PHILADELPHIA – Due to rising case counts, the City of Philadelphia is moving to Level 2: Mask Precautions. This means masks are required in indoor public places; there is no vaccine requirement for places that serve food or drink. Masks will be required beginning Monday, April 18 after a one-week education period. The criteria and mandates for each COVID-19 response level are listed online. A recording of today’s Health Department briefing about this change is available on YouTube.

“Philadelphia’s COVID-19 response levels allow us to be clear, transparent and predictable in our response to local COVID-19 conditions,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “Given the recent rise in cases, we are moving to Level 2 in hopes of preventing higher case rates and stricter measures. Our city remains open; we can still go about our daily lives and visit the people and places we love while masking in indoor public spaces. I’m optimistic that this step will help us control the case rate.”

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health today reported an additional 20,576 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Philadelphia since last reported on Monday, April 4. This brings the total number of fully vaccinated Philadelphians to at least 1,057,086, and the number of Philadelphians with at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine to at least 1,277,057. Currently, 76.9 percent of Philadelphia adults are fully vaccinated, and 94.7 percent of Philadelphia adults have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

All Philadelphia residents ages five and older are eligible to be vaccinated in Philadelphia. 35.7 percent of 5-to-11-year-olds in Philadelphia have received at least one vaccine dose. Among eligible Philadelphians ages 12 and older, 76 percent are fully vaccinated, and 93.6 percent have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

The Department of Health reports 46 patients with COVID-19 are currently being treated in Philadelphia hospitals, with a total of 6 on ventilators.

In the last two weeks, 4.5 percent of COVID-19 tests in Philadelphia have come back positive. Thus far during the pandemic, 278,407 Philadelphians have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and 5,007 have succumbed to the virus. Philadelphia is averaging 142 new cases of COVID-19 per day over the last two weeks.

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