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About the Coronavirus

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.

In addition, it is recommended that Pennsylvanians take time to prepare now. View the PA Emergency Preparedness Guide.


Most Philadelphia Workers are Entitled to Sick Leave!


  • Community Legal ServicesIf you work at a job with 10 or more workers, you must get paid sick leave. Jobs with 9 or fewer workers must give leave but it can be unpaid.
  • Full time and part time workers are covered, as long as you work 40 hours per year in Philly.
  • You can start using sick time after 90 days on the job and can earn 40 hours per year; one hour for each 40 hours you work.
  • Gig workers, independent contractors, union members, seasonal workers and state and federal government workers are not covered by this law
  • You are protected from retaliation for taking sick time or asking to take it.

Learn More

Food Resources

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging Sponsored Senior Centers/Satellites

Grab and Go meals, Home Delivered Meal Coordination or Commodities Box Access

North Central Philadelphia

CHCS Norris Square Center
2121 N. Howard St, 19122

Nativity Satellite Program
(Formerly St. Anne’s)
3255 Belgrade St., 19134

King Older Adult Center
2100 W. Cecil B. Moore Ave., 19121
Mondays and Wednesdays

Lutheran Settlement House
1340 Frankford Ave., 19125
Food Pantry On Site

Mann Older Adult Center
3201 N. 5th St., 19140
Mondays and Wednesdays

Northern Living Center
827 N Franklin Street, 19123

On Lok House Satellite
219 N. 10th St., 19107
*Asian Languages*
Mondays Only

PSC – Allegheny Branch
1900 W. Allegheny Ave., 19132
Mondays and Thursdays

Northwest Philadelphia

Center in the Park
5818 Germantown Ave., 19144

The Center at Journey’s Way
403 Rector St., 19128
Mondays Only

Northeast Philadelphia

Northeast Older Adult Center
8101 Bustleton Ave., 19152
Mondays and Wednesdays

Peter Bressi NE Senior Center
4744-46 Frankford Ave., 19124

Kleinlife Northeast &
Kleinlife Russian Satellite
10100 Jamison Ave., 19116
*Some Korean-Speaking*
Tuesdays Only

Juniata Park Older Adult Center
1251 E Sedgley Avenue, 19134
Mondays and Wednesdays

West Philadelphia

Firehouse Active Adult Center
5331 Haverford Ave., 19139

West Philadelphia Senior Community Center
1016-26 N. 41st St., 19104

South Philadelphia

St. Edmonds Senior Community Center CHCS (Formerly St. Charles)
2130 S 21st St, 19145 

Marconi Older Adult Program
2433 S. 15th St., 19145

PSC-Avenue of the Arts and Asian- Pacific Senior Resource Center
509 S. Broad St., 19147
Mondays and Thursdays

Southwest Philadelphia

CHCS Star Harbor Sr. Center Satellite
4700 Springfield Ave., 19143

Southwest Senior Center
6916 Elmwood Ave., 19142

How you can get tested for coronavirus in Philadelphia and Montgomery County

Philadelphia, Montgomery County and the immediate region remain the epicenter for the coronavirus outbreak in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 71 cases in Montgomery County, 69 in Philadelphia, 33 in Delaware County, 24 in Bucks County, and 19 in Chester County.

As such, public health officials like Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine is cautioning against interactions that would lead to community spread. A second person has died and Dr. Levine is reminding people to follow recommended practices and to stay home to prevent unintentional spread of this deadly disease.



To help prevent overextending our existing health infrastructure, officials urge people to self-assess whether they are sick and be mindful that there are a limited amount of coronavirus tests and resources available at this time. Follow the link to a fact sheet to learn more about testing.

If you are experiencing symptoms and in need of testing here are organizations providing coronavirus COVID-19 tests in the Philadelphia region:

Drive through testing is available at:

Read more: CDC recommendations on getting tested for coronavirus

Here is guide issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, helping provide clear guidance and direction in response to coronavirus COVID-19.

Keep in mind, Philadelphia is regularly updating its website to provide more information and resources on coronavirus COVID-19.