COVID-19 Updates

Join the WHIP News Department every morning and evening for the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic on the national, state, local and campus levels.


EVENING UPDATE: April 1, 2020 @ 8 p.m.

April 1, 2020 Evening Update

KEY POINTS:
• Temple has released more formal guidelines for credit/no-credit grading options, and students can access it on TU Portal
• Mayor Kenney announced that all evictions in Philadelphia have been suspended until at least April 5th
• Governor Wolf extended his stay-at-home order to include all 67 counties in Pennsylvania

LINKS:
The New York Times COVID-19 National Tracker


MORNING UPDATE: April 1, 2020 @ 10 a.m.

April 1, 2020 Morning Update

KEY POINTS:
• Temple has released more formal guidelines for credit/no-credit grading options, and students can access it on TU Portal
• SEPTA has suspended onboard fare payment
• Philadelphia police will now issue $100 fines to anyone found violating the city’s stay-at-home order


EVENING UPDATE: March 31, 2020 @ 4 p.m.

March 31, 2020 Evening Update

KEY POINTS:
• Reading Terminal Market is still open for home delivery
• New models show deaths related to COVID-19 reaching over 100,000 in the coming months


MORNING UPDATE: March 31, 2020 @ 9 a.m.

March 31, 2020 Morning Update

KEY POINTS:
• President Trump approved Pennsylvania’s major disaster declaration last night, which will allow the state to receive federal funding to combat the COVID-19 pandemic
• Whole Foods employees are planning a sickout today to protest what they say is inadequate safety measures and insufficient pay for the risks they’re confronting
• The ACLU of Pennsylvania is petitioning the state Supreme Court to release nonviolent offenders from county jails to help reduce the spread of the virus

LINKS:
The New York Times COVID-19 National Tracker


EVENING UPDATE: March 30, 2020 @ 6 p.m.

March 30, 2020 Evening Update

KEY POINTS:
• Governor Wolf has extended closures for Pennsylvania’s schools and non life-sustaining businesses indefinitely
• The Philadelphia 76ers organization has made a donation for 20,000 boxes of food for the city and 10,000 chromebooks for the School District of Philadelphia
• Governor Wolf’s stay-at-home order has been extended to April 30, 2020

LINKS:
The Liacouras Center Becomes Makeshift Surge Hospital
The New York Times COVID-19 National Tracker


MORNING UPDATE: March 30, 2020 @ 10 a.m.

March 30, 2020 Morning Update

KEY POINTS:
• President Trump extended the federal social distancing guidelines to April 30, 2020
• Hahnemann Hospital owner Joel Freedman’s home was vandalized last night, most likely for his dispute with the city over using the facility as a surge hospital
• The UN warned that the COVID-19 pandemic could trigger a global food shortage


EVENING UPDATE: MARCH 29, 2020 @ 6 p.m.

March 29, 2020 Evening Update

KEY POINTS:
• The Liacouras Center and other Temple facilities will be used as a space for hospital patients
• Beginning tomorrow, Philadelphia will offer free meal supplies to all residents between 10 a.m. to noon
• Governor Wolf has asked President Trump to declare Pennsylvania a “major-disaster area,” which will allow the state to receive millions in federal aid

LINKS:
Meal Sites for Philadelphians
The New York Times COVID-19 National Tracker


MORNING UPDATE: March 29, 2020 @ 10 a.m.

March 29, 2020 Morning Update

KEY POINTS:
• Beginning tomorrow, Philadelphia will offer free meal supplies to all residents between 10 a.m. to noon
• Pennsylvania will begin a series of licensing waivers for health care professionals during the pandemic
• The CDC has issued a travel advisory for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut

LINKS:
Meal Sites for Philadelphians
The New York Times COVID-19 National Tracker


EVENING UPDATE: March 28, 2020 @ 5 p.m.

March 28, 2020 Evening Update

KEY POINTS:
• Temple’s Wellness Resource Center is hosting remote workshops on new routines and stress relief
• Philadelphia will offer free meals to all city residents at locations across the city beginning on Monday between 10 a.m. and noon
• Between five and 40 people in every Philadelphia zip code have tested positive for COVID-19

LINKS:
• Meal Sites for Philadelphians


MORNING UPDATE: March 28, 2020 @ 10 a.m.

