Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Resources

Senator Vincent Hughes hosts a Telephone Town Hall to discuss the Coronavirus and PA’s primary

May 20, 2020

Senator Hughes hosts a Telephone Town Hall on COVID-19 and staying safe during the primary

May 13, 2020

Senator Vincent Hughes hosts a Telephone Town Hall to discuss the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

May 6, 2020

Senator Vincent Hughes hosts a Telephone Town Hall to discuss the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

April 30, 2020

Senator Vincent Hughes hosts a Telephone Town Hall to discuss the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

April 23, 2020

Senator Vincent Hughes hosts a Telephone Town Hall to discuss the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in PA

April 16, 2020

Senator Hughes discusses evictions, foreclosures and consumer protection initiatives during coronavirus outbreak

April 6, 2020

Senator Hughes discusses evictions, foreclosures and consumer protection initiatives during coronavirus outbreak

April 1, 2020

Senator Vincent Hughes hosts a Telephone Town Hall to discuss the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in PA

March 24, 2020

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The pandemic caused by coronavirus COVID-19 is having a major impact on the 7th Senatorial District. Montgomery County is the epicenter of the outbreak in Pennsylvania, and officials have recommended Philadelphia and its suburban counties shutdown all non-essential businesses and services.  

Visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s website on coronavirus COVID-19 for the latest on the virus.  

Updates from Senator Hughes

PA’s primary election is finally here!

PA’s primary election is finally here!

Here’s what you need to know for today’s election It’s Primary Election Day! After delays to Pennsylvania’s primary because of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the polls will open in a few minutes at 7 a.m., and remain open until 8 p.m. For those of you who decided...

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Vote by mail application deadline is today!

Vote by mail application deadline is today!

Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Pennsylvania has an important deadline coming up soon for its June 2 primary and Senator Hughes wants to make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to vote by mail in the upcoming election. It’s simple, safe and secure. Visit...

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Tuesday is the deadline to sign up to vote by mail

Tuesday is the deadline to sign up to vote by mail

Vote by mail applications must be received by election officials by 5 p.m. May 26 Pennsylvania has an important deadline coming up soon for its June 2 primary and Senator Hughes wants to make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to vote by mail in the upcoming...

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5 days left to sign up to vote by mail

5 days left to sign up to vote by mail

Fill out the application online today! Pennsylvania has an important deadline coming up soon for its June 2 primary and Senator Hughes wants to make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to vote by mail in the upcoming election. It’s simple, safe and secure. Visit...

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Sign up to vote by mail before the May 26 deadline!

Sign up to vote by mail before the May 26 deadline!

Voting by mail is safe, secure and helps protect public healthWe cannot let democracy die during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, which is why Senator Hughes is sending the message that people must vote and should cast their ballots by mail in the June 2 primary....

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Republican Reopening Scam Is the Worst Kind of Politics 

Republican Reopening Scam Is the Worst Kind of Politics 

In the last few weeks, Pennsylvania Republicans have ramped up the political theatre in a brazen attempt at politicizing the Wolf Administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. From staged political rallies organized by out-of-state, extreme right-wing...

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Voting by mail is safe, secure and protects public health

Voting by mail is safe, secure and protects public health

Don’t miss the May 26 deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot Nearly 1.3 million Pennsylvanians have signed up to vote by mail and we need to increase that number across the commonwealth.  Southeastern Pennsylvania remains in the “RED” phase and a stay-at-home...

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PA suspends evictions, foreclosures through July 10

PA suspends evictions, foreclosures through July 10

Sen. Hughes and PA Senate Dems pushing for additional protections for those impacted by pandemic   Gov. Tom Wolf and Attorney General Josh Shapiro recently announced that Pennsylvania would suspend evictions and foreclosures through July 10, a move that...

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2 weeks left to register to vote!

2 weeks left to register to vote!

Help protect public health, vote by mail in the June 2 primary Senator Hughes is encouraging everyone to vote by mail in the June 2 primary to help protect public health during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, which is why he sending another reminder to...

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How to get answers for your questions about voting by mail

How to get answers for your questions about voting by mail

As we get closer to Pennsylvania’s June 2 primary and deadlines to apply for a mail-in ballot and registration, Senator Hughes is encouraging everyone to vote by mail to help mitigate spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. Senator Hughes hosted a Telephone Town...

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The coronavirus should not stop children from learning

The coronavirus should not stop children from learning

There are a number of available resources to keep kids engaged The sad reality of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is that it has been a major hindrance to students learning. Whether the reason is because of the technology gap or otherwise, our students must...

