Kenney announces first COVID-19 death of a Philly cop

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Mayor Jim Kenney announced on Monday the first COVID-19 death of a city employee, Lt. James Walker of the Philadelphia Police Department’s traffic division.

Kenney said he died on Sunday from the infection.

“This weekend, we lost a friend, a family member, a hero,” said the Mayor. “Any death is tragic, but today, it hits close to home.”

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The Department of Public Health confirmed two fatalities in the city, bringing the total to 45.

Health officials announced 539 additional coronavirus cases in the city, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 3,728.

Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley attributed the the large increase from Sunday to a backlog in lab testing. Some labs do not report results over the weekend.

Farley noted that 18 fatalities were among nursing home residents. He reiterated that that clusters of positive cases are coming from congregate settings, such as nursing homes, behavioral health facilities and prisons. A total of 54 prison inmates have tested positive.

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