PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Department of Public Health today announced 129 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Philadelphia. That brings the number of confirmed cases to 23,951.
The Department of Public Health noted continued progress in congregate settings, including nursing homes and the Department of Prisons. No additional symptomatic incarcerated individuals have tested positive. The current total of symptomatic positive cases at correctional facilities is one. Current and cumulative totals of positive cases in Philadelphia prisons are now posted on the testing and data page of the City’s COVID-19 website.
The Department of Public Health confirmed eight additional fatalities in Philadelphia. This brings the number of residents who have succumbed to the virus in Philadelphia to 1,433. Of the 1,433 total deaths, 748 (52%) were long-term care facility residents.
The Department of Public Health reports 320 patients with COVID-19 are currently being treated in Philadelphia hospitals, with a total of 602 people hospitalized in the region (including Philadelphia).
Summer Meals Update: The last day of school for the School District of Philadelphia is Friday, June 12. In a collective effort to ensure students do not go hungry this summer, the City and partners will expand the number of student meal sites providing free food in the coming weeks. Starting June 15, 197 Playstreets will offer lunch and a snack to children up to 18 years old. Children must be present at meal pick up to receive meals. More Playstreets will be added on a rolling basis as applications are approved.
In addition to the Playstreets meals program, 42 School District of Philadelphia sites will continue to provide weekly grab-and-go meals; 13 Philadelphia Housing Authority sites will also offer meals, along with many charter schools.
The most up-to-date information will be available at phila.gov/food. New student meal sites will be added to the map in the coming weeks as locations begin distribution. Below is a detailed list of upcoming changes:
- To accommodate capital improvements, eight of the current School District of Philadelphia meal distribution sites will not provide meals this summer:
- June 11 is the last day of distribution for J.B. Kelly and Russell Conwell.
- July 2 will be the final day for meal distribution at six other schools: Sayre, Finletter, Overbrook Educational Center, Roxborough, Duckery, and Bethune.
- The sites will distribute flyers with nearby food and meal sites to ensure a smooth transition.
- Forty-two current School District of Philadelphia meal sites will continue operations for the summer, expanding the District’s typical summer meal offerings, in order to meet the unprecedented need caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Starting June 15, the Philadelphia Housing Authority will expand its meals program to 13 sites, offering grab-and-go meals from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. These sites are open to all youth in the community. Adults must have their child or children with them to pick up meals. The sites are listed below:
- Abbotsford Homes, 3226 McMichael St. 19129
- Bartram Village, 5404 Gibson Dr. 19143
- Fairhill Apartments, 2443 N. 11th St. 19133
- Harrison Plaza, 1350 N. 10th St. 19122
- Johnson Homes, 2500 W. Norris St. 19121
- Oxford Village, 6150 Algon Ave. 19111
- Raymond Rosen Homes, 2301 W. Edgley St. 19121
- Spring Garden, 715 Brandywine St. 19123
- John F Street Center, 1100 Poplar St. 19123
- Wilson Park, 2500 Jackson St. 19145
- Lucien E. Blackwell Center, 755 N. Markoe St. 19139
- Westpark Plaza, 300 N. Busti St. 19104
- Norris Community Center, 1914 N 11th St. 19122
- Starting July 6, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation rec centers will also offer grab-and-go meals for students. Adults must have children with them to pick up meals.
- Nutritional Development Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (NDS) is also sponsoring a number of student meal sites and food pantries throughout Philadelphia.To see a list of NDS sites, visit: nutritionaldevelopmentservices.org.
- As new meal sites are confirmed throughout the summer, they will be added to phila.gov/food.
In addition to student meal sites, 40 City supported food sites will continue to operate throughout the summer, distributing one free box of food per household on Monday and Thursday mornings.
Testing Site Map: A testing site finder at phila.gov/testing helps people find a free COVID-19 test in Philadelphia. Anyone can search for a site by address, click on a map location for specific site information, and filter by day of week and by drive-thru or walk-up.
Guidance for COVID-19 Testing for Protestors: Because of the large number of people that have participated in protest activities in Philadelphia, the Department of Public Health believes that there may be an increased likelihood that participants may have been exposed to COVID-19. Those who were at or near a protest—even if they wore a mask—should follow these recommendations to combat the spread of the virus:
- Monitor for symptoms like new-onset fever, cough, or shortness of breath for 14 days.
- Try to stay away from other people for 14 days; if you can’t stay at home, be sure to wear a mask properly and try to stay at least six feet from others.
- Get tested for COVID-19 seven days after having been in a crowd; those seeking testing do NOT need to identify that they were at a protest but instead should say they were near someone who may have had COVID-19.
Safer at Home (Yellow Phase): Philadelphia entered the Yellow Phase of reopening on June 5. The City’s Safer at Home plan and executive order outline how Philadelphia will begin to reopen for business. The Philadelphia Department of Public Health continues to advise residents that they are “safer at home,” and should only leave to engage in essential activities.
Lower-risk activities permitted to operate within certain parameters during the Safer-at-Home Order (Yellow Phase) include:
- Restaurants (including food trucks and walk-up ordering; no dine-in service; no outdoor dining until June 12)
- Retail businesses (curbside and delivery are strongly encouraged)
- Child care centers
- Outdoor youth day camps and recreation
- Outdoor parks-related amenities
- Office-based businesses (telework still required whenever feasible)
- Consumer banking
- Automobile sales
- Real estate activities
- Warehouse operations
Continued Precautions: As they restart, businesses will be required by the Safer-at-Home Order to follow a safety checklist of operations called “Safe Mode” to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Additional recommendations for different types of businesses and activities are detailed in a separate set of industry-specific guidelines available here.
- 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.
- Businesses with questions about the applicability of the new Safer-at-Home Order’s guidelines to their operations should email email@example.com.
- The PHL COVID-19 Fund continues to solicit donations to aid nonprofits that are on the frontline of the pandemic.
Resources for Media:
- Recordings of COVID-19 briefings (Subtitles available in multiple languages).
- COVID-19 press releases.