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COVID-19 Overview

Updated: Nov 25, 2020

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a novel, respiratory illness that can be spread from person to person particularly through coughs or sneezes, which is also known as airborne transmission. The probability of spreading COVID-19 is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). Check out the CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and You Factsheet for information about protecting yourself and others against COVID-19.

Find Trusted News Sources

There are a lot of rumors and misinformation spreading about COVID-19. To limit our own spread of misinformation, we’ll use this section to link you to verified news sources who are providing free access to information.

Be cautious of misinformation you may hear or read! It’s always worth double-checking sources.

Local News Sources

CBS Philly:
City and State Pennsylvania:
NBC10 Philadelphia:
Philadelphia Magazine:
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
The Philadelphia Tribune:

Local Updates

The following “Safer at Home” guidelines and restrictions have been issued by the City of Philadelphia, effective November 20, 2020 through January 1, 2021:

  • #MaskUpPHL (Masks must be worn whenever anyone leaves home) to block the virus from spreading.

  • Practice social distancing of at least 6 feet around everyone, not just those who are seriously ill or at high risk.

  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.

  • Keep high touch surfaces like doorknobs, keys, steering wheel, and cell phone clean and sanitized.

  • If you have traveled, or plan to travel, to an area where there are high amounts of COVID-19 cases it is recommended that you stay at home for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania. Additional recommendations and FAQs can be found online. If traveling over the holiday season, check out how to keep yourself and your loved ones protected from COVID-19, here.

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Hussian School of Art -
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Manor College, Jenkintown -
Moore College of Art and Design -
Orleans Technical Institute -
Peirce College -
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts -
The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College -
Saint Joseph's University -
Strayer University, Center City Campus -
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University of the Arts -
University of Pennsylvania -
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How to get tested locally

There are over 50 testing sites in Philadelphia, so you can find the closest one to your home at You will be able to filter testing sites by preference, such as patient age and process of testing (i.e. drive-thru or walk-up), or need for referral and evident symptoms. If you have any questions about getting tested, check out the City of Philadelphia’s FAQs about protecting yourself from COVID-19.

As you prepare for the upcoming holiday season, you can follow these CDC tips to make yourself and your family safe.

Still in need of help? Check out the other sections of the Philadelphia Local Guide.

Please note: Edquity does not endorse nor is Edquity associated with any business, organization, product or service that is mentioned in these Guides. Edquity is not responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the information provided, which may change over time. We encourage you to contact the business or organization listed to receive the most up-to-date information.

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COVID College Support was curated by Edquity and local student partners to help college students navigate emergencies during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Edquity is an application that supports college students through tough situations, from redirecting them to the right resources to providing emergency funds in times of need.

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