PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Department of Public Health today announced 124 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Philadelphia. That brings the number of confirmed cases to 26,257.
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 25 additional fatalities in Philadelphia. This increase in deaths is associated with a periodic matching of state databases. This brings the number of residents who have succumbed to the virus in Philadelphia to 1,609. Of the 1,609 total deaths, 826 (51%) were long-term care facility residents.
Move to Green Phase: Philadelphia’s move to Green, effective this Friday, July 3, 2020, has been scaled back, because the city will not meet the targets initially set to move to Green, and because of what is being seen in other cities and states that have reopened more quickly. The City is approaching Green with these modifications:
- Indoor dining—which was originally planned to be part of the move to Green—will not be allowed to resume at this time. Delivery, take-out, and outdoor dining are still allowed.
- Gyms and indoor fitness centers will continue to be closed.
- The Health Department will reevaluate what is open during the Green phase weekly, but it is expected that in-door dining at restaurants and gyms will continue to be closed until at least August 1.
- Other, lower-risk activities will be allowed on Friday, July 3 as part of the modified, restricted Green phase. This includes museums and libraries, indoor shopping malls, and small indoor and outdoor gatherings.
- Casinos will be allowed to open during this restricted Green phase, but only with very strict requirements—masks are required, six feet of distance between patrons, and absolutely no food, drink, or smoking is allowed indoors.
All industries must follow the reopening guidance on the City’s Reopening With Care website.
Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley stresses that if there is a rise in cases, the City may be forced to close some previously opened industries.
Consumer Financial Protection: The City of Philadelphia today announced the launch of local consumer financial protection planning efforts in partnership with the national nonprofit organization the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund (CFE Fund) and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The City will begin planning a campaign to raise consumer awareness of and protect residents from COVID-19 related scams. The partners will also continue planning in the coming months for broader consumer financial protection capabilities within the City. More information here.
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 reopening using the Department of Public Health’s guidelines 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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