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Coronavirus is a novel virus first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Coronavirus causes the COVID-19 disease in humans; the disease has spread to the U.S. and other countries around the world.
The disease causes respiratory illness and is spread through the air by coughs and sneezes, and by personal contact. Its symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. There is no approved vaccine for this virus.
To prevent contraction of coronavirus, officials recommend people frequently wash their hands.
A significant percentage of staff at Pennsylvania’s skilled nursing facilities have not been vaccinated against COVID-19. There have been more than 2,775 outbreaks in 1,586 long-term care facilities since the start of the pandemic, making the low vaccination rates worrisome to health officials.
The state Health Department told vaccine providers on Thursday to refrain from using J&J’s COVID-19 vaccine until April 24, or until the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration issues new guidance.
The one-shot nature of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine makes it ideal for county jails where stays average just over a month. With that vaccine off the table, jails are rescheduling clinics while they consider their options.