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Coronavirus Testing Information

If you think you should be tested for COVID-19 [from the City of Philadelphia’s COVID-19 testing FAQ]:

Start with your regular medical provider or the hospital system where you last received medical care.
Call or contact them over the internet so that a medical professional can evaluate whether testing is
appropriate for you.

❖ Penn Medicine: call COVID-19 Hotline at (267) 785-8585 or go to their website.
❖ Jefferson: use JeffConnect for a virtual doctor’s visit and testing referral if indicated or go to
their website.
❖ Temple Patient Triage Hotline at (215) 707-6999 or go to their website.
❖ Einstein Hospital (800) 346-7834 or go to their website.
❖ Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (800) 879-2467 or go to their website.
❖ Mercy Health COVID-19 Hotline (833) 247-1258.
❖ Mainline Health Contact Center (866) 225-5654 or go to their website.
❖ PHMC: call (855) 887-9229 or go to their website.
❖ City Health Center patients can call (215) 685-2933.
❖ Many Federally Qualified Health Centers and other clinics offer testing. Call before going to the clinic.

If you cannot get tested through your medical provider, you can be tested at a public drive-through site:

Philadelphia Public Testing: General Instructions

  • Center City (undisclosed location)
    • This site is available by appointment ONLY. Call (267) 491-5870 for a referral.
  • Rite Aid, 7401 Ogontz Ave.
    • Register at Click the red “COVID-19” banner.
    • Additional Rite Aid testing locations are listed here.
    • Hours: 9am-5pm daily.
  • AFC Urgent Care, 180 W. Girard, 19123 AND 2401 W. Cheltenham Ave, 19095
    • Must be screened via Telecare in advance. Visit here or here to book a virtual visit.
  • 12 Health Centers and additional sites in Philadelphia offer testing. See here or below for a list.

For Philadelphia public testing sites, please note:

➢ No appointment is needed but expect to wait.
➢ Bring your driver’s license or PHL City ID and insurance card (if you have one). Persons will NOT be turned
away due to lack of insurance or documentation, and the test will be done at no cost.
➢ Sites ONLY perform testing. If you have a worsening cough, shortness of breath, or fever over 101 for
more than three days, please seek medical attention from your primary care provider, an urgent care
clinic, or a hospital emergency department (call in advance to tell them you have symptoms)
➢ Wear a surgical mask or a scarf over your nose and mouth.

Montgomery County Public Testing: General Instructions

The testing site is located at Montgomery County Community College. For directions, the closest address is 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA, 19422. An appointment is required. Register under the “County Testing Information” button here, or call (610) 631-3000 starting at 8am. More info is available here and below.


                                       COVID-19 Testing Sites


Public Testing Sites: City of Philadelphia























Philadelphia Testing Sites: Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC)


Rite Aid. 7401 Ogontz Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19138

·         Hours: 9am-5pm.

·         Register at Click red “COVID-19” banner.

·         Additional Rite Aid locations offering testing: 2401 E. Venango St (19134); 6731 Woodland Ave (19142), 9773 Roosevelt Blvd (19114).

·         Call (215) 224-9997 for more information.


Center City

·         By appointment only. Call (267) 491-5870.

·         Eligibility Criteria:

o   50+ years of age AND symptomatic

o   Healthcare workers AND symptomatic


American Family Care Urgent Care

·         Monday-Friday

·         To be tested here, you must be screened via TeleCare in advance. Click “Book a Virtual Visit Online” to be seen by an AFC provider on your device from your home.


·         180 W Girard Ave, 19123 – register here.

·         2401 W. Cheltenham Ave, 19095 – register here.


Family Practice & Counseling Network (FPCN) – 3 sites

Phone number for scheduling: (215) 843-9720

Testing events will be held every Wednesday.


·         11th Street Family Health Services

850 N. 11th Street (11th and Parrish)

Philadelphia, PA 19123

(215) 769-1100


·         Abbottsford Falls Family Practice & Counseling

4700 Wissahickon Avenue, Building D, Suite 119

Philadelphia, PA, 19144

(215) 843-9720


·         Health Annex

6120 Woodland Avenue, 2nd Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19142

(215) 727-4721


Spectrum Health Services

Phone number for scheduling: (215) 471-2761

Testing begins Friday, April 24, 2020


·         5201 Haverford Avenue

Philadelphia, PA, 19139

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:30am – 4:30pm


Delaware Valley Community Health (DVCH)

·         Maria de los Santos Health Center

401 W. Allegheny Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19133

Call (215) 291-2500 for a telemedicine visit & pre-appointment.


·         Fairmount Primary Care Center at Girard

801 W. Girard Ave

Philadelphia, PA 19122

Call (215) 827-8010 for a telemedicine visit and -pre-appointment.


Philadelphia Health Centers

Phone number for scheduling: (215) 685-2933.

Testing offered by appointment only.

