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Below is a list of resources and support sites for Allegheny and Washington Counties that can help you and your family as we address the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you feel sick and suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, please contact the COVID-19 hotline at (888) 856-2774 if you are in Allegheny County or your local testing site or your local health provider if you are in Washington County.
For any additional questions visit Pennsylvania COVID-19 guide.
Stop the Spread
Ways You Can Stop the Spread of COVID-19
Wear a Mask in Public
In Pennsylvania, masks must be work whenever anyone leaves home. Masks are mandatory in all public spaces. Members of the public should wear homemade cloth or fabric masks and save surgical masks and N95 respirators for health care workers and first responders.
Remember this saying: “My mask protects you, your mask protects me.”
Wash Your Hands
Washing your hands is one of the most important steps you can take in staying healthy.
When you wash, make sure you:
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them. Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs in most situations.
- If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
Avoid Touching Your Face
Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces — especially when someone is ill.
Testing Is Critical
Testing leads to quick identification of cases, quick treatment for those testing positive, and immediate isolation to prevent spread. It also provides a bigger picture on how mitigation efforts are working and helps investigators monitor the prevalence, spread, and contagiousness of the disease.
Types of Testing
A diagnostic test identifies a current infection.
An antibody test identifies a previous infection.
The Commonwealth offers this guidance regarding diagnostic tests only. This guidance does not address antibody, or serology, tests. Since it can take 1-3 weeks after infection to make antibodies, an antibody test may not be able to show if a person has a current infection. The Commonwealth does not know yet if having antibodies to the virus can protect a person from getting infected with the virus again, or how long that protection might last. At this time, the Commonwealth is working closely with the medical and scientific community to better understand the applicability and role of antibody testing.
Testing in Allegheny County
Many testing sites in Allegheny County, including Rite Aid and federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), now offer COVID-19 testing without a doctor’s referral, meaning you can receive a test without a primary care physician. Rite Aid and the FQHCs ask that you fill out an online pre-screening form. The form for Rite Aid is available here. The form for the FQHCs is available at Allegheny COVID Testing.
Testing in Washington County & Broader PA
Call or the PA Department of Health at 1-877-PA-Health or visit this page for more information.
County Specific Information
For Allegheny County Residents
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been far-reaching. Whether you or someone you know is experiencing illness, all of our residents have been impacted. If you are a resident of Allegheny County and are in need of assistance in the form of :
Rent and Mortgage Assistance
Aid with Domestic, Child, or Older Adult Abuse
Mental Health Crisis
Drug and Alcohol Abuse
You can find the information here.
If you are a small business, restaurant establishment, are in need of foreign language services or ASL services, or are an additional special interest group you can find specialized information by calling 888-856-2774 to speak with a representative.
You can also contact the Health Department via its COVID-19 online form.
For Washington County & Broader PA Residents
By gathering information from the CDC and Pennsylvania Health Department, Washington County has created a comprehensive guide to aid Washington County residents in finding resources for COVID-19.
Here you can find information on how to get tested for COVID, Social Distancing Guidelines, Guidance on Protecting your Household from COVID, and more.
Residents of broader Pennsylvania are recommended to visit https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx for the latest number of cases, updates, resources and FAQS.
What Phase is My County in for Re-Opening
As of July 3, all counties are in the green phase of reopening.
The green phase eases most restrictions with the continued suspension of the stay at home and business closure orders to allow the economy to strategically reopen while continuing to prioritize public health.
While this phase will facilitate a return to a “new normal,” it will be equally important to continue to monitor public health indicators and adjust orders and restrictions as necessary to ensure the spread of disease remains at a minimum.
Find out what the green phase means for you and your family here.
The department has also provided guidance and responses to frequently asked questions as a resource for those trying to determine how the order may impact them.
Registering in PA for Absentee & Mail-In Ballots
You have the right to vote by either mail-in or absentee mail-in ballots.
You must submit the application by: 5pm the Tuesday before Election Day
You must return the ballot by: 8pm on Election Day
What is a mail-in ballot?
Recent voting reforms established a new convenient way for Pennsylvanians to vote : mail-in ballots.
Similar to an absentee ballot, you may apply to receive a mail-in ballot in the mail to complete, and return to your county election office . However, unlike an absentee ballot, you may simply request a mail-in ballot without providing a reason.
Who may apply for a mail-in ballot?
Registered voters can apply to vote by mail-in ballot for an election .
Military and overseas voters should visit the information for military and overseas voters web page for information on how to obtain a ballot
Find out how to apply for a mail-in ballot and how to fill out and submit a mail-in ballot here.
What’s an absentee ballot?
If you plan to be out of the municipality on Election Day or if you have a disability or illness, you can apply to vote by an absentee ballot.
You cast the ballot by returning it to your county’s election office.
Who can vote an absentee ballot?
Registered voters who may vote absentee include:
People whose work or vacation take them away from the Municipality where they live
Those with a physical disability or Illness that Prevents them from going to the polling place
Members of the military
People who may have a conflict due to the celebration of a religious holiday
Find out how to apply for an absentee ballot and how to submit an absentee ballot here.