As COVID-19 case counts surge in the U.S., Philadelphia urges citizens to “take this seriously”

Although case counts continue to fall in Philadelphia and the surrounding region, with significant declines in case counts in Montgomery County and Bucks County, that is not the situation throughout the nation.

“The epidemic is going very much in the wrong direction for the rest of the United States” Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said. “U.S. case counts have risen more than 30 percent in the past 14 days. Case counts are rising now in 26 states after reopening.”

According to the health commissioner, even some areas in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Southern Jersey are seeing rises in cases.

At the moment, it is unclear when or how this new surge in cases will affect Philadelphia; however, this concern has started to be addressed by state leaders in other nearby areas.

New York, New Jersey and Connecticut announced Wednesday that all visitors who come from states where the positive rate of infection is over 10 percent must remain in a mandatory quarantine for 14 days following their arrival.

In Philadelphia, the average positive rate of infection has been 5 percent, and last week the average number of cases per day was approximately 100. This trend shows that cases are continuing to slowly and slightly fall.

“The main message today is this epidemic is definitely not over,” Dr. Farley said. “The risk right now is rising, so we all need to take this seriously. Businesses and people who organize activity need to take our Safe Mode guidance seriously. Individual people need to take our mask, distance, hand-washing message seriously.”

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