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Montgomery County Pennsylvania - Montgomery County Moves to CDC High COVID 19 Community Level Urges the Public to Take Precautions 20 May 2022 ( news )
Montgomery County , state Pennsylvania ( By Press Release office)
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NORRISTOWN , PA – Today the
Montgomery County Office of Public Health
announced the County is now in the CDC - defined “high” level of
community transmission for COVID - 19
. The public is urged to wear a mask indoors in public , stay up to date with COVID - 19 vaccines , and get tested if you have symptoms . Additional precautions may be needed for people at high risk for severe illness .
The CDC strongly recommends
masking in all indoor public settings
when in the High COVID Community Level . The public is encouraged to wear the most protective mask you can that fits well and that you will wear consistently . Wearing a well - fitted mask along with vaccination , self - testing , and physical distancing , helps protect you and others by reducing the chance of spreading COVID - 19 . To find a free N95 mask near you ,
visit the CDC website
. The public can also call 1 - 800 - 232 - 0233 ( TTY 1 - 888 - 720 - 7489 ) to locate free masks in your area . Please check with the location for availability .
Visitors to all County owned and leased facilities are strongly encouraged to wear a mask when indoors .
Montgomery County continues to offer
COVID - 19 vaccinations
at the following locations:
Bethel Community Church of Pottstown , 575 North Keim Street , Pottstown , PA 19464
Human Services Center , ( Second Floor , OPH Clinic ) , 1430 DeKalb Street , Norristown , PA 19401 ( Use the DeKalb Street entrance )
Willow Grove Annex , 102 York Road , 3rd floor , Willow Grove , PA 19090
Yesterday , the CDC authorized boosters for children ages 5 to 11 . Beginning Monday , May 23 , Montgomery County clinics will offer a booster dose for children ages 5 to 11 . Appointments can now be scheduled for the children’s booster , and walk - ins will be accepted for all COVID - 19 vaccinations . COVID - 19 vaccine is offered at no charge to residents . The public can also visit
www . vaccines . gov
for a list of all vaccine providers .
For general COVID - 19 questions or to register for the vaccine by phone , call the Montgomery County COVID - 19 hotline at ( 833 ) 875 - 3967 . The hotline is open five days a week , Monday through Friday from 8 a . m . to 4:30 p . m . General questions can also be emailed to
covid19@montcopa . org
WHEN TO TEST:
Individuals should take a COVID - 19 test if:
You have COVID - 19 symptoms like cough , fever , sore throat , or runny nose ,
Between four and six days after you come into close contact with someone with COVID - 19 , or
When you’re going to gather with a group of people , especially those who are at risk of severe disease or may not be up to date on their COVID - 19 vaccines .
PCR COVID - 19 testing sites
are open various hours each weekday at five locations across the County weather permitting . Testing is free and is available to anyone who lives , works or goes to school in Montgomery County . Appointments can be made online up to four days in advance or starting at 8:30 a . m . by calling ( 610 ) 970 - 2937 .
AT - HOME TESTING:
Every home in the U . S . is eligible to order up to three rounds of eight free at - home COVID - 19 tests from the Federal government . Visit
https://www . covid . gov/tests
to place your order or call 1 - 800 - 232 - 0233 ( TTY 1 - 888 - 720 - 7489 ) to order by phone .
IF YOU TEST POSITIVE:
If you test positive for COVID - 19 ,
follow the latest CDC guidance for isolation
and notify your recent close contacts . If you test positive and have a
weakened immune system or other health conditions
, talk to a doctor as soon as possible about
available treatment options
Regardless of whether you test positive , stay home if you feel sick to avoid spreading it to others .
Treatment must be started within days after you first develop symptoms to be effective . COVID - 19 medications are now available through your doctor , local pharmacies , and health clinics . Check with your health care provider to see if you are a candidate for treatment , and
use this tool
to find where you can get tested and treated in the same location .
For the latest COVID - 19 guidance including information for schools and workplaces , visit
www . montcopa . org/COVID - 19Guidance
For the latest COVID - 19 data , visit the
Montgomery County COVID - 19 HUB
COVID - 19 Community Level by County
Kelly Cofrancisco ,
kcofrancisco@montcopa . org
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