PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Department of Public Health today reported an additional 9,546 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Philadelphia since last reported on Monday, July 19. This brings the total number of fully vaccinated Philadelphians to at least 754,821, and the number of Philadelphians with at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine to at least 917,771. Currently, 60.8 percent of Philadelphia adults are fully vaccinated, and 73.9 percent of Philadelphia adults have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
“As of this week, over one million people have been vaccinated in Philadelphia,” said Mayor Kenney. “The numbers make it clear: vaccinations are the best way to combat COVID-19 by protecting ourselves and the people around us. I’m grateful for all the partners who have helped us reach this milestone by organizing and staffing vaccination clinics, educating the public about the benefits of vaccination, and picking up the phones and going door-to-door to help people learn how to get their vaccine. We’re still giving out thousands of doses every week. We will continue to vaccinate anyone who is ready, and encourage them to join the million-plus people who received this life-saving vaccine in Philadelphia.”
The Department of Public Health reports 55 patients with COVID-19 are currently being treated in Philadelphia hospitals, with one on a ventilator.
In the last two weeks, two percent of COVID-19 tests in Philadelphia have come back positive. Thus far during the pandemic, 146,142 Philadelphians have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and 3,763 have succumbed to the virus. Philadelphia is averaging 64 new cases of COVID-19 per day over the last two weeks.
“We are seeing a small but disturbing increase in hospitalizations due to COVID-19 among children in Philadelphia, along with more than a doubling of cases in the city,” said Acting Health Commissioner Dr. Cheryl Bettigole. “It’s time for all of us to do what we need to do to protect our city’s kids. That means getting fully vaccinated if you haven’t yet, and it means all of us going back to wearing masks in public. Kids under 12 cannot yet be vaccinated. They need you to step up. If you still have questions you need answered, call your doctor or our health department staff and get the information you need. And then get it done.”
Health Department Issues New Recommendations Against COVID Delta Variant: In response to a rise in COVID cases, and a small number of children who are ineligible to be vaccinated being hospitalized, the Health Department has developed new recommendations that Philadelphians should follow to help stop the spread of the Delta vvariant of COVID-19. The most important recommendation continues to be that everyone who is eligible get vaccinated as soon as possible; this is the best way to stop the spread of the Delta variant. The following recommendations will help further slow the spread while people who are eligible get fully vaccinated, and will help protect children who cannot be vaccinated.
- The Health Department strongly recommends that everyone, including fully vaccinated people, wear masks in all public indoor places,
- Choose outdoor rather than indoor spaces,
- Avoid crowded indoor spaces,
- Mask while indoors around people you don’t know are vaccinated,
- For unvaccinated people, consider double masking while in indoor public spaces.
For more information on the recommendations, see the Health Department’s blog post.
Approved Weekend Street Closures for Outdoor Dining (July 23-25): 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.
- City’s COVID-19 homepage: phila.gov/covid-19.
- 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.
- The COVID Prevention and Response Fund is accepting donations to aid nonprofits and individuals that are supporting their community through the pandemic.
Resources for Media:
- Recordings of COVID-19 briefings (Subtitles available in multiple languages).
- COVID-19 press releases.