PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Department of Public Health today announced 273 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Philadelphia. That brings the number of confirmed cases to 115,028. In addition, the Department of Public Health also announced 39 new probable cases from rapid antigen tests.
The Department of Public Health confirmed eight additional fatalities in Philadelphia. This brings the number of residents who have succumbed to the virus in Philadelphia to 3,153. Of the 3,153 total deaths, 1,160 (37%) were long-term care facility residents.
The Department of Public Health reports 248 patients with COVID-19 are currently being treated in Philadelphia hospitals, with a total of 39 on ventilators.
Access and Functional Needs Transportation: SEPTA, in partnership with the City of Philadelphia, has expanded Customized Community Transportation (CCT) service for seniors 65 or older, and individuals with disabilities and/or access and functional needs. To qualify, they must be a resident of Philadelphia and be unable to otherwise secure transportation to and from the Center City Vaccination Center, located at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 100 N. 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.
This expanded service begins Tuesday, March 9. The service is for individuals not yet registered with SEPTA CCT.
Individuals can request a ride to their vaccination appointment by dialing 3-1-1 and selecting Option 5 between 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Requests should be made at least 72 hours before the date of the appointment. 3-1-1 agents are ready to take requests for appointments scheduled beginning Tuesday, March 9.
This service is provided free of charge to those with access and functional needs. Those using CCT must have a confirmed appointment before requesting transportation. Individuals already registered with SEPTA CCT are still able to request a ride to the Center City Vaccination Center for their vaccination appointment.
As a reminder, adults age 65 and older can ride free at all times on SEPTA buses, trackless trolleys, trolleys, Broad Street and Market Frankford lines, and Regional Rail to get to vaccination sites city-wide.
What you need to know about CCT:
- To be eligible for this CCT service, you must be 65 or older or have a disability and/or access and functional need. When you call 3-1-1, please let them know what mobility device you may use.
- SEPTA will provide ride confirmation by phone before the appointment. If translation is requested, SEPTA will utilize language translation services.
- SEPTA will bring individuals to the Center City Vaccination Center at their appointment time. Pick-up times can be as early as 90 minutes before the appointment time. Arm-assistance is provided into and out of the vehicle. A designated drop-off area with ADA / CCT accessibility is located at 100 N. 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. CCT passengers will be picked up at 1101 Arch Street after their appointment.
- A support person can accompany an individual on the vehicle.
- SEPTA will provide on-site support 8 a.m.– 5 p.m. seven days a week at the Center City Vaccination Center to schedule second dose vaccination appointment rides.
- SEPTA will drop individuals home approximately one hour after their vaccination.
- SEPTA continues to promote safe and healthy travel during the pandemic. Masks are required for all passengers.
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.
Resources for Media:
- Recordings of COVID-19 briefings (Subtitles available in multiple languages).
- COVID-19 press releases.