Current situation and risk to Philadelphia
- Number of cases of COVID-19 in Philadelphia:
- Number of negative test results of COVID-19 in Philadelphia:
- Number of COVID-19 deaths in Philadelphia:
- Overall risk in Philadelphia: high risk of community transmission
COVID-19 tracking in Philadelphia:
Text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to receive updates to your phone.
Information about the COVID-19 Delta variant
As expected, we have identified a small number of cases of the Delta variant in Philadelphia. We are not aware of widespread transmission due to the variant here.
However, the CDC estimates that a growing number of COVID-19 cases in the country are due to the Delta variant. So while there has not yet been significant transmission of Delta in Philadelphia, we expect that there will be soon.
It appears that people who have been fully vaccinated are protected against the Delta variant, although people who have had only one dose of a two-shot series have much less protection. That’s why it’s so important for everyone to get fully vaccinated, either with a single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or two doses of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
- If you have had close contact with someone with COVID-19, quarantine at home for 10 days.
- You may end quarantine after day 7 if you continue to be asymptomatic and receive a negative COVID-19 test 48 hours before you plan to end quarantine.
- After stopping quarantine, continue to monitor symptoms until 14 days after exposure.
- If at any point you develop symptoms of COVID-19 you should begin isolation. Get tested if you can do so without coming into close contact with others.
You are not required to quarantine when exposed to someone with COVID-19 if you have been fully vaccinated and you meet ALL of the following criteria:
- It has been at least 2 weeks after the last dose in the vaccine series; AND,
- You have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure.
Vaccination is not 100% effective.
- Anyone who develops COVID-19 symptoms should be tested.
- Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must isolate according to CDC guidelines.
- After vaccination, continue to wear a facemask, distance from others and avoid crowds.
Find out more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Live streams, press releases, blog posts
Coronavirus Interim Racial Equity Plan
The Coronavirus Interim Racial Equity Plan summarizes what the Health Department knows about racial and ethnic inequities and COVID-19, and what we are doing and planning to reduce those disparities. Read the plan.
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health is sending texts and emails to contact individuals who have recently been tested for COVID-19.
The individualized survey link invitation will come from the phone number 1-855-270-3571.
Individuals are asked to complete a brief survey to help the Philadelphia Department of Public Health better understand and monitor the spread of COVID-19 in Philadelphia. Questions address demographic details and recent activities and exposures.
Participation is voluntary. Those who complete the survey will be entered to win one of ten $50 Amazon gift cards as a thank you for your time.
Response to the Office of Inspector General’s Public Report on Philly Fighting Covid, Inc.
As directed by the Mayor, the Health Department has developed a plan to strengthen the oversight of the COVID-19 vaccination effort and vaccine providers, and to ensure that all current and future partners deliver vaccine in a safe, equitable, and professional manner. This plan encompasses implementing recommendations and requests made both by the Mayor and the Office of Inspector General.