Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources

For information about Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide answers to many frequently asked questions at the following sites:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Page – Philadelphia Department of Public Health

Overview: FAQs about Coronavirus/COVID-19 – Philadelphia Department of Public Health

Coronavirus/COVID-19: How to Protect Yourself – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

What should I do if I have a cough, fever, shortness of breath, or chest pain, given the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic?

For Esperanza Health Center Patients:

If you have been in close contact with someone known to have COVID-19, and you are sick with any of the above symptoms:

Call us (215-302-3600) and ask to speak to the triage nurse.

  • Do NOT come directly to the health center without contacting us first.

If you are sick with a runny nose, sore throat, cough, fatigue and body aches, but have not been in close contact with someone known to have COVID-19:

It is most likely you have the flu, or one of many cold viruses, and not COVID-19. It is not necessary for you to call us. We would recommend that you stay at home until you are well.

  • BUT IF you develop a worsening cough, fever over 101, shortness of breath or chest pain:
    • Call us (215-302-3600) and ask to speak to the triage nurse.
    • Do NOT come directly to the health center without contacting us first.

What should I do if I am feeling well, but I find out that I have had close contact with someone who has Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection?

For Esperanza Health Center Patients:

Please call us (215-302-3600) to let us know. You do not need to come to the health center. We will give you guidance by phone how you can monitor yourself for symptoms, and what to do if you become sick. You should limit contact with other people and stay at home, until you are advised otherwise.

Is testing for COVID-19 available at Esperanza?

Very limited testing is currently available at Esperanza for those who have symptoms of cough, runny nose, or shortness of breath, AND who are also at high risk (age 65 or older, or have other serious medical conditions)Testing for mild illness will be available soon through public drive-through testing pods currently being planned.