Darrell L. Clarke told reporters meeting the $400,000 was necessary to “get the word out about this coronavirus” and encourage residents to practice social distancing. As of Thursday, Philadelphia reported 475 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.
Allegheny County reported a coronavirus death Saturday, the second death in Pennsylvania to date. Drive-through testing sites for the coronavirus are now open in South Philadelphia and Upper Dublin, Montgomery County. And in Delaware, the governor closes beaches.
Mayor Jim Kenney's administration hopes to recoup much of the cost of paying essential personnel 50% extra from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Public Assistance program following the crisis.