?The coronavirus has swept across the Philadelphia region and cases continue to mount. The Inquirer and Spotlight PA are compiling geographic data on tests conducted, cases confirmed, and deaths caused by the virus. Track the spread here.
The reopening debate remains fraught as schools try to balance safety with a growing concern that many children — particularly the most vulnerable — are falling behind. Some area educators are buoyed by federal health officials who say data from several states and Europe indicate “little evidence that schools have contributed meaningfully to increased community transmission.” In the Philadelphia region, the share of positive coronavirus cases in 10- to 19-year-olds peaked in September, according to CDC data. Philadelphia public schools, which utilized remote learning, had the lowest percentage of cases. Read more here.
Before the city cut ties with Philly Fighting COVID, many wondered why Philadelphia entrusted a group of self-described “college kids” with the largest public health initiative in recent memory. The red flags were there all along. PFC had abruptly abandoned testing community members. CEO Andre Doroshin didn’t have medical or public health certifications, and neither did many other undergraduates running the organization. The top medical staffer listed on its website was a Main Line fertility specialist. On Monday, City Council members presented an ordinance that would impose additional oversight and procedures for awarding contracts to groups looking to provide the coronavirus vaccine.
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