The fear, anxiety and uncertainty brought about by the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak has cast a shadow on our region for the past few weeks, however as we are able to expand testing and plans are passed to help those in need, a there is a growing sense of hope that we can get through this crisis together.

A local aspect that has helped hope spring from this region has been the PHL COVID-19 fund, launched by the city of Philadelphia and the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, which has raised $8 million in nine days. The fund will provide grants for regional organizations with a proven track record of serving at-risk populations, including seniors, people with disabilities, and those who are experiencing homeless or are economically disadvantaged. It will also help community safety nets such as food pantries and health services, and help with preparedness and protection such as hygiene supplies, access to accurate current information, and available services.

It’s is certainly good to have positive news in these unprecedented times. We applaud the work of the city, United Way and generous donors who have made this project possible. To date, more than 700 donors have contributed to the fund with donations beginning at $25. If you would like to donate, volunteer or to request a grant for your nonprofit, visit

Remember, you can do your part to stop the spread of the virus by staying home!

COVID-19: Social Distancing
COVID-19: Social Distancing

Here is guide issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, helping provide clear guidance and direction in response to coronavirus COVID-19. The residents of Philadelphia and its suburbs have been ordered to remain at home as to help prevent spread of coronavirus, find out what that means for you. 

Keep in mind, Philadelphia is regularly updating its website to provide more information and resources on coronavirus COVID-19.  

Montgomery County is doing the same

Here are some reminders about preventing spread of the disease: 

Best practices to plan, prepare for and respond to the coronavirus COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control. 

What are the symptoms of coronavirus? 
Symptoms of the COVID-19 can include: 

  • Fever 
  • Cough 
  • 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.  
What to do if you think you have coronavirus COVID-19, according to the CDC

  • Stay home except to get medical care 
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home 
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor 
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick 
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes 
  • Clean your hands often 
  • Avoid sharing personal household items 
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday 

For more details on what to do prevent coronavirus COVID-19 spread, visit the CDCs full list of recommendations.

Coronavirus Information Sheet - click to download.

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