·         Health Center 2
1700 S. Broad Street, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19145

·         Health Center 3
555 S. 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

·         Health Center 4
4400 Haverford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104

·         Health Center 5
1900 N. 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19121

·         Health Center 6
301 W. Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19123

·         Health Center 9  
131 E. Chelten Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144

·         Health Center 10  
2230 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19149

·         Strawberry Mansion Health Center   
2840 West Dauphin Street
Philadelphia, PA 19132

Public Health Management Corporation


All prospective patients should call (855) 887-9229 during business hours (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) to be triaged and scheduled for testing. Testing is by appointment only and will be offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at the following sites:


·         PHMC Health Connection

1900 N 9th St. #104

Philadelphia, PA 19122


·         PHMC Mary Howard Health Center

125 S 9th St.

Philadelphia, PA 19107


·         PHMC Rising Sun Health Center

5675 N Front St.,

Philadelphia, PA 19120


·         Congreso Health Center

412 W Lehigh Ave.

Philadelphia, PA 19133


Greater Philadelphia Health Action (GPHA)


Beginning May 11, Greater Philadelphia Health Action will offer testing at Hunting Park. Starting on May 6, persons interested in testing should call (215) 271-4286 (8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday) to schedule a telehealth appointment. ​After the telehealth appointment, testing will be scheduled by appointment at:​


·         GPHA Hunting Park Avenue Health Center (parking lot)​

2017 W. Hunting Park Ave.

Philadelphia, PA 19140

Testing will be offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.


Sayre Health Center is offering drive through and walk through testing by appointment only, 10 a.m. -3 p.m. on Mondays-Wednesdays and Fridays, and 12 p.m.-3 p.m. on Thursdays. Appointments: (215) 474-4444.

·         Sayre Health Center

5800 Walnut St. (Rear)

Philadelphia, PA 19139



Public Testing: Montgomery County


Testing Eligibility Criteria


Individuals who meet one or more of the following five (5) criteria will be eligible:


• Persons of any age and with symptoms of sudden illness (such as fever OR cough OR shortness of breath OR loss of smell/taste AND including gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea OR vomiting OR diarrhea) with or without fever;


• First responders (law enforcement, fire, EMS, or dispatcher) AND concern for exposure to a patient with suspected COVID-19 OR symptoms of any sudden illness with or without fever;


• Health care workers providing direct patient care AND concern for exposure to a patient with suspected COVID-19 OR symptoms of any sudden illness with or without fever;


• Anyone with known or suspected direct contact to someone with COVID-19;


• Anyone who has been recommended by their doctor to get tested.


Montgomery County Community College Parking Lot

·         Location: 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA, 19422

·         Note: Only enclosed passenger vehicles and small vans and trucks will be permitted to enter the queue. Large commercial vehicles and motorcycles are prohibited, as are pedestrians. 

·         Hours: 10am-4pm


Registration. Opens at 8am each day that the test site is open. Testing is performed on the same day you register.


·         Fastest method: Go to and, under the “County Testing Information” button, look for the “Register for a Test” link.


·         Alternate method: For those without Internet access, call (610) 631-3000 starting at 8:00 AM each day that the test site is open. A staff member can attempt to make an appointment for you.


Before Your Visit. What you will need to bring with you:

  • A printed or digital copy of your pre-registration form
  • A photo ID
  • Your health insurance card (NOTE: everyone will be tested, regardless of your insurance coverage)
  • Your healthcare facility employee for first responder ID/badge (if applicable)


Note: testing not limited to Montgomery County residents.


Penn Medicine [Updated 3/31 at 5pm]

·         For the most recent updates, please go here.

·         If you have flu and cold symptoms and suspect it may be coronavirus (COVID-19), Penn recommends that you contact your health care provider, who can refer you for testing, though a referral is not required.

·         Penn Medicine patients can also contact Penn Medicine OnDemand for a virtual visit. To schedule call 215-615-2222. If you are a myPennMedicine user, you can also schedule using the MyPennMedicine app. 

·         Operator: 215-662-4000.



Penn Medicine’s drive-thru testing sites are accessible to anyone who is experiencing coronavirus-like symptoms. You do not need to be a Penn Medicine patient to be tested.


Penn Medicine COVID-19 Testing Locations

·         West Philadelphia. 4122 Market Street, Parking Lot, (formerly 4040 Market St)

·         Radnor. 201 King of Prussia Road, North Parking Lot (across from the Radnor Train Station)

Testing Hours

·         10am-4pm, Monday – Friday

No co-pays or deductibles will be charged for testing, and uninsured patients will be able to be tested for free.



Jefferson Health (1.800.533.3669)

·         For the most recent updates, please go here.

·         Please note:  If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you can use JeffConnect® for a telehealth consult with a Jefferson doctor through your cell phone, tablet, or computer with a webcam.  

A set of five rules greets those who approach the Center City testing site: place mask over face, remain six feet apart, do not approach providers, follow the waiting-line path and medical staff will direct you when it’s your turn.


Jefferson Health’s testing sites are accessible only to Jefferson patients with a physician referral. Abington Jefferson requires an appointment. Jefferson patients with a referral can walk or drive-up to the Center City mobile site.


Jefferson Health COVID-19 Testing Locations 

·         Center City. 10th and Sansom, Surface Parking Lot.

·         Abington. 1200 Old York Rd, Abington, PA, 19001.

