PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Department of Public Health today announced 537 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Philadelphia. That brings the number of confirmed cases to 124,026. In addition, the Department of Public Health also announced 78 new probable cases from rapid antigen tests.
The Department of Public Health confirmed 11 additional fatalities in Philadelphia. This brings the number of residents who have succumbed to the virus in Philadelphia to 3,270. Of the 3,270 total deaths, 1,175 (36%) were long-term care facility residents.
The Department of Public Health reports 446 patients with COVID-19 are currently being treated in Philadelphia hospitals, with a total of 50 on ventilators.
PPP Application Deadline Extended to May 31: The deadline for businesses to apply to the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been extended from March 31 to May 31, 2021. Administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), PPP is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on payroll. PPP remains the most significant source of financial relief for small businesses, and borrowers may be eligible for PPP loan forgiveness. More information about PPP is available here.
Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program to Open on April 8: The application to the SBA’s Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) is slated to open on Thursday, April 8. SVOG was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. The program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance. Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45 percent of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. Eligible venues include: live venue operators/promoters, theatrical producers, live performing arts organization operators, museum operators, and zoos and aquariums that meet specific criteria.
No COVID-19 Update on Friday, April 2: Due to the Good Friday holiday, no COVID-19 press release will be issued on Friday, April 2. Regular updates will resume on Monday, April 5.
Friday Briefing with Dr. Farley Canceled on Friday, April 2: Due to the City’s Good Friday holiday, the Health Department will not be holding their weekly Friday briefing on Friday, April 2. The normal schedule will resume April 7 at 1 p.m.
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.