85 confirmed coronavirus cases in Philadelphia

Screenshot of March 21’s virtual Philadelphia coronavirus advisory.

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At the city’s first ever virtual news conference on Saturday afternoon, officials confirmed there are a total of 85 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Philadelphia, up 18 from yesterday.

Of that number, five are under the age of 20, 43 are ages 20 to 39, 20 are ages 40 to 59 and 17 are older than 60. Sixteen are known to be healthcare workers.

Among them is the first confirmed case in a nursing home resident. Health Commissioner Dr. Tom Farley requested restricting visitors at nursing homes and hospitals to protect their residents.

There are 20 healthcare providers offering testing in the city, though some of the locations may be closed over the weekend. Farley emphasized they have a shortage of testing kits and those resources should be saved for those in greater need, including healthcare workers, the elderly and the chronically ill.

Most people with the infection will not require medical care, and unless you have difficulty breathing, stay at home and rest like you’re treating the flu, Farley said.

All construction in the city must cease by next Friday at 5 p.m. Workers are required to leave the projects in safe conditions so as to not endanger neighboring properties.

Parks and trails are still open for limited activity. Services like Indego bikes remain available.

Starting next week, families can pick up free meals for students at schools, charter schools and Philadelphia Housing Authority locations. All meal sites operate from 9 a.m. to noon. School district sites are open Mondays and Thursdays only, and families can pick up three meals per student on these days.

Last week, more than 15,000 meals were distributed at Northeast Philadelphia locations.

The following local schools are distributing meals:

  • Baldi, 8801 Verree Road
  • Stephen Decatur, Academy Road
  • Samuel Fels, 5500 Langdon St.
  • A.L. FitzPatrick, 11061 Knights Road
  • Frankford, 5000 Oxford Ave.
  • Benjamin Franklin Elementary, 5737 Rising Sun Ave.
  • Warren G. Harding, 2000 Wakeling St.
  • Henry W. Lawton, 6101 Jackson St.
  • Abraham Lincoln, 3201 Ryan Ave.
  • William H. Loesche, 595 Tomlinson Road
  • Mayfair, 3001 Princeton Ave.
  • Northeast, 1601 Cottman Ave.
  • William H. Ziegler, 5935 Saul St.
  • Mastery Charter – Smedley, 1790 Bridge St.
  • Universal Creighton Charter, 5401 Tabor Ave.

More information is available at Phila.gov/Covid.