·         All-Med Urgent Care Bensalem. 2966 Street Road, Bensalem, PA, 19020.

Testing Hours

·         8am – 5pm


Einstein Health Network (215.607.6417)

·         For the most recent updates, please go here.

·         Please do not go to either testing site without first having a telephone evaluation from your Einstein Physician.

·         At each location, patients will enter through the back of the building to limit exposure to other patients. “Testing Area” signs are posted to help patients find the entrance, and employees are onsite to greet patients as they arrive. 



Einstein Health Network’s testing sites are accessible only to Einstein patients with physician referrals. An appointment is required.


Einstein Health Network COVID-19 Testing Locations

·         Einstein Physicians Mayfair. 7131 Frankford Avenue, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA, 19135.

·         Einstein Physicians Olney. 101 East Olney Avenue, Suite C5, Philadelphia, PA, 19120.


Testing Hours

·         8am-4pm, Monday – Friday



Temple Health (1.800.836.7536)

·         For the most recent updates, please go here.

·         If you are a Temple patient and you have symptoms including trouble breathing, fever, or cough, and/or have questions about an upcoming Temple Health appointment, call the Temple Patient Triage Hotline at 215-707-6999.


Updated 4/30:

·         Testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) is ONLY available to patients who meet certain criteria, and ONLY at locations on hospital campuses.  Please call the  Patient Triage Hotline at 215-707-6999 for additional information.

·         Routine testing for COVID-19 is NOT AVAILABLE at our Emergency Departments.


Main Line Health (1.866.225.5654)

·         For the most recent updates, please go here.

·         Testing for COVID-19 is not available at all sites across Main Line Health. If you feel you are at risk for coronavirus, if you have concerns or questions about COVID-19 or are exhibiting respiratory symptoms, please contact your primary care provider.

·         If you are scheduled to visit a Main Line Health facility for routine appointments or testing and have a fever or flu-like symptoms, please reschedule your appointment or testing.



Main Line Health’s testing sites are accessible only for Main Line Health patients with physician referrals. Main Line Health is asking all patients who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or feel at risk for coronavirus to contact your primary care provider, who will provide instructions for testing.


Main Line Health COVID-19 Testing Sites

·         Radnor. 240 N Radnor Chester Rd, Wayne PA

·         Newtown Square. 3855 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA, 19073.




Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania (215.590.1000)

·         For the most recent updates, go here.


To be tested at a CHOP testing site, a patient must be referred by a medical provider or a State or County Department of Health. If you believe you or someone in your family needs testing for coronavirus, please call your doctor.


If you have additional questions about testing, call the Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus Helpline at 800-722-7112.



The Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 testing sites are only accessible upon referral from a CHOP medical provider.


CHOP COVID-19 Testing Sites

·         Karabots Pediatric Care Center. 4865 Market St, Philadelphia, PA, 19139.

·         Bucks County Specialty Care & Surgery Center. 500 W Butler Avenue, Chalfont, PA, 18914.


If your child’s healthcare provider has recommended testing, read these tips from CHOP child life specialists for preparing your child for drive-through COVID-19 testing.


Dr. Ala Stanford



Dr. Ala Stanford of R.E.A.L. Concierge Medicine is offering free on-the-spot COVID-19 nasal swab tests in our area. Dr. Stanford’s street-side campaign is serving those who may not otherwise receive testing, focusing on “hot zone” Philadelphia neighborhoods


You can register for Dr. Stanford’s testing here.


Food Resources

The Governor’s ‘Stay at Home” order does not prohibit food banks and their volunteers from offering food services, nor do they prohibit school districts from offering food services to children during the statewide school closure. Food will continue to be available at schools, food pantries and additional sites. Schools and school districts may continue to bring in essential employees involved in the preparation and distribution of meals.

The following resources have been consolidated from Governor Wolf’s COVID-19 resources portal, the PA Department of Agriculture, the City of Philadelphia, and Montgomery County school districts.

General Resources

For Individuals Seeking Food:

  • Food resources are available at schools, food pantries, and additional pick-up sites.
    • Schools – any child can pick up meals. Pick-up locations & items vary by school district.
    • Food Pantries – groceries and other food materials. Contact Feeding Pennsylvania and Hunger-Free Pennsylvania member food banks to find out about food assistance services being offered in your county.
    • Philadelphia sites – any resident can pick up meals for their household. List here.
  • Eligible individuals can apply for SNAP benefits at
  • Any Pennsylvanian who is suddenly in need of food should complete the DHS Access to Food Survey (see link below) so the Governor’s emergency Feeding Taskforce is aware of where resources should be directed.

For Pantries:

  • The PA Department of Agriculture sent guidance to all food banks encouraging all pantries to follow best practices to limit risk of exposure.
  • Food pantries in need of food should complete the DHS Access to Food Survey, so the Governor’s emergency Feeding Taskforce is aware of where resources should be directed.

For Businesses:

  • Businesses with resources to help feed and shelter Pennsylvanians in need are encouraged to fill out this survey to assist the Governor’s Taskforce as they look to direct resources.

