The City of Greensburg is closely monitoring news reports, official websites, and CDC updates for information pertaining to the coronavirus, Covid-19.
While there are confirmed cases within Pennsylvania, there are no confirmed cases in the City of Greensburg, as of March 13, 2020. All K-12 schools in Pennsylvania are being closed for 10 business days starting Monday, March 16 due to concerns about the potential spread of the coronavirus, via Gov. Tom Wolf. At the end of the 10 days, state officials will reevaluate and decide whether continued closure is needed. There will be updates as relevant information and resources become available.
“The City of Greensburg is following the same suggestions from the state health department and encourage everyone else does the same,” said City Administrator, Kelsye Milliron.
There are many activities happening this weekend in the Greensburg area due to St. Patrick’s Day. Though it is encouraged that people stay away from large social gatherings, whether attending activities or not, please follow these tips:
Hygiene is important. It is encouraged that all residents follow the safety outlines as provided by the Centers for Disease Control:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water
- Do not touch your mouth, nose, or eyes with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with those who are sick
- Avoid public places if you develop respiratory illness symptoms like fever and cough
Closures and Other Information
- The Laurel Hockey Tournament this weekend is canceled due to concerns voiced by those associates with the tournament.
- The Westmoreland Museum of American Art has canceled Art on Tap and will be closed to the public through March 31.
- The Greensburg Hempfield Area Library is closed.
- All shows at The Palace Theatre from March 14-April 4 have been postponed. Patrons may call the box office at 724-836-8000 with any questions.
- The Trendy Bunny is closed March 14.
- Christian Layman is closed March 16-21.
- Mr Toad’s is closed.
- Scooby’s Pub is closed.
- St Vincent De Paul is closed.
- Seabase Family Fun Center is closed.
- YWCA 3 & 4-year-old preschool will be closed starting Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020.
- Greensburg Y will CLOSE every aspect of their operations effective March 14, 2020 through Wed. March 18th.
- Happy Heart Yoga is closed.
- Moonglow Yoga is closed.
- Satya Yoga is closed.
- Pottery Playhouse is closed.
- Kirk S. Nevin Arena is closed.
- First Energy to suspend shut offs and offer payment plans to help ease hardships.
- Comcast has increased the speeds and lowered the cost of its entry-level Internet Essentials’ low-income internet service, effective Monday, offering 60 days of free service, to qualified low-income households, which is normally $9.95 monthly.
- All Driver License and Photo Centers closed for two weeks.
- All state owned liquor stores will close at 9pm Tuesday, March 17.
- All casinos are closed until further notice.
- All nonessential businesses are being asked to close by order of Governor Tom Wolf.
- Starting Wednesday the Diocese of Greensburg will suspend daily and weekend masses until further notice. Lenten fish fries are cancelled and other church events have been modified.
- Starting Wednesday through March 30 their will be a partial shutdown of the Westmoreland County Courthouse in Greensburg. Only essential personnel will report for work.
- Starting Wednesday through March 31 all county senior centers will close.
What is COVID-19?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others among animals. COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that can cause mild to severe illness.
What are the signs and symptoms?
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, kidney failure, and even death.
How does it spread?
COVID-19 spreads through person-to-person transmission which suggests that the virus is found in droplets that are produced by the throat and nose. Individuals with COVID-19 can spread the virus when they cough, sneeze, or contact unprotected individuals.
Who is most at risk?
Individuals who have had close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 are most at risk of infection.
How can I protect myself?
- To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses, clean hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and avoid contact with sick individuals.
- Stay home from work or school if you are sick.
Should you find yourself feeling ill, the region is served by major healthcare providers: