The City of Philadelphia’s Department of Public Health announced an additional 500 confirmed cases of coronavirus on Monday. This number counts for this previous Saturday and Sunday as well. The total number of confirmed cases in the city now totals 29,803.
Two deaths were recorded this weekend, bringing the death toll to 1,678. Long-term care facility residents count for 51% of the death rate. Additional information on testing and demographics is available on the city’s data page.
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health released a plan to address racial inequities emphasized by the pandemic. It is divided into eight areas: Access to COVID-19 Testing, Surveillance Data, Community Outreach, Chronic Health Conditions, Protecting Essential Workers, Community Spread, Spread in Congregate Settings, and Case Investigation and Contact Tracing.
The Streets Department suspended trash collection today, the 27th and tomorrow, the 28th. Residents are asked to place their garbage outside on their normal collection day, as crews resume a normal schedule as soon as possible.
Philadelphia’s watershed parks have seen increased usage during the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents who wish to use these areas are encouraged to wear masks and social distance. Swimming and bathing in the city’s public rivers and streams is prohibited. Public bathrooms in parks remain closed, and visitors are asked to carry out any trash they take in.