PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Department of Public Health today announced 1,077 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Philadelphia. That brings the number of confirmed cases to 131,194. In addition, the Department of Public Health also announced 236 new probable cases from rapid antigen tests.
The Department of Public Health confirmed nine additional fatalities in Philadelphia. This brings the number of residents who have succumbed to the virus in Philadelphia to 3,350. Of the 3,350 total deaths, 1,183 (35%) were long-term care facility residents.
The Department of Public Health reports 499 patients with COVID-19 are currently being treated in Philadelphia hospitals, with a total of 53 on ventilators.
Center City Vaccination Center Extended for Four Weeks as a Type 1 FEMA-supported Clinic: In response to the U.S. FDA and CDC “pausing” administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, the City of Philadelphia and FEMA are switching the Center City Vaccination Center to a Pfizer vaccine clinic and extending the Center’s mission for four additional weeks, through Wednesday, May 26.
The Health Department is expected to receive 84,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine from the federal government on Monday, April 19. These doses are to be used during three weeks of first dose clinics that will run through May 5, 2021. An additional 84,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine will be available for second dose clinics that will run from Thursday, May 6 through Wednesday, May 26. The Health Department has maintained a stockpile of COVID-19 vaccine to help the city endure potential shortages due to weather and delivery problems. This planning will allow the City to run the CCVC at full capacity (6,000 doses per day) using Pfizer doses already on-hand until the delivery on Monday, April 19.
The federally-supported allocation for this clinic is 4,000 doses per day, with the understanding that the Health Department will supplement this allocation with 2,000 doses per day to maintain the current 6,000 doses per day capacity.
Vaccination Clinics for City Employees Launched in Partnerships with CVS Health and Jefferson Health: The City and CVS Health this week launched a series of COVID-19 vaccination clinics for thousands of City of Philadelphia employees. Three CVS Health vaccination clinics are open by appointment only for all City workers; they are not open to the public. At the same time, the City and Jefferson Health have opened a separate clinic at the Pennsylvania Convention Center specifically to vaccinate City of Philadelphia sanitation workers. The clinics are administering the Pfizer vaccine and thus are unaffected by the stoppage of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. More information, including the locations of these clinics, are available in this press release.
Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley Gets His COVID-19 Vaccination: Earlier this week, Dr. Farley received his first dose of COVID-19 vaccine through his medical provider. This event was captured by the Health Department and is available for viewing online, including his thoughts on where we are in the pandemic and how the vaccine distribution roll-out is going. Press outlets that would like clean footage of the vaccination should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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