COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) not previously seen in humans. COVID-19 can cause fever, cough, and shortness of breath. This virus is spread through human contact, much like the cold or flu.
In light of this public health crisis, CACH has developed this page of reliable resources to connect our Members to the information you need to stay up-to-date – and be able to develop your own site-specific Health Emergency Protocol.
As events, data and information emerges – please stay current. You, your staff and program participants will be able to make informed decisions and choices to be able to act responsibly. We are all in this together.
Weekly “CACH Coordinated Outreach” at Central Location at S. 10th & Mulberry Streets, Harrisburg – Thursdays from 9-11a.m. (posted 4/20/20)
YMCA Re-Opens Showers Using Safe Operating Protocol (updated 4/9/20)
Running Water Locations Near Encampments, provided by the City of Harrisburg. (posted 4/7/20)
Port-O-Let Locations Near Encampments & Market Square, provided by the City of Harrisburg. (posted 3/31/20)
Pennsylvania Department of Health Coronavirus. This page is updated daily and has a wealth of information for individuals and facilities.
PA 211/CONTACT Helpline. 2-1-1/ CONTACT Helpline is a 24-hour, 7 days-a-week, listening, health and human service information and referral service. It is a source of reliable information that agencies and organizations can use to assist their clients /residents.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Find out the latest National news, information, and alerts on COVID-19 outbreak.
PennLive: Latest on the Coronavirus in Pennsylvania: Restaurants ordered to close, hospitals ration gear, more. This page provides local news, information, and alerts on COVID-19 outbreak. Non-subscribers have free access to the all of the COVID19 news and information. You can also Sign-Up for Free Text Messages about the most essential coronavirus updates from PennLive.
**HUD’s Infectious Disease Preparedness Among Homeless Assistance Providers and Their Partners.** (webinar recorded 3/10/2020)
**COVID-19 Planning and Response: Isolation and Quarantine: Lessons Learned from Seattle & King County**. Anyone planning for emergency response needs to watch this. (webinar recorded 3/24/2020) Seattle & King County are on the forefront of the COVID-19 response. In this national webinar, join federal partners and learn how Seattle & King County are responding to COVID-19, including what they are doing to establish isolation and quarantine (I/Q) beds and address transportation needs across their homelessness services system.
Seattle & King County are on the forefront of the COVID-19 response. In this national webinar, join federal partners and learn how Seattle & King County are responding to COVID-19, including what they are doing to establish isolation and quarantine (I/Q) beds and address transportation needs across their homelessness services system.
HUD Disease Risks and Homelessness: COVID-19. This page has Key Resources, Infectious Disease Toolkit, and Community Preparedness for COVID-19 Infectious Disease Prevention & Response. It also provides guidance for using Continuum of Care or Emergency Solutions Grant funds for Preparedness & Response.
USICH: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources. The US Interagency Council on Homelessness provides resources that can be used by homelessness services systems in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). USICH will continue to add resources as they become available.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Resources for COVID-19. Find multiple resources available for the latest COVID-19 or coronavirus information, from the overall Federal government response to VA resources, rumor control, CDC information, state resource listings and more.
World Health Organization: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak. Find the latest International news, information, and alerts.
TFEC and United Way of Capital Region Announce Fund to Support COVID-19 Community Needs. The Foundation for Enhancing Communities in partnership with United Way of the Capital Region, will proactively identify potential grant recipients, solicit guidance on potential recipients from community advisors, and recommend final awards. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs in subsequent funding phases. Provided efforts will seek to expand local capacity to address the outbreak as efficiently as possible. Should donations raised through the fund no longer be needed for COVID-19 relief, remaining funds will be used for future disaster relief in the area. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to donate via www.tfec.org/covid19. More information is available by contacting Jennifer Strechay, Program Officer for Community Investment, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 717.236.5040.
CDC: Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives (video). These videos can be used to raise awareness and educate the community on healthy hygiene behaviors.
WHO: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: When and how to use masks. Videos and guidance on proper face-mask use. Free downloadable posters.
- If you are healthy, you only need to wear a mask if you are taking care of a person with suspected 2019-nCoV infection.
- Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
- Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
- If you wear a mask, then you must know how to use it and dispose of it properly.