Coronavirus information

York County is collaborating with health agencies, schools and various governments to handle the COVID-19 pandemic. We are following this situation as it evolves and adjusting our plans accordingly.

On Monday, March 16, the York County Commissioners declared a disaster emergency. The commissioners were joined by York City Bureau of Health and other county government leaders to announce other measures and changes in operations. York City is under a state of emergency and several municipalities around the county have issued declarations.

Below are recommendations for preventative measures, as well useful links with timely play date

Pennsylvania Department of Health is holding daily press briefings on COVID-19 at PEMA's headquarters, where Gov. Tom Wolf has taken up temporary residence.

York County Office of Emergency Management has activated its emergency preparedness team. During a pandemic response, the county serves as a resource for agencies to effectively communicate and share information. Our emergency planners are leaning heavily on public health agencies, including the state and city health departments.

It is important to note that in Pennsylvania, the county does not have the authority to compel school districts or other agencies and businesses to take actions. The county provides guidance, direction and support. In a public health emergency, the state Department of Health is the lead agency. The county has a pandemic plan and has had one for many years. Our role in a health emergency response is to provide resources and public information to support the incident. Ideally, the state health department will work through the other state agencies, such as PEMA, to ensure appropriate information is disseminated.

stay safe

Preventative measures:

  • Avoid large gatherings — CDC suggesting 10 or more people — and unnecessary travel.
  • Avoid contacts with sick individuals.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with your inner elbow.
  • Wash your hands frequently, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • If you have symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath, call your doctor.
  • The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from COVID-19.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home if you are feeling sick.
  • Clean and disinfect commonly touched items.
  • If you have been to China, Iran, Italy, Japan or South Korea within the past 30 days and you’re experiencing flu-like symptoms, contact your healthcare provider before going to the doctor’s office or hospital.


Public Relations Office » In This Section