Resources for Families & Individuals
Updated: Apr 19, 2021
Check out some essential resources and notices you may need to care for you and your family during this time. This list will be updated as new information continues to become available, so please check back. If we are missing any resources, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Get COVID-19 updates sent to your phone
Text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to receive free text alerts from @PHLPublicHealth.
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus Helpline
The Helpline can be reached by calling 1-800-722-7112. The Helpline, free and available 24/7, is a resource that anyone in the Greater Philadelphia area, including the public and healthcare providers, are encouraged to use to help answer all of their questions about the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Testing has opened at Citizens Bank Park. Testing is available to the following:
People who are over 50 years of age AND are displaying symptoms consistent with COVID-19 coronavirus:
- Shortness of Breath
Healthcare workers who are displaying symptoms consistent with COVID-19 coronavirus including:
- Hospital and doctors office staff with direct patient contact
- Nursing home staff with direct patient contact
- People who perform Emergency Medical Services duties
- Home healthcare staff with direct patient contact
COVID-19 urgent care and health centers
Please call ahead before you visit one of these clinics. The Health Department will work with them to coordinate testing if appropriate.
Schools and Childcare
Find free meals for students while schools are closed
The District is coordinating with the City’s Office of Children and Families, Parks & Recreation, and many other departments and nonprofit partners to provide meal service and activities in safe spaces throughout the city.
Health, Wellness, and Mindfulness Resources for Home
50 recreation centers and six older adult centers to remain open
50 recreation centers will remain open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. These centers will provide grab-and-go meals to young people ages 18 and under. Meals will be distributed at 3 p.m. each afternoon.
The Division of Maternal, Child and Family Health/PDPH
is launching an app called Pacify, to provide breastfeeding support via tele-lactation. This support will be available 24/7 when it launches. Check back for a launch date!
Utilities & other services
PECO Expands Assistance Programs to Support All Customers During Coronavirus Pandemic
With customers potentially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, PECO understands and is taking steps to help. Effective today, PECO is suspending service disconnections and waiving new late payment charges through at least May 1, 2020. In addition, PECO will continue to remind customers of existing bill assistance resources and energy assistance programs to support them through temporary or extended financial hardship.
The Emergency Fund for Older Philadelphians
lower income seniors can get support with utilities and groceries (need
PUC Prohibits Utility Terminations, Consistent with Governor’s Proclamation of Disaster Emergency
Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) Chairman Gladys Brown Dutrieuille signed an emergency order prohibiting electric, natural gas, water, wastewater, telecommunication and steam utility terminations. The moratorium will remain in place for as long as the Proclamation of Disaster, issued by Gov. Tom Wolf on March 6 related to the Coronavirus, is in effect.
Comcast Internet Essentials available for 2 free months for new customers who qualify including those w/SNAP, TANF, Medicaid, etc. To sign up, applicants can simply visit www.internetessentials.com. The accessible website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language. There are also two dedicated phone numbers 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.
SEPTA is operating on modified schedules. Please reference the website for more information on how to get around during this time.
Laws and Regulations
Using Sick Leave in Philadelphia
City’s expands “Promoting Healthy Families & Workplaces Act” to allow covered workers to use paid sick leave for COVID-19 related business closures, quarantine, and to stay at home w/ children during school closures
Restaurant Opportunities Centers United
is providing resources and financial assistance to restaurant workers impacted by the coronavirus crisis
Ways to Pass Time During Quarantine
Staying connected during social distancing
Support groups use technology during social distancing
Travel the world from the comfort of your home: Virtual museum tours
5 ways to help your community while social distancing
Is being offered free for all healthcare providers