PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Department of Public Health today announced 310 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Philadelphia. That brings the number of confirmed cases to 138,642. In addition, the Department of Public Health also announced 53 new probable cases from rapid antigen tests.
The Department of Public Health confirmed four additional fatalities in Philadelphia. This brings the number of residents who have succumbed to the virus in Philadelphia to 3,466. Of the 3,466 total deaths, 1,195 (34%) were long-term care facility residents.
The Department of Public Health reports 476 patients with COVID-19 are currently being treated in Philadelphia hospitals, with a total of 56 on ventilators.
SBA to Open Application to $28.6 Billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund on May 3: The U.S. Small Business Administration is scheduled to begin registrations today, Friday, April 30, 2021 and open applications on Monday, May 3, 2021 at noon for the new Restaurant Revitalization Fund. The online application will remain open to any eligible establishment until all funds are exhausted. More information, including how businesses can create a registration account for the new Fund, is available in this press release.
Established under the American Rescue Plan, the Restaurant Revitalization Fund provides a total of $28.6 billion in direct relief funds to restaurants and other hard-hit food establishments that have experienced economic distress and significant operational losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Funds must be used for allowable expenses by March 11, 2023.
Center City Vaccination Center to Offer Johnson & Johnson Vaccine For One-Day Only: On Saturday, May 1, 2021, the CCVC at the Convention Center will be offering a choice of two COVID-19 vaccines: first doses of Pfizer and single-dose Johnson and Johnson.
This is the first time that any City-run site has offered a choice of vaccine and This two vaccine clinic is currently scheduled for one day only. In order to encourage folks to come get vaccinated, Wawa has generously donated 5,000 coupons for a free hot drink to be given to everyone who gets vaccinated at the CCVC. The CCVC is open to anyone who is 18+ and lives or works in Philadelphia.
This site is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and has walk-up availability and appointments open for both vaccines. As always, the CCVC is easily accessible using SEPTA and people who are vaccinated can receive free SEPTA passes for their trip back home. Appointments can be scheduled here:
Esperanza Community Vaccination Center to Hold Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community Vaccination Day: On Saturday, May 1, 2021, the vaccine clinic at Esperanza will be hosting an expanded roster of ASL and Deaf interpreters, including a Spanish-speaking Deaf interpreter to facilitate vaccinating the Deaf and hard of hearing community. In addition, there will be an assisted check-in area and process, as well as signage with directions for patients with access and functional needs. There will be a privacy or sensory booth on site for those who need it. The privacy booth is a place for those with or children with noise or stimulation sensitivities, those needing to change clothes, or for those who prefer more privacy.
In order to encourage folks to come get vaccinated, Wawa has generously donated 1,000 coupons for a free hot drink to be given to everyone who gets vaccinated at the Esperanza Community Vaccination Center. This clinic will be administered first-dose Pfizer vaccine and is open to anyone who is 18+ and lives or works in Philadelphia.
This site is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and has walk-up availability and appointments. Folks can register for an appointment on the City’s website.
For people who need help getting to the Esperanza site, the Health Department has arranged a series of free shuttles from across the city. People anticipating needing the shuttles are encouraged to register online.
The pick-up/drop off locations are:
- Stella Maris Catholic Church, 2901 S. 10th St., 19148
- Bus departs at 10 a.m.
- 40th and Market Streets (SW Corner)
- Bus departs at 11 a.m.
- St. Francis de Sales School, 917 S. 47th St., 19143
- Bus departs at 12 p.m.
- St. Matthew Church, 3000 Cottman Ave., 19149
- Bus departs at 1 p.m.
FEMA and the City have posted a blog with more information and a captioned/ASL video welcoming folks to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community Vaccination Day.
State Senator Hughes to Host Vaccine Clinic this Weekend: State Senator Vincent Hughes will host five vaccine clinics open to the public this weekend in partnership with the Public Health Management Corporation, Jefferson Health, Main Line Health, Penn Medicine, Spectrum Health, Together West Philadelphia, and the Urban League of Philadelphia. More information about the vaccine clinics is available here.
Saturday, May 1, 2021:
- Bluford Charter School, 5720 Media St., 19131 (8 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
- High School of the Future, 4021 Parkside Ave., 19104 (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
- Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, 4170 City Ave., 19131 (8 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
- Spectrum Health Service, 5201 Haverford Ave., 19139 (8 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
- Lamberton School, 7501 Woodbine Ave., 19151 (9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Sunday, May 2, 2021:
- Lamberton School , 7501 Woodbine Ave., 19151 (9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
- City’s COVID-19 homepage: phila.gov/covid-19.
- COVID-19 guidance in multiple languages.
- Frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 response.
- Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus Helpline: 1 (800) 722-7112.
- Residents can text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to get updates sent to their phones.
- Residents can now set their own appointments to be vaccinated at City-run clinics.
- There are multiple public transit options to get to City-run clinics.
- COVID-19 testing is available for free at sites throughout Philadelphia.
- 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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