PHILADELPHIA –The Philadelphia Department of Public Health today announced 533 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Philadelphia. That brings the number of confirmed cases to 120,490. In addition, the Department of Public Health also announced 160 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 3,230. Of the 3,230 total deaths, 1,176 (36%) were long-term care facility residents.
The Department of Public Health reports 318 patients with COVID-19 are currently being treated in Philadelphia hospitals, with a total of 30 on ventilators.
Changes to Safer at Home Restrictions: Due to concern about the rise in the number of cases and hospitalizations in Philadelphia, Health Commissioner Dr. Farley announced today that the city will not be adopting relaxed restrictions announced by Governor Wolf last week.
After reviewing the Commonwealth’s plans and in light of Philadelphia’s case count trends, Dr. Farley announced the following:
- Beginning Sunday, April 4, the City will allow food to be served at business meetings; the Department of Public Health is currently finalizing guidance to reflect this change and will publish it on the City’s COVID-19 guidance webpage.
- Additionally, the City will allow the maximum capacity of outdoor catered events to expand to 250 people effective April 4, with some restrictions. The Department of Public Health strongly encourages people over the age of 65 to be fully vaccinated before attending one of these events.
- Throughout the month of April, the Department of Public Health will review the local trends in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths to gauge if it is safe to further loosen restrictions and come closer in line with the State’s guidance. If that happens, the City will announce those changes prior to April 30, so businesses can plan for the updated guidance.
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 email@example.com.
- The PHL COVID-19 Fund continues to solicit donations to aid nonprofits that are on the frontline of the pandemic.
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