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COVID-19 Overview

Updated: Aug 6

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that spreads 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 Things to Know about the COVID-19 Pandemic for information about protecting yourself and others against COVID-19.


Find Trusted News Sources

Over the past year, there has been a lot of misinformation spread about COVID-19, so it’s important to be cautious and always double-check sources. 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.


Local News Sources (i.e., government and state websites, and major newspapers)

CBS Philly: https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/
City and State Pennsylvania: https://www.cityandstatepa.com/first-read
Department of Health: https://www.phila.gov/programs/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/
NBC10 Philadelphia: https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/
Philadelphia Magazine: https://www.phillymag.com/
PhillyVoice: https://www.phillyvoice.com/
The Philadelphia Inquirer: https://www.inquirer.com/
The Philadelphia Tribune: https://www.phillytrib.com/
WHYY: https://whyy.org/news

Local Updates

Though the City of Philadelphia has lifted the mask mandate for those who are fully vaccinated, it is still strongly recommended that everyone (regardless of vaccination status) continues to wear masks indoors.


Due to growing concerns surrounding COVID-19 variants, it is important to get your vaccine as soon as possible in order to increase herd immunity. Please consider obtaining the vaccine for yourself and anyone in your household who is 12 years or older. If you have medical concerns, reach out to your doctor for guidance. The vaccine is free. There are currently three vaccine options available:

  • The Pfizer/BioNTech is approved for children ages 12 years and older, and is given by two doses/shots spread 21 days apart

  • The Moderna vaccine is approved for people 18 years or older, and is given by two doses/shots spread 28 days apart

  • The Johnson and Johnson vaccine is approved for people 18 years or older, and only requires one dose/shot

To receive your vaccination find a city-run vaccine clinic or a partner vaccine clinic. If you need more information about the vaccine, contact the Health Department:


Testing is also available by visiting one of the more than 50 testing sites in Philadelphia. You can find the location closest to you according to filtered preference, such as patient age and process of testing (i.e., drive-thru or walk-up), or need for referral and evident symptoms.


The City of Philadelphia has ended their “Safer at Home” guidelines due to low case rates and high vaccination rates. For further information on COVID-19 and Philadelphia such as where to find a testing site, where to get your vaccination, or any news regarding COVID-19 within Philadelphia, please visit their COVID-19 website.


Access local college updates

Chestnut Hill College - https://www.chc.edu/chestnut-hill-college-covid-19-dashboard
Community College of Philadelphia - https://www.myccp.online/coronavirus
The Curtis Institute of Music - https://www.curtis.edu/covid-19/
Drexel University - https://drexel.edu/coronavirus/
Holy Family University - https://www.holyfamily.edu/coronavirus-information
Hussian School of Art - https://www.hussiancollege.edu/covid19info/
La Salle University - https://www.lasalle.edu/news/covid-19/
Lincoln University - https://www.lincoln.edu/reopening-plan
Manor College, Jenkintown - https://manor.edu/coronavirusinformation/
Moore College of Art and Design - https://moore.edu/student-life/health/coronavirus-advisory
Orleans Technical Institute - https://orleanstech.edu/news/back-in-business/
Peirce College - https://www.peirce.edu/covid-19
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts - https://www.pafa.org/news/coronavirus-information-resources
The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College - https://www.walnuthillcollege.edu/policies/health-safety/
Saint Joseph's University - https://www.sju.edu/hawk-hill-ready/return-to-campus-health-and-safety
Strayer University, Center City Campus - https://www.strayer.edu/coronavirus
Temple University - https://www.temple.edu/coronavirus
Thomas Jefferson University - https://www.jefferson.edu/coronavirus.html
University of the Arts - https://www.uarts.edu/about/information-about-coronavirus
University of Pennsylvania - https://coronavirus.upenn.edu/
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia - https://www.usciences.edu/student-life/student-health-and-counseling/covid-19/index.html

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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