Last updated: 6/26 3:00 p.m.
As local organizations and institutions respond to the spread of COVID-19, known as the coronavirus, we will collect that information here and keep it updated. If you have information to share, let us know via email. — Pete Mazzaccaro
The City of Philadelphia has a new text alert system all about Covid-19. Text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to receive updates to your phone.
The US Center for Disease Control has a page dedicate to the most up-to-date COVID-19 information on this page.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health also has a page of information here. The page includes daily updates and other important facts for state residents.
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health also has an information page here. The landing page has FAQ for identifying the virus, seeking treatment and guidance for institutions and small businesses.
The Chestnut Hill Business District is keeping a page with the latest info on the business district, including measures area businesses and restaurants are taking and any changes in hours of operation.
A guide to local restaurants operating takeout can be found here.
Mandatory Mask Order: Today, Mayor Kenney
will sign a Mandatory Mask Order, which requires masks to be worn in any indoor
public spaces and outdoors if there is less than six feet between people from
different households. There will be only a limited number of exceptions,
including for children under 8-years-old. This order will not be enforced by
the police. The goal is to send a clear message that mask usage cannot and
should not be optional while cases continue to rise across the country.
“As we’ve said throughout this pandemic, taking simple steps like wearing a mask, washing your hands, and maintaining six feet of distance between yourself and others can save lives,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “This new Mandatory Mask Order is a signal to the public that we are serious about the need to follow critical public health guidance.”
Bill Signings: Mayor Kenney signed a series of bills recently passed by City Council, including the FY21 budget and measures related to COVID-19 response. Among the bills signed today was the Essential Workers Protection Act, which promotes public health by protecting workers from retaliation for speaking out about working conditions that violate mandatory state or City public health orders. The Mayor also signed Bill No. 200329, which allocates $40.4 million in federal CARES Act funding—allowing Planning & Development to address emergency COVID-19 housing and community development needs.
Regular Weekly Trash and Recycling Resume July 6: Effective Monday, July 6, the Streets Department will resume collecting recycling every week along with trash. Regular trash and recycling collections will continue on or as close to its normal schedule as possible. Residents should not set out their recycling materials the week of June 29 as the every-other-week collection schedule continues until July 6.
Summer of Census Plan and Philly Counts Milestone: The Philly Counts team is focused on promoting census participation through their Summer of Census plan, which includes actions such as yard sign and door hanger distribution, phone banking, spreading the word using social media, promoting census completion at various points of service, and digital census events. The goal is to reactivate Philly Counts’ network of community partners and Census Champions to assist the team in executing this plan. If members of the public are interested in getting involved in Philly Counts’ Summer of Census plan, they can sign up here.
Philly Counts has continued engaging hard-to-reach communities during the pandemic through phone banking. Every day, the Philly Counts team and its volunteers call thousands of households in Philadelphia to make sure they have what they need to stay safe and healthy and create census awareness. To date, the Philly Counts staff and volunteer phone bankers have made 139,419 calls to households in Philadelphia, and have made a Census participation plan with over 7,000 households. If members of the public are interested in supporting Philly Counts phone banking efforts, they can sign up to volunteer here.
Residents can complete the 2020 Census over the phone by calling (844) 330-2020, online, or via paper questionnaire until October 31, 2020.
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.
- 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.
- Businesses with questions about reopening using the Department of Public Health’s guidelines 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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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.
Testing Sites: A list of available testing sites is provided on the City’s website. Click on “Where Can Someone Get Tested?” The list includes private testing sites being run by hospital systems and other organizations across the city, as well as public testing sites. If individuals are not able to get tested through their medical provider or do not have a medical provider, they can be tested at one of the public testing sites listed on the website.
The City has extended filing and payment dates for Real Estate and some business taxes. The City will honor the federal extensions granted to businesses from the IRS for filing and payments until July 15, 2020 for the Business Income and Receipts Tax and the Net Profits Tax. This policy includes estimated payments.
The City published an informational webpage with guidance for taxes here.
The state has a special page at https://www.uc.pa.gov/Pages/covid19.aspx about COVID-19 related unemployment, and a useful FAQ at https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/Pages/Employer-COVID19-FAQs.aspx. In a nutshell, current rules state that a business’ employees are eligible for unemployment if temporarily laid off due to COVID-19 related closure; however, the business owner is not eligible, and is currently limited to seeking loans from available sources.
The PHL COVID-19 Fund, which was launched last week, continues to solicit donations to aid nonprofits that are on the frontline of the pandemic. This fund will deliver grants to nonprofits that are providing urgent resources throughout the Philadelphia region. Individuals and organizations can donate at PHLCOVID19Fund.org.PA Department of Health map tracks cases by county