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Additional 181 positive coronavirus cases announced in Philadelphia, COVID-19 death toll at 43 in city

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health announced 181 additional presumptive confirmed cases of COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Philadelphia on Sunday. That brings the number of confirmed cases to 3,189.

Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley cautions that some Philadelphia News testing laboratories are not sending reports over the weekend, so this total is likely to be an underreporting.

The Health Department confirmed eight additional fatalities in Philadelphia. This brings the number of residents who have succumbed to the virus in Philadelphia to 43.

The Department of Public Health reports 474 patients with COVID-19 are currently being treated in Philadelphia hospitals, with a total of 831 people hospitalized in the region (including Philadelphia).

Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said Philadelphia will follow the updated guidelines from the CDC concerning the public wearing face masks when being outside.

Farley pointed out during a Friday press conference these guidelines are for non-medical masks, as those should be saved for hospital workers and those in the medical field.

Farley said wearing a cloth mask will help protect the people around you.

The new every other week recycling collection schedule begins April 6 so residents should hold their recycling next week. Week of April 13 residents can set their materials out on their normal collection day," the Philadelphia Streets Department tweeted.

The new collection schedule will last through May 15 or further.

As for trash collection, the Streets Department said, "Regular trash Press Release Distribution Services In Philadelphia collections will continue on or as close to its normal schedule as possible. Residents should expect some delays as the health crisis continues to have an impact on employee attendance. There will be no trash collections on Friday, April 10th in honor of the Good Friday holiday."

They posted an updated schedule on their website.

"Crews will be working through the weekend to pick up this week's trash and recycling. We thank residents for their patience as crews work safely and quickly as possible during these unprecedented times," the Streets Department tweeted.

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