City Offers COVID-19 Update for October 16, 2020 | Department of Planning and Development

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Department of Public Health announced 302 new cases of COVID-19 today. This large number of new confirmed cases is due in part to the large number of test results received today (5,728). The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city is 39,822. In addition, the Department of Health also announced seven new probable cases of rapid antigen tests.

The Department of Public Health reports two 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 1,840. Of the total 1,840 deaths, 904 (49%) were in nursing homes.

The deadline to apply for the Emergency Renter Assistance Program during COVID-19 is approaching: The deadline for applications for phase two of rental assistance to help tenants who have lost their income due to COVID-19 is November 4, 2020. Tenants and landlords can submit their application online, by fax or by mail. Funds will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis. For more information or to apply, visit

Daily update on garbage collection and recycling services: Residents can consult the next post for the status of garbage and recycling collection services.

  • Garbage: this service is one day late due to the Monday holiday. Residents must take out trash the day after their regular collection day.
  • Recycling: this service is one day late due to the Monday holiday. Residents must take out recycling one day after their regular collection day.

Map of the test centers: a new test center finder in 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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