Survey Links

Where to find free, nutritious food during COVID-19

4th Senate District Food Resources: NW Philadelphia

Food Pantries

Center in the Park
5818 Germantown Ave 19144
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30am-4:30pm
(215) 848-7722

Grace Christian Center
29 W. Johnson St. 19144
Hours: Mon-Fri, 10am-1pm
(215) 848-2700

St. Vincent De Paul Pantry
109 E. Price St 19144
Hours: Delivery only. Pls call.
(215) 438-1514

Faith CDC
108 E. Price Street 19144
Hours: Wed & Thurs, 9am-1pm
(215) 848-5658

Enon Tabernacle
226 W Coulter St. 19144
Hours: Mon-Thu, 10am-12pm

St. Matthews 1st Baptist Church
634 E. Chelten Ave 19144
Reopening 2nd week of April
(267) 304-2713

Giving of Self Partnership
6101 Limekiln Pike 19141
Hours: M/W/F 10am-12pm
(215) 927-6100

Enon Tabernacle
2800 W Cheltenham Ave 19150
Hours: Thu, 8am-12pm

Germantown Crisis Ministry
35 W Chelten Ave 19144
Hours: Thu, 10am-12pm
(215) 843-2340

Church of the Annunciation
324 Carpenter Lane 19119
Hours: Tues, 11am-2pm
(215) 948-3520

St. Benedicts
1935 Medary Ave 19138
Hours: Mon/Fri/Sat, 10am-12pm
(215) 924-4401

Philadelphia / Philabundance / SHARE Sites

About the food sites:

  • Sites are open Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Residents can pick up one box per household. Supplies will last up to five days.
  • Residents do not need to present an ID or proof of income for eligibility.
  • Food sites are supported by the City, Share Food Program, and Philabundance.

Please note – the City is working to expand this list of sites. Check back here often.  

Upper Room Baptist Church
7236 Ogontz Ave 19138
Hours: Mon & Thu, 10am-12pm
(267) 593-4989


Dare to Imagine Church
6610 Anderson St 19119
Hours: Mon & Thu, 10am-12pm
(267) 702-0001


District Public Schools Open 9a–Noon, Mon. & Thu. Each child will receive 6 meals (3 breakfasts and 3 lunches). Any child eligible. No ID required.

MLK High School
6100 Stenton Ave 19138
Hours: Mon & Thu, 9am-12pm

Roosevelt Elementary
430 E Washington Ln 19144
Hours: Mon & Thu, 9am-12pm

Gen. Louis Wagner MS
1701 Chelten Ave 19126
Hours: Mon & Thu, 9am-12pm

John B. Kelly School
5116 Pulaski Ave. 19144
Hours: Mon & Thu, 9am-12pm



Charter School locations open on Monday and Thursday between 10 a.m. to noon. (contact schools or visit their websites for more information)

Mastery Charter – Pastorius
5650 Sprague St 19138
Hours: Mon & Thu, 10am-12pm

Mastery Charter – Pickett
5700 Wayne Ave 19144
Hours: Mon & Thu, 10am-12pm

Mastery Charter – Wister
67 E Bringhurst St 19144
Hours: Mon & Thu, 10am-12pm


Other Meals & Food Resources

Free Halal Lunch, Masjidullah
7401 Limekiln Pike 19138
March 30th – April 10th
Hours: 12pm-2pm
(215) 424-4480

4th Senate District Food Resources: Montgomery County

Food Pantries

Inter-Faith Food Cupboard
1356 Easton Road, Roslyn
Hours: Mon – Fri 11:00am – 1:00pm; Sat. 9:00am – 12:00pm

New Life Presbyterian Church
467 N. Easton Road, Glenside
Hours: Mon 7:00pm – 7:30pm; Tues. 6:50pm-7:30pm; Thurs. 1:00pm-2:30pm
(215) 576-0892

Mitzvah Food Program
8231 Old York Road, Elkins Park
Hours: Wed. – 1:00pm-3:00pm & 6:00pm-7:00pm

Berachah Church
400 Ashbourne Rd, Cheltenham
Hours: Thu, 9:30am-1pm
(215) 379-8700

Calvary Church
7910 Washington Ln, Wyncote
Hours: 2nd Tues. of each month – 9:00am – 11:00am
(215) 886-0404

Willow Grove 7th Day Adventist
1576 Fairview Avenue, Willow Grove
Hours: 3rd Thurs. of each month – 11:00am-2:00pm & 4:00pm-6:00pm

Jenkintown United Methodist
328 Summit Ave, Jenkintown
Hours: Drive-thru on Thurs. By last name. A-M: 10-12. N-Z: 12-2.
(215) 274-5720

Child and Family Focus
304 Easton Road, Willow Grove
Hours: Pls call
(267) 818-6190


Abington School District – Only free/reduced/directly certified students. Specific sites based on zone. For help finding zone, go here or call (215) 881-2505 between 9am and 12pm.

