PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Department of Public Health today announced 77 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Philadelphia. That brings the number of confirmed cases to 34,886.
The Department of Public Health confirmed no additional fatalities in Philadelphia. The number of residents who have succumbed to the virus in Philadelphia is 1,763. Note this is one less than reported yesterday due to data cleaning. Of the 1,763 total deaths, 877 (50 percent) were long-term care facility residents.
Increased Capacity for Outdoor Events: Today the City announced that effective Monday, September 14, the capacity for outdoor events will rise from 50 to 150 people. There is no change for indoor event capacity limits, which remain at a maximum of 25 people.
Driving an Inclusive Economic Recovery for Philadelphia: In the wake of COVID-19, the City of Philadelphia’s Recovery Office, Departments of Commerce and Planning and Development, the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC), and Philadelphia Works have identified four phases of work to drive an equitable economic recovery in Philadelphia—respond, restart, recharge, and reimagine.
Since the COVID-19 health emergency and corresponding economic crisis first began in March, the City has responded with various programs and measures to support businesses, workers, and the public at large. By creating more targeted opportunities for economic mobility and wellbeing, fostering the creation of quality jobs, supporting and enhancing vibrant neighborhood commercial corridors, and capitalizing on the city’s natural assets and strengths, Philadelphia aims to emerge into a post COVID-19 world with a more inclusive, equitable, and robust economy that will help ensure long-term prosperity for all. Economic recovery efforts completed, or in the works, to support residents and businesses or to promote economic development can be viewed in this report.
SEPTA’s “Move Better Together” Plan: SEPTA this week released its COVID-19 recovery plan, which includes a comprehensive look at lessons learned so far through the pandemic, and a framework for moving ahead in this challenging environment. “Move Better Together” demonstrates how teams at SEPTA are planning scenarios based on projections for the pandemic, the economy and social behaviors. It captures SEPTA’s efforts to partner with experts in the industry to incorporate best practices from peer agencies across the nation, as well as examples from cities worldwide that are further along in the recovery process.
Tourism Update: VISIT PHILADELPHIA® and the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB), in partnership with the City of Philadelphia, announced that a record 46 million people visited the five-county Greater Philadelphia region in 2019—marking the 10th consecutive year of growth. While 2019 was another milestone year for Greater Philadelphia tourism, 2020 brought with it a different kind of milestone: COVID-19 and its sudden and devastating impacts on the industry in terms of visitation, hotel occupancy, spending, revenue, taxes, and jobs.
The City is working with VISIT PHILADELPHIA, PHLCVB, Philadelphia International Airport, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, regional convention and visitors bureaus, and other organizations on a coordinated response. It includes the reopening of hotels, attractions, restaurants, and other small businesses; a tourism marketing campaign; a health pledge; and clean and safe messaging.
Daily Trash and Recycling Update: Collections will be one day behind this week due to the Labor Day Holiday. Due to the inclement weather and increased holiday trash, the Streets Department is experiencing collection delays. Crews will be working throughout the weekend to catch up. Residents should set their materials out the day following their regular day, and can check the daily trash and recycling update blog post for updates.
- Trash: One day behind citywide, residents should put out trash one day behind their regular collection day.
- Recycling: One day behind citywide, residents should put out recycling one day behind 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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