Philadelphia, PA - The City of Philadelphia has reported its first possible case of Coronavirus to be an adult resident who may have contracted the SARS-CoV-2 virus and is considered a probable positive case of COVID-19 Coronavirus. The patient is understood to have had direct exposure to a previously verified case of the illness and is presently isolated at home.
Philadelphia Announces First Case of COVID-19 Coronavirus
The City of Philadelphia and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is working with local hospitals, health systems, and the healthcare community to slow down the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus inside our region. It is anticipated that additional cases of the Coronavirus will most likely be identified in Philadelphia and the region.
“We have said that Philadelphia would see cases of the coronavirus, and now we have our first case in the city,” stated Dr. Thomas Farley, Commissioner of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. “We expect additional cases will be identified. We are continuing to work to identify cases, quarantine individuals who may have been exposed, and contain this virus. The most important thing you can do to help: if you are sick with fever or cough, stay home. If you think you should be tested, contact your doctor.”
The Health Department also is now suggesting that Philadelphians consider not participating in public gatherings with more than 5,000 expected guests. This guidance is especially crucial for individuals who possess chronic health conditions or are elderly. See Mayors Full Press Release HERE!
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