  • Hours (last name A – L): 10am – 11:30am, (last name M – Z): 11:30am – 1pm.
    • Copper Beech, Highland, Roslyn
      Junior HS bus loop, 2056 Susquehanna Rd
    • McKinley and Rydal
      McKinley Elementary bus loop. 370 Cedar Rd, Elkins Park.
    • Overlook
      Overlook Elementary bus loop, 1700 Coolidge Avenue, Willow Grove, PA, 19090.
    • Willow Hill
      Willow Hill elementary bus loop, 1700 Coolidge Avenue, Willow Grove, PA, 19090.
    • Questions? Email,

Cheltenham School District – For information about possible future food bag distribution, please go here.

Jenkintown School District – Wednesday, April 8th, 12pm-2pm. School Building car loop, 325 Highland Ave, Jenkintown, PA, 19046. For more information or updates, please go here. Contact Maya Cheek, Board President, to make alternative arrangements for groceries:

  • Note: only children that receive free and reduced lunch will receive groceries.
  • A car line will be set up. If your child/ren receive free and reduced lunch, please proceed through the car line and you will receive bagged groceries for the week. Stay in your vehicle and groceries will be brought to you.

Springfield School District – Food available for any family in the district who needs assistance. Weekly delivery service beginning Monday, March 30. On Mondays, families will receive one week of breakfast and lunch. If you need this service, please complete this form.

Additional Resources & Frequently Asked Questions

Food Banks & Pantries – General Information

  • If you are out of work without pay, you are eligible to receive food from a food bank or pantry.
  • This includes service workers who are unable to get shifts or hourly wage employees of non-essential businesses that have voluntarily closed due to COVID-19 mitigation.
  • To find a food bank or pantry
    • See the above list
    • Philabundance has a search tool (serving Montgomery and Philadelphia counties)
  • Eligibility Criteria
  • Frequently Asked Questions
    • How do I get food from a food bank if I can’t leave my house because I am under isolation or quarantine?
      • If you or a family member is under isolation or quarantine, contact your local food bank to see if they have options to deliver food. If you are concerned about potential exposure, there are steps you and food banks can take to limit risk.
    • What do I do if my local food pantry is closed?
      • You can go to another food pantry in your area, using the links above. We recommend checking with your local food bank to ensure other local food pantries are open.
    • How will students access meals while schools are closed?
      • The Pennsylvania Department of Education offers information on accessing meals on its website.

SNAP Benefits

  • DHS is continuing to process applications and benefit renewals for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  Emergency SNAP applications can be expedited and issued in five days. Pennsylvanians can apply for SNAP online at
  • DHS will continue to process application and renewal benefits, so people should continue to send in paperwork as usual. But, for anyone currently on SNAP who misses a deadline, who is not able to submit the paperwork or complete an interview or provide verifications for any reason during this emergency, DHS will ensure their SNAP benefit continues. DHS submitted a waiver request to the federal Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to ensure this continuity in benefits.

To volunteer at a food pantry or food bank

Options for food pantries seeking food

  • Contact the Share Food Program – (215) 223-2220. Share has indicated that requests for additional food will be honored in as soon as 24 hours.
  • Contact Philabundance – (215) 339-0900. New orders will take 1 week to fulfill.
  • Individuals and pantries in need of food are also encouraged to complete the DHS Food Access Survey. The survey is available at the link provided by the DHS press release.

What You Need to Know About COVID-19

The Coronavirus was first discovered during an outbreak in Wuhan, China. The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. Symptoms of COVID-19 can include: fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms often do not appear in a person until 2 to 14 days after exposure.

Prepare Yourself and Your Family

The best way to avoid contracting COVID-19 is by practicing vital social distancing procedures. It is recommended to work remotely and severely limit contact with others.

If you think you have come into contact with someone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or are exhibiting them yourself, please follow the instructions on the graphic below:

Protect Yourself

Medical Costs

As of March 9, the Governor announced that all major health insurers in Pennsylvania have agreed to cover “medically appropriate” COVID-19 testing and treatment.

The 10 major insurers are:

For anyone with questions about their insurance policy, please contact your insurer or the Pennsylvania State Insurance Department with questions. They can also be reached at (877) 881-6388.

Remote Medical Attention and Care

Health officials are urging people who have symptoms to stay home and contact their doctor remotely rather than opting for an in-person visit. Nearly all major health systems offer some form of virtual visits and assistance. Some insurers do, too. People interested in a specific virtual visit should check to see what illnesses it can be used for. Be sure to reach out to your insurance provider to verify this service is covered with your plan.

Here’s an brief overview of virtual visit services offered to local residents:

Capital BlueCross – is offering free medical Virtual Care visits for members who currently have the Virtual Care benefit.  The waiving of fees will be effective March 13 through April 15, 2020.

Highmark – is providing many of their members with a virtual clinic visit service. Any fees related to COVID-19 will be waived.

UPMC Pinnacle – is welcoming Online Video Visits for those experience flu like symptoms or just in need of a follow-up appointment.  Video visits are available through the MyPinnacleHealth portal for $49.

WellSpan Health – WellSpan Online Urgent Care offers a video visits with Teladoc physicians for patients 3 months and older for their standard fee of $49.

CALLING ALL PSYCHOLOGIST! Things may be picking up for you at this time, so we want to make sure you are covered too. Here are some COVID-19 resources on how to best protect yourself and serve your patients from the Pennsylvania Psychologist Association.