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Register now to vote by mail in the June 2 primary

Register now to vote by mail in the June 2 primary

The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has forced Pennsylvania officials to move the commonwealth’s 2020 primary election June 2. Senator Hughes is encouraging people to vote by mail to avoid risking exposure to the coronavirus going to the polls. The process is pretty...

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PA CARE Package provides relief for consumers

PA CARE Package provides relief for consumers

Senator Hughes and likeminded colleagues in Pennsylvania’s highest offices are continuing to prioritize the needs of the people as we fight to get through the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic together. The latest example comes from Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who has...

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Join Senator Hughes for a coronavirus telephone town hall

Join Senator Hughes for a coronavirus telephone town hall

Join Senator Hughes at 6 p.m. Monday, April 6 for an important telephone town hall on the continued coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic response and what it means for you. RSVP for the conversation here. The senator wants to ensure people have the most...

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Philadelphia adds food sites for residents in need

Philadelphia adds food sites for residents in need

  In response to continued shutdowns because of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the city of Philadelphia is partnering with Share Food Program and Philabundance to get food to residents in need during this public health crisis. The sites are open Mondays...

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The coronavirus pushes the tax deadline to July 15

The coronavirus pushes the tax deadline to July 15

Our friends at Campaign for Working Families can still help   The coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak forced Senator Hughes and the Campaign for Working Families (CWF) to postpone their free tax preparation and Earned Income Tax filing events for now, but...

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PA’s primary moved to June 2 because of the coronavirus

PA’s primary moved to June 2 because of the coronavirus

The coronavirus COVID-19 continues to impact our lives in many ways, which has prompted officials to move Pennsylvania’s primary election date to June 2. A bill to postpone the primary passed through the General assembly this week and is expected to be signed by Gov....

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Attorney General fights against coronavirus price gouging

Attorney General fights against coronavirus price gouging

 Price gouging has been a major concern across the U.S. since the beginning of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic declaration, and Pennsylvania’s leaders are fighting back. Montgomery County’s own, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, and his office are cracking...

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Workers’ Compensation (WC) Benefits

Two filing options: 

  • If you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19 in your workplace, you may be eligible for Workers’ Compensation (WC) by either: 
  • Notifying your employer to file a typical “disease-as-injury” WC claim, which requires you to provide medical evidence that you were exposed to COVID-19 in the workplace 
  • Notifying your employer to file an “occupational disease” WC claim, which requires you to show that COVID-19 is occurring more in your occupation/industry than in the general population 

Claims: 

Unemployment Compensation

Mitigation efforts related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Pennsylvania have required everyone to work within rapidly changing, complex circumstances which create a variety of unique situations and conditions for workers, businesses, employers and communities. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry is committed to providing workers and business communities with ongoing guidance, resources, and information. This page is updated regularly.

Use our Keep Yourself Safe at Work During a COVID-19 Pandemic one-pager for safety information and resources.

Workers impacted by COVID-19 can also visit our Information for Pennsylvania Employees Impacted by COVID-19 page for the latest updates.

COVID-19 Guide: Scenarios & Benefits Available Chart (PDF)

Workers in Pennsylvania who are impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible for Unemployment and Workers’ Compensation benefits – Unemployment compensation claims should be submitted online for faster processing.

The following information that has been provided by the Department of Labor and Industry regarding Unemployment Compensation:

  • Governor Wolf has temporarily suspended the waiting-week requirement in Section 401(e) of the UC Law.   With this suspension, a claimant can immediately file for benefits, and the first week of unemployment will be a compensable week. The suspension of this section will also be in effect for the length of the emergency declaration.
  • The provisions of the emergency declaration allow the Governor to immediately suspend the work registration and work search requirements in Unemployment Compensation Law and adopted Regulations and the Governor has temporarily suspended these requirements for the length of the emergency declaration.
  • The PA UC Law allows for employers to be relieved of charges for compensation once there has been a federal disaster declaration under the Stafford Act and the individuals would have been eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. Therefore, an employer may be relieved from charges for compensation paid to an individual with respect to any week of unemployment occurring due to COVID-19.

Applying online is the fastest and easiest way to get started. You can find call center hours and other vital info at www.uc.pa.gov; learn all UC benefit requirements by visiting the self-service guide; or use UC LiveChat.

If you are having difficulty filing a claim or not being able to through to someone if you need direct assistance from Unemployment Compensation, please contact my office.

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) has launched the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program to provide an additional 13 weeks of benefits to people who exhaust their regular unemployment compensation (UC). 

