PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Department of Public Health today announced 242 new cases of COVID-19. This brings the number of confirmed cases to 111,835. The Health Department also announced 56 probable new cases of rapid antigen tests.
The Department of Public Health reports 15 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 3,056. Of the total 3,056 deaths, 1,136 (37%) were in nursing homes.
Likewise, 299 patients with COVID-19 are currently being treated in Philadelphia hospitals, and 49 of them are assisted by artificial ventilators.
In Philadelphia, a total of 247,167 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered and 82,439 people have been fully vaccinated. The latest updates on vaccine distribution are available here.
Emergency Regulation of Occupation Taxes: Yesterday, February 18, the Department of Revenue published a emergency regulation An update aimed at providing additional relief to Philadelphia restaurants and bars affected during the COVID-19 pandemic. For restaurants and bars subject to capacity limitations, this regulation exempts a percentage of the dining room space from the use and occupancy tax. The exemption is based on the percentage capacity allowed for the square footage of the business that is used for indoor dining (dining space) during the period that the Philadelphia Department of Public Health has limited indoor service. restaurants. For purposes of the use and occupancy tax, 25 percent of the interior dining space of the restaurant will be subject to the use and occupancy tax. Restaurants that qualify for occupancy rates higher than 50 percent are subject to a 50 percent occupancy and use tax for indoor dining. This regulation is effective immediately and will remain in effect while the Philadelphia Department of Public Health limits occupancy of restaurants and bars.
FEMA Mass Vaccination Clinic: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Health and Human Services (HHS), the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and the City of Philadelphia announced today who have partnered to open a COVID-19 vaccination site at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The site could open as of March 3, 2021.
FEMA and federal partners will support this site through staffing, operations, logistics, and vaccinations. The Philadelphia Mass Vaccination Clinic, like other federally supported sites across the country, was selected based on data analysis, including the CDC Social Vulnerability Index and other census data, as well as the input from our state and local partners. The Philadelphia site could have a vaccination yield of several thousand daily doses once it reaches its maximum operational capacity and would come with its own vaccine allocation in addition to what the City of Philadelphia already receives.
“I am excited to see the federal government continue to step up and support us to help protect all of Philadelphia,” said the mayor of Philadelphia, Jim Kenney. “Every city in the country, including Philadelphia, is currently struggling with not having enough COVID vaccines to meet the demand of their residents, so this center will make a big difference. We look forward to this COVID-19 Vaccination Center joining our vaccine distribution channel system, which includes community clinics, hospitals, community health centers, pharmacies, mobile sites, and more. It is a key step for recovery and making our city return much more to normal. Partnerships with our state and federal partners have been strong throughout this response to enable us to address the needs of Philadelphians. We look forward to overcoming COVID-19 and these historic challenges together. “
Ensuring vulnerable and underserved populations have access to vaccines was a priority in the site selection process. The central location of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, accessibility by public transportation, logistical capacity, large size, and existing City contracts in support of vaccination operations made it a logical choice for the first site operated. by the federal government in Pennsylvania. FEMA and other federal agencies will provide clinical and support staff, freeing up the City of Philadelphia to focus staff and resources on vaccination efforts in the city’s neighborhoods.
Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said: “Our three goals for distributing vaccines have always been: to do it quickly, to save the most lives, and fairly. With FEMA’s mass vaccination clinic, we are able to administer vaccines faster, and thanks to its location in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, (located near multiple public transportation lines), we can ensure that many of our residents and people from higher risk can gain easy and equitable access. A FEMA Immunization Center will be a great addition to our comprehensive City-wide vaccine distribution system, which already includes hospitals, federally qualified health centers, pharmacies and community partners. “
Specific details on the opening date and registration process will be received shortly.
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).
Forms of interest to receive the COVID-19 vaccine: The City has released two forms to help Philadelphians register their interest in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. These forms they are not to register for an appointment, but they will tell the Department of Public Health how to contact you when you are eligible and the vaccine is available to you.
- Community members can register using the Interest Form to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The form is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and French. Individuals without internet access can contact Philly311 (by dialing 3-1-1) or call the Department of Public Health COVID Call Center at 215-685-5488 for assistance in completing the interest form. .
- Employers are encouraged to complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Planning Form for Workforce. Employers who complete this form will be contacted to coordinate vaccination of their priority staff when they are eligible and the vaccine is available.
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