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Covid’s Omicron variant is spreading rapidly throughout Philadelphia, pushing the number of people hospitalized with the virus from 368 to 949  in the space of four weeks. At Chestnut … more
The City of Philadelphia announced on Monday morning that starting Jan. 3, 2022, any establishment in Philadelphia that sells food and/or drink for consumption onsite may only admit patrons who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  more
Betsy Teursch, long-time Mt. Airy activist and author, sent us this photo of her granddaughter, Shula Rosen Teutsch, 7, getting her coronavirus vaccine recently near her home in Washington, D.C. more
A court challenge to the statewide mask mandate for all K-12 schools and daycare facilities seemed to end October 21 when a joint, bi-partisan committee decided 7-4 that the Acting Pennsylvania Secretary of Health does have the authority to mandate masks. On November 10, the Commonwealth Court of PA ruled 4-1 against the mandate. more
The Chestnut Hill Hospital is currently treating 15 patients for COVID-19. Friday morning, September 12, three of those patients were in the Intensive Care Unit. more
Over 1,000,000 Philadelphians have received at least one dose of the vaccine, a milestone announced by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health last week. In Northwest Philadelphia, data on the city’s website shows that for the 19118 zip code, 5,232 residents are fully vaccinated, while 4,574 residents have at least one dose. more
A list of area establishments requiring proof of vaccination or outdoor seating. more
There is a statewide mask mandate for students, effective next Tuesday, Sept. 7. In the last two weeks, five percent of COVID-19 tests in Philadelphia have come back positive. more
Monday’s FDA approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is expected to open the door for more businesses to require immunization as a condition of employment. more
The new city mandates, coupled with the announcement that the FDA has given official approval to at least one vaccine, has meant a mix of new standards for safe dining. more
At a meeting of the Philadelphia School Board on Tuesday afternoon, the board unanimously approved a mandate for all school staff to be vaccinated. more
On Monday, August 23, the Food and Drug Administration granted full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine for use on anyone as young as 16. more
For students and their families who attend the city’s public schools, like Houston, Jenks and Henry in northwest Philly, COVID-19 policies and protocols have been established. more
Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, August 12, 2021, masks will be required at all Philadelphia businesses and institutions that do not require vaccination for employees and patrons. more
COVID-19 cases are increasing in the city, leading the Philadelphia Department of Public Health to strongly recommend that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks when indoors in … more
When restaurants suffered, so did their employees. more
The mask mandate was lifted in June as part of Philadelphia’s reopening, but there are still exceptions in place. more
A week after Philadelphia fully reopened, COVID-19 numbers continue to show a downward trend and nearly 1,000 hospitality businesses get a financial boost from the city. more
On Friday, June 11, Philadelphia will end the indoor mask mandate and the 11 p.m. last call for restaurants. These are the final Safer at Home restrictions to be lifted as the city fully reopens. more
Most Safer at Home restrictions in Philadelphia will be lifted on June 2, a week earlier than expected. PA will lift state restrictions on social gatherings on May 31. The change is due to the lowest number of new COVID-19 cases being recorded in the city since September 2020. more
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