PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia officials reported on Thursday a significant jump in new positive results from coronavirus testing. As of 9:30 a.m., the city is reporting a total of 475 cases — 133 more than the day before.
Mayor Jim Kenney, Health Commissioner Tom Farley, and other city officials will host a press update Thursday at 1 p.m. Listen to KYW Newsradio to hear it live.
City officials announced the first coronavirus-related death in the city on Wednesday, a man in his 50s with an underlying health condition.
“Every death is a tragedy,” Farley said. “We don’t want to discuss this simply as statistics.”
Kenney and Farley have urged residents take the pandemic seriously and to practice social distancing to reduce the risk of transmission.
“The death of this resident is a reminder of the extremely serious nature of this pandemic,” Mayor Jim Kenney said. “The unfortunate reality is that there will likely be more deaths as the number of cases grow, which is why our stay-at-home order is essential. This virus is very real, and deadly. So when we tell residents to stay at home, to avoid even small gatherings on the street corner, we are not messing around.”
To be tested, people need to be showing symptoms of the illness, or meet specific criteria. In most cases, they must seek their doctor’s input first.
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