Health Commissioner Dr. Tom Farley said new cases are averaging about 98 per day — the first time new cases have averaged below 100 in five months. He said testing is also increasing, and the turnaround time for results is improving.
All this bodes well for the resumption of indoor dining and theaters on Sept. 8, though it’s not quite good enough to lift restrictions on bars and conventions.
Farley attributes these improvements to preventative measures.
“This improvement in the epidemic isn’t inevitable. In fact, in Europe right now, case rates are rising and, surprisingly, Philadelphia now has lower rates of this infection than Spain or France,” he said. “The lesson is that we still need to follow safety guidelines, especially masks.”
Officials also announced on Tuesday a hotline for families with students in kindergarten through 12th grade who need an internet connection ahead of the start of school. They can call 211 to get connected.