Case rates in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia are showing a slight slowdown. 758 cases of COVID-19 were reported Friday by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The state’s total number of confirmed cases is now 117,279. Of those cases, 77 percent have recovered. 15 deaths were reported, bringing the total death count to 7,297 in the state.
Philadelphia reported 134 new cases of COVID-19, yet, according to the city’s website, the overall risk of community transmission in Philadelphia remains high. The rate of positivity was only 3 percent, which is lower than past rates reported in the city. This brings the total number of cases to 31,120.
The low rates of positivity this week are significant.
“We’ve been between 5% and 6% since the middle of June, so that’s another good sign,” Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said at the Mayor’s Press Conference Tuesday.
3 new deaths have been reported, bringing the total number of deaths to 1,698. 51 percent of the total deaths in Philadelphia, 861, were long-term care facility residents.
Although Farley is unsure what the reason for the decline is, he suggested that it may be due to a more widespread acceptance of mask-wearing in public.