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As the world continues to respond to the developing Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak, officials are working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in monitoring the outbreak as well as taking steps to protect our communities and public health.

For all national CDC updates
John's Hopkins University & Medicine interactive web-based map
AR Healthcare - Practical Tools for Corona Virus
UW Medicine COVID-19 Resource Site

The PENNSYLVANIA action coalition (PA AC) wants to hear from you

The PA AC is seeking stories from healthcare providers who can share their story about the coronavirus (COVID-19).

  1. How day-to-day operations are evolving?
  2. How nurses and colleagues can care for themselves during this time?
  3. Possible innovations might be taking shape in response?

Please fill out interest form and share with colleagues who may be interested.

AONL Updates

Read informational AONL updates here

CMS posts FAQs on

On March 12, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to the website to aid state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) agencies in their response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. CMS is taking this action in its continuing efforts to protect the health and safety of providers and patients, including those who are covered by Medicaid and CHIP.

Press release with further information
The COVID-19 FAQs for State Medicaid and CHIP agencies

These FAQs, and earlier CMS actions in response to the COVID-19 virus, are part of the ongoing White House Task Force efforts. To keep up with the important work CMS is doing in response to COVID-19, please visit the Current Emergencies Website.

Important Information

What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others circulating among animals, including camels, cats and bats. The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

Symptoms of the COVID-19 can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath 

The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying. 

How can the coronavirus spread?

Human coronaviruses spread just like the flu or a cold:

  • Through the air by coughing or sneezing;
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it;
  • Occasionally, fecal contamination.

How can I help protect myself?


  • Cover coughs or sneezes with your elbow. Do not use your hands!
  • Wash hands often with soap and 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.

The Hospital + Healthsystem Association of PA (HAP) Resources

Hospitals and healtchare providers with information requests about COVID-19, or who need support from HAP's Emergency Management Team, please call (717) 561-5258 (24-hours) or email inquiries to HAPEM@HAPONLINE.ORG.



Regulatory Policy

Interactive Map

General COVID-19 Resources

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