New COVID-19 cases in Philly have stabilized, but officials aren't rushing to relax restrictions

Pat Loeb
July 07, 2020 - 3:43 pm

    PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) New COVID-19 cases in Philadelphia have stabilized, according to city officials, but they are in no hurry to relax restrictions on indoor dining. 

    Considering that cases are climbing in other parts of the Philadelphia region and most of the state and are higher than New York at its peak in some parts of the country the fact that Philadelphia is still averaging about 110 new cases a day is not unwelcome news. 

    But Health Commissioner Tom Farley says it’s also not time to drop precautions.

    “I think in view of the increases all around us that we need to be very cautious right now. I’m in no hurry to open up restaurants for indoor dining, which appear to be an important site for transmission elsewhere,” Farley said. 

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    Delaware is one place where new cases have crossed the threshold into a “high incidence” area. 

    The city has asked people coming from high incidence areas to quarantine for two weeks, but Farley says he’s not including Delaware in that yet.

    “This is going to cause some practical issues for commuters, so at the moment, I’m not recommending that for commuters and we’ll look at whether we need to change our recommendations in view of that," he added.

    Dr. Farley says he thinks the city’s mask requirement will be an important factor in avoiding a second wave.