This is how coronavirus is affecting Philadelphia, what you need to know, and how you can stay prepared. The situation is changing quickly, but we will keep this guide updated with the latest information.

What’s here:

Getting around:

Essential services and public spaces

How to cope / helplines

  • If you need some help, Philadelphia’s mental health and addiction services hotlines are operating. The Community Behavioral Health hotline is open 24 hours a day at 888-545-2600.
  • If you’re experiencing a mental health crisis, call the city’s 24-hour crisis hotline at 215-685-6440.
  • If you need immediate help with opioid addiction treatment, call the NET Access Point, the 24-hour service that connects people with treatment, at 844-533-8200 or 215-408-4987, or visit their website.
  • If you need intellectual disability services, call 215-685-5900. The city also has a website providing free online behavioral health screenings, available 24 hours a day.

Grocery stores

What is open right now

Travel outside the region

Work and family

Working from home and sick leave

  • If you work in Philadelphia, you are probably entitled to at least some paid sick leave. Philadelphia employers with 10 or more employees must provide paid sick days and businesses with fewer employees must offer unpaid sick days. Employees who work at least 40 hours a year can accrue up to five sick days, which they can use once they’ve been employed for 90 days. The law doesn’t apply to contractors.
  • Some companies are expanding their sick-leave policies — or creating new emergency leave policies — in response to CDC recommendations that anyone exposed to coronavirus self-quarantine for 14 days.


The virus: Basics, and how to protect yourself

The coronavirus can lead to respiratory disease, and the World Health Organization has declared it a pandemic. The most at-risk for serious complications: Older adults and people with chronic ailments. There’s some misinformation out there, including that black people don’t get the virus.

What to look for

How to protect yourself

  • The best way: Wash your hands. Wash for a full 20 seconds with soap and lukewarm water.
  • Hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol will work, if soap isn’t available. You can even make your own.
  • Don’t touch your face, and cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Skip the face mask. Masks may give a feeling of security that you’re doing something to keep germs at bay, but scientists and doctors say they’re little help to the general public.

If you think you’re sick