PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Department of Public Health today announced 235 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Philadelphia. That brings the number of confirmed cases to 34,144. The percentage of results that were positive today was 8.3 percent. Recent positive cases at Temple University are a large part of the reason for today’s higher case count. Of the new cases reported today, 53 percent were in either the 10-19 or 20-29 age group, and a large number of positives from testing at the university have been received. On Monday, the Health Department held a mass testing clinic on Temple’s campus; of the 396 people tested, 60 came back as positive (15 percent).
Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said, “The number of new cases that we’re seeing on Temple’s campus is extremely worrisome. We continue to work closely with Temple University to try to contain this outbreak.”
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 1,758. Of the 1,758 total deaths, 876 (50 percent) were long-term care facility residents.
Back to School Message from Mayor Kenney and Dr. Hite: To mark the first day of school in the School District of Philadelphia, Mayor Kenney and Dr. Hite penned an Open Letter to all Philadelphians. The personal message to families about starting the year entirely online also aims to spread the word about PHLConnectED, the program created to bring free internet to 35,000 families that currently lack such service.
Unity Cup: In light of ongoing concerns about COVID-19, the Philadelphia International Unity Cup has been postponed until 2021. The Philadelphia International Unity Cup, a World Cup-style soccer tournament held over several months, celebrates diversity and inclusion and seeks to unite the city’s neighborhoods by bringing together an array of talented soccer players from Philadelphia’s immigrant communities. Philadelphia Parks & Recreation will host information sessions in 2021 to educate residents on how they can have their country represented in the 2021 Unity Cup.
Daily Trash and Recycling Update: Residents can check the daily trash and recycling update blog post to see the current status of trash and recycling collections.
- Trash: On schedule, residents should put out trash on their regular collection day.
- Recycling: On schedule, residents should put out recycling on their regular collection day.
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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