March 28, 2020 Morning Update

KEY POINTS:
• The Liacouras Center and other Temple facilities will be used as a space for hospital patients
• Every Philadelphia zip code has tested positive for COVID-19
• U.S. Representative Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania has tested positive for COVID-19

LINKS:
Philadelphia COVID-19 Cases by Zip Code
The New York Times COVID-19 National Tracker
The New York Times’ Pandemic Bright Spots


EVENING UPDATE: March 27, 2020 @ 6 p.m.

March 27, 2020 Evening Update

KEY POINTS:
• The Liacouras Center and other Temple facilities will be used as a space for hospital patients
• The Pennsylvania primary will be officially postponed to June 2, 2020
• President Trump officially signed the $2 trillion stimulus package that passed through the U.S. House and Senate earlier this week with bipartisan support

LINKS:
The New York Times COVID-19 National Tracker


MORNING UPDATE: March 27, 2020 @ 11 a.m.

March 27, 2020 Morning Update

KEY POINTS:
• College students who have been declared dependents by their parents could receive no money from the direct payments that will be part of the $2 trillion stimulus package being passed to financially offset the pandemic
• Philadelphia universities have lost hundreds of millions of dollars because of the pandemic
• However, the House vote on the $2 trillion stimulus package has been delayed


EVENING UPDATE: MARCH 26, 2020 @ 6 p.m.

March 26, 2020 Evening Update

KEY POINTS:
• Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Temple will allow students to decide whether they want to be graded using the standard letter system this semester
• Philadelphia officials have ended their negotiations with Hahnemann University Hospital
• The U.S. now has the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world

LINKS:
The New York Times COVID-19 National Tracker


MORNING UPDATE: March 26, 2020 @ 9 a.m.

March 26, 2020 Morning Update

KEY POINTS:
• University departments have been asked to prepare for a potential 5% budget cut that would go into place on July 1, according to the Temple News
• Philadelphia public health officials reported the city’s first death related to COVID-19: a man in his 50s who had underlying conditions
• The Pennsylvania primary has been pushed back to June 2

LINKS:
The New York Times COVID-19 National Tracker


EVENING UPDATE: March 25, 2020 @ 6 p.m.

March 25, 2020 Evening Update

KEY POINTS:
• 540,000 Pennsylvanians have filed unemployment claims since March 16, which is a new record
• Former Vice President Joe Biden does not want to participate in any more Democratic debates, saying “we’ve had enough debates” and that he’d rather focus on the COVID-19 pandemic
• President Trump’s approval ratings are at the highest level of his presidency, reaching 49% in a recent Gallup poll


MORNING UPDATE: MARCH 25, 2020 @ 8 a.m.

March 25, 2020

KEY POINTS:
• The Temple News reported that students have been applying the skills they’ve learned in their major classes to help combat the pandemic
• Governor Wolf allowed several gun shops to reopen last night on a limited basis after being urged to do so by many Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justices, according to 6abc

LINKS:
The Temple News Article
The New York Times COVID-19 National Tracker


EVENING UPDATE: March 24, 2020 @ 7 p.m.

March 24, 2020 Evening Update

KEY POINTS:
• University officials have decided to cancel many summer study abroad programs, including for the Intellectual Heritage program
• The South Philadelphia drive-thru testing site will be closed tomorrow due to the bad weather forecast
• Governor Wolf has expanded his stay-at-home order to Erie County

LINKS:
The New York Times COVID-19 National Tracker


MORNING UPDATE: March 24, 2020 @ 10 a.m.

March 24, 2020 Morning Update

KEY POINTS:
• Temple University Graduate Students’ Association is calling for the university to expand health insurance coverage for all graduate workers and their dependents through the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic
• Temple Health is asking for donations of critical medical supplies like masks, gowns and hand sanitizer. Anyone with information on this can email Temple Health at covid19@tuhs.temple.edu

LINKS:
• Temple Health Email Address: covid19@tuhs.temple.edu


EVENING UPDATE: March 23, 2020 @ 7 p.m.

March 23, 2020 Evening Update

KEY POINTS:
• University officials announced this morning that the on-campus Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremony scheduled for May 7 will be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic
• Temple Health is asking for N95 masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and other items due to the shortage of protective health care equipment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic
• Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Monroe, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties are all under stay-at-home orders as of 8 p.m. this evening

LINKS:
The New York Times COVID-19 National Tracker


BREAKING UPDATE: March 23, 2020 @ 11:00 a.m.

