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With confirmed cases of #Coronavirus in Pennsylvania, rest assured that Springfield Township is actively monitoring the situation and staying up-to-date on the latest updates and communications from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Montgomery County Office of Public Health.
These agencies will primarily be responsible for directing the response to an outbreak of coronavirus in the area, if one occurs. The Township’s role if an outbreak were to occur would be to support local and regional health agencies as needed and help share information with the community. Please remember that being aware of symptoms and using basic hygiene practices can go a long way in the prevention and spread of this and any disease.
Please check regularly for updates and learn more about what you can do to prevent and prepare for the disease by visiting Montgomery County’s Coronavirus website at:
The Pennsylvania Secretary of Health is recommending that all Pennsylvanians take the following precautions to help limit the spread of the virus:
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 your elbow, not your hands.
Clean surfaces such as countertops, desks, light switches and cell phones frequently.
Stay home if you’re not feeling well. Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people with severe illness. Individuals most at risk for severe symptoms include the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions.
If necessary, speak with your employer about the possibility of telecommuting. Likewise, if you are a company owner or manager, devise a plan for your workers if the spread of the virus accelerates in this area, and offer the option to telecommute if possible.
Check in with members of your community. Look out for each other, just as you would in a snowstorm. This is an extended, slow-motion storm, and everyone is likely to need help, especially those who are quarantined in their homes.