Pennsylvania has its first COVID-19 positive cat

On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health have confirmed that the state has its first COVID-19 positive cat.

The 16-year-old feline in Cumberland County lived in a household in which multiple individuals had tested positive for the virus.

“As Pennsylvanians have spent more time at home throughout the pandemic, our companion animals have undoubtedly been the recipients of extra love and attention,” said Dr. Brightbill. “If you or a loved one becomes diagnosed with COVID-19, take steps to keep your pet healthy, just as you would your family.”

The Wolf administration says many of the same mitigation efforts that apply to people also apply to animals.

• Avoid contact with pets and other animals
 • Arrange for another household member to care for your pet(s) while you or family members are in isolation.
 • Avoid contact such as petting, holding, snuggling, facial contact, and sleeping in the same bed.
 • Wear a mask and wash your hands before feeding or tending to your pet if you are unable to find alternative care for them.

The cat is one of only a few animals nationwide that have tested positive for COVID-19.