Business Closures

During a press conference on March 16, Governor Tom Wolf announced his recommendation to close all non-essential businesses statewide by midnight for two weeks as a matter of public health to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus.

The following types of businesses should temporarily cease regular operations:

  • Community and recreation centers
  • Gyms, including yoga/spin/barre facilities
  • Hair salons, nail salons, and spas
  • Casinos, concert venues, and theaters
  • Bars
  • Sporting events facilities and golf courses
  • Non-essential retail facilities, including shopping malls (except for pharmacy or other health care facilities located therein)
  • Restaurants should close for dine-in services, but may stay open for carry-out and delivery only.
  • Liquor stores. Individuals may still buy wine and beer at grocery stores with PLCB licenses.

Unemployment Compensation

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.

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.


  • 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:

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:

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)


Good news! The IRS & Pennsylvania Department of Revenue have agreed to extend the tax filing deadline for 90 days. The new deadline to submit taxes has been pushed back July 15. The PA Department of Revenue is happy to assist you with any questions you have via their online portal.

Click the graphic below to be taken to their online portal and FAQ page:

PennDOT/Real ID Updates

All Driver License Centers and Photo License Centers in Pennsylvania are closed until further notice effective close of business on Monday, March 16.

Customers may complete various transactions and access multiple resources via our website:

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has extended expiration dates for driver licenses, identification cards, and learner’s permits in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

Effective April 30, expiration dates for driver licenses, photo ID cards and learner’s permits scheduled to expire March 16, 2020 through May 31, 2020, are now extended through June 30, 2020. These extensions are in addition to those announced on March 27.

Additionally, all Driver License Centers and Photo License Centers in Pennsylvania are closed until further notice effective close of business on March 16.

As a reminder, customers may complete various transactions and access multiple resources via the Driver and Vehicle Services website, Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include driver’s license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; driver license and photo ID duplicates; and driver exam scheduling. There are no additional fees for using online services.

​Federal REAL ID Enforcement Deadline Postponed to October 2021

The Department of Homeland Security has postponed the enforcement date for REAL ID from October 1, 2020, to October 1, 2021, in response to COVID-19 and the national emergency declaration.

PennDOT closed all driver and photo license centers on March 16 and paused REAL ID issuance in the state out of an abundance of caution and in the interest of public health. Centers will reopen no sooner than April 3. PennDOT also sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, requesting that the agency consider extending the October 1, 2020 REAL ID enforcement deadline.

REAL ID is a federal law that affects how states issue driver’s licenses and ID cards if they are going to be acceptable for federal purposes. A federally-acceptable form of identification (whether it’s a Pennsylvania REAL ID driver’s license or ID card, a valid U.S. Passport/Passport Card, a military ID, etc.) must now be used on and after October 1, 2021, as identification to board a commercial flight or visit a secure federal building that requires a federally acceptable form of identification ID for access.

REAL ID is optional in Pennsylvania. There is no requirement that any resident obtain a REAL ID; PennDOT will continue to offer standard-issue driver’s licenses and photo IDs once issuance has resumed.

More information about document requirements, including a printable document checklist, can be found on the Document Check page of the PennDOT Driver and Vehicle Services website.

Small Business Assistance

Small businesses are the backbone of our Commonwealth and this nation!

Small Business Loan: The Federal Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) are working to provide Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Small Business Disaster Loan Assistance (SBA)

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in addition to local funding partners, may also be a source of assistance for affected businesses with funding opportunities up to $2 million. Learn more on how to apply here.

The Small Business Administration has just opened their applications for Disaster Loan Assistance. Small businesses can apply at

SBA disaster loans offer an affordable way for individuals and businesses to recover from declared disasters. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.  As a small business, small agricultural cooperative, small business engaged in aquaculture, or private non-profit organization you may borrow up to $2 million for Economic Injury. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance.

For questions, please call SBA Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail (link sends e-mail).

PIDA Working Capital Loan Highlights:

Businesses with less than 100 full-time employees are eligible to apply. 

  • Up to a $100,000 loan request to each small business to help them overcome temporary loss of revenue
  • Applicants will need to show a 1:1 match on expenses over the past 3 months they have spent an amount equal to their loan request on direct business expenses (payroll, utilities, rent, debt payments, inventory, etc.) up to the maximum $100,000 loan amount;
  • Retail and certain service-based businesses will need to show a 1:1 match on expenses over the past 6 months, meaning such businesses needed to verify they spent at least $200,000 on direct business expenses in order to maximize the $100,000 loan amount;

Term: 3 year term; 12 year amortization; no payments for an initial 12 month payment deferral;

Interest Rate: 0.00% fixed for businesses / 2.00% fixed for production agriculture;

Collateral: Subordinate UCC filing on all business assets of the company behind any existing UCC filings;

Guarantees: Personal or corporate guarantees are required for all 20%+ business owners;

Costs & Fees: $750 nonrefundable application fee + 1.5% of loan amount requested

To Apply:

Small businesses can apply for the COVID-19 Working Capital Assistance at

Childcare facilities were asked by the Governor to close statewide on March 16. For childcare centers that are serving essential personnel like healthcare and first responders that must go to work during the COVID-19 outbreak, the PA Department of Humans Services (DHS) has established a waiver process. Childcare facilities interested in applying for a waiver should email:

Essential Agriculture Businesses The PA Department of Agriculture has developed the following guidelines and recommendations for essential agricultural businesses to help ensure a safe and accessible food supply during the COVID-19 mitigation efforts:

Utilities Update

No one’s utilities are legally going to be turned off as long as Governor Tom Wolf’s proclamation of disaster related to the coronavirus is in effect. Terminations would only be permitted in the event of a safety emergency.

