Five months ago, the first case of COVID-19 in Philadelphia was reported. More than 30,000 cases and almost 1,700 deaths later, the city is seeing promising progress in the fight against the virus and its effects on the economy.
“Daily case counts are now dropping, the percentage of tests that are coming back positive is hitting new lows, and our economy is shifting back into gear,” Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said. “This progress is based on Philadelphia residents doing the right thing, especially wearing masks, and keeping a distance from others. If we all continue to do that consistently, the next five months will be much better than the last.”
319 COVID-19 cases were reported in Philadelphia Monday, representing the totals for the past three days since Friday, August 7. The city’s new total is 31,439. One death has been reported, bringing the total number of deaths to 1,699.
Pennsylvania opened up its second window of applications for small business grants Monday. Applications are open for 15 days until Friday, August 28. The COVID-19 Relief Pennsylvania Statewide Small Business Assistance program will support businesses in a first-come, first served process by offering grants from $5,000 to $50,000 to businesses affected by COVID-19. Applications can be submitted here.