PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Department of Public Health today announced 136 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Philadelphia. That brings the number of confirmed cases to 26,536.
The Department of Public Health confirmed two additional fatalities in Philadelphia. This brings the number of residents who have succumbed to the virus in Philadelphia to 1,616. Of the 1,616 total deaths, 831 (51%) were long-term care facility residents.
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.
2020 Welcome America Festivities Continue: The 2020 Wawa Welcome America seven-day virtual festival continues through Saturday, July 4. With the health of the community top-of-mind, Wawa Welcome America–in consultation with the City–made the decision to not have live fireworks as part of this year’s celebration. Event organizers have reimagined every aspect of this festival to be virtual, to allow people to enjoy it from the comfort and safety of their homes.
Residents can watch highlights from last year’s fireworks show during the broadcast as part of the July 4th Concert on Saturday, July 4 from 8 to 10 p.m. on NBC10 and TeleXitos. The presentation will also be streamed on www.nbcphiladelphia.com and www.telemundo62.com.
The festival schedule and events can be found at www.WelcomeAmerica.com and on Facebook @WawaWelcomeAmerica, Instagram @July4thPhilly, and Twitter @July4thPhilly. Guests are encouraged to use the official 2020 festival hashtags to follow along with #July4thPhilly and #CelebratePhilly.
Reopened with Care Campaign: Yesterday, the City announced details of its partnership with North Broad Renaissance (NBR) to support local businesses. NBR launched its Reopened with Care campaign to help businesses on their corridor reopen safely when the Stay-at-Home Order was lifted, with the goal of not only supporting businesses but also restoring consumer confidence by letting people know that businesses are following recommended safety procedures to keep customers safe.
The Department of Commerce will work with NBR to bring more commercial corridors on board with the Reopened with Care campaign, and to support businesses with other needs associated with reopening. The campaign served as the inspiration for the City’s overall plan for moving to the Green Phase—Reopening with Care—in an effort to promote a citywide message of safety and accountability for businesses.
As part of NBR’s Reopened with Care campaign, the following activities and initiatives will be rolled out in the coming weeks: a pledge that businesses can complete online, committing to the Reopened with Care standard; distribution personal protective equipment (PPE) and other items to help businesses reopen safely; and an online toolkit, where businesses can download posters about social distancing and safety precautions that they can hang in their establishments. Additional support for local businesses comes with VISIT PHILADELPHIA’s new online resource, which highlights nearly 20 commercial corridors across the city, encouraging people to support local restaurants and shops as they reopen.
Trash and Recycling Resumes Weekly Collection: Starting Monday, July 6, the Streets Department will resume collecting recycling every week along with trash. Regular trash and recycling collections will continue on or as close to its normal schedule as possible. Residents should place both trash and recycling out on their normal collection day at the regular pick up location. Residents are urged to use lids for recycling bins and trash cans, and bags should be tied tightly to prevent debris from blowing away. Lids for City-issued recycling bins can be picked up from Sanitation Convenience Centers.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The PHL COVID-19 Fund continues to solicit donations to aid nonprofits that are on the frontline of the pandemic.
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