An emergency order is only ordered when there is a “clear and present danger to life or property or when the relief requested is uncontested and action is required prior to the next scheduled public meeting,” according to the commission’s regulations governing emergency relief.

*Be sure to check with your utilities provider to see how they can best accommodate your needs!

School Districts

All Pennsylvania schools will remain closed until further notice. 

**No school district will be penalized if it fails to meet the 180 day or school hours requirements.**

Additionally, the Pennsylvania Department of Education announced that it received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow eligible schools to serve meals to low income students in a non-congregate setting, such as a drive-through or grab and go, during this closure.

For more guidance and a complete list of resources provided for school communities, be sure to read the information provided on the by the PA Department of Education.

Federal Stimulus Package – ‘Putting Workers First

A bipartisan, robust third COVID-19 bill that will immediately bolster our health care response and our economy.

Federal COVID Stimulus PackageUnemployment Insurance: ($260 billion)

A massive investment in the UI program as well as critical reforms to make the program more effective for workers. In the wake of the economic recession caused by the coronavirus the UI program is an essential a long-term lifeline for millions of workers during this crisis.

  • Full Paycheck Replacement: $600 increase for every American, which equates to 100 percent of wages for the average American without a paycheck struggling through the Crisis
  • Waiving Waiting Weeks: Gets money in people’s pockets sooner by providing federal incentives for states to eliminate waiting weeks.
  • Extension of Benefits: An additional 13 weeks of federally-funded unemployment insurance benefits are immediately be made available.
  • Expanding Access: Allow part-time, self-employed, and gig economy workers to access UI benefits.

Marshall Plan For Our Health System ($150 billion)

An unprecedented and historic investment for our health care system in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The new $150 billion fund is widely available to all types of hospitals and providers most affected by COVID-19, and it will be available to fund whatever is needed to defeat this virus.

This includes:

  • Equipment and Infrastructure: Personal and protective equipment for health care workers, testing supplies, increased workforce and training, new construction to house patients, emergency operation centers and more.
  • Enhanced Health Investments: Additional funding is also dedicated to delivering Medicare payment increases to all hospitals and providers to ensure that they receive the funding they need during this crisis, and new investments in our country’s Strategic National Stockpile, surge capacity and medical research into COVID-19.

Robust Worker and Transparency Protections on Government Loans

  • No stock buybacks or dividends for the length of any loan provided by the Treasury plus 1 year.
  • Restrictions on any increases to executive compensation.
  • Protect collective bargaining agreements.
  • Real-time public reporting of Treasury transactions under the Act, including terms of loans, investments or other assistance to corporations.
  • Prohibition on businesses controlled by the President, Vice President, Members of Congress, and heads of Executive Departments getting loans or investments from Treasury programs.
  • Creation of Treasury Department Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery to provide oversight of Treasury loans and investments and a Pandemic Response Accountability Committee to protect taxpayer dollars. • Creation of a Congressional Oversight Commission to enhance legislative oversight of pandemic response.


Small Business Rescue Plan ($377 billion)

  • $350 billion in loan forgiveness grants to small businesses and non-profits to maintain existing workforce and help pay for other expenses like rent, mortgage, and utilities.
  • $10 billion for SBA emergency grants of up to $10,000 to provide immediate relief for small business operating costs. • $17 billion for SBA to cover 6 months of payments for small businesses with existing SBA loans.

Protected Over 2 Million Aviation Industry Jobs

  • Democrats secured direct payroll payments to keep millions of airline workers on the job and receiving paychecks.
  • Airline companies will be prohibited from stock buybacks and dividends for the entire life of the grant plus one year.
  • Collective Bargaining Agreements negotiated by workers will be protected.

Increased Direct Payments to Working Americans

  • Democrats fought to double cash payments to the working class Americans from $600 to $1,200
  • An additional $500 cash payment is available per child.
  • The full payment is available for individuals making up to $75,000 (individual) and $150,000 (married).
  • The value begins decreasing and then phases out completely for those making over the full payment income cap.

State and Local Coronavirus Expenditures Fund ($150 billion)

To assist States, Tribes, and local governments that must pay for new expenses related to COVID-19 response.

