Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley today announced 16 additional presumptive confirmed cases of COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Philadelphia. That brings the number of confirmed cases to 34.
The City is awaiting test results on many other cases, and officials will no longer be reporting that number because the volume of testing is so wide and is constantly changing. Health Department staff are working with 144 people who have been exposed to people with this infection to monitor for symptoms.
Dr. Farley also issued a call for Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers. The MRC is a group of more than 2,500 volunteers who serve the City during public health emergencies and large-scale events. Anyone interested can visit www.phila.gov/mrc to register with our Medical Reserve Corps. Clinical and non-clinical volunteers are needed.
Also today, the City published a blog detailing City services that remain in operation following the partial shutdown of the government. The blog also provides guidance for residents in need of particular services amid the curtailment of operations.
The Philly311 app now has a section dedicated to COVID-19 requests. The app also provides translation to 16 languages. For residents who call 311, translation is available for over 100 languages through the City’s Language Line.