COVID-19 in Philly: As cases climb, millions stay home, what the schools are doing

By: - March 24, 2020 9:50 am

The skyline in Center City Philadelphia (Philadelphia Tribune photo)

By Michael D’Onofrio

PHILADELPHIA — The Kenney administration will provide updates at its daily briefing at 1 p.m. about the city’s response to the coronavirus.

Tuesday marked the second day the city’s stay-at-home order was in place, which prohibits non-essential business and activity.

For a full rundown of the essential activities allowed under the order, visit

If you believe that an establishment should be closed but is not, contact Philly311 by dialing 3-1-1 or submit a report online at

Confirmed cases of coronavirus in Philadelphia reached 175 on Monday, up from 96 the prior day.

COVID-19 in Pa.: Gov. Tom Wolf orders residents in seven hard-hit counties to stay at home

On Monday, Gov. Tom Wolf extended his stay-at-home order for Philadelphia, the four suburban counties and Pittsburgh.

Schools across the state will remain closed at least through April 6. Officials currently plan for staff to return to schools on April 7 and students to return on April 9.

The School District will provide new 10-day school learning guides on Wednesday online at Paper copies will be available at free meal distribution sites at district-run schools starting Thursday.

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

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