PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Department of Public Health today announced 465 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Philadelphia. That brings the number of confirmed cases to 119,023. In addition, the Department of Public Health also announced 65 new probable cases from rapid antigen tests.
Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley today voiced concern about rising COVID-19 case counts in Philadelphia. “We all need to be careful and not let down our guard too soon,” he said in a press conference.
The Department of Public Health confirmed two additional fatalities in Philadelphia. This brings the number of residents who have succumbed to the virus in Philadelphia to 3,229. Of the 3,229 total deaths, 1,174 (36%) were long-term care facility residents.
The Department of Public Health reports 322 patients with COVID-19 are currently being treated in Philadelphia hospitals, with a total of 25 on ventilators.
New Groups Added to Philadelphia Phase 1b: During the Health Commissioner’s Friday briefing, Dr. Farley announced that the following groups are now eligible to be vaccinated as part of Philadelphia Phase 1b, the current phase:
- People living with intellectual disabilities.
- Staff at senior centers or day programs for seniors and those with intellectual disabilities.
- People who use oral corticosteroids, or other immune weakening medications.
The current list of people now eligible can be found on the City’s blog post on vaccine eligibility.
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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