City opens new food distribution site in Northeast Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- A new city-sponsored food site is set to open Monday in Northeast Philadelphia.

Residents can get a free box of food at Vogt Recreation Center at Unruh Avenue and Cottage Street.

The new site is one of 40 food distribution locations across the city.

The sites will be open Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon.

The student meal sites at School District of Philadelphia schools are now only open on Thursdays.

COVID-19 Cases in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health announced 302 additional cases of COVID-19 in Philadelphia on Monday. This brings the number of confirmed cases in the city to 12,868.

"The number of daily cases seems to be going down on average," said Mayor Jim Kenney. "What we are doing is working...social distancing is responsible for this success."

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According to Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley, the city has the testing capability to test about 1,500 people per day - which is roughly 1 in 1,000 people.

Officials confirmed 12 additional fatalities in Philadelphia. This brings the number of residents who have succumbed to the virus in Philadelphia to 484. Of the 484 total deaths, 259 (54%) were long-term care facility residents.

The Department of Public Health again noted clusters of positive cases in congregate settings, including nursing homes, behavioral health facilities and the Department of Prisons.

One additional inmate has tested positive for the virus, officials said. The current total of positive cases at correctional facilities is 68.

The Department of Public Health reports 985 patients with COVID-19 are currently being treated in Philadelphia hospitals, with a total of 1,085 people hospitalized in the region (including Philadelphia).

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