calendar July 20, 2021 in Public Health

COVID Cases, Risk Up in SEPA

The nationwide increase in COVID cases is affecting Southeastern Pennsylvania. As of July 20, the CDC reported that community transmission risk is moderate in our suburban counties, up from low risk two weeks ago. Risk of community transmission in Philadelphia is low. According to Dr. Tim Babinchak, a local infectious disease expert, “we are definitely seeing the increase in hospitalizations locally as well, among the unvaccinated. This situation will continue as long as we have a significant portion of the population unvaccinated.  This unfortunately includes our young children.  With that in mind and to be the most conservative, requiring masks and restricting singing is entirely reasonable.”

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