TL;DR: Philadelphia reported 742 new cases of the coronavirus in the city on Friday, marking the highest number of daily cases the city has seen since the pandemic began. “Make no mistake about it — this is a very dangerous period,” Health Commissioner Thomas Farley said. “This is possibly the worst period of the entire epidemic.” Farley also highlighted three cases on Friday that show the potentially dangerous impact of gathering with people outside your household. Read about those cases here.
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Local coronavirus cases
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Philadelphia reported 742 new cases of the coronavirus in the city on Friday, marking the highest number of daily cases the city has seen since the pandemic began. Although this can partially be attributed to more widely available testing, officials said 14% of the tests reported Friday came back positive, way over the 5% threshold experts say is a sign of troubling community spread. “Make no mistake about it — this is a very dangerous period,” Health Commissioner Thomas Farley said. “This is possibly the worst period of the entire epidemic.”
Coronavirus seems to be spreading through small social gatherings, so Health Commissioner Thomas Farley highlighted three cases on Friday that show the potentially dangerous impact of gathering with people outside your household. The cases included a woman who attended a wedding, a woman who went to brunch with friends, and third woman who went to a funeral. In all cases, the women became infected with COVID-19 and exposed or infected at least one other person. In one case study, the spread led to a death. Read about those cases here.
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