Fully vaccinated people should wear masks in indoor public spaces, Philadelphia health officials say – NBC10 Philadelphia
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- Concerns about the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 delta variant among the unvaccinated have prompted city officials to issue new guidelines for indoor face masks.
- The acting Philadelphia health commissioner said the city is seeing a slight but alarming increase in hospitalization among children who currently cannot get a COVID-19 vaccine.
- We urge Philadelphia residents who are not immunized to avoid crowded public places and, if unable to do so, to wear a face mask to protect themselves and others.
If you’re visiting a public place in Philadelphia, you should wear a face mask whether or not you’ve been vaccinated, according to new guidelines released by the Philadelphia Department of Health Thursday.
Officials said they “highly recommend” mask wear, but were not required to do so. Persons who are not immunized are encouraged to wear the double mask to protect themselves and others.
Philadelphia terminated the mask’s mandate on June 11.
The emergence of the COVID-19 delta variant has led to an increase in infections across the United States. The viral mutation is highly contagious It has led to a threefold increase in new infections over the past two weeks. Most of the new hospitalizations Among younger people who have not been vaccinated. The southern states were hardest hit in the latest wave.
As the “transmissible” delta variant rises in communities across the United States, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walinsky issued a stark warning to those still not immune to the coronavirus, saying: “What we worry about is that we’ll see cases that could Prevention, hospitalization and unfortunately, mortality among the unvaccinated.”
As of this week, Mayor Jim Kenny said in a statement that more than 1 million people have received at least one dose of a vaccine in Philadelphia. This total translates to 60.8% of adults who received a full vaccination and 73.9% who received at least one dose, According to the Philadelphia Department of Health. The city opened vaccinations to all residents on April 19.
“We will continue to vaccinate anyone who is ready, and encourage them to join the more than 1 million people who have received this life-saving vaccine in Philadelphia,” Kenny said.
Despite a full vaccination, a person can still be infected with the coronavirus, but the effects of the disease are greatly diminished. Vaccinated individuals who develop what’s called a “breakthrough infection” are unlikely to need hospitalization or die. That’s why public health officials around the world stress the importance of vaccination. (If you still need to vaccinate, Here’s a tool to find the nearest vaccination provider to your home.)
In addition to general indoor mask guidelines, city officials have recommended people avoid crowded indoor places.
While Philadelphia is asking people to take new precautions, the city’s infection rate is much lower than in previous months.
As of Thursday, five people were admitted to city hospitals with COVID-19 and one was on a ventilator. In April 2020, nearly 850 people were hospitalized with serious injuries. The health department said the city has recorded an average of 64 newly reported daily cases over the past two weeks. That same rate reached in mid-November 2020 at 7,362 positive cases.
Acting Health Commissioner Dr Cheryl Petigol said officials are seeing a “slight but alarming increase” in hospital admissions among children whose case numbers have recently doubled.
Currently, COVID-19 vaccines are not approved for children under 12 years of age Approval may not come until the winter of 2022.
“It’s time for all of us to do what we need to do to protect our city’s children. This means getting full vaccinations if you haven’t done so yet, and that means we’re all back to wearing masks in public,” Petigol said in a written statement.
Since the pandemic was declared in March 2020, 3,763 Philadelphians have died from the disease associated with COVID-19. And 146,142 residents have been infected with the virus, some of whom are still suffering from long-term health effects.