Almost 300 coronavirus cases have been reported in Philadelphia since Friday, June 26, bringing the total count to 22,991.
“Daily COVID case counts in Philadelphia are no longer falling,” said Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley. “That, combined with the rise of cases throughout the country, is troubling.”
In order to prevent Philadelphia from entering a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the health commissioner plans to “be cautious about any further re-starting of activities.” He encourages residents to continue to consistently wear face masks, to practice social distancing and to wash hands frequently.
No additional fatalities have been reported, with the total death count still at 1,579.
Philadelphia has not yet announced whether the Green Phase, which was originally expected to start July 3, will be delayed. City officials will provide an update on Tuesday, June 30 regarding its next steps on the path to reopening.
This is a developing story. Check our website tomorrow for more updates on Philadelphia’s reopening plan.