Health Department shares safety recommendations for seasonal events
PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Department of Public Health today reported an additional 10,693 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Philadelphia since last reported on Monday, May 2. This brings the total number of fully vaccinated Philadelphians to at least 1,062,624, and the number of Philadelphians with at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine to at least 1,281,221. Currently, 77.2 percent of Philadelphia adults are fully vaccinated, and 95 percent of Philadelphia adults have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
All residents ages five and older are eligible to be vaccinated in Philadelphia. 29.1 percent of 5-to-11-year-olds in Philadelphia have received at least one vaccine dose. Among eligible Philadelphians ages 12 and older, 76.4 percent are fully vaccinated, and 93.9 percent have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
During the week of May 2, 2022, the Pennsylvania Department of Health changed how they report hospitalizations of people with COVID-19 from daily to weekly on Wednesdays. Updated numbers will be available on the state’s COVID-19 data dashboard. The City will no longer be reporting these numbers.
In the last two weeks, 9.4 percent of COVID-19 tests in Philadelphia have come back positive. Thus far during the pandemic, 284,683 Philadelphians have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and 5,036 have succumbed to the virus. Philadelphia is averaging 261 new cases of COVID-19 per day over the last two weeks.
“Once again, we are seeing the number of COVID-19 cases rise in Philadelphia,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Cheryl Bettigole. “Philadelphians have it in their power to take action and help keep themselves and others safe, as we have done before. I still strongly encourage people to wear masks while in indoor public spaces to help stop the spread. For people who do test positive for COVID-19, talk to your health care provider as soon as possible for information on treatments like Paxlovid, which can reduce hospitalizations due to COVID-19 by up to 90 percent. I also want to remind people that, as we move into prom, wedding, and graduation season, that the risk of exposure to COVID-19 goes up as you’re around more people. You should assume that, at these big events, someone there will have COVID-19 and take precautions to avoid infecting people who are vulnerable.”
Recommendations for Event Safety: The Health Department recommends that everyone take the following steps to make sure that their prom, wedding, or graduation event can be as safe as possible. With infection levels rising, you should assume that a crowded indoor space will include people who are infectious with COVID-19. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go, but it does mean that you should take common sense precautions before, during, and after the event:
- Test before you attend big events to help lower risk for everyone.
- If you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, remember that even if you are vaccinated and boosted, you could still pass the virus to others (although the chance is lower). If you choose to attend an event after a COVID exposure, make sure you keep your mask on and think about remote options to help protect others.
- Outside events are much safer than inside events.
- Consider your own risk level and that of those you will potentially expose after the event. Wearing a high quality mask or double masking lowers your risk even if others are not masked, but only if you keep your mask on.
- If the event has food, eat outside if possible. And minimize the amount of time your mask is off if eating or drinking inside.
- If you’ve recently attended a large indoor event without wearing a mask consistently, test 3-5 days later and avoid seeing people who are at higher risk until you have tested negative.
- If you test positive for COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider to see if you can get treated. Medications like Paxlovid can reduce hospitalizations due to COVID-19 by up to 90 percent.
- Where to get a COVID-19 vaccine: phila.gov/vaccine.
- Where to find COVID-19 testing: phila.gov/testing.
- City’s COVID-19 homepage: phila.gov/covid-19.
- Frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 response.
- Health Department COVID Call Center: 215-685-5488.
- Residents can text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to get updates sent to their phones.
- The COVID Prevention and Response Fund is accepting donations to aid nonprofits and individuals that are supporting their community through the pandemic.
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