PEUC is included in the new federal unemployment compensation benefits provided by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Pennsylvania has implemented all programs under the new CARES Act and paid out nearly $7.4 billion in total unemployment benefits since mid-March.

Important information about the extended benefits program follows and has also been emailed or mailed via the United States Postal Service to all individuals who potentially qualify for PEUC.  

Eligibility 

You are eligible for PEUC if you:

  • Are unemployed between March 29 through December 26, 2020;
  • Have exhausted your regular state or federal benefits with week ending July 6, 2019 or later;
  • Are currently not eligible for state or federal unemployment benefits; and
  • Are able and available to work and actively seeking work, except for COVID-19-related reasons including illness, quarantine, or “stay at home” orders.       

How to Receive PEUC

  • If you have an open UC claim but exhausted all of your benefits, the 13 additional weeks will automatically be added to your existing claim. Log in this week to file biweekly claims for prior weeks, back through the week ending April 4 (if applicable).
  • If your benefit year has expired then you must submit an application online.
  • If you don’t have access to computers or the internet, you can have a loved one or friend print the paper application for you to complete and submit via mail. L&I is also in the process of mailing paper copies of the application to individuals who might need them.
  • Biweekly claims and payments work the same way as for regular UC benefits.

PEUC Weekly Benefit Amount:

  • Your PEUC weekly benefit amount is the same as your regular UC weekly benefit rate.
  • Your weekly benefit rate is based on your reported earnings during the base year (the first four of the last five completed quarters). You must also have over 18 credit weeks (weeks during which you earned $116 or more) in your base year to be eligible for UC.

Extra $600 on PEUC:

  • You will receive an additional $600 per week from the federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program. Anyone collecting any type of UC, including PEUC, will receive the extra $600 per week in addition to your weekly benefits as calculated.
  • FPUC payments began the week ending April 4, 2020 and will end July 25, 2020. These payments will be backdated for eligible individuals and paid in one lump sum.
  • You will receive the extra $600 FPUC payments the week after your PEUC payments.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provides payment to workers not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits (self-employed, independent contractors, workers with limited work history, and others) who are unable to work as a direct result of the coronavirus public health emergency.

Covered:

  • Diagnosed with COVID-19 or with COVID-19 symptoms and seeking diagnosis
  • Member of household has been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Providing care for family or household member diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Primary caregiver for child unable to attend school or another facility closed due to COVID-19
  • Unable to reach place of employment due to an imposed quarantine or because advised by medical provider to self-quarantine due to COVID-19
  • Scheduled to commence new employment and cannot reach workplace as direct result of COVID-19
  • Became major breadwinner because head of household died from COVID-19
  • Quit job as a direct result of COVID-19
  • Place of employment closed as a direct result of COVID-19
  • Self-employed / Independent Contractors / 1099 filers / Farmers – and affected by COVID-19
  • Seeking part-time employment but affected by COVID-19
  • With insufficient work history and affected by COVID-19
  • Otherwise not qualified for regular or extended UI benefits and affected by COVID-19

Not Covered:

  • Individuals that can telework with pay
  • Individual receiving paid sick leave or other paid leave benefits (regardless of meeting a category listed above)

Important Links:

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance FAQs

Filing for PUA Cover Page

Apply Now!

Federal CARES Act

On Friday, Governor Wolf announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry is implementing new federal unemployment compensation benefits provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The COVID-19 relief package temporarily provides an additional $600 per week, makes self-employed, independent contractors and gig workers eligible for benefits and extends unemployment compensation (UC) benefits for an additional 13 weeks. The federal benefits are in addition to Pennsylvania’s regular unemployment benefit, which is about half of a person’s full-time weekly income up to $572 per week for 26 weeks.

Federal CARES ActAs part of the CARES Act, unemployment benefits are being expanded to provide an additional $600 per week beginning the week ending April 4, 2020, through the week ending July 25, 2020. This temporary emergency increase in benefits is referred to as the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program.

On Friday, Labor & Industry issued the first $600 payments. All eligible claimants that filed biweekly claims for the week ending April 4 and who received their regular UC payment should expect to see the additional money either today or Wednesday. For other eligible claimants who have not yet received a regular UC payment, they will receive the extra $600 the week after receiving their first UC payment.

It is very important to note that anyone who currently has federal withholding tax taken out of their benefits will see the same 10% reduction in the FPUC payment, resulting in a $540 payment. For information about changing your withholding election, visit L&I’s Taxes on Benefits page.
The $600 is paid separately from the biweekly UC benefit, and residents do not need to apply.
Visit the department’s FPUC frequently asked questions for more information.