March 23, 2020 Breaking Update

KEY POINTS:
• University officials announced this morning that the on-campus Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremony scheduled for May 7 will be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic
• This will not prevent students who met the academic graduation requirements in Spring 2020 from earning their degrees as of May 7
• The university is exploring alternative options for the ceremony, and said it will “engage our students in the conversation” about this


MORNING UPDATE: March 23, 2020 @ 8 a.m.

March 23, 2020 Morning Update

KEY POINTS:
• The Cherry Pantry has shifted to the Temple Police substation below Morgan Hall, and will operate on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon and Fridays from 3-5 p.m.
• Mayor Kenney’s stay-at-home order went into effect this morning at 8 a.m. and will remain in place until further notice
• Governor Wolf’s non-essential business closure order also went into effect at 8 a.m. this morning

LINKS:
The New York Times COVID-19 National Tracker


EVENING UDPATE: March 22, 2020 @ 4 p.m.

March 22, 2020 Evening Update

KEY POINTS:
• Philadelphia will increase its quarantining policy starting at 8 a.m. tomorrow by banning outdoor gatherings and requiring residents to stay inside except for essential trips
• U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is the first member of the Senate to test positive for COVID-19


EVENING UPDATE: March 21, 2020 @ 7 p.m.

March 21, 2020 Evening Update

KEY POINTS:
• Temple has suspended its Spring 2020 study abroad program in Japan and encouraged students currently in Japan to return home as soon as possible
• Philadelphia has indefinitely closed Martin Luther King Junior Drive to help enforce social distancing

LINKS:
The New York Times COVID-19 National Tracker


MORNING UPDATE: March 21, 2020 @ 11 a.m.

March 21, 2020 Morning Update

KEY POINTS:
• Temple is planning to host small business relief webinars on March 23rd and 25th as well as April 7th to help small businesses seeking loans
• Enforcement of Governor Wolf’s “life-sustaining businesses” order will be delayed until March 23rd at 8 a.m.


EVENING UPDATE: March 20, 2020 @ 7 p.m.

March 20, 2020 Evening Update

KEY POINTS:
• The drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at Citizens Bank Park opened this afternoon, and testing will be offered daily from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. for those who are eligible
• Three members of the Philadelphia 76ers organization have tested positive for COVID-19
• The Dow Jones Industrial Average has fallen below its level from when President Trump was inaugurated

LINKS:
Updated Philadelphia Meal Distribution Sites
The New York Times COVID-19 National Tracker


MORNING UPDATE: March 20, 2020 @ 11 a.m.

March 20, 2020 Morning Update

KEY POINTS:
• University officials announced today that all students studying abroad in Japan must return home
• On-campus Temple students without housing extensions must vacate campus by 5 p.m. tomorrow
• The national tax-filing deadline has been moved from April 15 to July 15

LINKS:
The New York Times COVID-19 National Tracker


EVENING UPDATE: March 19, 2020 @ 7 p.m.

March 19, 2020 Evening Update

KEY POINTS:
• Temple’s Ambler Campus will open a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site for healthcare workers and people over 50 with symptoms on Saturday at 10 a.m.
• Temple’s Charles Library, TECH Center, and Student Center will close indefinitely as of tonight
• The City of Philadelphia has established a fund for people to make donations to the nonprofits combating the pandemic

LINKS:
PHL COVID-19 Fund
The New York Times COVID-19 National Tracker


MORNING UPDATE: March 19, 2020 @ 11 a.m.

March 19, 2020 Morning Update

KEY POINTS:
• Charles Library will remain closed indefinitely as of 6 p.m. last night
• Global stocks continued to fall this morning


EVENING UPDATE: March 18, 2020 @ 7 p.m.

March 18, 2020 Evening Update

KEY POINTS:
• Temple will provide students with prorated refunds for some of the on-campus services they will no longer be able to access due to the transition to virtual classes
• Philadelphia has experienced an increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19 due to the city conducting more testing
• The U.S. Senate approved a relief package today and President Trump is expected to sign it

LINKS:
The New York Times COVID-19 National Tracker


MORNING UPDATE: March 18, 2020 @ 11 a.m.

