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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last Updated: 2/18/2021 at 4:41pm

The Pocono Mountains has been working collectively to monitor and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 over the last several months, much like everyone else.

Vaccines are safe and effective and the best way to protect  you and those around you from serious illnesses. Find vaccine information and resource pages on health-related issues due to COVID-19 and information on your regular care.

Your community will thank you. SIGN UP TO GET THE SHOT! GET IN THE QUEUE!

Find out if it is YOUR TURN to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in PA. If it is your turn, you will be directed on how to find a vaccine provider near you. For more information call (877) 724-3258 or (877) PA-HEALTH.


Get The Vaccine Facts!
Why should I get the vaccine?

Vaccines are an important tool in the prevention of spread of diseases like COVID-19. Vaccines work with your immune system, so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. Other steps, like mask-wearing and social distancing, help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others.

When can I receive the vaccine?

Both the PA DOH and CDC have outlined three phases as to how the COVID-19 vaccine will be administered.

Exact time frames for patients and the general public to receive the vaccine have not been determined. To learn information as it becomes available, visit the PA DOH vaccination information page or CDC vaccination page.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe & effective?

Both vaccines were found to be >95% effective in preventing COVID infection.

The vaccines were well-tolerated and the rate of adverse effects was low. There were no safety concerns after an average of 2 months of patient monitoring. Many people do not experience any side effects of vaccination.

  • The most common reactions were injection site pain, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, and joint pains. This is a sign that the vaccine is working and that your immune system is doing exactly what it is supposed to do.
  • There were no serious neurological adverse effects.
  • There are no concerns with any negative effect of the vaccine on male or female fertility.
What do I need to know about getting the vaccine?

Does the COVID-19 vaccine require two doses? Yes, you need to have two doses of the same vaccine, given between 21 and 28 days apart. The full two doses need to be administered for the best chance of effectiveness.

Is the second dose the same dosage as the first? Yes, the second dose is the same dosage as the first, and it must be from the same manufacturer.

Can I stop masking and physical distancing if I get vaccinated? You should continue taking precautionary measures like masking, social distancing and handwashing.

 

 

Is there a vaccine for kids?

Fewer children have been sick with COVID-19 compared to adults. Vaccine manufacturers expect to start pediatric clinical trials soon. Recommendation for use of the vaccines for the prevention of COVID-19 as follows:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in persons aged ≥16 years
  • Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in persons aged ≥18 years
     
If I already had COVID, should I get the vaccine?

Yes, you should still get the vaccine. It is estimated that antibodies from natural COVID infection last at least 90 days. While studies of duration of immunity from the vaccine are still in the works, there is early evidence that antibodies from the vaccine remain for at least 3 months, and likely longer. While there is no harm in receiving the vaccine at any time after your recovery from COVID, we favor deferring vaccination for 90 days from the time of infection. This gives you the best chance to maximize your period of immunity.

Vaccines will help us fight COVID-19; however, it is still important to be S.M.A.R.T.!


Masks are mandatory in all public spaces in Pennsylvania. Please continue to practice social distancing. The PA Department of Health requires anyone who visits Pennsylvania from another state, including Pennsylvanians returning to the Commonwealth, must either get tested within 72 hours prior to entering Pennsylvania or quarantine for 10 days upon returning.

This site is a resource of information about COVID-19 and updates throughout the Pocono Mountains region including local hospital information and event changes. These pages are updated regularly. View our blogs for travel inspiration and news.

Traveler Frequently Asked Questions
Why is testing or quarantine being required?

Testing provides a way for individuals to know their COVID-19 status, and to allow them to avoid bringing the virus with them into the Commonwealth. This is important especially as we consider visiting loved ones who may be more vulnerable to the devastating effects of the disease. Recognizing that an individual may not have their test results before traveling, quarantine is intended to serve that same purpose, to prevent the spread of the disease.

Do I have to quarantine to travel to/from Pennsylvania? Do I have to get a negative test?

Travelers over the age of 11 entering Pennsylvania from locations outside the Commonwealth, as well as Pennsylvanians who are returning home from locations outside the Commonwealth, are required to produce evidence of a negative COVID-19 test or place themselves in quarantine for 10 days without testing or a 7-day quarantine with a negative test on or after day 5 of quarantine.

Does the order apply to people traveling to Pennsylvania from another state?

Yes, this requirement applies to out-of-state visitors to Pennsylvania.

Anyone who visits Pennsylvania from another state must get tested within 72 hours prior to entering Pennsylvania or quarantine for 10 days prior to arrival.

Anyone unable to get a test, waiting for test results, or chooses not to get a test must quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in Pennsylvania. Visitors should stay in their quarantine location for the full 10 days prior to interacting with anyone outside their travel group or household.

If I am awaiting my test result, am I permitted to still enter Pennsylvania?

Yes, you are still permitted to enter Pennsylvania if awaiting your test result. However, you are required to quarantine for 10 days prior to interacting with anyone outside your travel group or household.

Exemptions:
Travel between home and work or home and medical appointments in other states is permitted. Individuals traveling through the state to another destination, provided that the time spent in Pennsylvania is only the amount of time necessary to complete the transit, make use of travel services, such as a highway rest stop, or make necessary travel connections does not require testing or quarantine.

Businesses

Pennsylvania does not dictate how businesses should implement the testing or quarantine requirement of 10 days after traveling out of state.

Travel

Travel to another state happens when someone travels by plane, public transit, personal vehicle, ride shares or taxis and interacts with individuals in the other state.

Exception:
Using travel services, such as a highway rest stop or making necessary travel connections. The CDC advises that making stops along the way for gas, food, or bathroom breaks can put you and your traveling companions in close contact with other people and surfaces. Traveling through the state or traveling into the state for purposes of making connections for additional travel does not mean a person should not consider getting tested or undergo quarantine.

Testing

If someone intends to travel and shows no symptoms, they are still required to obtain a negative test within 72 hours prior to entering Pennsylvania or quarantine the required 10 days.

If they do not have a test result prior to entering Pennsylvania, they are required to remain at their destination and apart from other individuals, anyone outside their travel group or household until they receive their test results.

If the test result is negative, they may resume their travel activities. If the test result is positive for COVID-19, they must isolate, regardless of whether they have symptoms or not.

Enforcement

The order is enforceable as a disease control measure under the Disease Prevention and Control Law. Anyone who does not comply with the order may be fined between $25 and $300 dollars.

Pocono lodging properties are aware of the order and follow the guidelines. Our businesses rely on guests to make the best decisions for themselves and others. As with any law or order, owners and operators do require guests to do their part.

The FAQ outlined above are updated with the newest information from the PA Department of Health.


Area Chambers:

Find additional information on restaurants and properties in the Pocono area by visiting our area chamber of commerce and partnership websites. You can click on the logos below to visit each website.

   Chamber of the Northern Poconos  Greater Honesdale Partnership  Pike County Chamber of Commerce    Pocono Chamber of Commerce  Carbon Chamber & Economic Development