The CARES Act also temporarily makes unemployment compensation available to self-employed, independent contractors, gig economy workers, and others not normally eligible for the benefit. The program is referred to as Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). These workers cannot apply through the department’s UC online system at this time. The U.S. Department of Labor requires that PUA be tracked separately from regular UC. For this reason, Pennsylvania must build a new online platform to process PUA benefits.

Eligible individuals should be able to start applying for PUA benefits within the next two weeks. Eligible claimants will receive backdated payments to January 27, 2020, or the first week they were unable to work due to COVID-19, whichever of the two dates is later. The PUA benefit will end December 31, 2020. The department will announce when the PUA benefit application is available. Please visit L&I’s PUA frequently asked questions for more information.

The CARES Act provides an additional 13 weeks of unemployment compensation, including for workers who exhaust their regular unemployment benefits. Claimants will be eligible for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) from the week beginning March 29, 2020, through the end of the year. The department is awaiting additional federal guidance about the program and will provide an update when information is available.

Additional Information for workers impacted by COVID-19:

If your job has been affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible to receive unemployment compensation benefits. You can apply online to get started.

Please note that the waiting week has been suspended. Eligible claimants may receive benefits for the first week that they are unemployed. Previously, claimants were not eligible for benefits during their first week of unemployment.

Work search and work registration requirements have been temporarily waived for all claimants. Claimants are not required to prove they have applied or searched for a new job to maintain UC benefits. Claimants are also not required to register with PA Career Link.

Find Food Locations

The school districts of Montgomery County and Philadelphia are making meals available for students during the week. Local food banks, kitchens and nonprofits are stepping up to help as well, follow the link to Philabundance’s website, enter your zip code and find locations.

 

City, School District, and Charters Announce Changes in Free Student Meal Distribution Sites

PHILADELPHIA – In light of the City and State emergency closures, the City, School District of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Housing Authority and several charter schools have created a new list of schools and community sites that are distribution points for student meals. These additions also come with changes to the days in which meals will be available for distribution. 

School meal sites and schedules will change beginning Monday, March 23. In addition, Parks & Recreation sites are no longer distributing student meals beginning March 23.

All meal sites will continue to be open from 9 a.m. until noon, but the locations and frequency of distribution are changed. Revisions to the meals distribution program include:

  • School District sites (49 total) will be open Mondays and Thursdays only. Families can pick up three grab-and-go bags per student/child on these days. 
    • School District sites will continue to make available the K-12 Learning Guides, optional resources to help reduce learning regression while students are out of school due to efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 throughout the Philadelphia region. 
  • Charter school sites (25 total) are also open from 9 a.m. until noon. Families are encouraged to check the charter schools websites for days of meal distribution.
  • Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) community centers (6 total) are also open from 9 a.m. until noon. Families are encouraged to visit http://www.pha.phila.gov/ for days of meal distribution.

The following 80 schools and Philadelphia Housing Authority locations are distributing meals, beginning March 23, 2020:

District schools open Mondays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. – noon.

