Philadelphia again recommends masks for indoor public spaces, regardless of vaccination status

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PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Health officials successful Philadelphia said Thursday they are present powerfully recommending everyone to deterioration masks successful indoor nationalist spaces, careless of vaccination status.

Officials said arsenic of Thursday, 60.8% of adults successful Philadelphia are afloat vaccinated, and 73.9% person received astatine slightest 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

"As of this week, implicit 1 cardinal radical person been vaccinated successful Philadelphia," said Mayor Jim Kenney. "The numbers marque it clear: vaccinations are the champion mode to combat COVID-19 by protecting ourselves and the radical astir us."

Despite those numbers, Acting Health Commissioner Dr. Cheryl Bettigole said the metropolis is besides seeing "a tiny but disturbing summation successful hospitalizations owed to COVID-19 among children."

"It's clip for each of america to bash what we request to bash to support our city's kids. That means getting afloat vaccinated if you haven't yet, and it means each of america going backmost to wearing masks successful public. Kids nether 12 cannot yet beryllium vaccinated. They request you to measurement up," she said.

Health officials besides recommend:
- Choosing outdoor alternatively than indoor spaces

- Avoiding crowded indoor spaces
- Wearing a disguise portion indoors astir radical whom you don't cognize are vaccinated, and for unvaccinated people, see treble masking portion successful indoor nationalist spaces.

The Department of Public Health reports 55 patients with COVID-19 are presently being treated successful Philadelphia hospitals, with 1 connected a ventilator.

In total, 146,142 Philadelphians person been diagnosed with COVID-19, and 3,763 person succumbed to the virus.

The City of Philadelphia primitively reported 5 patients were presently hospitalized with COVID-19, but has since corrected the fig to 55 patients.

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