PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Department of Public Health today announced 456 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Philadelphia. That brings the number of confirmed cases to 121,248. In addition, the Department of Public Health also announced 72 new probable cases from rapid antigen tests.
The Department of Public Health confirmed 10 additional fatalities in Philadelphia. This brings the number of residents who have succumbed to the virus in Philadelphia to 3,239. Of the 3,239 total deaths, 1,175 (36%) were long-term care facility residents.
The Department of Public Health reports 366 patients with COVID-19 are currently being treated in Philadelphia hospitals, with a total of 33 on ventilators.
File Philadelphia BIRT, NPT, Earnings, and School Income Tax by May 17: Philadelphia taxpayers now have until May 17, 2021, to file and pay Business Income and Receipts Tax (BIRT), Net Profits Tax (NPT), Earnings Tax, and School Income Tax (SIT), without interest or penalties. However, the due date to pay property taxes—for both residents and businesses—remains March 31, 2021.
The City adopted this emergency regulation for BIRT, NPT, Earnings Tax, and SIT to match this year’s due date extensions by the federal government and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Anyone struggling to pay their property tax on time should contact the Department of Revenue about an affordable payment agreement or other homeowner assistance programs. For further information on tax relief, residents can go here or call (215) 686-6442.
Approved Weekend Street Closures for Outdoor Dining (March 26-28): In June 2020, the City launched four new options for restaurants to operate outdoor dining in order to earn much needed revenue. To see this weekend’s approved street closures, view this blog. Vehicular traffic should avoid these streets.
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.