PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Department of Public Health today announced 1,490 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Philadelphia. That brings the number of confirmed cases to 97,578. In addition, the Department of Public Health also announced 61 new probable cases from rapid antigen tests. Today’s case count represents totals for three days, since new cases were last reported on Friday, January 8.
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 2,603. Of the 2,603 total deaths, 1,035 (40%) were long-term care facility residents.
The Department of Public Health reports 644 patients with COVID-19 are currently being treated in Philadelphia hospitals, with a total of 91 on ventilators.
PPP Applications: Following the passage of the latest $900 billion federal relief bill, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has reopened applications for eligible businesses that employ 0-300 people—this includes sole proprietors. Between Monday, January 11 and Wednesday, January 13, only applications from businesses that did not receive a PPP loan from the program last year will be accepted; businesses must apply through Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). On January 13, small businesses applying for a second PPP loan will be able to do so, but once again only with community financial institutions. The program will then open to all other lenders at a date that has yet to be announced. Small Business Administration (SBA) will forgive PPP loans if the funds are used for eligible expenses, such as utilities, rent, mortgage interest, payroll and/or owner compensation replacement.
Business owners should prepare documentation, such as:
- Inventory documents (delivery slips, etc.)
- Details on laid off or furloughed staff
- Debt service payments
- Mortgage/lease and utility payments
- Workers’ Compensation claims
- Signed tax returns from 2018 and 2019
- Financial statements from 2018 and 2019
- Note: This is not an exhaustive list of required documents.
Businesses which did not receive funding from the federal program earlier this year, particularly minority-owned businesses, are encouraged to seek out assistance to ensure they compile and submit the necessary paperwork on time. The Department of Commerce’s Office of Business Services stands ready to assist businesses working on PPP applications. Business Services Managers can also help businesses navigate City services, understand business regulations, as well as assist entrepreneurs through the process of opening, operating, and growing a business in Philadelphia. They can be reached by calling the City’s business services hotline at 215-683-2100 or by emailing email@example.com.
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 how to comply with the City’s restrictions 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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