Families will receive six meals per student—3 breakfasts and 3 lunches


School
Address (Zip)
Baldi Middle School 8801 Verree Rd (19115)
Barry, John Elementary School 5900 Race St (19139)
Barton School 4600 Rosehill St (19120)
Bartram, John High School 2401 S 67th St (19142)
Bethune, Mary McLeod School 3301 Old York Rd (19140)
CAPA (Philadelphia H.S. for Creative and Performing Arts) 901 S Broad St (19147)
Clemente, Roberto Middle School 122 W Erie Ave (19140)
Comegys, Benjamin B. School 5100 Greenway Ave (19143)
Conwell, Russell Middle School 1849 E Clearfield St (19134)
Cooke, Jay Elementary School 1300 W Louden St (19141)
Cramp, William School 3449 N Mascher St (19140)
De Burgos, J. Elementary School 401 W Lehigh Ave (19133)
Decatur, Stephen School 3500 Academy Rd (19154)
Duckrey, Tanner School 1501 W Diamond St (19121)
Edison, Thomas A. High School 151 W Luzerne St (19140)
Fels, Samuel High School 5500 Langdon St (19124)
Finletter, Thomas K. School 6100 N Front St (19120)
Fitzpatrick, A. L. School 11061 Knights Rd (19154)
Frankford High School 5000 Oxford Ave (19124)
Franklin Learning Center 616 N 15th St (19130)
Franklin, Benjamin School 5737 Rising Sun Ave (19120)
Furness, Horace High School 1900 S 3rd St (19148)
Hackett, Horatio B. School 2161 E York St (19125)
Harding, Warren G. Middle School 2000 Wakeling St (19124)
Hunter, William H. School 2400 N Front St (19133)
Juniata Park Academy 801 E Hunting Park Ave (19124)
Kelly, John B. School 5116 Pulaski Ave (19144)
Kensington CAPA 1901 N Front St (19122)
King, Martin Luther High School 6100 Stenton Ave (19138)
Lawton, Henry W. School 6101 Jackson St (19135)
Lincoln, Abraham High School 3201 Ryan Ave (19136)
Loesche, William H. School 595 Tomlinson Rd (19116)
Marshall, Thurgood School 5120 N 6th St (19120)
Mayfair School 3001 Princeton Ave (19149)
Muñoz Marín, Hon Luis School 3300 N 3rd St (19140)
Northeast High School 1601 Cottman Ave (19111)
One Bright Ray Mansion 3133 Ridge Ave (19132)
Overbrook Educational Center 6722 Lansdowne Ave (19151)
Philadelphia Learning Academy‐South 4300 Westminster Ave (19104)
Rhodes Elementary School 2900 W Clearfield St (19132)
Roosevelt Elementary School 430 E Washington Ln (19144)
Roxborough High School 6498 Ridge Ave (19128)
Sayre, William L. High School 5800 Walnut St (19139)
South Philadelphia High School 2101 S Broad St (19148)
Wagner, Gen. Louis Middle School 1701 Chelten Ave (19126)
Washington, Grover Jr. Middle School 201 E Olney Ave (19120)
Webster, John H. School 3400 Frankford Ave (19134)
West Philadelphia High School 4901 Chestnut St (19139)
Ziegler, William H. School 5935 Saul St (19149)

Charter school locations open on varying days from 9 a.m. to noon. (contact schools or visit their websites for exact days): 


Charter School
Address (Zip)
Aspira Charter – Stetson 3200 B St (19134)
Aspira Olney Charter High 100 W Duncannon Ave (19120)
Lindley Academy Charter – Birney 900 Lindley Ave (19141)
Mariana Bracetti Academy 1840 Torresdale Ave (19124)
Mastery Charter – Cleveland 3701 N 19th St (19140)
Mastery Charter – Clymer 1201 W Rush St (19133)
Mastery Charter – Gratz High 1798 W Hunting Park Ave (19140)
Mastery Charter – Hardy Williams 5400 Warrington Ave (19143)
Mastery Charter – Harrity 5601 Christian St (19143)
Mastery Charter ‐ Lenfest Campus 35 S 4th St (19106)
Mastery Charter – Mann 5376 W Berks St (19131)
Mastery Charter – Pastorius 5650 Sprague St (19138)
Mastery Charter – Pickett 5700 Wayne Ave (19144)
Mastery Charter ‐ Shoemaker 5301 Media St (19131)
Mastery Charter – Smedley 1790 Bridge St (19124)
Mastery Charter ‐ Thomas Campus 927 Johnston St (19148)
Mastery Charter – Wister 67 E Bringhurst St (19144)
Mastery Prep Elementary Charter 1801 W Pike St (19140)
Philadelphia Montessori Charter 2227 Island Ave (19142)
Richard Allen Prep 2601 S 58th St (19143)
Universal Audenried Charter 3301 Tasker St (19145)
Universal Charter – Bluford 5720 Media St (19131)
Universal Charter – Daroff 5630 Vine St (19139)
Universal Creighton Charter 5401 Tabor Ave (19120)
Universal Vare Charter 2100 S 24th St (19145)

The Philadelphia Housing Authority has six community centers open for “grab-and-go” meals for breakfast and lunch from Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon beginning on March 23.

PHA Community Center Address (Zip)
Abbottsford Homes 3226 McMichael Street (19129)
Bartram Village 5404 Gibson Drive (19143)
John F Street Center 1100 Poplar Street (19123)
Raymond Rosen Homes 2301 W. Edgley Street (19121)
Westpark Apartments 300 N. Busti Street (19104)
Wilson Park 2500 Jackson Street (19145)

A list and interactive map of the 80 sites are available on phila.gov.

Testing services for COVID-19 

  • You will need a prescription from your doctor, and some providers are able to offer services virtually/over the phone. 
  • If you’re going to any medical facility in person, call before you go. 
  • If you don’t have a fever, you’re not eligible for a screening… even if you’ve been traveling internationally, had a known exposure, etc. 
  • For testing: 
    • State Hotline for COVID-19 
    • No provider? Call: 1-877-PA-HEALTH 
    • Have clinical questions? Call: 1-877-PA-HEALTH 
    • Or fill out contact form