The latest on COVID-19 in Philly: How many people are sick, where you can get a free meal and what’s happening with schools

By: - March 31, 2020 1:17 pm

By Michael D’Onofrio

PHILADELPHIA — As of midday Tuesday, Philadelphia had 1,197 confirmed COVID-19 cases, up from 1,072 on Monday.

The city has set up a field hospital at the Liacouras Center at Temple University, although the number of medical personnel who will staff the site remains unknown.

The North Philadelphia stadium now has more than 200 hospital beds but the site has not been activated.

Limited meal distribution sites Tuesday

The city and School District will provide free meals for students at limited locations today.

The meals will be provided between 9 a.m. and noon. Families will receive six meals per student, three breakfasts and three lunches.

Meals will be offered at the following Philadelphia Housing Authority locations:

  • Abbottsford Homes Community Center, 3226 McMichael St.
  • Bartram Village Community Center, 5404 Gibson Drive
  • Raymond Rosen Homes Community Center, 2301 W. Edgley St.
  • John F. Street Community Center, 1100 Poplar St.
  • Wilson Park Community Center, 2500 Jackson St.
  • West Park Apartments Community Center, 300 N. Busti St.

Charter school sites also will offer meals at 25 schools but families should check those charter school websites for days of meal distribution.

The full list of schools, public housing and older adult centers where meals will be distributed, visit here.

Meals will not be provided at school district sites or the 20 new food distribution sites the city launched yesterday, which offer meals on Mondays and Thursday.

A full list of the food sites can be found here.

School district learning packets

The School District’s second round of learning guides for students in grades kindergarten through grade 12 are available online here.

Hard copies of the curriculum can be picked up at the district’s 49 free meal distribution centers at school buildings on Thursday.

All schools are closed through April 6. Officials currently plan for staff to return to schools on April 7 and students to return on April 9.


Individuals looking to volunteer to help the city respond to the coronavirus pandemic can sign up for the Medical Reserve Corps here.

Michael D’Onofrio is a reporter for the Philadelphia Tribune, where this story first appeared.

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