Last updated on May 19, 2020.
Philadelphia County Medical Society
Coronavirus Resources for Philadelphia Physicians
For the latest on COVID-19 in our area, please visit our COVID-19 news page.
Order PPE through PAMED (You must be a member to order): https://www.pamedsoc.org/education-cme/public-health/corona-ppe
Please read the FAQs before ordering: https://www.pamedsoc.org/education-cme/public-health/PPE-FAQ
COVID-19 in Philadelphia:
PPE Donation and Request Agencies
- Guidance for essential personnel and businesses (May 5, 2020)
- PDPH Daily Data Postings
- PDPH Guidance for Conservation of Personal Protective Equipment (March 21, 2020)
To contact the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, call:
Business hours: (215) 685-6742
After hours: (215) 686-4514
Local Mental Health Resources:
COVID-19 in Pennsylvania:
- As of March 19, all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania must be closed.
- PA.gov Guide to COVID-19 in Pennsylvania
- Department of Health COVID-19 Information for Health Care Professionals
- Department of Health COVID-19 Guidance on Personal Protective Equipment (March 23, 2020)
- Pennsylvania Health Alert Network
To contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health, call 1-877-724-3258
- CDC Guidance for Healthcare Professionals
- Frequently Asked Questions for Healthcare Providers
- Prepare your practice
- CDC Guide for Evaluating and Testing Persons Under Investigation
- CDC Guidelines for Clinical Specimens
- CDC Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations
- CDC Strategies to Optimize the Supply of PPE
- Implementing Home Care of People Not Requiring Hospitalization
- CDC COVID-19 Information (Spanish)
- CMS Coronavirus Partner Toolkit
- CMS Provider Enrollment Relief FAQs
- CMS Quality Payment Program Relief Information (March 22, 2020)
- Medicare Telehealth FAQs (March 17, 2020)
- Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Provider Fact Sheet (March 17, 2020)
- Medicare Administrative Contractor COVID-19 Test Pricing Fact Sheet (March 12, 2020)
- FAQs on Essential Health Benefit Coverage and the Coronavirus (March 12, 2020)
Information from the American Medical Association
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Resources (March 18)
- Disaster Distress Helpline Website
- Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
- Text: “TalkWithUs” to 66746
Physician Support Line: 1-888-409-0141 (available 8am – 12am EST daily)
Free confidential peer support telehealth line by volunteer psychiatrists for US physician colleagues during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Physician members of the Philadelphia County Medical Society are working closely with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health in response to COVID-19 infections in our city. Mitigating an infectious disease like COVID-19 requires a community-wide response. Although many infected persons may have little or no symptoms, they can still spread the virus to chronically ill and elderly persons who may experience serious illness. It is important that everyone in our community follow public and personal health recommendations.
During an outbreak like COVID-19, physicians understand that members of the community have many general questions. We recommend visiting the City of Philadelphia’s Coronavirus webpage.
Philadelphia physicians are always prepared to assist patients who have become ill. The public can assist their doctors and the public health community by following these steps if you are feeling symptoms of acute respiratory illness (e.g., fever, cough, runny nose):
- Stay home and avoid interacting with other people and pets. Choose a room in your home that can be used to separate sick household members from those who are healthy.
- Do not go to the emergency room unless directed by your doctor, or your illness is worsening as indicated by increasing weakness, high fever, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
- Call you doctor’s office on the telephone and be prepared to describe your symptoms and your travel history. Be sure to mention if you have interacted with anyone who recently traveled or who is sick.
- Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean frequently-touched surfaces and objects (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, bathrooms, and cabinet handles) using a regular household detergent and water.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Your physician is the best resource to evaluate your illness and determine if a COVID-19 lab test is needed.
- Speak with your doctor’s office on the phone to determine the appropriate treatment for you, whether they would like you to come to their office for an in-person visit, or if you will be monitored at home.
The Philadelphia County Medical Society (PCMS) was established in 1848 as a professional association for physicians. PCMS members are physicians, medical students and residents-in-training dedicated to serving the health care needs of the residents of Philadelphia County, with over 6,200 members.
Mark C. Austerberry
Philadelphia County Medical Society