Mayor Jim Kenney stated that Philadelphia has launched an initiative to help students in the area access necessary technology for the upcoming school year. The program, called PHLConnectedED, will aid 35,000 low-income students in accessing equipment and internet to complete their work remotely. It will also provide digital training to families to help them better navigate the school year.
PHLConnectED has three major components to it: providing wireless, high-speed internet from Comcast Internet Essentials, ensuring students have the devices (laptops and tablets) that they need, and offering digital outreach and navigation to parents with the greatest need in the area. The Mayor’s Office, along with local business and civic leaders, came together to make the program possible and ensure that it will be ready for the beginning of the school year.
In Thursday’s press briefing, Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley announced 109 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Philadelphia, bringing the total number of cases since the beginning of the pandemic to 30,986. For the second day in a row there have been no reported fatalities in the city, so the total number of deaths has remained at 1,695. Of these deaths, 860 (51%) were long-term care residents.