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Current risk and recommendations

Current risk: LOW

People may choose to mask at any time. Masks may be required in other places by local or state authorities.

The CDC provides weekly data updates and recommended prevention steps to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Review the latest data and recommendations for Philadelphia.

Data tracking

Isolation and quarantine guidance

Follow the latest CDC guidance for isolation timing if you tested positive for COVID-19 or have COVID-19 symptoms and have not tested. You will also find guidance on what to do if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

This guidance applies to the general public. It does not apply to:

  • Healthcare workers.
  • People who work or live in congregate settings.
  • Schools, daycares, and other childcare settings.
  • Confinement facilities.

Note: Individuals with COVID-19 are most likely to transmit infection in the first 5 days after symptoms start or after their positive test. People who leave isolation after 5 days should be fever free and with improving symptoms. They must wear a mask at all times when around others and must eat in a space separate from others for an additional 5 days.

Press releases, blog posts, and live streams

Visit our archive of press releases, blog posts, and live streams on YouTube and Facebook.

COVID-19 emergency orders

The City of Philadelphia issued several emergency orders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

SMS survey

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health is sending texts and emails to contact individuals who have recently been tested for COVID-19.

The individualized survey link invitation will come from the phone number 1-855-528-1237 or 1-855-735-0163.

Individuals are asked to complete a brief survey to help the Health Department better understand and monitor the spread of COVID-19 in Philadelphia. Participation is voluntary.