In today’s press briefing, Mayor Jim Kenney says Philadelphia is making progress as case count decline
Monday marked the five month anniversary of the first COVID-19 case reported in Philadelphia, and Mayor Kenney says Philadelphians have come a long way since then.
Health Commissioner Dr. Farley describes Philadelphia’s progress as “good news.”
The Philadelphia Department of Health today confirmed an additional 145 cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 31,584 cases. There has been one additional death, bringing the total number of fatalities to 1,700.
Over the past week, there has been an average of 105 cases per day, which is lower than last week’s average of 123 cases per day.
Dr. Farley says there has been progress in lab turnaround, with one lab once averaging a seven day turnaround, to now getting results in about two days.
According to Dr. Farley, the trends are good, however, “we still have far to go.”
While the case count in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania is falling, the case count within the United States is still high.
Dr. Farley says that Americans need to continue practicing social distancing and wearing masks in order to combat the virus.
As schools and universities begin to open, Dr. Farley urges people to be safe and make the right decisions.
”We need to continue wearing masks, it’s more important now than ever. We don’t want to go backwards,” he said.