COVID-19 information: Philadelphia is in a modified, restricted green phase of reopening. For the latest information, visit Text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to receive updates to your phone.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Information for workers

To learn about Philadelphia’s strategy for moving to green, visit Reopening with Care.

Getting tested

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health recommends getting tested for COVID-19 if:

  • You have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 (wait until 7 days after exposure to ensure test accuracy) OR
  • You have symptoms of COVID-19, including:
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath OR
    • Two of these symptoms: fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell
  • You have traveled to a state where there are high numbers of recent transmission.  See our travel recommendations.

If you think you should be tested for COVID-19, use our testing sites map to find locations, contact information, and other criteria for testing sites in Philadelphia.

Questions? Visit frequently asked questions about testing.

Using sick leave

The City’s Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces Act, otherwise known as the sick leave law, has expanded in response to the pandemic.

During the COVID-19 risk, covered employees can use accrued paid sick time for:

  • Mandated business closures.
  • Caring for children during school or childcare closures.
  • Official quarantine and self-quarantine.
  • Illness and treatment of an illness for oneself or a family member.

Employees don’t have to provide a note from a medical professional in order to use consecutive paid sick leave during the COVID-19 health risk.

Employers can request sick leave compliance assistance or ask questions, and employees can find out if they are covered or request training by contacting the Office of Benefits and Wage Compliance at 215-686-0802 or email

Getting unemployment compensation

You may be eligible for unemployment compensation from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania if:

  • Your employer temporarily closes or goes out of business because of COVID-19.
  • Your employer reduces your hours because of COVID-19.
  • You’ve been told not to work because your employer feels you might get or spread COVID-19.
  • You have been told to quarantine or self-isolate, or you live or work in a county under government-recommended mitigation efforts.

Because of COVID-19, the Commonwealth is waiving wait time and work requirements for applicants. Learn how to apply online for unemployment compensation.

If you need assistance completing the application, visit the Philadelphia Legal Assistance resource page or call 215-999-6910.

Getting workers’ compensation

If you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19 in your workplace, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation from the Commonwealth. You’ll either need to:

  • Provide medical evidence that you were exposed to COVID-19 in the workplace.
  • Show that COVID-19 is occurring more in your occupation or industry than in the general population.

You can find out more about filing for workers’ compensation due to COVID-19 from the PA Department of Labor & Industry.

Opportunities for essential workers

PA CareerLink® Philadelphia is connecting job seekers with employers who are hiring during COVID-19. Visit their website to explore the current job opportunities and learn how to apply.

Applying for Medical Assistance or Medicaid

HealthChoices, Pennsylvania’s Medical Assistance/Medicaid program, provides many health care options​ based on income, resources (in some cases), and other eligibility requirements. To learn more and to apply, visit Compass PA.

How has COVID-19 affected your work?

Tell the City how your work has been impacted by COVID-19 and help us better respond to the needs of our region’s workforce.