PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Department of Public Health today announced 108 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Philadelphia. That brings the number of confirmed cases to 25,443.
The Department of Public Health noted continued progress in congregate settings, including nursing homes and the Department of Prisons. Current and cumulative totals of both symptomatic and asymptomatic 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 seven additional fatalities in Philadelphia. This brings the number of residents who have succumbed to the virus in Philadelphia to 1,570. Of the 1,570 total deaths, 805 (51%) were long-term care facility residents.
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Summer Camps: Philadelphia Parks & Recreation has extended the deadline to register for summer camps to Wednesday, July 1. Camps will open July 6, with health and safety modifications based on Department of Public Health guidance. Families can learn more here, and find a camp with remaining space.
Summer Meals Update: In a collective effort to ensure students do not go hungry this summer, the City and partners have expanded the number of student meal sites providing free food. So far, 303 Playstreets have offered 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:
- July 2 will be the final day for meal distribution at six other schools: Sayre, Finletter, Overbrook Educational Center, Roxborough, Duckery, and Bethune.
- 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.
- Since June 15, the Philadelphia Housing Authority has expanded 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.
Help with Digital Literacy: The Digital Literacy Alliance (DLA) today announced that three organizations dedicated to providing learning resources to their communities are now available to answer calls from Philadelphians who need help accessing technology and the internet. Digital Navigators at the ExCITe Center at Drexel University, the Community Learning Center (CLC), and SEAMAAC will be available by phone and email to help residents access and use technology and the internet.
Residents can contact a digital navigator to get support for applying for affordable internet, obtaining low-cost or free computers, completing simple online tasks, and accessing online digital literacy training. The DLA launched this grant cycle in April, after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, to address the need for residents to work and study remotely during the Stay at Home Order and other restrictions.
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.
- 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.
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