Philadelphia Again Recommends Masks For Indoor Public Spaces Regardless Of COVID-19 Vaccination Status – .

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PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) – Health officials in Philadelphia said Thursday that they now strongly recommend that everyone wear masks in indoor public spaces, regardless of immunization status. Officials said Thursday that 60, 8% of adults in Philadelphia were fully vaccinated and 73.9% had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
“As of this week, over a million people have been vaccinated in Philadelphia,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “The numbers clearly show that vaccinations are the best way to fight COVID-19 by protecting us and the people around us. Despite these numbers, Acting Health Commissioner Dr Cheryl Bettigole said the city is also experiencing “a small but worrying increase in hospitalizations from COVID-19 among children.”

“It’s time for all of us to do what we need to do to protect the children of our city. That means being fully immunized if you haven’t already, and that means we all have to start wearing masks in public again. Children under 12 cannot yet be vaccinated. They need you to step up, ”she said.

Health officials also recommend:
– Choose outdoor rather than indoor spaces
– Avoid crowded indoor spaces

– Wear a mask indoors around people you don’t know are vaccinated, and for unvaccinated people, consider double masking in indoor public spaces. McNally’s Tavern had just removed its optional mask panel when the town released its latest guidelines.

“We thought we were really moving forward, so it’s a little surprising to hear that we are taking a step back,” said Maria Hughes, assistant manager of the tavern.

While shopping on Thursday, Maureen Reynolds says she noticed more people were masquerading.

“I think a lot of people are wearing masks, and I think so even more over the past two days,” she said.

Others remain on the fence.

“If the store asks me to, I’ll wear it. If they don’t require it, I don’t wear it, ”said Trine Smith of North Philadelphia.

The Department of Public Health reports that 55 patients with COVID-19 are currently being treated in hospitals in Philadelphia, including one on a ventilator.

A total of 146,142 Philadelphians have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and 3,763 have succumbed to the virus.

The city of Philadelphia initially reported that five patients were currently hospitalized with COVID-19, but has since corrected the number to 55 patients.

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