Questlove, Patti LaBelle, Daryl Hall, DJ Jazzy Jeff Unite for COVID Relief Concert
You can watch it on TV or online this Thursday.
A roundup of Philly coronavirus news.
Philly Music Stars Unite for PHLove Coronavirus Relief Concert
In 1995, Philly hosted Live Aid. In 2005, we hosted Live 8. And this Thursday at 7 p.m., Philly plays host to PHLove, a coronavirus relief concert.
Instead of a big stadium concert, which is impossible right now thanks to the coronavirus, PHLove will be more of a variety television show. Think: telethon.
You can watch PHLove live on 6 ABC, CBS 3, and NBC 10 and listen on a variety of local radio stations. Naturally, PHLove will also be streamed.
The idea is to use the event to raise money and awareness for the PHL COVID-19 Fund, which was set up to help those most impacted by the coronavirus. The concert is presented by the Middleton family.
For more information on the PHL COVID-19 fund and PHLove, click here
If You Ignore Quarantine Advice, You Could Be Arrested
So if doctors tell you to self-quarantine and you ignore their advice, what happens next?
Well, if other people get the coronavirus from you while you are supposed to be in quarantine, you could be charged with a crime.
According to the New Jersey Attorney General’s office, Camden home health aide Josefina Brito-Hernandez was told by doctors to quarantine herself after she went to a testing site because she wasn’t feeling well.
But prosecutors say that Brito-Hernandez did not go into quarantine. Instead, Brito-Hernandez, whose test came back positive, allegedly went to the home of an 80-year-old client and fed and gave her a sponge bath, all while she wasn’t wearing a mask or PPE. The client contracted coronavirus and died, and four of the client’s housemates contracted the virus as well.
Brito-Hernandez is charged with five counts of endangering the welfare of another person.
So if the moral and ethical consequences of failing to quarantine aren’t enough for you, consider the legal ones. God, I hate that I even need to say that.
The Coronavirus Has Created a Big Summer Camp Dilemma
This weekend is Memorial Day Weekend. (Yes, it’s this weekend. Not the weekend of May 29th. It’s early this year.)
And what does Memorial Day Weekend mean? It means that summer is almost here.
And what does that mean? It means that school is almost over.
And what does that mean? It means that your kids are about to have lots of free time on their hands.
Now, in any other year, the solution to this for many families is quite simple: summer camp. But the coronavirus has created all kinds of summer camp problems.
There are many families who’ve been sending their kids to summer camp every year, for years. Some send their kids to sleepaway camps. Some a week or two of day camp — and some for most of the summer. And for others, even a few hours a day at the local rec center can prove helpful.
We were latecomers to the whole summer camp thing.
My son, who is now 14, went to sleepaway camp with his friend last year in Central Pennsylvania. That was his first year at camp, and both boys are due to return in July.
This year, my daughter, who is about to turn 13 (yikes!), is planning to go to that same camp with her friend. Both first-timers.
The camp hasn’t said that there will be no summer camp. But they also haven’t definitively said that there will be summer camp.
And if there is summer camp, should we send them? We’re leaning toward yes. But there are other parents involved. And my daughter’s friend, whose family has been impacted significantly by the coronavirus, has expressed some reservations because she’s afraid she might contract the virus at camp. Hard to argue with fears like that.
One thing’s for sure: the Summer of 2020 is going to be one loooooonnnnng summer.
For more on the summer camp dilemma, check out this WHYY feature