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COVID-19 Overview

Updated: Mar 18

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 Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and You Factsheet 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

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

The COVID-19 vaccine is being administered in phases throughout Philadelphia based on a person’s risk of becoming infected, transmitting it to vulnerable persons, or suffering severe consequences of infection. You should consider getting vaccinated if you:

  • Work in healthcare with direct patient contact

  • Are a frontline essential worker

  • Have a chronic medical condition that may leave you immunocompromised

In Pennsylvania, retail stores like CVS and Walgreens are offering COVID-19 vaccinations. If you believe you are eligible to receive the one or two-shot series at this time, you may be able to reserve a spot by completing a brief interest form, or schedule an appointment at a local retail pharmacy:


If you need more information about the vaccine contact the Health Department:

· FAQs

· 215-685-5488

· covid@phila.gov


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 maintains the following Safer at Home guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • #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 required that you have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to entering or quarantine for 10 days upon entry to Pennsylvania. Additional recommendations and FAQs about protecting yourself from COVID-19 can be found online.

Access local college updates

Chestnut Hill College - https://www.chc.edu/virtual-fall-2020-faqs
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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