WEST CHESTER (March 15, 2020) – State Senator Andy Dinniman today released the following update and information regarding COVID-19 from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Please visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Chester County Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information and updates.

“Beginning tomorrow (March 16), my West Chester District Office will be temporarily closed to walk-ins, public meetings, and appointments. I did not make this decision lightly, but I have a duty to follow the guidelines in place to protect public health,” Dinniman said.

“The office, with many staff working from home or remotely, will continue to operate during this unprecedented public health emergency. We will be answering phones, holding virtual meetings, and regularly responding to voicemail and email correspondence.

I will be sure to keep you posted of the latest information here, on my other social channels, and at www.senatordinniman.com.

We will get through this. And I look forward to reopening the office to the public as soon as possible.”

  • To date, there are 76 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania (including 4 presumptive cases in Chester County).
  • All schools across Pennsylvania are closed for 10 days, effective on Monday, March 16.
  • UPDATE: Gov Wolf extended a shutdown order to the entire state of Pennsylvania. It goes into effect at midnight. It applies to all nonessential stores, bars, restaurants, and day programs for senior citizens. Medical facilities and grocery stores will remain open

  • Stay calm, stay home and stay safe. Even if you do not think you have been exposed, please consider others at risk.


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 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.