Philly officials say even fully vaccinated people should again wear masks inside public spaces

Philly officials say even fully vaccinated people should again wear masks inside public spaces

As the highly contagious delta variant fuels COVID-19 case spikes among the unvaccinated in many parts of the country, Philadelphia health officials said Thursday they now “strongly recommend” that everyone — including the fully vaccinated — wear masks inside public places. James Garrow, a spokesperson for the city Department of Public Health, said officials are concerned about a small increase in hospitalizations among children too young to be vaccinated. Vaccines are only approved for people 12 and older. National statistics also point to trouble ahead. “It’s time for all of us to do what we need to do to protect our city’s kids,” acting health commissioner Cheryl Bettigole said in a press release. “That means getting fully vaccinated if you haven’t yet, and it means all of us going back to wearing masks in public.” Overall, COVID-19 case rates are rising again in Philadelphia and the surrounding region but are still well below peak levels. For two weeks in late June and early July, the city had only about 24 cases per day. As of Thursday, the two-week average was …
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