PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Department of Public Health today announced 230 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Philadelphia. That brings the number of confirmed cases to 41,167. In addition, the Department of Public Health also announced eight new probable cases from rapid antigen tests.
The Department of Public Health confirmed one additional fatality in Philadelphia. This brings the number of residents who have succumbed to the virus in Philadelphia to 1,852. Of the 1,852 total deaths, 905 (49%) were long-term care facility residents.
Contact Tracing Update (Week Ending 10/17): Of 1,228 cases reported and not managed by partner organizations: 48 percent were reached and agreed to participate; 8 percent did not have a phone; 28 percent were unable to be reached; 3 percent refused; 5 percent of cases were closed because of a long delay from test to initial report; and 7 percent of cases were not attempted due to caseload. Of the contacts named, 70 percent were reached and agreed to quarantine.
Approved Weekend Street Closures for Outdoor Dining (October 22-25): In June, the City launched four new options for restaurants to operate outdoor dining in order to earn much needed revenue. These new options aim to support businesses during the city’s green phase of reopening from the COVID-19 pandemic. To see this weekend’s approved street closures, view this blog. Vehicular traffic should avoid these streets.
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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