COVID-19 Information

If you test positive for COVID-19 or experience symptoms at the conference call our Conference Health Support Line at (267) 807-5389

The 2022 Worker Cooperative Conference has been designed to mitigate the risk of Covid-19 exposure for all attendees. The only indoor event with more than 50 people in one room will be the USFWC Member Meeting, and it will also be accessible virtually. Otherwise, all events will take place outdoors or in small groups.

Our Event Policies

Proof of vaccination is required to complete registration. N-95 or higher grade masks will be required indoors at all times and will be provided to attendees. All meals will be eaten outdoors. We will ask all attendees to test themselves for Covid-19 within 24 hours prior to attendance using a rapid or PCR test.

By attending the Worker Co-op Conference you are agreeing to follow the above policies. In addition, please help us keep the conference safe by observing these guidelines:

  1. Test for Covid-19 before traveling to the conference.
  2. Wear a mask while traveling on planes, buses, or anywhere with people outside of your household.
  3. If you are experiencing symptoms—such as a new cough, shortness of breath, fever or chills, aching, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea—even if your COVID test comes out negative, please stay home. We will refund tickets for anyone who can’t attend due to symptoms or a positive Covid test.
  4. Observe other attendees’ social distance preferences and ask for verbal consent before touching or getting close to anyone. We will provide color coded wristbands to help attendees communicate their comfort with physical proximity.
  5. Consult our map of local businesses to find outdoor spaces for any social meetups. Avoid entering any other hotel rooms or attending gatherings indoors.

There will be free rapid Covid tests, N-95 masks, and hand sanitizer available at the conference. We will sanitize interpretation equipment between uses.


COVID-19 safety for 2022 Worker Co-op Conference Attendees


The essentials:

  • Mask indoors at all times. N-95 masks are provided on both days at the COVID-19 Table.
  • Self test before entering the conference, and watch for symptoms! Self tests are provided at the tables with blue balloons.


If you test positive for COVID-19 or experience symptoms at the conference:

  • Call our Conference Health Support Line at (267) 807-5389 to notify conference organizers.
  • Put on a mask immediately if you’re not wearing one.
  • Return immediately to where you are staying and self isolate. Do not come back to the conference. Avoid interacting in person with other conference attendees as much as possible. 
  • If you self-test negative,  but still have symptoms associated with COVID-19, please self-isolate and arrange for a more sensitive molecular PCR test. See list of testing options below.

A full registration refund will be provided for registered attendees who can’t participate in the conference because of COVID-19. 

Symptoms* of the most common COVID-19 variant, Omicron BA.5:

  • Runny nose
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Muscle pain
  • Fatigue
  • (Time from exposure to symptoms can be from 1-5 days)

When to Seek Emergency Medical Attention

Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID 19:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone

If someone is showing any of these signs, call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility. Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. Source for Symptoms: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

RESOURCES in Philadelphia for COVID-19

If you need a Rapid test – get one from conference staff on-site

If you need a PCR Test, the following urgent care clinics accept walk-in appointments and are the closest to the conference locations

  • Vybe Urgent Care (closest to Friday location)
    • Address: 618 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 
    • Phone: 2155830618
    • Open 8am-8pm M-F, 8-5 on weekends; Appts online, walk-ins also accepted
    • Accepts insurance
    • Uninsured PCR test is $135 plus lab bill 
  • MyDoc Urgent Care (closest to Saturday location)
    • Address: 1420 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
    • Phone: (215) 800-1909
    • Open Friday 8-4 and Saturday 10-2:30 for COVID PCR test walk-ins
    • Accepts insurance
    • For uninsured: $199 for PCR, $125 for rapid test (we have free rapid tests on site at conference)
  • MyDoc Urgent Care  (between the two conference sites)
    • Address: 1008 Arch St #102, Philadelphia, PA 19107
    • Phone: 2678819111
    • Open Friday 8-4 and Saturday 10-2:30 for COVID PCR test walk-ins
    • Accepts insurance
    • For uninsured: $199 for PCR, $125 for rapid test (we have free rapid tests on site at conference)
  • If you have access to a car:
    • Most chain pharmacies (CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens) have drive-thru locations for COVID testing a short drive from the conference site. Chain pharmacies do NOT do PCR tests at sites where they don’t have drive-thrus

If you need a telehealth appointment and/or prescription medications, including COVID antivirals:

  • CVS offers virtual appointments with providers who can write prescriptions at 
  • The closest CVS to the conference hotels is 259 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

If you need emergency care there are two emergency rooms close to the conference sites: 

  • Pennsylvania Hospital Emergency – 800 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (slightly closer to day 1 location, closest to main hotels)
  • Jefferson University Hospital Emergency- 111 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (closest to day 2 location)

If you need supplies or over-the-counter medicine delivered to your hotel room or lodging

  • Philadelphia is served by major app-based delivery platforms
  • GoPuff is a stand-alone app that directly delivers a variety of convenience store/pharmacy items including OTC medications
  • DoorDash offers delivery from a variety of stores, including pharmacies, convenience stores, and restaurants