PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Department of Public Health today announced 221 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Philadelphia. That brings the number of confirmed cases to 113,308. In addition, the Department of Public Health also announced 20 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 3,092. Of the 3,092 total deaths, 1,144 (37%) were long-term care facility residents.
The Department of Public Health reports 292 patients with COVID-19 are currently being treated in Philadelphia hospitals, with a total of 41 on ventilators.
A total of 293,284 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been distributed in Philadelphia and 97,021 individuals have been fully vaccinated. The latest updates on vaccine distribution are available here.
Changes to Safer at Home Restrictions: Today, Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley announced a number of changes to the City’s Safer at Home Restrictions. The latest changes to the Safer at Home restrictions will begin March 1, 2021. Key changes to Philadelphia’s restrictions are outlined below. The City’s new guidance is intended to bring Philadelphia in line with the state’s current guidance. Our protocols are dependent on consistent, universal mask use where appropriate. Full guidance will be posted on the City’s website.
- Retail settings and religious services are allowed to double their capacity limit from 10 people per 1,000 square feet to 20 people per 1,000 square feet.
- Senior centers are allowed to reopen for the first time since the start of the pandemic; attendees and staff must be masked the entire time with either a KN95 mask, or double-masked with a procedure mask and a cloth mask.
- Indoor theaters and performance venues are allowed to expand to state capacity limits and can allow food service, but only if diners sit in groups of four or fewer consistent with indoor dining guidance.
- Other gatherings and events are allowed to expand to state capacity limits; this includes sporting events.
- Restaurants can now allow up to six people per table outdoors only; there is no change in maximum capacity for indoor dining, which remains at four people per table.
- Outdoor catered events, like celebrations and weddings, are now allowed to have a maximum capacity of 100 people.
The following activities are still not allowed:
- Indoor catered events.
Update on City Special Event Permitting: In July 2020, the City of Philadelphia announced that it would temporarily cease issuing special event permits due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This policy, currently set to expire on March 1, 2021, will be extended through at least March 15, 2021. Further details about when the City will resume accepting event permit applications and any changes to the event permitting process will be shared in the coming weeks.
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.
COVID-19 Vaccine Interest Forms: The City has launched two forms to help Philadelphians register their interest in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. These forms are not for registering for an appointment, but will tell the Department of Public Health how to contact you when you are eligible and vaccine is available for you.
- Members of the public are encouraged to register using the COVID-19 Vaccine Interest Form. The form is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and French. Individuals who do not have access to the internet can contact Philly311 (dial 3-1-1) for help completing the interest form.
- Employers are encouraged to complete the Workforce COVID-19 Vaccine Planning Form. Employers that complete this form will be contacted to help set up opportunities to vaccinate their prioritized staff when they are eligible and vaccine is available.
- 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.
- Complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Interest Form (for individuals) or the Workforce COVID-19 Vaccine Planning Form (for employers).
- 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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