Through a grant provided by the William Penn Foundation, PRLA has partnered with Jefferson Health and the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia to provide timely access to COVID-19 testing for Center City Philadelphia restaurants and their employees, with all costs reimbursed.
The impact of COVID-19 on the restaurant industry has been devastating. Restaurants comprise a large percentage of Philadelphia's small business community, and therefore are one of the City's largest employers which include large populations of immigrants and non-documented employees. To assist in the City's recovery, restaurants need to return to the business of feeding their communities. The impact of potential COVID-19 exposures is disruptive and could cause the smallest, most vulnerable businesses to close.
Many restaurants employees do not have a primary care physician and therefore cannot quickly get tested upon suspected exposure to COVID-19, further delaying a restaurant's ability to reopen. This program allows Center City restaurants to offer timely access to COVID-19 testing to their employees, with all costs reimbursed.
How the Program Works
An eligible restaurant applies for the program to have COVID-19 testing costs for their employees reimbursed. Employees who have a suspected exposure to COVID-19 can then be immediately evaluated by a physician using JeffConnect, the Jefferson Health telemedicine app, and promptly scheduled for a test near them at one of Jefferson's area facilities. While testing costs are covered by the CARES Act, this program covers the JeffConnect visit, which is typically $59.
After being seen by JeffConnect, patients will call a central number to schedule a COVID-19 test at any of Jefferson's facilities in the Greater Philadelphia area. Locations include: Center City, Methodist, Navy Yard, Abington, St. Raymond—Pentafort, Richard Allen Prep—S. Philly, Bensalem, PHL Airport (for restaurants located at the airport & asymptomatic employees only), Washington Township, NJ, and Cherry Hill, NJ.
Restaurants located in the Center City Philadelphia business district are eligible for the program. Restaurants register for the program with PRLA. Once approved, let employees know that access to care is available.
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