March 18, 2020 Morning Update

KEY POINTS:
BREAKING: Temple University spokesperson Ray Betzner announced today that two additional students tested positive for COVID-19, bringing Temple’s total up to 3 cases
• Temple has temporarily relocated the Cherry Pantry to the Temple Police substation below Morgan Hall (at the corner of Park Avenue and Cecil B. Moore)
• President Trump announced in a tweet today that the U.S.-Canada border will temporarily close, but that this will not impact trade

LINKS:
The New York Times COVID-19 National Tracker


EVENING UPDATE: March 17, 2020 @ 6 p.m.

March 17, 2020 Evening Update

KEY POINTS:
• The Temple University Career Center is continuing to offer services virtually
• Pennsylvania Task Force 1 was deployed at Citizens Bank Park
• The White House is said to support the idea of sending cash payments to Americans

LINKS:
Pennsylvania Guide to COVID-19
Gov. Wolf’s COVID-19 Guide for Businesses 
The New York Times COVID-19 National Tracker


MORNING UPDATE: March 17, 2020 @11 a.m.

March 17, 2020 Morning Update

KEY POINTS:
• Hospital staff are preparing to establish a new COVID-19 testing site outside of Jefferson Health at 10th and Sansom Streets
• Governor Tom Wolf requires all non-essential businesses in Pennsylvania to close for 14 days
• The Federal Reserve will be buying up commercial paper in an effort to prevent the economy from spiraling

LINKS:
The Temple News Emergency Aid Resources
Governor Wolf Press Release
The New York Times COVID-19 National Tracker


EVENING UPDATE: March 16, 2020 @ 7 p.m.

March 16, 2020 Evening Update

KEY POINTS:
• Temple encourages students living off-campus to return home and warns that those hosting parties are subject to the Student Conduct Code
• Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced today that only essential commercial establishments should remain open
• President Trump recommended today that gatherings of over 10 people should be avoided

LINKS:
Mayor Kenney’s Press Release
The New York Times COVID-19 National Tracker

MORNING UPDATE: March 16, 2020 @ 10 a.m.


March 16, 2020 Morning Update

KEY POINTS:
• Governor Tom Wolf ordered four counties in the Greater Philadelphia region to close all restaurants and bars effective immediately
• The CDC recommended that people avoid any gatherings of over 50 people
• Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders went head-to-head last night in a Democratic debate that highlighted how they would respond to the spread of COVID-19 if they were elected president

LINKS:
Temple Zoom Webinar @2pm Today
Philadelphia Youth Meal and Activities Sites
SEPTA Regional Rail Schedule
The New York Times COVID-19 National Tracker


EVENING UPDATE: March 15, 2020 @ 8 p.m.

March 15, 2020 Evening Update

KEY POINTS:
• Temple’s transition to online classes and alternative learning methods begins tomorrow
• Philadelphia has eight confirmed cases of COVID-19
• An anonymous government official announced today that a clinical trial will begin in Washington State tomorrow to test a potential vaccine to prevent coronavirus

LINKS:
Microsoft Office 365 and Adobe Creative Cloud
Comcast Internet Essentials
Charles Library Schedule
• Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus Helpline Number: 1 (800) 722-7112
• Philadelphia COVID-19 Free Text Alerts: text “COVIDPHL” to 888-777
The New York Times COVID-19 National Tracker


MORNING UPDATE: March 15, 2020 @ 11 a.m.

March 15, 2020 Morning Update

KEY POINTS:
• A Temple student has tested positive for COVID-19 after traveling to Spain over spring break
• A COVID-19 Helpline was created for the Greater Philadelphia community, and the number is 1 (800) 722-7112
• President Trump has tested negative for coronavirus

LINKS:
First Confirmed Temple COVID-19 Case
The New York Times COVID-19 National Tracker


BREAKING UPDATE: March 14, 2020 @ 9 p.m.

BREAKING: Temple Confirms First COVID-19 Case | March 14, 2020

KEY POINTS:
• Temple University officials confirmed on Saturday night that a student who traveled to Spain over spring break has tested positive for COVID-19
• The student lived in off-campus housing and has not been on main campus since Wednesday afternoon
• The student’s symptoms are mild


EVENING UPDATE: March 14, 2020 @ 7 p.m.

March 14, 2020 Evening Update

KEY POINTS:
• Trump administration to expand European travel ban
• Pennsylvania to prohibit utility termination
• School District of Philadelphia to provide free meals and activities throughout closing
• Charles Library announces updated schedule

LINKS:
The New York Times COVID-19 National Tracker
PA Department of Health COVID-19 Updates
School District of Philadelphia Updates
Charles Library Schedule


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