PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Department of Public Health today announced 327 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Philadelphia. That brings the number of confirmed cases to 15,854.
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. Four additional inmates have tested positive. The current total of positive cases at correctional facilities is 43.
The Department of Public Health confirmed 22 additional fatalities in Philadelphia. This brings the number of residents who have succumbed to the virus in Philadelphia to 727. Of the 727 total deaths, 384 (53%) were long-term care facility residents.
The Department of Public Health reports 973 patients with COVID-19 are currently being treated in Philadelphia hospitals, with a total of 1,787 people hospitalized in the region (including Philadelphia).
New Food Finder on phila.gov: The City’s new food finder, phila.gov/food, provides a user-friendly application where residents can search easily for food and meal sites. The site combines the City’s COVID-19 food access response and resources for households, students, and seniors. Users can search in five different languages for sites by type and location. An interactive map enhances the user experience.
Employee Rights: The Philadelphia Department of Public Health and Mayor’s Office of Labor released a new infographic intended to showcase the rights of employees working during the COVID-19 pandemic under Philadelphia and Pennsylvania law. Employees must have the ability to social distance and wash their hands, be provided masks, be notified if someone in their workspace is sick, and be notified that they may be eligible for sick leave, among other rights. The infographic can be found and downloaded from the City’s COVID-19 website.
Philly 311 Hours: Philly311’s contact center remains open for hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m today, May 3. Residents can place a service request by calling 3-1-1 or dialing (215) 686-8686 or through submitting service requests online. Language translation services are available.
Testing Sites: A list of available testing sites is provided on the City’s website. Click on “Where Can Someone Get Tested?” The list includes private testing sites being run by hospital systems and other organizations across the city, as well as public testing sites.If individuals are not able to get tested through their medical provider or do not have a medical provider, they can be tested at a public testing site.
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. Recommended criteria for testing eligibility at the sites 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 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.
- City’s COVID-19 homepage: phila.gov/covid-19.
- COVID-19 resources translated into 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- L&I requirements for resuming construction activity in Philadelphia.
- The City is extending filing and payment dates for Real Estate and some business taxes.
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