City Offers COVID-19 Update for November 18, 2020 | Department of Public Health

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Department of Public Health today announced 831 new cases of COVID-19. This brings the number of confirmed cases to 56,472.

The Department of Public Health reports 17 new deaths in Philadelphia from COVID-19 as of today. This means that the number of residents who have lost their lives to the virus in Philadelphia is 1,942. Of the 1,942 total deaths, 923 (48%) were in nursing homes.

Likewise, 530 patients with COVID-19 are currently being treated in hospitals in Philadelphia, and 45 of them are assisted with artificial respirators.

Guide to Contact Tracking: Due to the increasing number of new COVID-19 cases identified each day, the Department of Health has not been able to reach all the people who have tested positive to begin tracing contacts. To help stop the spread, we ask individuals who have tested positive to help track the people they have had contact with. The Department of Health contact tracing team continues to work, but for those who have not been contacted, we have developed a simple procedure for three steps to help people diagnosed with COVID-19 track their contacts:

  1. Identify your close contacts.
  2. Decide if you want to provide the information anonymously (it is possible to alert close contacts without revealing their name).
  3. Send instructions to stay safer at home.

Map of the test centers: a new test center finder in phila.gov/testing will help people find sites to get tested for COVID-19 for free in Philadelphia. Anyone can search for a site by address, click on its location on the map for specific center information, and filter by weekday and ways of access (on foot or by car).

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