of getting very sick
  • Avoid public spaces / transportation and unnecessary travel. If you need food, medicine, or supplies, ask someone who’s lower risk to run your errands then wash their hands thoroughly before handling / delivering your items.
  • If you must go out, plan your trip for an off-time when there will be less people and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Do not visit with those who are sick; if you must come into contact, stay at least six feet away.
  • If a member of your house is ill, have them self-isolate to avoid spreading illness throughout the family.

Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives

Proper handwashing prevents infections, illness, and the spread of germs. Wash your hands with soap and water for a full 20 seconds several times per day and after sneezing, coughing, or blowing your nose. Humming the tune “Happy Birthday” twice is an easy way to make sure your family is spending enough time at the sink.

When running errands, going out to eat, or shopping, be mindful of washing your hands after handling money, restaurant menus and tables, shopping carts, door and toilet handles, check-out touch screens, or gas pumps. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, as these are easy entry points for viruses like COVID-19.

Questions about whether to use liquid or bar soap? Antibacterial or regular hand soap? Check out this helpful video to the right for a quick FAQ rundown on washing your hands thoroughly to kill germs!

If You're Feeling Sick...

If you're feeling sick and may have been exposed to COVID-19, call your healthcare provider or 1-877-PA-HEALTH so that a healthcare professional can assess your risk and recommend your next care steps.

Remember, PLEASE CALL AHEAD to your family doctor, clinic, or emergency room to discuss your concerns. If you show up without forewarning, you can accidentally expose other vulnerable patients and staff. Call ahead to protect others and avoid spreading illness.

To reach the Laurel Health Centers, call 1-833-LAURELHC (1-833-528-7354) or click here to visit our contact page for a list of numbers by location.