Philadelphia finally in the yellow tier

The city, at press time, reported 23,822 confirmed coronavirus cases.

An interactive map of cases broken down by ZIP code can be found at phila.gov.

There have been a total of 1,424 deaths in the city. Seven-hundred and forty-seven of those deaths have been in nursing homes.

Statewide, there are 76,436 cases in all 67 counties, with 6,014 confirmed deaths, including 4,117 in nursing homes or personal care facilities.

Gov. Tom Wolf has adopted red, yellow and green tiers when considering whether to open up activities halted by the pandemic.

Philadelphia went into the yellow tier on Friday.

“With more than half of the state now in the green phase of the process to reopen, it is essential that we continue to take precautions to protect against COVID-19,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Each of us has a responsibility to protect ourselves, our loved ones and others by wearing a mask, maintaining social distancing and washing our hands frequently. Together we can protect our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians, our essential workers and our healthcare system.”

The Philadelphia Water Department agreed to postpone all water shutoffs for residential and commercial customers who are unable to pay their bills through July 10. Customers who cannot pay their bill should apply for help at 215-685-6300 or www.phila.gov/waterbillhelp.

The city Department of Streets will collect recycling materials every other week through June 26. Regular trash collections will continue on or as close to its normal schedule as possible during trash-only weeks.

PECO Energy will continue its coronavirus support policies, which include suspending service disconnections, waiving new late fees and reconnecting customers who were previously disconnected, through at least July 1. Call 800-494-4000 if you are having trouble paying your PECO bill.

Meanwhile, Philadelphians have plenty of options to pick up free food.

The city and Philadelphia Corporation for Aging are distributing meals to older adults. Family members can pick up for the seniors. Local sites are the Peter Bressi Northeast Senior Center, 4744-46 Frankford Ave.; KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave.; and the Northeast Older Adult Center, 8101 Bustleton Ave. They are distributing meals each Monday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. People will get two meals on Mondays and three meals on Wednesdays.

A youth meal distribution site, at Tarken Playground, 6250 Frontenac St., will be open Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Families will receive eight meals per student: four breakfasts and four lunches. The Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation and the Nutritional Development Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are supporting the food distribution.

Nutritional Development Services is sponsoring a feeding site for children every Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon at Catholic Social Services’s Northeast Family Service Center, 7340 Jackson St. Families in need can receive up to three meals per child, funded by the federal Department of Agriculture.

St. Hubert High School, 7320 Torresdale Ave., will also be a food distribution site Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in cooperation with Nutritional Development Services. Families can collect up to three days’ worth of meals plus milk (three breakfasts and three lunches) per child, per visit. Children do not have to be present to receive a meal.

The city continues to provide a box of free food to residents on Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon at 21 sites. Local sites are Vogt Recreation Center, 4131 Unruh Ave.; Keep the Faith Ministries, 1906 Harrison St.; Pelbano Recreation Center, 8101 Bustleton Ave.; Salvation Army Citadel, 5830 Rising Sun Ave.; Feast of Justice, 3101 Tyson Ave.; Palmer Recreation Center, 3035 Comly Road; Mitzvah Food Program, KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave.; and Mizpah SDA, 4355 Paul St.

Philadelphians looking for the latest local information on the coronavirus can visit phila.gov/COVID-19.

Residents with questions can call a 24-hour helpline at 800-722-7112.

Or, text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to receive updates to your phone. ••