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Penn Medicine opens West Philadelphia COVID-19 testing site to anyone with symptoms

April 5, 2020

Penn Medicine’s COVID-19 testing team in West Philadelphia (Photo from Pennmedicine.org)

Penn Medicine has opened its COVID-19 drive-through testing site in West Philadelphia to all people experiencing symptoms of the disease. The site is located in the parking lot at 4122 Market Street and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The site also has a walk-up lane.

The site is open to anyone who is experiencing coronavirus-like symptoms (check here). You do not need to be a Penn Medicine patient and you do not need a referral from a provider to be tested. Those without a referral are encouraged to call Penn Medicine’s toll-free coronavirus hotline at 833-983-1350.  Continue Reading

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The Woodlands to close gates to visitors on Mondays and Tuesdays

April 3, 2020

Spring at the Woodlands.

The Woodlands Cemetery will be closed to visitors on Mondays and Tuesdays starting April 6th to allow crews to work safely on the site as the landscaping season begins. The gates will remain open to the public on Wednesday – Sunday from dawn to dusk, as long as there are resources to do so, and social distancing rules are followed.

The Woodlands administration is also asking community members and new visitors to follow key rules:  Continue Reading

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COVID-19 updates: Trash collection delayed; SEPTA workers test positive (updated)

April 3, 2020

UPDATE (Friday, April 3, 2020): Starting Monday, April 6, recycling will be picked up in Philadelphia every other week (through May 15th or further), so there will be no recycling collection next week. Residents are asked to put out their recyclables the following week. Trash collection will continue every week.

(4/2/2020): The coronavirus pandemic has started disrupting some city services, according to reports. Some neighbors noticed that their trash was not picked up yesterday. Delays with trash collection in the city should now be expected, reports Plan Philly, as more sanitation workers are calling out of work.

“While delivering on-time collection services remains an essential core service, residents are asked for their patience and cooperation while we work to deliver service,” the City’s Streets Department representative told Plan Philly.

If your trash or recycling hasn’t been picked up, you can report your block to 311.

UPDATE: The Streets Department is currently one day behind and will be working into this weekend to make sure all trash and recycling are collected. Residents should continue to set out their trash on their normal collection day.

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West Philly hospital seeking medical supply donations

April 3, 2020

West Philly-based Mercy Catholic Medical Center – Mercy Philadelphia Campus (former Mercy Philadelphia Hospital), is accepting medical supply donations from the community to support its COVID-19 response.

The hospital is accepting donations for the following unopened items:  Continue Reading

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New map tracks spread of COVID-19 in Philadelphia (updated: April 2, 2020)

April 2, 2020

UPDATE (4/2/2020): The “Philadelphia Positive COVID-19 Cases by Zip” map is available again (see below). It is updated daily. As of Thursday, April 2, the West Philadelphia zip code 19143 has the largest number of positive COVID-19 cases in the city – 96. It’s worth noting though that it is one of the most populous areas in the city with about 65,000 residents based on the 2010 Census. Please check back for updates.

Two additional COVID-19 related fatalities were confirmed in Philadelphia on Thursday, which brings the number of city residents who have died because of the virus to 17. Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said on Thursday that “the City is observing clusters of confirmed cases in certain types of group settings, including nursing homes, behavioral health facilities, and the Philadelphia Department of Prisons (PDP).”

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Public schools closure extended indefinitely due to coronavirus pandemic; Digital learning plan still in works

March 31, 2020

All Philadelphia public schools will remain closed indefinitely in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in compliance with Gov. Tom Wolf’s latest order.

The School District will still observe Spring Break, from April 6-9, and Good Friday on April 10 when offices will be closed. Meals and learning guides will continue to be available for students at the 49 School District meal distribution sites on Monday, April 6 and Thursday, April 9.  Continue Reading

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