City of Philadelphia Press Briefing – May 20, 2020

From The City of Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Department of Public Health today announced 227 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Philadelphia. That brings the number of confirmed cases to 20,359.

The Department of Public Health noted continued progress in congregate settings, including nursing homes and the Department of Prisons. No additional incarcerated individuals have tested positive. The current total of positive cases at correctional facilities is three. Current and cumulative totals of positive cases in Philadelphia prisons are now posted on the testing and data page of the City’s COVID-19 website.

The Department of Public Health confirmed 103 additional fatalities in Philadelphia. This brings the number of residents who have succumbed to the virus in Philadelphia to 1,152. Of the 1,152 total deaths, 622 (54%) were long-term care facility residents.

The Department of Public Health reports 635 patients with COVID-19 are currently being treated in Philadelphia hospitals, with a total of 1,212 people hospitalized in the region (including Philadelphia).

City Services on Memorial Day: All City of Philadelphia offices will be closed and City services curtailed on Monday, May 25, 2020, for Memorial Day. All City buildings remain closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The City will not hold a COVID-19 media briefing on Memorial Day, but will issue a press release around 1 p.m.

Trash and recycling will not be collected on Monday, May 25. Residents who have collection on Monday should set out their trash and recycling on Monday evening after 5 p.m. for collection on Tuesday. Trash and recycling collections will be one day behind for the rest of next week.

All Philadelphia Parks & Recreation parks and trails will remain open. Barbecues, large picnics and group gatherings are not permitted. Residents are encouraged to enjoy parks safely this weekend, and visit on their own or with members of their household. This blog post shares tips for safely enjoying parks over the holiday weekend.

Many of the sites offering free food and meals will have different schedules next week due to the holiday. Residents can call 311 for help finding a food pantry, or text their zip code to 1-800-548-6479 to receive a list of nearby food pantries.

  • Food sites:
    • The 40 City-supported food box distribution sites will be closed on Memorial Day. Food sites will open instead on Tuesday, May 26 from 10 a.m. to noon.
    • Food sites will open as usual on Thursday, May 28 from 10 a.m. to noon.
  • Senior meal sites:
    • Senior Centers supported by the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging will be closed on Memorial Day. Any deliveries usually scheduled for Mondays will be delivered on Friday, May 22 instead.
    • Older Adult Centers run by Philadelphia Parks & Rec will be closed on Memorial Day. Sites will open on Tuesday, May 26 for grab-and-go meal pickup.
  • Student meal sites:
    • The Monday meal distributions at the Parks & Rec youth meal sites (Tarken and Scanlon playgrounds) are rescheduled to Tuesday, May 26.
    • School District meal sites will open as usual on Thursday, May 28 from 9 a.m. to noon.
    • All charter school sites will be closed on Memorial Day with the exception of Richard Allen Prep (open 9 a.m to noon).
    • Two PHA meal sites (Raymond Rosen Manor and Westpark Apartments) will be open on Memorial Day from 9 a.m. to noon. All other PHA sites will be closed Monday and reopen on Tuesday, May 26.
  • Temporary outdoor meal sites:
    • The temporary outdoor meal sites at City Hall and Key School will be closed on Memorial Day.
    • The temporary outdoor meal site at Ruth and Clearfield Streets will be open on Memorial Day from 1 to 3 p.m.
    • The temporary outdoor meal site at Thomas Paine Plaza will be open on Memorial Day from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Meal delivery to people with disabilities:
    • Liberty Resources will not deliver meals on Memorial Day.

Philly311’s call center will be closed on Memorial Day. Residents can still submit requests online or through the 311 app.

All City District Health Centers, as well as the City-run COVID-19 testing site in Center City, will be closed on Memorial Day.

Philadelphia Department of Prisons executive offices will be closed on Memorial Day.

District offices of the Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I); the L&I License and Permit Center at the Municipal Services Building; the Marriage License Bureau; the Free Library of Philadelphia and all of its branches remain closed.

Executive offices of the Philadelphia Parking Authority, as well as its Violations Branch at 9th and Filbert streets will remain closed until further notice. However, enforcement of safety violations will remain in effect.

Testing Site Finder: A new 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.

Each of the testing sites has its own requirements, and that information is included for each location on the map. For example, some sites require referrals, appointments, or certain criteria for patients. No sites require payment, insurance, or proof of citizenship. Residents are strongly encouraged to call first for an appointment or referral; all necessary phone numbers are available on the map.

The finder is available in six languages, and the map will continue to be updated as new testing sites are opened.

Expanded Testing Standards: The Philadelphia Department of Public Health is now recommending COVID-19 coronavirus testing for anyone regardless of age who has a new cough, is experiencing new shortness of breath, or two of the following symptoms: fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, headache, new loss of taste or smell. The expansion of testing recommendations comes as a result of the increasing availability of coronavirus testing at public health and commercial laboratories. Increased testing for the coronavirus is a key part of the City’s and Pennsylvania’s plan to re-open safely. More details can be found here.

COVID-19 Resources:

 

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