Providing Resources & Support During COVID-19
Gov. Wolf and Sec. of Health Expand ‘Stay at Home’ Order to Carbon, Cumberland, Dauphin and Schuylkill Counties, Extend School Closures Indefinitely
As COVID-19 cases continue to grow and the state continues to seek relief to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19, today Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine revised their “Stay at Home” orders to include Carbon, Cumberland, Dauphin and...
Insurance Department Warns Against In-Person Sales After Governor’s Order Closing All Non-Life Sustaining Businesses
Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman today cautioned Pennsylvania’s insurance licensees that in-person sales and brokerage are prohibited by Governor Wolf’s order closing all non-life sustaining businesses in the Commonwealth...
Gov. Wolf: State Receives Waiver to Facilitate Greater Flexibility in Medicaid, CHIP Programs During COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts
Harrisburg, PA - Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Pennsylvania, through the Department of Human Services, received approvalOpens In A New Window from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to temporarily grant flexibility...
Pennsylvania Department of Education Receives USDA Waiver to Allow All Children to Qualify for Free Meals
Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) announced today that it received waiver approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to allow schools to provide free meals to all children during statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts....
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania State Police released data on actions taken from Friday, March 27 through Sunday, March 29 against non-life-sustaining businesses that failed to comply with Governor Tom Wolf's order closing their physical locations....
Department of Corrections Quarantines State Prison System to Fight COVID-19, Protect Inmates and Staff
Harrisburg, PA – Department of Corrections Sec. John Wetzel today announced that at 10:00 PM on March 29, he implemented a statewide inmate quarantine in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Quarantining the entire system is in the best interest of our employees...
Governor Tom Wolf today requested a major disaster declaration from the President through the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide additional support for state, county and municipal governments and certain nonprofits, as well as individuals who are...
Harrisburg, PA – Department of Corrections Sec. John Wetzel today announced that the agency has its first inmate with a positive test for COVID-19. "An inmate at SCI Phoenix (Montgomery County) with underlying health conditions has tested positive for COVID-19,"...
Harrisburg, PA – Beginning today, the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) will share basic information and statistics about the status of COVID-19 in the state prison system by making it available on the DOC's website. To date, no inmate has tested...
Governor Wolf and Health Secretary Expand ‘Stay at Home’ Order to Beaver, Centre and Washington Counties to Mitigate Spread of COVID-19, Counties Now Total 22
As the state continues to seek relief to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19, today Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine revised their “Stay at Home” orders to include Beaver, Centre and Washington counties, bringing the state total to 22...
As Pennsylvania’s frontline health care workers tirelessly care for patients amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the state is acting to reinforce their ranks by increasing the number of workers and supplies for the health care system. In recent days the state has streamlined...
Just one day after a letter from Governor Tom Wolf to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding received approval for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to operate a Disaster Household Distribution program,...
Harrisburg, PA –Today the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced that the Department of Homeland Security has postponed the enforcement date for REAL ID from October 1, 2020, to October 1, 2021, in response to COVID-19 and the national emergency...
Harrisburg, PA – In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Department of State is giving nurses, graduate medical trainees, nursing home administrators and other professionals more time to renew their occupational licenses. April, May and June license renewal...
Department of Human Services Creates Online Tool for Essential Workers to Find Child Care Providers with Approved Waivers, Reminds Operating Providers of COVID-19 Safety Recommendations
Harrisburg, PA - The Department of Human Services (DHS) today announced a new toolOpens In A New Window available on the department’s website designed to help essential workers connect with child-care providers that have been granted a waiver by the department’s...
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania State Police released data on actions taken yesterday, March 26, against non-life-sustaining businesses that failed to comply with Governor Tom Wolf's order closing their physical locations. Enforcement began on Monday, March 23,...
Gov. Wolf Signs COVID-19 Response Bills to Bolster Health Care System, Workers, and Education and Reschedule the Primary Election
Governor Tom Wolf signed four bills today to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in Pennsylvania that bolster the health care system, benefit workers and schools, and reschedule the 2020 primary election for June 2. The governor signed House Bill 1232, which provides $50...
Harrisburg, PA - The Department of Human Services (DHS) has issued guidance to the commonwealth’s opioid use disorder Centers of Excellence (COEs) to provide case management to clients through telemedicine in order for clients throughout COVID-19 mitigation efforts.
COVID-19 Virtual Vaccine Town Hall
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:
- 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.
- Coronavirus fact sheet – DOH (PDF)
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) fact sheet – CDC (PDF)
- What to do if you are sick with COVID-19 (PDF)
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Isolation vs. Quarantine Infographic – NJDOH (PDF)
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQ
- Preventing COVID-19 From Spreading to Others in Communities
- Stigma Related to COVID-19
- Share Facts About COVID-19
- Interim Guidance: Get Your Household Ready for COVID-19
- Interim Guidance: Get Your Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events Ready for COVID-19
- Pandemic Information
- Insurance Coverage and COVID-19 FAQ
Most Philadelphia Workers are Entitled to Sick Leave!
- If 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.
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
PSC – Allegheny Branch
1900 W. Allegheny Ave., 19132
Mondays and Thursdays
Center in the Park
5818 Germantown Ave., 19144
The Center at Journey’s Way
403 Rector St., 19128
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
Juniata Park Older Adult Center
1251 E Sedgley Avenue, 19134
Mondays and Wednesdays
Firehouse Active Adult Center
5331 Haverford Ave., 19139
West Philadelphia Senior Community Center
1016-26 N. 41st St., 19104
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
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:
- CHOP in West Philly
- Multiple locations of Jefferson Health
- Einstein Medical Center in North Philadelphia
- Temple’s main campus
- Multiple locations of Penn Medicine
- Multiple locations of PHMC
- Multiple locations of Trinity Health
Drive through testing is available at:
Here is guide issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, helping provide clear guidance and direction in response to coronavirus COVID-19.