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What Drexel and Philly Looked Like During the Start of the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 16, 2020

The scene at Drexel Park. Photo credit: Jeff Fusco not just for this photo, but all photos in this story.
The scene at Drexel Park. Photo credit: Jeff Fusco not just for this photo, but all photos in this story.

Please visit the ‘Drexel’s Response to Coronavirus’ website for the latest information on campus preparations and responses regarding COVID-19.

Right now, as you’re reading this DrexelNow article, there’s a pretty good chance that you aren’t on campus — not in your dorm, or your office, or some other spot you used to go to. Some of you may not even be in Philadelphia anymore, either.

When people are social distancing and staying at home, the streets are empty — or look drastically different. As you can imagine, the people outside aren’t necessarily doing or wearing the same things they would have worn last March.  

During the last two weeks of March, shortly after stay-at-home orders were issued, noted Philadelphia photographer Jeff Fusco visited campus and around the city to (safely) see what was going on.

From University City Campus to neighboring West Philadelphia to Citizens Bank Park to Chinatown, here’s what the city of Philadelphia looked like:

Lancaster Walk on Drexel’s University City Campus. Lancaster Walk on Drexel’s University City Campus.
Lancaster Walk on Drexel’s University City Campus.
 

A Drexel Facilities employee at the Mario statue on 33rd and Market streets.
A Drexel Facilities employee at the Mario statue on 33rd and Market streets.
 

A food distribution point hosted by the People's Emergency Center was held at 3750 Lancaster Ave. to serve the Mantua and Powelton Village neighborhoods.
A food distribution point hosted by the People's Emergency Center was held at 3750 Lancaster Ave. to serve the Mantua and Powelton Village neighborhoods.

The normally busy heart of 30th Street Station was devoid of travelers.
The normally busy heart of 30th Street Station was devoid of travelers.

SEPTA Regional Rail trains stationed at the rail yard near 30th Street Station.
SEPTA Regional Rail trains stationed at the rail yard near 30th Street Station.
 

Tables and chairs were removed from the seating area inside 30th Street Station.
Tables and chairs were removed from the seating area inside 30th Street Station.
  

Food stalls were closed inside of 30th Street Station.
Food stalls were closed inside of 30th Street Station.
  

The playground at Clark Park.
The playground at Clark Park.
 

One of the many signs signaling that the playground at Clark Park was closed.
One of the many signs signaling that the playground at Clark Park was closed.
 

SEPTA’s 34th Street Station was completely empty.
SEPTA’s 34th Street Station was completely empty.
 

Cars lined up at the drive-through testing site in South Philadelphia outside Citizens Bank Park.
Cars lined up at the drive-through testing site in South Philadelphia outside Citizens Bank Park.
 

A volunteer directed traffic and used signs to help those wanting to take a coronavirus test.
A volunteer directed traffic and used signs to help those wanting to take a coronavirus test.

An employee suited up at a Chinatown market.
An employee suited up at a Chinatown market.

The concert marquee at the Theater of Living Arts on South Street.
The concert marquee at the Theater of Living Arts on South Street.