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We are all experiencing an unprecedented crisis. Many state and federal governmental organizations are opening new funding streams to help provide relief in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will keep you updated with the latest information as more resources become available.
We are committed to assisting your business through this difficult time. A few useful links are listed below. Please contact us if you need help. Remember, we are in this together.
City of Harrisburg – COVID-19 Coronavirus Emergency Business Outreach Survey
Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC – Coronavirus News & Economic Resources
PA Department of Community & Economic Development – COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA)
U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) – COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan
Message from Mayor Papenfuse Regarding ‘Stay at Home’ Order (3-30-20)
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Facebook Live Community Conversations: Local Government Response to COVID-19 (3-27-20)
Facebook Live Community Conversations: Harrisburg School District (3-27-20)
Mayor Papenfuse Addresses Concerns about Coronavirus 3-23-20
For Local Businesses
The City of Harrisburg asks that you please take a few moments to complete this survey. By sharing with us the types of challenges your business may be facing, we can use that information to provide assistance and identify useful resources to help you during this time of crisis.
Please feel free to submit all City of Harrisburg business related inquiries to:
Facebook Live Community Conversations: Disaster Emergency (3-20-2020)
See below for the most recent press releases and notices.
Office of the Business Administrator
PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATE
The World Health Organization has declared the COVID-19 (Novel Corona Virus) outbreak a pandemic, and the President of the United States has declared a State of Emergency. The City of Harrisburg is committed to the safety and well-being of all residents, workers, and visitors. Currently, there are confirmed cases of COVID-19, Coronavirus, within Central Pennsylvania and the City is taking proactive steps to ensure that we limit the exposure to our citizens, guests, and employees.
We urge people to stay educated on the topic. The Pennsylvania Department of Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites are great resources. They provide tips on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19, as well as background information on the disease.
As we all are aware, you can protect yourself by:
- Cover coughs or sneezes with your elbow. Do not use your hands!
- Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Clean surfaces frequently, including countertops, light switches, cell phones, remotes, and other frequently touched items.
- Contain: if you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better.
For City of Harrisburg facilities, we are doing our part by keeping soap and sanitizer stations filled, wiping down surfaces and keeping our working areas clean. If employees are sick, they are urged to stay home. If employees are able to work, they may be required or otherwise allowed to work remotely. We are doing everything in our power to maintain services to the public, but in the days or weeks to come how some services are provided may look different. We are committed to open communications that will alert the public to changes as together we navigate this new terrain.
Depending on the severity of the outbreak in our City and region, public health officials may recommend community actions designed to limit exposure. Officials may ask you to modify, postpone, or cancel large events for the safety and well-being of your event staff, participants, and the community. Public health agencies have advised that older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes may be at a significantly higher risk of developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.
People who are at higher risk are encouraged to avoid crowds as much as possible. In an abundance of caution, the City of Harrisburg will not be accepting requests for use of our facilities or parks for gatherings until further notice.
We understand this is an anxious time for everyone, as the duration and full effect of COVID-19 is still unknown. The City of Harrisburg will do everything in its power to keep our community safe and provide opportunities to be heard. If you have questions concerning City services during this crisis please email [email protected]
“When crisis hits, we don’t turn against each other. We listen to each other. We lean on each other. We are always stronger together” We acknowledge and appreciate the efforts of the public to contain this disease, and we will work with you to protect the health and well-being of our community.
City of Harrisburg, PA
HARRISBURG’S PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY POLICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE
Please see message from Visit Hershey & Harrisburg regarding travel in our region:
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, there are a number of closures and event cancellations in the Hershey Harrisburg Region.
In an effort to keep visitors as informed as possible, Visit Hershey & Harrisburg has created a Travel Advisory page: https://www.visithersheyharrisburg.org/alert/
We’re doing our best to update the page as information becomes available, but we encourage you to check directly with any attractions, restaurants, and venues before arriving to confirm their current operational schedule. The safety and health of our visitors and residents are of the utmost importance.
At this time, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in the City of Harrisburg. The City is monitoring the situation with our state, regional, and local partners. We encourage anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19 coronavirus, and has a fever or a dry cough, to contact their doctor about getting tested. Those who haven’t traveled to an affected area or been around someone who has COVID-19 coronavirus, but have similar symptoms, should make efforts in preventing the spread of their illness (i.e. stay away from other people).
It is important for everyone to properly and frequently wash their hands, and use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available. More information about the facts and latest updates on COVID-19 coronavirus is available on the websites of the PA Department of Health https://www.health.pa.gov/ and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/.
What You Need to Know About COVID-19
- Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause mild illnesses like a cold, to more serious illnesses like pneumonia
- Infections with this virus have been reported in many countries, including the S. For an undated list of affected areas, visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
- The virus is likely to be spread from person to person, but it is currently unclear how easily it spreads
- Commonly reported symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of
- The “incubation period” means the time between catching the virus and beginning to have symptoms of the disease. Most estimates of the incubation period for COVID-19 range from 1-14 days, most commonly around five These estimates will be updated as more data become available
- Most people (about 80%) with COVID-19 will feel like they have a bad cold or the flu. Some people will require hospitalization. People who are at most risk for severe illness are the elderly or have other health conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart disease
What should Harrisburg residents do?
Residents should go about their daily lives, but take certain precautions:
- Get the flu shot—it’s not too Although the flu shot will not protect you from COVID-19, it will help prevent the flu which has similar symptoms to the coronavirus and can be just as serious
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands)
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- If you feel sick…stay home. The CDC recommends that individuals remain home for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever or signs of a fever (chills, feeling warm, flushed appearance)
- Take any anti-viral medication prescribed to you as instructed
At This Time, Harrisburg residents do not need to:
- Limit travel within the city
- Avoid public gatherings or public transportation
- Change anything about where you get your food or how you prepare it
- Wear a face mask if you are not sick. Face masks are only necessary if directed by a health care provider (People wear face masks for many reasons like: seasonal allergies, pollution or protecting those around them from a common cold. People wearing masks should not be harassed or targeted for wearing one
- Some information in social media and the news is not based in science or facts and is offensive, demeaning and racist. Support your friends, neighbors, and colleagues by proactively countering misinformation. Obtain COVID-19 information from trusted sources like the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus- 2019/situation-reports
What can international travelers do to protect themselves?
- Avoid non-essential travel to affected areas. Visit https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel for the latest travel health notices
- If you were recently outside of the U.S. and do not have a fever, cough or shortness or breath go about your daily life but monitor yourself for these If they develop, go to your doctor.
- If you doctor asks you to stay home:
- Avoid going in public, to school or to work until you have been fever-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever reducing drugs like Tylenol or ibuprofen
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve—not your hands
- Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available