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Philadelphia officials prepare to announce COVID-19 restrictions on Monday after more than 1,000 cases reported in one day – CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia broke a one-day record for new COVID-19 cases on Friday, and the health commissioner says new restrictions will be announced on Monday but gave no details. The Philadelphia Department of Health has reported 1,158 new cases of coronavirus, now in record numbers.

City officials are still working out what exactly the new restrictions will cover.

“We’re seeing a very rapid rise in cases now,” said Dr. Thomas Farley. We have reported more than 1,100 cases today. If we think we can reduce it without any disruption to work, we will do it this way, but everyone wants to make sure there is a hospital bed for them if they need it, and we are at that point where we need to take work now so that is still the case.

Farley did not provide specifics on the new restrictions that would be implemented.

He said: “We will look at determining where the virus is spreading and try to make the greatest impact on where the virus is spreading.”

When Farley was asked to explain where the virus is spreading, he said: “As you know, it is spreading in homes, we know that it is spreading in social gatherings and it is also spreading in workplaces and spreading in restaurants.”

Pressed if restrictions were to be targeted in those environments, Farley said, “Again, I won’t say what the restrictions are.”

Farley says the city will not go into complete lockdown.

He said: “I will not say it is a citywide lockdown no, but I will say that we will have to put in place serious restrictions that we hope will change the course of the virus.”

During a hypothetical meeting with a council committee earlier Friday, Farley said the city should take measures to control coronavirus cases.

He said, “We have already reached the highest number of daily cases that we have seen in the entire epidemic, so I am very concerned about the impact of the epidemic on the city as a whole. In small social gatherings, a few people congregate at someone’s home, or At parties, or there is a large number of people in someone’s house, and people go out to restaurants, ”this is more common in office workplaces. People gather for lunch and don’t wear masks. “

Due to COVID-19 levels, Philadelphia has been more restricted than the state. Mask authorization is already in place in the city and there are restrictions on crowd size, but that hasn’t stopped the virus from spreading as it takes the same route as seasonal flu, which is also increasing.

“There is something about the winter weather that facilitates the spread of these viruses,” Farley said. “We don’t know if it’s because people are inside more because it’s colder, because the air is dry, but for whatever reason, these viruses are worse. So behavior in situations that were safe for two months is no longer safe.”

The virus is now spreading more among young people with milder cases, and while hospital admissions are also increasing, there are fewer deaths because doctors have better treatments.

Farley said Philadelphia residents should model their behavior from early March or April when the city was in a virtual lockdown.

The city will hold a press conference at 1 pm on Monday to announce the restrictions.

A spokesman for the Pennsylvania State Department of Health said in a statement that the state “is actively working to determine the best steps that can be taken amid the current rise in cases.”

We are very concerned about an increase in cases. We currently have safeguards, such as wearing a mask and restrictions on large gatherings. Pennsylvania can stop the spread. “It is all of us responsibility to do the right thing,” the spokesperson said.

CBS3’s Stephanie Stahl and Greg Argos contributed to this report.

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