Contact Tracing Continues, #MaskUpPHL to Begin Selling Masks

In Thursday’s press briefing, Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley announced 185 new cases of coronavirus in the city of Philadelphia, bringing the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 31,190. There have been no new deaths, so the number of fatalities remains steady at 1,709.

Philadelphia’s contact tracing team has attempted to contact 653 people who tested positive for COVID-19, and were successful in reaching 75 percent of these people. They also reached out to contacts provided by these people, successfully reaching 77 percent and asking them to self-quarantine for 14 days.

The city’s #MaskUpPHL campaign has also announced that they will be selling masks that match the ads appearing around Philadelphia. These masks will help city-goers show their support for the campaign and encourage others to wear masks and comply with social distancing guidelines. Proceeds from mask purchases will go to support the Black Doctor’s COVID-19 Consortium, an organization helping to provide free COVID-19 testing in Philadelphia.

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