New Coronavirus Restrictions Planned In Philadelphia

Max Bennett

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia residents and businesses can expect different coronavirus mitigation restrictions next week as the city's cases surge and deaths increase.

In a news release Friday, officials said changes in restrictions are expected to be announced Monday.

Specific details about the changes in restrictions are still being finalized, the release said.

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health is using data gleaned from investigations of positive cases to ensure that any restrictions implemented can address a specific route of spread.

Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley earlier this week said all restrictions are being considered, even a complete lockdown.

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Philadelphia's total case count since March 10 has now surpassed 52,000.

Friday, 1,158 additional cases were identified, bringing the city's total to 52,043. Fifty-two new probable cases were identified from rapid antigen tests.

Over the past week, Farley said the average daily case count was 515 per day, the highest average daily count ever recorded in the city.

The week ending Nov. 7 saw a 9.3 percent positivity rate, the highest since mid May. And as more test results come back, Farley said that figure will increase.

Five more people died, as well. The city's death toll is 1,909 and of those deaths 918, or 48 percent, have been long term care facility residents.

Residents can find a free coronavirus testing site online here.

Anyone can search for a site by address, click on a map location for specific site information, and filter by day of week and by drive-thru or walk-up.

Pennsylvania reported 5,531 additional positive cases Friday, bringing the statewide total to 254,387. Of those, 70 percent have recovered.

The single-day record for new cases has been repeatedly broken in recent days, with daily numbers notably higher than they were at the early height of the pandemic back in the spring.

This article originally appeared on the Philadelphia Patch