  • $150 billion, with a small-state minimum of $1.25 billion
  • Tribal set-aside of $8 billion

Emergency Appropriations ($330 billion, including $100 billion for hospitals and providers mentioned above)

  • $16 billion to replenish the Strategic National Stockpile supplies of pharmaceuticals, personal protective equipment, and other medical supplies, which are distributed to State and local health agencies, hospitals and other healthcare entities facing shortages during emergencies.
  • $1 billion for the Defense Production Act to bolster domestic supply chains, enabling industry to quickly ramp up production of personal protective equipment, ventilators, and other urgently needed medical supplies, and billions dollars more for federal, state, and local health agencies to purchase such equipment.
  • $4.3 billion to support federal, state, and local public health agencies to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus, including for the purchase of personal protective equipment; laboratory testing to detect positive cases; infection control and mitigation at the local level to prevent the spread of the virus; and other public health preparedness and response activities.
  • $45 billion for FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund, more than doubling the available funding, to provide for the immediate needs of state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as private non-profits performing critical and essential services, to protect citizens and help them recover from the overwhelming effects of COVID-19. Reimbursable activities may include medical response, personal protective equipment, National Guard deployment, coordination of logistics, safety measures, and community services nationwide.
  • $30.75 billion for grants to provide emergency support to local school systems and higher education institutions to continue to provide educational services to their students and support the on-going functionality of school districts and institutions.
  • $25 billion in aid to our nation’s transit systems to help protect public health and safety while ensuring access to jobs, medical treatment, food, and other essential services.
  • $10 billion in grants to help our nation’s airports as the aviation sector grapples with the most steep and potentially sustained decline in air travel in history.
  • $3.5 billion in additional funding for the Child Care Development Block Grant to provide child care assistance to health care sector employees, emergency responders, sanitation workers, and other workers deemed essential during the response to the coronavirus.
  • More than $7 billion for affordable housing and homelessness assistance programs. This funding will help low-income and working class Americans avoid evictions and minimize any impacts caused by loss of employment, and child care, or other unforeseen circumstances related to COVID-19, and support additional assistance to prevent eviction and for people experiencing homelessness
  • More than $6.5 billion in Federal funding for CDBG, the Economic Development Administration, and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership to help mitigate the local economic crisis and rebuild impacted industries such as tourism or manufacturing supply chains.
  • $400 million in election assistance for the states to help prepare for the 2020 election cycle, including to increase the ability to vote by mail, expand early voting and online registration, and increase the safety of voting in-person by providing additional voting facilities and more pollworkers. • $2 billion in funding to strengthen response capacity and support tribal governments: o $1.03 billion to the Indian Health Service to support tribal health care system response efforts; o $100 million more for the USDA Food Distribution Program for Indian Reservations; o $453 million to assist tribes through the Bureau of Indian Affairs; o $69 million to help tribal schools, colleges and universities through for the Bureau of Indian Education; and o $300 million more to the HUD Indian Tribal Block Grant program. • $1 billion to recapitalize Amtrak after steep ridership declines related to the outbreak. This will keep thousands of Amtrak employees employed, and ensure America’s intercity passenger rail stays on track, continuing service in the Northeast and nationwide.

Student Loan Relief

  • To alleviate the pressure of student loan costs during this crisis, Senate Democrats fought for the inclusion of tax relief encouraging employers to implement student loan repayment programs. This provision will exclude up to $5,250 in qualifying student loan repayments paid by the employer on behalf of the employee from income for income tax purposes.

Some helpful links to understand the Federal Stimulus Package:

Status of your stimulus check

Most Americans can expect to start seeing their stimulus checks from the coronavirus relief bill in about three weeks, according to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Singles who have adjusted gross income of less than $75,000 would get $1,200 and married couples who file taxes jointly and earn less than $150,000 would get $2,400. Singles who earn less than $99,000 and married couples who earn less than $198,000 would get a partial benefit.

The checks will be sent based your 2019 or 2018 adjusted gross income on your tax return. If you haven’t filed a tax return, you should file a tax return quickly if you can. The IRS will also access information from Social Security to send the payments.

But what if the IRS can’t track you down to send you a stimulus check?

All is not lost. Just delayed.

If you don’t receive your check, you’ll see the benefit as a tax refund when you file your return in 2020.

That’s because the funds from the stimulus check are actually an advance on a credit you will be able to take on your 2020 tax return.

So while the funds are meant to give relief now, if you don’t get it, you can still take the credit on your 2020 return and you’d get the stimulus amount in the form of a tax refund, said Garrett Watson, senior policy analyst for The Tax Foundation..

Still not sure if you qualify? Use the stimulus check calculator to see what benefit you can expect.


 Some helpful links to understand the Federal Stimulus Package:

How to Stay Informed

Below is an extensive list of information, statistics, and resources to ensure you stay up-to-date with any changes happening due to COVID-19.

Pennsylvania Department of Health

A complete list of information and resources available to you by county:

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

  • Learn what’s happening Worldwide with the WHO’s Daily report. The most recent report is located at the top of the page. It includes confirmed case and death tallies.
  • Additional COVID-19 information is provided on their website.
  • Stay informed on Twitter.
  • Follow their Facebook page. 

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act)

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provided for the expansion of Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). This is a federal program administered by the US Department of Labor.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published its first round of implementation guidance pursuant to the FFCRA yesterday.

The following was provided to us as guidance by the USDOL and has been posted on our website.  The  information can be found at:

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.  The United States Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.  Please read the below fact sheets to determine if you are eligible.