A new way to track trash collections

The city, at press time, reported 35,901 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 1,787 deaths in the city. Eight-hundred and eighty-three of those deaths have been in nursing homes.

Anyone who wants to find a testing site can go to https://www.phila.gov/covid-testing-sites/#/.

Mask wearing remains required in all businesses, and the state has issued an order requiring masks while out in public.

Statewide, there are 151,646 cases in all 67 counties, with 8,023 confirmed deaths, including 5,360 in nursing homes or personal care facilities.

Meanwhile, Mayor Jim Kenney and the Department of Streets announced the launch of PickupPHL, a tool designed to provide direct access to the city’s residential sanitation services. PickupPHL is an interactive web map that allows residents to view and track the status of daily trash and recycling collections. The online platform goes live on Oct. 1.

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“Clean and safe streets are one of our residents’ top priorities,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “With PickupPHL, residents now have almost real-time access to track trash and recycling collections. This new tool further demonstrates our administration’s commitment to transparency and accountability in city services.”

During the pandemic, trash collection has been delayed by, among other things, workers calling out sick.

PickupPHL enables users to view the progress of trash and recycling collections by providing direct access to the Sanitation Division’s truck-routing system. For the first-time, the public can see the daily progress of the streets department’s residential collection routes. PickupPHL allows users to view and track residential collections for trash and recycling, determine if a block has been visited by a trash, recycling or both trucks and identify where collections are taking place daily.

The Philadelphia Water Department and Water Revenue Bureau will not shut off customers unable to pay water bills through Sept. 30. This extends a pause on shutoffs that began in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Customers who cannot pay their water bill should apply for help at 215-685-6300 or www.phila.gov/waterbillhelp.

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. ••