PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Department of Public Health today announced 91 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Philadelphia. That brings the number of confirmed cases to 26,901.
The Department of Public Health confirmed no new fatalities in Philadelphia. The number of residents who have succumbed to the virus in Philadelphia is 1,617. Of the 1,617 total deaths, 832 (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.
Reopening Schools: School District of Philadelphia Superintendent William R. Hite, Jr., Ed.D., today released findings of the District’s recent reopening survey, which was completed by more than 36,000 respondents last month. Some of the key findings from the survey, which was open from June 15 through June 22, found that the top three safety measures respondents believe will help with the development of a safe and effective reopening plan are mask-wearing (30 percent), daily building cleaning (14 percent), and handwashing/sanitizer stations (14 percent). Additional findings include:
- 47 percent of approximately 15,000 parents/guardians who completed the survey said they would send their children back to school under current circumstances and 62 percent said they would send their children back with safety measures in place.
- 24 percent of school-based staff and 21 percent of parents/guardians said they would prefer students attend school daily, but in shifts.
Dr. Hite also addressed the launch of the Advancing Education Safely Town Hall Series—five virtual sessions taking place this week where the public can hear directly from District leaders on health and safety practices and protocols; instructional design, curriculum, and digital learning; cleaning practices and protocols and facilities enhancements; and school scheduling. The town hall series is an opportunity for the public to share additional feedback on what a return to school will look like for the 2020-2021 school year. More information on the town hall series as well as additional opportunities to provide feedback to the District can be found at www.philasd.org/2020schoolstart.
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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