PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Department of Public Health today announced 583 additional presumptive confirmed cases of COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Philadelphia. That brings the number of confirmed cases to 11,226.
The Department of Public Health again noted clusters of positive cases in congregate settings, including nursing homes, behavioral health facilities, and the Department of Prisons. Ten additional inmates have tested positive. The current total of positive cases at correctional facilities is 59.
The Department of Public Health confirmed 20 additional fatalities in Philadelphia. This brings the number of residents who have succumbed to the virus in Philadelphia to 443. Of the 443 total deaths, 237 (53%) were long-term care facility residents.
The Department of Public Health reports 953 patients with COVID-19 are currently being treated in Philadelphia hospitals, with a total of 1,806 people hospitalized in the region (including Philadelphia).
Mayor’s Update: Mayor Kenney noted that today is the one-month anniversary of when the City’s Stay at Home Order first took effect. “We are certain that the order to close non-essential businesses and to stay at home have helped slow the spread of COVID-19. And as we mourn the more-than-400 Philadelphians who’ve been lost to the virus, we are reminded that, one month in, the threat of the virus is still very much with us—here in Philadelphia and throughout southeastern Pennsylvania.”
Indego continues to operate as an essential transit option for Philadelphia, serving frontline staff and others as they access critical resources. Bike share stations are located near health centers, grocery stores, pharmacies and community food pickup sites. In response to COVID-19, Indego is offering 30-day passes at a discounted price of $5 ($2.50 for PA ACCESS card holders) for the first month. All monthly pass options provide riders with unlimited 1-hour rides. To sign up, visit www.rideindego.com and use promo code INDESAFE.
Food site update and food delivery service for residents with disabilities: Beginning Monday, April 27, Vogt Recreation Center, at the corner of Unruh Avenue and Cottage Street in the Northeast, will become one of the City-sponsored food sites open on Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon. The full list of food sites is available here.
Beginning in May, Liberty Resources, Caring for Friends, and Share Food Program are offering free, weekly food delivery (contact-free) to Philadelphians who are facing food insecurity and cannot leave their homes due to a disability.
New Testing Sites: The Mayor and Health Commissioner today announced new testing sites in Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health, along with the Health Federation of Philadelphia, is working with Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in Philadelphia to expand testing capabilities in underserved communities. Under this plan, the Department of Public Health will provide testing supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE), as able, to FQHCs that agree to:
- Expand COVID-19 testing to maximize the ability of current FQHC patients and non-FQHC patients to be tested.
- Make testing available at least three days per week and preferably five days per week.
- Make available to the public the phone number and/or website link with relevant information for persons to understand how to schedule a test.
- Provide the Department of Public Health with regular data on the number of persons tested.
- Use PPE in accordance with the Department of Public Health’s recommended conservation strategies.
Recommended criteria for testing eligibility are:
- Age 50+ and symptomatic.
- People under 50 who are at high risk for severe illness due to chronic conditions and are symptomatic.
- Health care workers (defined broadly) who are symptomatic or are asymptomatic with close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case.
The following FQHCs have opted in to expand testing per the criteria described above.
The Family Practice & Counseling Network (FPCN)
- Phone number for scheduling: (215) 843-9720
- Planned start date for expanded testing: Wednesday, April 29, 2020
- Testing days: Every Wednesday at the Health Annex
- Testing hours: TBD
Currently offering testing to patients at three locations:
11th Street Family Health Services
850 N. 11th Street (11th and Parrish Streets)
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Phone number: 215-769-1100
Abbottsford Falls Family Practice & Counseling
4700 Wissahickon Avenue, Building D, Suite 119 (Abbottsford and Wissahickon Avenues)
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Phone number: 215-843-9720
6120 Woodland Avenue, 2nd Floor (in the Woodland Village Plaza)
Philadelphia, PA 19142
Phone number: 215-727-4721
Spectrum Health Services
- Phone number for scheduling: (215) 471-2761
- Planned start date for expanded testing: Friday, April 24, 2020
- Testing days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
- Testing hours: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Testing to be offered at:
Spectrum Community Health Services
5201 Haverford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19139
PDPH Health Centers
Testing is offered at eight locations by appointment only. Persons interested in testing should call (215) 685-2933 during business hours to schedule an appointment.
Health Center 2
1700 S. Broad Street, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19145
Health Center 3
555 S. 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Health Center 4
4400 Haverford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Health Center 5
1900 N. 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19121
Health Center 6
301 W. Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Health Center 9
131 E. Chelten Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Health Center 10
2230 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19149
Strawberry Mansion Health Center
2840 West Dauphin Street
Philadelphia, PA 19132
Existing Testing Sites: The City-run location in Center City continues to serve those who are over the age of 50 and are displaying symptoms consistent with COVID-19 coronavirus, as well as health care workers who are displaying symptoms consistent with COVID-19 coronavirus. The site is available by appointment only and a referral is required. Those who meet the criteria and want a test can call (267) 491-5870 to obtain a referral.
There are also more than 20 private testing sites across the city run by hospital systems and other organizations.
- City’s COVID-19 homepage: phila.gov/covid-19.
- COVID-19 resources translated in multiple languages.
- Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus Helpline: 1 (800) 722-7112.
- Residents can text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to get updates sent to their phones.
- Find out more about testing for COVID-19.
- Updates and guidance for Philadelphia employees and employers.
- Information and resources for workers.
- The PHL COVID-19 Fund continues to solicit donations to aid nonprofits that are on the frontline of the pandemic.
- For Businesses:
- Financial support and additional resources for businesses can be found here.
- Business owners or managers who have questions about the restrictions in the City’s latest Business Activity and Stay at Home Order can email email@example.com.
- L&I guidance on construction work following City Business Activity and Stay at Home Order.
- The City is extending filing and payment dates for Real Estate and some business taxes.
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